Model# BDS 480/230-B2

BDS 480

2.1-channel, 130-watt, 3D Blu-ray Disc™ System with AirPlay and Bluetooth® technology


€ 899,00 € 1.299,00 per system

  • AirPlay®

    AirPlay lets you wirelessly stream what’s on your iOS device (iPod, iPad, iPhone or iTunes on Windows PCs) to your speakers or AV-system

  • Bluetooth®

    Bluetooth® technology allows you to listen to music everywhere you go, wirelessly

  • DLNA®

    Our DLNA Certified® devices connect, discover and communicate with other DLNA devices, providing multiple options for delivering music over your home wired or wireless network.

  • Wi-Fi®

    Wi-Fi® is a popular technology that allows our products to stream music or connect to the Internet wirelessly.

  • USB™

    Simply connect an iPhone, iPad, iPod or USB™ stick to play your favorite tracks through your Harman/Kardon product.

  • HDMI™

    HDMI™ connectivity helps you get the most from 3D sources, with the highest-quality digital video and audio and easy one-wire connections.

  • 3.5 mm stereo input

    The 3.5mm auxiliary input allows you to connect external (portable) sources, mostly through their headphone output

  • Blu-ray 3D™

    Blu-ray 3D™ disc playback offers high-definition audio and 3D video (HD), with more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs

  • iOS-compatible

    Simply connect an iPhone, iPad, iPod or USB stick/drive to play your favorite audio/video tracks through your home entertainment system or receiver

  • Android-compatible

    Full compatibility with Android™ devices for remote control and streaming functionality

  • Remote App

    Our Remote App allows control of your entire system with your compatible smartphone or tablet. It’s also the perfect tool to organize and play back your music from your mobile device and home network

  • NFC™

    NFC™ is a technology to instantly pair your NFC-enabled portable device through a simple touch of the NFC-sensor on our Bluetooth headsets, speakers and AV systems.

  • Stereo System

    A Stereo System combines an AV or Blu-ray Disc receiver with a 2.1-channel loudspeaker system (left, right and subwoofer)

  • HDMI ARC

    Connects your compatible TV and JBL device with a single cable.

  • Built-in FM Tuner

    A built-in tuner allows to listen to FM radio stations without the need for an external radio source

  • NSP

    Natural Sound Processing (NSP) creates a simulated but natural surround listening space from any 2-channel stereo source

  • UHD 4K upscaling

    UHD 4K upscaling can provide up to four times the resolution of Full HD, resulting in a crisp and crystal-clear picture, even from legacy DVD or Standard Definition video material

  • EzSet/EQ™

    The EzSet/EQ™ auto-calibration process precisely adjusts volume levels, speaker-distance/delay-time settings and equalization so that you do not have to set these up manually

  • vTuner

    Internet radio is an audio service transmitted via the Internet, usually accessible from anywhere in the world.

  • YouTube™

    Lets you stream entertainment from YouTube™ to enjoy movies, videos and music from the cloud with audio quality that computers and portable devices can’t touch

Tomorrow’s technology has found a new home

High-performance, 2.1-channel, 3D Blu-ray Disc™ System delivering direct access to all your portable media.


The Harman Kardon® BDS 480 is a sleek, high-performance, 3D Blu-ray Disc™ System redefining Blu-ray capability. It features three HDMI® inputs with 3D; HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) for compatible TVs; Wi-Fi® networking connectivity, eliminating the need for a wired Ethernet connection; Apple AirPlay for streaming content from your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or iTunes on your Mac or PC; Bluetooth®® MultiConnect™ technology for pairing two devices at once; NFC for easy Bluetooth® pairing and DLNA® 1.5. With the BDS 480, you can also connect to Pandora®, Picasa, AccuWeather™ and other online services (where available). Harman Kardon’s legendary best-in-class sound technology brings Dolby TrueHD and DTS Digital Surround to life.


With Dolby Volume, you can hear everything as was originally intended without disturbing the neighbors. Optimize your listening experience with its EzSet/EQ™ speaker calibration system. Setting up and using the system is easy and fun with its clean and attractive high definition graphical interface or with the free-of-charge remote app for iOS and Android.


