Harman Kardon has begun shipping the first of its fully integrated home entertainment Digital Lounge products, the Lounge 532, into the UK.
Designed to reposition HK as a supplier of fully integrated home entertainment solutions, its Digital Lounge systems comprise a new range of high-style HK branded home entertainment kit.
The debut Digital Lounge 532 includes a 32-inch LCD TV, a DVD-Audio player/receiver, a 5.1-channel home theater loudspeaker system, two floor stands and a system remote control. It will sell for £3000.
Harman says the player in its 5.1 receiver can upconvert standard def to 720p or 1080i via HDMI and is compatible with CD-R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, Windows Media Audio (WMA), MP3, DivX and MP3 formats.
The receiver also features two USB inputs that enable connection to portable mass storage devices such as thumb drives, portable hard disks or other compatible devices.
All the HD ready LCD screens are based on Samsung glass and sport a viewing angle of 170 degrees. HK also offers a Freeview tuner upgrade. Connectivity includes HDMI, component, S-video and two SCARTs.
The Digital Lounge series will expand to include 40-inch and 46-inch LCD screens, with gloss-black speaker packages, priced at 3750 and 5,500 UK pounds respectively.
Harman’s Mark Hockey says: “We think the concept is very innovative. Every buyer also gets a welcome pack, which incorporates a demo disc, gloves to handle the product, HDMI leads and even a branded cover for the screen when it’s not in use.”