Summary: This is a nice nice home theater/audio reciever. Sounds better than any Bose system and while its 899 at BB and CC, With 5 Polk Audio and a 250watt Sub it is still cheaper than a Bose. Dont be fooled by the 85 watt rating.These are High Current amps and h-k doesn't exaggerate their output as so many other companies do. It will blow away your 150 watt Sony and with no distortion.
Pros: harder than a cheap home theatre system to setup and cofigure
Cons: harder than a cheap home theatre system to setup and cofigure
Incredible sounding and robustly powered home theater reciever!
Larry "SUPERBUY-USA", Amazon
11 July 2010
Summary: I owned this Harman Kardon AVR 520 new since it came out and bought it in early 2003. I have never looked back or longed for some other brand since this euphoric listening experience began. I don't think there is any other brand in this price range, besides maybe Denon, that can offer an amplifier that is more powerful than the specs advertise or more sonically accurate and transparent when faithfully reproducing any musical or movie content on quality Infinity Interlude...
Summary: I bought this item from an eBay seller years ago. I'm an audio nut, but I don't have a lot of money for hardware. The other person's review about not being able to assign digital inputs/outputs without the remote is NOT TRUE. The there are three black buttons in the dead center of the front panel. Two are directional arrows and the middle one is "select." These are the key. The process is described in the owner's manual.
Summary: I get the feeling that the reviewers that had difficulty with this receiver were either not reading and following the manual or really just did not understand what they were doing. I've had the machine for just over 2 months, and it performs great. The sound is fantastic, and it can handle anything I want to run through it, including my DVD, CD, Tape, 2 VCR's, and TV, and I still have room to hook up additional components if I can think of any.
Summary: Don't be fooled here by reviewers that don't read the manual! This is an AWESOME amp! Using with JBL studio front, center and powered subwoofer, Audiosource 100 watt in-wall speakers. This amp powers them all with ease. I can't turn the amp volume all the way up, it's so loud, it hurts! Dolby 5.1 and DTS are immersive. Sure, the manual won't win a pulitzer, but it does the job. Common sense is also a must (lacking by some quick-to-complain reviewers here).
Summary: For a semi-serious home theater enthusiast I have been extremely pleased with the AVR520. I switched to this reciever from an old Pioneer Elite VSX-97 and seriously consided another Pioneer Elite, Denon and Integra AVR's but found the sonic clarity unsurpassed by any of the other models. The receiver was easy to setup at the GUI was fairly easy to navigate. DVD's and CD's played on my Pioneer Elite DV F-07 DVD/CD Player have never looked or sounded better.
Summary: I was thrilled by the performance of my 520 when I first got it. I was powering some relatively efficient energy eXL 26 towers and they sounded great. However, I recently upgraded to the Veritas 2.4 from Energy and the 520 doesn't even come close to providing enough power for these speakers. At moderate listening levels the bass is almost nonexistent.
Summary: I don't like this amp at all, there are so many quirks. If you want to isolate the narrative audio during a movie and pump up the center speaker so not to wake your neighbors, you'll find that even with the DTS light on, all the tracks will become louder via the center speaker. Something I've noticed in more than one HK amp. If want to control the bass, turning the bass knob up or down on the front of your amp does absolutely nothing.
Summary: I am extremely pleased with the rich, clear sound of my 520 receiver. DVD with optical cable is absolutely great. I had limited experience in home theater. So the setup was one step at a time; first the Denon speakers, tried the FM (very good), the Phillips DVD870P came next with optical out, then the VCR. I made at least three trips for various cables and speaker wire. One call to Harman/Kardon tech support. The call was promptly answered by a support tech (Steve).