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CES 2004 : Harman Kardon

9 janvier 2004


Du Progressive Scan à toutes les sauces

C’est sur la branche grand public du groupe Harman et plus spécialement sur la marque Harman Kardon elle même que nous nous arrêterons un instant afin de vous présenter les quelques nouveautés qui équiperont les rayonnages de nos revendeurs français ce printemps.

A la carte une nouvelle série d’intégrés dont l’AVR 7300, qui se veux être le premier appareil de ce type à disposer d’un processeur vidéo Progressive Scan DCDI, avec la possibilité en sus d’upconvertir le signal vidéo entrant…Côté puissance c’est un 7x 110 watts qui gère tous les formats surround dont le nouveau Dolby Prologic IIx
Plus spécifiquement l’AVR 7300 qui arrivera courant mars retrouvera une famille complète :
8 canaux AVR 630 (1299$) l’AVR 430 (SRP: 999) et l’AVR 330 (799$);
7 canaux AVR 230 (549$) et le 6 canaux AVR 130 (449$).



En complément de gamme, Harman commercialisera deux intégrés entièrement numérique (amplification et traitement audio vidéo), DPR 2005 et le DPR 1005 sont donc tous deux équipés d’une amplification digitale qui leur permet d’alimenter électriquement en un temps record un système d’enceinte.
La puissance respective de ces nouveautés est de 7 x 120 watts de THD et de 7 x 70 watts (sous 8 ohms, 20Hz – 20kHz, C’est deux produits qui verront le jour en même temps que l’AVR 7300 seront commercialisés à moins de 1700 $.



Pour parfaire sa gamme de lecteurs DVD la marque présente deux nouvelles recrues les DVD 31 et DVD 22. Tous de deux sont au format Slim et adoptent de série le chip de traitement vidéo Progessiive Scan. On notera que la différence entre les deux appareils réside dans la compatibilité du DVD 31 avec le format DVD-Audio.
Le DVD 22 restant quant à lui compatible avec le reste des formats utilisées à ce jour (DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3, JPEG). Ils seront respectivement commercialisés au prix de 349$ et de 249$.



Pour finir sachez qu’Harman Kardon lance deux packs Home Cinéma de petites dimensions le HKTS 14 et le HKTS 7. Chacune de ces deux solutions intègre cinq enceintes dont quatre satellites (2 voies) et une véritable centrale (2 voies). Pour le registre des graves un caisson acif est fourni avec l’ensemble.



Ces deux systèmes seront disponibles prochainement aux tarifs de 649 et 449 $.

Communiqués de presse

WOODBURY, NY – Celebrating 50 years as a leading manufacturer of high-quality home entertainment
products, at CES 2004 Harman Kardon will introduce three advanced-technology audio/video receivers that are among the most significant in the company’s history. The receivers making their debut include the AVR 7300, Harman Kardon’s first audio/video receiver to include built-in progressive-scan digital video processing, and the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005, next-generation digital path receiver models that offer enhanced power, features and operational versatility. Tom McLoughlin, Harman Kardon president, noted: “Harman Kardon’s 2004 product line is the company’s most innovative ever, incorporating a number of important design and engineering breakthroughs to offer more and better ways to experience home entertainment than ever before. For example, our AVR 7300’s built-in progressive-scan video upconversion gives viewers the ability to enjoy dramatically improved picture quality from all of their analog video sources – a major evolution in home theater receiver functionality. Adding to their appeal, our latest audio/video components and loudspeakers are designed to work together with total synergy and ease of operation.”Following is an overview of the Harman Kardon receivers that will be introduced at CES 2004.

Intégré AVR 7300

Harman Kardon once again redefines the state of the art in high-performance audio/video receiver designwith the introduction of its AVR 7300 – the company’s first receiver to include built-in video scaling and advanced digital video processing. Achieving a breakthrough in A/V receiver functionality, the 7.1-channel AVR 7300 utilizes a Faroudja® integrated processor with patented DCDi® (Directional Correlational Deinterlacing) technology, to provide upconverted 480p progressive-scan video output from connected interlaced 480i video sources, with extraordinary image quality.

The AVR 7300’s Faroudja processor’s DCDi technology, along with exclusive video decoding and enhancement circuitry, yields superlative progressive-scan image quality from analog video sources such as interlaced-output DVD players, analog cable broadcasts and VCRs that is sharp, clear and virtually free from color and motion artifacts. In addition, the processor accurately reconstructs the 3/2 pull-down process required to transfer film to video, delivering full 60-frame playback with the best-possible progressive-scan image quality when viewing film-based DVD-Video content.

