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61. Harman Kardon DVD 25 Progressive-Scan
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62. Harman Kardon KTS2 6-Piece Home
63. HARMAN KARDON DVD-101 DVD Player
64. HARMAN KARDON HKTS-12 5.1 Channel
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65. Harman Kardon AVR45 Dolby Digital
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66. Harman Kardon DVD50 5-Disc Progressive-Scan
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67. Harman Kardon AVR 525 Dolby Digital
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68. Harman Kardon AVR 100 Dolby Digital
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69. Harman Kardon HK3270 Stereo Receiver
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70. Harman Kardon DC520 Dual Cassette
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71. Harman Kardon FL8550 5-CD Changer
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72. Harman Kardon Signature Series
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73. Harman Kardon AVR 220 Audio/Video
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74. Harman Kardon Digital Ready Receiver
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75. Harman Kardon AVR 300 Dolby Digital/DTS
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76. Harman Kardon Signature 3.0 DVD
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77. Harman Kardon DVD5 5-Disc DVD
78. HARMAN KARDON CDR 26 Dual-Drawer
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79. Harman Kardon AVR 210 Dolby Digital
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80. Harman Kardon Festival 80 Mk II

61. Harman Kardon DVD 25 Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B000066SWF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 20376
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD+RW discs, audio CD, CD-R, CD-RW, video CD, and MP3 discs
  • Progressive scan video output with four available modes
  • Test signal for optimizing your video display
  • S-video and component video output

Reviews (6)

5-0 out of 5 stars HK DVD 25 has best quality
I have used several DVD players but this is by far the best quality of any. Don't believe it when someone says that all DVD players have the same quality picture, it just isn't true.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Value
Let me first say that all DVD players are not created equal. I once thought so until I bought a top-of-the-line 57" HDTV rear projection television.

I tried an older JVC DVD player and a newer Sony Progressive Scan DVD player, and both players performed poorly...neither had video processors srong enough to carry a sharp image across a large screen area.

I decided to go with the Harmon Kardon DVD-25; the picture was and continues to be extremely satisfying, and it is a nice looking unit. As has been mentioned by other reviewers, the HK DVD-25 plays a variety of formats.

I would be lying to you if I told you it was the best; there are other DVD players out there that go for even more Benjamins than DVD-25 and likely perform better (such as Denon models and some Onkyo models), but if you're on a budget and you need a high-end DVD player that can muscle a sharp image onto a large HDTV, then Harmon Kardon is the way to go.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tired of plastic?
This machine is solid, performs well, and very easy to use. I highly recommend if you're sick of spending hundreds of dollars on equipment that seems as if it was made in a toy factory.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Player! You wont be sorry that you purchased it!
Recently my Pioneer DVD player died after several years of use. One of the main reasons I liked that player was it seemed to play everything I asked DVD, CD, VCD, SVCD.

When looking for a new player I wanted to get a Progressive Scan to use with my HD Panasonic Big Screen. I bought a Samsung DVD player but it did a very poor job playing my VCDs created using ULead DVD picture show. The picture was good ,but the audio was too fast.

I read some reviews of the HK and decided to jump at it since most reviews said it would play anything you throw at it. The truth is that it does! MP3, CD-RW, CD-R, VCD, SCVD and of course your DVDs.

First thing you will notice about the player is the weight. It feels like the solid product that it is. If you want to use the Progressive Scan you will need to change the settings. That is made easy through an On-Screen guide. The DA converters even have settings so you can make sure they match best through your AV receiver. It has a Test feature where you can make sure all your settings are correct for the best picture possible. This gives you a quick way to fine-tune your TV's brightness, contrast, and color settings

The picture is clear and the player makes almost no noise. It does a great job with CD music too. I don't use my Sony changer as much anymore.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great DVD player - well built
Great unit. Great quality. Good price.

I only wish it did stills (JPEGs). Error correction good on disks with bad/corrupted missing blocks. I have a DVD I tried to rip on my PC. Software caught the bad block on defective disk and halted, yet the Harman Kardon DVD doesn't skip a single frame when it same disk at the same spot.

The weight of this unit is almost twice that of a comparable JVC XV-s502/s500 I purchased as a gift. Really sturdy! Great price for a component quality DVD. All the mass- market units range about $129-$179 at discount or instead the higher end component DVD's all start around $500/$600/$700+ and many don't play MP3's, CD-RW's and other formats. This is a good mid-point price, component, value choice. Great features, great audio/video, Test picture to adjust TV quality, Mutli-function remote, Harman Kardon quality are all plusses!

Paid about $269 at local discout electronics store. Nice appearance - mix of black w/ silver trim, looks expensive. ... Read more


62. Harman Kardon KTS2 6-Piece Home Cinema Speaker System
list price: $449.00
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Asin: B000051SDM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 38835
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 100-watt, 10-inch bass reflex subwoofer
  • 4 voice-matched satellite speakers
  • Dedicated center-channel speaker for clear dialogue
  • All speakers magnetically shielded
  • Cables and wall-mount brackets included

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Sound System, Excellent Price
I connected the Harmon Kardon 6 piece Home Cinema Speaker System to my Sony 53" TV the whole place was change to a movie theatre effect. The Sub Woofer is great and makes special sound effect come to life. I recommend it to anyone. The speakers are all compact size and I had to by 2 stands for the front right and left speakers for $... from HK store via the internet. Great product........I love it.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Surprising sound
My Dad asked me to help him shop for a home-theatre system.

We found these HKs for a very reasonable price. After installing the new system, we put in the DVD, Gladiator. I can't even begin to tell you how incredible these speakers sound. I would compare the sound quality to the demo rooms at most home audio/video stores where you have to spend a couple to a few thousand dollars to replicate their sound quality.

The satellite speakers are bright, crisp and clear. The sub is tight as well as being able to give the wall-shaking, guttural rumble you're craving when watching Apollo 13 take off from the launching pad.

I don't want to sound like a spokesperson for Harmon Kardon, but trust me. Go and buy this system (along with a nice receiver w/ DTS) and you'll understand what I'm talking about!

5-0 out of 5 stars Harmon Kardon 6 Piece Speaker System Review
This is a very nice home theatre speaker with outstanding bass response. The main reason I chose this speaker was because of the excellent home theatre sound quality for it's size and price. I don't have any regrets. It has excellent, deep bass which can go very low. You cannot find a subwoofer that can go this low for this price. Hearing a loud explosion let's say in a James Bond film is an unbelievable experience. You could feel the walls shake. It's not a bad audio speaker either. Usually, I put it in 6 speaker mode when I listen to music. It is pretty good in the 2 way mode where only the subwoofer and the 2 main speakers are active, however, the crossover transition from the low to highs are not that great typical of most lower priced home theatre speakers. When you put it in 6 way, the frequency is separated out much better and the sound quality is really nice. I am actually use to hearing music this way and the sound is very delightful. I am not an audiophile and cannot imagine spending more than $1,500 on a speaker system. I use to switch to floor standing speakers that cost more than the HK system for music (B speakers) and to the HK for Dolby Digital, DTS or Prologic, but I got rid of the bulky floor standing speakers and use the HK for both music and video now. I actually think the sound of this HK in the 6 way mode is better than my old JBL speakers which I put away in the attic until I find a house with more room. I don't think you could get this quality speaker at this price. It is a great home theatre speaker and a decent speaker for music as well. I also like the fact that the speakers are very small since my family room is not that large. ... Read more


63. HARMAN KARDON DVD-101 DVD Player

Asin: B00008RJW0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 24803
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Features

  • Plays DVD-Video, CD-Audio, home burned CD-R/RW media, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, Video CDs and even MP3 encoded discs ? all with clarity to rival the original performance
  • Precision digital video circuitry reconstructs the 3/2 pulldown process, delivering full 60-frame playback
  • 24-bit / 192kHz audio D/A conversion
  • Intuitive on-screen menu system and full function, ergonomic, backlit remote control
  • Coaxial & Optical digital audio outputs

64. HARMAN KARDON HKTS-12 5.1 Channel Home Cinema System

Asin: B00013UXOY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
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Features

  • Includes wall mount brackets for the four satellites and all required cables to connect the speakers to your receiver or preamp
  • Gold-plated 5-way binding post speaker-level inputs and outputs
  • Gold-plated line-level stereo and subwoofer inputs
  • High-cut (low-pass) filter switch with remote control input
  • Phase switch; level control; and music sense auto turn-on / turn-off

65. Harman Kardon AVR45 Dolby Digital Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $899.00
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Asin: B00000JCT7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 118874
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

Harman Kardon's role in developing innovative audio components has earned the company one of the finest reputations in home electronics. The AVR45 is a prime example of HK's ability to offer pristine sound and a full set of features in a cost-effective design. The model offers Dolby Digital decoding, impressive audio specifications, and a full set of features including Pro Logic playback and several DSP modes.

Initially we were struck by the receiver's solid feel and clean design. Front-panel controls consist of the standards (volume, balance, mute, etc.) and two basic groupings: a row of buttons for selecting playback formats and input sources (any of X audio and Y video inputs) and a set of smaller buttons used for system setup. The AVR45 also includes an auxiliary set of audio/video inputs and a headphone jack. This front-panel simplicity results in intuitive use. The rear-panel design is also impressive, with clearly labeled jacks and binding posts for speaker connections.

We easily set up this receiver without using the owner's manual, as the sizable display informed us of any modifications we had just made or were about to make. The AVR45 is flexible enough to accommodate virtually any speaker layout, so the setup process consists of enabling or disabling each of the six speakers in your system. You can individually adjust the output level for each speaker and the delay times for both the Pro Logic and Dolby Digital modes. You can consult the manual for suggestions on delay settings based on your room layout.

