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
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.