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Harman-Kardon BDS 800

Harman-Kardon BDS 800
alaScore 85

32 reviews

Apr, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Harman-Kardon BDS 800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 32 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

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Harman Kardon BDS 800 HTiB System First Look


So who should buy a Harman Kardon BDS 800 Home Theater System? Someone looking for a Blu-ray player and speakers or else they'll have to do some creative wiring.

So who should buy a Harman Kardon BDS 800 Home Theater System? Someone looking for a Blu-ray player and speakers - and who doesn't have a lot of source components with a desire for a one-solution-does-all audio/video switching solution. If you are...

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Harman/Kardon BDS800 review


The upmarket BDS800 is a well-turned out, all-in-one home cinema system, but is it more style icon than trendsetter?

Design and cosmetic finish ; Good audio and video suort from USB ; Extremely easy to use

No network functions beyond BD Live ; No 108024 suort ; No 3D suort

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Harman Kardon BDS 800 review


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...

Eye-catching design and build quality, ease of use, refined sound quality that favours the mid-range, USB media playback support

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

Harman Kardon’s BDS 800 is an elegant toff of a home theatre system. A snap to use, it combines elegant contemporary design with a refined audio performance. If you’re more Dire Straits than Muse, and prefer The King’s Speech to Inception, it’s been...


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Harman Kardon BDS800 review


The Harman group cuts quite a dash. With such brands as Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson on the books, it knows its way around the higher end of the home entertainment market.

Design and cosmetic finish; good audio and video support from USB; extremely easy to use

No network functions beyond BD Live; no 1080p24 support; no 3D support ; Performance: 4/5 ; Design: 5/5 ; Features: 3/5 ; Overall: 3/5

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Harman Kardon BDS 800


An ultra-stylish Blu-ray system-in-a-box that's light on features but delivers knockout AV performance.

Stylish design and excellent build quality ; Superb picture and sound performance ; Easy to install and use

Light on features ; A little brash with music ; No HDMI inputs

Finally, a word about the speakers. Like the main unit, the build quality is fantastic and they look delectable in their gloss-black finish and oval enclosures. Cleverly, the stands are detachable, which allows you to insert the supplied speaker cables...

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Harman Kardon BDS 800 Review


It's far from cheap, but the BDS 800 compensates with excellent sound for a system of its type

It's far from cheap, and in context of the modern market, its sparse 2D specification seems willful, but the BDS 800 compensates with excellent sound for a system of its type. It's smaller and sleek

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Harman-Kardon BDS 800


If you want something compact and effective, the BDS 800 is a very stylish bet

Stylish, compact, solid build; decent spec; sounds clean, clear and crisp; impressive scale

No 3D; no HDMI inputs; lacks a little control and clarity when pushed

Product Specifications


AirPlay: No
Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB): No
DLNA certified: No
Internet Radio: No
Number of Output Channels:5 + Subwoofer (5.1)
PC Streaming:Audio/Video
Progressive Scan: Yes
UPnP: Yes
USB Recording: No
Web Content Access: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No


Docking System: No
Ethernet: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: No
iPod Control:Direct Control
Number of Output Channels:5 + Subwoofer (5.1)
PMP Docking: No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
2D to 3D Conversion: No
3D: No
3D Ready: No
CD Player / Recorder:CD Player
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Player
Home Theatre System (Digital Dolby and DVD Player): Yes
Network Music System: No
Product Type:Home Theatre System
Sound Projector: No
Wireless Music System: No


Wireless Speakers: No


Blu-ray Playback: Yes
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
HD-DVD Playback: No
MP3 Playback: Yes
Super Audio CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording:Not Applicable
DVD-R Recording: No
DVD-RAM Recording: No
DVD-RW Recording: No
DVD+R Recording: No
DVD+RW Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No


Dolby / DTS:Dolby Digital + DTS