In our tests, the AVR45 performed impressively in all playback modes, with crystal-clear highs and solid bass. The unit was especially good at handling material with extreme dynamics, thanks in part to its discrete amplifier circuitry and Harman's High Current Capability, which allows the AVR45 to deliver peak responses more accurately than receivers of comparable power. Channel separation was most apparent with the enveloping sound field of Dolby Digital sources, but the unit also delivered high-quality sound with analog inputs.

The AVR45's formats include Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby 3 Stereo (for users without surround speakers), and three DSP (digital signal processing) modes that add varying amounts of ambience to the input signal. DTS (Digital Theater Sound) decoding would be nice for use with DTS-encoded surround CDs and DVDs, but this feature is usually only found in higher-priced receivers. Switching between playback formats--as between analog and digital sources--can result in a noticeable shift in listening level, so you should conduct comparison listening at low volumes to prevent speaker damage.

Also, be aware that you cannot alter the delay times for the DSP modes. This is unfortunate because the preset delays are so extreme in their reverberation ("wetness") that they are unusable with most source material. Of course, you can disable the surround modes completely for the most accurate reproduction of conventional two-channel stereo recordings. Harman Kardonfurther increases the AVR45's flexibility by including 5.1-channel direct inputs for use with external surround decoders and, for those who plan on using additional amplification now orin the future, preamp outputs for all six channels.

The unit also features a backlit remote control designed to operate all the hardware in your home theater. Operating codes for most manufacturers are in the manual, and the remote is able to "learn" the codes for those not listed. The test model performed flawlessly with other components, although results may vary depending on your system.

Pros:

  • High-quality, wide-bandwidth sound
  • Has interfaces with external decoders for digital formats notprocessed internally
  • Remote control supports much equipment from other manufacturers

Cons:

  • No DTS decoding
  • Amount of reverberation in DSP modes limits their use
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Features

  • 30 AM/FM tuner presets
  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic decoding
  • 5.1-channel analog inputs
  • 65 watts per channel (stereo), 55 watts per channel (surround)
  • High current capacity

Reviews (10)

3-0 out of 5 stars What are you talking about?
My three year experience with the Harman Kardon AVR45 has been great. The AVR45 never gave me any problems. The stereo and surround features gave me a clean and powerful sound. No complaints from this AVR45 owner. I recently upgraded to a newer HK receiver with DTS.

1-0 out of 5 stars I would never buy this brand again
I got the amp, it was awesome.Then less then a month later it crapped out on me.The center channel, the rear and the sub-out none of then worked.I took it back to where I bought it, they charged me the shipping to get it repaired, they are crap too.A couple of weeks later I get it back, I was told there was nothing wrong with it, it must be your equipment.So I hooked my EQUIPMENT up to my Yahamma amp from 1990 and it all worked perfect.I also hooked up to another friends amp and it was fine on that.So I took it back again and of course they said there was nothing wrong.I left it for a couple of years, the getting married thing and stuff, then I called Harmon Kardon repairs in British Columbia, they told me they could repair it, at my cost.So now I have a this harmon kardon amp that has just my front channels, wonderful waste of money.... I looked at the other review of this item and it says basically the same thing... whatever you do, don't buy this product

1-0 out of 5 stars A Total Dud
I purchased this reciever about a year back, the rear speakers went on it in the first day of use.
I had it in for repair but gave up after more problems.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good Brand, bad reciever
HK makes good products...except this one.Look over the web and you will find many complaints about this reciever.I know, I own one.The amp overheats then the surround modes go away.For a while, only the bypass mode worked.Now, I have an expensive paper weight.Save you money and buy a different model.I have had good luck with other HK's, just not hte AVR45.

1-0 out of 5 stars HK = Hums Konstantly
I purchased my HK AVR45 in July.It sounded great except for the hum.Went through all of their suggestions, it was in the shop for almost two months waiting for parts.But the parts did no good.I worked with HKcustomer relations people and they were great.They are replacing my unitwith the brand new AVR500 model.Hopefully it will not hum.If you arehaving trouble with your unit contact them by phone or e-mail. ... Read more


66. Harman Kardon DVD50 5-Disc Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $649.00
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Asin: B000051SDU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 25907
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Designed to handle every popular digital audio and video format, HarmanKardon's DVD50 with progressive scan is an advanced and versatile five-disc DVDvideo changer. The DVD50 is the first DVD changer to include built-in MP3decoding from CD discs. The DVD50 can also play CD-Rs and CD-RWs as well asDVDs, standard audio CDs, and Video CD discs. With its built-in HDCD processing,the DVD50 delivers the ultimate in quality compact disc playback. Features suchas progressive-scan component-video outputs and 10-bit video digital-to-audioconversion, with 27 MHz filtering, provide unsurpassed video performance.

In addition to progressive-scan output, the DVD50 includes standard-scan-ratecomponent-video (Y/Pr/Pb), S-video, and composite-video outputs. A Wolfson 24-bit/192kHz audio digital-to-analog converter offers extraordinary resolution,sonic accuracy, and compatible playback of high-resolution 96/24 audio discs.The DVD50 is compatible with both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel discs andalso includes a built-in HDCD decoder that allows listeners to enjoy the fullsonic benefits of the improved resolution, dynamic range, and musical realismprovided by the HDCD format. Thanks to its precision digital filter, the HDCDdecoder also improves the sound quality of conventional non-HDCD-encoded CDs.The DVD50 includes coaxial and optical digital outputs, plus standard down-mixedanalog audio outputs, and a down-mixed stereo headphone output for privatelistening.

The DVD50 takes user convenience to a new level. Its comprehensive, easy-to-useonscreen menu system and full-function backlit remote control make initial setupand operation simple and intuitive. The player offers a wide variety of viewingoptions, such as multiple-aspect-ratio selection, multiple viewing angles, achoice of multiple-language soundtracks and subtitles, and still and motiondigital zoom.

The DVD50 also provides a number of picture search and scanning options, such asfour-speed Smooth Scan (2x, 4x, 8x, 100x), four-speed Super Fine Slow Motion(1/2x, 1/4x, 1/8x, and 1/16x), and frame-by-frame advance, along with a choiceof program-play and repeat-play options. Additional convenience functionsinclude MP3 Text and CD Text display, and a play-one/exchange-four disc-playbackfunction that allows users to exchange up to four DVD discs in the changer whilewatching a fifth disc without interruption.

Harman Kardon provides a one-year warranty on parts and labor on the DVD50. ... Read more

Features

  • 5-disc DVD changer
  • Progressive-scan output
  • HDCD and MP3 decoding
  • Coaxial and digital optical output
  • Wolfson 192 kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converter; free firmware upgrade now available--see FAQ for details

Reviews (9)

1-0 out of 5 stars Not a godd deal for the price
I decided to buy this equipment to have multiple CDs/DVDs and MP3. After a short time, I had to upgrade the BIOS to solve a problem and recently (after a year) it stop working. I live outside USA and there is no way to service this equipment. I do not recommend this brand in CD/DVD players. Maybe they are good in A/V equipments, but they failed on this player.

1-0 out of 5 stars HARMAN YOUR TECHNICAL SUPPORT DISAPPOINTED ME!!
I WAS USED THIS DVD `PLAYER FOR ABOUT 2MONTHS, THEN I COULD'NT READ MY MP3 CD, AFTER A WEEK EVEN MY MUSIC'S CD AND DVD'S WASN'T ABLE TO PLAY, I WROTE AN EMIAL TO HARMAN'S SUPPORT, THEY ANSWER ME AFTER 2 WEEKS!!, AND EACH EMAIL FORWARDED WAS ANSWERED AFTER 1 OR 2 WEEKS.

4-0 out of 5 stars amazing sound, annoying controls
I was looking for a high end CD player that would also play DVDs, and the MP3 feature sold me on this unit.

Having said that, the sound is great, and that was my primary concern/criteria for buying this unit. But, there are a couple of inconveniences that bother me about its day-to-day operation.

First of all, you have to load all cds into the machine from one position on the tray. Of course, this is not difficult, but its a pain when you're trying to cue up multiple discs for on the fly dj-ing...

Secondly, there is a pretty long gap btwn reading one disc and the next, so that you'll never get a smooth transition from one disc to the next...

The shuffle feature is pretty weak...you can choose btwn shuffling all tracks on one disc or all tracks on one disc at a time, or shuffling all discs where it plays 2 tracks at a time from each disc. I thought that was kind of subpar.

And finally, the controls associated with repeating discs are also weak. you can choose between one disc at a time, one disc over and over or all discs over and over, but not all discs once with a hard stop at the end of disc 5.

I listen to that clean, crisp sound, and that still puts a smile on my face.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Player with one exception...
I have owned this DVD player for several months now and have found only one flaw with the product. If a DVD or CD disk is not properly loaded into the carousel tray or if a disk should vibrate from its position in the carousel, the tray will become jammed and cannot be automatically or manually opened. Don't bother trying to take the cover off and fixing the unit yourself, because even after the dislodged disk is removed, the tray door will not automatically open when the button is pressed. The entire unit will have to be serviced, which isn't cheap. I understand that the trays are made in such a way to accommodate different formats, but this has led to the above problem. I guess you take the good with the bad. I do not recommend this unit if children will be operating the system, as it is too sensitive.

