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21. Harman Kardon AVR 630 Dolby Digital
$39.99
22. Factory Refurbished Harman Kardon
$12.86 list($149.99)
23. Harman Kardon DAL 150 EzLink Computer
list($799.00)
24. Harman Kardon AVR320 Audio/Video
list($699.99)
25. Harman Kardon AVR 310 Audio/Video
$69.99
26. Harman Kardon Champagne 2.1 Computer
list($799.99)
27. Harman Kardon AVR 325 Dolby Digital
list($329.00)
28. Harman Kardon FL8370 5-CD Changer
$999.99 Too low to display list($1,199.99)
29. Harman Kardon CP 15 6.1-Channel
30. "Harman/Kardon Hkb 6 6"" 2-Way
list($1,999.00)
31. HARMAN KARDON AVR-7200 Home-Theater
list($899.00)
32. Harman Kardon AVR 500 Dolby Digital/DTS
$899.88 list($1,299.90)
33. Harman Kardon DPR 1005 7 x 70
list($199.99)
34. Harman Kardon SoundSticks Computer
$15.99 list($29.99)
35. Harman Kardon HK19.5 2.0 Computer
$129.99 list($129.90)
36. Harman Kardon HKS 4 2-Way Satellite
$95.98
37. Surround Loudspeakers
list($99.90)
38. Harman Kardon HKS 2 Compact 2-Way
$71.86
39. Surround Loudspeakers
$73.64 list($99.90)
40. Surround Loudspeakers

21. Harman Kardon AVR 630 Dolby Digital Receiver
list price: $1,299.00
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Asin: B0000D8HR9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 6077
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Harman Kardon AVR 630 is an ultimate-performance 7.1-channel audio/video receiver that integrates the company's most advanced technologies and features. When it comes to format compatibility, switching and distribution power, audio refinement, and exciting audio-enhancing features, the AVR 630 has got it going on. Its superior audio quality derives from its seven channels of high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplification, its 192 kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog audio chips, the latest Cirrus Logic CS 49400 24-bit, dual-core DSP with 32-bit post-processing, and compatibility with all popular and many leading-edge surround-sound formats.

The AVR 630's suite of technologies includes HDCD processing and Harman Kardon's exclusive switchable front-panel audio, video, and coaxial digital-audio inputs. The AVR 630 also offers complete Quadruple Crossover digital bass management for all inputs--critical for balancing the inputs from different surround formats--including the 6/8-channel "direct" analog inputs to accommodate playback of high-resolution digital-audio formats such as DVD-Audio and SACD. The receiver's bass management seamlessly integrates these formats with any speaker system, regardless of the capabilities of the playback device.

The AVR 630 also includes a host of important features such as A/V Sync Delay for synchronizing the audio and video signals in systems using digital video displays, external video processors, or with digital sources such as PVRs, satellite, or digital cable; RS-232 connectivity for bi-directional remote control and firmware upgradeability; Harman Kardon's exclusive EzSet remote with two-line LCD display; Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone surround processing; MP3 playback (through a digital-audio connection with your MP3-CD-compatible source component); and a slot-mounted tuner that may be upgraded at a future date to accommodate HD Radio.

Of special interest to custom installers, the AVR 630 offers extensive multi-room capabilities with assignable amplifier configuration and A-BUS Ready connectivity; a comprehensive selection of digital and analog video and audio connections, including two assignable, wide-bandwidth (50 MHz), HDTV-compatible component-video switching inputs; six digital-audio inputs, front-panel and S-video inputs and outputs; and a dedicated Zone II remote for multi room operation, among other features.

What's in the Box
Receiver, remote control, remote batteries, radio antennas, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 7 x 75 high-current watts per channel (with less than 0.07 percent THD); 2 x 90 watts in stereo
  • Multi-channel DVD-Audio- and SACD-ready, MP3 and HDCD decoding, front-panel AV input with selectable digital-audio input/output
  • High-bandwidth (50 MHz) component-video switching, multi-room capability
  • Quadruple Crossover digital bass management for seamless, all-format integration with your surround speaker system
  • Handles Dolby Digital EX, Pro Logic II, all DTS modes (including 6.1 DTS-ES Discrete, DTS-ES Matrix, and DTS Neo:6)

22. Factory Refurbished Harman Kardon HK695 Champagne 2.1 Computer Speakers (Beige)

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Asin: B00007FS29
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 7099
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Amazon.com Product Description

Ideal for a crowded home office, the Harman Kardon HK695 2.1 speaker system includes two compact satellite speakers that require little more than 3 inches of space each, along with a robust subwoofer that fits conveniently under the desk or atop a bookshelf. The system's minimal footprint and well-designed control panel also make it a great choice for executive offices or conference rooms. Even better, the speakers fill the room with high-quality audio, giving a boost to your PC music, games, presentations, or movies. The system employs Harman Kardon's Vmax technology to create a surround-sound-like acoustic hologram from the two speakers, each of which is equipped with twin aluminum-dome Odyssey transducers. This lets listeners enjoy the thrills of surround sound without messing with extra satellite speakers and the clutter of additional wires. Meanwhile, the powered subwoofer houses a Magnum series 5.25-inch transducer with a bass port that increases deep bass output. The end result is a system that excels at broadcasting rich, deep audio without taking up an entire wall or shelf.

As with any good PC sound system, the HK695 includes soft pushbutton volume and mute controls, which are located on the right satellite speaker, plus bass and treble controls that sit atop the subwoofer. The speakers are also magnetically shielded, so they won't interfere with images on the computer monitor.

The HK685 is a factory reconditioned product, meaning it was returned to the manufacturer and restored to like-new condition. The product comes with a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the Box
Two satellite speakers, subwoofer, speaker and subwoofer cables, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 40-watt RMS PC speaker system with 2 satellite speakers and powered subwoofer
  • Twin aluminum-dome Odyssey drivers create rich, vibrant mid- and high-end audio
  • Vmax technology delivers surround-like environment from main speakers
  • Ported subwoofer with self-contained 5.25-inch Magnum woofer
  • Factory reconditioned to like-new condition; includes 90-day warranty

23. Harman Kardon DAL 150 EzLink Computer to Home Stereo Interface (USB to Coaxial DA)
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B000062SUD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 23264
Average Customer Review: 2.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Connect your PC to your home audio system
  • Connects from Windows PC USB port to coaxial digital-audio input of an AV receiver or surround processor
  • Converts MP3 to linear PCM (CD format)
  • Passes native MP3 or bitstream signals to outboard decoders
  • Includes USB and coaxial digital-audio interface cables

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Attractive hockey puck
I had high hopes for this product since I was connecting to a Harman Kardon AVR receiver. I simply cannot get it to work!!! Absolutely dismal tech support, there is no indicator on the unit itself to confirm signal, unit comes with a 3' coax cable so if you are in the 98% of people whose computer doesn't share space with your home audio system, you're screwed. Tried a high-quality digital cable longer than the one supplied and it will not work. I am moving on and buying a Xitel setup. Harman Kardon I love your equipment, but how did this little device make it through R&D without getting squashed?

