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HK 2600 or 1650?

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I'm new to the sound system arena. I can get an HK AVR 2600 for around $250 or an HK AVR 1650 for $330. Is there any reason not to go with the 2600? It seems like the more high end system but is a couple years old. Also, is there any better system I can get than those 2 for under $350?

I am using a 360 for most of my viewing and audio needs, so new streaming features are not of interest to me.

Also, what is a good sub woofer recommendation for under $200?

Thanks
post #2 of 7
I would go with the 2600 just for Dolby Volume.
post #3 of 7
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Originally Posted by rnatalli View Post

I would go with the 2600 just for Dolby Volume.

Even the AVR 1650 has dolby processing, per crutchfield.

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Highlights:
Power and processing:
  • 95 watts x 5 into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.07% THD
  • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Pro Logic® II and DTS processing
  • component-to-HDMI video upconversion
  • EzSet/EQ™ auto calibration for easy speaker setup and precise sound
  • Dolby® Volume processing keeps listening levels steady and provides fuller sound at lower listening levels
  • Logic 7® processing converts two-channel music and movie sources to surround sound

http://www.crutchfield.com/S-LpcdWWh...-AVR-1650.html
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I would go with the 2600 just for Dolby Volume.

+1 for the 2600. As per MCode the X50 series took a hit on the amp ratings compared to the previous years models.
post #5 of 7
Go for the 2600.

Despite what Crutchfield says, the 1650 does not have Dolby Volume. The 2600 is also a 7.1 amp, and weighs in at 26lbs vs. 20lbs and 5.1 for the 1650.

I think the 2600 is the better amp by any comparison, and the fact that it's cheaper is even better.
post #6 of 7
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Originally Posted by chikoo View Post

Even the AVR 1650 has dolby processing, per crutchfield.



http://www.crutchfield.com/S-LpcdWWh...-AVR-1650.html

It has Dolby processing but not Dolby volume. Crutchfield has this listed wrong. If you go to the Harman Kardon website they don't list it as a feature.
Also the 95W/Ch for the 1650 is for only 2 ch driven where as the 2600 is 65W/Ch with all channels being driven. I think H/K changed how they rate their power so it's more competitive with other brands. People would see 65w/ch and think it wasn't much so they would pass it up. I have a 2600 and really like it.
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Originally Posted by RockHardly View Post

I'm new to the sound system arena. I can get an HK AVR 2600 for around $250 or an HK AVR 1650 for $330. Is there any reason not to go with the 2600? It seems like the more high end system but is a couple years old. Also, is there any better system I can get than those 2 for under $350?

I am using a 360 for most of my viewing and audio needs, so new streaming features are not of interest to me.

Also, what is a good sub woofer recommendation for under $200?

Thanks

So where can I get the AVR-2600 for $250...that is a steal price.
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