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: Somehow Harman Kardon continually pulls off the extraordinary feat of producing high-quality home cinema receivers that actually look rather nice. As one of the company’s high-end models, the Harman Kardon AVR660 is a big receiver. It stands an imposing 165mm tall. Normally the best you can hope for from an AV receiver of this size is that it doesn’t look overwhelmingly horrible. Yet there it is, looking elegant and stylish. Incredible.
Excerpt: "Yes, I know it claims a mere 75 watts for its channels, but unlike most brands, that is 75 watts from all seven channels at the same time. Generally brands base their power figures on only two channels running. You are unlikely to find either a set of loudspeakers or a volume level that will trouble this receiver." Click below to read the full review.