Harman/Kardon reviews

Harman/Kardon AVI 150 AV amplifier review
AV amplifier Harman/Kardon AVI 150

The appearance of this "gentleman" of America can be described in one word - elegance. If you need a more extensive description, here it is, please: the elegance, impeccable style and high quality performance. We begin with the appearance: large "black box" with a massive motorized volume control knob,...
Harman/Kardon AVR 10 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 10

Exceptionally serious "black box" of this receiver immediately attaches. Surely, like every "Harmon/Kardon", it has a big handle of motorized volume control (with the firmed green rectangular led) and its signature double control buttons - "swing". These buttons, turning on and off two receiver's functions...
Harman/Kardon AVR 140 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 140

Harman/Kardon AVR 140 has modest showings of output power. Almost three-fold difference in comparison with the competitors can scare many. An how wrong you are! First, real 40W in channel is not a few (enough for any speaker system with the sensitivity of more than 89 dB/m). Second, power value is given...
Harman/Kardon AVR 1550 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 1550

Audio equipment made by the Harman International Company of USA is different from Japanese and European equivalents. This receiver is prominent, monumental, of refined external design, but its functionality is quite modest. AVR 1550 supports key standards for 5.1 multi-channel audio (DTS, Dolby Pro...
Harman/Kardon AVR 165 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 165

Harman/Kardon AVR165 receiver has five amplification channels (95W each), but the connection of an additional power amp is not provided. Output stages can give up to 25 Ampere, providing the confident control of any system. In addition to standard interfaces, this model has four 1.4 HDMI connectors,...
Harman/Kardon AVR 235 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 235

Harman/Kardon AVR-235 is in the middle of the line and can satisfy even the most unwanted by sellers' contingent - demanding but not very solvent movie lovers. This is precisely the golden mean when simplifications of the design are already sufficient to reduce the cost, but not too significantly deteriorate...
Harman/Kardon AVR 25 II AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 25 II

Home theater equipment is commonly included into the production program of almost all leading world companies. The popular American company Harman/Kardon wasn't left aside. Its AV-receiver AVR 25ii features a simple and user-friendly design, but the main feature is till its sound quality, and attention...
Harman/Kardon AVR 2550 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 2550

Fleet glance and you guess the manufacturer correctly - before you notice the logo. Everything is classical: black body with sharp edges, the strip of golden buttons, double indication of modes. Harman/Kardon AVR 2550 receiver has an advanced control system, allowing to "tie" a certain digital input...
Harman/Kardon AVR 260 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 260

The model Harmon/Kardon AVR-260 is an absolute leader in the class by the quality of built-in amplifier, and this factor is rapidly degraded in the whole industry for the last time. This is the most important factor with the availability of low-sensitivity speaker systems. It is widely stated about Harmon/Kardon...
Harman/Kardon AVR 30 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 30

The Harman Kardon AVR 30 is a complete audio/video receiver that would be equally compatible with a stereo music system or a home theater installation. Although none of its five audio-amplifier channels would be considered exceptionally powerful by today's standards, they are conservatively rated, and...
Harman/Kardon AVR 3550 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 3550

The aim of Harmon/Kardon AVR 3550 receiver's developers to keep the branded design of the front panel has led to duplication of showings: the name of enabled input and surround mode is identified by LED near the corresponding title and at a two-color fluorescent display. The buttons on the facade give...
Harman/Kardon AVR 360 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 360

AVR 360 receiver looks very attractively, laconically and modern. A graphic interface of the settings is beautiful and utterly easy-to-understand, and you can control other seven other system's components by the programmed remote control. How not to get the length of foot to such device? Everything...
Harman/Kardon AVR 460 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 460

The receiver is made by eight-scheme (7.1), while there is a multiple-output 7.1 (for pumping muscles by connecting external amplifiers) and input (in case of multi-channel SACD playback, or the emergence of new recording formats). Since the receiver belongs, as we have said, to the middle class, the...
Harman/Kardon AVR 5500 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 5500

