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A very good receiver with plenty of future looking features

A Review On: Harman Kardon AVR 1710 7.2-Channel 100-Watt Network-Connected Audio/Video Receiver

Harman Kardon AVR 1710 7.2-Channel 100-Watt Network-Connected Audio/Video Receiver

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Pros: 4k ready 6x HDMI inputs, 2 HDMI outputs, 2-Zone capable, Bluetooth, AirPlay, Wired Networking, MHL, Autocalibration with mic

Cons: No wifi, Remote is not very intuitive, OSD (On Screen Display) Menu looks dated

I bought this receiver to replace an aging non-hdmi Sony ES receiver. There is quite a bit of future-proof features that I find very useful (bluetooth, 4k hdmi inputs, 7.2 x 100W channels). The receiver is primarily for movies and are connected to a 7.1 Aperion Audio Speakers (Intimus 5T Mains, 5C Center, 4 x 5B Surrounds, Bravius 8D powered sub). The speaker and receiver combination is a very good mid-range to upper-mid range setup and compliment each other nicely. The auto calibration did a decent job and is quite easy to implement for those who do not like the idea of manual calibration!

The receiver itself is very light due to what HK calls GreenEdge technology. The receiver looks very sleek with its minimalistic front. All in all the receiver performed remarkably well with blu ray movies and even streaming movies (Netflix, Hulu, etc).

My only complaint would be the remote and how it seems quite dated compared with all the features of the receiver. There is no back-lit keys, the remove is quite boxy, and the buttons are quite confusing at first glance. HK does have an IOS and Android App that can act as a remote.


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