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harman kardon® BDS 2 at a glance
- Sleek, compact 2.1-channel receiver
- Digital amplifier
- Audio formats: Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS® Digital, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, DTS-HD Master Audio,™ PCM and WMA (DRM-free version only) formats
- Front-panel USB port
- Dolby Virtual Speaker for virtual surround sound
- HDMI® 1.3a output with 30/36-bit Deep Color
- Continuous average power, stereo mode: 65 watts per channel, 20Hz – 20kHz, @ <0.1% THD, both
- channels driven into 6 ohms
- Front-panel USB port for easy temporary connections to portable players and flash drives
- Easy-to-use, preprogrammed/learning remote
- Simplified system upgrades
- Dot-matrix information display Heavy-duty gold-plated binding-post speaker connectors
- Intuitive playlist function
- Simplified system upgrades
- Headphone jack with Harman Headphone surround technology
One component does it all
A single player for all your entertainment sources
The compact BDS 2 is an all-in-one home entertainment solution, a full-line media player that includes a 2.1-channel Blu-ray Disc receiver with HDMI 1.3a with 30/36-bit Deep Color output and a front panel USB port for quick connections to your favorite music, video and photo files.
Create a Dolby® virtual surround-sound experience.
Because the BDS 2 has built-in Dolby Virtual Speaker technology, the 2.1-channel digital amplifier can create a virtual 5.1-channel surround-sound experience for multiple listeners using just two speakers. Not every room can accommodate five or more speakers plus a subwoofer, and not every homeowner wants to live with them. The BDS 2 doesn’t ask that of you.
The highest resolution video and audio
The BDS 2 includes HDMI 1.3a output with 30/36-bit Deep Color technology to deliver high-quality audio and true HD digital video at resolutions up to 1080p through a single cable. There is no loss of video or audio quality due to conversion or compression -- just full-impact Hollywood excitement as it was meant to be experienced.
Take control with a preprogrammed/learning remote
Simplicity and ease of use has been a hallmark of Harman Kardon products for nearly 60 years, and despite its tremendous versatility, the BDS 2 is no exception. A single remote controls the BDS 2 as well as your TV, cable boxes and satellite tuners. Intuitive on-screen menus make system setup and operation simple, even for novices.
Digital amplifier technology
The BDS 2 keeps audio signals in the digital domain from source to output -- reducing conversion artifacts that can muddy the sound. Digital amplifiers are also smaller and run cooler than their analog counterparts. So not only do they provide an optimal entertainment experience, they save energy and space as well.
Although the BDS 2 is designed to provide a complete home theater experience all by itself right out of the box, it includes three digital inputs and two line outputs that give you the option of connecting to a variety of other audio sources, either now or in the future. There’s even an Ethernet port so you can connect to the Internet via your local area network and enjoy BD-Live interactivity -- a next-generation technology that allows you to download games, ringtones, trailers and other bonus material directly to the BDS 2.
Headphone surround sound
What Dolby Virtual Speaker technology does for 2.1 channel sound, Harman Headphone technology does for stereo headphones connected to the BDS 2. You’ll experience lifelike 5.1-channel surround sound with the intimacy that only headphones can deliver.
The BDS 2 automatically remembers your favorite tracks on USB drives or CD-R discs so you can replay them with a minimum of button-pushing.
Your BDS 2 can be upgraded via an on-screen menu as firmware updates become available in the future, keeping your system’s features and performance current for years to come.
Additional bells and whistles.
The BDS 2 is loaded with convenience features that make it a pleasure to use. A dot-matrix display delivers status messages and lets you listen to music -- without having to turn on your TV. You’ll see cover art and artist information when playing audio files with ID3 tags. A screen-saver function prevents image burn-in on CRT and plasma displays. A detachable IEC power cord simplifies system installation. And heavy-duty gold-plated binding posts insure secure speaker connections with a variety of speaker wire and termination types.