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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded My Expectations, January 1, 2013
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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.

Pros:
Excellent sound quality!!! Warm and detailed sound
Power
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
It's light
GUI is excellent - a simple to use menu overlays your screen
Price!
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

Cons:
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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Showing 1-7 of 7 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Jan 2, 2013 11:25:40 PM PST
regulus says:
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
Matt says:
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
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
KLS says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 5, 2014 5:44:43 PM PDT
Brian says:
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
marco says:
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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