All hidden opportunities receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 5500 feel immediately. It allows you to create acoustic design 5.1 (presence of a five-channel power amplifier is to use a powered subwoofer) for sources with digital soundtrack Dolby Digital and DTS. In this case, for DTS are also possible modes DTS...
Harman/Kardon AVR 5550 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 5550

By switching device capabilities Harman/Kardon AVR 5550 surpasses all competitors. Only he has a front panel AV-port with a coaxial connector for "numbers", and able to work at the reception, and signal transduction (easily organize overwrite any device). Moreover, when configuring your system, you can...
Harman/Kardon AVR 7300 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 7300

The design of the equipment Harman/Kardon two advantages are obvious: the original, recognizable "face" and excellent ergonomics. However, the appearance of this procedure has become familiar. It feels like in the state of H/K, a company with a worldwide reputation, was the only designer to work. Just...
Harman/Kardon AVR 760 AV-receiver review
AV-receiver Harman/Kardon AVR 760

To characterize the shape of the model is best in two words - true to the tradition. No conservatism in this: more than a modern design, it just made virtually all AV-components company. Rounded vertical faces of the facade, with a blue ring volume control, plus a daring combination of black and silver-gray...
Harman/Kardon BDS 575 Blu-ray receiver review
Blu-ray receiver Harman/Kardon BDS 575

Represent the brand Harman/Kardon general public familiar with audio and video, there is no need. People under the age will remember the prestigious amplification technique firms, and those who are younger and have seen the beginning of a grand building systems for home theater, also refresh the memory...
Harman/Kardon BDT 30 Blu-ray player review
Blu-ray player Harman/Kardon BDT 30

About three years ago, the first Blu-ray-transports - devices that do not have analog interfaces. Was such a model and Harman/Kardon - BDT 20. And I honestly thought that the number of such devices will continue to grow, but my prediction did not come true. Apparently, the market has not taken such a...
Harman/Kardon Citation 7.0 AV preamplifier review
AV preamplifier Harman/Kardon Citation 7.0

With an elegantly minimalist front panel containing a sensual blue and green display, the Harman Kardon Citation 7.0 A/V preamp is one of the most attractive components I have ever tested. Even better is that its beauty extends to the performance and versatility of its circuitry. The large central...
Harman/Kardon DVD 1 DVD-player review
DVD-player Harman/Kardon DVD 1

Designers Harman/Kardon always manages to stand firm and recognizable style to any equipment. No exception and attractive originality DVD 1 - the first DVD-player firm. Model in the American market is popular, but at the time of testing bio already known that the company has prepared a new pair. Deserves...
Harman/Kardon DVD 25 DVD-player review
DVD-player Harman/Kardon DVD 25

On a strict front panel of polished plastic look great gray-golden disc tray and stylish key Eject. Miniature control buttons are illuminated lettering; "Spacious" display is characterized by a wide viewing angle. Facilitates initial setup menu system with colorful illuminations. In addition to standard...
Harman/Kardon FL8450 CD-changer review
CD-changer Harman/Kardon FL8450

The Harman Kardon FL8450's simple styling could be interpreted as nice and streamlined or plain and boring, depending on your point of view. As with other carousels, its wide loading drawer could lead you to mistake it for a laserdisc player at first glance. The FL8450 loads five discs on its platter,...
Harman/Kardon HD 730 CD-player review
CD-player Harman/Kardon HD 730

Two-function buttons-rockers give the peculiarity to the appearance of all modern models of Harmon/Kardon. Due to such decision the front panel looks more restrained and doesn't scare a potential buyer by an abundance of buttons. However, the management at first is a bit confusing. But if you buy such...
Harman/Kardon HD750 CD-player review
CD-player Harman/Kardon HD750

There is an alternative to simple and concise design of British equipment and metallic luster of Japanese audio technique. See, for example, how the components of American Harmon/Kardon look like. A polished black plate takes a large part of the front panel - one this detail already gives the player...
Harman/Kardon HK 675 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK 675

So, why is Harman/Kardon remarkable? First of all, the amplifier weights a lot for its price category. Secondly, the control system is very convenient. Although the faceplate has no display, the names of all inputs are highlightened in blue as the volume control handle. It is quite clearly. From the...
Harman/Kardon HK1400 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK1400

