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Harman Kardon Debuting AVRs

9/09/2009 09:00:00 AM Eastern

CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta - Harman Kardon will unveil three AVRs to go with its previously
announced top-end AVR 7550, which
shipped in August.

The $2,999-suggested
AVR 7550HD, the new $1,199 AVR 3600, and the new $799 AVR
2600 are the brand's first AVRs to incorporate Dolby Volume, which maintains a
consistent volume level when TV channels are changed, a TV program transitions
to a commercial, or inputs are switched. It also dynamically compensates for
the human ear's lower sensitivity to bass and treble sounds as volume levels
decrease within a program.

All four models,
including the opening price AVR
1600 at a suggested $599, decode all authorized Blu-ray surround formats, and
all feature an on-screen display that can be used for daily system operation,
not just for system setup. In the AVR
7550HD, AVR 2600 and AVR 3600, consumers can view the on-screen display
in a transparent window over a video program playing on the connected TV.

Two of the models -
the AVR 2600 and AVR 3600 - are the first to connect to the new
Bridge III dock, which is the
brand's first Works-With-iPhone-certified iPod dock. The dock is included in
the price of the AVR 3600 and sold
separately at $129 for use with the AVR
2600. When used with either AVR,
consumers can display iTunes-downloaded HD video programs on an AVR-connected TV.

The $599 AVR 1600, which became available in late August,
features 7x50-watt amplification, HDMI repeater, three HDMI inputs and one HDMI
output with 12-bit Deep Color support and xvYCC passthrough, component-to-HDMI transcoding,
no video upscaling, proprietary Harman Virtual Surround to emulate surround
sound through two front speakers, Harman
Headphone to deliver surround sound through headphones, Logic 7 processing to
create a 5.1 and 7.1 soundfield from two-channel sources on-screen display via
analog outputs, minijack input for connecting iPods and other portable audio
players, AV Sync delay, and USB
software upgrade capability.

 The step-up 7x65-watt AVR
2600, shipping in the early September, adds Dolby Volume, four HDMI inputs,
transcoding of all video inputs to HDMI, transcoding of composite and S-video
to component, upscaling of all video inputs to 1080p via the Faoudja Torino
processor, on-screen displays in HD via HDMI output, Bridge III connectivity to control a docked iPod/iPhone
via the AVR's remote, Sirius-ready
port, and second-zone audio using the back-surround amps to power the second
stereo zone. 

The $1,199 7x80-watt
AVR 3600, also due early this month,
adds included Bridge III dock,
7.1-channel preamp outputs, and a full suite of multi-room options including a
Zone II remote and A-BUS Ready connectivity to direct audio to amplified A-BUS
in-wall keypads in multiple rooms.

The top-end AVR 7550HD, which shipped at the end of August,
adds networking capability to stream Internet radio via the vTuner portal and
is also capable of navigating and playing audio and JPEG files from the
consumer's home network or a front panel USB
jack, including a simultaneous still image/audio slideshows.  The AVR is XM-Ready and includes the Bridge II
docking station for audio and video playback from iPods. It upscales all video
sources to HDMI 1080p via Faroudja DCDi Cinema video processing, and it
features XM-ready port in lieu of a Sirius-ready port. The AVR 7550HD also features dual subwoofer outputs and
Harman Kardon's EzSet/EQII room correction system along with custom integration
features such as second- zone video and A-Bus Ready connectivity.