Harman Kardon Outs New BDS Systems — Pricey HTIB Packages

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The home theater in a box is alive and well with the latest setup coming from Harman in the form of the Harman Kardon BDS Series. The  BDS 400 and  BDS 800 pack similar equipment, with the latter sporting a 5.1 theme rather than the 2.1 layout found in the 400 model. Both packages come with a similar receiver that combines Blu-ray, DVD, FM tuner, with a front-panel USB port and a iOS compatibility with a port for the Harman Kardon The Bridge IIIP docking solution. The only difference then is the BDS 2 SO receiver is designed for a 2.1 system and the BDS 5 SO works with five speakers and a sub. Both receivers can be purchased separate without the speakers for $699 and $799, respectively. As for the full HTIB systems, they’re shipping now for $999 and $1499, with the 5.1 setup obviously the more pricey pack.