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41. HARMAN KARDON HKTS6 6-Piece Home
list($499.99)
42. Harman Kardon AVR 225 Dolby Digital
$474.99 list($799.00)
43. Harman Kardon AVR330 7.1-Channel
Too low to display $545.00 list($999.00)
44. Harman Kardon AVR 430 7.1-Channel
list($549.00)
45. Harman Kardon CDR 20 CD Player/Recorder
$284.99 list($449.00)
46. Harman Kardon AVR130 Dolby Digital
list($129.99)
47. JBL Creature 2.1 Computer Speakers
list($79.99)
48. Harman Kardon ISUB2000 isub Subwoofer
list($2,499.00)
49. Harman Kardon Signature Series
list($999.00)
50. Harman Kardon AVR510 Audio/Video
list($299.99)
51. Harman Kardon FL8380 5-CD Changer
list($449.00)
52. Harman Kardon 3470 Audio/Video
list($2,799.00)
53. Harman Kardon AVR8000 Audio/Video
$259.99
54. Harman Kardon Single Disc CD Player
list($649.99)
55. Harman Kardon HKTS 10 Home Theater
list($199.88)
56. HARMAN KARDON HK3375 Component
list($399.99)
57. Harman Kardon CDR 26 CD Recorder
list($699.00)
58. Harman Kardon CDR 30 Dual-Tray
list($999.00)
59. Harman Kardon AVR520 Audio/Video
$379.99 list($549.00)
60. Harman Kardon AVR 230 Audio/Video

41. HARMAN KARDON HKTS6 6-Piece Home Theater Speaker System

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Asin: B00007M25J
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 21254
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Includes all required speaker cables -- color-coded for foolproof setup
  • Color-key system for speaker placement
  • Includes metal wall-mount brackets for satellite speakers
  • Video shielded
  • Line-level outputs

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sub, average speaker
The first thing to do is to remember you are buying a speaker system that is ($$$) dollars. This is a good amount of money for most, but in the world of audio this is nothing. So you will have varying people saying varying things about this system. I am a novice however I took shopping for a speaker system very seriously. I went to all the electronic chains (Circuit City, Best Buy, Audio King, Sears) in the area and in this price range this system blew away the competition. The only one that came close was the speaker system with the Onkyo HT-650. However, its speakers where huge and we wanted speakers that would not stand out.

The thing to know about this system is that you are getting a great sub, which is a good building block for any system. The center channel and the satellites are good as well, but not as clean and crisp as the Bose and other higher end speakers. Still, we listen to a wide variety of music and we enjoy listening to it all. We have never had a good sound system so ever time we listen to a CD its like listening to it for the first time. Plus, it plays movies great.

If you can't afford the higher end like us, then this is a great system to give a chance. We are very pleased with our decision.

One last tip, is that if you are looking for more reviews, check out the HKTS 5. This is the previous model made by Harman Kardon and according to them these speakers are the exact same, they have just upgraded the speaker wire and attachments. ... Read more


42. Harman Kardon AVR 225 Dolby Digital Receiver
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000066R5R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 24063
Average Customer Review: 4.57 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Five-channel, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth
  • Dolby Digital and DTS decoding, along with Logic 7 and Dolby Pro Logic II
  • On-screen menus and an EzSet remote make installation a breeze
  • Front-panel digital audio and analog audio/video inputs
  • Bypass option for analog inputs

Reviews (7)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy.
I have this model for more than 2 years and enjoy it everyday. This is a bargain with high-end features for less. I would sugget to buy this receiver with Bose acoustimass speakers for ultimate experience.

4-0 out of 5 stars High-End Mid-Range
I've had this receiver for about 9 months now. Very handsome product, easy to install and set up. The self-surround calibration is a very useful feature and avoids a lot of complex set up know-how. I rate the audio quality as excellent not quite to audio-file standards but most people will be very happy with its capabilities.

A few negatives that are not really serious: the manual should be improved, it is very hard to read and for neophytes will be quite frustrating. The surround processsor modes can only be accessed sequentially so you cannot make A-B choices. Plus there is no phono capability.

I highly recommend this receiver as a low to mid range product with high-end capabilities.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy for the money
This receiver is a great buy. It sounds great for movies and music. The 192/24 DAC for the left and right channel provide better clarity for music than other receivers in this price range. Most receivers only come with 96/24 DAC. And if you want to send your music to all 5 channels then the Logic 7 dsp sounds great. For movies the receiver has both Dobly digital and DTS, and they both sound great, lots of bass for the special effect scenes and voices are clear. I paired this receiver with the JBL SCS150 home theater speakers and I think they are a great match.

I know people might be turned off by the receiver only having 5 channels but if you have a small apartment or small living room than 5 channels is probably enough. Two tips for receiver shoppers. One, don't pay for features that you won't use. Two, buy by the pound. A heavier receiver usually means that it was made with better components. This recevier comes in at almost 27 pounds. Compare this with other receivers in the price range and I'm sure you won't find many that weigh more.

5-0 out of 5 stars HK rocks my world
Great receiver. Great price.
Delivers excellent, full range sound with impressive bass levels and crisp highs. No need to look further than here.

4-0 out of 5 stars good stuff but bad presentation
Although this is a good product I'm not so happy with the pages that presents it on Amazon.com. The "technical data" page contains only the dimensions (yeah that's technical too but I've expected a lot more). For the picture part, I'm really interested in the rear view of the product - if not from the "technical" data, I hoped to figure it out from the back side photo but no back photo found :) ...
To conclude - maybe someone thinks that the name speaks for itself but for such a price at least you could fill up us with more info to ease the choice - and not let us spending additional time on the net for the needed data... ... Read more


43. Harman Kardon AVR330 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver (Gray/Black)
list price: $799.00
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Asin: B0000D8HRE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 9261
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AVR330 brings you high-performance, theater-quality sound with enough power to bring home all the excitement and detail of the most demanding soundtracks and every nuance of your music. It is capable of 7.1- or 5.1-channel output and offers coaxial and optical digital inputs as well as six- or eight-channel analog inputs for output from DVD-audio players or other devices that use their own built-in surround processing. The AVR330 boasts an array of processing features, including Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, and various types of DTS decoding (DTS, DTS-ES Discrete and Matrix, and DTS Neo:6) for digital sources.

For sources such as CD, VCR, TV broadcasts, and the AVR330's own FM/AM tuner, a choice of several matrix surround-encoded or stereo surround modes are available, including Dolby 3 stereo, hall, and theater modes. To maximize use of your listening environment, the AVR330 offers Harman Kardon's exclusive Logic 7 processing in both 5.1- and 7.1-channel versions to create a wider, more enveloping field environment and more defined fly-overs and pans. In addition, VMAx surround-like simulation uses proprietary processing to create an open, spacious sound field even when only two front speakers are available. The receiver also includes complete digital bass management. Its onboard AM/FM receiver includes both AM and FM antennas and gives you 30 presets for storing your favorite stations. The remote control features EZSet, which automatically sets output levels for optimum performance, and the package includes connections for setting up a second listening environment, complete with a second ("Zone II") remote control.

For video management, the AVR330 gives you component video, S-video, and composite video inputs and outputs, as well as a host of audio connections. The receiver allows you not only to pass digital signals through to compatible devices for recording, but also to convert analog signals to a PCM digital signal for recording to a digital device such as a MiniDisc or CD recorder. It features coaxial and optical digital audio inputs and outputs and a host of analog inputs and outputs, including front-panel digital and A/V inputs for easy connection to portable digital devices and video game consoles. In all, it gives you three coaxial digital inputs, three optical digital inputs, coaxial and optical digital outputs, five A/V audio inputs, tape inputs, CD audio inputs, and 6- or 8-channel direct inputs for use with DVD-audio or SACD players and any other products with internal surround decoders. It also gives you subwoofer and preamp outputs. All input, output, and speaker terminals are color-coded and comply with CEA standards for easy installation.

What's in the Box
AVR3300 receiver, owner's manual, remote control with batteries, second remote control for Zone II, AM loop antenna, indoor FM antenna, 300-ohm-to-75-ohm adapter, warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 55 watts per channel in stereo mode, 45 watts per channel in 7-channel surround modes
  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS-ES Discrete and Matrix, DTS Neo:6, two-mode VMAx and Logic 7 with 7.1 and 5.1 processing
  • 7 channels of high-current amplification with 2 channels for either surround-back or multiroom use; extensive multiroom options including second remote
  • Coaxial/optical digital ins/outs, A/V ins/outs, 6/8-channel direct inputs, subwoofer out, multiroom outs, headphone jack; composite, S-video and component video ins/outs
  • Measures 17.3 x 6.6 x 15 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (2)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sweet sound
I have this paired with athena s5s and a 300 sub. the sound is sweet for everything: PSX. movies -- dialogue & sfx, and of course music -- bright, crystal clear, wonderful range and musicality. night mode is great feature if listening late and worried about neighbors.
only gripe: unit needs an illuminated remote that is more easily programmable.
I got mine from HK online - refurbished for 420. w shipping and same warranty.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic receiver
This receiver just oozes quality. It is solidly constructed, beautifully designed, and has amazing sound quality. Don't be fooled by the 55WPC power rating; this thing plays louder and with more integrity than the 100WPC stereo receiver it replaced. It's a cinch to set up, especially with the automatic speaker balancing feature. This thing has more ports than I'll ever need, and that's a great feeling. I've only had it for a week, but I love it. And, you can't beat the price offered by Amazon/J&R. ... Read more


44. Harman Kardon AVR 430 7.1-Channel Audio/Video Surround Receiver
list price: $999.00
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0000D8HRC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 7409
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Amazon.com Product Description

Harman Kardon's high-performance, 7.1-channel AVR 430 audio/video receiver mates power with convenience, flexibility with quality. When it comes to format compatibility, switching and distribution power, audio refinement, and exciting audio-enhancing features, the AVR 430 is quite nearly in a league of its own.

