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Harman/Kardon AVR2600 7 x 65W 7.1-Channel A/V Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Dolby Volume maintains volume across all your content no matter what the source while also improving surround sound performance; HDMI with 3D firmware upgrade available now
  • High-current, ultra-wide-bandwidth amplifier generates 65Watts per channel for uncompromised realism
  • EzSet/EQ automates room-equalization and system-calibration for simple system setup and optimal audio quality
  • Optional Bridge III iPod dock allows playback of music and movies from your iPod, iTouch or iPhone in rich
  • Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding delivers high-resolution sound from today's Blu-ray discs
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Product Specifications

Brand NameHarman Kardon
Color NameBlack
RMS Power Range - Amplifiers65 watts

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Harman Kardon
  • Model: AVR2600
  • Output Wattage: 65 Watts
  • Color Name: Black

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 18.3 x 10.5 inches ; 29 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 40 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002IKKFU0
  • Item model number: AVR2600
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,395 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

For more than 50 years, Harman Kardon products have been engineered to deliver the ultimate listening experience. That tradition continues with Harman Kardon's new AVR 2600 home theater receiver. High performance starts with a high-current, ultra-wide amplifier design which delivers uncomprimised realism and dynamics from your all your music and movies, including today's latest high-definition sources like Blu-ray. Connect your Blu-ray player to the AVR 2600 and it will play back the high-resolution Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks with stunning detail. The AVR 2600 can even deliver an exciting 5.1 or 7.1 surround experience from sources that aren't in encoded in surround sound using proprietary Logic 7 processing. This includes an iPod or iPhone with the optional Bridge III dock for iPod.The AVR 2600 adds the latest sound processing technology from Dolby laboratories called Dolby Volume processing. Set your preferred volume once and Dolby Volume maintains that level across all your content no matter what source you happen to be listening. When it comes to video, the AVR 2600 sets the same performance standard that it does for audio. Using advanced Faroudja processing, video is upscaled to stunning 1080p resolution while display settings can be indpendently optimized by source for the best picture possible. Setting up and using the AVR 2600 couldn't be easier. A newly developed high-definition full-color on-screen menu system utilizes both pictures and text to guide you in setting up your home theater system while calibration and equalization is both easy and accurate with the included EzSet/EQ calibration system. HDMI with 3D firmware upgrade available now

Product Description

For more than 50 years, Harman Kardon products have been engineered to deliver the ultimate listening experience. That tradition continues with Harman Kardon's new AVR 2600 home theater receiver. High performance starts with a high-current, ultra-wide amplifier design which delivers uncomprimised realism and dynamics from your all your music and movies, including today's latest high-definition sources like Blu-ray. Connect your Blu-ray player to the AVR 2600 and it will play back the high-resolution Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks with stunning detail. The AVR 2600 can even deliver an exciting 5.1 or 7.1 surround experience from sources that aren't in encoded in surround sound using proprietary Logic 7 processing. This includes an iPod or iPhone with the optional Bridge III dock for iPod.The AVR 2600 adds the latest sound processing technology from Dolby laboratories called Dolby Volume processing. Set your preferred volume once and Dolby Volume maintains that level across all your content no matter what source you happen to be listening. When it comes to video, the AVR 2600 sets the same performance standard that it does for audio. Using advanced Faroudja processing, video is upscaled to stunning 1080p resolution while display settings can be indpendently optimized by source for the best picture possible. Setting up and using the AVR 2600 couldn't be easier. A newly developed high-definition full-color on-screen menu system utilizes both pictures and text to guide you in setting up your home theater system while calibration and equalization is both easy and accurate with the included EzSet/EQ calibration system.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It works great, sounds great.
Bill Nicholas
After about 60 seconds the entire screen would turn green for 5 seconds, the audio would pop, and then it would come back to flickering.
Trevor Goodchild
Overall I am happy with this receiver.
JB

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Eric Stephenson on October 19, 2009
THE AVR-2600 is friggen awesome!

...how's that?

Like any receiver, you can spend a good amount of time setting this one up, and getting everything right. Harman/Kardon has done a lot to help with the graphical user interface and a very clean and easy to use OSD which is digitally converted and upscale by the receiver so that you do not need to run an analog cable to see the OSD...you can see it right through your HDMI if you want. The easy EQ Setup is okay -- it was very good at gauging speaker distances (and therefore delays), but terrible at determining levels/volumes for each speaker. I have 2 speakers (front left and front right) that are equadistant from the listening point...the HK system set one to +2db and the other to -7db...no idea how that happened... Anyway, I can overlook this as I am fully capable of setting these levels myself and the GUI makes the manual adjustment simple.

