Sharp SD-PX2 DVD/Receiver At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Sharp SD-PX2 DVD/Receiver

Processing Modes: Dolby: Digital 5.1, Pro Logic II DTS: DTS
Number of Amp Channels: 5
Power Rating (per channel): 25 watts, into 4 ohms
Compatible Playback Formats: SACD, DVD-Audio, DVD, DVD-R/-RW, CD, CD-R/-RW, MP3
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 9.7 x 14.5 x 4.5
Weight (pounds): 8.2
Price: $599

Video: none
Audio: coaxial digital (1), optical digital (1), stereo analog (2)
Video: component (1), S-video (1), composite (1)
Audio: optical digital (1), stereo analog (1), sub preout (1)
headphone (1), AM/FM ant. ins

These listings are based on the manufacturer's stated specs; the HT Labs box below indicates the gear's performance on our test bench.


Sharp SD-PX2 DVD/Receiver

Build Quality: 85
It's plastic but in a deceptively metal-looking kind of way
The teeny-weeny speaker terminals are a potential hazard

Value: 90
Consider it half of an HTIB. Under those terms, it's as good as any HTIB's DVD/receiver
The small size is a big attraction

Features: 87
Minimum connections, but where could they fit any more?
The full-size remote lets you perform gamma correction and sharpening from your recliner

Performance: 87
A real surprise; just don't tell anyone it's only 25 watts per channel
Standard-issue video, with slightly softened progressive-scan images

Ergonomics: 89
No-fuss setup with this one-piece system; just add speakers
If you don't like it on a shelf, hang it on a wall

Overall Rating: 88
The Sharp SD-PX2 is an inexpensive companion to either a big-ticket, flat-screen TV or a budget home theater in a small room. It's your call on the speakers, so there's a lot of flexibility. Just keep in mind the SD-PX2's power limitations.

General information
SD-PX2 DVD/Receiver, $599
Sharp Electronics
(800) 237-4277
Dealer Locator Code SHA

Dealer Locator Code SHA
(800) 237-4277