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Harman Kardon AVR 3600 7.1 Channel 3D Ready A/V Receiver with iPod/iPhone 30-pin Dock (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 at low listening level
- High-current, ultra-wide-bandwidth amplifier generates 80 Watts per channel for uncompromised realism, dynamics and subtlety from music and movies
- EzSet/EQ automates room-equalization and system-calibration for simple system setup and optimal audio quality in any listening room.
- Included Bridge III iPod dock plays back music and movies from your iPod, iTouch or iPhone in rich, room-filling detail
- Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding delivers high-resolution sound from today's Blu-ray discs for the ultimate home theater experience
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-HDMI interface for 3D viewing
-recordingDolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio
-Superior Logic 7 (5.1 and 7.1) sound processing
-Four HDMI inputs, one HDMI output and seven digital inputs
-The Bridge III docking station for iPod and iPhone (included)
This Universal dock is compatible to all versions prior to iPhone 5 release
• iPhone: 4GS, 4G, 3GS, 3G, 1G - "works with the iPhone 4S and earlier" or "30 pin dock"
• iPod: Classic 6th gen (video), 5th gen (video), iPod Touch (generations 1-4), iPod 4th gen (photo/color), 4th gen (click wheel), iPod nano 6th gen, iPod nano 5th gen (video camera), iPod nano 4th gen (video), iPod nano 3rd gen (video), iPod nano 2nd gen, iPod nano 1st gen
• iPad: iPad (1G), iPad 2 and iPad (3G)
From the Manufacturer
Harman Kardon AVR 3600 High Performance 7.1-Channel, iPhone-Ready Home Theater Receiver with Dolby Volume and ABUS
For more than 50 years, Harman Kardon products have been engineered to deliver the ultimate listening experience. In 1954, Harman Kardon produced the world’s very first high-fidelity receiver, and the company has introduced many of the technologies associated with the world’s best amplifiers. One example: high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design, which is still in use. Today, Harman Kardon leads the industry in the pursuit of the finest audio and video quality, and its commitment to performance continues with advanced high-definition A/V receivers. Delivering a complete package of performance, design, flexibility and ease of use, Harman Kardon products are perfect for enjoying everything that today’s high-definition digital content has to offer. So treat yourself to the ultimate at-home listening experience – one that only a Harman Kardon system can provide.
Harman Kardon receivers have earned worldwide accolades for their uncompromising sound quality, and the AVR 3600 builds upon this renowned heritage. It incorporates the brand’s acclaimed, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier sections, which generate 80 watts for each of the receiver’s seven channels. Whether it’s the exciting sound of explosions from the latest movie or the detailed nuances of your favorite musical artist, the AVR 3600’s amplifier delivers sound with uncompromised realism, dynamics and subtlety. And what the AVR 3600 does for audio, it also does for video. You know that the latest Blu-ray Disc™ movie or high-definition broadcast is going to look great on your high-definition display, but what about everything else? The Harman Kardon AVR 3600 improves the look of standard-definition video with advanced Faroudja Torino processing, automatically upscaling lower-resolution sources to the 1080p HD standard. You can also independently configure your display settings and specify the optimal picture quality and aspect ratio for sources such as game consoles or your DVD collection. When it comes to surround-sound decoding, the AVR 3600 has you covered. In addition to decoding the latest Blu-ray Disc™ and surround formats such as Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD™ Master Audio, the AVR 3600 also includes proprietary Logic 7 processing, which is capable of generating discrete 5.1-channel or 7.1-channel sound from traditional two-channel sources. There is even a MP3 Music Enhancer mode, which will bring new life to any compressed digital music.
Tired of constantly having to adjust the volume on your current A/V setup? Do loud commercials send you running for the remote control? Are you experiencing dramatic differences in system performance at lower volume levels? Harman Kardon and Dolby Laboratories have the solution. The Harman Kardon AVR 3600 is equipped with Dolby Volume, Dolby Laboratories’ latest sound-processing technology. Set your preferred listening volume once, and the AVR 3600 will use Dolby Volume to maintain that same volume level across all of your content, no matter what source produces it. In addition, Dolby Volume on the AVR 3600 improves surround-sound performance at low listening levels. The AVR 3600 even allows you to customize the performance of Dolby Volume to match your listening preference.
