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: 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
Summary: Let me start by saying I am a huge HK fan, so it breaks my hear to have to review this unit so poorly. I had several problems with this thing I was not able to resolve: * The audio drops out the first half second any time the video or audio signal starts, stops, or changes in any way.