5-0 out of 5 stars HK Presses Their Seal Firmly Against This True Masterpiece
Harman Kardon has always represented itself with a certain philosophy in the way that sound should be delivered to the ear. Some feel that HK actually represents all that is good in the appreciation of reproduced music. I agree. Now, with the image quality of DVD, and particularly the progressive scan, they've confidently joined the video ranks - and, not suprizingly, they excel.

But you don't want to buy this just for its changer capabilities. The charm is in the compatibilty with multiple formats, like MP3. For instance, before Napster had it's wings clipped, I collected about 20 gigabytes of really high grade music from their site. With the HK, playing them back is a very pleasing experience. I feel for the first time that all that effort expended in download-time wasn't wasted.

Harman Kardon continues it's tradition in this highest expression of DVD players. Absolutely worth every penny! Audiophiles and movie buffs alike will not go unsatisfied here.

If you don't have the best sound system, you might wanna upgrade after buying this little jewel. You won't be dissatisfied. ... Read more


67. Harman Kardon AVR 525 Dolby Digital Receiver
list price: $999.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00007BKU2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 20156
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, and Logic 7 surround sound processing
  • Seven-channel, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier
  • Triple Crossover bass system
  • Multiple digital, analog, and wide-bandwidth component video inputs
  • Assignable rear-channel amplifiers

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Receiver
I just got mine from J&R Music World a few days ago. Great shipment - fast, double boxed, etc. It took awhile to set the new receiver up, as I had over 50 connections on the back of my previous receiver. I had upgraded from a Kenwood model and the difference is substantial. The sound quality, particularly in music, is substantially better. The number of settings you can tweak for each particular input is awesome. A true audiophile's dream. Right down to being able to set individual crossover points for EACH channel for EACH input! The on screen display/programming is great and makes setup much easier. I would highly recommend this receiver.

5-0 out of 5 stars This is the one!
If your looking for a receiver that has plenty of power and tons of features. Stop at this one and buy it now. I tried all kinds of receivers from the Onkyo, Denon, and the Sony, but this HK is head and shoulders above them all. The sound that this thing puts out is incredible, nice and rich and perfectly rounded out. The separation in movie soundtracks will blow you away, and the music end of the sound from this receiver is unparalled. If your worried about the low rating of power compared to others, don't fret, because this thing has "pure" power - it truly surppasses the Onkyo rated at 100 x 6. HK has perfected the high current power in these sereis models and you get no distortion at top end. You won't beleive your speakers could have ever sounded like that. As far as features and ease of use - even if you have a little knowledge of audio hook up, you'll have it done in no time. The remote let's you sit there and it will adjust everything automatcally for you. Don't let the price scare you, because you can find it for less - brand new! Just look around, I found it here at Amazon, thank you so much for letting me have it for so cheap! People don't waste your time with anything else, because HK has made this the ultimate machine. Just way too much to list and completely go over, just get it and you won't regret it! Also thank you JR music world for partnering up with Amazon for that price!

5-0 out of 5 stars Harmon Kardon AVR 525 a Bargain
I purchased the Harmon Kardon AVR 525 for a newly-remodeled medium-sized upstairs living area. To be honest, I didn't have great expectations of the AVR 525. We have a theater system made up of Parasound separates in our larger downstairs recreation room, and I felt like I was lowering myself to buy a mere receiver! I went with it mainly because it had seven powered channels that would fit it the limited space I had available for gear. However, I have been surprisingly pleased with the AVR 525.

Of note is the ease of operation of the AVR 525. I pretty much set up the entire system without referencing the operations manual; including experimenting with the triple cross-over bass management system (I'll talk about this later). About the only thing that I needed to use the manual for is programming the remote and using the AVR 525's EzSet feature to balance the speaker system. The AVR 525's learning remote is quite good. I was able to program it for my DVD player, CD player/recorder, S-VHS player, plasma monitor and satellite receiver without sacrificing any important features.

I matched the receiver with a Bose Accoustimass 15 Series III speaker system and two Definitive Pro-Sub 200 sub-woofers. I have to admit, I am extremely impressed with the AVR 525. Discrete theater modes sound astounding in both Dolby and DTS. Stereo modes and multi-channel emulations are clear and distinct.

I find the Logic 7 emulation particularly impressive for stereo programming. To the point where I hooked my Creek Audio MC Phono-stage amp and Music Hall MMF-7 turntable to the AVR 525, and have thoroughly enjoyed the last few weeks listening to vinyl recordings through seven channels. If you haven't done this, you have to give it a try!

A few comments on the AVR 525's triple cross-over bass management system. I found this to be a very useful feature. In fact, I achieved much better sound by getting rid of the Bose Accoustimass sub-woofer and using the triple-crossover bass management system for routing the bass through the Definitive Pro-Sub 200s. The ability to tune the bass management system for each of the emulation modes has been very useful, particularly for playback of vinyl recordings.

On the down side, the AVR 525 could use one more set of rear inputs. I maxed out the inputs with my current set-up. Fortunately, I have been able to connect my digital video camera through the 525's front inputs. The AVR 525 comes with two component-video inputs, one more would be nice. The unit runs quite hot. Given that the 525 is powering seventy watts through seven channels, this is not surprising. However, when setting up the AVR 525, ample ventilation space is required. All-in-all, these are minor points given the price-range of the unit.

What's quite amazing is that for around $650 the AVR 525 sounds pretty darned-near as good as my Parasound pre-pro and power amp system, which cost me over $5000. Granted, I am filling a much smaller room with sound. But watt-for-watt, the AVR 525 is a great sounding and full-featured receiver.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must buy for home theater audiophiles
This Harman Kardon a/v receiver is an excellent component to all avid home/audiophiles. It delivers great performance in all digital quality especially if you have the Harman Kardon HKTS 10 speakers or better. It has all the a/v input/output for all your home theater components from dvd, cdr, vcr, digital cable box, speakers, md players, and etc. The layouts of all the jacks behind this avr are all self explanatory and configured wisely. However, you need to be an audiophile in order to read and follow instructions from their manual. The company is based in Germany and these Germans assumed that when you buy their products, you are a true audiophile.

5-0 out of 5 stars Over the Top Excitment
This a great product..great sound, even though it lacks a THX decoding it makes up for it with the 7.1 channel surround.
The ports are neatfully separated for easy use, which is a plus.
The only problem is with the hard to manuever remote and OSD (on screen display)...it takes a good hour or two for setup but it is well worth it. One of the other great aspects of this receiver is the fact that it can decode music into DTS NEO 6---which is just as astounding a decoder as HDCD. ... Read more


68. Harman Kardon AVR 100 Dolby Digital Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $499.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000300E1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 39830
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

If you're in the market for a terrific-sounding AV receiver and require only the most basic features for home theater operation, Harman Kardon's entry-level AVR 100 struts its stuff with stellar build quality and crystalline sound.

The AVR 100 benefits from many of the same qualities that make the Harman Kardon receiver lineup one of the best we've seen. For example, while it's rated at just 40 watts per channel (wpc) in surround mode (50 wpc in stereo), the AVR 100's High Current Capability (HCC) amplifier sounds as dynamic and effortless as many 150-wpc amps we know.

In testing, the AVR 100 drove a variety of speakers to nearly skull-shattering levels with both CDs and our favorite blockbuster DVDs. Most people regard wattage as all-important in determining amplifier prowess. But Harman's products testify to the greater significance of high current, rather than high power.

Because the AVR 100 comes equipped with both Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital surround decoding, you'll be able to enjoy your DVDs and surround-encoded VHS tapes at their very best. In addition, the AVR 100 comes with 5.1-channel direct inputs, which means that it will be fully capable of amplifying decoded DTS surround sound (from a DTS-decoding DVD player) or future surround formats as they become available.

Another important characteristic the AVR 100 shares with higher priced Harman receivers is its lifelike sound. Our favorite CDs sounded full, rich, and natural. Like all inherently neutral-sounding components, the AVR 100 conveys a sense, it seems, of the space in which the recordings were made. Dynamics are explosively fast and delivered with force. High frequencies sound smooth yet detailed, and the bottom end is tuneful (rather than monotonous), with a nice punch to it.

Although we wish the AVR 100 had S-video switching and DTS decoding, it really wasn't designed for the hard-core videophile. Instead, the AVR-100 is for those of us who love music and movies, want them to sound their best, and yet like to keep our systems simple. To that end, it succeeds beautifully. --Wayne Garcia

Pros:

  • Superb sound
  • Excellent build quality
  • Ready for future formats

Cons:

  • No S-video switching
  • No DTS decoding
  • Remote not fully illuminated
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Features

  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic decoding
  • 40 watts per channel x 5
  • Ultrawide Bandwidth amplifier with High Current Capability
  • 5.1-channel analog inputs
  • Programmable remote control

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars No S-Video means No Digital Video
I don't own this, but I read the specs. Anyway, with no S-Video, you won't get the best results possible from DVDs, but keep in mind that if your TV is more than 3 years old, you probably couldn't use it anyway. Look for a black input with 6 holes right near to your A/V inputs. If it's there, you DON'T want this reciever. You might also want to count your sources. If you have more than 3 (count your TV, VCR, DVD, MD, Tape, Satellite, etc.) you can't use this.

4-0 out of 5 stars a flexible, easy to configure system
I have every component plugged into this thing, dvd, cd, tape, tv, vcr. i like how it automatically switches the output to the tv based on the component you select. digital connections allow me to use coax, or optical for dvd, giving a very crisp picture and sound. one issue that i've found is that if you turn it on to DVD mode, then turn on your dvd player and start a dvd, it will not play through the system. if you turn the dvd player on first, then the HK, everything works ok. (may be specific to the COAX connection). the system has two coax inputs for multiple types of components. the front of the system is vintage HK. very slick look, not too many buttons, very crisp and clear LEDs. as with many of the other reviews, i agree that you will probably never turn the volume knob up past half way...it pumps out a lot of power to multi-speaker systems.