There’s an important difference between your home audio system and the systems that you hear in movie theaters and concert halls. Professional systems are precisely calibrated by audio technicians to deliver the best possible surround-sound experience. Harman Kardon’s powerful EzSet/EQ™ system gives you all the tools you need to achieve professional sound calibration at home. This proprietary, automated room-equalization and system-calibration feature simplifies system setup and achieves optimal audio quality in any listening room. It automatically measures the frequency-response dips and peaks in the listening room with an advanced, omni-directional microphone and applies a precise, compensating equalization curve to achieve extraordinary sonic accuracy. Speaker-output levels and delay times are calibrated as well. The system sounds complicated, but using it couldn’t be easier. Just connect the included microphone to your Harman Kardon AVR 3600 receiver and follow the on-screen instructions. With a few simple steps, the AVR 3600 will automatically adjust the sound to suit your exact room parameters.
As any family will tell you, a two-zone entertainment system can be a real crowd pleaser. While the kids watch their favorite movie on the theater system in the den, for example, you can be out listening to your favorite CD on the deck or in the back yard. The AVR 3600 makes setting up a basic multi-room system easy. First, build a high-performance, 5.1-channel home theater around your video display. Then assign the two remaining channels to a second zone, wire an extra pair of speakers to a nearby room or outdoors, and you’re done. If you’re planning a state-of-the-art, 7.1-channel home theater, you can still take advantage of the AVR 3600’s multi-zone capabilities. Either integrate a dedicated multi-zone amplifier for a high-powered second zone, or integrate the latest A-BUS distributed audio system for more flexibility and control, and you can still enjoy sound in another part of the house. Of course, with the AVR 3600, people in each zone can choose to listen to what they want to. And with the included second-zone remote or an A-BUS keypad, local control is only a button press away.
Your iPod or iPhone isn’t just a great way to take your favorite music and videos with you. It’s also a great way to simplify the entertainment experience at home. Whether you have an iPod, or an iPhone, you’ll definitely want to add the optional Bridge III iPod dock to your Harman Kardon AVR 3600. The Bridge III is a universal dock that connects with a single cable and lets you navigate your music and video libraries with high-resolution on-screen menus using the AVR-3600’s remote control. Browse your iPod or iPhone the way you usually do, whether by artist, album or genre. Audio is played back in rich, room-filling detail that only a Harman Kardon audio system can deliver. The Bridge III can even play back the video from your device. HD videos from iTunes are played back in full high definition, while the AVR 3600 automatically upscales non-HD videos to the HD standard of 1080p by for the best picture possible. The Bridge III keeps your iPod or iPhone fully charged even when the receiver is powered off.
There’s no denying that a typical home-theater system can be challenging to set up and use, but Harman Kardon receivers are far from typical. The AVR 3600 comes with the Quick-Start Guide, which that walks you through the color-coded connections that you’ll need for even the most elaborate multichannel systems.
One high-performance AVR 3600 Audio/Video receiver, one Bridge III docking station, one system remote control, one second zone remote control, one AM loop antenna, one FM co-axial antenna.
Receiver Feature Chart
| AVR 1600 || AVR 2600 || AVR 3600 || AVR 7550HD |
|Enjoy powerful, high-current amplification||50 watts X 7||65 watts X 7||80 watts X 7||110 watts X 7|
|Enjoy the best HD picture quality from all sources|| |
|Enjoy the best high definition experience when using a Blu-ray Disc® player|| |
|Have easy system setup and control|| |
|Set preferred listening volume with Dolby® Volume circuitry|
|Play music and movies from your iPod® or iPhone® and stream music from the internet|| |
|Have easy speaker setup and Room Correction|| |
|Enjoy sound and/or video in another part of your house|| |
*Harman Kardon Receivers to Ship with HDMI v. 1.4 3D Compatibility
Starting in September 2010, all Harman Kardon AVR 2600, AVR 3600 and AVR 7550HD models will be shipping with HDMI v.1.4a with 3D. This will allow full compatibility with all 3D formats from either Blu-ray players or satellite and cable services.
Top Customer Reviews
I purchased the AVR 3600 5 months ago after a long research process. My past history with HK receivers probably colored my research, as I have never had a bad one, and I have owned 3 over the years, and had them all in service for 6 years each. The 3600 directly replace an HK AVR635 that is a serious monster performer, but lacks current technology, and connectivity (hdmi etc.). Yesterday the 3600 went back to HK for repair or replacement with shipping at my cost.
