Excerpt: The AV receiver is the heart of Home theater, and these days with Blu-rays and its associated technologies proliferating, like HD surround sound etc, a good receiver has become compulsory for that lucky someone taking the plunge into full fledged Home Entertainment system. We have today the Harman Kardon AVR 660, a high end receiver by one of the more popular brands in Hi Fi audio. Let’s take a look.
Excerpt: T he Harman Kardon AVR 660 does not support 3D video … as I write. But a firmware upgrade is promised for September 2010 to add this capability. Harman Kardon says that this will be as simple as downloading the firmware to a USB stick, putting it into the receiver, and running a routine to upgrade it.
Pros: Powerhouse, Bullet-proof audio performance, Very good video performance, iPod dock included
Excerpt: The receiver supports audio to a second zone and allows you to reconfigure the Surround Back loudspeaker sockets to drive Zone 2 speakers, should you wish. It also has a decent collection of control sockets, including A-Bus, so system integrators can have their way with it. Harman Kardon has always given itself a bit of a marketing problem in one respect: on a watt per dollar basis, its receivers seem to be poor value. This receiver retails for just under $4000.