Excerpt: If you’re after an all-in-one system complete with Blu-ray that looks and sounds the part – and don’t mind paying for it – then Harman Kardon hopes the BDS 800 is what you’ll have in mind. We’re happy to tick the box marked stylish; the four nicely turned-out satellites, compact subwoofer and sleek, minimally designed Blu-ray receiver unit make for a smart package fit for any 21st-century pad.
Excerpt: The Home Theatre in a Box (HTIB) business is dominated by brands that build systems to a price, loading them to overflowing with the latest digital doodads. There is, though, a less frenetic high-end to this market, where simple sophistication is valued. It is into this space that Harman Kardon has pitched the BDS 800, a high-end all-in-one 5.1 Blu-ray entertainment package.
Pros: Eye-catching design and build quality, ease of use, refined sound quality that favours the mid-range, USB media playback support
Cons: Not massively dynamic, despite the armoured build, the unit is rather noisy in operation, no 1080/24 video output, no network streaming or ‘net radio, does not offer auto speaker calibration