NEWS: Expanded hi-fi range from Harman Kardon due in April

Confirming its commitment to stereo hi-fi, as well as multichannel home cinema, Harman Kardon is boosting its range of hi-fi components for 2008.

Due out in April are two new CD players, an 80w stereo integrated amplifier and a DAB/FM/AM tuner. A flagship 150w-per-channel stereo amp will follow in September.

The HD 990 CD player shown above (£350) has balanced XLR outputs, coaxial and optical digital inputs, auto set-up and Harmon Kardon's Real-Time Linear Smoothing (RLS III) technology to create a more "spacious, richly detailed sound".

It's joined by the £250 HD 980 CD player, and the £275 TU 980 DAB/FM/AM tuner (below).

Amplification comes in the form of the £350 HK 980 and the flagship HK 990, which is expected to retail for around £1000.

The HK 990, shown below, has balanced XLR inputs and outputs, coaxial and optical digital inputs, MM and MC phono inputs, USB connectivity, Real-Time Linear Smoothing Technology (RLS IV), dual subwoofer outputs, 2.2-channel EzSet/EQ room optimisation and a High-resolution Synchronisation Link.

The latter uses an RJ45 cable and connection to provide a direct digital link between the amp and CD player.

There are also two stereo receivers in the new line-up, the £350 HK 3490 (2 x 120w) and the £275 HK 3390 (2 x 80w). Both will be available in April.

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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 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.