Originally Posted by mono2dolby
Let me start with two things:
1) I am not an audiophile. I am building a basement and have started (prematurely) with building my theater electronics. My current system upstairs is a 55" Sony Bravia LED, Sony BD and a Sony Soundbar. Sounds good for my small family room. Cannot wait to turn it up a notch.
2) I bought the HK AVR1700 today (BB for $199, in-store p/u only), based on reviews from Amazon, BestBuy and here. Amazingly, CNET and Crutchfield and the rest of the Universe don't know this exists.
I walked into the BB store about 45 minutes from my home (because this item could not be delivered, for some reason) and started talking to an older gent about my plans for my basement. After a quick qualifying chat, he guided me to the Sharp 70" I'll consider hanging and then alerted me to the fact that he's really an "audio guy". With that, I hesitantly handed him my pick-up paperwork on the H/K and he proceeded to put on his reading specs and looked it over. He tried not to show his distaste for my purchase, but the shaking of his head and marked silence made it obvious. He asked what led me to my choice and I stated the reviews and the internet evidence and all of the superficial data I could muster. He walked over to the floor model and asked me to pick it up. I knew it would be light, because that feature, aside from the oft-bitched "ET Phone Home" knob light is the biggest differentiating factor between this and other Amps (pre-amp, amp, not sure the diff). Anyway, I picked it up, he was delighted. Because then he walked me to a Yamaha and asked for me to do the same. I did. About a 50-70% difference in weight. Wow! So, please let me know if I'm not an idiot, because I find it hard to believe that the heavier an object corresponds to the quality of an object (unless we're talking about a bar of gold). He then talked about the quality you could "feel" and that ALL of the other products are much better quality because you could literally FEEL the difference. At this point I waited for him to hit the buttons and turn the Yamaha up louder than the rest to prove his point, but he didn't. I told him this is my first Amplifier and it is mainly for my small basement theater, not to impress Steve Lillywhite. *The salesman was actually very nice and seemed knowledgable, so I don't mean to besmirch his expertise or profession.
So I own a H/K AVR1700 Amp. I was originally leaning on the 700, but this one is now cheaper (??!?). I don't need all of the latest "smart" features because I can get all of that in my TV and my BR and my AppleTV. But I'm not going to pass up a great deal.
My only rub is, this will remain boxed until March/April. My plan is to buy components as I finish my basement. This one popped first. I will continue to collect parts and pieces until I plug it all in and have a giant Griswald lighting up party.
To all you "experts": If this thing sucks, and it doesn't work, and sounds like crap, and is worthless - I hold you ALL personally responsible. I will curse each of your e-names and curse no HDMI-passthrough on each of you.
But if it works as you all have convinced me it will, then my $199 will be well-spent and I will thank you all in a mass appreciation gesture most people will hear as a near-silent "thank God" under my breath.
Take care. Get your flu shot. God Speed.