October 31, 2007

Harman Kardon GPS-310, GPS-510, GPS-810


Harman Kardon added 3 new GPS systems to their line-up. The new devices range in price and features; the GPS-310 ($349) includes text-to-speech and 10 million points of interest, much more than your standard entry model. The GPS-510 ($449) has larger 4-inch screen and has TMC Traffic capability. Finally the GPS-810 ($599) has Bluetooth handsfree phone calling capability and a remote control.

Harman Kardon Website

Press Release follows...

Harman Kardon, Inc., today announced the introduction of the Guide + Play(TM) GPS-310, GPS-510 and GPS-810, the newest products in the company's Guide + Play line of portable GPS navigation units. The new models feature the same clean lines, slim profile, crisp WQVGA LCD screen and intuitive touchscreen operation of the successful Guide + Play GPS-300 and GPS-500 models, but provide added functionality, with some or all of the models incorporating text-to-speech and real-time-traffic features, Windows Media(R) digital-rights management (WM-DRM10), a picture viewer, Bluetooth(R) hands-free calling and a breakthrough rotary wireless controller.

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"For the consumer, the possibility of upgrading from an aging OEM head unit to one that offers connectivity to the growing range of popular portable devices is diminishing. Meanwhile, the use of portable devices to deliver content and connectivity in the car is exploding in popularity. As this phenomenon evolves, the average dashboard is getting overcrowded with multiple devices, a rat's nest of wires, and a distracting array of different user interfaces," said Mike Giffin, president of the Mobile, Portable and Companion Products Division of Harman Consumer Group. "Our Guide + Play personal GPS product line solves this problem. We start with the most accurate, intuitive, easy-to-use GPS navigation products available. Then we incorporate unsurpassed multimedia and connectivity functionality and versatility for a seamless, integrated mobile-infotainment experience."

All three Harman Kardon(R) Guide + Play units offer a superior navigation and multimedia experience; below is a breakdown of each model's features.

The Harman Kardon GPS-310 (suggested retail price of $349.99) includes the following:

1. Tightly integrated navigation and digital-music-player applications
for simultaneous use. Both applications work together, ensuring that
important navigation information is audible and displayed, even when
digital-music playback is in use. Users may also set volume priority
between the two functions.
2. Integrated Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology, which provides spoken
identification of road and highway names. By incorporating the
latest in GPS technology, drivers are able to concentrate on the
road as the system provides turn-by-turn directions.
3. An easy-to-use, intuitive touchscreen interface that lets users
find key features, and toggle between device menus with ease. Also
included is a "Points of Interest" search that lets users find
directions, with a simple touch of a button, to nearby popular
points of interest, such as restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and much
4. A 4-inch widescreen WQVGA LCD (4 inches on the GPS-510; 4.3 inches
on the GPS-810) for high-quality viewing of maps. The widescreen
aspect ratio allows users to see a larger map view when in GPS
mode than do most GPS devices currently on the market. Additionally,
a 480-pixel x 272-pixel screen resolution ensures a clear and crisp
viewing experience for enjoying the digital- music-player menus and
detailed maps. The display incorporates alpha blending, which
enables prompts and icons to be rendered transparent, allowing the
map to remain in full view. Users can access music loaded onto
SD/SDHC cards. The devices support MP3 and WMA music formats.
5. A pocket-sized, virtually invisible portable mount that secures the
slim (19.6mm in depth) unit for automotive use. The mount features a
ball-and-socket joint that allows users to position the screen so
that it can be seen from anywhere in the vehicle.
6. 2GB of internal flash memory that stores maps of the United States
and Canada, and more than 10 million points of interest.
7. A USB 2.0 interface that's compatible with both PC's and
Macintosh(R) computers, a carrying case that's perfect for travel,
and an in-car cigarette-lighter cable (the GPS-510 and GPS-810
also include an AC adapter.

The Harman Kardon GPS-510 (suggested retail price of $449.99) includes all of the above features, and adds the following:

1. Real-time-traffic-information service that displays current traffic
incidents and freeway speeds (where available) through a built-in
receiver and included antenna. A free 90-day-trial subscription from
the Clear Channel Total Traffic Network is included with the unit.
2. A video player with WM-DRM10 decoding for compatibility with music
and video downloads, and subscription services.
3. Compatibility with SD/SDHC cards, and support for MP3, AAC, WMA,
WMV9, and MPEG4 file formats.
4. A USB 2.0 high-speed interface with MTP support automatically
transcodes videos on the fly, and supports the creation of playlists
with popular programs such as Windows Media Player.

The Harman Kardon GPS-810 (suggested retail price of $599.99) completes the lineup. It has all the features of the GPS-310 and GPS-510, and adds the following:

1. An intuitive, wireless rotary controller for in-car operation. A
breakthrough rotary wireless controller can be easily mounted in a
location that provides convenient and comfortable access while
2. Bluetooth(R) technology, which allows simultaneous navigation and
hands-free calling. Included are dual built-in microphones and an
advanced noise-cancellation system to enhance intelligibility. Call
information and phone book, for most popular mobile phone models,
are displayed on the touchscreen.
3. A picture viewer that's compatible with JPEG file formats. Search
through thumbnail previews or watch a slide show.
4. A wireless FM transmitter that allows sound to be played through any
car audio system.

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