1-0 out of 5 stars DONT GET IT! ONLY PLAYS IN MEDIA PLAYER!!!
I got this hoping to produce all my computer's audio through my stereo system. Games, Winamp, windows sounds, etc. THIS PRODUCT DOES NONE OF THIS. IT ONLY WORKS IN WINDOWS MEDIA PLAYER and I feel I've been duped. I am irate.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost done....
It does not support Winamp only windows media player 7.1 :( If you lose the install cd you are SOL on getting drivers since they are not available from their website. Otherwise it is a functional product that works quite well and is easy to operate.

5-0 out of 5 stars Kick Out The Jams
The maximum word limit for this review is 1,000 words, however, I think that this product deserves something short and sweet...Because that is how easy it is to hook your computer to your home stereo system! All my music is organized according to genre, artist, etc. and I love the jukebox-like functions you achieve with the windows media player, but the boston acoustic junk that came with my computer can't handle the jams...buy this product and walla! Your makin' your neighbors crabby with the style and variety of your ecclectic taste in music pounding through your good 'ole home stereo! ... Read more


24. Harman Kardon AVR320 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $799.00
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Asin: B00005Q5WZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 37630
Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AVR 320 is Harman Kardon's first entry-level 7.1-channel surround-sound processing. Featuring support for Dolby Digital, DTS, Logic 7, and VMAx digital sound processing, the AVR 320 is meant to satisfy nearly any audio taste.

Pushing 55 watts per channel into 8 ohms, the AVR 320 will give you strong sound with less than 0.07 percent harmonic distortion, even with all channels being driven simultaneously. Eight-channel direct inputs are provided for future digital sound processing upgrades.

Loaded with advanced features, the AVR 320 includes DTS-ES 6.1 surround sound, wideband HDTV-ready component video switching, and 24-bit/192kHz audio digital-to-analog converter. Connection options are extensive with 7.1-channel preamp outputs, six digital inputs and three digital outputs, plus a front-panel digital input that can be switched to output mode.

Support for Dolby Pro Logic II Surround Sound is included to create surround-sound effects from a stereo input such as VCR or TV.

Additional features include multiroom/multisource audio which allows users in separate rooms to listen to different sources simultaneously. A separate Zone II Remote Control is included for multiroom operation. Power-up volume can be programmed to avoid that jarring sensation of powering up your stereo with the volume at max from the night before, and rotary controls let you adjust bass, treble, and balance settings.

A universal remote is programmable to control up to eight devices from preset codes or by using its learning capability. ... Read more

Features

  • High Current amplifier design
  • S-Video inputs and outputs
  • EzSet remote
  • Multi- zone audio switching
  • Logic 7 5.1 and 7.1

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Receiver
This is a very good receiver if you know how to use it.
Sound is very clean. Harman Kardon's 55 watts rate is
very consertive, it has more than enough power for my
need.

When I started shopping, I bought Onkyo 600 first (mainly
attracted by its 80 watts rating, and 6 channel output).
However, after listen to Onkyo for a couple weeks, I am not
satisfied with Onkyo's sound quality, so I purchased this one.
This receiver sounds much better than Onkyo. It produces much
cleaner sound. Finally, I returned Onkyo and kept this one.

I am using a pair of JBL S38-II as my main speakers. If you
can't hear the difference between this receiver and other
cheaper receivers, you are probably using not-so-good speakers.
If so, upgrade the speaker and hear the difference.

This receiver do have weakness though. It is not easy to use.
It takes me quite a while to get familiar with the remote and
the control buttons on the receiver. Even after I am familiar
with the remote, I would still say the remote is not easy to
use. Harman Kardon needs to improve its egnomics design.

1-0 out of 5 stars I was totally fooled by what I thought was a good name!!!!
I bought this receiver because it says that it has 6.1 discrete sound. You will be sorry to find out that H/K has deceived the market - THIS RECEIVER ONLY HAS 5.1 SOUND which makes it no different from all the other cheapies out there. It sounds exactly the same as the...Sony I had before this. I should have put the money into upgrading my speakers.

I thought I was taking a step up --- Oh how wrong I was!!! Wish I bought the Onkyo.

2-0 out of 5 stars Whimpy!
I suppose this receiver may be acceptable for a small or noise restricted viewing area. The sound quality and presence is excellent although realism is far out of it's reach due to amplification wattage limitations. The difference between this receiver and even RCAs' now superceded, outdated RT2300 is like night and day. My older RCA receiver has twice the power, the same reproductions specs., 2 main speakers, 1 center, 2 surround, and a 100watt powered subwoofer; FOR THE SAME PRICE!
Now, also take into account the fact prices are dropping with length of time on the market, proliferation, and competition!
I felt severly ripped off concerning My Harmon Kardon purchase.
I sold it in a yard sale and considered myself lucky.
I am now the proud owner of a new RCA RT Series System. Pick any new RCA home theater package 100watts or better and you'll be Thrilled with your purchase and amazed at the realism & quality. You'll also have money left for POPCORN!

Jimmy Dickens/ Future Marketing Concepts/ help @ citynet . net

2-0 out of 5 stars HK goes downmarket
It does strange things sometimes, and the latest dissappointment comes when I am playing a DVD, and pressing PAUSE or REWIND causes the amp to reset it's audio mode to 5 CHANNEL STEREO instead of Dolby Digital for no apparent reason. There are many quirky problems like this for me and my HK. It's a shame I'm stuck with it till I can get a new one, which will bear a name rhyming with PONY. I think HK used to be a staunch competitor, but now it seems they just don't put any thought into how users will interact with thier products. This amp is downright confusing, not user friendly, and DEFIANT to my commands. I'm familiar with tech toys, and this is my white whale, elusive. Many functions you will try to make work, and for some grand set of circumstances, they will not. You'll read and read, and discover the answer eventually; "oh I get it, this will not work unless this is exactly so" and so on. Simple features become exhaustive, and you will harbor BUYER'S REMORSE. AVOID HK.

4-0 out of 5 stars but one drawback
I bought this item off of review and recommendations, and couldnt be happier. it has many more inputs and outputs than i could ever use, an easy to read display, and relatively simple controls. the onyl drawbacks, in my opinion, are the main remote control, which is more cluttered than my dorm room. second, for 699 they should bump the power up from 55x5 to at least 100x5. now, i understand that for a lot of people 55x5 is enough, personally, it is enough for me, but only because is have it hooked up to a pair of wharfedale atlantic 400 towers, and in the rear jbl n24IIs. also, the so called learning remote doesnt seem to want to learn everything, as i cant get it to learn the functions of my keyspan DMR. ... Read more


25. Harman Kardon AVR 310 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $699.99
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Asin: B000051SDO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 44817
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Delivers 50 watts of power x 5 channels
  • MP3 decoding with coaxial or optical inputs
  • Multiroom/multisource operation
  • Ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier
  • EzSet remote balances speaker levels

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid HK
I had an AVR300. HK replaced it with a 310 after the volume kept cranking all by itself (known design flaw) and the video amps died repeatedly.

