Harman Kardon FL 8300 CD Players

3.16/5 (86 Reviews) MSRP : $330.00


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Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by axlegrease a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I don't remember the price paid. I won't bother repeating what the other reviewers have said, so suffice it to say that the sound is great, nice features for the price, the ergonomics are poor, but the death nail lies in the poor... or rather piece of cr*p... mechanical reliability of the tray & loading mechanisms. I plan on gutting it tonight in a last ditch effort at repair to keep it going another 6 months, so I have sufficient time to select a replacement free of such anguish. (Why do I do this to myself?) Oh... and for those of you experiencing power problems, if you see the way the face attaches to the internal circuitry, you'd know why... junk, junk, junk, and quite a challenge disassemble for repair purposes, hence the wait times for those of you dissapointed with the aftermarket service...

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: November 14, 2002

Bottom Line:   
WITHOUT READING THE REVIEWS, I FOUND THE FOLLOWING PROBLEMS WITH MINE. FIRST, OCCASIONALLY, THE UNIT WILL NOT RECOGNIZE A DISC, USUALLY DISC 3. SECOND, THAT DISC SKIP BUTTON IS IN A HORSE SH*T SPOT. THIRD, I THINK THE SPINNING OF THE CAROUSAL OCCURS WHEN YOU PRESS THE DISC SKIP BUTTON MORE THAN 1 TIME. FOURTH, I THINK THE UNIT SKIPS TRACKS ON THE CD THAT I AM PLAYING, EVEN THOUGH I DO NOT PROGRAM IT (UNLESS I AM ACCIDENTALLY PROGRAMMING IT). FINALLY, I BOUGHT IT IN JUNE OF 1997, AS A "DEMO",AND IT HAS PERFORMED RELATIVELY WELL, GIVEN THE IRRITATING PROBLEMS LISTED ABOVE.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $219.00

Purchased At:   american



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

Date Reviewed: March 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I have had this for over 4 years and never any problems. It has been moved around so many times and yet it seems to be in good condition. The crystal clear sound that comes out of this baby is worth every dollar I paid for it. It is so easy to make out the difference between the sound of this player and that of other players. I feel terrible about the bad review this has got from some people, but it sure seems like a Quality Control problem at HK. Some are good, some are bad. That does make me nervous about buying another HK product but on the other hand, for $150, this beats the c*** out of any other CD player

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $175.00

Purchased At:   Ubid



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Eric Cartman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 16, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I've had this unit for a few years now, and i'm just about to upgrade using an external DAC. I've been so please that i was really loathed to swap out the whole lot, so the external DAC was decided on. Apart from the drawer sticking, the unit has operated without fault (i've now lubed the draw and it hasn't stuck since). I've recently upgraded my Amp which has shown that my previous amp was a bit edgy, but my new amp now makes the CD player the weakest link (isn't this always the way).

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   A.N Other Audio



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by MickAv8r a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Transport and tray seem cheap. Don't like that it runs so hot. Only 'problem' I have had in the 3+ years I have owned it is that it occasionally will 'no disc' a cd, usually opening the tray shows the cd has slipped out of alignment. No other problems to date. Will skip when jostled.

I don't expect I will ever buy another Harmon Kardon product unless they really reevalute their quality and overall product lines. I also own an AVR 55 a/v reciever which is underpowered.

IMO H/K can really make some excellent sounding equipment, (I hate Sony's sound) but they have been getting gimicky and build quality has suffered.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Circuit City




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