Harman Kardon AVR 135 6.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio/Video Receiver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Multi-channel DVD-audio and SACD-ready, front-panel A/V input with selectable digital-audio input/output
- Handles Dolby Digital 5.1 and most DTS modes
- Triple-crossover bass management optimizes each input for your speakers
- Six x 40 high-current watts per channel
- Measures 17.3 x 6.3 x 15 inches (W x H x D)
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Harman Kardon AVR 135 6.1 Channel Surround Sound Audio/Video Receiver
Amazon.com Product Description Harman Kardon's affordable AVR 135 6.1 audio/video surround receiver decodes an array of 5.1- and 6.1-channel surround formats, bringing you great sound from many sources. The AVR 135 features a discrete-output amplifier that pumps 6 channels of high-current (+/-25 amps), ultrawide-bandwidth power: 6 x 40 watts into 8 ohms, 20 to 20,000 Hz with less than 0.07 percent THD. The receiver uses state-of-the-art 192 kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog converters and a high-power Cirrus 32-bit DSP processor for clear, dynamic presentations from music and movies.
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As part of its broad video hookup options, the receiver offers wide-bandwidth, HDTV-compatible component-video inputs and an array of digital and analog audio connections, including multiple coaxial and optical digital audio inputs and outputs. It sports both analog and digital front-panel inputs, and 6-channel direct audio inputs to accommodate a DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SACD, or universal player.
The AVR 135's cutting-edge technologies also include triple-crossover bass management and automatic digital input polling. Digital input polling is a Harman Kardon feature that detects whether the selected audio source is digital or analog in nature and automatically configures the receiver to provide the required audio output. This means you won't have to manually switch the receiver's input from digital to analog when changing from, say, an SACD-capable DVD player's coaxial digital output (for Dolby/DTS) and its multichannel analog outputs (to appreciate the SACD audio). You can switch the feature off when desired.
Triple-crossover bass-management system lets you choose from multiple crossover frequencies for the front L/R, center, surround L/R, and surround back L/R speakers. Most receivers and DVD players have far more limited crossover filtering or none at all. Moreover, you can set different speaker-size configurations for different AVR 135 input sources according to your needs.
You get a high-quality FM/AM tuner with 30 station presets and a Listener Preference System that lets you specify a surround mode according to the program source. You can also set speaker-channel levels for each program source and DSP format (for example, the subwoofer level can be set differently for multichannel movie viewing and 2-channel CD music listening).
What's in the Box
Receiver, remote control, remote batteries, FM wire/AM loop antennas, warranty information, and user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
Enter the AVR 135. It has 7.1 analog inputs (perfect for my 7.1 sound card), and it combines the SBL and SBR channels to one SB channel. At first I was a little apprehensive about such a configuration, but with numerous audio tests and a little calibration with my PC, it sounded quite well.
I've now owned this product for a year or so and it has served all of my needs. The only drag is that it's hooked up to an "all high def" system, and the on-screen display will only display to a standard def input (S-Video or Composite). The on-screen display is absolutely necessary for calibrating the speakers, but most High Def TVs have at least one legacy input ... you'll find yourself devoting it to the OSD for this device (which works perfectly fine).
Very happy with the sound and the HK speakers.
I am sure that the receiver can do way more than I use it for, but I am happy.It has so many sound options, which I don't use, but since the sound comes out good,I haven't tried to really figure it all out.
The unit has cable connections in the front, so I can easily connect my laptop, mp3 player,dvr as well as other electronic equipment. The lights on the front panel dims, so I can turn it down or off while watching a movie.
One thing I don't like is the remote doesn't light up, so using the remote during a movie is a small hassle. I love the macro function on the remote. I can turn on or off tv, dvd and amplifier by pressing one button, (there are four programmable macro button). This makes up for the lights missing on the remote.
The unit does get very hot, which makes me nervous, once it even shut off for a while. But that only happened once a year ago, now I keep it properly ventilated.
- As mentioned by other reviewers, the speaker connections on the back are somewhat hard to get to.
- It takes the unit a few seconds to start up, which my Harmony univeral control doesn't like. After turning the AV135 on, the remote tries to switch the input, which the AV135 frequently ignores because it's still busy initializing.