The 310's video amps just died and the repair shop sent it back to me with video 1 still dead and surround sound dead.

These suck. I am buying a new AV receiver.

5-0 out of 5 stars A budget receiver that delivers high end quality
I recently purchased this receiver with a pair of jbl s38 speakers for fronts, a jbl s-center channel speaker, and jbl n26 rear speakers, and I have never heard a home theater setup sound so good at this price. I have definetly heard better....from 4000 receivers, but for 99.9 percent of the population (me) this receiver is brilliant. It has 6 total digital inputs (3 coaxial, 3 optical), multiple digital outputs, enough power that I have not yet brought my self to crank the volume for fear of ruining my hearing (for some reason Harman/Kardon underrates their receiver's power. 100 watt/channel sony is equal to about 40 watts or less on the HK scale), a really nice looking front and easy to use receiver, and to top it off you dont need a degree in home theater to set it up in a few minutes.
The only downside to this receiver that I have found is the lack of component video input/output, but this wont be a factor for the majourity of people. One thing I was very happy, and actually suprised about, was that this receiver not only does a superb job at digital surround (DTS, Dolby Digital), but it also puts out transparent, crystal clear stereo sound from your favorite cds. So many of those "home theater in a box" setups, with mini speakers and a subwoofer are able to nicely reproduce movies, becuase no single speaker/pair of speakers has to carry the load the entire time. During Stereo listening, on the other hand, these setups really falter. Sound becomes distorted, volumes are not very capable, and the sound is very tinny. The HK avr 310 exposed to levels of ambiance to songs that i've been listening to for years.
The inclusion of Logic7 and the best Pro Logic I have ever heard on any receiver, make watching tv a whole lot more fun. I've owned this reciever for about three monthes now, and have only spent probably twenty-five minutes total setting it up, and I get great results. In this price range, I challenge anyone to find a receiver that even comes close to the Harman and Kardon avr 310.
PS: This receiver comes with a two year warranty from h/k if something were to go wrong. In past experiences with Harman Kardon, they have been exceedingly helpful in terms of repairs/replacements. ... Read more


26. Harman Kardon Champagne 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker, Burgundy)

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Asin: B00005U23U
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 20885
Average Customer Review: 2.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Champagne 2.1-channel speaker system from Harman Kardon offers a compact, stylish, and great-sounding satellite/subwoofer set for use with all laptop and desktop computers. Compatible with 2- and 4-channel sound cards, the system is guaranteed to enhance your listening of music, video, DVDs, games--you name it.

Harman Kardon's rich audio heritage and its continual research in all things audio has provided the unique technologies built into the Champagne. Technologies like VMAx, an audio image-processing algorithm that seamlessly supports both 2- and 4-channel sound cards. The algorithm results in an aural hologram that sounds like a 4-speaker sound field from just 2 speakers when used with a 4-channel sound card. In addition, the algorithm provides enhanced stereo when used with a standard 2-channel card.

Harman International's Multimedia Odyssey I transducer (speaker driver) is another key technology in the Champagne. The driver was designed specifically for extremely small speaker enclosures and engineered to provide sound from high treble down to significant mid-bass frequencies. In addition to the bass, the small, rigid, and lightweight inverted-aluminum cone provides performance designed to rival any tweeter used in multimedia speakers today. The result is a small and elegant satellite speaker that perfectly integrates with the subwoofer while providing superior midrange and high frequencies.

The system's 5.25-inch Magnum-series subwoofer transducer provides deep bass, extending the Champagne's frequency response down to a solid 35 Hz. Magnum woofers are designed to match the timbral characteristics of the Multimedia Odyssey I.

Treble, bass, and VMAx surround level-adjust knobs are located on top of the subwoofer unit, and the system on/off switch is located at the rear of the subwoofer. The system's 2 desktop speakers and subwoofer can be placed either on the floor or on your desk. All speakers are magnetically shielded to provide the greatest protection against computer monitor image distortion. For optimal stereo imaging, separate the speakers by a distance equal to your sitting distance from the speakers.

The subwoofer's sound is non-directional, so you don't have to position it in any particular relationship to the satellites.

What's in the Box
Two satellite speakers, a subwoofer with attached power and audio input cables, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Video-shielded 2.1-channel speaker system with stylish satellites and a subwoofer/amplifier module
  • Compatible with 2- and 4-channel sound cards
  • Offers individual bass and treble knobs and Harman's proprietary VMAx simulated surround algorithm
  • 6 watts per channel x 2, plus 28 watts for the 5.25-inch-cone subwoofer
  • Satellites feature dual Multimedia Odyssey I transducers, small aluminum drivers designed to produce clear treble and smooth midrange frequencies

Reviews (21)

4-0 out of 5 stars Loads of Bang for the Buck
We got these speakers with our Dell Computer (in black of course), some months back, and have had absolutely no regrets since.

The sound is not as tinny as some other computer speakers, and the appearance is excellent. We keep our speakers right up front next to the monitor, as they enhance the appearance of the system. This of course makes it real easy to adjust the volume from the right speaker.

We don't have to worry about the adjustments too much, because we have it set up the way we like it, and then adjust the volume from the programme we are using, such as Real Player, Winamp or Creative Play Center. If it's late at night, I use the headphones, and pump it up!

Both the bass and the treble are spectacular, and if we don't feel like putting on the main music system in the house(which has the JBL surround speakers - also good value), we just use these and play cd's straight from the computer.

Wouldn't trade them for the world (unless Harmon Kardon makes an even better system)

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound Quality
I got these speakers with my Dell, and they have a beautiful sound. I have had them for 2 years now and they still work great. I don't use these speakers lightly either. I use my computer alot and I like to listen to music while I work.
The only problem I have with these speakers is the volume control. The volume control is 2 little buttons on top of the right speaker. A dial or slider would be easier to use. I try to set the volume low before I shutdown the computer to avoid a loud startup. Also there are bass and treble controls on the sub. These are dials and easier to use, but if your sub is under your desk it could be difficult to operate. The controls on the sub don't bother me because I set them initially and really don't need to adjust them much.
These speakers are deserving of 4 stars, and if the volume was easier to use I would give them a strong 5.

1-0 out of 5 stars Junk!
This is a low quality product. This set was the original equipment with a Dell PC I own. After having replaced the speakers twice under warranty, I actually paid Dell for a new set (a mere six months ago) which now needs to be replaced. I won't be purchasing these speakers again. The subwoofer, which controls the desk top speakers, becomes distorted over time rendering the entire system useless.

1-0 out of 5 stars static problems don't buy
There is so much static interference that i cannot use the speakers. I cannot find them on the Harman Kardon website. So there is no customer help. My advice: don't buy these speakers, Sjoukje

1-0 out of 5 stars another one with the subwoofer problems
Although it seems that these speakers work fine for some of you, I have not been so lucky. After only a few months I started experiencing periods where the bass would become overwhelmingly loud and muffled. So loud, in fact, that people across the hall with their doors closed could hear it. There are also a lot of problems with static. At this point I have the two small speakers plugged directly into my computer, and the sound quality is fine, but of course there's very little volume because the amplifier is in the subwoofer.