4-0 out of 5 stars Lacking features
Beware that the AVR 100, while excellent at audio processing, lacks a Phono input (for those who still care), and lacks the ability to record one thing to VCR while watching another. Both of these features were removed when H/K moved from the 5 series to the hundred series. It also lacks S-video inputs/outputs.

5-0 out of 5 stars WPC means nothing here
I have to admit that the Watts per Channel had me worried when the salesman was showing me receivers, until I listened to the sound. I also have a Harmon Kardon CD player and they are connected with a Fiber Optic line. The clarity and lack of distortion at all volume levels is incredible with this receiver. I have speakers rated at 150 watts and to tell you the truth, I would never turn this receiver up over 50%. I live in an apartment and it feels like the walls are caving in at that level. To me the most important thing with a receiver is how it sounds at more moderate levels. If you live in an apartment, that is how you will listen to it 90% of the time. The clarity is exceptional at low to moderate volume levels. You will not find a receiver that will deliver such a clean sound at this price. Most receivers at this price level WOW people with bells and whistles and high wpc ratings, and then they deliver junk. Buy this and save some money for speakers that will allow you to enjoy nice clear sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars excelent entry level dolby digital receiver!
not as many bells and whistles compared to other common similary priced receivers. you could get dolby digital,dts, and 400 to 500 watts of power,and lots of useless soundfields but what you won't get is clean, effortless,dynamic sound. while it's rated at only 40wpc it blows away any bargain priced receiver no matter how many watts it's pushing.thats because along with those 40 watts it carries 30 amperes of current! it has it's limitations but trust me it will drive your system to theater levels with ease! plus it has 6 channel direct inputs for future formats like dts or dolby digital ex. i think you would be crazy to buy a sony or pioneer at this price! we all strive for the latest and greatest sound money can buy and with avr100 you will find it! :) ... Read more


69. Harman Kardon HK3270 Stereo Receiver
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00000JFFR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 47207
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

High-performance receiver for stereo enjoyment of music and movies. ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great simple receiver that delivers great sound
I've tried few japanese brands before I ended up with the Harman Kardon's HK3270 Receiver. At first, I thought 35Watts/Channel was too little, but these are real 35 Watts RMS, not High power Watts like advertised by japanese brands. It is as much if not more powerful than any 100W Jap amplifier on the market. I've tried it with 4 Cerwin vega! speakers, and even at max volume, it is still precise with no distortion (Very noisy though!!). The sound is great, the interface is extremely simple (Volume, balance, Bass, Treble and source, That's all!) No gadgets to boost you bass or to alter your sound. It's just plain simple but very efficient with lots of output power. The only problem is the tuner (It doesn't work very well! you need a big antenna or a cable connection if you want to use it.). So, if you're not looking for gadgets but only for great sound , This receiver is for you! ... Read more


70. Harman Kardon DC520 Dual Cassette Deck
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00000JD4D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 22562
Average Customer Review: 1.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

A cassette deck may not top your current list of hot components to try out, but this HK dual-well deck is a sizzler. We loved the DC520's design, operation, sound, and looks--nothing gets in the way of recording and enjoying good music here.

Setup and the realization of the deck's many functions were both instantaneous--a quick review of the DC520's attractive front panel is all you need (there's no remote, after all). The two-color display shows deck status, record mode, tape direction, and tape counters. A small balance knob governs a large input-level adjuster, a two-position switch manages the auto-reverse feature, and a Dolby NR (noise reduction) setting lets you select Dolby B, C, or "off."

Other functions include high-speed dubbing, record mute (which inserts a four-second pause during recording), and a sexy feature called Sync Reverse, which uses auto-reverse to intelligently manage tape copying with tapes of unequal length. If the playback tape is longer, the tape being recorded will end up missing the ends of each side. If the record tape is longer, the DC520 will wait until the record tape winds to the end of its first side before starting in on the second side of the playback cassette.

The DC520's most salient feature has to be its sound, and at a time when CD and minidisc are coupling to inch the poor old cassette off the playing field, that's saying a lot! The fact is, though, we all have boxes of old tapes lying around that we just can't bear to part with, and the DC520 made it fun to dig them out and give 'em another pull across the tape heads. Tapes that were 15 years old--rife with dropouts and fading signals--came to life again in the wells of this deck. The DC520 brings a stability and warble-free confidence to the playback that other cassette decks (to say nothing of boomboxes) can't seem to muster.

The recordings we made sounded clean and punchy, much like their digital sources. Dolby HX Pro reportedly allows the deck to accurately record distortion-free treble frequencies at high input levels. Owing it to HX Pro or not, the DC520 performed very well under duress; distortion was not apparent even when levels were pushing the +6 dB maximum on the meter.

In recording, the pause button works great, letting you pause and resume on a dime for quick transitions on mixed tapes. But while the pause button makes perfectly silent transitions, stopping a recording leaves a sizeable click on the tape. So if it's between hitting Stop and letting the tape run to its end, choose the latter. (There is no click when pressing Record.)

Noise reduction was hit and miss. Dolby C effectively reduces tape hiss, but the sound quality is not as pleasing as it is with Dolby B or, best of all, Dolby off. If you're taping busy music like pop, rock, or much jazz, don't bother with the Dolby--you'll never notice the tape hiss. Dolby C comes in handy, however, with classical music or other dynamic material, keeping quiet notes from being buried under tape hiss.

Scant few component cassette decks include volume controls for their headphone jacks, and the DC520 follows the herd here--as if tapes were inherently recorded at the level at which you want to listen to them!

Quibbles aside, the DC520 is a remarkable cassette deck, offering optimal recording and playback of a convenient little format that refuses to die. --Michael Mikesell

Pros:

  • Simple setup and operation
  • Great sound
  • Responsive, full-logic controls
  • Forgiving record levels
  • Durable construction

Cons:

  • No remote control
  • Records a click when you hit Stop
  • No volume control for headphone jack
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Features

  • Dual-well deck
  • Dual auto-reverse
  • Sync Reverse
  • Dolby HX Pro
  • Peak-level meter

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your money...
Like the two preceding reviewers, I had much higher expectations for this product. My previous home stereo was a Harman/Kardon, so when I decided to upgrade I sold my old system & got the HK 3370 stereo receiver (*****), FL 8380 CD changer (***), CDR 20 CD record/play deck (haven't yet thoroughly tested it out), and this cassette deck. What a disappointment. My previous HK dual cassette deck, the DC 5300, was a solid, high-quality component. (Now I'm kicking myself for selling it). But when I pulled this lightweight article out of the box and started pushing the clunky front-panel controls, I knew I'd been had. Then I put in one of my home compilation tapes (recorded on high-bias tape with Dolby C on my old DC 5300), looked at the 'cheesy' numeric display (the DC 5300 gave tape times in minutes and seconds whereas this unit gives only numerically useless 'tape counters') and heard the low muffled fidelity, and my heart sank. I tried switching the Dolby to B and 'Off' for playback, to no avail. Harman/Kardon's receivers are topnotch, and their products in general have a deservedly high reputation. But if they're not going to market a better cassette deck than this one (it's their only model tape deck), they ought not bother even addressing the dwindling demand for cassette machines among audiophiles, and leave the manufacturing of cassette decks to mass-market companies like Sony or high-end specialists such as Marantz. Cassettes are going the way of the 8-track tape, anyways, so returning this unit to amazon.com for a refund was not a difficult decision. I think if I want to continue to listen to my cassettes I'll just buy a good Walkman. (...)

2-0 out of 5 stars H/K Cassette Deck sub-par
My first cassette deck was a JVC TDW-354. It broke about once every three months for three years, so I took it back to Best Buy and got this deck. Being a Harmon Kardon I expected great things from it. Wrong. No mic input, no song search, no headphone volume control, no Dolby S, clunky mechanisms and buttons, and a cheesy display. The deck has decent sound when used with dolby B, but using C noise reductions brings about excessively recessed mid to treble response. Seriously, I preferred the sound of my JVC, which was $150 less, and it had more features. CD to tape recording on metal tape was ok, but the deck picked up a hum from somewhere, which was extremely annoying. That may not be the deck's fault though. On the bright side, it is nicely styled, and impresses some of my friends. Thank God I only paid $50 for it (because of in-store credit and a scratch on the top). Any more and I would've felt ripped off. Still, it has been very reliable, but I hope H/K learns something from this.

1-0 out of 5 stars HK DC520 Dual Cassette not up to Harmon Kardon reputation
I had the HK DC520 in my home for about a week. I am predisposed to like Harmon Kardon products, having owned them for many years. I was disappointed with the performance of this tape deck. Playback varied greatly from tape well to tape well, and with the direction the tape was rolling. The unit was very sensitive to slight problems with my older tapes (made on a Harmon Kardon unit). Sound quality on tapes made on this unit was poor, especially when using Dolby C. I had expected more because of the name plate, but these shortcomings are typical of auto-reverse units. I have since picked up a Sony single-well non-auto-reversing deck (for less money) and am thrilled with the sound and the way it handles my old tapes. It features Dolby S in addition to B and C and sounds great no matter what you choose. It even has an automatic bias calibration that lets you optimize performance from individual tapes. ... Read more


71. Harman Kardon FL8550 5-CD Changer
list price: $549.00
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Asin: B00000JCU9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 93038
Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With its five-disc capacity, Harman Kardon's FL8550 CD changer doesn't exactly push the limits in terms of the quantity of discs it can play. But Harman Kardon has opted for quality over quantity and it's the FL8550's build quality and audio performance that puts this unit onto a short list of stellar CD players under $1,000 (single or multidisc).

