Summary: Great receiver when working properly. These things get HOT!!! Over a period of years, the HDMI functionality can become iffy, or non functional. The rest of the receiver has amazing build quality, and a well balanced, powerful amplifier section capable of rated power with completely inaudible...
Summary: Less than a year after purchase: (Monster Power conditioner/surge protect device is used) Picture from BluRay would go black with audio only....quick remedy, unplug HDMI cable from back, re-attach, finish movie. MULTIPLE cables were tested, results were the same.
Summary: Don't buy this product! I purchased a refurbished AVR 254 from Harman Kardon. If a source such as DVD, Bluray or cable is paused for more than a few seconds, the video is shown, but the audio is gone. I returned this defective unit for another. The exact same thing happened.
You have to turn this on/off when you switch from HD to SD signals
22 December 2010
Summary: This receiver requires you to turn it off, then back on, when you switch from an HD channel to an SD channel (or vice versa) or if you switch between devices from SD to HD. This is reason enough NOT to get this. If i had known this was an issue, I would never have made this purchase.
Just Say NO and Buy An AVR That Actually Functions Right
M. Stephen "Mag Critic", Amazon
17 August 2010
Summary: Just to give an example. I bought the very first JVC 5.1 made. It was a cheap unit with few extras but at least every function worked flawlessly for 5 years +. The avr 254 has never worked flawlessly by any stretch of the imagination and cost 3 times as much.