Review Price £649.99
The BDS 270 lacks the abundance of features that you might get from a similarly-priced Samsung or Sony, but there are a few attractive tricks up its sleeve.
For those with compatible TVs, the obvious highlight is 3D support, but the HDMI v1.4 output’s ARC support means it can also receive audio signals directly from your TV to save you rigging up a separate audio cable.
The lack of Wi-Fi and DLNA media streaming does leave a big hole in the spec sheet, particularly as they’re found on many cheaper systems. Likewise the lack of access to websites like YouTube or BBC iPlayer, which are also increasingly common. So that leaves the USB port on as your only means of enjoying extra content, but thankfully it’ll play a decent range of formats including DivX (SD and HD), MP3, WMA, JPEG and AVCHD.
On the audio side, the system supports Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, and to make up for the lack of surround channels Harman has also included Dolby Virtual Speaker, which aims to generate a pseudo surround effect from two speakers. It comes in two settings, Reference and Wide.
Those are the highlights, but other features like Playlist (which recalls tracks from USB devices and CDs), album art display during USB playback and a built-in FM radio tuner are all welcome.
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