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alaScore 76

39 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 reviews of Sharp AQUOS BD-HP21U. The average rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other DVD Players for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other DVD Players the Sharp AQUOS BD-HP21U is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 76/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 39 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

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Expert review by: Lincoln Spector (

Sharp Aquos BD-HP21U Blu-Ray Review


Comfortable yet small remote ; Reasonably low price

Very slow at loading discs ; Soft and flat images

Its low price and on-board high-resolution audio decoding make it tempting, but the Sharp BD-HP21U fails to deliver a consistently great picture.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by: (

Sharp BD-HP21U


If you're looking for your first Blu-ray disc player, the BD-HP21U makes an excellent choice. It has all the basic features you need, and the 1080p upconversion of existing DVDs is an added bonus. It's available at a street price that won't break the...

Full HD 1920x1080p output7.1 channel surround soundSupport for Dolby True HD format1080p upscaling of existing DVDsSharp AQUOS Link function

The AQUOS Link function allows you to control the Blu-ray player using...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Adrienne Maxwell (

Sharp BD-HP21U Blu-ray Player Reviewed


The BD-HP21U ($300) is the follow-up to Sharp's BD-HP20U, a Profile 1.0 player released in 2007. This is a Profile 1.1/BonusView player, which means it contains the necessary audio and video decoders for picture-in-picture content, but it lacks the...

Dec, 2008

Expert review by: Lincoln Spector (

Sharp BD-HP21U review


The Sharp BD-HP21U carries a moderate price, but that gets you only a Blu-ray player with hit-and-miss image quality.

Sharp's second-generation Blu-ray Disc player just doesn't impress. The Sharp BD-HP21U does the job without frills, and without oomph.

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: ocwhiteguy85 (

Great as a decoration


It is pretty sad that for $200.00 all I can play are DVD's. If I wanted a DVD player I would've bought one. This piece of junk plays less than half of the Blu-Ray discs I've bought. I've wasted so much money in BD's that don't play. i am about to take...

it looks pretty

doesn't play most BD's. Big waste of money

Jan, 2010

Consumer review by: mike-tee (

Maybe underrated


Like many earlier offerings from BD mfgrs, this player was too expensive compared to it's feature set when it was introduced. Now, I believe it's an underrated player for what it does well and all but forgotten. If you're looking for a nice intro or...

Currently very inexpensive. Not a bad looking unit. Relatively quick loading with latest firmware. Has played every BD disk I have tried. Like most BD players, excellent PQ for BD

Would have liked ethernet connectivity, even if just for firmware updates. Maybe some tweaking options for PQ

Dec, 2009

Consumer review by: oregontekman (

Easy hookup, loads BRay in less than 20 seconds, cheap


No issues. Got a great deal from Dell, works seamlessly with my 32" Aquos LCD. Plays as advertised. Definitely recommended.

I got this for less than 150. Loads quickly (less than 20 sec) plays DVD and so far every BluRay I've thrown at it. I am sure that there were issues with software and firmware updates but it appears they have been solved

No cons so far

Aug, 2009

Consumer review by: (

Plays Disc Sometimes


From the time you put the disc in the unit until you are finally watching the movie can take up to 5 minutes. Then, 4 out of 10 blu-ray disc won't play because of pxelation and freezing up. The freeze ups were so bad that I had to stop renting blu-ray...

It looks nice on the shelf. I have had no problems with updating the firmware. The Sharp customer service is good

Takes a long time to load blu-ray disc. Frequent pixelation and disc freezing on rented blu-ray disc. Regular DVD discs play but freeze up numerous times while watching most movies

Jul, 2009

Consumer review by: outback3 (

Sharp (BD-HP21U)


I had the problem that this device would not play newer bluerays. I went to Sharps website and downloaded the Firmware Version PN9022700. After I installed this firmware I longer had this issue and now works great.

Pretty good at most all play backs

Did not play some new Blueray discs

Jun, 2009

Consumer review by: clay099 (

Do not buy this player


Will not play burned disk at all. If my 40 dollar dvd player plays it the 200 dollar blue ray player should. The player will not play blue ray disk. i stopped buying blue ray disk. Then regular disk skips or freezes all the time. it takes a long time...

Great picture if it will play a blue ray disk. but it will not play but a handful

The player will not play blue ray disk. i stopped buying blue ray disk. Then regular disk skips or freezes all the time. it takes a long time for the disk to load. the 1st one i had messed up within a month it would not even turn on

Jun, 2009

Product Specifications

By combining full digital 1080p video output with an AQUOS High-Definition (HD) Liquid Crystal Television, consumers can view the HD films in breathtaking high-definition quality. The BD-HP21U supports BD-ROM profile 1.1, allowing users access to additional content from Blu-ray titles, including movie trailers, special subtitles/audio and games. Not only does the BD-HP21U allow users access to more interactive features than before, it also offers several features that contribute to a seamless movie-watching experience, said Bruce Tripido, associate vice president and group manager, Entertainment Products Division, Sharp Electronics Corporation. With convenient functions such as AQUOS LINK and Quick Start, users can truly immerse themselves in a cinematic experience without having to shuffle between remotes or wait for a disc to load. AQUOS LINK enables integrated and seamless operation between the Blu-ray disc player and AQUOS LCD TV. With a single remote, users can control HDMI-connected products in conjunction with their AQUOS TV, eliminating the clutter from extra remotes. The remote also provides simultaneous power on/off of both the AQUOS LCD TV and AQUOS Blu-ray player. The BD-HP21U employs Sharp's proprietary Quick Start feature, allowing consumers to begin enjoying stunning high-definition video in less than 10 seconds. JPEG digital images from a CD-RW/R can be viewed on the screen of an accompanying HDTV as a slide show. The BD-HP21U has an extensive array of connectivity options. The player comes with state-of-the-art HDMI 1.3 digital output that allows users to send the highest resolution video and audio signals possible to an AQUOS TV via a single cable, allowing Blu-ray discs to be viewed in complete digital 1080p/24Hz high-definition. Through HDMI 1.3, the player supports x.v.Color, providing a wider color spectrum leading to more vivid imagery. The player has multi-channel audio output via HDMI by decoding Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD. Dolby TrueHD lossless audio technology delivers sound that is identical to the studio master, for a true high-definition experience on next-generation discs. It also decodes Dolby Digital Plus, providing optimum surround sound to an appropriately equipped receiver. In addition, via HDMI, the player outputs 7.1-channel digital audio via TrueHD Dolby that is the equivalent of a master recording. Providing outstanding versatility, the BD-HP21U is compatible with a wide variety of formats. The BD-HP21U is also compatible with standard DVDs and is capable of upscaling them via HDMI to 1080p, improving the picture performance of an existing DVD library.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo

CE System

Parental Lock: Yes

Dimensions & Weight



Form Factor:Tabletop
Media Load Type:Tray
Media Type:CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / DVD+RW / DVD-RW / BD-R / BD-RE / BD-ROM
Supported Digital Audio Standards:PCM / AC-3 / DTS
Type:Blu-Ray disc player


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sharp AQUOS

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty