Sharp Quattron 3D
Expanded range of 3D TVs, more 3D Blu-ray players and a tablet called Galapagos – all due from Sharp in 2011

Having spurned 3D at last year's CES, Sharp has this year embraced 3D technology by announcing a flurry of 3D LCD sets.

The company claims its Quattron Quad Pixel technology, introduced in 2010, helps to overcome some of the inherent problems with 3D TVs by creating a brighter picture.

Its flagship LC-70LE73U 3D TV combines Sharp's X-Gen panel with Quad Pixel technology and full array LED backlighting.

An additional three 3D models feature in the firm's Aquos Quattron LE835 range, available in 60, 52, 46 and 40in sizes. They have edge-lit LED backlighting and AquoMotion 240 image processing.

All of these models include built-in wi-fi and offer access to web-based app such as Facebook, Pandora, Twitter and Flickr through VUDU, as well as on-demand movies through Netflix and CinemaNow.

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3D HD projectorFor those who want a 3D projector, Sharp's new high-definition XV-Z17000 DLP model will go on sale for less than $5000 next month with two pairs of 3D active-shutter glasses.

As for sources, there are three new 3D Blu-ray disc players for 2011, with Full HD, 3D 1080p/24fps video output, plus Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD audio decoding. They're also wireless-ready.

To complete its home cinema offerings, Sharp is launching five new soundbar systems. It claims the HT-SL70 and HT-SL50 are “the world's slimmest soundbars”, making them ideal for placement in front of flatscreen TVs.

The top of-the-range HT-SB600 is 3D compatible and supports an audio return channel via HDMI 1.4.

A tablet called GalapagosOn a different tack, Sharp is joining the ever-expanding tablet market with the oddly-named Galapagos. It has a 16:9 LCD touchscreen, wi-fi and works with the identically named cloud-based bookstore in Japan.

All downloaded content is stored on a microSD card so users can continue reading e-books even when they have no wi-fi connection.

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