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: 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.
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 used to be a big Harman Kardon fan since the mid 80's when i worked part time for an electronics chain called the Stereo Warehouse. I always felt that they produced a rock solid and fantastic sounding product regardless if it were for home or mobile audio. Heck. I still own a CA260 car amp that blows away the crap they make today. However. HK dropped the ball where the AVR 2600 and the 3600 receivers are concerned.
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.
I will never purchase a Refurbished unit again. Don't do it!
3 January 2012
Summary: After reading reviews about this receiver I decided to give it a try. Am disappointed with it so far. It is not as easy to set up as has been suggested. First off, if you can't get it to display on your television, it is very hard to follow the next steps. Finally got it to perform in a somewhat reasonable manner, but with difficulty in syncing with the cable and tv controls.