For audiophiles who are as particular about the sound as the look of their hi-fi systems, Harman Kardon just announced the latest four-piece unit you can lust after: the MAS 102.
MAS 102 is a compact four-piece unit (CD player, amplifier and two speakers) that is designed for small spaces (like on a bookshelf) but wired for various analogue and digital external devices.
For example, you can hook up your iPod/iPhone to take advantage of this system's bigger sound (via The Bridge III dock, which is sold separately), or connect to a turntable to mix your own tracks. Here are the rest of the specs:
- Advanced loudspeakers feature custom 5-inch (130mm) mid-bass drivers and 1-inch (25mm) MMD® dome tweeters
- Amplifiers are 2 x 65-watt
- Fully compatible with iPod/iPhone, MP3 and WMA, CD-R and CD-RW discs
- Phono input allows connection to turntables
- Clock includes a sleep timer and dual alarms
- Includes full navigation, IR remote control and FM radio
With a retail price just shy of $1000, the MAS 102 is certainly not for the casual music lover. I just hope people get more use out of this unit than its alarm clock feature, no matter how sleekly designed.
A full review to follow.
[Image from Harman Kardon]