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post #121 of 785
Just hooked mine up and while the sound is awesome, the video is horrible. Anybody else have an issue with artifacts? My blu-ray player (and I've tried two different br players, 3 different HDMI cables, and every HDMI input on this AVR) looks all static-y when played through the AVR. If I hook it up direct to the TV it's perfect. If I dumb down the signal to 480p in the BR player settings, it clears up. Unfortunately, I wanted to utilize this AVR to serve video up to a projector from multiple sources.

Tried to call HK, but of course they are closed.

Any tips or should I just return this thing?
post #122 of 785
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Originally Posted by XS850SG View Post

Just hooked mine up and while the sound is awesome, the video is horrible. Anybody else have an issue with artifacts? My blu-ray player (and I've tried two different br players, 3 different HDMI cables, and every HDMI input on this AVR) looks all static-y when played through the AVR. If I hook it up direct to the TV it's perfect. If I dumb down the signal to 480p in the BR player settings, it clears up. Unfortunately, I wanted to utilize this AVR to serve video up to a projector from multiple sources.
Tried to call HK, but of course they are closed.
Any tips or should I just return this thing?

Haven't had any problem with mine, looks great through my GoogleTV/DVR and 3 movies i've watched so far.
post #123 of 785
So I picked mine up this morning.

Anyone know how to share one pair of tower speakers with two receivers? So I can use my Onkyo with my towers when watching movies and this HK for music?

Thanks!
post #124 of 785
You need a speaker switchbox.
http://www.amazon.com/Niles-Audio-DPS-1/dp/B00006HOFR/ref=pd_cp_e_0
Edited by afrogt - 1/1/13 at 3:31pm
post #125 of 785
Well I started this journey off with a Polk 5000 Soundbar. After disappointing vocals I decided to return it and do the separates bit.

So went to best buy here in canada and bought a Polk Powered 10in sub for $99 on sale and a pair of Polk Towers for $75 each. Then added the HK AVR700 for $229 on sale. Got it all together and then went online and saw the AVR1700 at BB in the US for $199 smile.gif
Jumped in the car next morning and went to get!

Long and short got it all together last nite and enjoyed it very much! The 1700 is a heck of a deal for 2 bills. Period. It does almost everything I would want. The only missing feature is yup.. HDMI Pass through.

Now lots of people have complained about the manual. The manual you get is only the quick setup. Do yourself a favor and download the full manual from the HK Site.

HERE: http://www.harmankardon.com/resources/Brands/harmankardon/Products/ProductRelatedDocuments/en-US/OwnersManual/AVR1700_OM_EN.pdf

It is complete and actually gives you what you want to know, like how to dim the lit nob for example wink.gif

Anyway I am not bothered by the remote at all. In fact I rather like it. Only two things I wish I could figure out. 1) How to connect my Cisco 430 settop box to the remote ( cannot find codes anywhere )
2) how to start up the smart function on my Samsung Smart TV.

Love the OSD. Super easy and better than the 700.
Love the programable inputs. Super simple to set.
Love the sound... so nice an warm... very sweet.
Love the expandability. This afternoon will be setting up the dnla stuff. Should be fun.

Anyway lots to like here for a silly small amount of cash. Plus it beats the soundbar to a pulp!
post #126 of 785
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

1. if i choose a 2nd avr 1700 for zone 2 could i use a hdmi cable to daisy chain the two avr 1700 together?
No, you can't. I assume you're using the HDMI output to connect to your TV so you don't have another HDMI out available.
There is no way to do Zone 2 with the AVR 1700 because it doesn't have Zone2 outputs.

i will use the 2nd receiver for zone 2
what i wanted to do is use the hdmi out on the zone 2 receiver into a hdmi input on the 1st receiver
i went ahead and bought 2 of the hk avr 1700s, it was cheaper than buying a zone 2 capable receiver
i'm just now getting the first receiver set up, it has a sound out to tv function but it mutes the receiver speakers
i'll work on it for a while, if feeding 2 amps together won't work i'll move amp 2 into the office and reroute the deck speakers in there
post #127 of 785
Since it doesn't have HDMI pass through can I just run an HDMI cable from my directv to my plasma and rely on the optical out to the receiver (from tv) to watch programming through the stereo when I want? My plasma has 3 HDMI connections fwiw.
post #128 of 785
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Originally Posted by KOTULCN View Post

Since it doesn't have HDMI pass through can I just run an HDMI cable from my directv to my plasma and rely on the optical out to the receiver (from tv) to watch programming through the stereo when I want? My plasma has 3 HDMI connections fwiw.

You can do that, however if you use the universal remote you will not be able to switch between control of the sources. I had it setup as you suggest but changed to a more conventional through the receiver setup. Means it needs to be on though.

On another note I setup the network function on the AVR 1700 and it is very very easy. Works like a charm!
post #129 of 785
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Originally Posted by brubache View Post

You can do that, however if you use the universal remote you will not be able to switch between control of the sources. I had it setup as you suggest but changed to a more conventional through the receiver setup. Means it needs to be on though.
On another note I setup the network function on the AVR 1700 and it is very very easy. Works like a charm!

