Harman Kardon has just unveiled their brand new Cinespecial 29, bringing the high end 29 DVD player and the uber powerful AVR 350 A/V receiver in a totally new industrial design. Let’s sit back and see what the AVR 350 has to offer for consumers. For starters, the 7.1 channel AVR 350 receiver comes with a couple of HDMI 1.2a inputs that offer the ability to send and receive video signals in full HD (1080p) – you really can’t get anything better than that these days in your home. Not only that, you also benefit from the processing of associated audio signals along with upscaling of analog S-video or composite video signals to 720p (HDTV) thanks to Faroudja technology.
Other features include the EzSet/EQ automatic-calibration system, A/V Sync Delay for synchronizing audio and video signals, as well as the integration of The Bridge interface with expanded iPod audio and video playback, docking station, and remote control capability – all possible through the system remote. You can even configure the AVR 350 for multiroom operation, with the ability to configure back surround output levels in order to pipe audio to other rooms without the help of additional amplifiers courtesy of the A-BUS Ready system.
Components used by the AVR 350 include a Cirrus Logic CS49510 DSP processor, a high-resolution 192kHz/24-bit digital audio analog converter, a comprehensive bass manager and proprietary Harman Kardon Logic 7 processing, ensure realistic, detailed and pristine sound. As for the 29 DVD player, the extremely flat form factor might not look like much, but it does house a bunch of functions. Features include DVD Audio playback, all current video and audio formats, an integrated scaler for video upscaling, pixel-by-pixel image processing in progressive scan mode, and DivX technology for compressed video file support and playback. If you are not one who settles for less, the Harman Kardon Cinespecial 29 system will retail for €1,299 when it is released in October.