Harman Kardon is introducing its first universal DVD player with HDMI output this May, alongside a range of LCD TVs.
The DVD 47 (pictured above), which will sell for £400, is compatible with both Super Audio CD and DVD-Audio and has a built-in scaler which upscales to 1080i.
In addition the player is compatible with Windows Media Audio (WMA), CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, Video CD and 96/24 audio discs, as well as DivX files.
Full bass management is provided for both SACD and DVD-A, via a suite of adjustments for speaker size, adjustable time delay and output level adjustment. There’s also an audiophile-grade 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter beneath the hood.
Tom McLoughlin, Harman Kardon president, enthuses: “With the introduction of our DVD 47, Harman Kardon offers a high-performance DVD player suitable for all types of home entertainment systems, including the most sophisticated custom installations, and systems based around high-definition display devices with HDMI connectivity. Complementing the exceptional performance and versatility, the simple, intuitive operation makes it easier than ever for consumers to enjoy movies, music and images.”
The HK LCD TV range will come in 32, 40 and 46 inch sizes, and will be introduced at the UK CEDIA Expo in June. UK product guru Mark Hockey says, “The demand for Harman branded screens has come from Germany, where we are the number one AV brand in the market. They’ve wanted a full AV solution for several years, so we get to benefit from that.” All the models will be HD-Ready.
Also coming soon is a range of advanced AV receivers, with HDMI switching, Faroudja deinterlacing and USB connectivity.