Harman Kardon AVR-340 A/V Receivers

4/5 (3 Reviews) MSRP : $555.00


Product Description

  • 70 Watts x 2 Channels
  • iPod connectivity
  • EzSetup+ Simplified Setup
  • Dolby Pro Logic IIx/II Game Mode
  • Digitally-tuned AM/FM Radio Tuner
  • CS49400 DSP processor


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by ActiveDuke a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: April 17, 2011

Bottom Line:   
Weak Power supply and it is super sensitive radio signals.

Very good looking but have already bought myself a new one tomorrow..Yamaha.

Did not get the stupid remote when i bought it so dont know much about the adjustments missing.

If you want a good looking amp...HK is best. But if you are looking for sound in this price range..go for Yamaha or Marantz.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2006



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kfilly a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2006

Bottom Line:   
Awesome sounding receiver! I have this hooked up for 7.1 surround and it sounds incredible. It has plenty of power to push my Cerwin Vega front speakers (RE-25's). The sound is warm and pleasant. The EZ-set EQ automatically adjusts speaker levels, delays, and speaker crossovers for flawless 7.1 surround. It was as simple as plugging a microphone into the headphone jack and pressing a button while using the on screen display. The receiver has renameable inputs and a large two line display that makes it easy to see which input is selected. Able to hook up and control my Ipod directly to the receiver thru an accessory. The remote is terrible. I already replaced that with an Harman Kardon TC-30 remote which is way cool, but that is a different review.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   eBay



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by mjkenneno1 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 20, 2006

Bottom Line:   
I bought the AVR 340 to replace my robust, yet severely outdated, Denon AVR 5600. I could no longer live without component video switching and DTS. I am running a NHT speaker setup, including the power monger 2.5i's in as the front/main channels. Overall, I think this is a very good product. As I expected, the sound quality as compared to similar priced units is top notch. I spent many hours comparing this unit to comparably priced Onkyo and Yamaha units. Plain and simple, the dynamics far exceed anything in the price range. Although only 55 watts per channel, the HK's very underrated power specifications deliver warm, clean sound. Of course, as all mid priced receivers do, there are a couple of downfalls. This unit does lose some of its big sound when 5+ channels are driven at once and with large, power hungry, low sensitivity speakers. For my testing, I figured this was due to the extreme needs of my NHT main speakers (with their built in 8” passive subwoofers, 6 ohm impedance, and 86db sensitivity). So, I hooked up a pair of my roommates Paradigm towers instead, just to test my theory. The HK had no problem driving 5+ channels with the PD's up front, losing none of its "big" sound. Don't get scared to buy this unit because it had issues with my NHT"s. The NHT’s are a very power hungry speaker, and neither my Denon 1500 (older, yet higher end A/V receiver) nor my roommates $1000.00 plus Yamaha (brand new) can really push them in multi-channel modes. Some speakers just need a separate preamp/amp, or a very powerful $2,500 plus receiver to sound great. This receiver should run Polk, Paradigm, Infinity, Mission, Klipsch, and similar brands fine. As a home theater receiver this unit is great, with extremely directed sound for multi channel modes. Where this unit really shines is during 2-channel stereo operation. Although it had some trouble with my NHT 2.5i's in 5 channel mode (remember, it did fine with other tower speakers requiring less power), it did wonders in stereo. The sound is very close to that of my much, much more expensive Denon AVR 5600, with its huge toroidal power amplifiers. The bass is deep, the mids transparent, and the highs clean without too much brightness. I tested the unit with everything from jazz, to acoustic rock, to heavy metal. It surpassed my expectations on everything I threw at it. Now that I've talked about the really important part, sound quality, I'll move on to the ergonomics. The front panel is great, giving you just what you need to control all of the important functions without making the unit look cluttered. The slick black on silver with blue display and volume knob looks very “high end”, especially in the dark. One thing I love, the front panel display has a large font. This allows even someone with poor eyesight, such as myself, to clearly see what source, digital input, and surround mode is being used without having to pull up the on screen display. On the back panel, all of the connection terminals are well spaced and thoughtfully layed-out. With digital cable, dvd, a laserdisc player (I know, I'm old school), and two video game systems the H/K still has plenty of room. There is also a "Bridge" hookup for the ridiculous amount of people who own iPods. The only thing I dislike is that the AVR 340 has only two component video inputs. Most similarly priced units have three. The remote is not fantastic. Not to say it is bad, it just lacks the wow factor. I expected as much, as H/K has been known to lack in the remote control department. The remote functionality is fine. The unit controls all of the basic needs for my equipment. It does bother me that the remote does not include a backlit function. This makes it very difficult to use when the lights are off. You may want to consider buying a Logitech Harmony or One-4-All Kameleon universal and use that instead of this unit’s remote. Separately, a multi-room remote is included with this unit. This very simple remote makes using the multi-room function easy as can be. All the basic needs are included. Although, if you really want to get the most out of the multi-room experience you will need to buy an additional radio frequency adapter, this way you don’t have to walk back to the room where the AVR 340 is located to control the unit. While I’m on the subject, I’ll talk some more about the AVR 340’s multi-room capabilities. This unit has by far the best multi-room functionality of any receiver within $500.00 of the price I paid (425.00 with s&h). I won’t go into details, just trust me. I have not bothered with the multi-room on other receivers in the past because the feature was bothersome to use. The H/K makes it easy. Alright, I’ll cover the 340’s surround decoding and extra’s. All of the basics are present, including a myriad of DTS and Dolby surround modes. The DTS and Dolby modes perform about the same as most comparably priced receivers. Where this unit stands out a bit is with Harman Kardon’s proprietary Logic 7 modes. Logic 7 takes any non DTS or Dolby Digital material and produces a very realistic 5/6/7.1 sound stage. There are separate music, movie, and enhanced modes. The music mode is really nice for lighter sounding music, such as classic rock, acoustic rock, rnb, classical, and jazz. It places just the right nuisances in the surround channels without overwhelming the main channels. I play a fair amount of video games and watch a lot of TV. The cinema and enhanced Logic 7 modes are incredible. There are times when you would almost swear the surround information was encoded in 5.1, as it is in DTS and Dolby Digital. Basically, the Logic 7 simply produces a much more realistic and lively soundstage than the Pro Logic II included on all surround receivers. Good job H/K! On top of the DTS, Dolby Digital, and Logic 7 modes the AVR 340 includes the ever so boring Hall, Hall 2, and Theater modes found on every A/V receiver on earth. The 5 and 7 channel stereo modes are also included if you want to really fill the room with sound. One thing I think is great about newer receivers is their ability to set up the speaker configuration automatically. Harman Kardon calls this EzSet, and it works perfectly. You just place the included microphone at the listen position, press a couple of buttons, then sit back and let the receiver do its thing. The EzSet determines the speaker size, distance, delay times, and even has a built in equalizer to compensate for the room and difference in speaker timbre. The on screen display is basic, very basic. Although the OSD is basic and lacks the wow factor, as does the remote I mentioned early, it is simple to use. I have to conclude that this is a great receiver for someone who’s main priority if sound quality or ergonomics. If you are very concerned with bells & whistles and the remote control you may want to check out a Yamaha or Onkyo. I’m sure there are a few things I didn’t get to cover, but I think all the major stuff is here. As I said at the beginning of the review, this is a great receiver for the money and I highly recommend.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $425.00

Purchased At:   Ebay




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