Harman HD 980 CD Player

Listening comparisons, the Harman HD 980 (300 Euro) proved a friend deep tones. He loved the heat and heavy piano chords.

  1. Harman HD 980 CD player
  2. Data sheet

The Harman displays CD-text good or at MP3-Gebranntem an ID3 tag title directory. If you have concerns that such activities could disturb the sound, HD 980 assumes like “Dim display” command.

It seems not at all ridiculous at the 300-Euro player, because he – shows how the Assembly – quite propels the musical purity on the tip. So pulses a full-blown 32-bit processor the data in the CD with a rate of 176.4 kHz complete newly to. Then the bits together with the new intermediate values such as freshly polished and without any jitter in a Wolfson DAC called WM 8740 audition, which then makes a more accurate analog conversion in his calculation precision of 24 bits.

Last finely balanced teams of single transistors to the output gain is allowed to the HD 980 actually do and write, even if a transformer and power supply-saving Elk material takes over the overall supply – somewhere must yet saved.

Listening comparisons, turned out to be the HD 980 as a friend deep tones. So he loved the warmth and heaviness, piano chords he continued meanwhile to the Flash presumptuous not to the heights runs. The Harman was about “Besame Mucho” from the “ultimate” tunes on a wide stage, gemahnten the to deliberately zingernde vibraphone, a little too soft drum attacks and too mild voice Linda Sharrocks, that can access a 300-Euro player respectable 52 points, but still not to the stars.

Harman / Kardon HD 980

Manufacturer Harman / Kardon
Price €300.00
Rating 52.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 44.0 x 6.3 x 33.0 cm
Weight 3.8 kg
Remote control / Adaptive / No
Outputs unbalanced / symm. / No
Digital output TosLink / ST / coaxial / XLR No / No
Display CD / SACD text /
capable of reading CD-R / CD-RW /
Volume control No
Headphone output / adjustable nabaasa
Random track selection
HDCD playback No
Measured values
Error correction information layer CD 3.00 mm
Error correction surface CD 3.00 mm
Power consumption standby / operating 0.9 / 7.8 W
Sound Top-class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (max. 120 points) good – very good-75 points
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 3 / 10