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Harman-Kardon BDS 800

Harman-Kardon BDS 800
alaScore 86

33 reviews

May, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews of Harman-Kardon BDS 800. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Home Theater Systems for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Home Theater Systems the Harman-Kardon BDS 800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: Tom Andry (

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...

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Steve May (

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

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Steve May (

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 support from USB ; Extremely easy to use

No network functions beyond BD Live ; No 1080p24 support ; No 3D support

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Steve May (

Harman Kardon BDS 800 - Pocket-lint


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.

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

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...

Mar, 2011

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

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

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: (

Harman Kardon BDS 800 review


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

Oct, 2011

Expert review by: (

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


Bluetooth: 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
4K Passthrough / Upscaling: No
4K Upscaling: 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