I use a harmony remote which switches everything on/off depending on my programming it.
post #130 of 785
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Originally Posted by afrogt View Post

You need a speaker switchbox.
http://www.amazon.com/Niles-Audio-DPS-1/dp/B00006HOFR/ref=pd_cp_e_0

THANK YOU!!
post #131 of 785
i'm impressed. it sounds a lot better than my pioneer vsx 1020 k right out of the box.

set up is pretty basic, i did download and print out the manual from Harman Kardon and i will admit i read the whole manual before buying two of these avr 1700s. hdmi here, hdmi there, hook up speakers and that's pretty much it.

i had a bit of trouble connecting to my network for internet radio and media streaming from my pc. i have a router next to my pc and an ethernet switch behind my receiver for ethernet to my receiver, bluray and roku. hk recomends a direct cat5 from the router. i tried to manually enter ip and subnet without any luck. after endless net searches and attempt to get the network connected, i bypassed the switch and connected immediately to my network. then i rerouted thru the switch and the receiver remembered where to go. i found all my net stations on http://www.radioharmankardon.com and was good to go. the manual is a little vague for getting dlns media streaming working, i found a decent tutorial for setting up my pc for sharing mp3s on an android forum and just got that going.

the remote that comes with the avr 1700 isn't the best, it is not a learning remote but i found all my components in the manual. it's the first one i've seen with the roku functions. it does control all my components and i'm good with that. an added bonus of buying two of the 1700s is that my wife and i don't have to share remotes biggrin.gif it does not control my old 110 cd jukebox, only a learning remote can do that. with net radio and dlns media streaming i'll probably never use it again.

the light around the volume control is bright as heck, yes you can dim it or turn it off, but it also turns off the whole front of the receiver. dim is acceptable.

i have not run the speaker set up yet, right out of the box it sounds better than my old pioneer. i watched green hornet on hbo go in 5.1, streaming it thru the roku. the surround was great, my wife even said the surround was better.

overall for $199 you can't beat it. with all the trouble i had with my pioneer i bought the geek squad 4 year extended warranty for $39 too.
post #132 of 785
I got this receiver about 3 weeks ago from bestbuy for $299. I saw an ad from bestbuy on monday in which they had it for $199 so I went to bestbuy with my receipt and got $107 back no questions asked.

Paired with the avr1700 is some diamond 10.2s bi-wired with 14awg speaker wire from monoprice and I must say I am impressed. I haven't used the EzSet/EQ yet as I'm waiting for my lfm1 plus which should be here friday. The receiver runs really cool at low volumes and even when running it at -15db for hours it's only fairly warm! Aesthetically I think this receiver is above average. It goes well with the all black theme I'm going for in my room.

Overall, I'm really happy with this purchase at $299 and with the further reduced price at $199, I think anything in this price range is incomparable.
post #133 of 785
It looks like Best Buy pulled the receiver from their webpage. Has it been discontinued already?
post #134 of 785
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Originally Posted by aggybong View Post

It looks like Best Buy pulled the receiver from their webpage. Has it been discontinued already?

I haven't seen it on there at all.. I looked for it the past few weeks to scout out the price but it has not been on there, just the AVR 700
post #135 of 785
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Originally Posted by Shady195 View Post

I haven't seen it on there at all.. I looked for it the past few weeks to scout out the price but it has not been on there, just the AVR 700

It was online, Google's cache still shows the sale price: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:46VK-xYWXZsJ:www.bestbuy.com/site/Harman%2BKardon%2B-%2BAVR%2B1700%2B500W%2B5.1-Ch.%2BA/V%2BHome%2BTheater%2BReceiver/6087397.p%3Fid%3D1218731589959%26skuId%3D6087397+&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us
post #136 of 785
I saw it online as well. Its how I knew it was on sale for $199. I found this forum looking for reviews.
post #137 of 785
I still can't get a good video signal through mine. I got a hold of HK support this morning and after walking through several troubleshooting steps (which I had pretty much already covered before calling in, i.e. changing settings in the blu-ray player, trying different cables, hooking up the blu-ray direct, trying a different player, etc), and performing a full processor reset, I was told that either the receiver is not compatible with Sony Blu-Ray players (I have two different models) or the receiver is bad. I'm going to try to exchange it tonight if I can find one. If this thing wasn't $199, I wouldn't bother with all this, but the sound quality for the price makes it hard for me to give up on.
post #138 of 785
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Originally Posted by XS850SG View Post

I still can't get a good video signal through mine. I got a hold of HK support this morning and after walking through several troubleshooting steps (which I had pretty much already covered before calling in, i.e. changing settings in the blu-ray player, trying different cables, hooking up the blu-ray direct, trying a different player, etc), and performing a full processor reset, I was told that either the receiver is not compatible with Sony Blu-Ray players (I have two different models) or the receiver is bad. I'm going to try to exchange it tonight if I can find one. If this thing wasn't $199, I wouldn't bother with all this, but the sound quality for the price makes it hard for me to give up on.

My blu ray player is a Sony BDP-S380 and plays blu rays just fine, have a feeling you got yourself a bad unit.
post #139 of 785
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Originally Posted by Shady195 View Post

My blu ray player is a Sony BDP-S380 and plays blu rays just fine, have a feeling you got yourself a bad unit.

