Superlative two-channel music reproduction is the toughest test of an audio component, and the new Harman Kardon HK 980 Integrated Stereo Amplifier delivers effortlessly, revealing the true strength of its technology.

The new HK 980 illustrates a perfect union of proven state-of-the-art technology and striking, groundbreaking design. Combining an elegant new look with time-proven engineering, the HK 980’s high-current, ultrawide- bandwidth design improves transient accuracy and phase linearity while delivering power that is more than a match for even the most demanding loudspeaker loads. The result? Lively, dynamic sound that’s a true representation of the original performance.

With 2 x 80 watts RMS at 8 ohms, an ultrawide-frequency response (10Hz – 100kHz) and a harmonic distortion (THD) of less than 0.07%, the HK 980 generates sound characteristics that are distinguished by consistent sonic accuracy and phase linearity. Due to its high-current capability (plus/minus 80 amps), the amplifier supplies the output needed for the precise and accurate control of nearly all stereo loudspeaker systems.

An A/B loudspeaker switch, six analog audio inputs, preamp outputs for connecting external power amplifiers, and high-quality connections for speaker cables of up to 10mm2 all round out the HK 980’s features. Vinyl-record fans will particularly appreciate the high-quality phono input for connecting a record player with an MM pickup system. The HK 980’s remote control also operates other Harman Kardon components, including the HD 990 CD player.

Price and availability

The new Harman Kardon HK 980 Integrated Stereo Amplifier has a recommended retail price of $799 and will be available from Harman Kardon dealers in October 2008.

Source: Harman Kardon