6 September 2007
WOODBURY, NY — At CEDIA Expo 2007 (Colorado Convention Center, Booth 580, September 6 — 9, 2007), Harman Kardon, Inc., is showcasing its DMC 1000 digital media center, a hard drive-based media server that offers a host of advanced media-storage and playback capabilities, including independent, simultaneous playback of up to four audio streams in four separate zones, and HDMI output with video upscaling to 1080p.
In addition, the company is featuring its DMC 250 digital media center, a DVD player that also stores content to memory cards or USB storage devices, and plays back audio and video files from them.
The DMC 1000 and DMC 250 have a striking industrial design, with ultraslim styling, a gloss-black and dark-graphite front panel, and a base that imparts a distinctive “floating” appearance.
Paul Bente, president of the Home Products Division of the Harman Consumer Group, points out: “Our digital media centers provide a unique combination of capabilities that make them the ideal all-in-one source components for custom-installation, home entertainment and multiroom systems. Adding to their flexibility and value, they make it easy to store, transfer and access a wide variety of media content for use in the car, with a portable music player, on a cell phone or with other compatible devices.”
The DMC 1000: Unique Capabilities for Enjoying Entertainment at Home and On the Go
The DMC 1000 is an audio/video source component that offers unmatched flexibility. The first time a CD is loaded, its contents are automatically added to the DMC 1000’s 250GB hard-drive library while simultaneously playing the CD. Content from the hard drive may be copied to Compact Flash, Memory Stick, CF, xD, SD, miniSD (adapter required) and MMC memory cards or USB storage devices for playback in portable music players, automobiles, cell phones or other compatible devices.
The DMC 1000 can store more than 60,000 songs (based on average song length and data rate for compression), complete with full track-identification information and album cover art (when available; a broadband network connection is required to download content identification and cover art). The DMC 1000 can also play back audio and still-image files from solid-state memory cards (including CF, SD, MMC or Memory Stick), as well as derivative mini and micro versions of these cards for cell phones, when used with the card adapters supplied with the cards) and USB storage devices. Content stored on the DMC 1000’s hard drive can also be copied to a memory card, a USB storage device or a CD-R/RW disc. The DMC 1000 can play back up to four audio streams to separate zones, independently and simultaneously, and complete playback control is provided from a user-supplied keypad controller in the remote zone. When used with a compatible keypad such as those available from Crestron, AMX and other manufacturers, track information and cover art is shown on the keypad’s display.
The DMC 1000 can play back music or video/still images from an iPod* when a compatible iPod model (not included) is connected to the server via ** iPod docking station from Harman Kardon (sold separately). When connected in this manner, the iPod can be controlled by the DMC 1000’s included remote control, with menus to operate the iPod shown on both a TV or video display and the server’s front-panel display. The DMC 1000 can also be operated using its touch-sensitive front-panel controls.
The DMC 1000 is designed to also be used as a full-featured DVD/CD player, and its attractive appearance complements any home entertainment installation. It includes a fully enabled HDMI 1.1 output that delivers high-definition digital video and multichannel digital audio, with upscaling to 1080p to provide extraordinary picture quality from DVDs, as well as JPEG still images.
The DMC 250: Exceptional DVD Player Performance With Portable Media Recording and Playback
The Harman Kardon DMC 250 is a DVD player that also plays sound and image files stored on CDs, memory cards or USB drives, and records from CDs or its line-level audio inputs to solid-state media or USB drives. The DMC 250 makes it easy to transfer favorite music from the home to a car or portable audio player, without the need for a computer.
The DMC 250 is engineered to deliver exceptional progressive-scan-picture and multichannel-audio
quality with upconverted 1080p HDMI video output, and it plays back a wide variety of DVD and CD formats, as well as discs that contain JPEG image, Kodak Picture CD, MP3 or Windows Media Audio (WMA) files. The DMC 250 not only plays back audio and video files from memory cards and USB storage devices, it can convert audio files from a CD or its analog inputs to the MP3 format, storing the resulting files on any of the compatible solid-state media. Users can listen to a CD while recording, or transfer content to portable media at 4x-speed***. The DMC 250 offers a host of additional useful features, and, like the DMC 1000, its software and firmware can be upgraded to accommodate future feature and performance enhancements or other capabilities.
