Harman Kardon Introduces Flagship AVR 7550HD and Advanced -Technology AVR 3550HD Audio/Video Receivers, and Showcases a Wide Range of Custom -Installation Home Entertainment Solutions at CEDIA Expo 2008
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WOODBURY, NY - At CEDIA Expo 2008, Harman Kardon, Inc., is exhibiting a wide selection of innovative home entertainment components that offer a unique combination of exceptional performance and functionality, unmatched ease of use, and stunning, distinctively elegant styling.
The company is premiering its new top -of -the -line AVR 7550HD 7.2 -channel audio/video receiver, which incorporates the industry's most advanced features and technologies to redefine the state of the art in home -theater -receiver design.
Also being introduced is the Harman Kardon AVR 3550HD 7.1 -channel audio/video receiver, a high -end home entertainment component that offers exceptional audio and video quality and flexible operation.
The following products will be showcased: the Harman Kardon AVR 354, AVR 254 and AVR 154 A/V receivers, which set new price/performance standards in their respective categories; the versatile DMC 1000 digital media center; the company's dedicated multiroom custom installation solutions, and additional featured products.
Following is an overview of the Harman Kardon audio/video components on exhibit at the Colorado Convention Center, Booth 580 (September 4 - 7, 2008).
AVR 7550HD: The Ultimate Audio/Video Receiver
The 7.2 -channel Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD is the brand's new flagship A/V receiver, 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. The AVR 7550HD employs Faroudja DCDi Cinema™ digital -video processing that utilizes the leading -edge Torino chipset, providing extraordinary upscaled and enhanced 1080p image quality from all video sources. The receiver is also 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 inputs. It features HDMI repeater functionality, enabling the use of longer cable lengths.
The AVR 7550HD is the first receiver to utilize the latest generation Texas Instruments™ Aureus™ DA710 audio digital signal processor in a dual -DSP implementation. The Aureus DA710 is designed to provide the highest quality audio processing possible today. Its massive processing power enables it to optimally support the AVR 7550HD's advanced audio software, and deliver unsurpassed multichannel sound quality.
The AVR 7550HD incorporates 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 their home theater system. Complementing the interface's unmatched ease of use, the AVR 7550HD includes a redesigned backlit remote control with simplified, yet more flexible operation and an intuitive ergonomic control layout.
The AVR 7550HD has a built -in 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 playback functions, and the USB port can also be used to accommodate streaming audio from a computer, and for easy -to -install software updates (when available). The receiver also includes an Internet radio tuner.
The AVR 7550HD provides multiroom audio and video capability for connected A/V sources, including an 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, or a Harman Kardon ABH 4000 or ABH 4 A -BUS distribution hub.
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.
AVR 3550HD: Exceptional Performance, Ease of Operation and Flexibility
The AVR 3550HD making its debut at CEDIA 2008 shares many of the AVR 7550HD's high -end features, including HDMI V1.3a with Deep Color; multichannel PCM digital audio; Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing and upscaling; Dolby TrueHD and DTS -HD Master Audio decoding; the new Harman Kardon full -color high -definition graphical on -screen user interface; and multiroom audio capability with A -BUS connectivity.
Both receivers offer 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. Both include the Harman Kardon The Bridge™ II docking station for iPod at no extra charge. The Bridge II enables enhanced audio and video playback and remote -control capabilities when a compatible iPod model* is connected to the receivers via The Bridge II.
The AVR 3550HD and AVR 7550HD offer a wealth of additional advanced features, including XM Ready®** capability (where available); powerful high -current, ultrawide -bandwidth amplifier sections (7 x 110 and 7 x 75 watts, respectively, into 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, <0.07% THD); proprietary Logic 7® audio technologies for enhanced surround sound realism; Lip Sync Delay for synchronizing the audio and video signals in any home theater or custom installation; and many additional enhancements.
The Harman Kardon AVR 3550HD 7.1 -channel audio/video receiver will be available in October 2008 at a suggested retail price of $1,199.