The FL8550 offers features such as 32-track, cross-disc programming and Random Play alongside flashier extras such as Play/Exchange, which allows you to open the tray to switch four discs while the fifth is playing. All features are readily accessible through the well-designed remote control.

Chief among the FL8550's virtues is its sound. The FL8550 uses High-Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD), which is an encode/decode system developed by Pacific Microsonics to identify and correct "artifacts" in the digital-to-analog and analog-to-digital conversion processes. HDCD-encoded CDs will play on all CD players, but when played on an HDCD-equipped player, such as Harmon Kardon's FL8550, these discs produce audibly superior clarity and depth. Furthermore, the HDCD processing is supposed to enhance the sound of standard CDs, and the FL8550 proves that this is true.

In our tests, the FL8550's sound was dynamic, natural, and astonishingly clear. While a coaxial output allows the FL8550 to feed an external digital-to-analog converter, the player sounded great through the standard RCA analog outs, despite the cheap connection cable supplied with it. If you plan on using the digital output, you'll need an HDCD-decoding external converter to appreciate HDCD discs.

The FL8550 can be linked to other Harmon Kardon equipment through a supplied remote connector. For elegant simplicity in both operation and appearance, it's hard to beat the FL8550.

Pros:

  • Great sound
  • Solid build
  • Ergonomic design

Cons:

  • Low-grade analog connection cable
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Features

  • Coaxial digital output
  • Decoding of High Definition Compatible Digital (HDCD) discs
  • Superior reproduction of standard CDs
  • Full-function five-disc CD changer
  • Play/exchange capable

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid this player if you like classical music
If you like to listen to CDs where there is no break in the music between 2 tracks, avoid this player! I like to listen to classical music, and often I will program only a few tracks, e.g., to listen to one symphony on a CD with multiple works. The way it is designed, there is a break when switching tracks, so if you're listening to a movement that spans several tracks, you get a "skip"!

If I'm listening to an entire CD, it doesn't happen, but it's horrible if you're listening to part of it.

I've talked to the company, and it was hard to even explain the problem to them - I guess no one there listens to classical music (or other albums with continuous music) anymore. Their only suggestion, after weeks of discussion, was to take it to a repair shop. Given what I've read elsewhere, I suspect I've stumbled across a design defect, not something that can be fixed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sound plus can read HDCD !!
Older versions had a recall which H/K fixed free of charge.Mine was one of them.But since then it was worked great ! It looks sophisticated, it sounds amazing.The ability to read HDCD encoded discs and the digital output are big pluses. The only minus I give it is that motor is a bit louder than it should be when switching cds.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst CD Player I ever had
Can not agree more with the previous reviwer. My player got malfunction in less than one year. Worse, it swallowed my five CDs. I don't know how to get them out:-(. This product boasts its elf having excellent sound quality. I don't think sound query is important here if it can not even play CDs.

1-0 out of 5 stars It's too bad Zero Stars isn't an option
This CD changer has made me want to never by any product by Harman Kardon or it's parent JBL EVER!Mine suffered a malfunction after less than a year of use that would cost me more to repair than to simply replace.That is inexcusable in my opinion.I saw a response by a Harman Kardon rep before on this site saying that if the CD player was made after a certain date then the problem wouldn't show up.Mine was made before this date.Question, why was it still on a retailer's shelf?Why wasn't a recall done?That would have saved me a lot of time, trouble, and money.I would have had it serviced under the warrenty but I mail ordered it from the States while I was in Japan.However, I feel it's ridiculous to have to have such major repairs made to a CD changer after less than 1 year.Denon DCM-370 here I come.It's a cheaper, 5-disc changer, with HDCD, and can't possibly be any less reliable!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product, Even at Higher Price
I read the above reviews before buying the product.The only one I agree with is that the product is a little noisy when changine CD's, but it really isn't a major issue.I have had no problem with getting the playerto work as it was meant to.

The sound, clarity, HDCD and tracking aregreat. ... Read more


72. Harman Kardon Signature Series 2.1 Multichannel Amplifier
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0000300CS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 49537
Average Customer Review: 4.5 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 2.1 multichannel amplifier and Signature Series 2.0 surround processor/tuner (sold separately) offers superior sound, sophisticated ergonomics, and outstanding build quality.

Manufacturers often slant their power specifications to make a given product appear more powerful than it is. Harman Kardon, however, doesn't need to fudge its specs for this dynamic, well-behaved, and (for its quality) reasonably priced five-channel amplifier. Some amplifiers actually decrease their power output when driving lower-impedance speakers; the Signature Series 2.1 gives you an honest 100 watts per channel (wpc) into 8-ohm speakers and 150 watts with 4-ohm models across the full audible bandwidth, with less than 0.03 percent total harmonic distortion when all channels are driven.

Keep in mind that speakers are rated at "nominal" impedances for the resistance they offer--the impedance of most speakers will vary widely at different frequencies and can dip down well below 4 ohms at certain frequencies. An amp that can't deliver its rated power at those frequencies, whatever they may be, will not sound as good or as powerful as one that can. The Signature 2.1 delivers more power at low impedances, not less. That means it has a beefy (and expensive) power supply.

Regardless of your speakers, you aren't likely to be driving all five channels hard, even during the most taxing Dolby Digital or DTS 5.1-channel movies. However, it's good to know that full power is available simultaneously at all locations if you need it. If your listening includes DTS 5.1-channel music CDs (or if you're planning to get into DVD-audio), you'll appreciate the power even more. Plus, when you're listening in two-channel stereo mode, you'll have plenty of sonic leeway.

The absence of a (usually noisy) cooling fan in the Signature Series 2.1 further exemplifies the great care that Harman Kardon has put into its design. Only careful parts selection and layout could allow this unit to properly dissipate heat without a fan.

But forget the technical mumbo jumbo: this is a fine-sounding amplifier at what is actually a very reasonable price: less than $300 per 100-watt channel. The overall sound of the Signature 2.1 is neutral, with slightly dry (or deaccentuated) mid and high frequencies and well-controlled bass.

Some amplifiers sound harmonically rich, or luscious, but at the expense of transient speed and detail (as you'd need in reproducing a drummer's dynamic rim shot). Other amplifiers sound "fast" but overly dry, lean, and analytical. The 2.1 tends toward this latter group relative to other equipment in its price range but still renders movies and music with enough texture to sound full and satisfying. Harman's high-current design produces a punchy, dynamic overall sound, which is perfect for home theater applications.

As is often the case with matching components, the 2.1's sound perfectly complements the smooth and liquid sound of the Signature Series 2.0 preamplifier/processor. 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 one or the other as an add-on to your existing system, either works great with many other brands of preamp/processor or amplifier.

Be sure to provide adequate ventilation for this high-power amplifier and plug it directly in the wall or amplifier socket on your power-line conditioner of choice. You should not use any extension cords. With enough breathing room, the 2.1 should keep your home theater happy for many years to come.

Pros:

  • High-power, high-current, low-feedback design
  • Clean, punchy sound
  • No noisy cooling fan
  • High build quality
  • Auto-turn-on trigger when used with Harman Kardon preamp/processor

Cons:

  • Large chassis requires even larger space for good ventilation
  • Slightly dry top end (high frequencies)
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Features

  • 100 watts per channel x 5
  • High current, ultrawide-bandwidth design
  • Low negative feedback and low harmonic distortion
  • Auto turn-on triggered from HK Signature 2.0 preamplifier/surround processor
  • Fanless cooling design

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Killer Amp -- all five of 'em
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 (cranked to the max) loads, and shut the unit off.

Specs:

The amp has 5 X 100 watts per channel for home theater applications. Frequency response is <1Hz - 170kHz, +0dB/-2dB with ±100 Amps of current. Total Harmonic Distortion is rated at <0.03% at rated output.

IMPRESSIONS:

I did an a/b comparison between my AVR500 and the signature 2.1 amp. The AVR500 has some of the best amps available in an home theater receiver. The 2.1 amp is made by Madrigal, the division of Harman International which makes Mark Levinson and other ultra high end products, so, I expected some improvement over the 500. I plugged the preamp outs on my AVR500 to the Sig 2.1 using some midgrade RCA cables. To my surprise, the 2.1 is a real improvement. It is fast, detailed, articulate, controlled and powerful. The soundstage is very, very good. The balance is excellent, with a slight low midbass prominence.

What this means is that my speakers found bass I thought they lost to room accoustics or maybe never had. I put on the Fleetwood Mack DVD "The Dance." The grit at the edge Stevie Nicks' voice showed up along with the air over the mike. I put on Guennevere from the Crosby Stills and Nash 4 CD compilation. You could hear the flutter of the bass string along with the note. I always though my speakers were a bit analytical, but they found a warmth in the vocal harmonies I didn't think they had. Yes! (Keys to Ascention DVD) - Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Royal Albert Hall DVD) -- George Benson (DVD Audio) - The Doors (LA Woman DVD Audio) - Horowitz in Moscow (CD) - Cheryl Crow (CD). They all sounded better.

I subsequently bought a Carver M500t amplifier and a Harman Kardon Citation 22. Both are 2 channel low end audiophile quality amps with 200 watts per channel. To my ears, the 22 is better, but not by much, and I could not give you a reason for this impression. The Carver aparently was designed for a "tube" sound, and sounded soft and colored in comparison. The Carver was swiftly sold on e-bay.

