30 May 2008
WOODBURY, NY - Harman Kardon, Inc., announced today the introduction of The Bridge II docking station for iPod. A unique accessory that connects a compatible iPod model* (not included) to a Harman Kardon® The Bridge -ready** audio/video component, The Bridge II enables a host of expanded capabilities for iPod, including audio and video playback through a home entertainment system, on -screen menu display for iPod, and remote control operation.
Home Entertainment for iPod At Its Best
Using just a single cable, The Bridge II connects to the Harman Kardon DMC 1000 digital media center, the new AVR 354 7.1 -channel audio/video receiver and the HK 3490 stereo receiver, or to current and previously available The Bridge -ready A/V receivers. No power adapter is required. Once connected, The Bridge II provides a direct audio, video (for the AVR 354) and control link between the iPod and the DMC 1000 or receiver. In addition, The Bridge II is powered by the receiver and no additional connection is required to charge the iPod.
The Bridge II enables control and navigation for a docked iPod from the DMC 1000 or the receiver's remote control. The Bridge II and the remotes operate in conjunction with proprietary Harman Kardon -developed software that is built into the DMC 1000 and the receivers, providing complete control of music and still images, as well as video playback with the AVR 354.
Selection and track information including album, artist, track number and other information are visible on both the user's TV (or video display) and the DMC 1000 or receiver's front -panel display, providing ready access to all playback and menu functions via simple -to -use on -screen or front -panel messages. The remote controls that are supplied with the DMC 1000 and compatible receivers are used to operate playback for iPod, including start/stop/pause, next track/previous track and access to menus.
The iPod may also be used as a source for multiroom audio playback when used with the DMC 1000, AVR 354 or The Bridge II -compatible AVR Series receivers with multiroom audio capability.
When the iPod is connected to a compatible Harman Kardon receiver via The Bridge II, the audio output is sent directly to the receiver, enabling users to experience exceptional multichannel music reproduction as well as stereo music playback. The exclusive Harman International Logic 7® surround -enhancement technology built into Harman Kardon A/V receivers utilizes proprietary digital -signal -processing techniques to create heightened sonic realism from the iPod (and other two -channel music sources), with superior imaging and an immersive surround sound environment.
Adding to its appeal, The Bridge II features a compact, streamlined design with a dark -graphite finish and soft white illumination that complements Harman Kardon audio/video components and fits easily into a home entertainment system.
The Harman Kardon The Bridge II is fully compatible with iPod models equipped with a docking connector, including iPod touch, iPod classic, iPod nano and all Click Wheel models. (Not compatible with iPod shuffle.)
The Harman Kardon The Bridge II docking station for iPod will be available in early summer 2008 at a suggested retail price of $129. The Bridge II will also be included at no extra charge with the AVR 354 7.1 -channel audio/video receiver, which will be available in late spring 2008 at $899 suggested retail.
About Harman Kardon, Inc.
Harman Kardon is a business 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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For additional information, contact:
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Harman Kardon, Logic 7, JBL, AKG, Audioaccess, Becker, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, Infinity, Lexicon, Mark Levinson, Revel, QNX, Soundcraft and Studer are trademarks of Harman International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries.
iPod is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
*Compatible with iPod models with docking connector; including iPod touch, iPod nano and all Click Wheel models. Not compatible with iPod shuffle.
**The Bridge II is compatible with the Harman Kardon DMC 1000 digital media center and the following receivers: AVR 354, AVR 47 Series, AVR 146, AVR 45 Series, AVR 40 Series and HK 3490. Not compatible with other Harman Kardon products, or with other brands of audio/video equipment.
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