Harman Kardon AVR 100 A/V Receivers

4.17/5 (41 Reviews) MSRP : $499.00


Product Description

Stereo Mode: 50 watts per channel into 8 ohms Surround Mode: 40 watts per channel into 8 ohms Dolby Digital decoding


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Chris Greene a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Just wanted to offer advice to those who complain of lack of power for this unit. Choose the "test tone" option on the remote; the output of each channel, one by one, will be audible and acknowledged on the LED of the receiver. The listener can adjust the output of each channel with the arrow keys and "set"(up to 9 dB), which is a very cool way to customize the sound (e.g. the center speaker). My initial impression of the unit was "much too weak output" before discovering this feature (by simply reading the complete instructions); you may perhaps find a significant improvement. I just bought a progressive scan DVD player, and the audio (via the Optical jack) is very nice indeed. Am curious to discover the improvement with DTS decoding, so may upgrade from this unit. No problems with it to date. Good price.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $160.00

Purchased At:   Ubid.com



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by rob carron a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Review Of the HK AVR-65 (Dig this in audioland) I have a review for ya I have been a hk user since back in the day. and I think they have the right idea minus a few quarks 1# is reliability. i have a 97 yamaha RX-V870 that has an edge on this beast i think current is a very important factor, but dont you think reliability plays a important factor as well ? yes the finger is pointing at you HK tell me why is it that i do a comparison ? why does the big manufactures always try to impress up with numbers when the ears tell the whole truth i cant stress enuff about this factor ! I beleve that the ear is the most important thing not the box.I want at serious usable sound all the way around .not a bunch of mine is better than yours crap do your self a favor listen !!!!!!! and this is not a slam on hk it goes for all of em.the only problen with Harman kardon is quality control.if they conquor that they the can be on top once again! hope you are listening .

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   dont matter



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

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This receiver sounds extremely nice. I really dont care what anyone else thinks.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Purchased At:   gift



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Joe Davis a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: January 26, 2002

Bottom Line:   
This is my first harman Kardon reciever.
This is a nice reciever, except for the lack of power.
i always read these forums before buying a product, and I had heard that the AVR100 was under-rated for power. Thats not true, power is rated just as stated. When I first got it I had to turn it up to see what it could do. I connected it to a cheesy pair of speakers before going to my electrostatics that I built, I have a website on them at:
***** electrostaticloudspeakers.com ******.
I noticed that the sound would disort when i turned it up while playing bass. At first i thought "sweet, im gonna blow these cheesy speakers" but then i realized that it was the amp that was clipping. I hooked up my Oscilloscope and saw the amp peak out and push the 40Hz sine wave into a square wave. (Sarah Mclaughlin-- Unchained Melody)
That sucks. I've had cheap TEAC amplifiers that push more power than this. But now I can say I have a Harman Kardon right?!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   EBAY



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

Date Reviewed: January 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've had this unit for a year and I've been very happy with it. The sound is great, and it goes plenty loud without any distortion. It sounds incredible using it with a dvd player in Dolby Digital mode.

People who are complaining about not enough volume must have something wrong with their setup. I find that with the volume at -20 it is as loud as the loudest movie theater, and mine is set up in a huge room. I've only had the volume in the + territory once to test it out and it was scary loud. You would be deaf after 5 minutes.

The only problem I had with it was that after a few months the remote control and most of the buttons on the unit stopped working. I brought it in to the store where I bought it (Sound Advice), and somehow they had it shipped off to a Harmon Kardon repair shop where it was fixed and returned to me in only 2 days! I was very impressed with the customer service at Sound Advice, and also how HK honored the warranty. There were no questions asked, and it didn't cost me anything. (It turned out that they had to replace the front panel of the receiver).

It would be cool to have DTS decoding, but I haven't seen a dvd that didn't include Dolby Digital and that's just fine with me.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Sound Advice




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