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Harman Kardon AVR 110 Audio/Video Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)


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  • Dolby Digital, DTS, and MP3 decoding
  • Ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier
  • 30 station presets
  • S-video switching
  • EzSet remote balances speakers
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Product Specifications

Brand NameHarman Kardon
Special FeaturesUltrawide-bandwidth amplifier, 30 station presets, S-video switching, EzSet remote balances speakers

Technical Details

  • Ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier
  • 30 station presets
  • S-video switching
  • EzSet remote balances speakers

Product Details

Product Manual [591kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 17.3 x 6.5 inches ; 31 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 30.5 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000051SDQ
  • Item model number: AVR110
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,057 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 4, 1999

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The AVR 110: the new standard in Dolby Digital/DTS receiver value. Harman Kardon takes the lead in digital home theater with the introduction of the world's first audio-video receivers with built-in MP3 decoding and a wealth of innovative features and technologies.

Harman Kardon's new receiver, the AVR 110, aims to redefine home-theater performance and value, and features Harman Kardon's new, elegant industrial design.

The Harman Kardon AVR 110 sets a new price-performance benchmark in high-performance AV receivers. It offers both Dolby Digital and DTS decoding along with Logic 7 and VMAx processing for exceptional surround-sound versatility, along with a wide variety of performance and convenience features, including MP3 decoding capability. The AVR 110 provides 40 watts into 8 ohms (20Hz-20kHz, less than 0.07 percent THD, all channels driven) to each channel (50 watts x 2 in stereo), and includes S-video and composite-video switching, front- and rear-panel optical and coaxial digital inputs, optical and coaxial digital outputs, and many additional advanced features that make it ideal for a broad range of high-quality home-entertainment systems.

Significantly expanding its functions beyond the traditional capabilities of an AV receiver, the AVR 110 features MP3-decoding capability for compatibility with the latest in audio technology.

When connected to a computer with a compatible coaxial digital-audio output jack or Harman Kardon's new CD-R 30 CD recorder or DVD 50 DVD video changer (via their coaxial or optical digital inputs), this exclusive Harman Kardon innovation enables high-quality playback of MP3-encoded CDs or Internet-delivered "streaming media" programs on their home-entertainment systems. (Compatibility with playback of MP3 files directly from a computer may require additional, optional software drivers for proper formatting of the data output. Harman Kardon cannot guarantee MP3 playback with all computers and/or sound cards.)

The AVR 110 receiver also features 24-bit, 192 kHz audio capability using multiple, latest-generation Crystal Semiconductor 49326 DSP processors and 4392 DACs (digital-to-analog converters) for the highest-resolution audio playback available today. As an added benefit, feeding the digital output of most CD players (with lower than 24-bit/192kHz resolution) to the AVR will provide dramatically better sound quality than you'd hear playing back through standard 16-bit, 44.1 kHz DACs.

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

Developed by Lexicon and available exclusively in AV receivers from Harman Kardon, Logic 7 is a sophisticated DSP system that provides better multichannel derivations from matrix-encoded and two-channel stereo recordings than what was previously attainable via Harman's two Cinema and Music listening modes.

Logic 7 reproduces two-channel recordings through a multichannel speaker system with superior imaging, separation, and directionality, along with a greater sense of envelopment. Logic 7 also improves playback of any matrix surround-encoded material (such as Dolby Pro Logic), for a wider front soundstage and smoother and more accurate pans (movement of sound) between front and rear.

Harman Kardon's patented VMAx Near- and Far-Mode VirtualTheater audio processing is a DSP (digital signal processing) method of simulating realistic, high-fidelity, three-dimensional surround-sound audio in 360 degrees using just two loudspeakers, as in a traditional stereo playback system. VMAx works astonishingly well thanks to its proprietary, sophisticated processing algorithms and vast processing power.

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

Of course, this receiver features Harman Kardon's high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier topology with discrete output devices to reproduce digital movie soundtracks and music with unmatched sonic accuracy and dynamic power. The receiver's high-current capability enables it to effortlessly drive even difficult loudspeaker loads, while ultrawide bandwidth provides far superior phase linearity, lower distortion, greater high-frequency headroom, and more accurate frequency response in the audible frequency range.

