HARMAN KARDON® ADVANCES THE STATE OF THE ART IN DIGITAL PATH RECEIVER DESIGN

HARMAN KARDON® ADVANCES THE STATE OF THE ART IN DIGITAL PATH RECEIVER DESIGN WITH INTRODUCTION OF DPR 2005 AND DPR 1005 AT CES 2004

8 January 2004


WOODBURY, NY - Harman Kardon today announced the introduction of its DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 digital path receivers, two innovative 7.1 -channel audio/video receivers that take Harman Kardon's groundbreaking digital path receiver platform to new levels of performance and functionality. The sleek, distinctively styled DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 utilize a fully digital signal path from input to output, and include the company's latest features and technologies, more powerful digital -amplifier sections and many additional refinements.

Tom McLoughlin, Harman Kardon president, pointed out: "Harman Kardon was the first to introduce the numerous engineering and design benefits of digital path receiver technology to the industry, and our DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 build upon the innovations of the previous generation to offer significantly enhanced performance and versatility. Both models offer an outstanding combination of superb sound, ease of use and operational flexibility, and their striking appearance makes them ideal for design -conscious consumers who want to integrate a true high -performance audio/video receiver into a stylish and elegant home entertainment system."

The Digital Amplifier Advantage

Harman Kardon's DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 use the latest design technologies for Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) digital amplifiers to deliver high -power output with superior low -impedance drive capability, enabling the receivers to drive even the most difficult loudspeaker loads to ample volume levels. The DPR 2005 provides 7 x 120 watts power output (into 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, <0.15% THD, all channels driven) while the DPR 1005 delivers 7 x 70 watts (into 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, <0.15% THD, all channels driven).

The receivers' digital -amplifier technology provides significant advantages in performance and physical design. In both the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005, the digital audio signal from sources such as a DVD player, HDTV set -top box, satellite receiver or CD player is routed directly to the receiver's DSP section and then to the digital -amplifier section, while remaining completely in the digital domain from input to the final amplifier output stage. The distortions or losses from additional digital -to -analog conversion steps that occur in conventional receivers are virtually eliminated - no D/A conversion in the signal path takes place until the signals reach the speaker output terminals. In addition, because it does not employ gain stages or negative feedback loops, the amplifier section maintains phase coherence and eliminates slew -induced and TIM (transient intermodulation) distortion.

A further advantage of the DPR system is that it is more efficient than conventional amplifier designs, converting more electrical power into usable amplifier power. Consequently, less heat is generated, and large heat sinks are not required, despite the presence of seven high -power amplifier channels. As a result, the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 are considerably more compact than conventional A/V receivers, allowing them to be used in locations where larger audio/video components could not be accommodated.

Complementing their innovative digital -amplifier design, the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 utilize premium 24 -bit/192kHz Cirrus Logic® audio D/A converters and a 24 -bit, dual -core DSP with 32 -bit post -processing to achieve superlative audio performance.

Complete Bass -Management and Multichannel Audio Capabilities

The Harman Kardon DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 offer the industry's most advanced and comprehensive control capabilities, connectivity options and feature complement, which they share with the company's flagship AVR 7300 Series audio/video receiver and high -end AVR Series models.

Both models are among the first to offer a Quadruple -Crossover Bass Manager, allowing selection from among six different crossover frequencies for the front L/R, center, surround L/R and surround back loudspeakers. This innovative feature enables the user to perfectly tailor the audio output fed to each set of speakers and yield the optimum frequency response and performance in a 7.1 -channel system.

This function is especially important when utilized with source components with DVD -Audio and/or SACD capability, which often lack proper internal audio bass management and redirection facilities. The Bass -Management System operates in conjunction with the receivers' 8 -channel analog direct inputs provided for connection to a DVD -Audio, SACD or universal player, and both the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 offer the option of either passing their outputs through a direct "bypass" mode, or digitizing them so the Bass -Management System may be used, to obtain best sonic performance from a source component that does not have internal bass management.

The DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 offer state -of -the -art surround sound capabilities, including the latest
Dolby* Pro Logic* IIx surround decoding, which provides a natural, expansive, full -range 7.1 -channel listening experience from stereo and 5.1 -channel -encoded sources. Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone processing are also included, which yield a convincing surround sound environment from two loudspeakers and from headphones, respectively. The receivers are compatible with all other popular surround formats, such as Dolby Digital EX and Dolby Digital, all DTS® modes, including 6.1 DTS -ES® Discrete, DTS -Matrix, DTS Neo:6® (Cinema 6.1/5.1 and Music 6.1/5.1) and DTS 96/24 high -resolution audio technology. Both receivers include built -in MP3 decoding, and provide High Definition Compatible Digital® (HDCD®) processing to provide the best -possible CD playback quality.

The DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 incorporate proprietary Logic 7® audio technologies, developed by Harman International, to deliver improved, derived multichannel reproduction from both matrix -encoded and two -channel stereo recordings with derived stereo decoding (unlike the mono decoding provided by other 6.1 -channel formats) for the back surround channels. Logic 7 is compatible with 96kHz sources and offers two listening modes, Cinema and Music, for improved playback of both matrix -encoded movie soundtracks and two -channel music recordings. The sonic results are better imaging and separation along with a greater sense of envelopment and a seamless sound field. Both receivers also include Harman International's patented VMAx® Virtual Theater audio processing, a DSP method of producing realistic, high -fidelity, 360 -degree surround sound audio from two -channel stereo and matrix -encoded multichannel audio sources using just two loudspeakers or headphones.