The DMC 250, like the DMC 1000, was designed from the ground up by Harman Kardon. Both feature an intuitive on-screen user interface that offers total ease of operation and ready access to its numerous performance and convenience features.
The Harman Kardon DMC 1000 digital media center will be available in fall 2007 at a suggested retail price of $3,499, and the DMC 250 digital media center will be available in fall 2007 at $449 suggested retail.
An outline of the Harman Kardon DMC 1000 and DMC 250 main features follows.
Recording and Playback Capabilities
Hard drive-based media server with DVD player
250GB hard drive stores more than 60,000 tracks with track identification information and cover art
Content may be copied from hard drive to an MMC, CF, xD, SD or MS media card, a USB storage device or a CD-R/RW disc
Upconverted 1080p DVD-Video playback and uncompressed multichannel audio via HDMI 1.1 output
Plays back up to four independent audio streams to separate zones, with track information and cover art shown on a remote-zone keypad display
DMC 1000 and DMC 250
Plays DVD-Video, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-R/RW and MP3-CD discs (DMC 250 also plays WMA, DVD-Audio, VCD and SVCD discs)
JPEG photo viewing
Play back audio and video files from solid-state memory cards (CF, MMC, SD and MS) or USB storage devices
Records from CD to media cards (MMC, SD and MS) or USB storage device
Records from CD to hard drive in real time with simultaneous playback at up to 10x speed, or at up to 16x speed in “dub only” mode, with selectable audio compression (DMC 1000); records from CD to portable media in real time with simultaneous playback or at 4x-speed**** (DMC 250) (record speed may vary with media type)
Performance, Convenience and Connectivity Features
RS-232- and home network-controllable using remote keypads or home automation systems
Connection to The Bridge docking station from Harman Kardon for iPod playback, control and charging
Network connection via broadband for content identification
AUX input enables storage of content from analog sources to the hard drive
Touch-sensitive front-panel controls
DMC 1000 and DMC 250
Unique, Harman Kardon-designed on-screen user interface simplifies operation
Striking, all-new industrial design with sleek, distinctive styling and a unique “floating” appearance
HDMI, progressive-scan component video, S-video and composite video outputs
Analog, coaxial digital and optical digital audio outputs
Wide range of performance and convenience features
Software and firmware upgradeable via CD
Full-featured, backlit remote control
The Harman Consumer Group (HCG), Inc., is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a wide range of high-fidelity loudspeakers, audio and video components, and multimedia systems for use in homes and automobiles, and with computers. The group’s brands include JBL, Infinity, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, Revel, Audioaccess and Lexicon.
HCG is a division of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Harman International (www.harman.com) is a leading manufacturer of high-quality, high-fidelity audio products and electronic systems for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. The company’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “HAR.”
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FM Public Relations
631-385-1304 ext. 402
Harman Kardon is a registered trademark, and is a trademark, of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.
AMX is a registered trademark of AMX LLC.
Crestron is a registered trademark of Crestron Electronics, Inc.
HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC.
iPod is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.
Kodak is a registered trademark of Eastman Kodak Company.
Windows Media is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Windows Media Audio is a proprietary file format developed by Microsoft.
*Compatible with iPod models with docking connector; includes all Click Wheel models.
**The Bridge is compatible with the DMC 1000 digital media center and Harman Kardon AVR 47 Series, AVR 146, 45 Series and 40 Series receivers; not compatible with earlier Harman Kardon products, or with other brands of audio/video equipment.
***Speed of data transfer may vary with card type and/or brand. Not all card brands are compatible with the DMC 250.
****High speed for SD cards only.
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