Blu-ray Disc Overview: Blu-ray Disc (BD) is a high-definition
disc format designed to take advantage of today's high quality HDTVs. The resolution
is up to 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the data transfer rate is up to 54 mbps. Blu-ray
Disc discs and players offer several advantages over the standard DVD format:
- Better picture quality: Blu-ray Disc
is a true high-definition format offering video at 720p,
1080i, or 1080p resolution. While standard DVDs look very
good on an HDTV, they don't provide a high-definition signal
(not even when you use an up-converting DVD player). Blu-ray
Disc delivers an extraordinarily sharp, clean, detailed
picture, with deeper, richer colors.
- Better sound quality: In addition to
the same multi-channel sound formats you're accustomed to
with DVD (Dolby Digital and DTS), Blu-ray Disc offers Dolby
TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High
Resolution, and uncompressed 7.1 channel PCM.
- More storage capacity: What
makes Blu-ray Disc's superior picture and sound possible
is the storage capacity of Blu-ray discs.
A single-layer Blu-ray Disc can hold 25 gigabytes of data,
over five times the amount a standard DVD can hold. Dual-layer
Blu-ray Discs hold 50 gigabytes, which equates to nine hours
of High Definition or 23 hours of Standard Definition video,
plus high-resolution multi-channel audio and the added features
and material that require multiple discs with standard DVD.
- Compatibility with your current disc collections:
To ensure backward-compatibility with your existing
library of discs, Blu-ray Disc players use a dual-laser mechanism:
a blue laser for playing high-definition Blu-ray Discs, and a
conventional red laser for playing DVDs and audio CDs.
Note: As Blu-Ray technology continues
to evolve, new disc types with enhanced functionality will
become available. In order for you to enjoy this new
functionality, you will likely be required to update the
firmware in your player. These firmware updates will become
available for downloading from the Internet via the rear panel
Blu-ray Disc Java (BD-J): The BD-ROM format supports Java for
interactive functions. BD-J offers content providers almost unlimited functionality
when creating interactive BD-ROM titles.
Disc Compatibility: The Harman/Kardon BDP 1 Blu-ray disc player
is compatible with multiple disc types:
- BD-ROM: pre-recorded Blu-ray Discs
- BD-RE/BD-R: recordable Blu-ray Discs
- DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
- DVD-R: record once DVD (including
- DVD-RW: rewritable DVD
- DVD+R: record once DVD (including
- DVD+RW: rewritable DVD
- CD: pre-recorded CD
- CD-R: record once CD; CD-DA, MP3, WMA,
and JPEG files
- CD-RW: rewritable CD; CD-DA, MP3, WMA,
and JPEG files
Region Code: Like DVD, BD uses region codes. The region code
on your disc must match the region code on your player, otherwise the disc will
not play. The BDP 1 is Blu-ray region A and DVD region 1.
Copy Protection: Blu-ray Disc uses the Advanced Access Content
System (AACS) to prevent unauthorized recording of copyrighted material.
AVCHD: AVCHD (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) is a high definition digital
video camera format used to record in high definition or standard definition on
DVD, using an efficient data compression coding technology. The format is
designed to compress video and audio (Dolby Digital or Linear PCM) data, enabling
a high definition video signal shot on a digital video camera recorder to be
recorded on DVD discs, in the same way as it would be for a standard definition
1080p HDMI Output with DVD Scaling: Through the HDMI output,
the BDP 1 is capable of scaling the resolution of your standard DVDs. Output
options include Auto (highest resolution accepted by the TV), 1080p, 1080i, or
720p. If necessary the output resolution can also be set to 480p or 480i. The
component video output can also be scaled to 1080i, but only if the disc is not
copyright protected (most pre-recorded DVDs and BDs are copyright protected).
24p True Cinema: Movies are typically recorded on film with a
frame rate of 24 frames per second. When a movie is transferred to Blu-ray Disc at
24 frames per second the BDP 1 will output that signal to the TV (if the TV will
accept the 1080/24p format) with no need for conversion.
x.v.Color: The BDP 1 supports x.v.Color, meaning it's ready
for x.v.Color discs when they become available in the future.
