Harman Kardon AVR130 A/V Receivers

4.89/5 (9 Reviews) MSRP : $270.00


Product Description

  • Stereo Mode
  • Subwoofer Output
  • 4 A/V Inputs with S-Video
  • 4 Audio Inputs
  • 24 Bit Twin Core Cirrus DSP Engine
  • 7 Device, Programmable Remote Control


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

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2005

Bottom Line:   
A very reasonably priced receiver for the budding home theater enthusiast.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by milaz001 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Look no further than harman/kardon for your home theater receiver. This unit, "entry-level" only in terms of its position in the h/k line-up for 2004, will outperform most consumer AVRs from the big-box retailers and beyond. The performance is powerful, refined, lush sound for both movies and music, with all the useful 5-channel processing modes. If you aren't looking for more than a 5.1 system, this should be on your audition list. More than likely, it will make its way into your home theater after you've given it a spin. Highly recommended.

This unit replaced a Sony ES receiver in my rig and there is simply no comparison. The 130 has more heft, both literally and in a figurative, sonic sense. It lends real authority to movie soundtracks and is sweet, detailed and pleasant in 2-channel stereo operation.

The quality of the performance of this unit can really only be substantially bettered if one moves to separates, and even then the return diminishes rapidly as you spend more and more coin.

As has been written elswhere, harman/kardon (like NAD, Marantz and Rotel) rates it AVRs honestly and conservatively. They include amps with ample current reserves, so dynamic peaks in soundtracks and music don't make you cringe as the AVR strains to put out the power. This unit will power any and all reasonable real-world speaker loads (4 Ohm speaker owners take note) with gusto, and you will likely have no problem hitting the SPL values you like.

The remote is nothing special, but I suspect this will not be an issue for most owners, who will use some sort of universal control anyway. Setup is, in my opinion, no more complicated than is typical for a modern AVR, and there is plenty of flexibility, including a well-developed crossover design.

I can't say enough about this AVR. Top marks on all counts, and very highly recommended. Stop reading this. Go buy one.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $359.00



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

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Excellent. A great value.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by audiopiler a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: October 22, 2004

Bottom Line:   
Great sound, great price.
I purchased over Sony and Yamaha. I like both of those, but the HK had much better imaging and was very clean, even at very high volumes. The sony and yamaha both left a little room for improvement at higher volumes. I was very happy with the price vs performance. Would highly recommend.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $299.00

Purchased At:   Fry's Electronics



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

Date Reviewed: October 12, 2004

Bottom Line:   
WOW!! I can't believe the change this Harman Kardon receiver made to my system. The Harman Kardon is replacing a Yamaha RX-V440 receiver whose sound was thin, unengaging and overly bright.

I purchased the Yamaha with the intent of striking a balance between 2 channel stereo music and home theatre. The Yamaha produced poor 2 channel stereo with little or no imaging, and after the change to the Harman Kardon, I realized only passable home theatre sound.
The difference in the two is amazing, and likewise amazing, is that both are considered "entry level"; the Harman Kardon is clearly on a different playing field. The Harman Kardon produces rich, full, detailed sound and provides the user with a host of useful tools to further tailor the sound. My speakers came alive and I find that I am fully engaged in the sound of my CD's and movies now. Bass augmentation is now on my terms rather than the receiver dictating to me when it is appropriate to use a sub. The Harman Kardon is clearly a "natural sounding" AV receiver that does everything it is supposed to do very well with authority and ease. Yamaha claimed "natural sound" or total audio purity however, it appears more to me as a schooled and practising musician, that the engineers of their products should get out of the labs, take a walk over to the musical instrument divisons side, and listen intently on how the instruments sound or should sound. Making good musical instruments does not necessarily ensure good quality stereo or av components I guess.
I also understand AV receivers are built primarily for AV, however, I don't think it unreasonable to expect a system to do both 2 ch music and home theatre reasonably well. Besides, who wants a house filled with a bunch of electronics or who has the luxury of a home theatre room and stereo room while still maintaining a viable marriage or life partnership....try selling that one to your wife and partner who is looking for some new furniture :). The Harman Kardon permits both of us being happy and the bank was not broke in achieving this musical Nirvana with Harman Kardon. Yamaha requires a large jump in price, at least here in Canada, to achieve anything close to what the Harman Kardon produces.

Thank you Harman Kardon for this receiver!! If you are looking to strike a balance between 2 channel stereo and home theatre then this is the receiver deserves your consideration.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2004

Price Paid:    $424.00

Purchased At:   Futureshop (Canadian




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