Never buy anything from Harman Kardon - They have gone way down hill
Steve Trus, Amazon
1 December 2013
Summary: I will never buy another piece of junk from Harman Kardon again. I bought this receiver a while ago, but just got around to setting it up. After one hour of use, the surround sound circuit blew out and I was left with nothing but a heap of junk that could only play non digital sources.
Summary: ITS A GREAT REC> BUT !!!!!!! THE NEXT ONE I BUY WILL BE A DENNON BY FAR BETTER SOUND !!!!!! I never knew how much of a diff. in sound a rec. can produce til i listened to a pair of klipsh first with the arv65 HK then same speakers but with a dennon avr GOD NOW I KNOW !!!! THE dennon blew the doors off HK65 totaly made same set of speakers sound so dam diff at same volume !!!!! try it next time your in tweeters you will hear a big diff.
Summary: This is an excellent A/V receiver, DD, and DTS sound awesome. I do realize that some people are having problems with humming or hissing, or RF Interference. Well there's a solution when the first batch of the 65's came out they had problems. Units made after January '99, and after the 10,000 serial number range were supposedly fine. My unit was purchased in August '99 for $ the production date is March '99 the serial number 11,073.
Summary: How can people not be happy with this reciever? ...With DTS andDD, and multi-room output and an Onscreen display, it's features alonemake it a good value. The sound is superb, both for music and movies. I've not had any issues with performance or reliability with any of the HK products I've purchased over the years. Frankly, i'm stumped about the rumors of "unreliability" and background humm and hiss. MY AVR65 is totally silent.
Summary: After many years of owning H/K equipment, including a Citation 16 that is still in service, I thought the AVR 65 was going to be the perfect A/V receiver for my surround system. Within three hours of hooking it up I experienced hum, noise, and an intermitent problem with the optical input. The end result was the AVR65 being replaced with the less expensive, yet equally capable, Onkyo TX-DS575. Both have discrete stages and HCC.
Summary: I had owned HK equipment since the first Citation series came out. When I first saw the 65, I thought this would be the ideal receiver. From minute one I had nothing but problems with it. Noise, Hum and RF interference that I had never encountered before. I now have an Onkyo TX-DS575. It has the same discrete circuitry as the HK and I have experienced none of the problems not to mention it is a LOT less expensive. Overall, the HK was a great idea poorly executed.
Summary: I bought this unit in March of 99'. I'ts construction is solid. Sound is well detailed, with a great soundstage. Awesome DTS decoding. The only cons are: 1. Not enough digital inputs. 2. No pre-amp loops on channels to integrate an outboard eq. for fine room tuning. 3. DSS input with a digital input for the audio.
Summary: During my research for a quality A/V receiver, I looked at products from Pioneer, Kenwood & Denon, among others. The HK AVR65 has only 4 A/V inputs & no S-Video input on the front. I have a need for a minimun for 5-6 A/V inputs & the wish for easy connection for a camera, etc., plus inputs for future expandibility. So, I am looking elsewhere.