BonusView: The BonusView feature provides picture-in-picture
capability with select Blu-ray Disc titles. You can view addition content (such
as director/actor commentary) in a small display window while the movie is playing.
Parental Control: The Harman/Kardon BDP 1 offers Parental Control
settings to limit BD and DVD playback according to the age of the users. The control
settings are protected by a custom 4-digit password.
Dimmer: You can adjust the unit's front panel display to one of
three brightness levels or turn it off.
Surround Sound Decoders: The BDP 1 has built-in Dolby Digital
and DTS surround processors; multi-channel PCM Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD,
DTS-HD High Resolution, and DTS-HD Master Audio are output through the HDMI jack
(when encoded on the Blu-ray Disc).
- Dolby Digital Plus: Dolby Digital Plus
was developed as an extension to Dolby Digital. The audio
coding technology supports 7.1 channel surround sound. Dolby
Digital Plus also includes the standard Dolby Digital bit
stream and is compatible with all current Dolby Digital
processors using the optical or coaxial digital output.
- Dolby TrueHD: Dolby TrueHD is a
lossless coding technology that supports up to 8 channels
of multi-channel surround sound for the next generation
optical discs. The reproduced sound is true to the original
- DTS-HD High Resolution Audio: DTS-HD High
Resolution Audio supports a maximum sampling frequency of 96 kHz,
and 7.1 multi-channel surround. DTS-HD High Resolution Audio has
a maximum transmission rate of 6 Mbps, with a lossy compression.
- DTS-HD Master Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio
has a maximum transmission rate of 24.5 Mbps and uses lossless
compression (Lossless), and DTS-HD Master Audio corresponds to
a maximum sampling frequency of 192 kHz, and maximum of 7.1ch.
Cooling Fan: A fan on the back of the BDP 1 keeps the unit
BD-Live: BD-Live technology allows you to download and stream
bonus content such as additional scenes, shorts, trailers, movie-based games, and
more from a broadband internet connection. The Harman/Kardon Blu-ray player features
an Ethernet port to connect to the internet via your home network.
Note: You must have a USB flash drive
with 1GB minimum free memory inserted in the unit's front-panel
USB port in order to download content from BD-Live.
HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface): The BDP 1's
HDMI output simplifies A/V connections by carrying video and digital audio in
one cable. This unit features HDCP copyright protection technology, and must be
connected to an HDCP-compliant device. If your TV has a DVI input instead of an
HDMI input, you can connect this unit to your TV using an HDMI-to-DVI adapter.
You will also need to connect audio cables to the player because DVI is a video
connection only. The HDMI resolution can be fixed at 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or
1080p, or set to Auto, which selects the highest resolution accepted by your
Component Video: The component video resolution can be set to
480i, 480p, 720p, or 1080i. When a copyright protected DVD is played, the maximum
component video output resolution is 480p.
Composite Video: The composite output is always live and fixed
at 480i. It can output video when playing a Blu-ray Disc.
Digital Audio Outputs: The Audio menu allows you to select the
digital audio format that is passed through the optical digital and coaxial digital
outputs. Settings allow you to transfer the native bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS)
soundtrack, transcode to DTS 5.1, or down-mix the surround bitstream to 2-channel
PCM audio. The sampling frequency can also be set to 48 kHz or 96 kHz, or it can
be left in its original form.
Analog Audio: There is a pair of stereo analog RCA outputs.
USB Ports: Accessing BD-Live functions requires connecting a
flash drive with at least 1 GB of free space to the front panel USB port (Type-A).
The USB port is also compatible with flash drives and external hard drives (client
only, FAT32 format only) containing audio and still photo files.
Remote: When the front-panel remote sensor is blocked, connect
the IR output of your receiver or an optional IR receiver to the 3.5mm Remote Input
jack. The 3.5mm Remote IR Out jack can be connected to the remote input jack of
compatible equipment to relay commands to that equipment.
Network Port: Connect the player's rear panel RJ-45 terminal
to your broadband internet modem or router using a CAT-5 network cable (Ethernet
cable sold separately) to access BD-Live functions. In the future the network
port may be used to download updates to the BDP 1.