From day one the hdmi has glitches. It works well playing discs, but streaming, the video drops every 10-20 seconds, accompanied by audio drops of 5-10 seconds. There is a workaround for this and that is hdmi bypass. in bypass mode the unit will not display onscreen menus.
The processing is very slow. Video takes a couple seconds to respond after coming out of pause, but the worst is audio lags for 2-5 seconds more. After a pause I will miss 3 or 4 words in the dialogue.
Most features work adequately. Firmware update is easy. I don't have an I-device so i can't comment. I miss S-video inputs, as my satellite receiver is a dinosaur, and uses them. I am forced to use composite and the quality is further reduced.Read more ›
The video quality on this is quite nice-- I run all my video sources into the receiver with HDMI (xbox 360, PC, blu-ray, dish/tivo) and run one HDMI cable to the TV. But... you should buy this reciever for the SOUND. It does have 7.1 but nothing really uses this format, so the extra $500 or so on those 2 extra speakers isn't worth it IMHO. It also has a second zone, which I'm using for speakers that are wired to my patio.
I ordered a second unit (the 2600 model) for an additional living room. If you have small (bookshelf) speakers consider the 2600 model-- the 3600 model is great for tower speakers. It puts out plenty of power, the HK receivers are high-current, so 85 watts in an HK is way more than 100 watts in a Sony. The sound clarity is excellent, and I recommend pairing it with high-quality speakers (B&W 600 or CM series are an excellent choice).
Owned a little over a week at the time of this review:
I bought this receiver at J&R Music World to replace my Carver C1000A which was recently taken out by lightning. I wanted something that I could eventually use as a preamp like the Carver but would have more updated features. The sound of this receiver is simply amazing. I think it sounds better than the Carver actually.
The set up was fairly easy using the onscreen menu, I tweaked the speaker settings after running the room equalizer as several reviewers had done. The video settings are straight forward enough and you just have to play with the settings to suit your preferences.
I am using B&W speakers in a 5.1 configuration with my weakest link being an Acoustic Research 12" powered subwoofer. Watching movies the sound quality is clear and detailed and depending what I am watching it feels like I am in the movie. I hear sounds that I have not heard before, I am starting to wonder if my C1000A had a bad amplifier or processor section?
The Bridge works well with my iPhone 4 and I agree with other reviewers that the onscreen menu is a little hard to use if you have a large selection of music stored on your device. Again the sound quality is excellent to me, although it lacks the warmth that most digital sources do.
I have to buy a phono pre-amp still to use my Micro Seiki DD40 turntable but I have great expectations.
The remote is quite large and bulky but it's fairly well laid out. It is usable none the less but I plan on buying a Logitech Harmony One in the future because I have too many remotes now.
Given the price paid I don't think I could have found a better quality AV receiver.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Product was defetive. AcousticSoundDesign did not have a replacement so I contacted Harman/Kardon and they replaced it with a newer model #AVR-1710S. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
The chirp or beep that you periodically hear is caused by some issue that Harman and most or all of their receivers, including the AVR-3600 seems to have with Dolby Volume. Read morePublished 12 months ago by B.Willis
Style looks good but it's very hard to set it up and the sound control is inactive...plus the customer services was so poor.Published 21 months ago by Don Ly
Bought this only because it had abus control, moved into new house that was quoted for it. The sound on hk is supposed to be top notch but this one isn't. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Amazon Customer
the Receiver works very well as long as long as your speakers don;t start to make a chirping sound and it will move from one speaker to another, I called Tech support at Harman... Read morePublished on July 23, 2014 by EZ
The best I've had to date. Couldn't be more satisfied, great style, features and outstanding performance. Great Stuff to go with my Klipsch Speakers.Published on January 20, 2014 by Kelly D Bolton
Thought I was buying quality,
Audio and Video problem 2 years into purchase.
Finnaly the video quite. Took it too a HK recognized service centre. Read more
My top line is- dont buy, it will have issues but the customer service is just NOT worth it. !! Its way more hassle than its worth, their customer service needs a major... Read morePublished on October 19, 2013 by mark