Sharp Cuts the Cables

Sharp’s X-Series of LCD HDTVs have gone on sale in Japan, and they apparently are headed to the U.S. market as well. These 120 Hz 1080p models are special in that the controlling circuitry is separate from the panel itself, so that the panel can be a lot thinner. And rather than have to string cables from the tuner to the display, the series can use WDHI technology from Amimon to stream uncompressed HD video from as far as 100 feet away.

The new X-Series LCD HDTVs from Sharp have separate display panels and tuners.

The wireless connection is an option for the X-Series, which offers 37″, 42″, and 46″ models. Pricing and availability in the U.S. has not yet been announced, but considering how much easier it will make connecting your HDTV to various components, it should be a welcome arrival.

This design supports my theory that it makes much more sense to have your entertainment components near your viewing position, rather than across the room where the screen is located. Why should you have to get up to change a DVD or CD? A wireless video connection seems to be a very good idea.