Sharp Includes Blu-ray Player With 7.1 Audio System, Price Hits $9K

Got nearly $9,000 to blow on a potentially doomed video format and flashy audio system combination? Good thing, because Sharp will release in Japan this June the BD-MPC70 BD 1-Bit Theater Aquos Audio System, a 7.1-channel speaker set with a built-in Blu-ray player. Fantastic name aside, this system could be hampered by its inclusion of the Blu-ray player since we're all still unsure of which format will "win" the "war." Add in the fact that it doesn't really do anything that other, far less expensive speakers don't already do, and you've got to wonder why anyone would want to take such a gamble.

Once again, Sharp wants you to buy their entire line of widgets in order to get the most out of this. The system is compatible with Fami-link, which lets users more easily integrate separate AV components. Or, more accurately, separate Sharp AV components. I don't know, to me, picking up a PS3 (if you insist upon Blu-ray) and a decent set of surround speakers should just about do the job, and you'll save untold amounts of money.

Press Release (in Japanese) [Sharp via Fareastgizmos.com]