Conclusion: The BDS800 is a stylish, rather than innovative, home-cinema system. We’re told Harman Kardon is apparently aiming it at the Bose buyer, and there’s no doubt that one of its key attributes is ease of use; playback options for movies and music couldn’t be simpler. The remote handset is nicely engineered and has some heft. File playback from USB is also above average, although the lack of networking does seem a missed opportunity.
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