Summary: Like so many of us out there who have just bought a new projection HDTV, its time to upgrade the old stereo to an audio visual receiver. I had always heard H/K was good stuff, so I bought this H/K unit because of the controls configuration and the features. I am replacing a 21 year old Onkyo receiver that still works great but doesnt accomodate 5.1 etc. My Onkyo is 45 watts per channel (last of the analog dials made) and the H/K is aprx. the same rating.
Summary: This is my 2nd receiver. My first receiver was an Aiwa AV-D55 stereo receiver. It was okay but this HK AVR 125 is world's better. By comparison, the clarity is amazing. There were a few digital features that the Aiwa had that the HK doesn't need in the first place. High-current is a big plus! 55 watts per channel in stereo mode and 45 watts per channel for 5.1 I was not satisfied with my Aiwa at all. It had weird sound fields where you would set the EQ for rock or jazz.
Summary: The HK AVR 125 isn't a world class piece of stereo equipment. What it is is a very competent performer at its price level. It was Harman Kardon's entry level A/V receiver in their line from 2001-2003. I'd originally bought mine as a temporary fix, thinking I'd relegate it to a backroom or a family member after I upgraded. There are two postive comments to be made about it. First it contains a fairly advanced DAC for it's class [DACs translate cd bits into music].
Summary: Great Reciever, has great sound quality, Totally Digital Controls, i have considered JVC, Onkyo, and Technics, But this sounded the BEST out of the bunch, has Harman/Kardon's EXCLUSIVE LOGIC-7, makes it sound like you have 7 speakers. Very high qualiy, and well built, and great sound quality.
Summary: I sell audio equipment to mainly people who are just starting out with home theater, and I have to say, I am most impressed, and get the most positive feedback, with HK then with any other brand. For those of you doing research for your first surround sound system, you're definitely looking for two things. 1. Something that sounds great. 2. Something that's easy to use. HK absolutely does both. What makes HK sound great?