Harman International Industries (http://wwwHarmanAudio.com) has announced the US$689.99 Harman Kardon MS 150, a stereo system that includes an iPhone/iPod dock, slot-loaded CD player and FM radio tuner. It features two fully integrated 30-watt bass-reflex loudspeakers.
The sleek, black Harman Kardon MS 150 was designed for flexibility, according to said Sachin Lawande, EVP and co-president of Harman’s Lifestyle and Infotainment divisions. In addition to the CD player and iPhone/iPod dock, it includes three auxiliary audio inputs to plug in a portable music player or an Android smartphone as well as front-and-back 3.5-millimeter headphone jacks for private listening.
A front-panel audio input can be used with video-game consoles. The FM radio tuner includes RDS technology to display text from radio stations, including song and artist information.
The MS 150 sports a subwoofer output for direct connection to a powered subwoofer to deliver a more dynamic bass impact. Additional connections include composite and S-Video outputs for photo-and-video sharing using an appropriate iPod model. A remote control with IR sensor ships with the MS 150. The music player includes an alarm, sleep timer and dimmer to reduce screen brightness in the evening. It adheres to European energy standards and consumes less than 1 watt of power in standby mode.