Summary: I had the unit for about 2yr and the receiver starting imploding about 6mo ago and died recently. The screen was half lit, the unit started to self protect itself for no reason, and the dolby digital refused to sync to some channels. Eventually the amplifier board just gave out and stop producing sound. Since I was out of warranty (and heard horror stories about H/K customer service), I decided to bring it to a local electronic shop for repair and the owner.
Summary: h/k quality ain't what it used to be. My first one of these died after just under a year - began making a thumping/snapping noise whenever you'd turn it on, then after a few months progressed to making repeated, fast pounding noises, like someone pounding on a door. Scared the living daylights out of me when it happened one time at 3AM.
Summary: Buyer beware...have purchased numerous re-manufactured units from Harmon Kardon over the years, but this one from "dealman123" purchased at the end of April 2014 lasted 4 weeks before it started powering off automatically after watch tv for an hour or so. Paid 300.00 and that was my first mistake.
Summary: I had bought the Harmon Kardon AVR 2600 to replace an older Onkyo. I could never get the Harmon Kardon to sound as full as the Onkyo did. I did not have any electrical/integrating problems with it, it just didn't sound that good. I unloaded the Harmon Kardon AVR 2600 and replaced it with a Onkyo TXNR616. The Onkyo sounds so much nicer and fuller. Even the spouse noticed the difference.
Summary: Ok, I went from a sony w/10% harmonic distortion @ 110watts per channel to this: 65w per channel @ .07% . Incredible difference! This made my klipsch speakers sound harsh with music. movies it was great. I sold the klipsch and bought infinitry and OMG! This reciever and infinity speakers is unbelievable! best stereo ever! I can't imagine how well its big brothers perform.
hdmi board defect, save your money don,t buy a unit that is defect f
2 February 2013
Summary: do not buy the people who gave it 5 star work for the company or it hasn,t broke down yet. this unit is a defect with the hdmi board, trust me i bought 5 of them and all went bad , it just a matter of time before the board goes out then they want 150 for each board save your money
Summary: After 3 months of non stop use I must say I am very happy. The only thing I don't like is how it sounds with the EQ on. It might just be my speakers but it sounds much better off. I just tweak all the settings myself instead of letting the unit figure it out. Had for a month now. Truly awesome sound and interface through hdmi. Remarkable video processing/upgrading as well. But the sound is just so warm and full. Movies are best realized in 7.1 with a great sub.
Summary: The front right speaker channel sounds like it's trying to push all five channels sound through it. It crackles and kills audio quality. I've tried every change in settings to no avail. troubleshooting, I found that it was my HDMI two and three ports which were broken with one being even worse off than the other. Also, my right rear and right surround channels make beeping noises randomly while pushing audio. I can't recommend this receiver to anyone now.
Pros: The best looking receiver with good sound quality when it works. A big step up from my five year old JVC with no HDMI ports.
Cons: Beeping noises from speakers and two HDMI ports broken.