BDS 280


2.1-channel, 130-watt, 3D Blu-ray Disc™ System with AirPlay and Bluetooth® technology

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High-performance, 2.1-channel, 3D Blu-ray Disc™ System delivering direct access to all your portable media. The Harman Kardon® BDS 280 is a sleek, high-performance, 3D Blu-ray Disc™ System redefining Blu-ray capability. It features three HDMI® inputs with 3D;HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) for compatible TVs; Wi-Fi® networking connectivity, eliminating the need for a wired Ethernet connection; Apple AirPlay for streaming content from your iPad, iPhone, iPod, or iTunes on your Mac or PC; Bluetooth®® MultiConnect™ technology for pairing two devices at once; NFC for easy Bluetooth® pairing and DLNA® 1.5. With the BDS 280, you can also connect to Pandora® and other online services (where available). Harman Kardon’s legendary best-in-class sound technology brings Dolby TrueHD and DTS Digital Surround to life. With Dolby Volume, you can hear everything as was originally intended without disturbing the neighbors. Optimize your listening experience with its EZset/EQ™ speaker calibration system. Setting up and using the system is easy and fun with its clean and attractive high definition graphical interface or with the free-of-charge remote app for iOS and Android. In other words, the BDS 280 raises the standards of what you’ve come to expect from any Blu-ray system.

Item# BDS 280

General Specifications

Power requirement 100 – 240V AC, 50/60Hz
Power consumption 90W maximum; <0.5W standby
Weight 3.56kg


Height 78.5mm
Width 238.8mm
Length 400.2mm
Weight 3.56kg

FM Tuner

Frequency Range 87.5MHz – 108.0MHz (US and EU)
Sensitivity >14dBf
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 0.3%/0.5% (Mono/Stereo)
Stereo Separation –40dB @ 1kHz
IF Rejection 80dB
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Spec Sheet (EN)

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  • 1 Harman Kardon BDS 280 System
  • 1 programmable remote control
  • 1 EzSet/EQ III microphone with 22' (6.7m) cable
  • 3 AAA batteries
  • 1 FM radio antenna
  • 2 wireless network antennas
  • 1 6' (1.8m) region-specific IEC power cord
  • 1 3’ (0.9m) HDMI cable
BDS 280 is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good. Nice item. Thank you so much for good promotion. I will buy other item.
Date published: 2016-02-15
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Hi I have the BDS280 and have a computer paired through BT. The issue I have is when I have a devise hardwired through the Aux and playing the BDS switches to BT automatically.. Is there a way to program without having to remove BT from the computer?

Asked by: Jim1888
Hi, Thank you for the question. That is not possible to do, you can to choose either between AUX or Bluetooth connection when streaming music.
Answered by: Danny HARMAN
Date published: 2018-08-22

I have a BDS280 and also a Sabre SB35 soundbar. The volume control on the BDS handset does not adjust the volume on the Sabre, so I'm having to use two remote controls to operate Harman Kardon equipment instead of one. Is this normal or is there a fault?

Asked by: Mark44
Hi. This is normal. The volume control on your BDS system uses different volume remote codes compared to the SB35. But since your SB35 has a learning function, meant to permit it to be coded to respond to your TV remote control, you can instead choose to use this function to make the SB35 respond to the BDS remote instead. This will of course mean that if both devices are ON, both will respond simultaneously to a command, but it is possible to have what you ask for. We hope this helps.
Answered by: Bo HARMAN
Date published: 2017-10-17

I purchased this BDS 280 from you recently and did not get a user manual. How do I get a manual? I tried a search for a downloadable text but got a &quot;Not Found&quot; for BDS280.&nbsp; Please help so I can learn to use the many features.

Asked by: PapaTom
If you have not yet received the owner's manual, please go to http://www.harmankardon.com/contactus and put in a request. They will gladly help you.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2016-02-28

My BDS 280 does not have a Bluetooth button and the Home menu does not show the Bluetooth option. How can I play music from &nbsp;a Bluetooth enabled devise - such as my computer - ? Thank you. xabier

Asked by: xabi
Xabier: That is odd, and, although I don't have a definitive answer (I did not have that problem or maybe, I just did not notice it, if I had it, I don't have that problem now, that is certain), I have two suggestions. 1) Check you BT ver ... Settings, System, Information -&gt; more ... or something like that ... it will show up at the bottom left corner of a small two column table. Mine reads &quot;BT ver: V116.0&quot; ... this whole process and the answer may be slightly different if your firmware is at a different revision. Also you likely have an EU version of the system software. 2) Get the latest firmware installed (that was my first step, my system firmware is now at V2.86, yours may be different for the EU) ... use an internet connection to do that if you can, you need to have it on a internet connected network and Set System Upgrade to &quot;Internet&quot;. (Note: I have the same BDS 280 here in the US, I did have a peculiarity in that it performed one additional upgrade that it did not find as necessary, go figure ... it did several upgrades in succession each time I checked for updates, - every time I set the System upgrade to &quot;Internet&quot;, it checked for a new upgrade and then reset that &quot;System upgrade&quot; setting, (no explaining that) - so I'd have to enable it again, and it would check again, then on one pass it eventually said I was all up to date, I clicked OK ... lo and behold, it started another update ... I have no way to explain that, either... but I stopped checking ... was afraid it would never end (indefinite postponement), or that it would eventually mess up ... I did do 4 or 5 upgrades to get to 2.86) I guess I could try it again and see if the version changes! There is also a download, then use a USB stick drive approach to upgrading, but support is very light on the US site, if there is a version out there for me to download to a computer, then I think it is older, V2.78 (best guess based on the file name) ... so I did not see an easy way to get the latest US fw that way, but the Euro support site also has the Euro version - and i think the Eu site is more active and better maintained. Then of course (if you can get your BT working) you have two options to sync ... newer devices support the NFC touch method, my iPhone 5 did not ... so you sync from the external device in the usual way. Good Luck! -gene
Answered by: MrGene
Date published: 2017-10-17
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