The receiver pumps 65 watts per channel x 7, or 80 wpc in stereo mode (2 channels driven). Its superior audio quality derives from its 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 430's suite of technologies includes HDCD processing and Harman Kardon's exclusive switchable front-panel audio, video, and coaxial digital-audio inputs. The AVR 430 also offers complete 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 430 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 bidirectional 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 430 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; 6 digital-audio inputs, front-panel and S-video inputs and outputs; and a dedicated Zone II remote for multi room operation, among other features.

The RS-232 port on the AVR 430 is its link to additional features, as it works in concert with the receiver's extensive flash memory to permit upgrades to both the operating system firmware and the software that powers the surround decoding. Should new surround modes or features become available in the future, this capability makes it possible to upgrade the receiver directly from a compatible personal computer.

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

Features

  • 7 x 65 high-current watts per channel (with less than 0.07 percent THD); 2 x 80 watts in stereo
  • Multichannel 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, multiroom capability; digital bass management integrates all formats with your 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)
  • Measures 17.3 x 6.5 x 17.1 inches (W x H x D)

45. Harman Kardon CDR 20 CD Player/Recorder
list price: $549.00
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Asin: B000051SDW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 19178
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 4x-speed CDR 20 enables you to preserve your vinyl or tapes in the crystal-clear, durable CD format. The CDR 20 can make recordings from external analog or digital sources, or it can dub entire discs or a programmed mix from one deck to the other. The two decks can function either as a 2-disc changer or as dual sources in a multiroom application. The 96kHz/24-bit AKM D/A converters preserve the audio quality of original recordings, and front-panel digital input and headphone jacks offer convenience.

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Features

  • Supports CD-R and CD-RW (rewritable) formats
  • Records to CD-R at 4 times normal playback speed
  • Audiophile-grade AKM 24-bit/96 kHz digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital converters for superior sound quality
  • CD record from an external CD player
  • Dual-disc changer plays 2 discs simultaneously for multiroom use

Reviews (13)

4-0 out of 5 stars Love this machine!
I purchased this product to create my own CD mixes from my vast collection. Every day I used to pack 6 to 10 CD's to listen in my car to work. Then I had to change CD's in my player and look for a particular song to listen to. Now I can record up to 20 songs on one CD in the sequence I desire. I love this product because it works each and every time. I use music quality CD's and have never had a problem. The quality is fantastic. The Harman Kardon CDR20 has analog inputs in the back so I can feed in my cassette tape output as well as the turntable into it to create CD's from old LP's and tape collection.
Among the 8 computers I use every day between work and home, 3 of them have the CD writers built in them, but I still use my Harman Kardon when I want to create another audio CD mix. The output sound quality for playing is incredibly clean too. I use it as a player more than my Sony 5 CD changer.
Aside from being a very high quality digital unit, it is a very good looking piece of equipment as well.
I recommend this to anyone looking to buy a CD recorder. This is one heck of a machine. Harman Kardon has done it again!

4-0 out of 5 stars High-Quality CD Recorder - Recommended
I've had this unit for about six weeks now and have been on a binge of copying, dubbing, editing CD-Rs from LPs, CDs & CD-Rs in my collection and on loan from friends: compilations & copies for myself and gifts for friends. I figure I've burned about a hundred CDs at this point & this unit has performed well. I've used most of the features this component offers & I find it works reliably. I'm very impressed with the sound and overall efficiency. Compared with the Harman Kardon 5-CD changer (model FL8380, I believe - I bought one of those at the same time & it died on me after a month & had to be replaced by the dealer I bought it from) - it lives up to the Harman Kardon reputation. I don't know if this unit will wear out a year or two down the line, but right now I'd recommend it to anyone...

5-0 out of 5 stars "I'M VERY WELL PLEASED"
I'd purchased this CDR-20 on June 2002 and ever since then I never had any problems with it knock on wood. Unlike the last CDR that I've used to have from Philips, I like the way this product operates. What more can I say? Other then "I'm Very Well Pleased".

1-0 out of 5 stars Recorded CD's stop working.
I have had this unit for 6 months and it is really easy to use. My only problems are that there is static on some recorded discs. It sometimes refuses to read it's own recorded cd's. CD's wear out (I record them and play them for a month or two, then all of a sudden, the CD ceases to play on all CD players.) This Recorder is a total piece of junk. I suggest you look elsewhere! If they can't get CD-R's going, what makes them think they can get DVD-R's to work???

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Product - Bad Service
This cd recorder is easy to operate and sounds great when copying an entire cd. It picks up static when recording a compilation (mix)of songs from multiple cds. Harman Kardon's service people were great when I initially contacted them via email, and they promptly gave me instructions on returning the unit to their service center, European Hi-Tech, in Torrance, CA. After a month, I received the unit back, hooked it up, and had exactly the same problem. I've emailed Harman Kardon twice within the past five days, and they have not responded yet. With a little research, I have discovered this is not an uncommon problem. I suspect some sort of manufacturer's defect that cannot be repaired, and most people just live with it while others finally give up. I intend to have the unit repaired or replaced without a lot of additional expense and time. Depending upon how Harman Kardon responds, it may very well be my last purchase of anything they make. ... Read more


46. Harman Kardon AVR130 Dolby Digital Receiver
list price: $449.00
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Asin: B0000D8HRI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 15363
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AVR130, Harman Kardon's most affordable A/V receiver, gives you theater-quality sound at a budget-minded price, offering six-channel analog inputs along with coaxial and optical digital inputs. Onboard Dolby Digital and DTS decoding using Cirrus chip technology allows you to take full advantage of digital soundtracks from the latest DVD releases and digital television broadcasts, while Dolby Pro Logic II and other technologies help you get the most out of your analog audio.

For the cleanest sound quality from your digital sources, the receiver features 192 kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters. To maximize use of your listening environment, Harman Kardon's VMAx technology uses proprietary processing to create an open, spacious sound field even when only two front speakers are available, while the proprietary Logic 7 technology allows you to create a wider, more enveloping field environment and more defined fly-overs and pans. A stereo-digital mode allows for programmable bass management of low frequencies between main speakers and subwoofer, and a stereo-direct mode for two-channel sources bypasses DSP (digital signal processor) processing to preserve the integrity of your analog materials.

The AVR130 allows you not only to pass digital signals through to compatible devices for recording, but also to convert analog signals to a PCM digital signal for recording to a digital device such as a MiniDisc or CD recorder. It features six digital inputs, two digital outputs and a host of analog inputs and outputs, including front-panel digital inputs for easy connection to portable digital devices and video game consoles. In all, it gives you two coaxial digital inputs, two optical digital inputs, coaxial and optical digital outputs, five A/V audio inputs, tape inputs, CD audio inputs, and 6-channel direct inputs for use with DVD-audio or SACD (Super Audio CD) players and any other products with internal surround decoders. All input, output, and speaker terminals are color-coded and comply with CEA standards for easy installation.

The AVR 130's digitally tuned AM/FM receiver includes both AM and FM antennas and gives you 30 presets for storing your favorite stations.

What's in the Box
Receiver, manual, remote control with batteries, AM loop antenna, indoor FM antenna, 300-ohm-to-75-ohm adapter, warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • High Current Receiver:+/- 25 amps, 45 Watts x 5
  • Triple crossover
  • 6 channel direct inputs
  • On screen display
  • Bandwidth@ 1 W(+0,-3db) 10Hz-130Hz

47. JBL Creature 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker, Silver)
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B00006IRR4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 8612
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The metallic silver JBL Creature three-piece speaker system includes two desktop speakers and a subwoofer. Both speakers and the subwoofer are magnetically shielded to provide protection against image distortion on a computer monitor. The JBL Creature comes with unique "capacitance touch" volume control buttons on the right satellite. Both satellites also have down-firing green LEDs for a cool desktop look in low-light situations.

The JBL Creature works with both PC and Mac computers. ... Read more

Features

  • Three-piece speaker system
  • Subwoofer 24 watts at 10%, speakers 8 watts per satellite at 10%
  • Frequency Response of 50 to 20 kHz
  • Signal-to-Noise radio greater than 80 dB
  • Works with PCs or Macs

Reviews (63)

5-0 out of 5 stars JBL Creatures are In a League of Their Own
Ok, these aren't the only computer speakers that can provide amazing sound, but considering you have to spend another $100 to find something that is even close should make your buying decision pretty easy.

