Sharp continues to broaden its offerings in the high-resolution space, as the company showcased the SD-WH1000U Wireless High Resolution Audio Player (a.k.a. the WHRAP) in its booth at CES 2015.
The Sharp WHRAP media player supports a wide variety of physical and digital media formats — including FLAC, WAV, and DSD files at up to 96kHz/24-bit — and can access files through a built-in SACD and Blu-ray drive or on a hard drive (via USB). The WHRAP can also connect to a home network to access files stored on a network-attached storage device. The unit transmits uncompressed Full HD (1080p) video to your TV wirelessly using the Wireless HD (WiHD) standard and included adapters. It will allow you to access to your media library through the compatible free mobile app, available for iOS and Android. The Sharp mobile app enables you to create playlists, filter by genre, artist, or album, and access full file details, all from your mobile device.
The MSRP for the Sharp SD-WH1000U WHRAP is $4,999.
To achieve audiophile-quality sound, the Sharp WHRAP uses the Wireless Speakers and Audio (WiSA) standard to transmit at the 5.2–5.8 GHz band. This eliminates potential interference, which occurs when using other wireless technologies that transmit at more crowded frequency bands. High-quality audio signals from the Wireless High Resolution Audio Player can be transmitted to any WiSA-compliant speaker system, or to any traditional audio system via the Sharp Wireless Bridge (the VR-WR100U, $999), in any configuration from 2.0 up to 7.1.
Other WHRAP specs include aluminum front/side/top panels and an R-Core power transformer. Inputs include three HDMI ports, three USB ports (one Type B), one audio optical digital port, one audio coaxial digital port, and one LAN port. Outputs include two HDMI ports (4K Ultra HD upscaling and support up to 7.1 channels), two analog ports (balance and unbalance), one audio optical digital port, one audio coaxial digital port, and one RS232 port.
I personally auditioned the WHRAP in Sharp’s closed-door demo room at CES 2015, listening to a few requested tracks from the High Fidelity Pure Audio Blu-ray 2014 Bob Ludwig-remastered version of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, including the lengthy and wide-ranging opening track, “Funeral for a Friend (Love Lies Bleeding).” This unit is most definitely HRAC-Approved, and I will be conducting a full review of it right here on HRAC in the near future.
For more information, go to www.SharpUSA.com.