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: 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.
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: I would love to have this thing fixed or replaced, and I would definitely buy it again. I just want to know what is wrong, my guess is a dirty board.
Pros: Lots of hookups On Screen Menu Plenty of Wattage Looks nice
Cons: After about eight months of daily usage it decided to make a series of hideous 120 decibel snap, crackle, and pop sounds, and the screen said, "PROTECT." After calming my wife and children that it indeed was NOT the end of the world, I turned it back on and all was fine. I figured it must be dust...
Summary: I will never ever get another receiver without HDMI passthough had to buy2 splitter/matrix devices just so I could get the signal to the receiver & TV Without the receiver on all the time!
Pros: nice clean sound - good looking internal cooling fan - solid construction
Cons: interface/set-up GUI is confusing - remote is frekin' HUGE! no HDMI passthrough - had to buy a 3D splitter to get the signal to my Samsung 3D LED & from the Direct TV box everything on the front panel is tiny & hard to read except the volume knob which is HUGE
Summary: The wattage seems low but it actually better than the other companies. H/K rates their stuff differently, and even with the lower wattage it will out perform units with twice the rating. I only purchased this because a friend of mine said it was an amazing deal, and I can't agree more.
Pros: This thing looks so much better than the competition. No dumb stickers that needed to be removed and the buttons on the unit are designed not to be noticed. It uses white lighting which looks so much classier than green, blue or red I've seen on other receivers. The bottom half isn't plastic its ...
Cons: The price is a bit high (even on sale). Doesn't have any network features like Pandora or Network music, that you might get from another vendor. The remote and IR stink. You really need to point the remote directly at the device. Get a Logitech Harmony for better control, it's slimmer, lighter an...
Summary: The AVR 2600 is a nice upgrade from my HK AVR230. Same great HK sound quality & power, but with the latest connections like HDMI plus older types to allow connection of non-digital sources like standard def satellite boxes.
Pros: Great sound & video capability. Flexible in that you can customize source settings, speaker settings & audio processing or let the receiver determine what's "best". Appearance is more up scale vs the other brands.
Cons: Auto set up for speakers isn't 100% accurate on mine. Not a huge con, as it only takes a few extra minutes to make manual corrections to get it perfect & you shouldn't have to do it again. Maybe the options to customize the settings is what one of the other reviewers finds confusing? Minor con fo...
Summary: Always heard good things about Harmon stuff, but this thing just sucks. It is clunky, counter-intuitive, and just way more complicated that it has to be. I am sending it back, going to look into Yamaha or Onkyo.
Pros: It powers on. It spits out music and video.
Cons: Odd lag in sound and video when you switch sources, turn it on. Clunky on-screen GUI. Handles video very poorly, audio performance was just so-so.
Pros: It really is an incredible receiver. I go in and out of nice houses all the timeand I still feel like my surround setup sounds nicer than ANY OTHER system I have heard! I have the 2600 with 6 Dayton's, a center Polk, and a 12" Polk sub. It is amazing. Even when I go to the movies, I compare the t...