I don't need HDMI or the new fancy lossless codecs like TrueHD or DTS-HD since I have 2.0 speakers.
20 October 2014
Summary: I just picked up one of these now antiques on Ebay for less than $50 shipped and it still works well. Since I only use 2.0 speakers and maybe soon 2.1 (I want a subwoofer soon, amybe the HS10W or HS8S) this fits the bill perfectly.
"Elegant, Understated, Smooth" a "True Musical Instrument"
Stan Slonski, Amazon
23 June 2012
Summary: The "Harman Kardon AVR-500" Surround Sound Receiver, is, without a doubt, The finest receiver I've ever had the privilege to experience "Over the Top!! Being a classical Violinist, I listen to various aspects in music mostly from the perspective of a "live performance".
Summary: Harmon Kardon by far is the best in home theatre there quality of receivers is almost as good as the movie theatre sound itself.If you only have 1000 dollars to spend buy this baby and when you get it home it has enough power to blow you out of the house , with crystal clear dynamic Dolby Digital &...
Summary: I purchased this amp/receiver about a month ago and had it hooked up the night it arrived. The setup is kind of confusing at first but once you figure it out (what the manual is saying) it isn't too much trouble.
Summary: It runs on 45 amps. Simply put this is the number you should be looking at. Other receivers at higher price points run less amps compensating with more watts. I auditioned an Onkyo (36 amps I think & 105 watts/channel) with the HK AVR500 (45 amps & 80 watts/channel).
Summary: First of all let me say the soind quality from this reciever blew my mind. I watched Jurasic Park with DTS and it made my cat hide in a cabinet! (she used to never react to the TV) however, the user on screen display user interface is very unfreindly - the remote is terrible, i expected to replace...
Summary: The AVR 500 Is The First Popularly Priced Receiver To Feature Harman Kardon's Exclusive Logic 7 And VMAx Surround-Sound Modes Along With Dolby Digital And DTS. With S-Video Switching, On Screen Graphics And A Powerful Harman Kardon Amplifier, This Is The Perfect Receiver For The Discerning Music...
Summary: I have owned this reciever for 6mo and love the quality of sound it produces. It performes equally well in both stereo and cinema modes. my reciever was one of the early serial numbers so I have had to have the volume control replaced, eratic volume control was a problem on the first AVR500's.
Excerpt: Ich habe mir vor 2 Monaten den AVR 500 aus der neuen Modellreihe von Harman Kardon gekauft. Das Gerät ist mit Decodern für Dolby Digital und DTS ausgestattet. Beide leisten beste Arbeit, und sind gegenüber den Vorgängermodellen nochmals verbessert.