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. Pros: - Clean, clear, accurate sound (although that is, of course, highly dependent on your speaker selection). I can crank this thing up to near full volume with nary a hint of hiss. - Watts.
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. I bought this to replace a Sony STR-DA50ES. When I unpacked the AVR it had the drooping front door that wouldn't close all the way. I was pretty disappointed with that.
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. I always prefered listening to music in streo mode not to lose the natural feeling, with this receiver almost all sorround modes sound perfect. I have tested many configurations but HK 745 with Definitive spakers is the best so far.
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. The Display unit had the front door broken (no biggie), and came with nothing but the unit. Before this unit, I had the Onkyo 605 which came with all the bells and whistles.
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. It also has a handle for the mike for individual speaker adjustments.....really cool. Now, I had to turn off the Faroudja feature.
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. It lights up just by tilting the remote. This one is also a Harmony remote so I could just set it up the same way. I have just HDMI going to the TV and have not had any problems.
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. Its sound is terrific, its video is fabulous, but the control is insane.