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Harman/Kardon BDS800 review

The upmarket BDS800 is a well-turned out, all-in-one home cinema system, but is it more style icon than trendsetter?

By  from TechRadar Issue 194
Product Type
Home Theater System
Player/Recorder Type
Blu-ray Disc Player
Speaker Configuration
5.1
Green Compliance Certificate/Authority
WEEE
Ethernet
Yes
HDMI
Yes
RMS Output Power
65 W
HDMI Version
1.3a
iPod Supported
Yes
Number of Digital Optical Inputs
2
Sound System
Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS HD
Brand Name
Harman Kardon
Features
RDS/EON
Manufacturer
Harman International Industries, Inc
Video Formats
BD Video, DVD Video, AVCHD
Frequency Band
FM
Green Compliant
Yes
Dual-Layer Media Supported
Yes
Ethernet Technology
Ethernet
USB
Yes
Operating Power Consumption
110 W
Media Formats
DVD-RW, DVD+RW, CD-RW, BD-R
Number of Analog Audio Inputs
2
Number of Digital Coaxial Inputs
1
Front Speaker Height
299 mm
Front Speaker Width
110 mm
Front Speaker Depth
88 mm
Rear Speaker Height
299 mm
Rear Speaker Depth
88 mm
Rear Speaker Width
110 mm
Center Speaker Height
110 mm
Center Speaker Width
272 mm
Center Speaker Depth
88 mm
Number of HDMI Outputs
1
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
0.1%
Antenna Input
Yes
Total System Weight (Approximate)
19.90 kg
Wireless Speaker(s)
Yes
Country of Origin
China
Height
100 mm
Width
400 mm
Depth
280 mm
Video System
PAL
Number of Discs
1
Image Formats
JPEG
Audio Formats
CD-DA, WMA, WMA9, MP3
Product Model
BDS 800
Product Name
BDS 800 Home Theater System
Manufacturer Part Number
BDS800/230
Manufacturer Website Address
http://www.harman.com
Marketing Information

Stylish, versatile and supremely easy to use, the compact Harman Kardon BDS 800 is the only entertainment system most homes will ever need. The powerful BDS receiver is integrated with a versatile Blu-ray Disc /DVD/CD player and FM tuner (with RDS) to reproduce movies and music from virtually any source with all the clarity and fidelity of the original material. It even plays iPod or iPhone files via a Harman Kardon The Bridge IIIP dock (not included). Voice-matched satellite and centre-channel speakers with dual flat-panel midrange drivers deliver rich, realistic audio that envelops you in an uncanny 360-degree soundscape, while a 200-watt powered subwoofer adds deep, satisfying bass that comes at you from every direction.

Package Contents
  • BDS 800 Home Theater System
  • Remote Control
  • HDMI Cable
  • 4 x Wall-Mount Brackets
  • FM Wire Antenna
  • 2 x Speaker Cables (16.4-Foot)
  • Center Speaker Wall-Mount Bracket
  • 1 x Speaker Cable for Center Speaker (13.1-Foot)
  • Metal Stop Plates
  • 4 x Screws
Remote Control
Yes
Limited Warranty
1 Year
Weight (Approximate)
1.50 kg - Front Speaker, 1.50 kg - Centre Speaker, 1.50 kg - Rear Speaker, 9 kg - Subwoofer, 6.40 kg - Main Unit

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