- Pixel-by-Pixel Video Processing, Advanced Bass Management, Unique Playback Capabilities and Ultraslim Design Are Among Highlights of Next-Generation Models -
8 January 2004
WOODBURY, NY - At CES 2004, Harman Kardon is showcasing its DVD 31 progressive -scan DVD audio/video player and DVD 22 progressive -scan DVD video player, two high -performance models that incorporate leading -edge pixel -by -pixel video processing for extraordinary image quality, along with advanced audio technologies, enhanced connectivity and unique playback capabilities that make it easier than ever to enjoy favorite movies, music and images.
Tom McLoughlin, Harman Kardon president, commented: "The DVD 31 and DVD 22 truly stand apart
from all other DVD players. They embody the heritage of innovation we are celebrating during our 50th anniversary, and which has established Harman Kardon as the leader in home entertainment technology.
The DVD 31's and DVD 22's unsurpassed performance, installation flexibility and striking design make them the most extraordinary DVD players available for those consumers who will settle for nothing less than the very best."
The DVD 31: The Ultimate DVD Audio/Video Player
The DVD 31 is a versatile DVD audio/video player engineered for unsurpassed performance. At a suggested retail price of $349, it also offers outstanding value as one of the most attractively priced DVD audio/video players on the market to offer complete audio bass -management capabilities.
The DVD 31 achieves an extraordinary new level of progressive -scan video playback when used with a high -definition display, thanks to its leading -edge digital video processing that uses pixel -by -pixel processing, rather than the line -by -line technique employed by conventional DVD players. The pixel -by -pixel reconstruction is accomplished by an integrated digital signal processor that provides vastly superior picture quality, yielding smoother, more realistic images with exceptional detail.
Complementing this breakthrough technology, the player incorporates digital -video circuitry that accurately reconstructs the 3/2 pull -down process required to transfer film to video, delivering full 60 -frame playback with the best -possible progressive -scan image quality when viewing film -originated content. The DVD 31 is
also designed to deliver state -of -the -art sonic performance, providing complete audio control and bass
management for the all -important analog outputs used for DVD -Audio playback. The DVD 31's comprehensive suite of adjustments includes adjustable time delay, output level and speaker size selection. These settings
are critical for proper DVD -Audio playback when the DVD 31 is connected to an audio/video receiver with no built -in bass management for its direct analog audio inputs, enabling optimized audio reproduction from all loudspeakers in a multichannel home entertainment system. To achieve the highest possible fidelity and resolution, the DVD 31 employs an audiophile -grade 24 -bit/192kHz audio D/A converter, along with premium internal components in the audio signal path.
The Harman Kardon DVD 31 is a highly versatile digital audio/video source component. In addition to
DVD -Audio and DVD -Video playback, the DVD 31 plays Windows Media® Audio (WMA), CD, CD -R, CD -RW, MP3, DVD -R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD -DA, CD -ROM multisession, Video CD and 96/24 audio discs. In addition, it is compatible with JPEG still -image files stored on compact discs.
The DVD 31 offers unique capabilities for enjoying movies, music and images, thanks to its exclusive navigational interface, newly developed by Harman Kardon. The player provides ready access to favorite DVD titles and chapters, CD tracks, and WMA and MP3 files and folders, via its extensive, yet intuitive, on -screen menu system. The player can also simultaneously play MP3 tracks and JPEG images, and automatically change images with each MP3 track played in slide show presentations. This enhanced versatility extends to the player's Program Play, Random Play and Repeat Play modes, which can operate with the files and folders on MP3 and WMA discs, as well as with DVDs and CDs.
In addition, the DVD 31 includes a host of picture -search and convenience functions such as Frame -by -Frame Advance, 4 -Speed x2, x4, x16 and x100 Smooth Scan, 4 -Speed x1/2, x1/4, x1/16 and x1/100 Super Fine Slow Motion, three picture -zoom settings with panning capability, parental lock and many additional features.
In common with all Harman Kardon audio/video components, the DVD 31 is designed for total connection flexibility and ease of operation in any home entertainment system. The player includes progressive -scan and standard -scan -rate component video outputs, available simultaneously with S -Video and composite -video playback, as well as coaxial and optical digital, multichannel analog and stereo analog audio outputs. The player is supplied with a full -featured, backlit, ergonomically designed remote control.
The DVD 31's performance and versatility are equaled only by its stunning appearance. Ultraslim, with a gloss -black upper panel, silver lower panel, blue dot -matrix display and a minimum of visible controls, the DVD 31 has a strikingly elegant design. Its low height enables it to be placed virtually anywhere, including on the thin glass shelves used in many contemporary equipment racks and TV stands, or even on top of a receiver, where cabinet space is limited. The player's styling perfectly matches Harman Kardon's receivers, loudspeakers and other audio/video components, making it the ideal source component for building a complete high -performance Harman Kardon home entertainment system.
The Harman Kardon DVD 31 will be available in January 2004 at a suggested retail price of $349.
The DVD 22: Superlative Performance and Design
The DVD 22 offers most of the standard -setting video and audio performance and features of the DVD 31, without DVD -Audio playback and bass management. The DVD 22 is the ideal choice for consumers who desire an ultimate -quality digital home entertainment source component but do not require DVD -Audio. Among the unit's many advanced features are pixel -by -pixel progressive -scan processing, extensive playback compatibility including DVD -R/RW, DVD+R/RW, MP3, JPEG and WMA discs and more, plus exclusive navigational capabilities. The DVD 22 features the identical elegant, high -tech styling as the DVD 31, and is designed for total user convenience and seamless integration with any installation and home décor.
The Harman Kardon DVD 22 will be available in January 2004 at a suggested retail price of $249.
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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