harman kardon® BDS 5 at a glance
- Sleek, modern, superb 5.1-channel A/V receiver
- Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround-sound decoding
- HDMI® output
- Front-panel USB port
- Easy-to-use, preprogrammed, learning remote control
- Digital amplifier technology
- Extensive connectivity
- Dot-matrix information display
- Heavy-duty, gold-surfaced, binding-post speaker connectors
- Intuitive playlist function
- Simplified system upgrades
- Headphone jack
A 5.1-channel A/V that specializes in “wow” factor.
Make every night “movie night.”
As a multitalented media player, the BDS 5 receiver is a great way to kick-start the home theater of your dreams. Doing a brilliant impression of your local cineplex, the compact BDS 5 is a one-stop home entertainment solution, coming complete with a 5.1-channel Blu-ray Disc™ receiver, Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround-sound decoding, an HDMI® output and a USB port for playing music, video and picture files. It also looks quite good – possessing a modern design, stylish aesthetics and attractive dimensions that help it fit into virtually any design scheme. Ultimately, the BDS 5 is a part of the household that may have you rethinking any plans to go out to the movies.
A superb surround-sound experience.
When paired with the right home theater speaker system, the 5.1-channel BDS 5 digital receiver soars to great heights, providing a thrilling surround-sound experience for multiple listeners. By integrating Dolby® Digital and DTS® surround-sound technologies, the BDS 5 is able to decode film soundtracks – including Dolby and DTS high-resolution soundtracks from Blu-ray Disc™ recordings – in their native formats. By presenting every nuance of a movie score – just as it’s meant to be heard – the BDS 5 does a praiseworthy job of reproducing audio that’s precise and faithful to what the filmmaker intended.
Crystal-clear HDMI® perfection.
When it comes to watching your favorite movies and TV shows, you want to enjoy the best high-definition picture and sound quality available. Thanks to the HDMI® output, you will. By delivering HD digital video and high-resolution audio at the highest possible level (up to 1080p), the BDS 5 allows you to experience each frame of Hollywood action as it was shot – without quality loss due to conversion or compression of a video or audio signal. After all, if you’re going to recreate the movie theater experience at home, why not come as close to the real thing as possible?
A multitalented multimedia player.
Imagine a receiver that can play every song, video or picture file you throw its way – all on your flat-screen TV. Serving as a multimedia device that’s capable of playing media as sophisticated as Blu-ray Disc™ technology or music files straight from the USB port, the BDS 5 offers great flexibility you might never have deemed possible. Simply attach a device (such as a flash drive) to the front-panel USB port, which makes temporary connections easy, and watch your media manifest itself before your very eyes. That’s all it takes to instantly watch MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3, WMA and JPEG files – with greater quality than your computer monitor could ever deliver.
Take control with preprogrammed/learning remote.
There’s nothing more frustrating than a coffee table stacked with more remote controls than coffee-table books. That’s why the BDS 5 simplifies your life by having one remote control that’s capable of controlling your TV as well as the home theater system. And with an on-screen menu that makes setting up and using the system simple, the BDS 5 can give you a level of synchronicity among your components that will make your life easier.
Dynamic digital-amplifier technology.
Going digital has many benefits when it comes to technology such as digital amplifiers — including the BDS 5 receiver. With the BDS 5, your audio signal is smooth because it reduces conversion artifacts and improves sound quality by keeping the sound in the digital domain – from the sound source to the amplifier output. In addition, by utilizing digital amplifier technology, the BDS 5 keeps its receiver size small to ensure your system generates less heat than others – a benefit when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint. Ultimately, the BDS 5 provides not just an optimal entertainment experience but an energy-efficient one as well.
Gain extensive connectivity through multiple inputs and outputs.
With three digital inputs and two line outputs, the BDS 5 empowers you with great flexibility for mixing and matching other systems. And even though the BDS 5 provides you with everything you expect out of your home theater (and more), you can expand your system using multiple audio sources at any time. In addition, the BDS 5 offers up extensive connectivity in ways that more limited systems can only dream of. It even has an Ethernet port that allows you to connect to the Internet via your local area network, so you can take advantage of BD-Live™ interactivity
Enhanced display features designed to save energy.
Thanks to a dot-matrix information display that communicates freely with you to deliver status messages, the BDS 5 allows you to play music without turning on the TV – a forward-thinking feature that saves you energy. Additionally, a screen-saver function prevents image burn-in on CRT and plasma displays.
Improve the quality of your connections.
You can never have too-secure a cable connection when it comes to preventing disruptions to your signal. That’s why the BDS 5 has heavy-duty, gold-surfaced binding-post speaker connectors to help you achieve the strongest connection possible – hence minimizing the likelihood of distortion or interference. The BDS 5 receiver is also compatible with a variety of speaker wires – accepting banana connectors (North America only), spade connectors, pin connectors, bare wire and any other connectors you’re likely to find. To help you simplify the process before installing the unit, the BDS 5 also comes with a detachable power cord that you can run to the installation site with ease.
Intuitive playlist memory.
It’s nice to have a home theater system with a great memory. By having a playlist function in place to store the locations of frequently used media, the BDS 5 receiver remembers your favorite selections, making it easy for you to play files stored on your USB devices or CD-Rs – with a minimum of button pushing. It’s one thing to listen to your receiver on a stellar home theater system. But when it listens to you and remembers your commands, isn’t that a nice bonus?
Be ready when it comes to upgrades.
Keep your receiver’s performance up to speed with the latest software for improved operation – at the moment upgrades become available. This ensures that your BDS 5 receiver is consistently running in line with its highest potential – keeping you as up to date as humanly possible.
An impressive solo performance.
Sometimes when you’re watching a sporting event or movie in your living room at night using the BDS 5 with a 5.1-channel speaker system, those sleeping in the other rooms (or even neighbors) can take note of the experience. That’s why the BDS 5 comes with a headphone jack, so you can enjoy your very own private listening experience and not have to worry that sound is traveling outside your immediate four walls.