Harman Kardon HK 970 Integrated Amplifiers

HK 970

  • 2X 70Wpc RMS into 8ohms
  • Source Direct Mode
  • A/B Speaker
  • Headphone output
  • 6 Line Inputs
  • Built in phono stage

User Reviews (4)

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Abbas Ladonni   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 23, 2017]

I set this amp with pain of KEF Q7 bands and the result is awesome! Wonderful base, either in high volume and in low volume and not at all lose. Sound is quiet deep and warm. Treble is perfect and clear. No distortion, no extra noise. Cabinet is hma pure harman style. Very heavy weight.

Bads :
No subwoofer connector
Remote Control is not pretty enough
Made in China
The Round Volume Control Buttom on the amp is little week and valnurable.

Overall : I do recommand this amp! It do woth much more than the price you pay for. And be informed that this amp is really powerful 410Watt. So use powerfull speakers with it.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
art   Audio Enthusiast [May 01, 2011]

Bought it quite some time ago and must say it's pretty good amp. Nice, clean powerfull sound is what I like and this amp provide this. I have first version from 2005 with 410W power draw

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Chris999   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 28, 2008]
Strength:

The build quality!!!

Weakness:

The look and sound far from any expectations...

Looking at construction of HK970 you will think it is a High End, but sound does not confirm it. I have an experience of using amplifiers, i remember my HK-630 - the wonderful little amplifier, HK650, HK670 ( not so good). What about HK970, Harman/Kardon continues to loose on HI-FI arena. Too much efforts, but no real result. Why? HK-970 has dual mono construction - good, big transformer, filter capasitors (24000x2) - good, input selector is not very cheap, but not of the best quality too( coud be built on relays), the screening is not good at all, the amplifier section has a solid construction - good. So why it does not want to sound properly? The bass is loose, midrange is not focused and without any feeling of precence, highs are not airy. The answer is simple, it is not enough to use components, it also necessary to do proper tuning to make amplifier really sing! Also the look of amplifier is not HI-FI, maybe for receiver it is just ok, but amplifier is not a toy, it must look seriosly like for example Nad, Denon, Cambridge Audio units. It is pity, so instead of HK970 i have taken JBL E-100 speakers - the perfect choice, no regrets, because JBL always keeps it's name high. Remais only the question why Harman can not make deserving amplifier?

Similar Products Used: Harman/Kardon HK630, HK650, HK670, Marantz PM34, PM4001,
Denon PMA-700AE, Yamaha AX-496, Sony TA-F35, Rotel RA-931,
NAD C320BEE, C325BEE, C352.
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
4
craig hogan   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 30, 2007]
Strength:

clean powerful sound

Weakness:

could have a detachable power cord.
a bit plasticy looking but thats all

A very worth while amp that has a very warm sound. Whilst I have owned amps in the higher price bracket ie audiolab, unison research, arcam, to mention a few. The harman in my opinion delivers an excellent sound that punches well above its price tag. The build quality is good (what you would expect at the price) if not great.
Sound wise, the harman delivers plenty of grunt when required without losing control. Bass is a little lose and bloated and the midrange could take a more forward seat, treble is great (for my taste) a bit on the bright side which is great for digging up detail especially at low volume.
The harman seems to work well with speakers from b&w. I currently have a pair of p4's which combine very well.
I probably would'nt recommend this amp for cheap boom boom speakers as it deserves better and will reward you will a feeling on little cash spent well

Similar Products Used: heaps and heaps
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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