Harman Kardon has announced the UK availability of its digital media centre.

The Harman Kardon DMC 1000 is described as a "sleek, single box which offers people the chance to relax this winter with all their favourite music and DVDs all on the one device."

With a 250GB internal hard-drive, content can be copied from the hard-drive to an iPod, memory card, USB or CD-R/RW for use when on the go.

It offers CD ripping abilities, and optional iPod connectivity via Harman Kardon's The Bridge iPod docking station - sold separately.

The media centre can also be used as a DVD player. It supports all video formats and can up-scale standard-definition DVDs.

Said to be easy to use, the centre offers a simple menu screen that can be navigated using a remote control or the touch-sensitive front-panel.

The Harman Kardon DMC 1000 has a black finish and is available now at major retailers nationwide priced at a steep £1,800.