April 23, 2007
| by Arlen Schweiger
Harman Kardon has introduced four additions to its AVR line of versatile receivers, each of which includes an iPod interface to enable enhanced iPod audio and video playback, according to the company.
The 7.1-channel AVR 347 and AVR 247, and 5.1-channel AVR 147 and AVR 146 audio/video receivers include HDMI connectivity, and are capable of passing high-definition video signals up to 1080p via their HDMI or component video outputs, Harman Kardon says.
In addition, the AVR 347 and AVR 247 incorporate DCDi by Faroudja processing and scaling to 720p, and provide audio processing and signal-repeater functionality via their HDMI outputs. All models (except the AVR 146) include proprietary EzSet/EQ automatic room equalization and system calibration to achieve quality sonic accuracy, and feature XM Satellite Radio capability (where available), the company says.
The iPod allows for remote-control capabilities when a compatible iPod is connected to the receiver using Harman Kardon’s The Bridge iPod docking station.
All models include A/V Sync Delay for exact synchronization of audio and video signals in any home theater system, exclusive Logic 7 surround-enhancement technologies and high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier sections for extraordinary sound quality, and several other refinements, Harman Kardon says.
The AVR 347 and AVR 247 also provide multiroom audio capabilities, and the AVR 347 incorporates the A-BUS/READY system for easy multizone connectivity.
Suggested retail pricing: AVR 347, $899; AVR 247, $549; AVR 147, $449; AVR 146, $349.
Visit www.harmankardon.com for more details.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.