Harman Kardon's High-End CES GoodiesS


Harman Kardon didn't hold anything back at CES, showing three A/V receivers, an advanced Universal remote control, a 7.1 channel home theatre system, an integrated home theatre system and 2 DVD A/V players with SACD and HDMI.

The The AVR-740 ($3,500) uses Faroudja technology for upconverted and enhanced HD 780p and 1080i video output through its HDMI connection, which should mean nice clear images. It also includes that EzSet/EQ II automatic room equalization system, which automatically measures the frequency response by bouncing sound around your room, and helps you set up your system correctly. All A/V receivers also work with the Harman Kardon iPod interface called the Bridge ($70), which gives you a direct audio and control link between iPod and receiver.

The HS-100 Integrated Home Theatre System ($899) is pretty, that's for sure. It includes an extremely slim receiver/progressive-scan DVD-A/V player, 5.1-channel loudspeaker with wall-mountable speakers and a unified remote control. Perfect for flat panel TVs.

The CP-35 System Solutions is a 7.1 channel home theatre package with just about everything you need for a kickin' home theatre. It includes an AVR 335 receiver, a DVD 31 progressive scan DVD A/V player, multichannel loudspeaker system and unified remote control, as well as cables and satellite wall-mount brackets. Not bad for $1,900.