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Harman Kardon HD-990 CD Player

B&H # HAHD990 Mfr # HD 990
Discontinued

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Product Highlights
  • 24-Bit/384kHz Direct DSP mode
  • 8x Oversampling
  • PCM: 16 to 24 bits, 30 to 96kHz
  • Real-time Linear Smoothing (RLS III)

With the HD-990 CD Player Harmon Kardan once again proves that uncompromising dedication to quality coupled with cutting edge technology yields a player at the very summit of the audio world.

The player packs a wide array of sophisticated audio technologies into a low-profile, attractive package. Two AD1955 high performance, stereo digital-to-analog converters enable third generation RLS III. Real-time Linear Smoothing (RLSIII) creates a spacious sound-stage with highly detailed almost textural qualities. The High Resolution Synchronization (HRS) ensures jitter-free reproduction between HRS compatible components. Other impressive specs include a 24-bit/384kHz sample rate converter and 32-bit direct Digital Signal Processing (DSP) mode.

Connectivity includes two digital audio outputs and two balanced XLR outputs with dual Diamond Class A output stages. In addition to compatibility with standard CD formats, the HD 990 is capable of MP3 playback with ID3 Tag information.

For the highest possible CD reproduction, the Harmon Kardon HD 990 is hard to beat.

Asynchronous digital processing for highest possible jitter rejection based on a 32-bit DSP.
Real-time Linear Smoothing III.
Two digital inputs (1x optical and 1x coaxial) for dramatic audio performance improvement of external devices.
CD playback with CD text functionality. MP3 playback with ID3 Tag information.
Balanced XLR analog outputs for best matching to amplifiers with balanced inputs.
Digital output for direct connection to outboard digital-to-analog converters.
Sophisticated programming features to automatically play tracks in preprogrammed or random order.
High Resolution Synchronization (HRS) link permits direct clock lock to the HK 990 amplifier's D/A converter for extreme precision and quality of sound.
Full compatibility with CD-R and CD-RW format to play (finalized) recordable and erasable discs without problems.
Type Single disc
Compatible Discs CD-R and CD-RW formats (finalized)
Supported Bit/Sample Rates 32 kHz to 96 kHz (sampling)
24 Bits/384 kHz Asynchronous Sample Rate Converter (oversampling)
D to A Converters Multi-Level Delta-Sigma, Dual DAC configuration
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0/-0.5dB
Dynamic Range > 120 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 116 dB
THD + N <0.0009% @ 1kHz
Input Connectors HRS link x1
Coaxial digital audio x1
Optical digital audio x1
XLR analog x2
Remote control x1
RCA x2
Output Connectors Coaxial digital audio x1
Optical digital audio x1
Remote control x1
Headphone Connector Not specified by manufacturer
Remote Control Yes
Dimensions (HxWxD) 2.5 x 17.3 x 13" (63 x 440 x 332 mm)
Weight 6.6 lb (3 kg)
Harman Kardon HD-990 CD Player
  • Power Cord
  • User Manual
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Harman KardonHD-990 CD Player
     
    4.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (4)
    • Good audio (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        3.0

        Beautiful Finish but sound drops out

        By fasc_rat

        from Eureka, CA

        About Me Practical

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Audiophiles
          • Basic Systems

          Comments about Harman Kardon HD-990 CD Player:

          Matches the HK3490 Receiver and works well with the 3490's remote. Better localization than my previous CD player. Unfortunately the sound drops out randomly for a second after playing for 10-20 minutes. I am sending it back for a warranty exchange.

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          4.0

          Great sound quality but....

          By Sanvargas

          from Bellevue, WA

          About Me Audiophile, Practical

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • CD Tray
          • Slow

          Best Uses

          • Audiophiles
          • Basic Systems

          Comments about Harman Kardon HD-990 CD Player:

          For this price I expected a little bit more. I bought this for its sound quality but it is very slow to load and read CDs and that really bothers me. The CD tray feels cheap and fragile and that's another thing I expected to be different. That said, it has great sound and to me that's what matters the most.

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          5.0

          Impressive CD Player

          By OneTwoThree

          from Montreal, Canada

          About Me Audiophile

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Remote
          • Intuitive Controls

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Larger Rooms
            • Living Room
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Harman Kardon HD-990 CD Player:

            The HD-990 is really a CD player for serious audiophiles which someone may get for a pretty reasonable price from B&H. The first great thing about this CD player, which I want to mention, is the sound it produces. The sound which comes from it is very clear and accurate. Also this player offers great deal of connection options. On the back panel one finds normal RCA outputs as well as balanced XLRs and various digital outputs and inputs which give the people freedom to connect the player to different receivers and different sources. The display of the HD-990 is able tho show the song's name as well as the name of the artist and all other info which is stored on CDs...
            As conclusion I would say that everyone who is looking for a really nice CD player should consider buying this one.

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            5.0

            Seriously Consider This!

            By djg32395

            from Canada

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Remote
            • Intuitive Controls

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

              Comments about Harman Kardon HD-990 CD Player:

              Purchased this Harman Kardon HD 990 cd player after reading multiple glowing reviews. I'm not usually the kind of person who makes a purchase based solely on reviews, but in the end they were spot on. I'm really happy with the sound. I listen to a lot of vinyl and HK manages to smooth out all the rough edges that turned me away from so many cd players in the past. No digital headache here! The controls are well thought out and the build quality appears to be top notch. It also integrates seamlessly with the HK 3490 receiver and remote if you happen to have one. B&H managed to get it to me (Canada) with shipping and duties for far less than I would have paid locally. I don't know how they do it! So, if you are looking for a great sounding player at a resonable price point seriously consider giving the Harman Kardon HD 990 a go!

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              4.0

              Quality CD Player

              By The Dude

              from San Diego

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound

              Cons

              • Confusing Remote

              Best Uses

                Comments about Harman Kardon HD-990 CD Player:

                This is the best sounding CD player I have ever owned, but what is especially great about it is that I send SPDIF out from my laptop through it to my 2-channel system. Quality from the computer is much better than using the computer's DAC and weak pre-amp. Price is good compared to similar quality players.

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