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Harman Kardon showcases DMC 1000 digital media center (3/7/2008)

CEDIA UK Expo 2008

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(tm) 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 darkgraphite front panel, and a base that imparts a distinctive "floating" appearance.

Harman Kardon Inc is pleased to announce that the DMC 1000 digital media center has received the prestigious 2007 GOOD DESIGNTM award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design. The GOOD DESIGN program honors the best designers and manufacturers from around the world for their pursuit of excellence in form, function and aesthetics, and for advancing new and innovative product concepts and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered standard product and consumer design.

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 The Bridge** 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 frontpanel 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 images, DivX Ultra compressed video files Kodak(r) Picture CD, MP3 or Windows Media(r) 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.

*Compatible with iPod models with docking connector; includes all Click Wheel models.

**The Bridge is compatible with the DMC 1000 digital media center, the new Digital Lounge systems, the new AVR 55 Series, 47 Series,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.

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