CES 2015: Sharp to ship "world first" wireless high-res player

Sharp revealed the wireless player back in June 2014, but the company seems more bullish here at CES 2015, that it's ready to ship.

Not only about streaming high-resolution audio over your home network, it can also wirelessly transmit Full HD 1080p video to your TV.

It seems the player is limited to 24-bit/96kHz audio, which it can receive from a NAS over wi-fi, a hard drive via USB or through a DAC.

The SD-WH1000 works with WiSA-compliant wireless speakers or can be used with the Sharp VR-WR100U wireless bridge to connect to any audio set-up.

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Control comes in the form of the Sharp Mobile app, which is available for Android or iOS.

It will play "virtually everything in your media library" - physical or digital - with support for files including AIFF, ALAC, DSD, FLAC and WAV, as well as SACD and Blu-ray discs.

In addition to wireless audio, the SD-WH1000 can "wirelessly transmit uncompressed Full HD 1080p video to your TV".

There's no news on a UK release or pricing as yet, but it looks likely to cost $5000 upon its release in the US.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for T3 and What Hi-Fi?, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung; reported from CES, the Bristol Show, and Munich High End for many years; and written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).