Details have emerged regarding Harman Kardon’s first Blu-ray player, the BDP 10, to be released in Europe this month and in North America shortly afterward.

The BDP 10 is BD Live compatible, upscales DVDs to what Harman Kardon claim is ‘1080p standard’, and is a Profile 2.0 Blu-ray Disc player with BonusView interactivity.

Price and availability

The only pricing information on the BDP 10 is its list price in Germany, which is 700 Euros. At the time of writing there is no detail on Australian availability or pricing, but we have contacted the distributor and will update as soon as we have additional information.

UPDATE 9 November, 2009: Harman Kardon have released price and availability details for the BDP 10.

Specifications

The following details are from the European product information:

  • Frequency response – DVD (linear PCM): 2Hz – 22kHz, ±0.5dB (48kHz sampling); 2Hz – 44kHz, ±0.5dB (92kHz sampling); 2Hz – 88kHz, ±0.5dB (192kHz sampling); “A”-weighted S/N Ratio: >100dB; THD: 0.0025%; Dynamic Range (DVD): 105dB (20-bit); (CD): 96dB
  • Dimensions (H x W x D) and weight: 66 x 440 x 352
    Weight: 3.7 kg
  • Profile: Blu-ray Disc player with BD-Live capability; Profile 2.0 Blu-ray Disc player; BonusView interactivity
  • HDMI (V.1.3a with x.v.Color) technology
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio encoding
  • 1080/24p video resolution
  • Backwards-compatible with DVD-Video discs
  • MP3 and WMA playback
  • JPEG viewing
  • DivX video playback
  • Front-panel USB input

Connectivity

  • Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio and PCM outputs, up to 7.1 channels
  • One HDMI (V.1.3a with x.v.Color) output
  • One wide-bandwidth component video output
  • One front-panel USB jack for fl ash drives and external USB hard drives (client only, in FAT32 format)
  • One RJ-45 Ethernet jack for connection to broadband network
  • Two digital outputs (one coaxial and one optical on rear panel)
  • Two-channel analog audio output
  • Composite video output
  • IR remote extension jacks for control of the player when placed in a cabinet

Ease of Use

  • Unique, full-color and multilanguage Harman Kardon-designed user interface simplifies operation
  • Plays 1080/24p Blu-ray sources through HDMI output without scaling or processing
  • BonusView (picture-in-picture) technology to play interactive games and video commentaries along with the main feature
  • Supports BD-Live technology to download disc updates or access interactive features (BD-Video Profile 2.0) when Internet
    access is available
  • Conventional DVD playback upscaled to 1080p with HDMI (V.1.3a with x.v.Color) output for single-wire connections
  • Plays audio and video fi les from compatible USB drives
  • Playback of MP3 and Windows WMA v8 and v9 audio files; ID3v1 tag support and thumbnail search
  • (HD) JPEG viewing
  • DivX video playback
  • Slideshow playback of JPEG still images and audio when stored on the same source media
  • Adjustable viewing options include aspect ratio and multiple angle
  • Full-featured backlit remote control
  • Removable power cord
  • Seven-speed smooth-scan and three-speed slow-motion playback
  • Program playlist
  • Random and repeat play (one track, one CD or A-B)
  • Frame-by-frame advance
  • Parental control system with user-programmable password
  • Dimmable dot-matrix front-panel display
  • Color-coded connections