Summary: I can only guess how much worse comparable amplifiers have become since 2004. I bought my AVR-240 a year ago for $175. At first, I thought, I got myself a good deal. The 240 produced decent sound quality on my Martin-Logan Motion 12 fronts and my dual Polk RTi6 centers (the rears are just about irrelevant). At one point, I hooked up a pair of Definitive Technology StudioMonitor 350s for fronts and found them inadequate.
Summary: I use to have the JBL Cinema Pro Pack. I upgraded to the Harman, same company.. And like always as soon as somthing comes out, something better comes out after. This receiver is very nice. The amp gets hot even when not puching it, but I never had a problom. Movies sound almost life like...almost. DTS is much better sounding. You have to have a good set of speakers and not some cheap book shelf speakers. My fronts are a set of tower Polk Audio 6 1/2.
Summary: I was very happy with this receiver until BD and HDMI technology hit the stage. The sound produced by this receiver is very, very good, but there are no HDMI inputs so I'm stuck using optical or analog out. I'm in the market now for a new receiver because this one is simply outdated. If you don't mind the lack of HDMI inputs, this receiver is a fantastic buy.
An excellent mid-level a/v receiver that you will enjoy
22 August 2008
Summary: I recently purchased the HK AVR-240 on Ebay to replace a Kenwood THX receiver, and man I’m glad I did. The 50 watt AVR-240 beats the 100 watt rated Kenwood hands down. The sound clarity and crispness the HK produces can’t be beat. The .07% harmonic distortion rate ensures your speakers will produce crisp soprano highs, clear mid-ranges, and thumping bass lines. Not muffled or masked reproduction, but crystal clear sound.
Summary: First HK receiver, and amazed at the quality and performance for the price. This particular model came recommended by our professional home theater installer as a best buy. You absolutely can't beat HK's approach to amplification.
Summary: I agree with some of the other reviewers about how this receiver may be a little difficult to set up, the manual and remote aren't that great and the menus can be a bit complicated. With that said though, I think this is all outweighed by the stunning performance of this unit. It's crystal clear with lot's of power and I think most importantly ton's of headroom. Once you get it setup properly and learn how the features work it is a great receiver.
Summary: I'm a college kid, recreational audiophile and bass fanatic, studying engineering. I like loud, clean sound. Bottom line, this receiver is wonderful. You'll hear it all over the Amazon reviews and online, rating of Watts is an incomplete standard of sound output, and ratings of watts are not standard for all builders of audio equipment. I won't repeat the analogy of power to water in a hose used by a previous reviewer...
An outstanding receiver that doubles as a space heater
Peter J. Neame "PJN", Amazon
24 July 2007
Summary: The first "good" receiver I bought was an HK - it lasted many years and was followed by some "other manufacturers" receivers that never lasted as long. So I took the plunge to buy this (at a fantastic price on Amazon). Surprisingly difficult to set up (2 Kef 104.3s and a subwoofer), but once I got everything sorted out, watched (well really, listened) to a movie with the simulated surround sound in 2 speaker mode. Wow.
Summary: I recently decided it was time to find a suitable home audio system for my 42 inch HD plasma TV. I researched MANY other brands, including COUNTLESS "home theater in a box" setups which include speakers, DVD player, and subwoofer in one. I came to a few conclusions: 1) HTIB systems are usually manufactured and priced to attract the "all in one" type of buyer who wants as many features and as much power in one box without the issue of having to research, buy cables...