If I could give these speakers zero stars, I would do so. ... Read more


27. Harman Kardon AVR 325 Dolby Digital Receiver
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B00007BKU1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 25167
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • DolbyDigital , DTS, Pro Logic II Recever
  • 50 watts x 7
  • Discrete High Current amplifiers
  • S-Video inputs and outputs
  • A-Bus Ready and EZ Set Remote

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars First rate DACs, clean amp, difficult interface
The sound produced by the Cirrus Logic Crystal 192KHz/24-bit digital-analog converters (DACs) is spectacular. The amplification is both powerful and low noise. I've never heard this degree of clarity before. This Harman Kardon is replacing a very nice Linn CD player and amp with 24-bit Burr-Brown DACs that sounded warmer than the Harman Kardon.

I bought this unit for its DACs and the number of digital inputs it accepted, its video switching capability, and its low distortion amplification. I might get around to buying surround or a subwoofer, but I'd prefer a unit with 1/4 of the electronics and a simpler interface; they're simply not available. I do appreciate the number of audio inputs. I'm plugging in optical input from a Turtle Beach Audiotron, S/PDIF input from a DVD/CD player, S/PDIF input from my workstation/home theater, and plan to plug in an optical input from a Sony Playstation 2. After all that, the input cables and a single stereo pair of speaker cables look lonely among the dozens of back-panel inputs.

I wanted this kind of processing for my home theater PC and my computer-based CD collection. The Audiotron is a wonderful device that allows MP3s or full CD-resolution WAV files to be read from a network and piped into a home-theater receiver like this one; CDs sound the same ripped to disk full resolution and played back through the Audiotron as they do from the DVD player or computer's digital inputs. My computer provides S/PDIF output, so DVD soundtracks (or CD audio) can be passed to the receiver for decoding the same way as they can be passed from the DVD player.

The downside to this receiver is that it is absolutely impossible to set up without (a) the manual, (b) the remote, and (c) an S-video monitor to display the menus you're navigating. Some understanding of surround sound and digital music encoding formats, crossovers, and room acoustics will help in deciphering the configuration menus. I haven't read the documentation on the remote, so most of the buttons and markings are meaningless to me. On the positive side, it's easy to switch sources once they're set up and there's a nice big volume knob, albeit one that requires a lot of spinning to move the volume significantly. I haven't tried other models, so these comments shouldn't be read comparitively; configuring a home theater is a difficult task to pack into a front panel and remote. And if that wasn't enough complexity, this receiver also features video switching, which I am using to route a DVD player, VCR, and soon, the PlayStation2 into my monitor.

In the end, the amazing sound and number of inputs won me over in the face of an extremely challenging interface.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
One of the best receivers for the price you could buy.
Configuration:
AVR 325
HK CD Player
Toshiba DVD
JBL S312 fronts
JBL center channel
JBL S26 surrounds
Sound:
Sound is crystal clear. Best sound i have heard. Make sure you setup the channels right and the speaker to large if you have towers. This receiver gives you very precise control. EZ setup takes all the guesswork out but I prefer to do it manually.
I have a digital connect running from the CD player to the AMP, sound is perfect with a lot of depth.
Make sure you have in the least a 12 gauge wire to the speakers this receiver can drive 35 amps. Power is more than enough at 55 Watts X 7 channels. I only use 5, hope to use 7 soon. I cannot drive the volume even half way without the whole room starting to move. So these watts are high AMP watts and again no distortion, does not matter what volume level it is at.
Looks, build and functionality:
This puppy is very sturdy and looks are beautiful, you need a big transformer to be able to pump out those AMPS. You get what you pay for if you buy those toys from other companies which offer sleek models. There are plenty of ports at the back for all sorts of connections. A lot of modes and options.
One tip to consider when buying a receiver is the THD value, the lower it is the better. The receiver has a THD of 0.07% . Most cheap receivers will above .5% . Also consider there are 7 channels in this puppy.

Overall I just cannot get over the fact how clean and powerfull the sound is. Worth every penny if you ask me. ... Read more


28. Harman Kardon FL8370 5-CD Changer
list price: $329.00
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Asin: B0000300CZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 34207
Average Customer Review: 2.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Harman Kardon's FL8370 is an elegant CD changer. In addition to its excellent build quality, clean look, and thoughtful array of features, the FL8370 has one thing that makes it a sure winner: a degree of sound quality that would be remarkable enough for a single-disc player at this price, and that's absolutely superior for a five-disc changer.

You can immediately sense the FL8370's touch of class--it feels solid and looks handsome. The front panel is cleanly and intuitively arranged, and the disc drawer and transport mechanism are unusually powerful and smooth.

Harman Kardon has put its money into sound-oriented features, not the stuff that impresses the bells-and-whistles crowd. HDCD decoding, rare in this price range, is one of the best things that ever happened to the compact disc. And with so many mainstream titles now being released with HDCD encoding, having the decoding ability in a five-disc changer is most welcome. In addition, the FL8370 has a coaxial digital output, which sounds superior to the more commonly used optical digital output, plus a headphone jack with an independent volume control.

Sonically, the FL8370 does great service to the music, offering a detailed and delicate top end, an open and beautifully balanced midrange, and a bottom end that's capable of tremendous wallop and yet equally capable of great definition and harmony with the rest of the frequency spectrum. Furthermore, this CD player has the stuff that gets audiophiles so hot and bothered--a transparent soundstage (a uniform sense of right-left presentation) and pinpoint sonic imaging.

Harman Kardon's FL8370 is an exciting five-disc changer with tremendous strengths and no discernable weaknesses. Unlike most changers, the FL8370 doesn't sacrifice sound for convenience. It's a step above the pack, both price- and performance-wise, and that's what separates the best from the rest. --Wayne Garcia

Pros:

  • Terrific sound
  • Coaxial digital output
  • Headphone jack with volume control
  • Solid build
Cons:
  • Supplied interconnect cables are cheap
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Features

  • 5-disc changer with play exchange
  • HDCD decoding
  • 8x oversampling digital filter
  • Coaxial digital-audio output
  • Headphone output with volume control

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars AVOID this POS - can there be a negative star rating???
Steer a thousand miles from this POS. The manual is worthless. The troubleshooting help is equally worthless. Don't try the HK website for any help because it's nothing more than an online version of the worthless manual. Don't bother looking for a customer service phone number - it's nowhere to be seen on the website or the manual. They'll direct you to "local" authorized service centers. I called several in the middle of the day on a Friday and there was no answer, no voice mail, no nothing. I'll certainly never buy another HK anything.

1-0 out of 5 stars don't buy this
this is one real annoying piece of electronics. The carousel takes forever. Each time you turn it on it flips through all 5 CDs. So forget about just turning it on and listening to music. Who would want to do that? Instead it is turn it on, wait and listen to whirring noises.