I only bought these speakers from amazon.com for their amazing price, but I would never purchase speakers without hearing them first. After about a month of looking I was able to narrow my speaker choice down to two speaker systems, "BOSE MediaMate" two-piece system (for $99) and the "Klipsch ProMedia 2.1" system (for $169), the JBL Creatures weren't one of my choices because I was ignorant and thought they were too ugly considering I am not an apple owner.

The Klipsch system blew me away with it's powerful bass and clear satellites. I was immediately blown away again when I heard the clarity of the Bose speakers, which made a mockery of the Klipsch satellites. This is great right?, except for the fact that the Bose system does not include a seperate sub which meant that the bass, although clear, was not very strong.

If only I could find a speaker system that combined the bass of the Klipsch and the clarity of the Bose system for a reasonable price...

In case you didn't get the idea, the JBL Creatures were the solution to my problem. As I was walking down the aisle of my local...store I heard the JBL creatures playing the new James Bond movie. Wow. Ever since then I knew that the JBL's were the best choice for my college dorm, and that was for $130 dollars in the stores. Considering Amazon.com has them for less..., you would have to be stupid or deaf to not pick up a pair of these amazing speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Piece of Equipment
I recently purchased the JBL Creature Speakers in order to upgrade the sound of my G4 from the old computer speakers I owned. The difference between them is night and day! These are great speakers. I can't rave enough about them. However, as mentioned before in other reviews, there are little quirks that you'll need to get used to:
1. The power button is on the subwoofer. If you locate your subwoofer on the ground and at the bottom of your table, it's kinda hard to get to.
2. You lose the option of having easy access of using headphones since there isn't a headphone jack.
These minor complaints don't in anyway lessen the enjoyment I get from the fantastic sound that comes out of these speakers. They're small so they don't take up a lot of space on your desktop. These things look fantastic and compliment the G4 design aesthetic. And thanks to Amazon they're cheaper than they are at the Apple Store.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Speakers
I got my speakers about a month ago. Mainly I go them for the iPod. They have amazing sound quality. For speakers so small the sound is amazingly crisp and clear. The bass is good, but a little unclear when turned up to maximum power. (It takes some adjusting on the subwoofer to get the bass right.) The little lights under the speakers provide for a nice little effect. Overall I think they were a good buy. I would have given them 4 stars except for the problem that I had with them when first bought. They worked for about 2 days and then one day the speakers decided to play full-blast all the time, and I couldn't turn them down. Luckily the product was still in warranty, and I was able to get new ones. So far these new ones have been great and have no problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Looks AND Sound!
I think these are the best looking speakers out there. The coolest part may be the blue lights underneath the left and right speakers. They really do look like spaceships. The sound is fantastic, especially considering the small size of the whole system. The subwoofer is not as large and bulky as other systems in this price range and it's probably the only subwoofer you wouldn't want to hide anyway - cause it looks cool! Would have been even better if it too had blue lights. The only downside I can think of is that there's only one input jack. So you can't hook up multiple sources directly to the system. I've tried mini-phone Y adaptors but the sound becomes distorted.

5-0 out of 5 stars JBL is the Best in Computer Audio!!
First, let me tell you something about me. I love sound...Big Clear sound. I am somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to sound. I have a Home Theater System in my room, and an 8 speaker sound system in my car. And, of course, JBLs for my computer. So, you can understand that I demand quality when it comes to audio.

Now, I have always been a Sony person. They make incredible products. But I would have to say that JBL takes the cake in audio products. JBL does it right!!! A lot of computer speakers these days (or even cheap aftermarket speakers for that matter) give off something akin to what you would hear from a vintage 1950's radio. It's really sad. But anyone who has ever owned a pair of JBLs knows that JBL is the exception to the rule. They are very affordable and yet...Nothing short of exceptional. And durable!!!

Anyway, you will NOT be disappointed at all with these speakers. No distortion, no static...Just clear, crisp sound that bounces off your walls and fills your ears. Sound that probably could rival some Home Theater systems.

By the way, if you are looking for something a bit smaller, cheaper and a little more economic...Than I highly recommend a pair of JBL Pro Speakers that came with the COmpaq Presario's a few years back. Amazon doesn't carry them (I'm not sure why, maybe they are no longer available or just were a promotional item for the COmpaq/JBL merge), but you can get them on ebay for about $10-$15. I have them on an older computer and they are incredible! They won't stand up to a new HOme Theater system, but they do sound a lot like the nicer audio systems coming with these new cars. They are amplified and have incredible bass for something so small. ... Read more


48. Harman Kardon ISUB2000 isub Subwoofer (Mac Only)
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B0000513SA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 19327
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Created for USB-equipped iMac computers, Harman Kardon's iSub subwoofer provides stereo quality sound for music, movies, and gaming. This 20-watt powered system includes a 6-inch woofer, delivering low-frequency bass response down to 44 Hz. With an easy, plug-and-play USB digital interface, the subwoofer comes with its own power supply and is optimized to work with Harman Kardon built-in speakers. Place the iSub under your desk for optimal performance.

The iSub comes with a one-year warranty. ... Read more

Features

  • Subwoofer for iMac computers
  • Stereo-quality sound for music, movies, and games
  • 20 watts power
  • Bass response down to 44 Hz
  • USB digital interface (with Mac OS 9.0.4)

Reviews (15)

4-0 out of 5 stars I like it
Hooked it up to my flat pannel iMac running OS 10.2 and it didn't seem like it was working at first until I figured out that the defalt for the iSub has the mute box checked. I was also surprised at how loud it can actually go. I think it works best at about half it's potential volume with the pro speakers. It's really not worth [...] but I had a gift certificate and got half off. Look online for amazon coupons before you buy this one.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good sound, but doesn't mute properly
No complaints about the sound or looks here. Both are of course amazing. My one problem with the iSub however is it's USB interface. Because of this, certain things do not work as expected. Pluging in headphones will not mute the subwoofer, and neither will pressing the mute button on the keyboard. To turn off the iSub I have to unplug it, or go specifically mute it in the system preferences. This is extremely annoying to me, as I often hit the mute button to answer phone calls, and plug in headphones so I can continue listening to music when my roommates are studying or going to bed.

The problem is listed in apples support webpage as this:
Symptom : You connect headphones to your computer, but the iSub speaker's volume does not mute as you may expect.
Solution : The iSub is a subwoofer-type speaker designed to be used in conjunction with a pair of speakers. Your computer does not distinguish between analog headphones and analog speakers when you connect either to the computer's analog sound output port. Therefore it is the correct behavior for the iSub not to be muted. The iSub is muted if you connect USB headphones. Alternatively, disconnect the iSub when you do not wish to hear it.

I own the PowerMac Dual 867 running 10.2.4. My iSub is working alongside the apple pro speakers. If this problem may annoy you as well I would suggest looking at the JBL Creature Speakers.

3-0 out of 5 stars buy direct from manufacturer!!
Harman Kardon is selling this item for 25% less on its own website! buy it there!

5-0 out of 5 stars Beware of the price you pay
This is a great-sounding woofer and too attractive to leave on the floor. The sound coming from it completes the sound spectrum from the Apple Pro speakers you should already have had.

However, be aware of the price. If you go to either the Apple web site or the Harman Kardon web site you will find the list price. For some strange reason JandR wishes to charge substantially more....

5-0 out of 5 stars Be careful where you buy the iSub
I bought the iSub directly from Amazon about a month ago and I am well pleased with its performance as well as the service from Amazon. The addition of lower frequency sound, along with my Apple Pro speakers, makes listening a vastly richer experience and that brings up a real problem: the vendor who is presently selling the iSub on Amazon, JandR, has come up with a richer price that bears no relationship with reality, charging a c-note. The manufacturer's own web site shows a list price of $$$for the iSub. I realize that Amazon can't always provide a deep discount on all merchandise, but the JandR pricing is a rip-off. http://www.harman-multimedia.com/shop_list.html?cart=HK1_1040673842218740&id1=1 ... Read more


49. Harman Kardon Signature Series 2.0 Surround-Sound Processor/Tuner
list price: $2,499.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JFMW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 39658
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

For those seeking home theater performance a cut above the ordinary, the team of Harman Kardon's Signature Series 2.0 surround processor/tuner and Signature Series 2.1 multichannel amplifier (sold separately) offers superior sound, sophisticated ergonomics, and outstanding build quality.

For its own part, the Signature Series 2.0 processor/tuner--which requires an outboard amplifier for you to listen to it--offers great sound, terrific setup flexibility, and ease of use, though its performance is slanted more to audiophiles than videophiles. It handles decoding for all the major surround formats--Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, and DTS. In addition, the Signature Series 2.0 offers 5.1-channel analog inputs for newer surround formats, such as DVD-audio, where the decoding can take place in your source component. This processor even includes an RS-232 serial port for interfacing with home automation systems.

