Harman Kardon introduces MAS 102: $999

Summary:Harman Kardon introduces a compact, four-piece unit that plays CDs, FM radio and connects to iPods and turntables for less than $1000.

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]

Topics: iPhone, Smartphones


Gloria Sin is a New York-based freelance journalist who writes about the tech toys that you can't live without for ZDNet. She has little patience for poorly designed user experiences, and is not afraid of opening the guts of her own machines for repair or hacking her gadgets for new uses.She has written for FastCompany.com, Popular Scienc... Full Bio

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