Must be- I bought the new S-590 when I picked up the AVR1700, and neither it nor my older S-58 look good.

Thanks for the response- it confirms the problem is the receiver.
post #140 of 785
One work around which involves no compromises in sound or video quality would be to use an hdmi splitter from your player. One direct to your tv and the other to your avr1700 for audio. Under source setup in you can simply set the video input to off. If your using a universal remote you will never know.
post #141 of 785
Hey everyone I am new to tis forum, but just upgraded to this AVR (HK AVR 1700) and I am having an issue getting airplay to work. The Vtuner works no problems but DLNA and airplay are not working. Any tips or guides to get that to work would be greatly appreciated.
post #142 of 785
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Originally Posted by Badboyztn View Post

I picked up one today from Best Buy for $199. I'm moving from the AVR 354. I asked the guy to let me hear it and was surprised at the sound, not sure how accurate this will be in my HT. I just have a couple questions for those that have the unit already. Is the menu as simple as it is displayed in the online manual or does it have the menu like the 354 had?
Hey bad...I also have the 354 and I love the GUI on screen overlay setup..etc...how is this new h/k compare to the 354?...also..most important does this 1700 have preouts?..I will only be using it as a pre-amp.with my parasound amps..any info would be great..thanks!
post #143 of 785
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Originally Posted by esh516 View Post

Hey bad...I also have the 354 and I love the GUI on screen overlay setup..etc...how is this new h/k compare to the 354?...also..most important does this 1700 have preouts?..I will only be using it as a pre-amp.with my parasound amps..any info would be great..thanks!

The 1700 does not have Pre-Outs...

Just my $0.02... wink.gif
post #144 of 785
Does the AVR 1700 have high current power?
post #145 of 785
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Originally Posted by KOTULCN View Post

Does the AVR 1700 have high current power?

The HK website quotes the High Current spec for the 1700 @ +/- 34 Amps..


Just my $0.02... wink.gif
post #146 of 785
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Originally Posted by M Code View Post

The HK website quotes the High Current spec for the 1700 @ +/- 34 Amps..
Just my $0.02... wink.gif

What exactly does that mean? The AVR 1700 is meant to replace an AVR 210. I'm just trying to see if this is a step up.
post #147 of 785
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Originally Posted by KOTULCN View Post

What exactly does that mean? The AVR 1700 is meant to replace an AVR 210. I'm just trying to see if this is a step up.

The high current spec is part of the HK marketing pitch....
The 1700 is a great value and has many features over the 210. @ $199 it doesn't get much better for good sound, features and excellent warranty.
No..
I don't work for HK.... biggrin.gif

Just my $0.02... wink.gif
post #148 of 785
Well I finally got AirPlay to work and to anyone having problems with this that has fios you will need to disable the IGMP on advanced settings.
post #149 of 785
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Originally Posted by KOTULCN View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by M Code View Post

The HK website quotes the High Current spec for the 1700 @ +/- 34 Amps..
Just my $0.02... wink.gif

What exactly does that mean? The AVR 1700 is meant to replace an AVR 210. I'm just trying to see if this is a step up.

The 1700 is a step up from my 330 according to my ears. I still am in awe I only paid $199 for this.
post #150 of 785
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Originally Posted by kohlgren View Post

i'm impressed. it sounds a lot better than my pioneer vsx 1020 k right out of the box.
set up is pretty basic, i did download and print out the manual from Harman Kardon and i will admit i read the whole manual before buying two of these avr 1700s. hdmi here, hdmi there, hook up speakers and that's pretty much it.
i had a bit of trouble connecting to my network for internet radio and media streaming from my pc. i have a router next to my pc and an ethernet switch behind my receiver for ethernet to my receiver, bluray and roku. hk recomends a direct cat5 from the router. i tried to manually enter ip and subnet without any luck. after endless net searches and attempt to get the network connected, i bypassed the switch and connected immediately to my network. then i rerouted thru the switch and the receiver remembered where to go. i found all my net stations on http://www.radioharmankardon.com and was good to go. the manual is a little vague for getting dlns media streaming working, i found a decent tutorial for setting up my pc for sharing mp3s on an android forum and just got that going.
the remote that comes with the avr 1700 isn't the best, it is not a learning remote but i found all my components in the manual. it's the first one i've seen with the roku functions. it does control all my components and i'm good with that. an added bonus of buying two of the 1700s is that my wife and i don't have to share remotes biggrin.gif it does not control my old 110 cd jukebox, only a learning remote can do that. with net radio and dlns media streaming i'll probably never use it again.
the light around the volume control is bright as heck, yes you can dim it or turn it off, but it also turns off the whole front of the receiver. dim is acceptable.
i have not run the speaker set up yet, right out of the box it sounds better than my old pioneer. i watched green hornet on hbo go in 5.1, streaming it thru the roku. the surround was great, my wife even said the surround was better.
overall for $199 you can't beat it. with all the trouble i had with my pioneer i bought the geek squad 4 year extended warranty for $39 too.
How did you dim the volume knob?
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