Summary: Harman Kardon, JBL, AKG have fan for life. I was spoiled to Denon for the longest when it came to receivers. Then I started buying JBL speakers and AKG headphones. I thought...why not try a Harman Kardon receiver. I was blown away by the clarity and strength this receiver pushes to every speaker. Movies come across so loud and clean. I don't struggle to hear minor details or whispered dialogue anymore. Clean interface, easy setup, and oh..
Summary: I am still learning about the features but as far as a receiver with 5.1 this is better than I expected. The setup automatically adjusts the speaker distance, level and EQ which is amazing. I have setup a lot of 5.1 manually but never sounded like this automatic feature. The EQ during setup matched the speakers which I have never been able to do with other receivers.
Summary: When I first saw this Item (and the price) I thought it was a great deal. That all changed once I received it. It Arrived DOA and what's worse is that I traveled overseas with it and could not return it. I guess I did last what I should have done first. i.e. read the reviews on various forums. I later learnt that the problem I encountered was really quite common for this model.
Summary: This is my third HK receiver. I also have the HK 3490 and the HK1610. I just really like the warm sound that they have. This one has the Logic7 surround sound mode which is awesome. It has just enough power for my large game/family room. I don't use the airplay or v-tuner options, because I stream with TV and Roku, so I can't really comment on that. But everything that I have done with it has worked great.
Summary: This is a average receiver when working. It sounds OK, and it looks really nice in your entertainment center. The problem is TONS of people have had had their units fail due to HDMI problems. I would avoid buying this, it won't last very long. Pros: -Nice Looking, Lightweight AVR. -Lots of HDMI Inputs -Airplay -2 year warranty (you will need it) Cons: -Onscreen GUI is terrible! Seriously, it is straight out of 1989.
Had a technical question so called the 800 number and ...
Mike Timmins, Amazon
6 September 2014
Summary: Had a technical question so called the 800 number and was connected to someone whose 1st language wasn't English (Hmm) so I guess their technical support isn't in N America (guessing India). After 2 dropped calls and 2 transfers (20 mins each) I was instructed to call back on Monday when a supervisor was available. Guess supervisors are only around when it isn't convenient for people in the western hemisphere? Really Harmon Kardon? Get your act together.
Summary: My son recommended the AVR 1700 as he has had several Harman Kardon amps. We got this one because it had airplay. After receiving the AVR we realized that the airplay feature is only enabled when the AVR is connected to the router. So, I went out and bought a netgear wi-fi to ethernet adapter as I could not run a CAT cable to the AVR. Why build an airplay product that does not connect wirelessly?
The surround sound is amazing. Spot on center voice audio and the surround ...
Katherine J. Atkins, Amazon
14 August 2014
Summary: I am just commenting on sound quality. I have not used the air play or networking features. Using this in a home theater setup with a 1080 3D projector and piping audio to Polk 5.1 satellite setup. The surround sound is amazing. Spot on center voice audio and the surround right, left, front and rear are better than theater experience (helped by the fact that I can control the volume).
Summary: Great AVR for the price. Has an iPhone app to help control it as long as it is wired to your network. I brought this for my Xbox One. Also, wanted an AVR that did not have a volume dial that my 4 year old will play with. The volume dial is flush so it less exciting for him to grab. Note: Xbox One does not work correctly out of the box. It does not have the setting information for this AVR. I had to chose AVR 700. So you might have to fudge with it.