Summary: I purchased a refurbished unit on E-Bay and it works and looks great. I am using HDMI connections only so the set-up was extremely easy. One of my main reasons for purchasing this unit (besides the fact that my old receiver was 8 years old and no longer worked properly) was for the HDMI inputs. My Sony XBR1 television only has 1 HDMI input so I had to choose between the HD cable box and my Blue Ray player (PS3).
Summary: item was shipped on a timely bases, this model AVR247 is probably more then what I need. It has all the power I need and then some. It takes some time to get it set up, and I still don't have it all put together with all my equipment. However, If you need a 7 channel receiver this is a good model.
Great sound, but HK needs to hire good coders and needs some new management
K. Mizser, Amazon
2 March 2009
Summary: I've had this receiver for over a year now, this being my 3rd HK receiver (AVR-125, AVR-235). As usual the sound quality is top notch, I don't even need to explain it further. The problem areas are related to the software. Seems like HK has great hardware guys, but needs to invest in hiring some quality software people. When I first bought it there were some major flaws in the firmware (LFE channel being 10dB lower than it's supposed to being the most obvious one).
Summary: So far the receiver seems to deliver great sound processing and the auto tune speaker function is fantastic for calibrating your surround sound speakers. I think this was a great buy but I do wish there were three or more HDMI inputs instead of just two.
Summary: I've had this for a week now and and am very pleased with my decision. This is replacing an Onkyo 5.1 with similar power ratings. The sound is very similar and the main differences are the HDMI inputs, an extra IR input and the RS232 input for future use. One big plus is the OSD which makes programming a breeze on the HK compared to the Onkyo. The microphone assisted auto tune for the speakers is great as well.
Summary: I love the sound and power of the unit. I bought it for future HDMI connectivity and the reputation of Harmon-Kardon's quality and value. The refurbished unit I received has some cosmetic damage (scratches of the black face). I was surprised that the unit was also loaded with old firmware which I updated with a download from their website.
Pretty good, some flaws (Failed after three years)
Jordan Brown, Amazon
22 June 2008
Summary: First, let me note that I am perhaps not your ordinary reviewer. I am not an audiophile or a videophile. I have a tin ear, and am not *that* picky about video quality. I have no high-end gear - aside from the fact that my old receiver was failing, my short-term goal was to upgrade to a receiver that would switch S-video. Of course I was interested in providing for the future, but as yet I have no component or HDMI-capable gear.