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Harman Audio Reveals New Home Cinema Systems

Harman Audio Reveals New Home Cinema Systems

Looking for a new way to spruce up your home audio / home cinema experience? Without a solid surround sound system, your entire experience will likely be lacking. Which is precisely why Harman has just introduced a handful of new surround sound sets. The new BDS series features two integrated home entertainment systems, the Harman Kardon BDS 400 and Harman Kardon BDS 800. The company is calling these systems "all-in-one" sets, as they include everything you'd need to get a Blu-ray setup going in your home. There's an integrated receiver, a BD/DVD/CD player (complete with an FM radio tuner), and an on-screen setup menu that's said to be "foolproof."

The BDS 400 includes a powerful BDS 2 SO integrated receiver for 2.1 channel sound through two front speakers and a subwoofer, as well as Dolby Virtual Speaker technology. The BDS 800 is the most muscular system, delivering a truer surround-sound experience with four voice-matched satellites, a center-channel speaker, a subwoofer and the BDS 5 SO integrated receiver. As for pricing and exact specifications? That's all detailed below.

Harman Kardon BDS 400 2.1-channel integrated home entertainment system                    Price: $999
·        Complete home theater audio system features left- and right-channel speakers, a powerful subwoofer and a BDS 2 SO integrated receiver
·        Compact, stylish design
·        Dolby Virtual Speaker technology simulating 5.1-channel surround sound
·        Compact powered subwoofer extends and enhances bass response
·        2-1/2-way crossover network improves the transition between midrange and high-frequency drivers for more natural sound


Harman Kardon BDS 800 5.1-channel integrated home entertainment system                    Price: $1499
·        Complete home theater audio system features, four voice-matched satellite and center-channel speakers, a powerful subwoofer and a BDS 5 SO integrated receiver
·        Compact, stylish design
·        Identical dual-driver satellites boast award-winning, voice-matched speakers
·        Dedicated dual-driver center speaker delivers distinct dialogue
·        2-1/2-way crossover network improves transition between midrange and high-frequency drivers for more natural sound

BDS 2 SO Integrated Receiver (Can be purchased separately)                                                 Price: $699
·        Powerful receiver is integrated with a versatile Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD player and FM tuner
·        Reads most digital music and photo file formats
·        Front-panel USB port easily connects portable players and flash drives
·        iPod/iPhone compatibility via Harman Kardon The Bridge IIIP dock (not included)
·        Upgradeable firmware – easily install any firmware upgrades that become available via the on-screen display

BDS 5 SO Integrated Receiver (Can be purchased separately)                                                 Price: $799
·        Powerful receiver is integrated with a versatile Blu-ray Disc/DVD/CD player and FM tuner
·        Reads most digital music and photo file formats
·        Front-panel USB port easily connects portable players and flash drives
·        iPod/iPhone compatibility via Harman Kardon The Bridge IIIP dock (not included)
·        Upgradeable firmware – easily install any firmware upgrades that become available via the on-screen display
·        Designed to support 5.1-channel surround-sound systems
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While Harmon-Kardon makes some awesome sound equipment and this would be considered low-end to the audiophile I think the prices are still a bit out of reach for most people. I wonder if they will be releasing the speaker sets without the integrated receiver. Personally I have been looking for a 300-400 dollar 5.1 set of speakers with a powered sub woofer to replaced my surround sound in a box system. I already replaced the DVD player that all the speakers hooked into with a receiver which made a huge difference by itself.

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I agree omega HK makes some nice sound systems, why go for 5.1 though when you can get 7!

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I think for most people 5.1 is sufficient. Not many rooms are setup for a 7.1 system. Our room is perfect for 5.1 so that's what I use.

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is this better than Bose??

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About a year ago, my wife and I renovated our home in Fort Lauderdale. We wanted to enjoy a cinematic experience from the comfort of our own home, but we did not have a huge room to work with. Thanks to the team at Pure Audio Video, we got a beautifully designed room that looks and sounds far better than the local movie theaters! What I admired the most is that they listened to our priorities and delivered the room that we envisioned. Contact them today at www.pureaudiovideo.com or (954)-581-4434.

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I have a small lounge for my main TV and I can't convince my wife to put five speakers and a sub woofer in there, so digging around for alternative solutions which give 'almost' 5.1 I came up with a sound projector Yamaha SRT1000 - if it's a good as I imagine then it will be a pretty good option for me and others who live in a small apartment. Would be good to get any feedback from anyone whose heard one?

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