Summary: If you apply the firmware update you will have a very expensive brick. Eight months out of warranty, bricked by HK's own software, and the only assistance I get from HK is the address of a service center where I must pay for repairs myself. No Thanks. Bought a Sony. Just google it to see how many people have had the hdmi board fail before and after the firmware upgrade.
Firmware Upgrade made my receiver an expensive paperweight.
Timothy W., Newegg
8 November 2014
Summary: I bought this receiver on 2/25/2012 so naturally the warranty has expired. By eight months. Harman Kardon was nice enough to offer assistance in the form of locating a local service center so it could be repaired at my expense. I own a sony 7.1 now.
Pros: Well, It's Harman Kardon so it HAS to be good, right?
Cons: Applied the firmware update that stalled at 29% for over three hours. Now the receiver is a very expensive radio since that is all that works now.
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: It's outside of NewEgg's RMA/Returns period (obviously), so I'll have to put my faith in the warranty claim I just sent in to HK. Spending this much on a good piece of equipment, I expected more. Guess this was my first and last piece of HK equipment.
Pros: While it worked, this receiver handled my 5.1 audio from my PC pretty well.
Cons: It started with a very loud *POP* the other day, and has refused to output any sound since. Spending this much on a good piece of equipment, it should not die after a year and a half of light usage.
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