BACK STORY: Last year we upgraded our TV to a beautiful 65" Panasonic Plasma and shortly thereafter, upgraded my trusty old Harman Kardon AVR 300. I loved that receiver. Simply loved it. I broke my heart to let it go, but it was starting to get an intermittent distortion issue in the surround sound. While it was hard to say goodbye to my old friend, it was exciting to finally be getting a modern receiver that could actually manage HDMI input.
Because I was so fond of my 300, I wanted to stick with the H/K brand and that brought me to the affordable AVR 1700.
While it was nice to have such a light component, I did find it's lack of weight to be disconcerting. The plastic build and buttons also seemed a bit cheap. And while while the sound quality was different, it was so clear and resonating and with the auto calibration, the surround was better than ever before. The thing was a steal at $300.
But 6 months later, all of the even numbered HDMI jacks went dead. The H/K customer support from India was a nightmare and so I took to Twitter and caught
's attention and my case was referred to someone in The States who was capable of working with me. To make a long story end, the 1700 has been discontinued and they are sending me the 1710 as a replacement! The 1700 was $300 when I bought it - the 1710 is $550 and is, among other things, a 7.2 receiver. This defiantly takes the sting out of my home theater being out of commission for a month.
THE POINT: I am eagerly awaiting next week's arrival of my new 1710, however, I'm worried about build quality. I'm also assuming it will sound identical to the 1700, but is that the case? Obviously, a movie that takes advantage of the 7.1 will be different, but what am I in for here? Any thoughts/opinions? It's not rated as high as the 1700 on amazon. You have this receiver what am I in for? What's the sitch? Should I sell it and get a different brand $500 receiver? Or is this the way to go?