Designed to deliver the ultimate home theater experience, the AVR 7300 incorporates a full complement of additional leading-edge technologies and features, such as a Quadruple-Crossover Bass Manager, which allows the selection of one of six different crossover frequencies for each of the four loudspeaker groups in a 7.1-channel system, plus Dolby* Pro Logic* IIx surround decoding, bi-directional RS-232 connectivity with software and firmware upgradeability, A/V Sync Delay, which assures exact synchronization of audio and video signals in any home entertainment installation, and many additional refinements. The AVR 7300 is engineered to deliver exceptional sound quality. The receiver utilizes high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth-amplifier sections with discrete output devices to reproduce digital movie soundtracks and high-resolution music discs with outstanding fidelity and dynamic authority. The AVR 7300 delivers massive power output – 7 x 110 watts (into 8 ohms, 20Hz – 20kHz,
The receiver also incorporates two proprietary Harman technologies, Logic® 7 and VMAx®, to deliver heightened sonic realism from surround sound and stereo source material.

The AVR 7300 provides extensive connectivity and installation flexibility, with a wide selection of digital and analog audio and video connections and control options. Complementing its innovative digital video upconversion capabilities, the AVR 7300 includes three assignable wide-bandwidth 100MHz, HDTVcompatible component video inputs. Because the receiver provides component video upconversion for all S-Video and composite video signals, it can be connected to a compatible TV set or video display device using just a single set of component video cables, simplifying connection options.

The AVR 7300 offers a wealth of additional useful features, including multiroom/multisource operation with independent, simultaneous operation of two program sources, assignable 7.1- or 5.1-plus-stereo amplifier configuration, and 6/8-channel direct inputs that operate in conjunction with the Bass-Management System, to provide the best-possible sound quality from a connected DVD-Audio, SACD or universal player. The receiver is supplied with a two-line LCD remote control featuring ™ (patent no. 5,386,478) automatic speaker-level calibration and advanced system control capabilities, and a supplied Zone II remote for controlling the second-zone system.

In common with all of the company’s receivers for 2004, the AVR 7300 features Harman Kardon’s striking new receiver design, featuring a gloss-black upper panel, a volume control surrounded by blue illumination, a contrasting silver lower panel and a two-line dot-matrix display.

The Harman Kardon AVR 7300 will be available in March 2004 at a suggested retail price of $2,199. The AVR 7300 joins the currently available models in Harman Kardon’s AVR Series lineup to create a comprehensive selection of high-performance audio/video receivers for every home entertainment application.

Other AVR Series models include the 7.1-channel AVR 630, winner of an Innovations 2004 Design and Engineering Award (SRP: $1,299); the 7.1-channel AVR 430 (SRP: $999) and 7.1-channel AVR 330 (SRP: $799); the 6.1-channel AVR 230 (SRP: $549) and the 5.1-channel AVR 130 (SRP: $449).

Intégrés numérique DPR 2005 & DPR 1005
At CES 2004, Harman Kardon will introduce its next-generation DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 digital path receivers, innovative 7.1-channel audio/video receivers that take Harman Kardon’s groundbreaking digital path receiver platform to new levels of performance and functionality. The sleek, distinctively styled

DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 utilize a fully digital signal path from input to output, and are of totally new design, incorporating the company’s latest features and technologies, more powerful digital amplifier sections and many additional refinements.

Both models offer an outstanding combination of superb sound, ease of use and operational flexibility, and their striking appearance makes them ideal for design-conscious consumers who want to integrate a true high-performance audio/video receiver into a stylish and elegant home entertainment system.

The DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 incorporate redesigned digital-amplifier sections to deliver high-power output with superior low-impedance drive capability, enabling the receivers to drive even difficult loudspeaker loads to ample volume levels. The DPR 2005 provides 7 x 120 watts power output (into 8 ohms, 20Hz – 20kHz,
The receivers’ digital-amplifier technology provides significant advantages in performance and physical design. In both the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005, the digital signal from sources such a DVD player, HDTV set-top box, or CD player is routed directly to the receiver’s DSP section and then to the digital-amplifier section, while remaining completely in the digital domain from input to the final amplifier output stage. This topology maintains maximum digital signal purity by eliminating multiple stages of A/D and D/A conversion, and the resulting distortion and noise that can occur in conventional amplifier designs.