Most receivers present a fascia loaded with knobs, buttons, and blinking lights. The 2.0's front panel is refreshingly simple: there's a large volume knob, three sets of large push buttons (which let you scroll through your inputs, surround modes, and AM/FM stations), a mute button, a power on/off button, and a large LED screen.

Unlike conventional preamplifier/processors and receivers, which preassign the inputs (CD, DVD, etc.), the 2.0 features six source "positions" that you can configure and custom name to meet your particular needs. The 2.0 comes factory-configured for the most common associated equipment, but you can easily alter them. (There's no phono input, so you'll need an outboard phono stage to listen to LPs.)

You can set the video input, audio input, surround mode, bass/treble setting, and subwoofer level for each of your source components via the remote or the front panel. Once you configure the system's simple onscreen menu, using the 2.0 is as easy as pushing a single button. You can also make temporary modifications to your settings from the remote. These changes automatically cancel when you change sources or turn the unit off.

The 2.0's flexibility also includes a left/right and front/rear balance control plus various center-channel and movie modes. Of course it offers a "bass management" system, which allows you to route audio below 100 Hz from all five channels to a separate powered subwoofer, if you choose.

The tuner includes Radio Data Service (RDS), which automatically displays call letters, station type, and other information sent by stations supporting that system. You can also name stations manually.

While the 2.0 generously offers six analog and six digital (four coaxial and two optical) inputs as well as six composite video inputs, there are only two S-video inputs and no component video inputs or outputs--which is a problem if you want the highest quality video from DVD and HDTV. Furthermore, the 2.0 offers no digital outputs for recording to CD-R or minidisc. If you have a laserdisc player that outputs a Dolby Digital AC-3 RF signal, you'll need to add an outboard demodulator for that.

The 2.0's learning remote is not backlit, and most of the buttons are the same size, but the layout is logical and reasonably easy to use in the dark.

Despite its video-switching limitations, the Harman Kardon Signature Series 2.0 is an extremely well-built product that looks and feels solid and operates flawlessly. Connect it to a high-quality five-channel amplifier such as Harman's Signature Series 2.1 and you'll quickly appreciate the 2.0's smooth and relaxed yet detailed low-distortion sound.

As is often the case with matching components, the 2.0's sound perfectly complements the liquid sound of the Signature Series 2.1 multichannel amplifier. Put the two together and you have a synergistic combination that sounds better than either piece by itself. That said, if you're thinking about adding one of these units to your existing system, either works great with many other brands of preamp/processor or amplifier.

Pros:

  • Flexible setup and customization
  • 5.1-channel direct analog input for DVD-audio or other future formats
  • 7 input positions, multiple analog and digital inputs
  • RDS tuner with 30 station presets
  • High build quality
  • Exceptional sound quality with dead-silent backgrounds

Cons:

  • Only 2 S-video inputs, no component video inputs or outputs
  • No RF demodulator for AC-3 laserdisc playback
  • Non-backlit remote
  • No phono input
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Features

  • Dolby Digital/DTS 5.1-channel surround decoding
  • Assignable audio-video inputs and outputs
  • 5.1-channel analog inputs for DVD-audio or other future formats
  • 6 digital inputs
  • AM/FM tuner with RDS (Radio Data Service)

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound and flexibility
I bought a Sig 2.0/2.1 combo because my speakers are 25 years old, the size of small coffins, and have low impeadances. They love current. Even with 45 amps of current, the protection circuits in my old HK AVR500 would kick in under heavy (i.e., cranked to the max) loads, and shut the unit off.

SO, I decided to purchase a Sig 2.0 preamp and 2.1 amplifier. The total price was about the same as as HK's equivalent receiver. That makes it a very good deal.

IMPRESSIONS:

Sound: The 2.1 amp is beautiful. It blows away the amps in my Harman Kardon AVR500, which itself sounds really good. The 2.0 preamp also sounds better, but not to the same degree. It is clean, articulate and uncolored. This is truly a high end audiophile piece of equipment, built in the US by Madrigal, the division of Harman Kardon which makes Mark Levinson and other high priced, high end audio equipment. It appears to use many of the same components.

I did an a/b comparison between the 6 channel out my JVC DVD-Audio player and the HK. The HK's processors are noticably better sounding on PCM, DTS and Dolby Digital sources.

The Good: The tuner has very good reception and sound with lots of presets and RDS, which displays text information sent by some radio stations. The unit has lots of inputs (6 pair stereo RCA, 4 dig. coax, 2 optical, 6 channel direct, 6 component video, 2 s-video) and outputs, and has exceptionally good configurability. Analog inputs can be balanced so that when going from one source to the next, the volume stays the same. It also has lots of processing modes: Pro Logic, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Late Nite, Dolby Digital Mono, Mono Plus, four music modes and four movie modes. (However, lack of ability to control delay time between front and surround channels). (It is several years out of date, so it does not have ProLogic II.) Oh! It also has plain stereo. And, it looks good with an uncluttered industrial black aluminum appearance. It is solid and weighs 22 lbs, as much as many AV receivers.

On the downside: It has poor bass management, a cheap universal remote control which is not backlit and which learns from other remotes, but has no built in programmable codes. There is no phono section. The unit makes a little squeeking noise every time my cd changes a track letting me know it figured out the format of the digital source material. The internal DACs do not feed to tape out. Finally, HK went for looks rather than putting enough functional buttons on front.

Wish list - A sleep timer.

Overall, a really good product.

Strengths:
Very good sound quality, excelent value, lots of inputs and outputs and surround modes

Weaknesses:
Cheap remote which is not backlit, no phono section.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic front end for your surround system!
If you are like me and find yourself with a surround system cobbled together from a collection of amplifiers and speakers, but don't have a good way to bring it all together...look no further! Don't replace all those amps with an "all in one box" surround system just because it's a hassle balancing all those descrete channels...

The Signature 2.0 processor/tuner/preamp is just what you need. It has an analog 6 channel input for your DVD Audio player, digital inputs, optical inputs, S-video outputs, it's all here... And talk about quiet? This preamp is absolutely silent. Maximum flexibility in assigning inputs, no changing cables, just reroute them via menu (onscreen or front panel) control!

The onboard processors are as smooth as silk, and the built-in effects (to add surround depth to stereo CDs) are subtle and never gimmicy. HK spent alot of time on this one! It is super.

There is only one thing about this unit that I have to work around...the remote sensor in the front panel is rather narrow sighted and I find myself almost out of range a fair part of the time;whos living room is a perfect listening room? I will have to add an IR remote sensor to compensate.

Please note that this is a deep cabnet, and it is heavy. Over-engineered it seems, since the power supply is clearly big enough to handle the consumption of this unit.

The perfect solution for those of you who want to use a couple of stereo systems in combination for a surround sound system! You will love it!

4-0 out of 5 stars Harmon Kardon Signature Series 2.0
The Signature 2.0 Dolby /DTS Digital Processor/Tuner provides unsurpassed performance and the flexibility required of a state-of-the-art digital home entertainment system. Processor Features: Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic Onboard; Six-Channel Direct Inputs for Future Enhancement and Expansion; RS-232 serial port interfaces with home automation systems; Now with DTS processing Onboard; Six Composite and Two S-Video Inputs; Link any Output to any Analog or Digital Audio Input; Six Digital Audio Inputs: Four Coax Data and Two Optical Data; Trigger Control for External Amplifiers; Universal Learning Remote; Record Outputs/Bus that Tracks Main Input or Records a Separate Program; Comprehensive On-screen Menu System; FM Stereo/AM Tuner with RBDS Data system and 30 Presets... There are few brands who can rival the performance of this piece...

5-0 out of 5 stars If you want the bst audio experience
This is simply the best audio processor I have owned (Denon and Onkyo pale by comparison) This receiver has ample Coax, Fiber, s-video, and RCA connections. (Sadly no composite video). You can create absolutely perfect reproductions with the onscreen programming. Each channel of sound coming in lists if its to low, high or reference. You adjust the gain so that each audio channel is staying within refernece (For instance my VCR is +22, the CD player is -5) In addition you can use any audio and any video source at the same time - say your listening to a CD and want to watch DSS or DVD, no problem. You set the distance from the listener to the speakers, so the speakers have the correct volume. You also have 6 channel input as well. The finest DSP you can purchase

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a perfect receiver that I've seen
You install with : JAMO speakers, Toshiba Projector and Toshiba DVD player than You will got an incredible sound and picture. Very nice to hear and watch ... Read more


50. Harman Kardon AVR510 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $999.00
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Asin: B000051SDP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 46717
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

It was bound to happen sooner or later. We just wouldn't have expected it in a high-end component: Harman Kardon has taken the lead in digital home theater integration with the world's first audio-video (AV) receivers to offer built-in MP3 decoding. When connected to a computer with a compatible coaxial digital audio output jack, this exclusive innovation lets you enjoy high-quality playback of MP3-encoded CDs or Internet-delivered streaming media.