The receiver drives equal power into all five main channels, especially important for clear, accurate reproduction of discrete, full-range 5.1-channel Dolby Digital and DTS movie soundtracks--not to mention discrete multichannel music discs with full-bandwidth, rear-channel program material. Banana plug-compatible speaker terminals grace the amplifier outputs, facilitating the use of audiophile-quality speaker cables.

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

A wealth of additional performance and convenience features include a greatly expanded complement of digital and analog inputs (including front-panel digital inputs to accommodate high-performance game consoles, which often offer digital outputs for multichannel audio), and S-video down-conversion (which converts an S-video input to a composite video output for greater video-source component connection and switching flexibility).

Additional features include an improved onscreen menu system, a Listener Preference System that lets you set specific speaker-channel level settings for each program source and DSP format (for example, the subwoofer level can be set differently for two-channel CD music listening and multichannel Dolby Digital DVD movie viewing), an icon-based front-panel display that provides ready indication of all functions, and much more.

Customer Reviews

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It uses the rear speakers and gives you some nice depth.
"prntman1"
If you have a normal size room and need awesome state-of-the-art digital sound reproduction, than the AVR-110 is perfect.
Terp Allan
The unit has that basic raw power that is desired of any unit but usually reserved for the pricey products.
Joe

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Joe on January 25, 2001
The HK AVR110 is a Rolls in the world of audio...the clarity is well worth the price. As everyone goes by basic wattage output in rating a receiver then you must explorer the world of Harman Kardon. The 50 watt output is better than any 100 watt receiver I have ever tried.The unit has that basic raw power that is desired of any unit but usually reserved for the pricey products. I would recommend the AVR110 to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terp Allan on February 28, 2001
WHY SHOULD YOU BUY IT? There is no hiss at any sound level. It is perfect sound reproduction normally only found in units costing more than $1000! If you have a normal size room and need awesome state-of-the-art digital sound reproduction, than the AVR-110 is perfect. If you need more power for a larger room, upgrade to the AVR-210 (mostly kids complain there is not enough power in the 110 unit).
WHY SHOULDN'T YOU BUY IT? If you like bells and whistles (DSP sound fields and unlimited tinkering ability) than buy one of the Sonys (but be prepared for lots of hiss). If you need unbridled power with lots of KICK - buy Yamaha (and deal with a little hiss).
THE DARKSIDE OF THE AVR-110: Okay number one - the remote sucks. You will throw it away (or throw it into the wall). Number two - the instructions suck. It will take you a day to get it to do what you want.
SUMMARY: This is the best value for great Home Theater and state-of-the-art CD sound reproduction (including dts). It is a pain to get started, but once you do have it running... Well there just is no comparison in this price range. I know, I did my homework before I bought it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "prntman1" on November 17, 2001
I researched mid priced A/V receivers for a while, and after I ruled out Sony, Yamaha, Kenwood, Aiwa, and all the other companies that rely on customers assuming that bigger numbers mean better product (now lets see, how exactly does sony sell a 100w x 5 receiver for $200 again? I've seen charts where it drops much lower as the volume goes up), that left H/K and Denon standing.
I really didn't want to spend too much on my receiver and this receiver was right at the max. Denons have very good reputations, but A: They look cluttered with all the buttons on the front, and B: I found their interface somewhat confusing.
This unit on the other hand, is VERY simple. I skimmed the manual, which is not the best I've seen, but as I said, this receiver is not brain surgery. The front of the unit has 5 buttons to select different tuning options and then a few sets of scrolling buttons for surround sound modes, source select, etc. I was up and running with all the channels and speakers calibrated to my liking within an hour.
Logic 7 is quite lovely for movies, TV, or video games. It uses the rear speakers and gives you some nice depth. 5ch stereo is another nice feature, but just sends the same sound out of all 5 speakers. I haven't played with the other modes much (except for DD and DTS, which I use all the time for movies), but they are Hall, Theatre, Vmax (far and near), Prologic, Prologic 3-Stereo, and, ofcourse, just regular stereo :)
The binding posts on the back for the speakers are a blessing and the fact that there are S-video jacks for every video input.
Other reviewers have commented on the remote, which I'll admit, isn't great, the buttons are too close together. If you do get another remote, make sure its one that can learn fuctions (such as the Sony RM-VL900 like I have).
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