Sharp is using its high-resolution Blu-ray/SACD/networked music player to establish a beachhead for the launch of a series of high-performance audio products into the custom-A/V and systems-integrator channel.
The products will complement Sharp’s video presence in the channels, said audio products senior manager David Fisher told TWICE.
The $5,000 UPP SD-WH1000U, equipped with WiSA 7.1-channel wireless audio and WiHD wireless video, rolled out earlier this year through independent reps in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Houston. The product will be rolled out in May to the San Francisco Bay area and South Florida, with additional markets to follow by the end of September. Additional accounts within the current markets will also be added this year.
The company is signing up dealers who make a commitment to training, demonstrating the product, and participating in events with Sharp, he said. The product isn’t sold over the internet.
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