The current top-of-the-line model, the AVR 510, also includes Harman Kardon's exclusive, patented EzSet remote, the first-ever remote to automatically analyze and set speaker levels for your surround system. The remote includes a measuring and calibration system that automatically balances speaker channel levels for optimum surround sound listening, regardless of the playback format.

The AVR 510 uses 24-bit, 192 kHz digital audio converters (DACs) for the highest-resolution audio playback available today. As an added benefit, feeding the digital output of most CD players to the AVR 510 will provide dramatically better sound quality than you'd hear playing back through standard 16-bit, 44.1 kHz DACs. Surround sound performance consists of not only Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel decoding, but two proprietary Harman audio technologies, Logic 7 and VMAx, which take surround-sound and stereo audio reproduction to new levels of sonic excitement. ... Read more

Features

  • Amplifier delivers 70 watts per channel in surround mode
  • Dolby Digital, DTS, and HDCD decoding
  • Multiroom/multisource audio adds versatility
  • MP3 decoding for use with computers and digital audio players
  • EzSet remote balances speaker levels

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars One HELL of and AMP
This Amp has Blown me away as well as my audience thus far!
When this amp is hooked up correctly...and I mean so it uses its full digital capabilitys with DVD it has killer digital sound...and its other non digital soundstages it has are great! if you listen to other brands you will hear that harman has done a great job with its sound fields and staging
im using it with these components...
sony dvd dvp-n57oop using the fiberoptic cable for digital sound transmission,a pair of jbl floor/bookshelf speakers (8")s338be (front), polk audio for center stage(front), a jbl sub pb12" 250 watt positioned under the TV, bose acusta mass dual cubes for rear fill, and a 36" sony trinitron...
just listen to the blueman group DVD and see if your receiver can keep up with is pace..

I know there are alot of other killer receivers out there but I have found out that this receiver best suits me and my applications... it just keeps on cranking..

Best Regards!

Jason

4-0 out of 5 stars A great surround sound receiver!
I love the AVR 510 surround sound receiver! With the multiroom audio capability (providing complete, independent control of a second-room audio system from either the primary listening room via the front panel or the included separate Zone 2 remote control), is like owning two receivers in one! The surround sound is exceptional. Speaker levels are adjustable, so you can calibrate the different speaker channels to your own preference. I am still finding out new things and useful features of this unit, but I have been very happy with it thus far. It was well worth the price.

3-0 out of 5 stars a little disappointed in HK
All around this is a good amp, but the truth is that I could have gotten a Sony for half the money that would've been the same, if not better quality. The options for surround are nice (there is a 5 channel stereo), but the "hall" mode gives no echo effect, and the "theatre" mode does nothing for me either. The main reason I really wanted surround and especially the center channel, was to make peoples voices louder while watching DVD's because I run for the remote every time something loud happens. I'm all for the audio experience, but ambients are just too loud in movies these days and I have neighbors who I'm sure will agree with me. Turning the center channel all the way up and the other 4 speakers all the way down does almost nothing. They should have made these buttons actually have an impact on the sound, instead it just seems like all the audio tracks come through the center channel even with the little DTS light "on" that should seperate all the tracks.
Another stinker was that every video out RCA jack was broken right out of the box, (I know this only after a grueling process of elimination). I also must say I'm a little disappointed in amazon too for not double boxing this. It is customary to send expensive components in a DOUBLE BOX so it takes less abuse in transit and is not stolen. I'm never going to purchase something of this granduer online again. ... Read more


51. Harman Kardon FL8380 5-CD Changer
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000051SDV
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 15510
Average Customer Review: 2.64 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Harman Kardon's stylish five-CD FL8380 CD player offers great sound,convenient features, and solid value. And while some may think twice aboutinvesting in a CD-only disc player in what is clearly the age of DVD, we have nosuch reservations about recommending this one.

Comparing the FL8380 with a similarly priced DVD player will easily reveal thesonic benefits of a dedicated CD player. In our tests, even a higher-priced DVDplayer like Toshiba's HDCD-equipped SD3109 didn't match the FL8380. Think of itthis way: a DVD player has a lot more on its plate than just reproducing audio;a CD player doesn't.

Another important factor in the quality of this machine is Harman Kardon itself,a company with a longstanding commitment to great sound. And with the FL8380, HKhas halved the retail price of its predecessor, the esteemed FL8370.Operationally and sonically, this unit seems every bit as good as the FL8370,but if Harman Kardon is cutting any corners, it's hard to tell where theyare.

The player gives you both analog and digital outputs; depending on the amplifieror receiver you're using this with, you may want to avail yourself of both. Theanalog outputs afford you the extra sonic quality of CDs encoded in HDCD (HighDefinition Compatible Digital), while the coaxial digital-audio outputfacilitates hookup with an audio/video receiver or a CD recorder. (Please seeour accompanying FAQ for more information on HDCD and digital-audio hookups.)

Discs like Blue Man Group's invigorating Audio showcase the dynamicprowess of both this player and the HDCD format. The FL8380 renders every lastpercussive assault with microscopic detail and all transients intact, showingwhat must be very close to the full range and power of the original analogrecording.

Mechanically, the FL8380 is quieter than other CD changers, a definite boon whenlistening in close quarters. However, the analog audio output level is alsoquieter, possibly due to the HDCD chip, which grants extra dynamic range toHDCD-encoded recordings but requires that non-HDCD discs be reproduced slightlylower in level.

Harman asserts that the chip that decodes the HDCD data also improves the soundof standard CDs, but the level difference between this and other players foiledour attempts at comparisons. Take our word for it, though: this player soundsgreat, especially for a disc player (of any format!) in this price range.

The most convenient thing about a multidisc changer, apart from being able tolisten to more than six hours of uninterrupted tunes, is the ability to listento music radio-style, where the player jumps to a fresh track from a fresh discafter every song you hear. The good news is, the FL8380 offers not one butthree random-play modes. The bad news? You can't program the unit torandomly switch discs after every song.

Here's how it works: Press the Random button once and the unit will play all thetracks on a given disc in random order (making sure not to repeat selections).Press the button twice and the player will play all five discs sequentially,randomly cycling through the songs on each disc before moving on to the next.Three presses of the button will make the player play two tracks fromeach disc, then do the same for another disc, and so on (again taking care notto repeat tracks).

You can't do a whole lot from the front panel, so take note if you don't likeusing remote controls (or if you're good at losing them). This unit does notoffer A-B repeat, which is a convenient (if inessential) feature for looping apassage to decipher a lyric or a bit of between-song banter.

The bottom line remains, though, that this is a darn good CD player. Whetheryou're committed to stereo sound, maintaining a quality listening system as partyour home theater, or putting together a good backroom system, the FL8380 is agreat choice. --Michael Mikesell

Pros:

  • Great sound
  • HDCD decoding
  • Quality headphone jack with volume control
  • Quiet mechanical operation
  • Simple to set up and use
  • Intuitive, full-function remote control
  • Coaxial digital-audio output

Cons:

  • Cross-disc random-play mode plays two tracks from each disc before switchingto a new disc
  • No optical digital-audio output
  • Minimal feature controls from front panel (don't lose that remote!)
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Features

  • 5-disc CD player with play exchange
  • Plays CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • Offers HDCD decoding as well as a coaxial digital-audio output
  • Program up to 32 steps (tracks or discs)
  • Includes full-function remote control and headphone jack with volume control

Reviews (14)

5-0 out of 5 stars I don't know - Seems Just Great To Me
As another reviewer said, the HDCD sound is truly remarkable - I feel like I happened upon some high-end audiophile's piece of equipment at regular lay-person-like-me prices. I played the "Time Out" (Brubeck) HDCD, compared it to my older version of same and I was stunned by the richness and completeness of the HDCD sound, the 3-D soundstage, the detail of the sound. I don't care if the damned thing cycles through "all 5 CDs" before playing. That just doesn't take long and it doesn't ruin my extraordinarily good audio experience once it's up and running.

If you want a CD player where it's main strength is that it is quick to play CDs with average sound, then forget this one. However, if you want a CD player that, after - come on - a relatively short preamble cycle through the CDs, then proceeds to produce sound of extraordinary quality, then get this thing. Personally, I choose noticeably better sound quality over simple "speed." . . . Those "speed critics" kinda sound like someone saying tube amps [are bad] because they have to warm up before you can use them . . . . . .

Moral: Good things come to those who wait, even if you wait a very short amount of time. The only minus is that HDCD appears not to have caught on; fewer are being released as time goes on. . . . a real shame. . . .

5-0 out of 5 stars I Love Mine!
I've owned my FL8380 for about two-and-a-half years now and it still works and sounds great. I guess I am lucky because, judging by some of the reviews here (and elsewhere), this model is subject to quality-control problems. I have used this player extensively since I bought it and it has never failed to play any CD-R or CD-RW disc I have tried (and I have alot of them). It also has no problem playing reasonably scratched discs. Mechanically, it has always worked perfectly. Yes, the disc tray is somewhat noisy when advancing to the next disc. Yes, it does cycle through all five discs before playing. However, I have never considered these things to be a big deal. When you consider its price, this unit is hardly cheap. The chasis is made out of metal, the disc transport mechanism is solid, parts quality is high, and overall construction is very good (at least with mine). It's also fairly heavy for a budget player (approx. 17 lbs).

