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.
Summary: I purchased a refurb 354 7.1 July 2011. Great audio and video performance, price point added bonus. I would not describle my set-up experience as easy, but straight forward. Out of the box to complete set-up was 1 1/2 hours for me. Must admit more time was devoted to the speaker set up, given 4 of the 8 speakers are built-in home units. Balancing the speaker levels to meet my listening expectations took some time.
Summary: I really hate my Harmon Kardon receiver. Pros - It looks nice Cons - everything else. I have an HK AVR 146, and have a couple friends that also have nothing but problems with their HK devices. Mine locks up constantly, requiring a reboot. Sometimes I have to spend several minutes sitting on the floor in front of it hitting the main power switch trying to get it to work, eventually it does for a while.
Summary: When I turned this on for the first time it would cut out every 10 seconds or so. Apparently I needed to do the firmware update. Why they don't do that when it's on their bench at the factory is pretty aggravating. It gets worse from there. The cheapest cable to connect to your computer is $40. So once I download the software I find it's not Mac compatible…So I call a friend over with a laptop running Windows (7). We get partway through the update when it freezes.