Harman Kardon Introduces Flagship AVR 7550HD Audio/Video Receiver and Advanced -Technology AVR 3550HD A/V Receiver at CEDIA Expo 2008
HDMI™ V1.3a Functionality With 1080p Upscaling; Dolby® Volume; Exclusive High-Definition On-Screen Menu System Among Innovative Features Offered In New Models
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September 4, 2008 - For Immediate Release
WOODBURY, NY - Harman Kardon, Inc., announced today the introduction of its new top -of -the -line AVR 7550HD 7.2 -channel audio/video receiver, which incorporates a host of industry -leading features and technologies to redefine the state of the art in high -end A/V receiver design.
Also debuting Is the Harman Kardon® AVR 3550HD advanced -technology 7.1 -channel audio/video receiver, which offers exceptional performance, versatility and ease of use.
Adding to their appeal, the AVR 7550HD and AVR 3550HD both feature the brand's striking new, minimalist industrial design. Both models are elegant and distinctive, with gracefully rounded corners, a gloss -black and dark -graphite lower panel, and soft -white illumination.
In addition, at CEDIA Expo 2008 the brand is showcasing its recently introduced best -in -class AVR 354, AVR 254 and AVR 154 A/V receivers, which are all currently shipping. All of the receivers are on exhibit at the Colorado Convention Center, Booth 580 (September 4 - 7).
The Ultimate Audio/Video Receiver
The Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD is designed to deliver the ultimate home theater experience. It includes four HDMI inputs, provides HDMI V1.3a capability and can pass video signals to 1080p. It incorporates Faroudja DCDi Cinema™ digital -video processing that utilizes the latest generation Torino chipset, providing upscaled and enhanced 1080p output from all video sources with extraordinary image quality. In addition, the AVR 7550HD is compatible with HDMI V1.3a Deep Color devices.
The receiver is among the first to include Dolby® Volume technology. Dolby Volume is an innovative approach to delivering consistent volume levels across a wide variety of content, channel programming or input sources. Using a psychoacoustic model of human hearing, Dolby Volume analyzes, measures and controls perceived volume levels. Dolby Volume complements the Dolby range of audio technologies, which include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD.
The AVR 7550HD also provides DTS -HD Master Audio™ decoding, and can process 7.1 -channel PCM audio delivered to its HDMI input. It offers HDMI repeater functionality, enabling the use of longer HDMI cable lengths.
The AVR 7550HD features a USB port that allows users to listen to music from a USB memory stick that contains MP3 or Windows Media® Audio music tracks. The receiver's remote can control the USB memory stick's play, pause, track skip and other playback functions. The USB port can be used for streaming audio playback from a computer, and for easy -to -install software updates (when available), and the receiver also includes an Internet radio tuner.
The AVR 7550HD is the first audio/video receiver to utilize the latest generation Texas Instruments™ Aureus™ DA710 audio digital -signal processor in a dual -DSP implementation. The DA710 is designed to provide the highest quality audio processing possible today. It optimally supports the AVR 7550HD's advanced audio software, and delivers unsurpassed multichannel sound quality.
The AVR 7550HD also provides multiroom audio and video capability for connected A/V sources, including the iPod. It includes multiroom preamp and video outputs, an amplifier section that can be used in either 7.1 -channel mode or switched to 5.1 -plus -stereo dual -zone configuration, and a Zone II remote control. The receiver incorporates the A -BUS® system for easy multizone audio connectivity, using a single Cat. 5 cable to connect a receiver in one room to a Harman Kardon AB 2 or AB 1 amplified in -wall control/amplifier module in a second room. When used with an A -BUS hub, such as the Harman Kardon ABH 4000 or ABH 4, a single AVR 7550HD can distribute audio to additional rooms in a home.
AVR 7550HD and AVR 3550HD: Exceptional Performance, Ease of Operation and Flexibility
The AVR 3550HD shares many of the AVR 7550HD's high -end features, including HDMI V1.3a capability with Deep Color; multichannel PCM digital audio from HDMI sources; Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing and upscaling; Dolby TrueHD and DTS -HD Master Audio decoding; and multiroom audio capability with A -BUS connectivity.