AVR 354, AVR 254 and AVR 154: Best -In -Class Features and Connectivity Options
At CEDIA 2008, the Harman Kardon brand is 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 and connectivity options 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. Depending on the model, the receivers also include Faroudja DCDi Cinema video upscaling to 1080p; Deep Color functionality; Dolby TrueHD and DTS -HD Master Audio decoding; the brand's exclusive high -definition graphical on -screen menu system; an iPod audio/video interface using The Bridge II docking station from Harman Kardon (AVR 354); and numerous additional advanced features.
Suggested retail pricing for these receivers is as follows: AVR 354, $899; AVR 254, $649; AVR 154, $399. All models are currently available.
The Bridge II: Enabling Home Entertainment Connectivity for iPod
The Bridge II docking station for iPod is a unique accessory that connects a compatible iPod model to a Harman Kardon The Bridge -ready audio/video component***, and enables expanded capabilities for iPod, including audio/video playback through a home entertainment system, on -screen menu display for iPod, remote control operation, and charging.
The Bridge II connects to the new Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD, AVR 3550HD and AVR 354 7.1 -channel audio/video receivers (included with these three models) and the HK 3490 stereo receiver, the DMC 1000 digital media center, or to other Harman Kardon The Bridge -ready receivers. It enables control of music, and image and video playback (with the AVR 7550HD, AVR 3550HD and AVR 354), with menu information for iPod visible on the user's TV and on the receiver's, or DMC 1000's, front panel.
The Bridge II docking station for iPod is available at a suggested retail price of $129.
HK 3490 and HK 3390 Stereo Receivers: Ideal for Music and Home Entertainment
The Harman Kardon HK 3490 (showcased at CEDIA 2008), and HK 3390 stereo receivers combine superlative sound with a host of useful features and the brand's new, striking industrial design.
The HK 3490 and HK 3390 incorporate powerful high -current, ultrawide -bandwidth amplifier sections (2 x 120 watts and 2 x 80 watts, respectively, into 8 ohms, 20Hz - 20kHz, <0.07% THD); and provide video as well as audio connections to accommodate a variety of program sources, including turntables. The HK 3490 also offers coaxial and optical digital audio inputs for 2 -channel PCM sources, XM Satellite Radio compatibility and audio connectivity for iPod (iPod not included) using The Bridge II docking station (sold separately), as well as Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone processing to deliver surround sound audio from a pair of loudspeakers or from headphones.
The HK 3490 and HK 3390 stereo receivers are available at suggested retail prices of $499 and $399, respectively.
DMC 1000: Versatile Digital Media Center With Advanced Home Entertainment Capabilities
The Harman Kardon DMC 1000 is a hard drive -based media server and full -featured DVD player that provides a host of advanced capabilities, including playback of up to four audio streams, independently and simultaneously. The DMC 1000 features a striking industrial design with sleek, ultramodern styling that complements any home entertainment installation.
The DMC 1000 can store more than 60,000 songs (based on average data rate and compression), complete with full track -identification information and album cover art (where available), and can play back audio and still -image files from a variety of media cards and USB storage devices. Music and images stored on the DMC 1000's hard drive can also be copied to a memory card or USB storage device. The DMC 1000 is also designed to be used as a full -featured DVD/CD player. It features an HDMI output with upscaling to 1080p, and offers extensive multiroom functionality, including iPod multizone music and video/still -image playback and remote -zone control when a compatible iPod is connected to it via a Harman Kardon The Bridge II iPod docking station (sold separately).
The DMC 1000 digital media center is available at a suggested retail price of $3,499.
ABH 4000, ABH 4, AB 2 and AB 1: Providing Expanded A -BUS Multiroom Functionality
The Harman Kardon lineup of A -BUS multiroom audio products includes its ABH 4000 four -zone/eight -room A -BUS expansion hub, ABH 4 A -BUS expansion hub, AB 2 amplified in -wall module and AB 1 in -wall amplified module.