The player gets stuck on lots of new CDs including CDs I just listened to in my car. Some I've tested on a boom box immediately and found them to be fine. It will get stuck on one of the five CDs in the carousel more or less every time.

Don't buy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Another Word of Warning
I'm afraid I'm forced to echo some of the negative reviews that appear here. Though I have had no trouble with customer service ( a problem mentioned in another review here), I have had to contact them far too often. I am on my second FL 8370. My first one had to be returned due to a skipping problem. The second one has the same problem, and, as a bonus, the CD drawer does not work properly. In short, in spite of undeniably excellent sound, this CD player has been nothing but trouble.

2-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE BUYERS!!
Beware, H/K makes great recievers/amplifiers, and horrible CD players. My FL8370 has given me problems from the start. The first one I recieved failed to advance CD's after the previous CD finished, it would randomly skip (on Cd's right out of the package), sometimes it would fail to read a CD at all. After returning it for a replacement, I found the new one has it's quirks as well. Although not as frequent, occasionally the new unit fails to advance CD's. I expected a $300 CD player to work at least as well as my cheaper Kenwood player. Don't be fooled into the assumption that just because the unit has a H/K label on it, it is of high quality. My H/K player is a $300 chunk of junk. Do your homework before you buy.

3-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, mediocre ergonomics
The sound (via the analog outputs and/or headphones) is terrific -- open, sparkling, clean. But, ergonomics and general operation is below par. For example, the front panel buttons are very small, and are closely spaced (clustered). Individual tracks may be directly accessed only from the remote -- and, it uses the somewhat clumsy two-digit entry system (tracks 1 through 9 must be entered as "01" - "09").

Mechanical noise is high, even for a changer in this price bracket. More important for some users will be the very slow turntable speed (when changing disks), and the slow slew rate between non-adjacent tracks on any disk. On the other hand, this changer does permit replacement of four disks without interrupting the disk-in-play.

Note that the front panel display is smaller, harder to read at distance (and the time display itself more cryptic) than most.

If good mechanical response is a requirement, do not choose this changer. But, if excellent sound is the primary consideration, then this machine is a bargain. ... Read more


29. Harman Kardon CP 15 6.1-Channel Complete Home Theater System
list price: $1,199.99
our price: $999.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00065HLTW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 17608
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Amazon.com Product Description

Delivering stand-out audio and video performance for a great price, Harman Kardon's CP 15 will turn your living room into a full-blown home theater. The all-in-one system features a suite of individual, style-matched components: the AVR 135 6.1-channel audio/video receiver, the DVD 22 progressive-scan DVD player, and the HKTS 8 home-cinema speaker system. The system's unified system remote operates the receiver and DVD player and can be programmed to operate devices such as video displays or DTV set-top boxes.

The AVR 135 features a discrete-output amplifier that pumps 6 channels of high-current (+/-25 amps), ultrawide-bandwidth power: 6 x 40 watts into 8 ohms, 20 to 20,000 Hz with less than 0.07 percent THD. The receiver uses state-of-the-art 192 kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converters and a high-power Cirrus 32-bit DSP processor for clear, dynamic presentations from music and movies. The receiver offers a high-quality FM/AM tuner with 30 station presets.

The DVD 22 uses HK's most-advanced digital video and audio technologies, including innovative pixel-by-pixel video processing (which provides amazingly realistic image quality) and high-res 24-bit/192 kHz audio digital-to-analog conversion. Pixel-by-pixel reconstruction is accomplished by an integrated digital signal processor that provides vastly superior picture quality compared to line-by-line progressive-scan methods, yielding smoother, more realistic images with exceptional detail and contrast.

Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The DVD 22 plays Windows Media Audio (WMA), VCD, CD, CD-R/RW, WMA, MP3, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM multisession, and 96 kHz/24-bit audio discs, and it's also compatible with JPEG still-image files stored on compact discs. The player can also simultaneously play MP3 tracks and JPEG images and coordinate the two, automatically changing images with each MP3 track played in slideshow presentations. The unit's program, random, and repeat play modes operate with the files and folders on MP3 and WMA discs, as well as with DVDs and CDs.

The HKTS 8 seven-piece speaker system includes a 10-inch, 100-watt, bass-reflex subwoofer; 5 identical, 2-way satellite speakers for use in the left and right front and rear speaker positions; a dedicated, dual-midrange, center-channel speaker; wall-mount brackets for the 5 satellites; and all of the speaker cables you need to connect your speakers to the AVR 135. The speaker cables and speakers all use a color-coding system to conform to the CEA standard.

Matching, all-metal floor stands (model HTFS 2) are available separately. The system's satellites employ high-output, premium-quality drivers; the tweeters in the satellites and center speaker use an elliptical waveguide that' specially shaped to control directivity and supply sound to a wide listening area. The subwoofer offers a complement of controls, inputs, and outputs to provide optimum sound quality in any room.

What's in the Box
The AVR 135 audio/video receiver, the DVD 22 progressive-scan DVD-Video player, the HKTS 8 home cinema speaker system, 2 HKS 3 satellite speakers, a unified system remote control, all requisite speaker cable and A/V interconnects, user's manuals, and warranty/registration information. ... Read more

Features

  • Complete home theater system built around the AVR 135 6.1-channel audio/video receiver and DVD 22 DVD player
  • Includes the HKTS 8 home-cinema speaker system with 100-watt powered subwoofer
  • Plays DVD-Video, VCD, CD, CD-R/RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW
  • Pixel-by-pixel video processing provides amazingly realistic DVD image quality
  • Unified system remote can be programmed to operate devices such as video displays and DTV set-top boxes

30. "Harman/Kardon Hkb 6 6"" 2-Way Bookshelf Speakers"

Asin: B00012O7RO
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
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Features

  • 2-way, 6 bookshelf
  • .75 titanium-laminate dome tweeter
  • 6 polymer-coated cone woofer
  • Video shielded
  • Freq resp: 55 Hz-20 kHz

31. HARMAN KARDON AVR-7200 Home-Theater Audio Receiver
list price: $1,999.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000952XV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 24868
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Amazon.com Product Description

Audiophiles with a yen for power need look no further than Harmon Kardon's AVR-7200, the company's most powerful receiver ever. The unit features an ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier that directs low-frequency sound to the right destination regardless of your speakers or other inputs (including DVD-Audio and SACD) due to its comprehensive bass management system with triple crossover selection. The system also offers multiroom options, including assignable rear-channel amplifiers and an A-Bus-ready port, which allows complete remote-room control and amplification with only a single Cat 5 wire connection.

The AVR-7200, which includes an AM/FM tuner, is primed for a surround-sound setup, with 7.1 channels delivering 100 watts of power each. It offers decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic I and II, with a signal-to-noise ratio of 95 dB. It also offers a host of other sound processing options, including Logic 7 Cinema, Music, and Enhance modes, which extract the maximum surround information from the source to create a superior listening experience.

