This is the best entry level amp you will find anywhere.
3 January 2012
Summary: I have enjoyed the quality of Harman Kardon since 1978. The AVR 235 has very stable and clean reproduction. The quality of this reciever is equal to the higher end units but has less features and power than you will get if your spedn twice as much. You will find Component video switching but not HDMI switching so you can pick these up for pretty low price as most videots now prefer HDMI. You will however have optical and coaxial audio inputs which are good for me.
Summary: I'm not going to go into huge detail on this first cut of my review--partially because it is an older model, and largely because I'm about ready to chuck the machine out the window into the snow. One caveat: the unit I purchase was "refurbished," therefore I don't know if some of these issues might have been introduced "after-market." Hell #1: Turns itself off intermittently, and seemingly no rhyme or reason to turning back on.
Summary: I am a Harman Kardon freak. I love the sound these receivers put out. I own two of them and also some other HK electronic products. Love this receiver. Too bad it doesnt have HDMI inputs but I am not using it for HDMI so it works great.
Summary: The HK AVR235 7.1 Receiver is an excellent value --it has the features and all that one would want for an AV system. The feature access are simple and direct -- the performance is great. as a 7.1 system featured you have allt he options you could ask for. I am very satisfied and glad to see Hrmon/kardon is still producing the premier products.
Summary: I bought my first AVR-235 from Harman themselves and it worked correctly for a day or two. The replacement worked for about a week. The 3rd different reciever worked for about 10 days. The first two would turn off and required to be reset...which meant reconfiguring all the settings. UGHHHH! The last one decided to stay on, but then none of the outputs would work...audio or video. I finally decided enough was enough and sent it back for a full refund.
Summary: I have owned the 235 for about 2 months now. I am thrilled with the performance. Although this isn't an overly loud product, it is very capable. I agree with those who say the power is fully adequate. Also, there are no concerns with background noise at higher volume levels - a problem with many underpowered receivers. In fact, from what I can tell the receiver is practically devoid of background noise.