The ABH 4000 distributes, using Cat. 5 cable, two -channel audio, power and control signals from up to four audio -source components to up to four zones and eight room locations. The ABH 4000 provides a cost -effective means of creating a multizone audio system that may be implemented using just source components, an ABH 4000 and AB 2 modules located in the remote zones. The ABH 4000 can also add A -BUS multizone capability to any receiver via its loop -through audio connections, or expand the A -BUS capabilities of Harman Kardon A -BUS multiroom receivers. If desired, multiple ABH 4000's or ABH 4's can be linked together for larger multizone systems.
The ABH 4 A -BUS expansion hub increases the multiroom capability of any Harman Kardon A -BUS receiver. It connects to the A -BUS output of a receiver and distributes, via Cat. 5 cable, two -channel audio, power and control signals to up to four AB 2 or AB 1 in -wall modules in remote zones. The ABH 4 also includes two -channel audio inputs to enable any receiver with line -level multiroom audio outputs to interface with the ABH 4 and deliver audio to connected AB 2 or AB 1 modules.
The AB 2 in -wall A -BUS keypad controller operates in conjunction with the ABH 4000 to provide source selection and control functions, and features a built -in two -channel amplifier to power a pair of speakers in the remote zone. The AB 2, as well as the AB 1, has an integrated IR sensor, fits into a standard electrical J -Box or plaster ring, and accepts a Decora® cover plate.
The AB 1 amplified in -wall module is ideal for a variety of A -BUS applications. The AB 1 connects to a compatible Harman Kardon A/V receiver or other A -BUS component, and features a built -in two -channel amplifier with volume control to power a pair of speakers.
Suggested retail pricing is as follows: ABH 4000, $699; ABH 4, $219; AB 2, $249; AB 1, $149. All models are currently shipping.
HKTS 18 and HKTS 15 Home Theater Speaker Systems: Expansive Sound, Refined Styling
The Harman Kardon HKTS 18 and HKTS 15 5.1 -channel home theater speaker systems combine attractive design with outstanding sound quality, installation flexibility and value. Both systems include four wall -mountable satellite speakers with swivel wall -mount brackets, a center channel speaker and a subwoofer. The HKTS 18 and HKTS 15 employ premium -quality woofers and dome tweeters to deliver expansive multichannel sound, and their unique appearance, with subtly contoured enclosures and metal -mesh grilles, integrates beautifully into any décor.
The HKTS 18 and HKTS 15 home theater speaker systems are available in at suggested retail prices of $999 and $749, respectively.
DVD 48: Superlative Picture and Sound Quality
The Harman Kardon DVD 48 universal DVD player is a high -performance source component that incorporates built -in DCDi by Faroudja processing and scaling to 1080p, and multichannel DVD -Audio and Super Audio CD (SACD™) playback, for exceptional picture and sound quality. It includes HDMI outputs and features pixel -by -pixel processing, motion -adaptive pixel -based deinterlacing and premium digital -video D/A converters to deliver sharp, detailed and realistic images. The DVD 48 provides superlative sound as well, with comprehensive audio control and bass management. The player is compatible with a wide variety of disc formats, and provides a wealth of performance and convenience features.
The Harman Kardon DVD 48 universal DVD player is available at a suggested retail price of $349.
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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HDMI, the HDMI logo and High -Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.
Faroudja DCDi Cinema is a trademark of Genesis Microchip Inc.
Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.
DTS is a registered trademark, and DTS -HD and DTS -HD Master Audio are trademarks, of DTS, Inc.
Texas Instruments and Aureus are trademarks of Texas Instruments.
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.
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 is a registered trademark of XM Satellite Radio.
Decora is a registered trademark of Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc.
SACD is a trademark of Sony Corporation.
*Optional XM antenna module and subscription to XM service required. Hardware and service sold separately. XM service is not available in Alaska or Hawaii.
**Compatible with iPod models with docking connector, including iPod touch and all Click Wheel models; not compatible with iPod shuffle.
***The Bridge II is compatible with the Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD, AVR 3550HD, AVR 354, AVR 47 Series, AVR 146, AVR 45 Series and AVR 40 Series receivers, the HK 3490 stereo receiver and the DMC 1000 digital media center. Not compatible with other Harman Kardon products, or with other brands of audio/video equipment.
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