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Exceeded My Expectations,
This review is from: Harman Kardon AVR 1700 5.1-Channel Network-Connected Audio/Video Receiver with AirPlay (Electronics)
Coming from the highly regarded Harman Kardon avr 330 and needed hdmi support as well as Dolby digital plus for my Roku. I adore the powerful sound of my 330 and was concerned i would have to lose that classic h/k sound.
The 1700 still has that h/k sound... Its sound is colourful, weighted and powerful! The imaging and detail with music in 2 ch stereo is exceptional and is better than my 330. Movies in 5.1 is impressive as well. Ezset eq did a great job setting my speakers. I never liked my sub all that much but the avr1700 automatically eq'ed my sub and it'sa much tighter sound.
I love the simplicity of this avr. Its a huge value because your not paying for all the nonsense frills you pay for in other avrs. Its a powerful amp with all the audio decoders you need. Video and 3d is passed through so your tv can handle the processing.
Excellent sound quality!!! Warm and detailed sound
All the modern hi-rez audio decoders
HDMI works great (arc, 3d pass through, etc...)
EZset/Eq - Eq's all your speakers including the sub based on your room's acoustics.
Absolute silent operation...starts up immediatley with zero sound
GUI is excellent - a simple to use menu overlays your screen
Plain 2 channel stereo imaging and detail is exceptional
Logic 7! Don't think I could ever give that up
Networking / air...although I use my connected squeezebox instead
Your wife will now expect you to pay very little for your audio equipment.
$346 here is a great value. Best buy has been going back and forth between $299 an even $199... which is the best bang for the buck receiver you'll find! I would have been happy if I paid $599 full retail for the sound and reliability alone.
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Initial post: Jan 2, 2013 11:25:40 PM PST
Got one for $199/- from bb over the new years... cant wait to get my hands on it.. FYI - BB pulled this model completely from its site! And this model is not available in bhphotovideo.com either - strange!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2013 8:10:51 PM PST
I noticed they were gone for a little bit also but they are back on the Best Buy site for $499.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 13, 2013 4:28:01 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Back to $199.00 Today.
Posted on Feb 8, 2013 8:34:49 AM PST
A nerd says:
also keeps going on sale at fry's for 199
Posted on Sep 26, 2013 9:49:28 AM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2014 5:44:43 PM PDT
I am in no way associated with H/K. I am a jazz musician/educator who takes his audio hobby seriously. Since my money is important to me I research the equipment I am about to buy looking for value with little compromise in quality.
I still love this receiver and am amazed at what I paid for it.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 7, 2014 5:04:26 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 7, 2014 5:06:05 PM PDT
it is also not even on H/K's site, closest is 1710 or 1610 the former is a is 7.1 and latter does not have the connection terminal posts, just spring loaded push ones also I don't want to buy another pair of speakers, will stick to 5.1 just paid for one of these at the $279 price...expecting it this week swapping out my 13 year old Sony STR DE675 for this new fangled A/V wifi doohicky was hoping for dedicated phono input but no such luck n don't have another $240 just to have one on the former, if i have the "analog 1 or 2"thats just as well...i am excited and am trying to understand a lot of the features on internet radio too bad this one isn't so badass as to have bluetooth connectivity or else i wouldn't have to feed through my chromecast to listen to my digital collection, aw well...can't have it all if you have a smallish budget.
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