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: Ok I have owned mine for a few years now but had to rate this baby. I read all the reviews and with the exception of the person with the bad customer service complaint and the person with the defective unit, the rest about say it all (There is bad customer service in the world unfortunately, which has nothing to do with the unit and you can receive defect electronic equipment from time to time). I think these reviews should be the actual product.
Summary: I had the receiver for less than a year when the picture on the screen would go red. I took the receiver to a warranty service center in November 2007. It is March 21st and I just received a replacement (sent to the wrong address by Harmon Kardon). I have been 5 months without using my speakers. When it works it is great. But when it doesn't, forget it.
Summary: Read other reviews first, then ordered. Really think the negative reviews are picky. What matters is sound, and this unit is incredible. Friends now want to hang out and watch movies, games, or just TV. Easy hook up and the setup for the speakers was a hoot! Play the beginning of 'Pitch Black' and you'll never go back!
Very worthwhile, one of the better high end mass fi receivers
C Boyle, Amazon
10 September 2006
Summary: This receiver is much better than similar products I've owned from Sony ES, Pioneer Elite, etc. I think the sound is better than some of the most famous audiophile gear, such as a hybrid tube/solid Counterpoint gear I tested it against. I'm fairly demanding of audio gear (my reference rig was a single-ended triode setup with no preamp or anything else to muddy the sound, to give you an idea).
Summary: I purchased this expensive receiver from Amazon/Etronics in early July and received it with the volume light not working and immediately returned it by UPS. I have not heard one word from Etronics since. It's as if my receiver does not even exist. I have sent a dozen emails but never a reply.
Summary: I teamed this reciever with HKTS-14 and the door to the house rattles in the jamb when things in my movies blow up. The children outside get quiet. The clarity and thump are beautiful, both with the door and the AVR. My old man has the best Bose system you can buy and while it is no doubt great, I've had his system up all the way and this HK is more crisp and I swear louder. And let's not forget afterwords I had enough money left over for a nice steak dinner.
Summary: I have another high end amp that this unit works even better than for half the price. I love both of them but this HK has far better options packaged together. The display is a blast to look at in the dark, more surround options to listen to than ears attached to your head. Setup can be tricky if you're not audio/video savy but it's well worth it.
Summary: This is a beautiful sounding and powerful AVR receiver/Amp. The sound is clear, strong, and has great depth. It is not a harsh (overly revealing) amp like the Denon can be when matched with bright speakers. This amp has a very deep spatial clean sound which is warmly revealing, strong, and quality all of the way. It seems to make the instruments sort of float and stand out in the musical space.