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Old 01-13-2013, 05:01 PM - Thread Starter
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Either will be used to power harman/kardon HKTS60 speakers.


I am hestitated because AVR 265 has 1080 upscaling but AVR 170 doesn't. AVR 170 has AirPlay but AVR 265 doesn't. AVR 170 has generally more positive reviews even though it is relatively lower end than AVR 265. Please provide any input as to which will be better for a home theatre with HKTS60 Speakers.

btw depending on the region I believe they may be also called AVR 2650 and AVR 1700

Any other AVR Recievers that are "the" best recievers at the moments?

my usage:
- 5.1 speakers.
- hooked to a TV.
- music from iDevices or PCs
- Satellite reciever via HDMI
- Movies/TV shows via USB to TV or AVR
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Those are Euro model #s..
The 265 has a video scaler whereas the 170 does not..
The nearest model with upscaling, Airplay, internet radio, network is the 270 due to ship late January.
HK is now using the BridgeCo chip (1st used in 7550/760/660) down in their lower models such the 170 in Europe and 1700 in the North America. Also note that the models 170/1700, 270/2700, 370/3700 are now using an SMPS (Switch Mode Power Supply) as used in PCs for lighter unit weight and world-wide voltage compatibility..

Just my $0.02... wink.gif
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Old 01-14-2013, 12:51 AM - Thread Starter
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Thank you for replying.
are both recievers a bad choice? for some reason I'm not 100% comfortable buying them with all the complains i've been reading here but they seem to be feature packed and have good offers. I also listen to them in the store in the demo room and they sounded really good.
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I hope the new series is better than what they were offering lately. I like the way they sound but I hate the problems with HDMI and popping noise or disturbances. It's shame brand like this have screwed up so badly.
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