June 04, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
We recently gave you the lowdown on Harman Kardon’s spiffy new receivers, so here’s a closer peek at the company’s Bridge II iPod dock that works as a great accessory to expanding your audio setup.
The Bridge II connects to Harman’s DMC 1000 digital media center, the new AVR 354 7.1-channel receiver and HK 3490 stereo receiver. It’ll also work with existing A/V receivers that were Bridge-ready.
You only need one cable to connect the source, no power, and the Bridge II will charge your iPod—all versions, excepting the shuffle.
Metadata like track info with album, artist, track number and other info can be viewed on your TV and the DMC 1000 or receivers’ front-panel display, and you can use the remote control that comes with the media center or receivers to cue up your iPod.
If you have the DMC 1000, AVR 354 or other Harman receiver with multiroom playback capability, you can use the Bridge II to distribute tunes as a multiroom source.
As with other audio processed through particular Harman receivers, the company’s Logic 7 surround-enhancement technology lets you hear it in multichannel goodness in addition to the typical stereo sound.
The Bridge II has similar aesthetic appeal as Harman’s receivers, too, featuring a compact design with dark-graphite finish and soft-white illumination. Look for it in early summer at an SRP of $129. If you grab the $899 AVR 354, you’ll get the Bridge II as part of the deal. Sweet.
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