The main thing I look for in a CD player is, amazingly enough, sound quality. I don't really care about all the bells and whistles or how fast the damn thing is. The sound quality of this unit is excellent. No, it doesn't sound as good as the $1000-plus players I've heard, but for the money, it delivers and-then-some. The dual 18-bit Burr-Brown DAC's and HDCD chip combine to create a very detailed, balanced and non-fatiguing presentation. I've been told that Dual 18-bit DAC designs often sound better than single 24-bit DAC designs, but I'm not knowledgable in such areas, so I can't say for sure. Anyway, the low end is deep but tight, the mids are open and natural, and the highs are extended without being harsh. I occasionally notice some upper-midrange harshness on vocals and brass instruments, but I'm not sure if this is due to the cd player or the particular recording. I don't know what brand or model of opamps this player uses, but judging by its sound quality, I imagine they are step above the ones typically found in budget players. Budget players usually sound aggressive and one dimentional to me, the FL8380 does not. I don't notice a dramatic "night-and-day" difference between HDCD encoded and standard CD's. However, I will say I have consistently heard a bit more detail and resolution from HDCD encoded discs. Van Halen HDCD reissues sound awesome as does Beck's "Mutations" and the latest King Sunny Ade releases. I just got the Dead's "American Beauty" reissue and it too sounds fabulous.

Do I recommend this player? Well, that's difficult to say because of the quality control problems. But, if you're lucky enough to get one that works properly, its a real gem.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great Start/ Poor Finish
I LOVED this player when I first got it. It was recommended to me by my best friend who is a professional sound designer. Mine went for 2 1/2 years with no problem. . .and then one day it began to skip and not register a cd here and there. Forget any homemade compilations, it doesn't recognize CD-R or CD-RW at all. Finally, it just throws temper tantrums when it feels like it, so now I am on-line buying a new one to replace it. I was lucky though - I called my best friend to see how his behaved and it gave out 6-8 months before mine and was thrown in the trash. For the $, go somewhere else.

5-0 out of 5 stars 12 months on and no problems at all
After 12 months of use I still have not experienced any of the problems described in some of the other reviews of this model. I play CDR and CD/RW for compilation CDs that I recorded myself, extensively and they all play on this model with no problems. It has not manifested any other problems either.

I do not find the few seconds it takes to cycle through the discs after closing the carousel a problem and have no problem with its approach to random track play.

The remote is simply laid out and easy to use.

I am very happy with the features and superior sound quality from this elegantly styled and very reasonably priced player.

1-0 out of 5 stars I had the same problems
I'm going to save myself some typing and urge you to read previous reviews concerning this changers failure to read disks. My experience parallels theirs except that some of the other reviewers were lucky in that their units failed during the warranty period. Mine waited a bit longer to fail. It's time to dig out the old Sony player. ... Read more


52. Harman Kardon 3470 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $449.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000051SDT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 31661
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The HK 3470 is a full-featured stereo receiver with five inputs and anFM stereo/FM mono/AM tuner with capabilities that provide for the utmostflexibility. Even a high-quality phono input is included so that you cancontinue to enjoy your existing record collection as well as the latest CDrecordings.

The HK 3470 is the world's first stereo receiver to offer VMAx. VMAx is aproprietary signal-processing technique that creates an open, spacious soundfield when only two loudspeakers are available. VMAx circuitry is able to decodethe ambience of a concert hall or theater from a stereo recording.

At the center of the HK 3470's performance is a Harman Kardon-designed,high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier with an output of 100 watts perchannel. Separate speaker 1 and speaker 2 outputs give you the optionof high-quality sound in two different locations. For added depth andflexibility, Harman Kardon has added pre-out/main-in jacks for use with externalamplifiers, equalizers, and signal processors. A subwoofer output and tapemonitor loop are also included.

The receiver itself features a digital AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets anddirect-access tuning. Infrared remote extension jacks let the receiver becontrolled by remote, even if the infrared sensor is blocked due to cabinetdoors or other obstructions, through the use of an external sensor. Theseconvenient features, combined with an included full-function, programmableremote control, make the HK 3470 one of the most user-friendly receivers HarmanKardon has ever built.

Harman Kardon offers a two-year warranty on parts and labor for the HK 3470. ... Read more

Features

  • Stereo receiver with 100-watt-per-channel amplifier
  • Preamp out/input jacks for use with outboard equalizers
  • 5 audio inputs, including a high-quality phono input
  • VMAx signal processing creates an open, spacious soundfield with only two speakers
  • Color-keyed connections and comprehensive remote control

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Performer
I have owned the HK 3470 about a year now. I purchesed the 3470 because it has Pre-out/ Main in connections which allows the use of an equalizer. I mainly use the 3470 to power a large pair of Cerwin Vega S-2 EE Speakers for a friends outside party twice a year. These speakers have 15" woofers, 6 1/2" mids and tweeters. These speakers are made to handle up to 250 watts. The Hk 3470 throws the power to them very well. I play loud dance music and the amp does a great job! Adding the Equalizer really helps to dial in the sound on the Cerwin Vega's.

A very good Stereo amp with decent power.

1-0 out of 5 stars this reciever ruined my table and I don't even like it
I bought this amp and I HATE it. This component left BLACK, NON-removable, stained FOOTPRINTS on my once beautiful component table. Endless hassles for menu options that don't make sense, outputs that output for some things and not others (for instance: their "multi-out" will only output cd sound, and if you were to listen to a DVD the sound would cease for no apparent reason). 5 channel stereo should pass analog signal, but it doesn't. So I tried the "tape" outputs, and the FM radio comes out too now (hooray!) but still no DVD sound passes through the analog out. There is no method to their madness. The "hall" effect is horrible, turn it on and then put your head in between the center speaker and right-front to hear this horrid zig-zag featureless chop they call "hall" mode. uggh, I hate this amp.

3-0 out of 5 stars HK 3470
The reciever is good, however it falls short in two important areas. It fails to include a tone defeat for the treble-bass controls and no loudness function and sounds in the treble region sound compressed, not really clear. For... more the
DENON DRA 685 has these important features + a cleaner mid and treble region while retaining good clear bass. Not that I am a DENON fan but, for this price range for a good 2 channel reciever the sound and features should be better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Grerat Receiver
The Hk3470 sounded great out of the box. The sound was clean with no discernable noise. The VMAX circuit sounded better on non vocal music. The insructions for tape recorders were not
too clear but all in all it is a great receiver.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5 Stars
The Harman and Kardon is a great deal at ...Its amp section drives speakers with authority and its classic looks will please the eye. In this world of low power surround sound recievers the 3470 is a breath of fresh air from the old school... ... Read more


53. Harman Kardon AVR8000 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $2,799.00
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Asin: B00005Q5X1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 43587
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Features

  • 110-watt x 5, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design with 7.1-channel processing capability
  • MP3 playback, HDCD decoding, EzSet automatic speaker calibration, and simultaneous multi-room/multi-source audio and video
  • Dual 24-bit, twin-core, Cirrus processors, 192 kHz/24-bit audiophile-grade digital-to-analog converters
  • Three wide-bandwidth component video inputs, front-panel digital inputs and outputs, multi-zone system with video and audio outputs
  • S-video input, coax, and optical digital inputs and outputs for convenient connection of gaming consoles or portable recorders

54. Harman Kardon Single Disc CD Player

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Asin: B00000JD3T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 63092
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55. Harman Kardon HKTS 10 Home Theater Speaker System
list price: $649.99
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Asin: B000062SUC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 36119
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Features

  • 6-piece home theater speaker system, frequency response 35 to 20,000 Hz (-6 dB)
  • 4 satellites (left, right, and left and right surround) with 4-inch woofers and 1-inch tweeters
  • Center channel speaker with dual 4-inch drivers and 1-inch dome tweeter
  • 150-watt powered subwoofer with 12-inch cone and bass-reflex enclosure
  • Includes cables and wall mounts

56. HARMAN KARDON HK3375 Component Stereo Receiver
list price: $199.88
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Asin: B00008BNXU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 22936
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Features

  • 75 Watts per channel
  • 20Hz - 20kHz @ <0.07% THD, both channels driven into 8 ohms
  • Frequency Response @ 1W (+0dB, -3dB) -10Hz - 110kHz
  • 5 analog audio inputs
  • 30 AM/FM station presets

57. Harman Kardon CDR 26 CD Recorder
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00007BGQK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 5670
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Dual-tray CD-R/RW recorder/player with 4x dubbing speed
  • Create custom CDs or copy an entire disc using inexpensive CD-R blanks
  • Synchronized recording from external sources (digital or analog)
  • Continuous two-disc or one-time/one-disc playback; headphone jack with level control
  • Full-featured ergonomic remote control

Reviews (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid Harmon Kardon CDR 26
Aprroximately 1 1/2 years ago I bought a new Harmon Kardon CDR 26 (CD recorder). It worked well for the first year, recently though it has been skipping during recording and playback. This skipping problem occurs frequently and is especially annoying during the recording process. In the middle of a recording the laser will skip, basically ruining the recording.
The malfunction only occurs on the right side (record side) of the player. The only reason I bought this unit was to record. It has been a huge disappointment and not worth the hassle or the money ($150-$200) to repair.