Other features include Neo:6, Dolby 3 Stereo, and Hall and Theater Modes, along with VMAx, which uses proprietary processing to create an open, spacious sound field even when only two front speakers are available. In addition, the AVR-7200 offers MP3 decoding, letting you listen to the latest music directly from compatible computers or playback devices.

For the ultimate in flexibility, the AVR-7200 features connections for five video devices, all with both composite and S-Video inputs. Two additional audio inputs are available, and the six digital inputs make the AVR-7200 capable of handling all the latest digital audio sources. For compatibility with HDTV video sources and progressive-scan DVD players, the AVR-7200 features two-input, wide-bandwidth, low-crosstalk component video switching. The front panel offers coaxial and optical digital inputs and outputs for direct connection to digital recorders, along with analog audio/video connections that may be switched to outputs for use with portable recorders. Two video recording outputs, preamp-out, and a color-coded eight-channel input with complete digital bass management make the AVR-7200 virtually future-ready, with everything needed to accommodate tomorrow's new formats right onboard.

The receiver comes with a preprogrammed remote with an LCD display, and carries a two-year warranty on parts and labor.

What's in the Box
AVR-7200 receiver, remote control, and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Surround modes include Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS, DTS-ES Discrete and Matrix, and DTS Neo -6
  • Seven channels of 100W high current amplification; two channel assignable to either surround rear or multiroom applications
  • Exclusive Logic 7 processing in 7.1 & 5.1 modes plus two modes of VMAx
  • MP3 decoding
  • EZSet remote control with LCD display

32. Harman Kardon AVR 500 Dolby Digital/DTS Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $899.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000300EF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 42098
Average Customer Review: 4.29 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Harman Kardon's AVR 500 is a shining example of a fine audio-video (AV) receiver with superb sound. In addition to standard Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital surround decoding, the AVR 500 also comes with built-in DTS (Digital Theater Sound) decoding as well as Harman Kardon's proprietary Logic 7 and VMAx surround modes. Most importantly, though, the AVR 500 is simply a superb sounding receiver.

For example, with CDs the AVR 500 presents a big, natural window on the music. The qualities we expect from separates (preamplifier and amplifier components) but don't usually get from integrated receivers abound here: a wonderful sense of air and ambiance; complex layers of rich harmonics; a beautiful nuance in vocal delivery; wide dynamics and subtle microdynamics; smooth, extended high frequencies; and a bottom end that is at once powerful and well defined and never muddy.

Surround decoding of Dolby Digital- and DTS-encoded discs, performed by 24-bit, 96-kHz Crystal DSP (digital signal processing) circuits, is just as impressive. The AVR 500 creates one of the most convincing and enveloping soundscapes we've heard from a receiver, rivaling the performance of many fine (and pricey) configurations of separates.

Unlike most of the overhyped proprietary DSP modes out there, Harman Kardon's own Logic 7 (multichannel) and VMAx (two-channel) surround modes work extremely well, in most cases audibly improving regularly decoded, discrete source material (such as Dolby Digital and DTS)--which is no small feat. Logic 7 also instantaneously generates 5.1-channel information from two-channel material from CDs, television, VHS tapes, and other sources, letting you take full advantage of your surround system.

Setting up the AVR 500 is--not surprisingly--a complex and time-consuming effort, but one that pays off. To its credit, the unit boasts a terrific onscreen display menu for setup, one of the best owner's manuals we've seen, and an uncluttered, full-function, illuminated remote control.

Although the AVR 500's price is higher than that of the average AV receiver, its performance is anything but average. In this case, the extra money buys you one of the most dynamic and satisfying receivers we know of.

Pros:

  • Sound quality rivals separates
  • Excellent build quality
  • Loaded with features
  • Controls are easy to navigate

Cons:

  • Lengthy set-up procedure
  • No phono input
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Features

  • Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, and DTS decoding
  • 80 watts per channel (x 5)
  • Ultrawide Bandwidth amplifier with High-Current Capability
  • Logic 7 and VMAx surround modes
  • S-video switching

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars "Elegant, Understated, Smooth" a "True Musical Instrument"
The "Harman Kardon AVR-500" Surround Sound Receiver,
is, without a doubt, The finest receiver I've ever had the privilege to experience "Over the Top!! Being a classical Violinist, I listen to various aspects in music mostly from the perspective of a "live performance". The dynamic and transient responces of the AVR-500, offer the listener who is unfamiliar with accurate "True to the Source" Sound Re-Creation, a most shocking and delectable surprise!! What I look for in home music listening, are the subtle nuances of a whisper and the thunderous rage of an immensely powerful organ, tearing up the Earth. Without these characteristics, it quickly becomes tedious to listen to. H/K's High-Current design, is meant to express these delicate and votile surges without fatigue, all the while preserving the intimate details underlying the music's "hidden harmonics". The H/K AVR-500, handles this effortlessly and with aplomb. +)*(+ If this sounds like a description of a fine musical instrument, it is. The H/K AVR-500 is easy to set up, and the remote is straight-forward, you will not find divergent discrepancies prompting constant visitations to the unit proper. After initial set-up, you can relax, everything else is handled via remote, which also has an attractive "Blue-Green" backlit illumination. H/K is known to be ultra-conservative in their Power Ratings, as well as THD (total harmonic distortion). With the AVR-500 at no more than .07% THD, that's driven "Wide Open"! A very Very Clean Machine Indeed!! I could say much more, but its better to let H/K's AVR-500 tell you!!

Harman Kardon AVR-500. Elegant, Understated, Smooth

Highly Recomended *****

Stan Slonski

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5-0 out of 5 stars An awsome home theatre receiver below a grand.
Harmon Kardon by far is the best in home theatre there quality of receivers is almost as good as the movie theatre
sound itself.If you only have 1000 dollars to spend buy this
baby and when you get it home it has enough power to blow you out of the house , with crystal clear dynamic Dolby Digital &
DTS sound incredible power this is the top of the mountain for
below a grand if you own Gladiator slip it in turn it on DTS
and crank it up and you'll see it dosen't even phase it at all.

When I, invite my friends over they think iv'e purchased an
actual movie theatre system.All receivers come with a midnight
setting incase your in an apartment and your bothersome lanlord
complains about the sound it is useful for when people are sleeping.Enough options to keep you busy figuring them out but
one things for sure when you buy this you know exactly how awsome this receiver is when you get it home it's a good deal.

5-0 out of 5 stars Seriously consider this AVR
I purchased this amp/receiver about a month ago and had it hooked up the night it arrived. The setup is kind of confusing at first but once you figure it out (what the manual is saying) it isn't too much trouble. I am a big believer in amps over watts because you can create high watts with low amps and hence no sound but if you reverse the order; high amps and low watts the neighbors come a knocking. I also like to be able to "feel" my sound ie. the rumble of a tornado in the movie Twister. This receiver does/has all of this and more. The one con I have for this receiver is that it is short of inputs by 2. 1 is phono which I don't listen to alot so it wasn't a big con. The 2nd missing input is one for my satelite which has digital outputs which would have been nice to hook up but this was overcome by entering through the VCR. Oh well can't have everything on a buget. Overall this is one of the best AVR's I have seen for the price. If you like the artificial sound stages of other systems then don't buy this AVR but if you want the sound that came with the DVD, CD or Tape then this one is for you. You won't complain about the price when you get it set up.

