As popular as HDTVs are, Blu-ray seems to be lagging behind. It’s a shame, because the format is excellent for both video quality and storage. Sharp is trying to integrate the Blu-ray experience with their new AQUOS DX3 series that features built-in Blu-Ray recorders and comes in either 26,32,40, and 52-inch sizes. The 26-inch and 32-inch are 720p resolution, while the bigger models are a full 1080p. All feature BD Live support, two Ethernet connections, an LED backlight, DLNA support, a proprietary UV2A photo-alignment system, and web connectivity. All but the smallest feature a 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio (the 26-inch has a 7,000:1).
The AQUOS DX3 series will be available in Japan May 20 at these prices: 26-inch for $1,500, 32-inch $1,700, 40-inch $2,400, 46-inch $3,400 and 52-inches $4,100.