Harman Kardon has announced the launch of their new DMC 250 digital media centre in July 2008. The DMC 250 is not only a DVD player but also plays sound and image files stored on CDs, memory cards or USB drives, and records from CDs or its line-level audio inputs to solid-state media or USB drives. The new digital media centre makes it easy to transfer your favourite music from the home to a car or portable audio player, without the need for a computer.

The DMC 250 is engineered to deliver exceptional progressive-scan picture and multi-channel audio quality with unconverted 1080p HDMI video output. The digital media centre plays back a wide variety of DVD and CD formats, as well as discs that contain JPEG images, DivX Ultra compressed video files, Kodak Picture CD, MP3 or Windows Media Audio (WMA) files.

Not only does the device play back audio and video files from memory cards and USB storage devices, it can convert audio files from a CD or its analog inputs to the MP3 format, storing the resulting files on any of the compatible solid-state media. Users can also listen to a CD while recording, or transfer content to portable media at 4x-speed. The DMC 250 offers a host of additional useful features and its software and firmware can be upgraded to accommodate future feature and performance enhancements or other capabilities.

The DMC 250 was designed from the ground up by Harman Kardon. It features an intuitive on-screen user interface that offers total ease of operation and ready access to its numerous performance and convenience features. It has a striking industrial design, with ultra-slim styling, a gloss-black and dark graphite front panel, and a base that imparts a distinctive ‘floating’ appearance.

Price and availability

The Harman Kardon DMC 250 digital media centre is available from July 2008 at the recommended retail price of $799.

Source: Harman Kardon