Harman Kardon AVR 40 A/V Receivers

Harman Kardon AVR 40 A/V Receivers 

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 25, 2016]
Brantley Allen
Audio Enthusiast

I received this from a lady at work after she replaced the system with a Sonos. I use it as my primary audio switching unit in my office.  I have my computer, Sony CDR-W33 and Kenwood TS-590 amateur radio attached to it.  
This unit sounds good with all the tone controls flat. I've listened to three model of Sennheiser headphones and three models of speakers with it.  It is an excellent receiver.
The only con is a slight speaker hum that is present regardless of the input.  It is a low noise and disappears even with low volume, but I did need to report it.
I would definitely recommend this unit despite the late date after manufacture.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 28, 2007]
CATZ13
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

VERY CLEAN SMOOTH SOUND AND PLENTY OF PUNCH.MANY PEOPLE HATE THE REMOTE BUT I THINK IT IS INNOVATIVE AND JUST TAKES TIME TO GET USE TO.

Weakness:

I JUST CAN NOT WRITE ANYTHING BAD ABOUT THIS RECEIVER,IT HAS SERVED ME WELL AND CONTINUES TO DO SO! BUT WHAT DOES IRRITATE ME ARE SO CALLED AUDIO FILES THAT DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THE HUMAN EAR CAN ONLY HEAR SO MUCH.UNLESS YOU HAVE A BIG RED CAPE AND AN "S" ON YOUR CHEST YOU WILL NOT FIND MANY FAULTS WITH THE AVR-40

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS HK. I HAVE PAIRED IT WITH NUMEROUS SETS OF SPEAKERS(CURRENTLY WITH BOSTON ACOUSTICS ) ALL I CAN SAY IS IF YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON AN AVR-40,DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GRAB IT.

Customer Service

NEVER HAD TO USE IT!

Similar Products Used:

PHASE LINEAR 700 B AMP
PHASE LINEAR 4000 PRE-AMP
PHASE LINEAR T 2000 TUNER

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 19, 2000]
Happy Listener
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Simple,durable,all around good reciever.

Weakness:

Non-digital,and as mentioned that remote feels and looks goofy.

I have had this reciever 3 years or so, and its been enjoyable. I really like the stereo sound of it,and like the fact you can upgrade it. It's not digital, but does have so many tweakable features it mates well to different HT set-ups. I wouldn't recommend it now with all the improvements over HT, but 3 years ago it was a great buy.I'll keep it till it dies.

Similar Products Used:

Many over the years.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Oct 08, 2000]
Russ
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Bass response, overall sound quality.

Having owned a top of the line Kenwood for 12 years, I decided to buy a transition receiver(hey,I'm cheap!).
I was more than happy with the sound of this receiver!
So much so, I am postponing the purchase of a high end digital receiver for fear of being dissapointed with the sound(plus,I'm cheap!). I have old, but great, Polk tower speakers,and this receiver makes them shine. So much so, I have removed my powered subwoofer! One more thing, the remote is great! I don't care how many people think it is ugly, it works! and it stands out from the rest of the five remotes on my coffee table. I have become a HK fan.

Similar Products Used:

Kenwood

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 07, 2000]
Hugh Lam
Casual Listener


I have 10 nice pair speakers, plus 3 center
speakers at home.
After I had tested Harman Kardon AVR-40. I have
a conclusion. This receiver sounds very good but only
for 2 main channel, the bass seems good. Also, it lacks
sound for home theather especially rear speaker.
I bought this receiver $87.00 plus shipping
at www.ubid.com. With the price therefore It was not
expected many features. But it sounded very good only
for 2 main speakers WITH or WITHOUT SUB-WOOFER.
Otherwise You want to build your home theater you
need to look something else then spending more money.

Thanks Hugh Lam

Similar Products Used:

Sherwood Newcastle 925, Sony STR-D1011S, Teac-AV-G8050

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Dec 17, 1997]
Vamshi Thandra
a Casual Listener

The AVR 40 is one of the newer H/K receivers so I thought I'd get a listing started for it. I bought it about four months ago as a "back to school" present for myself for $340. I heard a few models from Kenwood, Onkyo and Sony before settling on this one. The models offered by the other brands have a lot more features and buttons but I think the H/K produced a cleaner, more effortless sound than any of them. Then again, I don't claim anything more than the average ear for sound. :-)
I love the simplicity of the receiver's front panel layout. The polished feet and two color power LED round out a beautiful package. The remote control that comes with this unit is also worth mentioning. It is unique to this model and features a shape that is more comfortable to hold than traditional ones. It's rated power isn't very high (40wpc I think) but is more than enough to drive the Infinity Composition Prelude front stage (P-FRs + center channel) and Overture 1 surrounds I use. I have also heard that H/K traditionally under-rates their equipment.

While I find it more than adequate for HT use, I would recommed the AVR40 for those who intend to use their system mainly to listen to music. It excels at this, especially when compared to most of the competition in this price range.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Sep 27, 1999]
Ed
a Casual Listener

What a great deal for an outstanding Dolby Prologic receiver for $139 (shipped) from U-bid. I am really impressed by the clean and smooth sound that this HK AVR40 receiver produces. Absolutely great for stereo music of all kinds! Home theatre sound is also good. The appearance is beautiful and elegant; the unit is solidly built. Negatives: ugly looking remote control, and no phono inputs. I would still give it 5 stars because of its quality and value.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 24, 1998]
Jamie
an Audio Enthusiast

My thoughts on the AVR40 is that I feel for the price you should get a phono input and B speaker channels and what in the world was they thinking when they designed that remote I have no idea. The Wrap feature I do like. I have the previous model which is the AVR20MKII, and there is no way I would trade it in for the AVR40. Other than those faults I listed previous it is a good reciever. I just expected more from Harman Kardon.

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 12, 2000]
Ken
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Elegant design and solid build. Warm tone.

Weakness:

None that I can think of.

Nice receiver... bought it a few years ago at Circuit City.
It replaced my 18 year old Fisher! I am quite happy with
the new machine. Although the tuner isn't as "bright", it
is more forgiving of the weak stations. Very similar to
the old Proton D940. Easy to listen to without fatigue.

Although this unit doesn't do much in the digital realm,
its analog section makes it a winner in a big way. The
remote, an apparent attempt at an ergonomic design, is
a bit awkward at first but easy enough to use after awhile.

Similar Products Used:

JVC, Proton

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 27, 1998]
Stanley
an Audio Enthusiast

I recently purchased the HK AVR40 as a X'mas present for myself. Since I have a small living room and reside in an apartment in Westwood, I was limited in both space and budget. My AVR40 is hooked up with a set of Cambridge Soundworks Ensemble IV Home Theatre System. I have to say that these components gives you the most "BANG" for your buck in its respective price categories. For around $275 (shipping included), I have a solid amp/receiver that does its job beautifully. Even though the AVR40 is not "Digital Ready", it is very good in its stereo and home theatre settings. The power is more than adequate and the sound is clean. I do have a gripe about the remote: it looks heinous and not very functional, plus it is extremely left hand unfriendly. The Ensembles also are unbeatable in its price range. For $325 (shipping included), I have small satellites that are great for both music listening and home theatre. Warning, I did have quite a few problems with the sales reps at Cambridge Soundworks though, my order was processed incorrectly and only corrected after about 7 to 8 phone calls.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
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