Summary: I purchased this in 2007. Six years later, and I still can't convince myself that anything new would be THAT much better except that in this day and age we're dealing with HDMI 1.3+ that this older receiver doesn't fully support.
Summary: The setup: Dish HD PVR-622, Toshiba HD-A2, and Sony PS3, all connected via HDMI. Output to a Panasonic PT-AX100 via HDMI. The AVR only has 2 HDMI inputs so I use an HDMI auto switcher between the HD-A2 and PS3. This AVR is used in a dedicated home theater room.
Summary: This one replaced my 8 year old HK AVR65. I use Definitive bipolar speakers (BP30 - BP10), Samsung 56' DLP TV, PS3 and European satellites along with this receiver. First of all the sound is amazing. So natural and well balanced.
Summary: At the current going prices where you can pick a unit up for around $825 from H/K refurb, or if you are very lucky even more cheaper from Fry's electronics, this unit is amazing. I am one of the lucky few who got the display unit from Fry's.
Summary: It comes with a microphone that is used to automatically calibrate your speaker settings. There are two steps. First connect the microphone to a camera tripod (not included) and place it in the center-most listening position. Follow the on-screen menu and the speakers are automatically set.
Summary: Great system, only grip is no TrueHD Dolby from what I can tell. More than enough power, the included remote is ok nothing great. I actually moved that to my living room and use the Harmony 1000 to control the reciever and other equipment.
Summary: I bought this refurbished from eBay store of Harman Audio with full 2 year warranty for just $810 shipped. I got the unit that looked and behaved like it is new. Unlike the other reviewer, I actually like the remote. I already had a Harmony H659. I like this one even better.
Summary: I purchased my Harmon Kardon about 3 months ago and I am honestly amazed. I have owned everything from packaged small home theaters to huge component surround sound systems - I previously owned a Sony 7000ES, which was a serious piece of equipment, this Harmon Kardon however is even better.
Has potential if Component Video out problem is fixed.
H. Holland, Amazon
22 June 2006
Summary: Howdy Negatives 1 Don't like the remotes at all. An MX700 or such would have been way better in IMHO than these two. Neither of which cuts the mustard on it's own or together. What were they thinking. 2. Ergonomically challenged after setup. Can't change volume on any channel on the fly.