Exceptional Home Entertainment Flexibility With Multiroom Functionality

In common with all Harman Kardon receivers, the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 digital path receivers offer extensive audio and video connectivity and installation flexibility, including multizone/multiroom operation. These attributes make the receivers ideal for use in a wide variety of high -performance home entertainment systems and custom installations. Both include wide -bandwidth, HDTV -compatible, component video switching, assignable to any component video input source. Video functionality is further expanded by the inclusion of an A/V Sync Delay function that compensates for the delay that can occur between the video and audio signals when digital video sources, video displays or external video processors are in use. The DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 both feature multiple S -Video and composite video inputs and outputs, and automatically downconvert S -Video signals to parallel composite video output, to simplify connection options and assure connectivity with all televisions.

Along with a comprehensive array of video connections, the receivers provide an extensive complement of digital and analog audio inputs and outputs, plus dual -purpose, front -panel A/V jacks that may be switched to function either as inputs or record outputs to facilitate connecting a camcorder, portable audio product or other components for either playback or recording.

The DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 are designed for multiroom/multizone operation, and feature amplifier sections with assignable back surround channels, enabling them to be configured for either full 7.1 -channel mode, or 5.1 -channel -plus -stereo dual -zone mode. In 5.1 -channel -plus -stereo mode, for example, viewers in the main room can watch a DVD movie in 5.1 surround sound, while listeners in another room can simultaneously enjoy stereo audio from another source, such as a CD player or the receiver's tuner. Both receivers also provide separate audio preamp outputs, enabling a multizone system to be powered with external amplifiers such as the Harman Kardon PA 4000 or PA 2000.

In addition, the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 incorporate the A -BUS Ready® system for easy multiroom connectivity without the need for external amplifiers. The A -BUS® system utilizes a standard Cat.5 Ethernet cable to connect to the receiver and to a Harman Kardon AB 1 A -BUS -compatible amplifier/control module in a remote zone; the AB1 remote module provides stereo audio amplification along with local volume control and additional functions.

The DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 both feature a bi -directional RS -232 port, enabling two -way communication between components in installations with integrated system control. In conjunction with the receivers' built -in flash -memory capacity, the RS -232 port also ensures the receivers are ready for the future by enabling software and firmware upgradeability for the addition of new surround sound formats or other capabilities.

Among the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005's additional features are a slot -mounted tuner that may be upgraded to accommodate future DAB systems such as HD Radio™, plus a Listener Preference System that allows users to set the surround mode and specific speaker -channel -level settings according to the program source and DSP format. A precision FM/AM tuner with station preset tuning and other advanced functions round out the receivers' comprehensive feature set.

Advanced Remote Control Functionality With EzSet™ Automatic Speaker Calibration

The DPR 2005 and DRP 1005 include Harman Kardon's versatile two -line LCD remote control with EzSet (patent no. 5,386,478) automatic speaker -level calibration. The preprogrammed and learning remote's highly legible LCD display and logically grouped controls provide easy operation and access to all functions, including macro programming, and the remote can be conveniently and directly programmed by using product brand names instead of code numbers. The remote's convenient volume "punch through" feature maintains volume control of the receiver even when it is being used to operate another audio/video component.

The remote incorporates Harman Kardon's EzSet feature, which provides a built -in sound -pressure -level calibration system that enables the user to automatically balance speaker -channel levels for optimum surround sound listening, regardless of the speaker complement or room conditions. Setting speaker levels is one of the most critical adjustments for proper movie -soundtrack reproduction, and the EzSet feature makes the process accurate and virtually foolproof for maximum sonic benefits. In the manual mode, the LCD display enables the remote to be used as a direct readout SPL (sound -pressure level) meter for even more precise output -level adjustment.

Striking, Distinctive Industrial Design

The receivers' advanced performance and functionality are matched by their restyled, distinctively elegant industrial design. Both feature a gloss -black upper panel, a volume control surrounded by blue illumination, a contrasting, curved drop -down silver lower panel that conceals all but the most -used controls, and a two -line dot -matrix display that can be dimmed or turned off if desired. Their design perfectly complements Harman Kardon's audio/video components and loudspeakers, as well as home entertainment systems based around plasma displays and high -tech TV sets.

The Harman Kardon DPR 2005 digital path receiver will be available in February 2004 at a suggested retail price of $1,699. The Harman Kardon DPR 1005 digital path receiver will be available in February 2004 at a suggested retail price of $1,399.



The Harman Consumer Systems Group (HCSG) is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high -fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group's brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.

HCSG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International (www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high -quality, high -fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the consumer and professional markets. The company's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "HAR."

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Harman Kardon and Logic 7 are registered trademarks, and EzSet™ (patent no. 5,386,478) is a trademark, of
Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

Cirrus Logic is a trademark of Cirrus Logic, Inc.

*Trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.

DTS, DTS -ES and DTS Neo: 6 are registered trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc.

High Definition Compatible Digital and HDCD are registered trademarks of Pacific Microsonics, Inc.

VMAx is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Incorporated, and is an implementation of
Cooper Bauck Transaural Stereo under patent license.

A -BUS and A -BUS Ready are registered trademarks of
LeisureTech Electronics Pty Ltd. Australia.

HD Radio is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation.

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