Sharp hi-fi system gets Bluetooth and NFC for wireless streaming

Sharp XLHF202

New from Sharp is its £200 XLHF202 wireless stereo system with Bluetooth and NFC (Near-Field Communication) for instant wireless streaming. Just one tap of your mobile device on the system's NFC tag will have you wirelessly streaming your music in seconds.

The Sharp XLHF202 comes with two NFC tags, which you can place up to 10 metres from the unit, so you can stream your music without having to be near the hi-fi itself. You could even have one tag in one room, and the second in another.

Power is a claimed 2x50W, there's an integrated Lightning dock for playing and charging Apple devices, and a USB port for connecting and controlling other products. A piano black iPad stand is included as standard to support your iPad when it's connected to the system via USB.

The system will also play MP3, WMA and AAC audio files stored on USB devices, CDs and you can listen to the radio in its FM RDS tuner (there's no DAB).

The supplied speakers combine 2,5cm soft-dome tweeters with 12cm woofers.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.