Harman Kardon PT-2500 A/V Preamplifier

4.42/5 (19 Reviews) MSRP : $530.00


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Dolby Prologic Preamplifier


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by t tran a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: November 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I want to set up a 2ch for a occasional listen area and I got this one, maybe because of the price and the ratings.
Well, the chassis is HUGE, oversize. I can't belive it. It has a lot of inputs but I just use to hook up a cd player and listen to AM, FM. The sound quality is good, clean and clear, nice bass. FM reception is amazing compare to my yamaha or any other receivers i've used. AM reception is normal. I don't like the volumn knob, I feel like it can break anytime. The buttons lay out is really bad, especially the loudness button, tiny and hidden behide the big volumn knob. I took me a couple day to realize there is one because I didn't care about the manual.
For the sound, I recommend it, but for the lay out, size, i don't like it.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   ebay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tweak48 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I'm using this outdated HT preamp as the heart of my stereo-only system in our family room. It's ironic that it makes makes one hell of a stereo Tuner/Preamp, especially for the money. I'm using it to drive a couple of Fairchild monoblock tube power amps (EL34 outputs), which are powering some JBL 4425 studio monitors (horns). It's got an excellent phono preamp, and really does my Thorens table/Ortofon MC20 cart justice. The unit I got from uBid was so pristine that I don't believe it was a "B" stock unit. I know they didn't sell very well, and I think Sid Harman was dumping new stock through though uBid.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   uBid



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Simon Farmer a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2000

Bottom Line:   
Still enjoying this pre-amp and only paid $120 for it the price I got for my Kenwood receiver. Day and night difference between the two which makes me very happy to be owning the H/K. Using the radio shack remote which gives it a more solid feel to it, the suplied remote well you have heard the story. Need a DVD player now and then maybe the H/K Digital processor.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Luke Fisher a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2000

Bottom Line:   
well, folks, I wish I would have gotten this unit for $100.00, as many other reveiwers have, but I am an H/K dealer (through a distributor) and even at dealer cost, I paid about 200.00. this unit has had a few problems, ranging from mysterously shutting off to center and rear channel noise problems...just an all around peice of crap, in terms of reliability. I also do not care for the remote, but for a few hundred dollars, H/K will sell you a sweet remote to go with it! I am also dissapointed with the manual, saying the sub has adjustable output, but it is not even on/off, much less adjustable! since the DVD revoloution, I can see the logical thing to do is replace this with an Onkyo, which has onboard Dolby Digital as well as fully adjustable crossovers with adjustable gains! I compared the sound of my buddys Onkyo with my H/K, and needless to say, the PA5800 had less power and was noisier! I always build my own speakers, and the H/K was unhappy with a 2ohm load and shut off after getting VERY hot...the Onkyo was OK with it but both were happier with an 8 ohm load, although I suspect 4 ohms would serve either best, at least as a high pass...I have a big burly Carver running a beast of a Fosgate power series 15" in a transmission line enclosure to run the bottom end (take that, car audio boomer brats!) OK, well, enough complaining, how about them bears? the phono stage is pretty sweet for a H/T peice, but not many people use that, of course. This thing has the 2nd best Pro Logic surround I have ever heard, surpassing a Denon THX peice another friend has, with much better articulation of placement on low frequency effects especially...well, anyway, if you need a cheap prologic peice, this thing looks like a million, sounds good at worst, great for most applications, and can hold its own against most any reciever...happy listening!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Haru a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 11, 2000

Bottom Line:   
I got mine for $99+shipping. I needed only a high quality stereo pre-amp. However, sterep pre-amps are not cheap. I decided to go with either the PT-2500 or the NAD 917AV ($230). They do pretty much the same thing, ie dolby prologic preamp/tuners. NAD always have superb performance and the 917AV's tuner is the same as the standard setting NAD 412. I was going to buy the NAD, but then I found the PT-2500 for under $100. That decided it.

I was a little apprehensive becaue of a previous experience with an H/K AVR65. That unit was crappily built, had a high noise floor, and when the volume was changed using the remote control, the motor's on/off spikes infiltrated into the sound.

I am happy to report that, other than looking similar, the PT-2500 shares nothing with the AVR 65. It is very well made, sound quality is perfect, the tuner is superb, and I could not be happier with the unit. I cannot comment on the theater abilities, but I find that if I switch it to Direct (which is how I operate it), the sound is indistinguishable from when I run my CD Player directly into the power amp. The volume control is superb, precise and well controlled by the remote. The AM section of the tuner is just AWFUL. My car's stereo pulls in AM better than the PT-2500

I heartily recommend the PT-2500 to everybody not needing a good AM section and Dolby Digital.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999




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