4-0 out of 5 stars Still GREAT After 1 Year!
It runs on 45 amps. Simply put this is the number you should be looking at. Other receivers at higher price points run less amps compensating with more watts. I auditioned an Onkyo (36 amps I think & 105 watts/channel) with the HK AVR500 (45 amps & 80 watts/channel). At the same volume level, the HK blows away the competition with rich, full sound.

The pros outweigh any of the cons with this unit. As with all HK products, this particular unit is very sleek and elegant looking. The surround modes are easy to setup using on-screen menus which also allow for plenty of customization. As for the remote, I've seen better but this one does allow for macros permitting you to turn-on your entire system with the touch of one button. And again, this unit sounds GREAT with all inputs including cassette, CD, DVD, VHS, and cable producing very vivid and accurate sound.

Now for the cons... ...this model lacks many of the surround modes (theater, cinema, auditorium, arena etc) that other systems have. My personal feeling is that this is not necessarily a con. I don't need all of these other "processed" modes but it may be something you like. I have just replaced a Dolby ProLogic receiver that had all of these extra modes which, after playing with them at first, I forgot about and never utilized for many years. It does have Pro Logic, Dolby Digital and DTS which are all essential.

Please let the following con pay tribute to the outstanding output of this unit. The AVR500 does not have an input for phono. I love my vinyl and have hundreds of albums. Because of this I almost decided to purchase the Onkyo which included a line-level input for phono. The HK's sound was SO convincing that I opted to retire my turntable to the closet (I have since hooked it up to a separate amp).

There you have it, my thoughts on the AVR500. I hope my review has helped and I wish you the best on your search for a receiver.

3-0 out of 5 stars Gread Sound - expected more
First of all let me say the soind quality from this reciever blew my mind. I watched Jurasic Park with DTS and it made my cat hide in a cabinet! (she used to never react to the TV)

however, the user on screen display user interface is very unfreindly - the remote is terrible, i expected to replace all my remotes once i got my reciever, but it cannot control my Dig. Cable, and it is clunky with my proscan DVD - i.e it won't turn it off and the play button is the FF - so i just have another (4th ) remote in my pile now.

lastly - it cannot convert an analog video signal to digital s video - so if you connect the reciever to your TV via an s video cabel - all your devices must go into the revicer over s video - my digital cabel only has a coax output - so i have to make everything else use it's coax output - which is very dissapointing. It actually took me a while to figure this out - and i returned my reciever and got a new one thinking it was broken.

i'm willing to live with it - i'm going to see if i can get my a new cable box that has an s video output. ... Read more


33. Harman Kardon DPR 1005 7 x 70 Watt Digital Path Receiver
list price: $1,299.90
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002UAF12
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 54601
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Product Description

The DPR 1005 uses digital path topology to link your program sources directly to a powerful amplifier without analog interference. Advanced digital processing handles all the latest surround formats, and you also get a wide range of multiroom options. ... Read more


34. Harman Kardon SoundSticks Computer Speakers
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005B9AQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 6442
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Created for USB-equipped Macintosh computers, Harman Kardon's three-piece SoundSticks speaker system produces high-quality stereo sound for music, movies, and gaming sessions. The 40-watt self-powered system includes two 10-watt satellite speakers and a 6-inch 20-watt subwoofer. Designed for easy plug-and-play, the SoundSticks speaker system includes a power adapter to power the subwoofer and a plug that connects to the USB port of your Mac computer. A blue LED indicator lets you know that the subwoofer is properly powered. You can adjust the volume onscreen through your computer's Control Panel. A physical control knob for adjusting the bass is on the back of the subwoofer.

The SoundSticks USB three-piece computer speaker system comes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • 3-piece speaker system for Macintosh computers
  • 2 tall 10-watt satellite speakers
  • Powered 20-watt subwoofer
  • Power-on LED and bass control knob
  • Uses USB port (with Mac OS 9.0.4)

Reviews (40)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is a great speaker system
This systems kicks butt! In addition to the great looks and convenience of the USB interface, these speakers speakers can really crank when needed, yet are balanced and neutral in frequency response, making them a good bet for any type of musical tastes. I have gotten many compliments on these, and definitely recommend them.

5-0 out of 5 stars The best computer speakers available for the money.
I have owned a lot of computer speakers, starting with the Acoustic Research Powered Partners released in the 1980s and going forward. I have to say that the Harmon Kardon soundsticks are the best, and coolest looking I have ever owned. Too bad for users of OSs, that is to say all of you MS [users] out there, that these aren't available for your system. Just another reason for you to upgrade to a Macintosh. Setup and installation are trivial. If you have the right Macintosh, a G3 or later with USB and MacOS 9.2 you can install these speakers. Plug the power brick in, connect it to the subwoofer, run the speaker cables from the subwoofer to the satellites and then plug the subwoofer into the USB port on your Macintosh. Voila, cool looking and great sounding speakers. The subwoofer not only looks cool, with a small blue power light that shines in the darkness, but it also sounds great, delivering very clear bass. The satellites deliver very clear sound and are easily placed. The base of the satellites is an iron ring, which reduces vibration and keeps them solidly in place.
While this system doesn't sound as good as a standard stereo it sounds damned good on your desktop, oh yeah, and it looks cool (I think I might have mentioned that before)

5-0 out of 5 stars The ultimate complement to a Cube or Quicksilver!
All I can really say is"Wow!" What nice speakers. They look absolutely stunning next to my Apple display (cinema) and the color scheme and clear plastic match the G4 enclosure perfectly. Nice execution. The sound is fantastic for an average size room and will rival most upper end bookshelf sized systems. Setup is extremely simple (plug em in) and the speakers show up in the Sound control panel with no software to install. Amazon also has a very good price on these, especially when combined with one of the online coupons. I am very satisfied.

Any drawbacks? Well, the satellite speakers are somewhat directional, so they don't really "fill" the room (they could have staggered the speakers on the stick, but still make no mistake- these are loud!). There is no volume control on the unit so you have to use the Sound control panel or iTunes or similar to change the volume (not a big deal unless you want a remote or instant volume gratification). The iSub (woofer) has an adjustment, but it only sets the relative bass level, and not the satellite's volume. There is no headphone miniplug so you still have to use the one on the back of the CPU. You trade a little function for a lot of form.

If you are a hard-core audiophile, you may miss a few features like high, mid, and bass control and should maybe look elsewhere. If, however, you love your Mac and want the best for it, look no further. The sound is clear, penetrating, and powerful for such a small package. You will not be disappointed. These are performance art.

5 stars for the average user (me), 4 stars for the true audiophile.

4-0 out of 5 stars Jam with the SoundSticks
I've had my SoundSticks for a month now and am very happy with them. They haven't met all my expectations but they are still great.

