Harman Kardon AVI200 MKII Amplifiers

AVI200 MKII

Integrated Amplifier - Dolby Pro Logic (1996-1997)

User Reviews (8)

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wije   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 12, 2002]
Strength:

Punching with enough power for Aegis One speakers. Details and very accurate with silver interconnect.

Weakness:

None that I have experienced thus far (after more than 3 years of usage.

This was my fisrt HK amplifier. My previous ones were Technics, Pioneer and Marantz (early 80''s models) used during my Uni days. This amplifier works wonders with my Technics Speakers. The power it generates is really wall shaking. I recently upgraded this amp with H/K AVR 65 (to joint the fratenity of DD and DTS) and also upgraded by front speakers to AE Aegis One. When playing straight stereo using AVR 65, the sound does not contain enough details as AVI200. So I have decided to stay with AVI200 for my straight stereo listening and with AVR 65 for my home theater enjoyment. I am enjoying the sound of AVI 200 tremendously and will stay with this amo for music only listening for a long time to come.

Similar Products Used: Pioneer, Technics
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5
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5
wije   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 12, 2002]
Strength:

Punching with enough power for Aegis One speakers. Details and very accurate with silver interconnect.

Weakness:

None that I have experienced thus far (after more than 3 years of usage.

This was my fisrt HK amplifier. My previous ones were Technics, Pioneer and Marantz (early 80''s models) used during my Uni days. This amplifier works wonders with my Technics Speakers. The power it generates is really wall shaking. I recently upgraded this amp with H/K AVR 65 (to joint the fratenity of DD and DTS) and also upgraded by front speakers to AE Aegis One. When playing straight stereo using AVR 65, the sound does not contain enough details as AVI200. So I have decided to stay with AVI200 for my straight stereo listening and with AVR 65 for my home theater enjoyment. I am enjoying the sound of AVI 200 tremendously and will stay with this amo for music only listening for a long time to come.

Similar Products Used: Pioneer, Technics
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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Stew Jerrim   Casual Listener [Nov 03, 2000]
Strength:

Cheap, great sound reproduction, good power output

Weakness:

Maybe one extra input would be useful.

Amplifier is only used by me as a stereo amp through Mission 701's. To me reproduction of my sort of music - which tends to be more of the trance/house/club variety has not been matched by systems costing four or five times as much.
This may or may not be due to the speakers, but certainly the difference betwene the old Rotel and this unit is, well, they simply aren't in the same league really.
Not much else to add really - great Amp, even if it is getting a bit long in the tooth.

Similar Products Used: Rotel, Technics
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5
VALUE
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5
Steve B   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 23, 2000]
Strength:

Quality, Looks, Signal Routing

Weakness:

Hmmm

Bought this about six months ago new from Frye's for $199 - Amazing what good deals you can get on something with "Only five channel surround and not 5.1"

Hey, nice quality parts. Fine remote and it runs my 4ohm speakers without overheating. One really nice feature is the ability to put any recording device into the VCR1 output and route a different signal than what your sending the tape deck.

The display panel automatically dimming when you put it in "go to sleep in XX minutes" mode is a nice touch.

Solid, lots of power, I don't think HK has anything out now that touches this in terms of bang for the buck - especially as a two channel stereo amp as its main use

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Brian   an Audio Enthusiast [Oct 15, 1998]

This review isn't very objective because I didn't do any A/B comparisons between this amp and it's competition in the $500 range.
Caveats aside, I have good ears and this is one great low-priced amp. (I payed $150 for a demo with no remote that wasn't even connected. It listed for $499. Harman.com has it for $329.)

I had an old '80s Yamaha driving my Tannoy studio monitors before. What a difference. Soundstage doubled in size. Detail accross the response range instensely magnified. (Some of this is probably due to the fact that the Tannoys require some power to drive, and this amp has more of it.)

I grew up listening to my dad's Dynaco Stereo 70. I like warm sound. I read on some other review on this site that the HK sound is warm for solid state. Happily, I agree. You can hear the fullness on guitar tracks obviously recorded through tubes.

The only question remaining after taking this amp through its initial paces is in the bass. Doesn't seem as well-defined as the Yamaha, but I'm still working on dialing in the subwoofer now that I can line level connect to it, so we'll see.

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5
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Jim Da Bomb   an Audiophile [Aug 10, 1998]

Da bomb for da cream.

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5
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Big Dave   an Audio Enthusiast [Jun 11, 1999]

I bought my HK AVI 200 MkII about a year ago from J&R Music for about $250, and have been very happy with it. For the money, it's a high-quality piece of equipment; they didn't skimp on the power supply or the capacitors. Lots of features for this price range, too! It's too bad that HK discontinued this unit, because it's a great value in it's price class. I'd give it a "4" rating overall, but a "5" in its price range.

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5
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RATING
Jeremy Andringa   an Audio Enthusiast [Sep 10, 1999]

I wanted enough power to push my Infinity SM 125 and something with a sound stage. Well I found it in this amp, it was only $300 in the box new and it preforms great for the price.

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5
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