I have read on forums that some people have had trouble with the video, and even with HDMI bypass. I did not see this at all, and I tested the HK rigorously in this regard. My experience was that the HDMI Pass-Through worked flawlessly as tested from my HDTV Tuner, my Xbox 360, my Wii, and my standard def TiVo. All of them passed through as expected if I set the HK to do so. Similarly, if I allowed the HK to upscale or downscale, it did that too! I did not have a PS3 available to test at this time...but I soon will and will edit this review if necessary!

Audio Lag: There is a moment of audio lag upon switching sources...but my HK AVR-435 had this also and have many other receivers I have toyed with. I take it as expected. So I lose the first 1 second of audio...
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By John Donnelly on December 18, 2009
After 10 years of faithful service, my AVR-45 digital processor finally kicked the can. I put up with 2 channel bypass mode sound for about a week before deciding to buy a new receiver. My 10 years with a great HK AVR led me to a decision: should I buy last year's AVR-254 or this year's 2600? Ultimately I went with the 2600 for a few reasons. One, the Dolby Volume feature - it's really nice to be able to set a volume and not have the commercials blaring at me. Two, I read all of the reviews on the 254 and the problems many people were having. I figured it would be much easier for me to hook up my laptop to the 2600's USB port instead of figuring out how the RS-232 port works. Lastly, the Bridge III connection is a nice option - too bad it costs an extra $129! I know the Pioneer VSX-1019AH-K includes (with the receiver!) an adapter cable, and you can control the iPod on screen - HK... take the hint and make yourself more competitive.
Downsides to the 2600 are as follows: There is only one pre-out (subwoofer). My TV's speakers can act as a second center channel, but there's nowhere to plug it in. You have to bump up to the 3600 to get that feature (1600 has only subwoofer pre-out as well) and that just is not worth the $$$, IMO. Last year's 254 had pre-outs for all channels... what happened to that feature)? I don't like it when companies drop features off - IMHO, products should only get better, in every area.
The auto speaker setup is nice, but I'm the type of person who likes to do that kind of stuff myself. I'll take the computers opinion under advisement, but ultimately it's my call. The nice feature is that, after you let the computer set the sound levels, etc. You can go in and 'tweak' the settings - nice.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Bryan L. Lydia on December 14, 2009
Recently upgraded to the AVR2600 after owning the previous model AVR254 for a year. They have really fixed all the quirks I had over last years model. Features such as Dolby Volume and HDMI bypass are very welcome including finally the addition of a USB port instead of DB9 serial for future firmware upgrades. Anyone who's tried flashing a AVR254 knows what I mean. Dolby Volume makes a huge difference when it comes to leveling commercial volumes between shows and switching between inputs. HDMI bypass enables the receiver to pass the HDMI signal through untouched and while you lose the nice volume overlays you may gain some slightly better IQ especially if your HDTV has a good video processor such as the one in our KURO. It still has the signature warm and full HK sound. If I had to pick a negative, other than the huge remote which doesn't bother us since we use a harmony one, it would be the receiver buttons. I love the minimal slick design of HK receivers but the buttons on this years model do feel a little cheap. Its not a big deal really and some probably won't notice. To sum this up if you had any issues with the AVR254 (pre 97.2.2 firmware) and but still love the HK sound, I'd recommend this receiver. It works great in our setup out of the box.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bill Nicholas on September 28, 2010
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I'm not an audiophile, so I won't (can't) get into technical stuff. After much research I chose this model and was lucky enough to get it at a huge discount from J&R. It replaces a lower end Pioneer receiver I had for 11 years. I recently upgraded the speakers but didn't really notice that big a difference, except in the subwoofer. This is the most advanced receiver I've ever owned and the sound quality is noticeably and vastly improved over my old Pioneer. Now it really sounds like a theater system. The set up was simple (made easier by me previously clearly marking what all the wires went to). This is the first time I input video into a receiver. At first I thought it degraded the quality, but after a few adjustments, it looks fine. I had to relearn how to change video sources to the TV from my old way, but it was an easy transition.

For sound, the great thing is the microphone included to calibrate the speakers. It is actually quite interesting to listen to it figure everything out. You set the microphone to where you want the sound to be focused and it automatically sets the perfect adjustments. You can review and refine them further yourself. It works great, sounds great. It really adds a whole new dimension (in sound) compared to my old receiver. I didn't use the 7 speaker configuration. I used the extra 2 speaker outs for my outside speakers (zone 2). This was a welcome feature since I previously had to use an external box and run the speaker wires in and out. The Dolby Volume feature also seems to be a plus. I really can hear background sounds in programs I never heard before. I am not so sure the sound leveling works that well, though. One thing I really like is that you can set a default volume level when you turn the receiver back on.
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