Life is good.

Strengths:
Lots of amps. Warm, open sound. Lots of value for the money if you can find one. Made in the USA!

Weaknesses:
I had some problems with one channel of the the amplifier working only intermittently and had to take it back to HK several times. Made in the USA! They couldn't fix it, and eventually replaced it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Amp with Atl. Tech. THX select
This seems like a really nicely built amp. I bought a demo model for under $500 which makes is a real bargain. It runs warm but not hot to the touch. It sounds very dynamic and clean, I can't detect any kind of coloration from the amp. If anything it's too transparent because it will make bad sources sound as they are: bad. I haven't tried it with any big speakers to see how well the bottom end hits, but the top end seems real good. Very dynamic for movies with my Atlantic Tech. System 270 THX Select speakers. The retail prices are a bit high, for $1200 I'd probably prefer other amps such at Outlaw's Model 750 for $1099 or others from Parasound, B&K or Rotel. But if you can find a decent price on this amp it is a high quality product. It could easily meet THX Ultra specs for power and performance. ... Read more


73. Harman Kardon AVR 220 Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $549.00
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Asin: B00005Q5WY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 60194
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • High Current amplifier design
  • S-Video inputs and outputs
  • EzSet remote
  • OSD onscreen display
  • 5.1 Logic 7

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome sound, lots of ins and outs, no component video
I've had this receiver for about 3 months now, and I LOVE it.

Cool things about the AVR 220 relative to others I researched are:
1. "EzSet": When setting up a home theatre, it's critical that you independently adjust the volume of each of the 5 speakers (left, center, right, rear left, rear right) so that the sound that arrives at your customary listening position is balanced. To balance most systems you need to make manual adjustments and rely on your ear, or go out and purchase a sound level meter, to determine when you have it right. Major Pain. The AVR 220 has "EzSet": You set the receiver to a main volume level of -15DB, hold down a button on the remote for 2 seconds, and it enters auto setup mode. A test signal is sent to each speaker independently, and the remote detects the level using its built-in sound meter and automatically sends the appropriate adjustments. Voila - instant, near perfect balance. WAY COOL!

2. Full use of all speakers: Many of the cheaper home theater receivers only use the center and surround speakers when processing a true 5.1 input, e.g. from a DVD video. When processing traditional stereo inputs, e.g. from CDs/TV/VCR, they use just use the two front speakers. The AVR 220 can drive all 5(.1) speakers from any input source in a variety of ways. My favorite for CDs is Dolby Pro Logic II Music. When listening to a trumpet concerto, it puts the trumpets front and center and the strings off to the sides! Amazing!

3. Default surround modes by input source: You can set the AVR 220 to automatically switch to, say, Pro Logic II Music whenever you switch to your CD player, and Pro Logic II Movie when you switch to your VCR. This saves much button pressing.

4. Lots of ins (7 + 6-channel) and outs (2 + TV): I have everything I want connected, and I still have 3 extra ins. About the only feature missing from the 220 is component video ins and outs - it only has composite and S-video. But component video would've added another $100+ to my price, and I didn't want it that badly at the time.

5. 6-channel input: This is the major difference between the AVR 220 and the 210. It allows you to add new surround technology to your system without scrapping your receiver. In particular, once I discovered the joy of surround sound, I purchased a DVD player that supports the new(ish) DVD Audio format. Since the DVD player determines what signal goes to what speaker for DVD Audio, you need a way to just "pass thru" the signals. That's what 6-channel input is for.

6. Great on-board decoding, including DTS: Since I have 6-channel in, I can compare the Dolby decoding on the DVD player to that on the receiver. The receiver's decoding always sounds better. [BTW, DTS (Digital Theater Sound) rocks! I seek out DVDs that have a DTS soundtrack.]

Notes:
1. Plan to dedicate some room to the receiver. It stands 7" high, and needs another 2-3" above it, 'cause it runs hot.

2. For those of you who evaluate a sound system by wattage, get over it. This receiver is rated at only 45-55 watts per channel. Nevertheless, it can fill my 15'x25'x12' main room with painfully loud sound.

3. The instructions read like, well, stereo instructions. It will take time to figure out how to get maximum benefit from the receiver. But it's worth the effort.

This is a fabulous receiver. I'm delighted, and I'd recommend it to anyone. ... Read more


74. Harman Kardon Digital Ready Receiver
list price: $449.00
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Asin: B00000JCTM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
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75. Harman Kardon AVR 300 Dolby Digital/DTS Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $699.00
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Asin: B0000300EC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 41420
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

The AVR 300 is Harman Kardon's most affordable full-featured receiver--it combines Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, and DTS surround decoding and provides S-video switching, a full complement of preamp outputs, and 5.1-channel direct inputs. But there's more than features here: the AVR 300 exhibits Harman Kardon's unswerving attention to sonic accuracy and detail.

Because of its sophistication, the AVR 300 does require some effort to set up. Thankfully, Harman Kardon's owner manuals are among the most clearly written and illustrated that we've seen. Additionally, the AVR 300's intuitive onscreen display and uncluttered, programmable remote control speed the setup considerably. Our only wish is that the universal remote was fully illuminated; the only the buttons that glow are the ones you're commanding at the moment.

The AVR 300's performance, however, is outstanding. Stereo recordings sound full and natural. This receiver offers a terrific sense of air with pinpoint placement of sonic images in the stereo sound field. Dynamics are well above average, thanks to Harman's High-Current Capability. High frequencies are silky smooth and the bass scores points for both definition and wallop.

Surround sources, whether Dolby Digital or DTS, are equally satisfying, enveloping you in a wide and seamless sonic environment that makes great surround-mixed music and movies much more compelling.

And if you've any reservations about the seemingly low 50-watt-per-channel power rating, surrender them now--the AVR 300's high-quality amplifier has power to spare, even with demanding source material.

It's very simple: if you want one of the best sounding, most generously endowed receivers on the market and are willing to pay just a bit more than the average, then Harman Kardon's AVR 300 must be in the running; the returns on your investment will be anything but average.

Pros:

  • Superb sound quality
  • Excellent build quality
  • Loaded with features
  • Great value

Cons:

  • Remote is not fully illuminated
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Features

  • Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, and DTS decoding
  • 50 watts per channel x 5
  • Ultrawide bandwidth amplifier with high-current capability
  • 5.1-channel analog inputs
  • S-video switching

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars High Quality and Versitile
I've had this unit for several months now and I love it. In comparing it with other models having the same features, I believe the slightly higher price is justifiable. There are plenty of audio inputs for the average user, and each channel (all 6) has a line-level output. Compared to other brands which only provide Center and Sub, or just Subwoofer line outs, this is a nice touch. The sound quality is excellent, even through lower-end speakers, and there's power to spare.

The multi-room feature may seem unneeded, but it's nice to have. You can send a line-level signal to another amp, and listent to the same thing in separate rooms. You can also have the HK send a different signal to the second room than you're currently listening to on the main channels. It would be nice to have more video switching inputs, since I have used them all at this point. I think the next model up (AVR500) has at least one more video option.

I've only had one problem with my AVR300, and that's heat. I had mine in a glass-front cabinet along with my other equipment, including a DVD palyer and computer. After enough time with everything running, the amp would cut out on one or more channels. I eventually removed the glass door, and haven't had any problems since.

4-0 out of 5 stars Haemon Kardon's AVR-300
The AVR 300 Combines Both Dolby Digital And DTS Processing With A Powerful High-Current Capability, Ultrawide Bandwidth Amplifier To Carry The Harman Kardon Heritage Forward Into The Digital Era. With Sophisticated Features Such As S-Video Switching, On-Screen Displays And Multiroom Control, The AVR 300 Provides An Exceptional Combination Of Performance And Convenience In An Affordable Package... Specifications...Amplifier Section...Stereo Mode Continuous Average Power (FTC) per channel: 60 watts per channel @ <0.07% THD, 20Hz - 20kHz, both channels driven into 8 ohms...Surround Modes Continuous Average Power (FTC) per channel 50 watts per channel @ <0.07% THD, 20Hz - 20kHz, all channels driven into 8 ohms...High Instantaneous Current Capability (HCC): ± 35 amps...Input Sensitivity/Impedance Linear (High Level): 250mV/47k ohms...Signal-to-Noise Ratio (IHF-A): 95dB...Surround System Adjacent Channel Separation - Pro Logic® Decoding: 40d,B Dolby Digital (AC-3): 55dB, DTS Mode: 55dB...Frequency Response at 1W (+0dB, -3dB): 10Hz - 100kHz...Transient Intermodulation Distortion (TIM): Not Measurable...Rise Time: 16µsec...Slew Rate: 40V/µsec...FM Tuner Section...Frequency Range: 87.5 - 108MHz...Usable Sensitivity: IHF 1.3µV/13.2dBf...Signal-to-Noise Ratio, Mono (measured at 1mV RF Input Level): 70dB... Signal-to-Noise Ratio, Stereo (measured at 1mV RF Input Level): 68dB...Distortion Mono/Stereo: 0.3%/0.3%...Stereo Separation: 40dB @ 1kHz... Selectivity: ± 400kHz, 65dB...Image Rejection: 80dB...IF Rejection: 90dB...Tuner Output Level: 1kHz, ±75kHz Dev 500mV...AM Tuner Section...Frequency Range: 520 - 1710kHz... Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 45dB...Usable Sensitivity: Loop 500µ...V/M Distortion:1kHz, 50%...Mod 0.8%...Selectivity:± 10kHz,30dB...Video Section...Television Format: NTSC...Input Level/Impedance: 1Vp-p/75ohms...Output Level/Impedance: 1Vp-p/75ohms...Video Frequency Response: 10Hz to 8MHz (-3dB)...General...Power Requirement: 120V AC/60Hz...Power Consumption (2 channels driven): 72W idle, 694W maximum...Dimensions...Width 17-5/16"...Height 6-1/2"...Depth 17-1/8"...Weight 31 lbs...Depth measurement includes knobs, buttons and terminal connections. Height measurement includes feet and chassis... All In All, This Receiver Is Really A Good Choice For The Entry Level Home Theatre Nut, But For Some, The Amp Could Stand To Have More Power (Even With The High Current)...

