Sharp SD-SP10 HTIB At A Glance & Ratings

At A Glance: Sharp SD-SP10 HTIB


Main Speaker Connections
Inputs: Digital optical (2), digital coaxial (1), analog stereo (3)
Outputs: Sub pre-out (1), bare-wire speaker terminal (1)
Type: Two-way, monitor
Tweeter (size in inches, type): 2 (2), paper cone
Midrange (size in inches, type): N/A
Woofer (size in inches, type): 2.6 (2), paper cone
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 4
Power Rating (watts): 140 total: 35 x 2 (sats), 70 (sub)
Available Finishes: Silver
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 4.1 x 17 x 10.8
Weight (pounds): 11

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

Subwoofer: Connections:
Inputs: Bare-wire speaker cable
Outputs: N/A
Enclosure Type: Passive, vented
Woofer (size in inches, type): 6.5, paper cone
Nominal Impedance (ohms): 3
Recommended Amp Power (watts): 70
Crossover Bypass: No
Available Finishes: Silver
Dimensions (H x W x D, inches): 16.5 x 4.5 x 17.1
Weight (pounds): 12.6

Modes: Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Virtual Speaker, DTS
Other: Sound Space Expander, Natural Bass, Intelligent Volume Control, Mono to Stereo Creator

Ratings: Sharp SD-SP10 HTIB

Build Quality: 90
• Sturdy MDF subwoofer housing enables clean, steady bass
• Tight fit and finish on the aluminum-encased, does-it-all main speaker/amp unit

Value: 94
• Performs tricks that no other audio system can do quite the same way—at any price
• Generous audio connectivity rivals that of some dedicated home theater receivers

Features: 91
• A vast array of available audio formats that are both familiar and brand-spanking new
• Loads of analog/digital inputs, all controllable via a comprehensive universal remote

Performance: 91
• In every case I tried, the Audistry technologies created a superior audio experience
• Sounds effortless unless you crank it too hard; virtual effects are convincing

Ergonomics: 90
• Easy to set up; easy to understand and use
• Inputs and effects can be modified with a simple button push; more viewable info would be welcome

Overall Rating: 92
This is an auspicious debut for Audistry; it's all the more impressive for its feats with just two boxes at its disposal. Offering lots of choices for not many dollars, the SD-SP10 is recommended for anyone with multiple A/V sources looking for an alternative to full 5.1.

General Information
SD-SP10 HTIB, $350
Sharp Electronics
(800) BE-SHARP
Dealer Locator Code SHA

Sharp Electronics
(800) BE-SHARP