Setting up the SoundSticks is very easy (subwoofer to USB, satellites to subwoofer, AC adapter to wall socket and subwoofer) and there is no software to install. The only chore you'll have to do is click on the sound icon in System Preferences and select the SoundSticks as the audio output. The glowing blue light in the subwoofer is cool, but dim enough that it hasn't become annoying. And of course, this three-speaker set looks terrific next to my iMac.

Sound wise I'm very impressed. Everything is louder and clearer than it was with the round speakers that came with my iMac. But there is a downside to this. Things are so much louder that even on the iMacs lowest volume setting, I can hear every sound the machine makes perfectly clear. Most users will probably have to adjust volume levels in such programs as iTunes and iMovie to much lower settings so as not to go deaf. I've kept my iMac volume at two or three bars since installing the SoundSticks.

I'm less impressed with the subwoofer. Maybe I had too high of expectations, but the bass never seems to get very heavy. Could be that I'd have to get a more powerful subwoofer to achieve gut rumbling bass. I've tested the subwoofer with 'The Matrix' and was not as impressed as I'd hoped to be even on the subwoofers highest setting. Still the bass it produces is MUCH better than anything the standard iMac speakers produced.

So overall, I'm very happy with my SoundSticks. They look great and are a big improvement over the standard speakers. I'm sure for a bit more money you get a system that sounds even better, but I want to keep my peripherals as in line with the iMac design scheme as possible.

Well, good speakers but why those?
It is good product, arguably the best speakers in the plastic inclosure. All around beautiful and well pumping, but for the price, why not take a look for the PRO sector for studio monitors?! There are plenty of $200 range HIGH quality products that will blow away any of those "computer dedicated". To name just a few, "Roland/Edirol", Fostex, Alesis and many other offer PERFECT quality small speakers that initially have been dedicated to pro audio studios. You can get the REAL thing for the money. Trust me, you will reinvent all of you music library with any of those and because the quality of dedicated drivers and exceptional engineering will contribute a lot to your pleasure. I do not trying to say that those are bad, they are not, but the price of this set is archaic. Price-wise it still in the 1999 when Apple introduced Cube for rich guys. Well, Apple since became much more affordable, but not the "Sticks". Of course it is entirely up to-you take my advice or not, but if you will I hope you should be grateful for it. Take look at bhphotovideo.com or jandr.com , they both are superb stores, the best of the best and sell through Amazon as well. ... Read more


35. Harman Kardon HK19.5 2.0 Computer Speakers (2-Speaker, Grey)
list price: $29.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005B9AS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 8361
Average Customer Review: 3.38 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Harman Kardon's two-piece computer speakers combine style and acoustic design to deliver quality audio for PCs, Macs, MP3 or DVD players--any audio device equipped with a 3.5mm stereo output jack. Each 12-watt satellite speaker boasts a 3-inch magnetically shielded transducer. Nonparallel enclosure walls reduce standing waves for more natural sound, and the bass-reflex enclosure, using tapered port geometry, virtually eliminates exit turbulence while augmenting bass reproduction.

Connecting the speakers via your stereo output jack is easy with color-coded connectors, and illuminated front-mounted LED indicators verify the speakers are properly configured when the power is turned on. An integrated power/volume control knob, located on the right front speaker, offers intuitive sound-level adjusting, and a variable tone control knob lets you adapt the frequency response to your listening environment. You can also use headphones with the speakers via the front-mounted headphone jack.

The HK19.5 computer speakers come with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Powered satellite speakers for PCs, Macs, and MP3 and DVD players
  • Acoustic design delivers quality audio for multimedia applications
  • 12-watt power per satellite
  • Integrated volume/power control and variable tone control
  • Front-mounted headphone jack

Reviews (21)

2-0 out of 5 stars Good until they quit working.
We have the previous generation of these speakers (via Dell). They have good clear sound for their price and size. The earphone jack and controls are conveniently located. However, our first set started getting static after about 18 months. (I tested them using a CD player to rule out problems with the sound card before pronouncing them guilty.) They were replaced under warrantee and after 6 months, the right speaker of the new set has died. We normally don't use them at loud volume or anything that should cause undue stress. Percussive maintenance (smacking it) will bring an intermittent spark of sound. I'm trying Sony, LabTec, or Boston Acoustics next.

4-0 out of 5 stars Price and Sound
For the price at this level, i find it sounds very good, well balanced..., unlike other tint sound, it has quite of a wider sound spectrum without spend 2x or more

Coming from a high-end Home Audio, B&W Speakers, i am quite happy with this unit

3-0 out of 5 stars Not great
I don't understand why these speakers are getting such high reviews from people. They're ok, but definitely not great. They get loud without distorting, there's a decent amount of bass for their price and they're cheap. But I think anyone would be much better off getting a slightly more expensive but better set of speakers.

2-0 out of 5 stars decent sound with some problems
These speakers are okay as far as sound goes. However, one major flaw is the tendency for one of the speakers to go out. You can get it going again if you have a pair of headphones and you jiggle the plug around inside but it's very touchy. All and all it makes for a very annyoing listening experience.

3-0 out of 5 stars susceptible to interference
These speakers came with the Dell computer my company bought for my office. They're decent speakers, but have no shielding to speak of. I can't have my cell phone, even sitting idle, within ~4 feet of them, lest they spit static. I had a cheap mouse for a little while that had an unshielded wire, and these speakers spat static every time I moved the mouse unless I had the mouse cord far enough away from the speakers. The volume changes a lot for a small turn of the knob, which is a little annoying, but not critical. I've never really pushed the speakers to any loud volumes to check that end, though. ... Read more


36. Harman Kardon HKS 4 2-Way Satellite Speakers with Dual Midrange Drivers (Pair)
list price: $129.90
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Asin: B0002COWQ4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 11952
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Harman Kardon added two channels to their best receivers to bring you 7.1 channel surround. Now they make it easy to expand your speaker system with the HKS 4 speaker pair that perfectly matches the surround speakers of their HKTS 14 Home Theater System. ... Read more


37. Surround Loudspeakers

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Asin: B0002J1NL4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HARMAN/KARDON
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38. Harman Kardon HKS 2 Compact 2-Way Speakers
list price: $99.90
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Asin: B0002V7G8Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 23754
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With wall-mount brackets included, these speakers are perfect to use as surround back channels for home cinema systems. They feature 1-inch balanced-dome tweeters and 4-inch woofer/midrange drivers to deliver crisp, clear sound. ... Read more


39. Surround Loudspeakers

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Asin: B0002J1NKU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HARMAN KARDON
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SURROUND LOUDSPEAKERS ... Read more


40. Surround Loudspeakers
list price: $99.90
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Asin: B0002V2BR2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: HARMAN/KARDON
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It's easy to make the jump from 5.1 to 7.1 channel surround with the HKS 3 speaker pair. Identical to the satellites in Harman Kardon's HKTS 7 Home Theater System, their style and sound make them an excellent choice for any system, especially the HKTS 7. ... Read more


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