5-0 out of 5 stars Once in a lifetime purchase
For me, this is one of those well spent "Once in a lifetime" Purchases. The unit does everything I ever wanted an A/V system to do, plus much more. EXAMPLE: With it's on-screen display system, I can delay the sound output of any specific speaker to the nano-second so that every speaker delivers sound to my ears at the exact same time. It's spectral range goes below and above what the human ear can detect and is incredibly sharp on both ends, thanks to the reserve amps. From the rumble of a 747 take-off, to the high-pitched chirp of a bird in a surround speaker. Add to this no audible hiss or distortion at all, even at peak volumes. This unit also actually switches all of your Audio AND video feeds together with either coax, s-video, digital, or fiber cable inputs and outputs. This feature truly eliminates multiple remote controls for ALL of your other A/V components. After all of this techno-babble, the instructions were very clear and the unit was fairly easy to set up. It did take me a few hours, but the time spent was well worth it. This unit was built with top notch quality. You will probably never have to (or want to) purchase another reciever.

5-0 out of 5 stars UNBELIEVABLE SOUND FOR AN UNBELIEVABLE PRICE!
HMM.... SHOULD I GET THE HARMAN KARDON AVR300? , OR PAY LESS AND BUY THE SONY 935? . I ASKED MY SELF THAT SAME QUESTION, AFTER STUDYING BOTH OF THESE UNITS, LEARNING THAT THE HK300, HAS 40 AMPS X 5, AND THE SONY IS ONLY 8 AMPS, PLUS, THE ULTRA WIDE BANDWIDTH, PLUS THE 6 DISCRETE CHANNELS. AFTER MY STUDIES, I FIGURED A PAYING MORE FOR A RECIEVER THAT CAN POWER A DANCE CLUB WAS TOTALLY WORTH MY CASH. ... Read more


76. Harman Kardon Signature 3.0 DVD Player
list price: $1,999.99
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Asin: B0000300DN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Harman Kardon Signature 3.0 DVD player, with its extensive audio andvideo capabilities, is in step with today's digital revolution. Component-videooutputs (RGB or Y/Pr/Pb), 10-bit video digital audio converters, 96kHz/24-bitaudio capability, Dolby Digital/DTS processing, and HDCD decoding offeroutstanding playback of your favorite DVD/CDs. All video decoding and processingis physically separated from audio circuitry to minimize video artifacts.

Theinternal flash memory is upgradeable for future hardware, software, and formatenhancements. It also stores your preferences for thousands of discs, enablingyou to program any disc, specific surround modes, aspect ratios, and audiotracks. The Velvet Glide drive assembly ensures quality playback. The mechanismincorporates aluminum strengthening rods on both sides of the disc platter thatprovide added stabilization and minimize vibration.

Convenient featuresinclude a two-line front panel display, advanced programming/playback functions,and your choice of RS-232 and RS-485 control ports, which allow you toincorporate the player into virtually any entertainment system. A backlit remotecontrol is included.

The one-year warranty covers parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • 96 kHz, 24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • 10-bit video digital-to-analog converter
  • HDCD decoding
  • Component-video outputs
  • RS-232 interface

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars awesome dvd
there is no dvd like the signature 3.0,one of best high end component.

3-0 out of 5 stars DVD is a Fad [chuckle]
I agree with the first reviewer.. This DVD thing is a Fad [chuckle]. Got my DVD player early on, hooked it up through the SVHS port on my TV and connected my Dolby Pro Logic (ahh.. the old days) Receiver to it. It was awesome then (first reviewer obviously hooked his up wrong) and it is crazy awesome now with DTS/Dolby Digital via Optical Digital Inputs and Component Video. Nothing touches it!!

VHS, what's VHS? Is that like 8Track or something?
hehehe ... Read more


77. Harman Kardon DVD5 5-Disc DVD Player
list price: $549.00
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Asin: B0000300FJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 29916
Average Customer Review: 2.53 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Harman/Kardon DVD 5 five-disc carousel changer lets you enjoy a full evening of DVD or CD entertainment without leaving the comfort of your easy chair. Easy-to-use menus and a backlit remote control complete the package, making the Harman/Kardon DVD 5 simple to operate.

The first five-disc DVD changer designed for the audiophile, the Harman/Kardon DVD 5 uses audiophile-grade, 96 KHz, 24-bit digital-to-audio converters from AKM to provide premium audio playback, while component outputs, 10-bit video DACs, and advanced MPEG decoding deliver detailed video. With the DVD 5, Harman/Kardon proves that DVD changers can deliver both high quality audio and video at an affordable price. ... Read more

Features

  • 5-disc DVD changer with AKM 96 kHz, 24-bit audio converters
  • 10-bit video digital-to-analog converter
  • Component-video outputs
  • Headphone jack with volume control
  • Backlit remote control

Reviews (17)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good overall, but with limited functions....
This dvd player provides excellent sound and picture quality but lacks of multi-function like other dvd players offer. It doesn't play cd-r, DVD-R or DVD+R, MP3...... Basiccally, it can only play DVD movie, CD, and CD-RW. Keep that in mind when you planning to buy this.

1-0 out of 5 stars An expensive paper weight
I've owned this player for about two years and at first I loved it but just recently I started having problems with it. Long story short the power supply died and I'm not going to pay to ship it across the U.S. to C.A. to the only certified repair shop in North America. I had DVD's stuck inside so I just removed the 7 or so screws and removed the cover. I was able to remove my DVD's and I then proceeded to smash the insides with my foot out of pure frustration. As seen in the movie Office Space :) DO NOT PURCHASE THIS ITEM!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Will never buy a HK DVD player again
Worked out of the box. Have had several problems with this unit. Freezes, sometimes won't read disks that other players do. Had about 10 hours of play on the unit and it just died. Powered up with the Standby light, but could never get the unit out of standby. Repair for the unit is in California, I live in North Carolina. Not only that, there are about $100 worth of DVD's I cannot get out of the drawer! Piece of JUNK!

1-0 out of 5 stars WHEN it works, it's great.
I never thought I would have made such a bad purchase when I bought my HK DVD 5. The unit is in for repairs more than it is playing DVDs. The worse part is that practically no one in America is qualified to repair these things so you have to ship your unit half way across the US to get it fixed (at your expense). Mine just stopped working for no reason at all. I eventually found out that the power supply went bad, after owning it for 14 months (the warranty was over). Strictly from a warranty / repair viewpoint I will never buy HK again. I purchased a Panasonic DVD player while my HK DVD was in for repairs and I swear the picture is just as good if not better.

1-0 out of 5 stars Harmon is great, but this unit has serious quality issues
Or maybe I'm just cursed with the DVD5. I'll be on my fifth one now. The extended warranty was the best part of the purchase. Harmon has some great stuff and I own 2 AVRs and thought I would get the same bulletproof reliability by spending the extra money for their DVD player. They know audio, but they have a lot of improvements to make on this unit. The first one would just freeze up in the middle of a movie or even while in the menu of the DVD. This required have to completley shut the player off and turn it back on (is the DVD5 running windows?:) The second one I was given didn't even work out of the box. It wouldn't even turn on. The power light would come on, but that's it! The one after that sounded like a blender grinding ice when it spun at the higher speeds for DVDs and wouldn't even play the DVD (It did play CDs though, again good audio:) Now the fourth one I thought was going to see me through, but now it too is not turning on also. Again, the power light is there, but no response from the front controls, remote etc... Maybe the lemon law covers this. If this one is unrepairable, I'm going with another brand and paying at least 60% less. Seriously, don't buy this unit even if you are drooling for it like I was. ... Read more


78. HARMAN KARDON CDR 26 Dual-Drawer CD-R/CD-RW Player/Recorder - REFURBISHED

Asin: B0000AHEMW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 13980
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Features

  • The dual-drawer 4X Harman Kardon CDR 20 can make recordings from external analog or digital sources, and can dub entire discs or a programmed mix from one deck to the other
  • The two decks also function as a superb 2-disc changer, or as dual sources in a multiroom application (requiring a multiroom capable receiver)
  • Audiophile-grade 96kHz/24-bit AKM D/A and A/D converters convey the sonic detail of your source material with pristine accuracy
  • Convenient front panel coaxial digital input and headphone jack with level control
  • Records up to 99 tracks onto a blank CD-R or CD-RW disc

79. Harman Kardon AVR 210 Dolby Digital Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $599.00
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Asin: B000051SDN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 39187
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Harman Kardon takes the lead in digital home theater with theintroduction of the world's first audio-video receivers with built-in MP3decoding and a wealth of innovative features and technologies. Harman Kardon'sAVR 210 aims to redefine home theater design, performance, and value whilefeaturing Harman Kardon's new elegant industrial design.