We seem to be going through a Golden Era where superb quality/reasonably priced integrated amplifiers are concerned. Between £200 and £400 there are several noteworthy models demanding attention, among them the Technics SU-A600, Denon PMA-350/II, JVC AX-A662 and Technics SU-A900. With...
Harman/Kardon HK610 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK610

A severe, with military bearing Harman/Kardon HK610 will probably please patient people, who don't like to throw things and that's why avoid the abundance of buttons, keys and handles. Although there are many regulators, their uniform style helps to see the whole device without scouting about a wanted...
Harman/Kardon HK6100 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK6100

Harman Kardon has revamped its entire amplifier range, beginning with the budget PM635i which has been superceded by this HK6100. However, I think the term 'restyled' might be more appropriate here, since the HK6100 betrays little technical advance on the PM635i, while the aesthetic changes include a...
Harman/Kardon HK620 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK620

Original and easy recognizable appearance of modern Harmon/Kardon devices is determined by the design of faceplate - a small semi-circular projection in lower part of the panel and narrow vertical swinging keys of the selector. In the design of this switch the company's efforts were expressed, aimed...
Harman/Kardon HK650 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK650

Outwardly Harman/Kardon apparatus and amplifier in particularly are very conservative but that's why so recognizable. Visually it seems that HK650 has minimum components though their functional option set follows the best traditions of stereo sound ultimate mastership epoch. Besides it has full kit of...
Harman/Kardon HK670 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK670

In our times, when all sound-reproducing equipment noticeably lost in weight, any product that is not removable out of a box from the first try due to its weight immediately causes respect. Harman/Kardon HK670 is among them. A solid cube of power transformer, located exactly in the center, and powerful...
Harman/Kardon HK6950R Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon HK6950R

The dividing line between mid-fi and high-end audio is often a narrow one. When crossed, the resulting improvement in sound quality is a matter of diminishing returns, with more and more expenditure yielding smaller and smaller sonic benefits. At times, there are no audible returns at all: The audiophile...
Harman/Kardon HKTS 11 5.1 system review
5.1 system Harman/Kardon HKTS 11

The kit consists of four identical satellites SAT-TS11, center channel CEN-TS11 and active subwoofer SUB-TS11. Satellites and center housing are made of plastic, they finished outside meshed permanent metal mesh covering the speakers. Satellites are equipped with high-frequency 13-mm speaker and two...
Harman/Kardon PM635i Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon PM635i

The PM635i clearly takes over from the older PM635, though there are few visible differences between the two. Harman has sought to improve the '635 with binding posts rather than the tatty spring clip terminals fitted to the original model, though these do not include 4mm sockets. The styling of the...
Harman/Kardon PM655 Amplifier review
Amplifier Harman/Kardon PM655

THE American based company Harman Kardon currently makes several integrated amplifiers of which the PM655 is the second from top in price and power output. It is manufactured at a plant in Japan. A nominal 60 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms unit, it has several features which indicate that it has been...
Harman/Kardon TL8500 CD-changer review
CD-changer Harman/Kardon TL8500

Instead of a front-opening drawer, it sports a top-loading platter under a transparent plastic cover. In addition, the buttons on the plastic front panel are all large and curvaceously contoured. All in all, not only is this changer charmingly reminiscent of LP turntables of yore, it's also just plain...
Harman/Kardon TU920 Tuner review
Tuner Harman/Kardon TU920

If you have a long memory, you may recall the Harman Kardon Citation 14 and 15 tuners, introduced in the early '70s. These were, the first FM tuners to use phase-locked-loop (PLL) stereo demodulators. This innovation, combined with the growing use of integrated circuits (ICs), changed the face of tuner...
Harman/Kardon TU930 Tuner review
Tuner Harman/Kardon TU930

This device is originally and tastefully made. While looking at it, you have thoughts: the costume from Carten, watch from Cartier, the tuner from Harman/Kardon... A beautiful vacuum fluorescent display indicates the frequency and number of the programmed channel. Swinging vertical selections keys of...