Wow, that looks like a really good deal especially when your getting a 5.1 setup for what I paid for the 2.1 I ordered. I guess just for me since I'm putting this in my bedroom and not a living room/etc. I just can't see a need for all of that personally, plus I would have a hard time hiding wires for the back surrounds in my bedroom if I put them next to my bed. I guess I could buy a rug and place it from the credenza I use as media cabinet to the bed and run the cords under the rug so you couldn't see them on the floor, but I don't know. Looks good though.
Originally Posted by Wiendog
I agree. I'm sure there are much better systems out there for $200.
Oh wow. I think most people in this thread invested in this receiver for the price. Don't get me wrong, I like this receiver much better than my onkyo HTIB receiver but for the price you paid you may have been better off with a higher end receiver. For example, I think the Denon 1613 is close to this price range.
Yeah honestly when it came to looking for a receiver I was sort of just drawn to Harman Kardon based on a few other products I had owned in the past and that they seem to place a good deal of emphasis on industrial design in their products. All of their AVR units have a clean sleek look to them without tons of dials and arrays of raised buttons. As "style over substance" as that may sound that design language really appeals to me. Plus since I'm not really familiar with all of the different manufacturers and their quality, reliability, and performance metrics I kind of went with aesthetics and the specs that I could understand like number of HDMI inputs, 3D and Deep Color Support, DLNA, Airplay and those sorts of things. For me it hits all of the marks on my checklist, but when it comes to comparing EzSet/EQ vs Audyssey MultiEQ or audio specifications (impedence, distortion, signal to noise, watts, ohms, dBs) thats the stuff I don't know anything about in terms of what is better/etc.
I checked out that Denon 1613 though and people had lots of good things to say about it. The AVR 1700 should arrive from Amazon tomorrow but my speakers from HK just say preshipped so I don't have any tracking or ETA on those. If I get the AVR 1700 if I don't end up liking it and return it I'll definitely look into the 1613.
Originally Posted by SC Trojan
Dont know why your quote and mine ran together but.........
If your willing to go the DIY route which is nothing more than gluing up a box and little bit of soldering($10 bucks at radio shack) id recommend 2 Overnight Sensation mtm,or just the Mt, kits from either diysoundgroup or meniscus audio as your left n right channel and say a Dayton sub 800 from Parts Express. That"ll put you right at 300 bucks and kick arse 2.1 system that will take about double that budget to find something equal in a commercial offering. I run a full 5.1 system with the OS mtm and OS Mt for my surrounds coupled with the HK1700 and its ridiculous how well they sound together. The Overnight Sensation kits come with a well built knockdown cabinet which you just glue up and with quality crossover parts that you assemble following a schematic,believe me its way easier than it sounds lol. The sub is a plug n play unit that has great reviews too. If DIY is not your thing then disregard hahaha.......but its unreal how good a well executed speaker design can sound.
Hey, thanks for the advice. I'm definitely not going to be going the DIY route but your setup sounds amazing. About as DIY as I get is upgrading memory, SSDs, optical drives, and video cards in PCs and I can close the case not have to look at it afterwards. Your probably right though it might be a little easier than it sounds. Sounds like you like your AVR 1700 though too.
I appreciate all the help and words of wisdom guys. I think what I'm going to do is just wait for the AVR and speakers to arrive and see what happens. I mean I'm just wanting something nice that I can pile up and watch some good TV shows for an hour or two before hitting the sack or spending a lazy Saturday morning playing Uncharted or Mass Effect that sort of thing. As long as it sounds good to my non audiophile-ears for now I'll probably keep it and be happy about it, but I definitely appreciate all of the input and advice. Its given me tons to think about and check out.