Both the AVR 7550HD and AVR 3550HD incorporate a Harman Kardon -exclusive newly developed high -definition full -color on -screen menu system that utilizes both pictures and text to guide users in setting up a home theater system, and in verifying that components are connected and configured properly. The HD -resolution graphical interface utilizes alpha blending, a technique that allows the menus to be partially transparent and the video image to remain visible while using the menus. Complementing the interface's unmatched ease of use, the AVR 7550HD and AVR 3550HD include newly designed backlit remote controls with simplified, yet more flexible operation and a more intuitive ergonomic design.
Both receivers incorporate the company's EzSet/EQ™II (AVR 7550HD) or EzSet/EQ™ (AVR 3550HD) proprietary automated room -equalization and system -calibration feature to simplify system setup and achieve optimal audio quality in any listening room. EzSet/EQ™ II and EzSet/EQ™ automatically measure the frequency response dips and peaks in the listening room and apply a precise, compensating equalization curve to achieve extraordinary sonic accuracy. In addition, speaker -output levels and delay times are calibrated.
The AVR7550HD and the AVR 3550HD include the Harman Kardon The Bridge™II docking station for iPod at no extra charge. The Bridge II provides enhanced audio and video playback and control capabilities when a compatible iPod model* (not included) is connected. The iPod can be operated by the receiver's remote control; operating menus for the iPod are shown on a TV (or video display) and the receiver's front -panel display. The menus are displayed in high definition and offer fast, easy navigation.
These receivers feature XM Ready®** capability (where available). Once the user connects an XM Satellite Radio antenna module (sold separately) and activates his or her XM subscription, XM Radio stations can be accessed via the receiver's tuner, and stored in the tuner's preset station memory.
Harman Kardon receivers have earned worldwide accolades for their uncompromising sound quality - and the AVR 7550HD and AVR 3550HD build upon this renowned heritage. Both incorporate the brand's acclaimed high -current, ultrawide -bandwidth amplifier sections. The receivers utilize Quadruple -Crossover Bass -Management
Systems to optimize bass reproduction for all the loudspeakers in the main home theater room, and feature proprietary Logic 7® audio technologies for enhanced surround sound realism.
The Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD 7.2 -channel audio/video receiver will be available in January 2009 at a suggested retail price of $2,799. The AVR 3550HD will be available in October 2008 at $1,199 suggested retail.
AVR 354, AVR 254 and AVR 154: Best -In -Class Features and Connectivity Options
At CEDIA 2008, the Harman Kardon brand is also showcasing its 7.1 -channel AVR 354 and AVR 254 and 5.1 -channel AVR 154 audio/video receivers, which incorporate an expanded complement of upgraded features to set new price/performance benchmarks in their respective categories. The receivers all offer HDMI V1.3a capability, and can pass video signals to 1080p. The AVR 354 and AVR 254 include a host of additional advanced features including Faroudja DCDi Cinema video upscaling to 1080p; Deep Color functionality; Dolby TrueHD and DTS -HD Master Audio decoding; the brand's new high -definition graphical on -screen menu system; and many additional enhancements.
Suggested retail pricing for these receivers is as follows: AVR 354, $899; AVR 254, $649; AVR 154, $399. All models are currently available.
Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD and AVR 3550HD Audio/Video Receivers' Main Features:
•AVR 7550HD, 7 x 110 watts; ±60 amps of high -current capability
•AVR 3550HD, 7 x 75 watts; ±35 amps of high -current capability
o All power outputs rated into 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, <0.07% THD; both receivers feature high -current, ultrawide -bandwidth amplifier sections
Audio and Video Connectivity
•Four -input (AVR 7550HD) or three -input (AVR 3550HD) HDMI V1.3a with Deep Color
•Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS Master Audio capability
o Multichannel PCM digital audio output from compatible HDMI program sources
•HDMI repeater functionality to enable longer HDMI cable lengths between receiver and video display
•Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing and scaling to 1080p
•Capable of passing 1080p signals via HDMI and component video outputs
•Extensive array of additional digital and analog video and audio inputs, outputs and switching facilities
•Cross -conversion to component video from composite - and S -video sources
•Supplied with the Harman Kardon The Bridge II docking station for iPod for audio and video playback, control and charging
•Playback of MP3 and Windows Media Audio (WMA) music files from a USB memory stick using the receiver's remote control (AVR 7550HD)
•Streaming audio playback from a computer via the receiver's USB port, and Internet radio tuner (AVR 7550HD)
•Multizone/multisource audio capability, including audio playback for iPod (using The Bridge II), with A -BUS multizone connectivity and 7.1 -channel -plus -stereo second -zone operation
o Rear amplifier channels are assignable to multizone system
o AVR 7550HD offers multiroom video and audio capability
Automatic Setup and Advanced Audio Functionality
•Dolby Volume technology (AVR 7550HD) maintains system -playback level at the same volume for all sources
•Texas Instruments Aureus digital audio processor provides the highest quality audio processing and multichannel sound quality (AVR 7550HD)
•EzSet/EQ II (AVR 7550HD) or EzSet/EQ (AVR 3550HD) feature for automated system calibration and room equalization
•Lip Sync Delay to compensate for the delay that can occur between the audio and video signals in some home entertainment systems
•Quadruple -Crossover Bass Manager enables optimal bass performance for all loudspeakers in the main home -theater room
•Exclusive Logic 7 surround -enhancement technology for enhanced sonic realism from matrix -encoded and stereo audio sources; the receivers offer compatibility with popular surround formats
Additional Performance and Convenience Features
•Proprietary Harman Kardon high -definition, color graphical menu system guides users through system setup and automatically verifies when components are properly configured; on -screen menus are partially transparent, enabling video image to remain visible while menus are in use
•Input -titling feature enables users to customize the receivers' on -screen and front -panel displays
•Redesigned remote controls with simplified operation and control layouts
•USB port (AVR 7550HD) or RS -232 port (AVR 3550HD) to enable future software and firmware updates
•RS -232 port for integrated system control with other compatible audio/video components (AVR 7550HD)
•Stunning appearance, with gracefully rounded corners, a gloss -black upper panel and a dark -graphite lower panel, all accented by soft -white illumination
About Harman Kardon, Inc.
Harman Kardon, Inc., is a unit of Harman International Industries, Incorporated (www.harman.com). Harman International designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment products for the automotive, consumer and professional markets, and maintains a strong presence in the Americas, Europe and
Asia, employing more than 11,000 people worldwide. The Harman International family of brands includes AKG®, Audioaccess®, Becker®, BSS®, Crown®, dbx®, DigiTech®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson®,
Revel®, QNX®, Soundcraft® and Studer®. Harman International's stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "NYSE: HAR."
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Harman Kardon, Logic 7, AKG, Audioaccess, Becker, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, QNX, Soundcraft and Studer are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. EzSet/EQ™II, EzSet/EQ and The Bridge™ II are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.
HDMI, the HDMI logo and High -Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
Faroudja DCDi Cinema is a trademark of Genesis Microchip Inc.
DTS is a registered trademark, and DTS -HD Master Audio is a trademark, of DTS, Inc.
Windows Media is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Windows Media Audio is a proprietary file format developed by Microsoft.
Texas Instruments and Aureus are trademarks of Texas Instruments.
iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
A -BUS is a registered trademark of LeisureTech Electronics Pty Ltd.
XM -Ready and XM are registered trademarks of XM Satellite Radio.
*Compatible with iPod models with docking connector, including iPod touch and all Click Wheel models; not compatible with iPod shuffle.
**Optional XM antenna module and subscription to XM service required. Hardware and service sold separately. XM service is not available in Alaska or Hawaii.
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