I am seeing more and more TV/Blu-ray combos in Japanese electronics stores, and today Sharp announced [JP] a total of 13 new LCD TVs boasting a built-in Blu-ray recorder. The AQUOS DX2 series consists of screens measuring 26/32/40/46 and 52 inches.
The 40/46 and 52-inchers are full HD, feature a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 and aren’t really cheap, costing $2,800/$3,800 and $4,800. The smaller TVs feature 1,366×768 resolution and a contrast ratio of 7,000:1 (the 26-inch model is priced at $1,700, while the 32-inch screen will cost $1,900).
Sharp unveiled the DX series back in May, but those TVs didn’t come with Blu-ray functionality. The DX2 series goes on sale in Japan on September 9 (all models). Plans for overseas markets havent been announced yet.