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The BDS 800 is a 5.1-channel home theater system from Harman Kardon that offers a step-up from the company's BDS 400 model.

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Pros

contemporary looking design, looks very modern

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brings out vocals really well, excellent mid-range clarity

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solidly constructed player, feels heavy duty

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picture output is clear and detailed, looks great on most HDTVs

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Cons

player is noisy during operation, even when it isn't spinning a disc

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no 1080p24 option available, rules this unit out for AV enthusiasts

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highs and lows both seem a bit quiet compared to the mids

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takes over a minute to load up a Blu-ray disc

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takes a long time to turn on and eject a disc

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The BDS 800 is a 5.1-channel home theater system from Harman Kardon that offers a step-up from the company's BDS 400 model. Offering native playback CD, DVD and Blu-Ray disc content, this model is equipped with a fully-functional FM radio tuner for high-quality music playback within the user's home entertainment setup. Five 65-watt voice-matched satellite speakers are provided alongside a single 200-watt subwoofer, with Dolby Digital's Virtual Speaker technology included to mimic the capabilities of larger systems via 3D soundstage engineering. External connectivity options include HDMI 1.3a connectivity for synchronization with laptop computers and home network servers, with a front-mounted USB port provided for quick access to additional music, image and video content. Wall-mountability is available for users working a larger entertainment space, while initial setup is made simple via an on-screen menu and universal learning remote. The BDS 800 also features a dedicated playlist memory module for queueing up multiple programs, and is fitted with a headphone jack for private viewing.  

Features
  • 5.1-channel audio outputting 
  • Dolby Virtual Speaker technology
  • Blu-Ray disc compatibility 
  • Integrated FM radio tuner 
  • Intuitive on-screen menu
  • HDMI connectivity 
  • Front-mounted USB port 
  • Five 65-watt voice-matched satellite speakers 
  • Wall-mountability 
  • One 200-watt subwoofer 
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