Two powerful, voice-matched satellites with dual flat-panel midrange drivers and a companion 200-watt powered subwoofer deliver a riveting, fully immersive soundscape. In other words, the BDS 480 raises the standards of what you’ve come to expect from any Blu-ray system.

  • Know what's
    in the box

    Before you unbox it

    • 1 Harman Kardon BDS 480 System
    • 1 programmable remote control
    • 1 EzSet/EQ III microphone with 22' (6.7m) cable
    • 2 AAA batteries
    • 1 FM radio antenna
    • 2 wireless network antennas
    • 1 6' (1.8m) region-specific IEC power cord
    • 1 3’ (0.9m) HDMI cable
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Features & benefits

Two 65-watt-per-channel power amplifiers

The BDS 480's two amplifiers, rated at 65 watts per channel, power the system's left and right loudspeakers, which feature dual voice-matched, flat-panel drivers and CMMD® Lite dome tweeters for consistent sound from speaker to speaker. This amplifier-speaker combination dramatically improves the clarity and realism of directional sounds, even at high listening levels.

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Space-saving, 200-watt powered subwoofer

Unlike conventional, front-firing subwoofers, the BDS 480's 200-watt, 8-inch (200-millimeter) powered subwoofer fires downward, interacting with the floor for enhanced bass response. Volume, phase and bass-boost controls make it easy to synchronize bass output with the satellites and then fine-tune the system's performance to match your room acoustics and personal preferences.

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Fully integrated home theater audio system

The BDS 480 system is an all-in-one entertainment solution featuring two matching loudspeakers with flat-panel drivers and a downward-firing, 200-watt powered subwoofer. It contains everything you need for great video and sound from virtually any movie or music source, combining the performance of separate components with the ease of use of a single, fully integrated home theater audio system.

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Apple AirPlay, Bluetooth® and DLNA 1.5 technology

The BDS 480 streams audio from virtually any portable device. For computers with iTunes, Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch devices – stream your entertainment using the system's built-in AirPlay technology. BDS 480's integrated Bluetooth® technology with HARMAN TrueStream and MultiConnect enables connectivity to almost any tablet, smartphone or laptop. With MultiConnect, there's no need to disconnect one device between streaming from a second. A front-facing USB port invites you to connect devices directly without the need of an external adapter or a wireless connection. The BDS 480 is also compliant with DLNA 1.5 for music, photos and video, providing multiple options for delivering content over your home network.

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NFC Bluetooth® pairing

Connecting your NFC-enabled Android™ and Windows® devices to BDS 480 with Bluetooth is easy and fast. BDS 480 features an NFC sensor which, with Bluetooth® technology-enabled, allows immediate pairing by simply touching your device to the BDS.

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Built-in Wi-Fi networking capability

Place your BDS 280 anywhere. Its Wi-Fi networking capability connects you to your home network without the need for a wired network connection. With it, gain wireless access to streaming services, Apple AirPlay, DLNA, receiver updates, and additional online BD-Live™ content for your Blu-ray Disc™ media.

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Easy access to online services

Full network connections provide quick access to your favorite online content from, Pandora®, YouTube™, Picasa, Accuweather™, and others (where available).

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HARMAN TrueStream technology

The HARMAN TrueStream guarantee is your assurance of receiving the best possible listening experience. Streaming audio wirelessly via Bluetooth® technology, HARMAN TrueStream selects the most current, most advanced wireless option to deliver the highest-quality sound, regardless of which application or source device you choose.

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Multiple HDMI connections with 3D, Audio Return Channel (ARC) and MHL™ interface

Three HDMI inputs with 3D and 30/36-bit Deep Color deliver full, high-definition digital video at resolutions up to 1080p with full-fidelity audio through a single cable. Experience no loss of video or audio quality from format conversion – just full-impact Hollywood excitement as its creators meant for you to experience it. BDS 480's Mobile High-Definition Link™ (MHL™) interface allows for high-definition audio/video content directly from your camera, phone, tablet or Roku Streaming Stick™. You can send sound from your TV to the BDS 480 without extra cables using HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC).

