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Harman Kardon BDP1

Blu-ray player

Item # 532BDP1

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Enjoy the stunning picture and advanced sound of Blu-ray with Harman Kardon's BDP1. This solidly built Blu-ray player delivers an exceptionally clear 1080p picture to your HDTV. It can even upconvert your standard-def DVDs to match the high-def picture on your TV's screen. You'll get top-notch sound, too, thanks to built-in decoding for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Simply connect this player to your five-, six-, or seven-speaker home theater system to enjoy rich, enveloping sound the way the director intended you to hear it.

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The BDP1 sends a gorgeous picture to your HDTV, and provides "lossless" audio for your home theater system.

Get more entertainment from your Blu-ray discs

The BDP1 also includes BonusView and BD-Live support for a variety of extra features with compatible Blu-ray movies. BonusView gives you access to picture-in-picture directors' commentaries, while BD-Live lets you use your broadband Internet connection to access online services and additional bonus material. You can even download some features, like movie trailers and quizzes, and save them to an optional USB flash drive to access them whenever you want. You can also use the player's front USB port to share videos or photos stored on a thumb drive with friends and family.

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User-friendly on-screen menus make it easy to find what you're looking for,
so you can spend less time choosing settings and more time enjoying your movies.

Key Features:

  • plays Blu-ray discs, DVDs, CDs, and JPEG CDs
  • BonusView support for added bonus features with compatible discs
  • BD-Live Ready (Profile 2.0) — requires at least 1GB USB thumb drive
  • front panel USB port lets you share music and photos stored on a thumb drive
  • remote control and HDMI cable included
Technical Specs:
  • selectable output resolution: 1080p signals available through HDMI output only; 720p/1080i signals available through HDMI or component video
  • selectable 720p/1080i/1080p video upconversion for DVD (upconverted video available through HDMI output only)
  • built-in audio decoding for Dolby® Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS®, and DTS-HD Master Audio
  • high-resolution audio can be decoded in the player or in your compatible receiver (HDMI connection required)
  • video outputs include composite video, component video, and HDMI
  • audio outputs include stereo, coaxial digital, and optical digital
  • Ethernet port for Internet connectivity
  • 17-3/8"W x 2-5/8"H x 15-5/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-disc Blu-ray player
  • 54" AC power cord
  • Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 58" HDMI cable
  • 50" Audio/Video cable with a composite video and stereo RCA connections on each end
  • Owner's manual (English/ French)
  • Warranty information
  • Installation hints

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Features and Specs

Surround Sound Decoding Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby TrueHD
DTS-HD High Resolution Audio
DTS-HD Master Audio
4K Ultra HD
3D Capable No
Internet Movie Streaming No
Built-in Wi-Fi N/A
DLNA Certified No
Smartphone App Control No
DVD Video Upconversion 720p/1080i/1080p
Multibrand Remote No
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
CD-R Capable Yes
CD-R/W Capable Yes
SACD Playback No
DVD-Audio Playback No
Digital Optical Output 1
Digital Coaxial Output 1
HDMI Outputs 1
HDMI Version 1.3a
Ethernet Ports Yes
Analog Audio Outputs 1
1080p Video Output Yes
Component Video Outputs 1
RS-232C Port None

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Internet Functions


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 Ethernet terminal.

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 (including DL)
  • BD-RE/BD-R: recordable Blu-ray Discs (including DL)
  • DVD-Video: pre-recorded DVD
  • DVD-R: record once DVD (including DL)
  • DVD-RW: rewritable DVD
  • DVD+R: record once DVD (including DL)
  • 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 signal.

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 source bit-for-bit.
  • 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 cool.

Internet Functions

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 television.

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.

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