Summary: HK receiver are the best period.All those who want a solid performer and i do mean solid ALL HK receiver are the best in the business bar none just like ALL KLIPSCH SPEAKERS are the best.So who so ever want the BEST look no where else except HK THE KING OF ALL RECEIVER.
Summary: AVR 354, not the solid old school H/K your father owned that is still working. The new mass produced 354 features software problems switching HDMI, which are said to be now resolved. Look forward to finding a 232 plug, loading software to resolve issues and updates that take 1 Hr+ if they work. Video processors have chronic issues and will eventually lock you into one surround sound mode and lock out the unit.
Summary: Harman Kardon makes some of the best receivers in the industry. Paired with their excellent speakers you will be very happy with the audio! I've had two models of AVRs ad speakers over the years. Would never buy any other brand. The audio file reviewers don't give it enough credit for how well designed, thought out and performing these units are. The BMW of audio.
Summary: When I first bought a Harman receiver, it was after a side-by-side test with an Onkyo at twice the price. The sound was smooth, not harsh like the Onkyo. Well that receiver is in need of maintenance with the front panel lights going occassionally, but needless to sat I bought this AVR-354 with the idea of striking gold again and I was not disappointed. The sound is still silky smooth and it has additional inputs & features that my previous receiver didn't have.
Summary: I bought this unit to replace my Onkyo that I've had since 2000, which I was very happy aside from a few issues I had with one of the channels going out on occasion. This unit blows my old Onkyo out of the water!! I am only using 5 channels with Bose cubes in the rear and center, a pair of Eosones which I love and a Sony 10" powered sub. I have Dish Network(hate it) a Blu-ray player,an Xbox 360 and Wii connected to a 60" Westinghouse LCD TV.