1-0 out of 5 stars Harmon Kardon CDR 26
Right side laser (record side) skips frequently during recording and playback. This problem occurred about 1 year after purchase ($400). Still skipped after cleaning laser. I am very disappointed with this unit and would not recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars avoid HK recorders at all cost.
Do not purchase any model beginning "CDR" made by harmon kardon. I manage a professional audio duplication facility and have been quite shocked at the downright poor performance of HK's CDR30 and CDR26 units.

-Brand new unit malfunctioned, unable to open tray. I sent it back RMA, and received ANOTHER BROKEN UNIT in exchange.

-After light use for two weeks, a different BRAND NEW machine also failed to open both doors.

That's three terrible machines, at a cost of $1200. Please do yourselves a favor and buy a unit from Pioneer.

1-0 out of 5 stars Skip-Hop
Nice sound, but every other track or so would bounce forward about ten seconds. Not what one would hope for in a CD recorder.

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid the Harmon Kardon CDR-26!
I highly recommend avoiding this product. The first unit I had would not play properly, and when I exchanged it for another unit, that unit would also not play properly! I had never purchased a Harmon Kardon product before, but I knew of their good reputation, and I actually did some research on CD recorders before buying this unit and thought it to be the best choice for the money. But I am extremely disappointed, both with this unit and with Harmon Kardon. I returned the second unit and got my money back. Read on...

From the moment I took the first unit out of the box, the lefthand CD player would not work correctly. When a track began playing, the player would skip ahead twenty seconds or so.

This happened on a regular basis, with a wide variety of CDs, from old to brand new. To further rule out that it wasn't the condition of any of my CDs--all of which played fine in my old Sony player--I played the CDs in the rightside player, and they always played fine.

I was especially troubled by the fact that it was the lefthand player, since this is the one that only plays and does not record, so there didn't seem to be much excuse for it not working.

But wait, it gets worse. I actually returned this unit and received another unit. I really liked the sound of the player, and for the most part I liked the functionality of the CD recorder and the quality of the recorded CDs.

So, I got the new unit, and...I immediately had problems with the lefthand player! This one malfunctioned even more than the last one, frequently skipping ahead a few seconds on different songs, and occassionally skipping back to the end of the previous track, while still displaying the current track!

I will say this: the sound was fantastic, and I had no problems recording. The fit and finish was not really first rate, but I would have readily overlooked this if the thing would just play correctly.

I'm not too pleased with the company's response, either. When I called, a rep told me that the store I dealt with had obviously gotten a bad batch of players. A bad batch? We're not talking tomatoes here! Some people might say three strikes you're out, but for me, two was plenty.

Two brand new units, and both would not work properly, right out of the box. Shame on you, Harmon Kardon. By the way, I asked to speak to a higher-up manager at the company, and someone did call me, a week later, and he left a message. I called him back and left a message, twice, but he has yet to get back to me.

Twice bitten, forever shy. No more Harmon Kardon for me! ... Read more


58. Harman Kardon CDR 30 Dual-Tray CD Recorder
list price: $699.00
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Asin: B000051SDX
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 34782
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Harman Kardon CDR 30 steps well beyond the territory most CD recorders roam, bringing first-rate recording and playback quality under one convenient roof. This versatile audio CD recorder gives you the ability to create custom CDs from a variety of digital and analog sources, including HDCD-encoded discs and MP3 music files.

The CDR 30's built-in MP3 decoder plays and decodes MP3-encoded CDs and alsocreates standard Red Book CDs from MP3 discs that may be played on any standardCD player or CD-ROM drive. A built-in, auto-sensing, sampling-rate converterautomatically adapts digital audio recordings at sampling rates other than 44.1kHz to CD-standard audio when recording from MP3, digital audiotape, andminidiscs. This capability allows direct digital-to-digital recording from mostconsumer and professional digital sources. During conventional CD-to-CD dubbing,the CDR 30 automatically bypasses the sampling-rate converter.

The CDR 30 copies all digital information contained on a CD, including HDCDencoding and DTS data. In addition, the CDR 30 is the first home audio CD deckthat can copy multisession CDs that contain tracks recorded at different timesbefore disc finalization.

To accommodate the widest variety of music sources, the CDR 30 includes acomprehensive variety of digital and analog inputs. It includes three sets ofrear-panel coaxial digital, optical digital, and analog inputs; plus there arefront-panel coaxial and optical digital inputs. The CDR 30's coaxial and opticaldigital outputs enable its digital-audio output to be played through the digitalinput of a receiver or preamp/processor, or a separate externaldigital-to-analog converter (DAC). Analog outputs provide a standard connection. The CDR 30also features a headphone jack with level control for private listening.

The Harman Kardon CDR 30 offers a host of features that make recording digitaland analog sources fast and virtually foolproof. The CDR 30 performs CD-to-CD-Rand CD-to-CD-RW dubbing at 4x speed, along with 4x disc finalization--still thefastest CD dubbing and finalization in the industry.

The CDR 30's dual-tray operation makes the process easy: simply load the CD tobe dubbed into the play-only disc tray, place a blank CD-R or CD-RW audio discinto the play-record disc tray, and the CDR 30 initiates recording at the touchof a few buttons. The CDR 30's automatic digital recording level controlnormalizes varying levels from different digital recordings when creating a CDmix, with no loss in fidelity. This function also virtually eliminates thepossibility of recording a disc with overload distortion on peak-volumepassages, resulting from too high a recording level.

The CDR 30 is designed for unmatched sound quality. AKM 24-bit/96 kHz, AK4393DACs and an AKM AK5351 20-bit, 64x-oversampling analog-to-digital converterachieve audiophile-grade recording and playback. These state-of-the-artconverters utilize AKM's innovative multibit delta-sigma technology to achieve aremarkable 105 dB dynamic range with exceptionally high resolution. In addition,the CDR 30 utilizes premium components throughout for maximum sonic purity,along with precision optics and disc mechanisms for accurate, glitch-free CDrecording and playback.

A built-in HDCD decoder lets you enjoy the full sonic benefits of the improvedresolution, dynamic range, and musical realism provided by the HDCD format.Thanks to its precision digital filter, the HDCD decoder also improves the soundquality of conventional non-HDCD-encoded CDs.

The CDR 30 offers an extensive array of convenience features: CD playback,programming functions such as MP3 and CD Text display capability, a DirectSingle Track Dubbing function, and an easy-to-read fluorescent level meter.There is a wide variety of repeat-play, random-play, and program-play options,full remote-control operation, and more. Finalized CD-R and CD-RW discs, as wellas prerecorded CDs, can be played back in the CDR 30's disc trays.

The CDR 30 is fully compliant with the Serial Copy Management System (SCMS),which limits digital copying to one generation. ... Read more

Features

  • CD sync recording from external digital sources
  • 4x dub-speed capability
  • HDCD and MP3 decoding
  • Front panel optical and coaxial digital inputs
  • 24-bit/96kHz AKM digital to analog converters

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Harman Kardon CDR 30 Dual-Tray CD Recorder
This is definetly one of the Best product I ever used.
I am musician and sound writer , it's so much easier to burn sample of my music directly from the sequencer and listen and check what to improve in term of quality of sound and combination
of sounds .The Analog options of burning any analog device to a CD is just Great ...
I have see my writing of sound improve greatly because I don't have to spend tousand of Dollars for just sample in Music Studio before the real production.I save a lot of Money with Harman Kardon CDR 30 Dual-Tray CD Recorder
If You are Musician and Sound Writer This A GREAT MACHINE to Play with.

2-0 out of 5 stars Performance marginal, customer service non-existent.
I purchased this recorder primarily to convert several hundred record albums to a format I could listen to more easily. I found that it was easiest to record an album first onto a CD-RW, use computer software to break it into individual tracks, then re-use the CD-RW.
After recording about 50 CD-RW's in the first month the unit developed intermittent problems, sometimes not detecting any type of CD placed in the machine, sometimes appearing to record but unable to read the disc later, sometimes giving a disc error message at random times. Since Harman Kardon's warranty service instructions say that you have to bring it to a registered facility, which are all hi-fi audio retailers, I called some in my area. Their responses indicated they might get around to looking at it in 3 to 6 weeks, and, by the way "where did you buy it?" (implying that internet buyers could expect poor service.) Because the problem was intermittent, it was likely that they would look at it in 6 weeks and not find a problem, and I would get the thing back in the same condition. So I struggled on, and found that CD-R's still worked most of the time, but CD-RW's became completely non-functional. Because of the lack of a national service center for Harman Kardon, I definitely would not buy their equipment again, regardless of features. I would lean toward another manufacturer with a national service center, which would be more interested in keeping me happy, even if they have to replace an intermittent machine.
As far as features go, the CDR-30 is acceptable for my purposes. But it's controls are not user-friendly (even for an engineer like me), and a lengthy reading of the manual is required to try anything new. Some of the instructions in the manual are erroneous and misleading. The CDR-30 is pretty good for copying music CD's onto CD-R's, as it will dub at 4 times speed.
All in all, I would look to another manufacturer if I were buying a CD recorder. I couldn't recommend this machine.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not ONE CD recorded well
I have tried to record cd's one to one on this machine and have come up with the worst results, having used the best blank CDs.
The directions for this unit are very hard to follow with respect to making Cds from LPs, and anything else you need to know. I never use it now..a waste.

