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Other than knowing my Harman Kardon AVR 100 is old, I don't know what it does. I inherited it from someone who received it as a gift but NEVER used it, so I have no help or instruction on how to use it.

In addition to not knowing what it does, I know what it CAN'T do. I've done a bit of reading and have learned that there is no S-video switching and no DTS decoding features available.

So here are my questions:

What is the AVR 100 intended to do?

What is S-video?

What is DTS decoding?

In today's wonderful world of electronic add-on's, is there a solution to the "no S-video switching" and the "no DTS decoding"?

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It's an audio-video receiver: meaning that you can hook up to it the audio (red & white RCA plugs) and video (yellow plug) from your cable / satellite box, VCR, DVD, and/or video game systems. The AVR then processes the currently selected audio signal, amplifies it, and then powers outboard speakers, while the video signal of the currently selected source can be output to a television.

It's also old enough that there is no manual for it available on HK's website.

If you would like to listen to radio or other audio from a CD player or iPod in a garage or kitchen, this, along with a pair of speakers, should do the job.

If you want to watch HD television and movies, or even DVDs, this AVR won't help.
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Thanks petern for the reply to my first question.

So, can anyone help me with the other three questions:

What is S-video?

What is DTS decoding?

In today's wonderful world of electronic add-on's, is there a solution to the "no S-video switching" and the "no DTS decoding", like adding other components?


A couple of new questions:

Can I use the unit to be able to give me surround sound?

Can anyone offer any suggestions on how to "upgrade" with some other components so I can use it for HD and/or dvd's and/or blu-rays?

Thanks again.
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The Owners manual is right here, found it on the HK website.
http://www.harmankardon.com/resource...VR100%20om.pdf


I think if you want to use it with HD, blu ray and DVD's you should get another AVR. The AVR100 receiver is from 1999 and has no DTS decoding. You really want that feature because most of the blu ray disc have DTS audio. DTS is an 5 channel audio format similar to Dolby Digital, but since no DTS decoder is on this AVR, I'd look towards getting something else.

The lack of s-video is not a big deal at all. Nobody really uses svideo anymore. It isn't a high resolution video output anyway.

If you want to get the most out of your HD components please buy another receiver. Even a more recent used AVR would be better.

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What is S-video?

What is DTS decoding?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-Video

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DTS_(sound_system)

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