In addition to their advanced-technology engineering, the DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 share most of the same industry-leading control capabilities, connectivity and features as Harman Kardon’s AVR 7300 receiver, such as the Quadruple-Crossover Bass-Management System, bi-directional RS-232 connectivity, which also enables flash-memory upgradeability, a remote control with EzSet automatic speaker-level calibration, and many additional enhancements. Both receivers are compatible with all popular surround sound formats, and feature assignable wide-bandwidth, HDTV-compatible component video inputs to facilitate their use in the most-sophisticated home entertainment systems and custom installations.

The receivers are restyled with a sleek, distinctively elegant industrial design, featuring a gloss-black upper panel, accented by a volume control surrounded by blue illumination, a contrasting silver lower panel and a two-line dot-matrix display. The design perfectly complements Harman Kardon’s audio/video components and loudspeakers, as well as home entertainment systems based around plasma displays and high-tech TV sets. Their compact size provides an additional advantage, enabling them to be used in locations where a traditional audio/video receiver could not be accommodated.

The Harman Kardon DPR 2005 digital path receiver will be available in February 2004 at a suggested retail price of $1,699. The Harman Kardon DPR 1005 digital path receiver will be available in February 2004 at a suggested retail price of $1,399.

In addition to the AVR 7300, DPR 2005 and DPR 1005 audio/video receivers making their debut, Harman Kardon recently introduced a host of innovative products. Following is an overview of selected components from the company’s 2004 lineup. Lecteurs de DVD 31 & DVD 22 Harman Kardon’s DVD 31 progressive-scan DVD audio/video and DVD 22 progressive-scan DVD video players incorporate the company’s most-advanced digital video and audio technologies to deliver unsurpassed performance and operational flexibility, including innovative pixel-by-pixel video processing, which provides remarkably realistic image quality, and 24-bit/192kHz audio D/A conversion for high resolution sound. The pixel-by-pixel reconstruction is accomplished by an integrated digital signal processor that provides vastly superior picture quality compared to line-by-line progressive-scan methods, yielding smoother, more realistic images with exceptional detail and contrast.

The DVD 31 and DVD 22 also offer unique capabilities for enjoying movies, music and images. Along with spectacular DVD playback, including both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW discs, both players accommodate Windows Media® Audio (WMA), CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 discs and JPEG file discs. Easy access to disc titles, chapters, tracks, files and folders is provided thanks to Harman Kardon’s exclusive navigational interface, and both players provide a full complement of advanced performance and convenience features, along with total connection flexibility, for outstanding performance in any custom installation and home entertainment system. In addition, the DVD 31 provides ultimate-quality multichannel DVD-Audio playback, enabling audiophiles and discriminating music lovers to enjoy an extraordinary DVD-Audio listening experience.

Both players are striking in appearance, with an ultraslim, functional design that enables them to be easily installed virtually anywhere and complement any home entertainment system.

The Harman Kardon DVD 31 DVD audio/video player and DVD 22 DVD video player will be available in early 2004 at suggested retail prices of $349 and $249, respectively.

Enceintes HKTS 14 et HKTS 7
Harman Kardon’s HKTS 14 and HKTS 7 home theater loudspeaker systems are complete, compact 5.1-channel home theater solutions that combine striking appearance with outstanding surround sound performance. The HKTS 14 is the recipient of a 2004 iF Design Award, sponsored by International Forum Design and one of the world’s most prestigious design competitions.

The HKTS 14 and HKTS 7 each include four two-way satellite speakers, a two-way center channel speaker and a powered subwoofer, and deliver clear, expansive and detailed sound quality. Both systems utilize advanced-technology tweeters and woofers, and a subwoofer that incorporates a unique light, yet highly rigid, honeycomb material for exceptional articulation and resolution. Additional satellite speaker pairs (Models HKS 4 and HKS 3) are available to create a complete 7.1-channel speaker system.

The systems’ satellite and center channel speakers are video-shielded so they may be placed on or near a TV set. The satellites are also ideal for placement on a shelf or in a cabinet, or mounted on a wall with the hardware included with the system, and their distinctive design complements any interior. Both systems perfectly match Harman Kardon audio/video components, and today’s high-tech video displays.

The Harman Kardon HKTS 14 and HKTS 7 systems are currently available at suggested retail prices of $649 and $449, respectively.


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