5-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't be without this product!!!!
I never dreamed that I would love this product as much as I do./ I don't even use my computer burner any more. This unit is so easy to use, and so comprehensive, that it eliminates the need for a computer burner... I have used this product incessantly since receiving it. The Harman/Kardon name is synonymous with acoustic excellence, and this is no exception. A must for the music teacher. Great for all aspects of music education, while still holding faithful to copyright laws. 5 easy-to-use stars! ... Read more


59. Harman Kardon AVR520 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $999.00
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Asin: B00005Q5X0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 33464
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The AVR 520 is Harman Kardon's midlevel entry into the 7.1-channel surround-sound processing. Featuring support for Dolby Digital, DTS, Logic 7, and VMAx digital sound processing, the AVR 520 caters to nearly any audio taste.

Pumping 75 watts per channel into 8 ohms, the AVR 520 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 digital sound processing upgrades down the road.

Loaded with advanced features, the AVR 520 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 A/V and Coax inputs 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 backlit 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
  • HDCD

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great unit
I get the feeling that the reviewers that had difficulty with this receiver were either not reading and following the manual or really just did not understand what they were doing. I've had the machine for just over 2 months, and it performs great. The sound is fantastic, and it can handle anything I want to run through it, including my DVD, CD, Tape, 2 VCR's, and TV, and I still have room to hook up additional components if I can think of any. It supports 5.1, 7.1, dolby digital, and all the simpler formats, has plenty of optical, s-video, and component hookups to run everything at higher levels. The remote has little difficulty running my complete mutt of a system (toshiba, techniques, HK, JVC, Onkyo, and Hitachi). I think it's a bit spendy at anything close to full price, but I can't say it isn't worth the money. Overall a great machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome sound - would buy another
Don't be fooled here by reviewers that don't read the manual! This is an AWESOME amp! Using with JBL studio front, center and powered subwoofer, Audiosource 100 watt in-wall speakers. This amp powers them all with ease. I can't turn the amp volume all the way up, it's so loud, it hurts! Dolby 5.1 and DTS are immersive. Sure, the manual won't win a pulitzer, but it does the job. Common sense is also a must (lacking by some quick-to-complain reviewers here). Unit runs a bit hot, make sure you have sufficient ventilation. FM tuner may need an additional FM antenna, get the best one you can (Terk hi-end). Plenty of inputs to mix and match, which you can assign. A fourth input on front w/S-video, optical, etc. Have a Sony DVD 5.1/DTS player, mid-range stereo VCR, DD satellite receiver and older LD player. No problem with ANY of these and the HK. You may want to pick up analog to S-video converters so you won't have to change the input on your TV. Get the converters from RADIO SHACK ($...) - NOT THE MONSTER VERSION ($...), RS is obviously much cheaper. This makes all your inputs from RCA jacks S-video. Also - USE GOOD CABLES! Monster, Acoustical Research and some others. Not Radio Shack cables. Also use good speaker wire like Monster. YES - IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! If you get a hum, you may need to plug the HK into it's own surge protector, check the manual. I like the remote, has a digital meter with speaker built-in to adjust your speakers! I have a large media room with 60" TV and this receiver delivers. Tested with MP3's, CD-R/W, VCD, movies like "Matrix"(the bullets whizz by!), "Gladiator", "Blade 2", "Saving Private Ryan", "Attack of the Clones" and others. Classy front looks great! This guy is heavy too, make sure you have a good cabinet to put it in.

5-0 out of 5 stars 5.1 never sounded better
For a semi-serious home theater enthusiast I have been extremely pleased with the AVR520. I switched to this reciever from an old Pioneer Elite VSX-97 and seriously consided another Pioneer Elite, Denon and Integra AVR's but found the sonic clarity unsurpassed by any of the other models. The receiver was easy to setup at the GUI was fairly easy to navigate. DVD's and CD's played on my Pioneer Elite DV F-07 DVD/CD Player have never looked or sounded better. The surround performance with this reciever is simply amazing. The Multi-room capability and the optional MP3 translator (allows MP3 playback from your computer through your reciever) are great additonal features.

3-0 out of 5 stars Excellent amp......sort of!!
I was thrilled by the performance of my 520 when I first got it. I was powering some relatively efficient energy eXL 26 towers and they sounded great. However, I recently upgraded to the Veritas 2.4 from Energy and the 520 doesn't even come close to providing enough power for these speakers. At moderate listening levels the bass is almost nonexistent. If you really turn up the volume, the bass does emerge somewhat but who wants to crank their music just to hear a balanced sound? I plan to upgrade to a very serious power amp. Bryston 14B ST. with 500 watts per channel. My Veritas speakers should really sing. One positive thing about the 520 is that it does a masterfull job with 5.1 surround. Movies sound awesome with this reciever. If you have high end speakers you will be disappointed with the two channel performance of the HK avr 520. Good Luck!

2-0 out of 5 stars I trusted the name
I don't like this amp at all, there are so many quirks. If you want to isolate the narrative audio during a movie and pump up the center speaker so not to wake your neighbors, you'll find that even with the DTS light on, all the tracks will become louder via the center speaker. Something I've noticed in more than one HK amp. If want to control the bass, turning the bass knob up or down on the front of your amp does absolutely nothing. Adjusting the bass requires you to go into menu and select LFE (subwoofer) and change it that way. I got excited when I read about the "delay" function, giving my music reverb would be cool. But alas, it doesn't come on when I hit the "delay" button. I was able to adjust it the first time I pressed it and not again since, according to the manual it should be working. There is undoubtedly a way, but who has the time. The "night" function is pretty neat too so I've read. You press "night" on your remote, and your woofer automatically filters out the really low bass. I got that to work many times before it changed for no reason. There are dozens of irritations and headaches, I call them alot and they are helpful, but I still hate their amps. I think there are much better ones out there ... . ... Read more


60. Harman Kardon AVR 230 Audio/Video Surround Receiver
list price: $549.00
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Asin: B0000D8HRG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 19310
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Amazon.com Product Description

Harman Kardon's future-ready 6.2-channel AVR 230 provides outstanding performance and value with its high-current 50-watts-per-channel amplifier, abundant inputs, high-bandwidth HD-ready component-video switching, and through features such as Harman's exclusive Logic 7 and VMAx surround-sound processing,Triple Crossover bass-management system, multichannel direct inputs for DVD-Audio and SACD, and other enhancements. Power output for the receiver is 6 x 50 watts (6 channels driven), or 2 x 65 watts in stereo (in both cases from 20 to 20,000 Hz into 8-ohm speakers, with less than 0.07 percent THD).

The receiver offers extensive installation flexibility and connectivity, including front-panel audio/video and digital-audio inputs. You also get five A/V inputs, component-video switching for two sources, and a supplied universal remote control featuring patented EzSet automatic speaker-level calibration and advanced system control capabilities.

The unit's authoritative surround processing includes the two major surround formats, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1, as well as the latest 6.1-channel incarnations, like Dolby Digital EX and DTS-ES. A 6.1 configuration adds a rear-center speaker to the standard 5.1 setup of front left/right, front center, and rear left/right surround, with the ".1" representing the low-frequency effects channel handled by your powered subwoofer. The AVR 230 offers two subwoofer outputs in case you're using separate left/right subs in your system. Two proprietary Harman audio technologies, Logic 7 7.1/5.1, and VMAx, deliver heightened sonic realism from surround sound and stereo audio source material.

The AVR 230's Triple Crossover bass management is 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.

Select from three different bass-crossover frequencies for the front, center, and surround speakers to perfectly tailor the audio output fed to each set of speakers for optimum frequency response and performance. This compensates for the absence of bass management on many high-resolution optical players (like DVD-Audio or multichannel SACD players) so you can enjoy the maximum sonic benefits from high-resolution formats.

What's in the Box
Receiver, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, a quick-setup guide, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • High-current (+/-35 amps) audio/video surround receiver with 50 watts x 6 in surround mode, 65 watts x 2 in stereo
  • Processing for Dolby Digital/Dolby EX, and DTS (DTS-ES, Neo:6) 6.1-channel discrete and matrix; EzSet universal remote control
  • Dolby Pro Logic II and proprietary Logic 7 simulated surround sound (discrete multichannel from stereo sources)
  • 6.2-channel preamp outputs (front and rear left/right, front and rear center, and 2 subwoofer outputs)
  • Measures 17.3 x 6.6 x 15 inches (W x H x D)

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