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Front-panel USB port

Enjoy multiple options for audio playback through BDS 480's front-panel USB port. Simply connect an iPhone, iPad, iPod or USB stick to play your favorite tracks through your home entertainment receiver. The BDS 480 plays back a full complement of video and image formats, including MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MP3, WMA and JPEG.

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Dolby TrueHD and DTSDigital Surround decoding

High-resolution audio to match the digital-video quality of Blu-ray Disc™ formats will unlock the full potential of movie soundtracks formatted with Dolby TrueHD and DTS Digital Surround decoding. Regardless of mode selected, you'll applaud the exceptional audio quality realized with BDS 480 – as you make the most of your entire system.

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Dolby Volume

Harman Kardon's BDS 480 is the world's first Blu-ray Disc™ System equipped with Dolby Volume technology. It maintains a consistent volume level no matter what entertainment you're viewing, automatically boosting quiet dialogue as it moderates loud commercials. One volume setting is all you need to eliminate changes in volume as you surf between TV shows, commercials and movies.

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EzSet/EQ III auto-calibration

The new HARMAN EzSet/EQ™ III auto-calibration process precisely adjusts BDS 480's volume levels, speaker-distance/delay-time settings and equalization to optimize audio performance automatically for your specific speaker system and room conditions. This calibration system features an easy-to-follow menu display and includes a plug-in calibration microphone to help you realize the best results for your listening and viewing environment.

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Built-in FM tuner

The BDS 480 broadcasts all your favorite FM radio stations as it displays what you're listening to from its elegant front-panel display. Save your favorite stations to its 30 presets or use the auto-preset function to find and save all available stations.

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Multi-device, programmable remote control

The BDS 480 simplifies your life with a programmable infrared (IR) remote control with premium, user-friendly layout. From its ergonomic design which works seamlessly with the System's multilingual, on-screen display, it coaches you through system set-up and basic operation with ease. This multi-device remote also controls your TV, cable boxes, satellite tuners and other playback sources.

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Beyond User-friendly

The BDS 480 comes equipped with a smart new user interface, optimizing your experience while simplifying the process of set-up and content access. A music system built into the home screen provides instant control over your audio, displaying album artwork and metadata during playback. A high-resolution display features capacitive-touch controls on the BDS 480's front panel, providing instant access to content without turning on your TV or accessing the remote.

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Remote apps for compatible iOS and Android smartphones and tablets

The Harman Kardon Remote app, available from the iTunes App Store for iOS® devices and the Google™ Play service for compatible Android products, extends the functionality of your System by connecting with your compatible smartphone or tablet to drive the BDS 480 – without needing to pick up the remote. It's also the perfect tool to organize and play back your music from your mobile device and home network.

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Specsheets & manuals

Audio Section
Continuous average power, stereo model65 watts per channel, 20Hz – 20kHz, @ <1.0% THD, both channels driven into 6 ohms
Signal-to-noise Ratio (IHF-A)-90dB
Frequency response @ 1W (±0.5dB)20Hz – 20kHz
FM Tuner Section
Frequency Range87.5MHz – 108.0MHz (US and EU) KHz
Usable Sensitivity (IHF)>14dBf
Distortion (Mono/Stereo)0.3%/0.5%
Disc Player Section
Supported Disc Formats5-inch (12cm) or 3-inch (8cm) BD-Video (single-layer or double-layer), DVD-Video, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, CDDA (CD digital audio), CD-R/RW discs
Audio FormatsDolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital, PCM, MP3: 32kbps – 320kbps bitrates, including variable-bitrate encoding
Still-Image FormatsJPEG
Video signal systemNTSC (USA) or PAL (EU)
Frequency Response20Hz – 20kHz, ±0.5dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio–90dB (A-weighted)
Dynamic range90dB (16-bit)
THD @ 1kHz (DVD/CD)DVD/CD: 0.1%
Wow & FlutterBelow measurable limits
General
Power Requirement100 – 240V AC, 50/60Hz