CEDIA NEWS: Harman Kardon expands home cinema range

Harman Kardon CP 55

We haven't heard much from Harman Kardon in the UK during recent months, but the company has unveiled a raft of new products at CEDIA Expo.

First up is a range of three home cinema systems, built around the brand's AVR 347, 247 and 146 AV receivers.

They're rather more than a traditional home cinema in a box, as each system consists of an AV receiver, DVD player, 5.1 speaker system and all the required accessories and cables.

The 7.1 AVR 347 and AVR 247 include Faroudja's DCDi technology that provides video processing and scaling up to 720p.

All three receivers can pass high-definition video signals up to 1080p through their multiple HDMI or component video connections. They also have automatic set-up and calibration, and iPod connectivity.

The CP65 system ($1895) comes with the DVD 48 universal player, while the CP 60 ($1399) and CP 55 systems ($1199) use the DVD 38 DVD-Audio/Video player.

For those who want a more integrated solution to their home entertainment needs, Harman Kardon has two Media Centres, the DMC 1000 and DMC 250.

Harman Kardon DMC 1000

The DMC 1000 has a 250GB hard drive and stores up to 60,000 songs, and can play back up to four audio streams in up to four different zones. It also has an HDMI output with video upscaling to 1080p.

The DMC 250 is a DVD Video player that also stores content to memory cards or USB devices and can play back audio and video files from them.

Prices are $3499 for the DMC 1000 and $449 for the DMC 250.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching whathifi.com in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.