The AVR 210 is an exceptional receiver choice for home entertainment systemsthat have more modest amplifier power requirements, yet whose owners desire afull complement of high-end features. The AVR 210 delivers 40 watts into 8 ohms(20 Hz to 20 kHz, less than 0.07 percent THD, all channels driven) ofhigh-current, ultrawide-bandwidth power to each channel (50 watts x 2 instereo). It also features a wide variety of audio and video inputs and outputs,including the company's exclusive Front-Panel Play and Record feature, forenhanced connectivity.

The AVR 210 features Harman Kardon's patented EzSet remote, which includes abuilt-in SPL (sound pressure level) measuring and calibration system thatautomatically balances speaker-channel levels for optimum surround soundlistening regardless of the playback format. Setting speaker levels is one ofthe most critical adjustments for proper movie soundtrack reproduction, and theEzSet remote makes the process accurate and virtually foolproof for maximumaudio benefits.

Significantly expanding its functionality beyond the traditional capabilities ofan audio-video receiver, this model features MP3 decoding capability forcompatibility with the latest in audio technology. When connected to a computerwith a compatible coaxial digital-audio output jack or Harman Kardon's new CDR30 CD recorder or DVD 50 DVD video changer via their coaxial or optical digitalinputs, this exclusive Harman Kardon innovation enables music lovers to enjoyhigh-quality playback of MP3-encoded CDs or Internet-delivered streaming mediaprograms on their home entertainment systems. (Compatibility with playback ofMP3 files directly from a computer may require additional, optional softwaredrivers for proper formatting of the data output. Harman Kardon cannot guaranteeMP3-file playback with all computers and/or sound cards.)

The AVR 210 receiver also features 24-bit, 192 kHz audio capability usingmultiple latest-generation Crystal Semiconductor 49326 DSP processors and 4392digital-to-analog converters for the highest-resolution audio playback availabletoday. As an added benefit, feeding the digital output of most CD players (withlower than 24-bit/192 kHz resolution) to the AVR will provide dramaticallybetter sound quality than you'd hear playing back through standard 16-bit, 44.1kHz DACs.

The receiver also features the highest-quality surround sound audio performance,utilizing not only Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel decoding, but twoproprietary Harman Kardon audio technologies, Logic 7 and VMAx, which takesurround sound and stereo audio reproduction to new levels of sonic realism.

Developed by Lexicon and available exclusively in AV receivers from HarmanKardon, Logic 7 is a sophisticated digital signal-processing (DSP) system thatprovides better multichannel derivations from matrix-encoded and two-channelstereo recordings than what was previously attainable via Harman's two cinemaand music listening modes. Logic 7 reproduces two-channel recordings through amultichannel speaker system with superior imaging, separation, anddirectionality, along with a greater sense of envelopment. Logic 7 also improvesplayback of any matrix surround-encoded material (such as Dolby Pro Logic), fora wider front soundstage and smoother and more accurate movement of soundbetween front and rear.

Harman Kardon's patented VMAx Near- and Far-mode VirtualTheater audio processingis a DSP method of simulating realistic, high-fidelity, 3-D surround sound audioin 360 degrees using just two loudspeakers, as in a traditional stereo playbacksystem. VMAx works astonishingly well thanks to its proprietary, sophisticatedprocessing algorithms and vast processing power.

VMAx accepts a Dolby Digital or Dolby Pro Logic multichannel output andprocesses it into two channels in such a way that listeners believe they arelistening to sounds from five speakers: left, center, and right front as well asleft and right surround. Conventional two-channel-stereo program material isalso improved to provide a much wider and deeper soundstage, one that extendswell beyond the locations of the loudspeakers. The listener can choose from bothNear and Far modes for an up-close or more distant listening perspective.

The receiver of course features Harman Kardon's high-current, ultrawide- bandwidth amplifier topology with discrete output devices to reproduce digitalmovie soundtracks and music with unmatched sonic accuracy and dynamic power. Thereceiver's high-current capability enables it to effortlessly drive evendifficult loudspeaker loads, while ultrawide bandwidth provides far superiorphase linearity, lower distortion, greater high-frequency headroom, and moreaccurate frequency response in the audible frequency range. This unit alsodrives equal power into all five main channels, especially important for clear,accurate reproduction of discrete, full-range 5.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTSmovie soundtracks--not to mention discrete multichannel music discs withfull-bandwidth, rear-channel program material. Banana plug-compatible speakerterminals grace the amplifier outputs, facilitating the use ofaudiophile-quality speaker cables.

Harman Kardon's Advanced Digital Bass Manager is another standout feature, themost versatile multichannel bass-management system available. This unique systemlets the receiver route the LFE (low-frequency effects) channel to the left andright front speakers as well as to the subwoofer, if desired, to provide moreavailable bass, and employs a fourth-order low-pass filter, rather than thecommonly used second-order filter, for a smoother transition between higher andlower frequencies.

A wealth of additional performance and convenience features includes a greatlyexpanded complement of digital and analog inputs (including front-panel digitalinputs to accommodate high-performance game consoles, which often offer digitaloutputs for multichannel audio), S-video down-conversion (which converts anS-video input to a composite video output for greater video source componentconnection and switching flexibility).

Exclusive to Harman Kardon, the AVR 210 also provides a unique Front-Panel Playand Record feature that enables the front-panel jacks to function either asinputs or outputs to connect a program source such as a VCR, camcorder, CDrecorder, or portable audio product for either playback or recording.

Additional features include an improved onscreen menu system, a ListenerPreference System that lets you set specific speaker-channel level settings foreach program source and DSP format (for example, the subwoofer level can be setdifferently for two-channel CD music listening and multichannel Dolby DigitalDVD movie viewing), an icon-based front-panel display that provides readyindication of all functions, and much more. All Harman Kardon receivers(excluding the AVR 110) include six-channel direct inputs to accommodate futuredigital audio decoding systems and DVD audio/video players. ... Read more

Features

  • Delivers 40 watts x 5 channels
  • MP3 decoding with coaxial or optical inputs
  • 30 station presets
  • Ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier
  • EzSet remote balances speaker levels

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Simply Awesome
I've had this receiver for over 2 years now. It's a great name, with a clean, modern look. Here's what I have to say:

Buy this receiver. I cannot turn the volume up beyond half way without blowing my ears off. (I also have a JBL powered sub-woofer, which I recommend for anyone who is an audio/video enthusiast.)

I can find no flaw with this receiver. I should be able to keep it for 20 years. It has plenty of power, a slew of features a mile long (I still haven't figured out the entire remote control) with on screen programming (that blew me away, being able to adjust the stereo features through a TV menu).

Don't even hesitate to buy it. I bought it new ... and I think I only paid around [money] for it, brand new, including shipping.

The only reason I would not buy this receiver is if your budget allows, and you can buy one of HK's bigger brothers, the AVR-310 or higher. But if you are in the "I think I can justify [money] on a new stereo" this is THE one!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A whole New Level
I thought I had the ultimate home video setup, that is until I bought this receiver. I was blown away within seconds of getting it up and running. Try playing the opening scene of "Twister" on this machine. I wanted to run and hide in a closet! Or try the scene in "Jurassic Park" with the T-Rex's footsteps approaching the stalled jeeps. I kept looking for a T-Rex to come in my den. My mother thought someone was ramming the house. I have my system hooked up with Klipsch surrounds, it is devastating.

I only have one bad thing to say about this receiver and that is the remote. I can't get it to control the majority of my name brand components (but what universal remote does that).

I hope everyone gets a chance to at least hear a good Harmon Kardon system. You would be amazed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible machine
I just picked up one of these beasts. It is awesome. Don't let the power rating fool you. It says 40 watts, but that is over the full 20Hz to 20k Hz, and that isn't peak power, like cheaper recievers tell you. It can drive the speakers at high current without any detectible distortion.

This thing has more inputs and outputs then anything else I have seen, for example. Check out the detailed specs. It will convert s-video in to composite out, which is nice for me, since my tv does not have s-video in.

I love the auto level setup for the speakers, using a pressure sensor on the remote. Incredible.

The remote now controls my tv, dvd player, cablebox and reciever, plus you can set up macros on it, up to 17 steps, you can make it turn on your cable box, reciever, and television with one button, plus turn them off with another.

The On Screen display is nice. The best part for me is that I got it as an open box for $300 at circuit city.

Try it, you'll like it

5-0 out of 5 stars great home reciever
I have to give this a five star because I see absolutely nothing wrong about this receiver. Well, if you are a remote control freak, you might be disappointed with HK's non-learning, non-universal remote. This reciever has pretty much everything you need to set up a nice home theater. It has DTS and Dolby Digital, essential for making full use of your DVD player. One reason I got this Harman Kardon instead of another reciever that's cheaper and has as many features is because of its sound quality and durability. Note that this receiver only outputs 40 watts per channel. Obviously, this wouldn't be suited for college parties (although I think it's quite loud at high volumes). If you are thinking of building a home theater and if space is one of your concerns, this is an IDEAL receiver for smaller speakers systems with satellite speakers (like BOSE or Polk Audio). You will never have to worry about blowing out the speakers. It will complement and make use of every thing your smaller speakers can handle with beautiful sound output. ... Read more


80. Harman Kardon Festival 80 Mk II Home-Theater System
list price: $2,199.00
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Asin: B00000JFEE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
Sales Rank: 53033
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The Festival 80 is a complete Dolby Pro Logic home theater system that in form, function, and performance is unequaled by any other system. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 2 front, 1 center, and 2 rear speakers; and 1 subwoofer
  • 95-watt powered subwoofer
  • Dolby Pro Logic decoding
  • 7-disc CD changer
  • FM/AM tuner with RDS

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