Sharp HT-DV50H review

The 124cm tall speakers will dominate most living rooms but fortunately the styling of the main unit is more restrained Tested at £400.00

TODO alt text

Our Verdict

The Sharp looks impressive, but it isn’t quite up to scratch in performance terms

For

  • Rich, colourful images
  • fine picture quality
  • striking main speakers

Against

  • Unbalanced sound
  • thin treble

So 2.1 systems should be small? Sharp begs to differ: at over 124cm tall, its speakers will dominate most living rooms. Fortunately the styling of the main unit is slightly more restrained, a bright ring of neon blue round the volume control being the only distraction. It also has two optical digital ins for external equipment, plus a hidden USB input behind a front-panel flap.

Sending out 720p and 1080i images over HDMI, the Sharp serves up a vivid picture: there's just a little on-screen noise visible during Spider-man 3, but nothing too distracting.

Dialogue struggles to be heard

What is more disconcerting is the way the speakers and subwoofer fail to integrate. Dialogue struggles to be heard during heavy action, high frequencies are edgy, and the system's subwoofer lacks the authority of its competitors.

Bigger, it seems, isn't always better…

Specifications

View All

General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sharp.co.uk
Brand NameSharp
Product TypeHome Theater System
ManufacturerSharp Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberHT-DV50H
Product NameSharp HT-DV50H
Product ModelHT-DV50H

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • HT-DV50H Home Theater System
  • FM indoor antenna
  • AM loop antenna
  • Remote control (Batteries included)
  • Speaker cables

Technical Information

Player-Recorder TypeDVD Player
Media FormatsDVD+RW, DVD-RW, CD-RW

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Digital Optical Inputs2

Physical Characteristics

Front Speaker Height124.3 cm
Front Speaker Width10 cm
Width30 cm
Front Speaker Depth11.4 cm
Depth30 cm
Weight Approximate3.80 kg
Height10.6 cm
Dimensions10.6 cm (H): 30 cm (W): 30 cm (D)

Audio

Speaker Configuration2.1
Sound SystemDolby Digital, DTS, Dolby Pro Logic II

Video

Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, Video CD