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Harman Kardon AV receiver AVR-171 7.2 channel AirPlay Bluetooth £199.99 @ richersounds
Harman Kardon AV receiver AVR-171 7.2 channel AirPlay Bluetooth £199.99 @ richersounds

Harman Kardon AV receiver AVR-171 7.2 channel AirPlay Bluetooth £199.99 @ richersounds

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Beneath its sleek exterior, the Harman Kardon AVR171 packs in class-leading streaming plus powerful sound .

WORLD RENOWNED HARMAN KARDON SOUND QUALITY

Harman Kardon is a long established brand with a reputation for superior sound quality. Take a listen to the AVR171 and you'll soon see why. The AVR171 features a high-current-capacity (HCC), ultrawide-bandwidth design for maximum fidelity. With 100 watts per channel, the AVR171 has little trouble filling larger rooms with enveloping sound. Make no mistake, thanks to its high current output, the Harman Kardon delivers clean, powerful sound by the bucket load. Yet it's not just about power, it's about finesse, too. Using high quality components, this HK receiver steers sound accurately around its 7.2 outputs. With twin subwoofer outputs you can create a more even, more powerful bass response throughout your room.

NATURAL SOUND PROCESSING

The AVR171 is the first Harman Kardon to feature Natural Sound Processing (NSP). This works especially well with streaming two-channel audio, converting it to rich, enveloping surround sound.

ADVANCED NETWORKING INCLUDING BOTH AIRPLAY AND BLUETOOTH

Built-in Apple AirPlay means that you can stream music from your Apple iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or other compatible Apple device, wirelessly! Furthermore, you can view data such as song title, artist name as well as album art* via the AV receiver's on-screen display. *Some models don't support album art display. If you don't have an Apple device you can still stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth. Pair your Smartphone, tablet, laptop or compatible computer and stream your stored music or take advantage of music streaming services such as last.fm or Spotify.

With a DLNA 1.5 certified LAN connection, it's easy to hook up to your home network hub. From here you can access your stored music from PC, laptop or NAS drive and also listen to Internet radio stations and music services. Another great feature is the downloadable Apple or Android app that lets you control many of the receiver's functions from your smartphone, iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad or tablet.

EASY TO USE AND EXPERTLY DESIGNED

It might be a high performance AV receiver but the AVR171 isn't intimidating to use. A high resolution display with logical instructions combines with EzSet/EQ III to make this a straight forward AV receiver to set-up and operate. Well known for their crisp, clean styling, the AVR171 doesn't disappoint in terms of style, either. Smooth, relatively compact and beautifully detailed, the Harman Kardon AVR171 is certainly one of the most stylish AV receivers in its class.

Rich, powerful sound beneath a classy design, the Harman Kardon AVR171 only gets better when you also consider its class-leading streaming potential!

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Finally back to a good price! Heat added!

Anyone has one?

zielinir

Anyone has one?


Yes, I got one around a year ago (when they were £250) - it does have the useful Airplay feature (which is the main reason I got it). It performs adequately, however there are a number of things about it that I don't like (the most annoying is there's a noticeable 'click' artefact whenever a digital audio input (HDMI or SP/DIF) drops carrier or changes format, which happens more than you might think when navigating menus and between tracks).

Plus it's been back in for repair once (all HDMI audio was lost), which Richer Sounds handled well, having the unit collected and then returned without charge. However, it was away for just over a week, and I was lucky to still have my old Onkyo AVR around to use. The networking features all work (including remote control via iOS/Android app) but I already have other devices that perform those functions. It also sometimes seems to ignore IR on and input switch commands (annoying as I have about 6 devices feeding through it). Last complaint is the incredibly bright "on" light which you can't dim - black tape is the only solution.

My verdict is it's got a LOT of features for the price (including 2 HDMI outs), but I don't get a "quality" feel from it, and will probably replace it with a Yamaha or Sony having similar features (but at significantly greater cost) in the next year or so.


Edited by: "cjed" 9th Jan 2015

cjed

Yes, I got one around a year ago (when they were £250) - it does have the … Yes, I got one around a year ago (when they were £250) - it does have the useful Airplay feature (which is the main reason I got it). It performs adequately, however there are a number of things about it that I don't like (the most annoying is there's a noticeable 'click' artefact whenever a digital audio input (HDMI or SP/DIF) drops carrier or changes format, which happens more than you might think when navigating menus and between tracks).Plus it's been back in for repair once (all HDMI audio was lost), which Richer Sounds handled well, having the unit collected and then returned without charge. However, it was away for just over a week, and I was lucky to still have my old Onkyo AVR around to use. The networking features all work (including remote control via iOS/Android app) but I already have other devices that perform those functions. It also sometimes seems to ignore IR on and input switch commands (annoying as I have about 6 devices feeding through it). Last complaint is the incredibly bright "on" light which you can't dim - black tape is the only solution.My verdict is it's got a LOT of features for the price (including 2 HDMI outs), but I don't get a "quality" feel from it, and will probably replace it with a Yamaha or Sony having similar features (but at significantly greater cost) in the next year or so.



Did RS not leave or offer to leave a 'loaner' amp whilst yours was away for repair?

Tempted.... i've been on the hunt for an amp to get me started, and the presence of Airplay is tempting for me.... i have been holding out for another deal on the Sony STR-DN850 mainly due to its looks and it's BRAVIA Sync function which should allow me to control most functions directly from the TV (my main concern is the volume from the sky remote). But price is also a consideration and this packs a lot of bang for my buck! Bleedin pain that there are no RS Stores north of edinburgh, but Im sure I could arrange a middleman

No hdmi standby pass through which is the only thing that disappointed me great amp otherwise

powerbrick

Did RS not leave or offer to leave a 'loaner' amp whilst yours was away … Did RS not leave or offer to leave a 'loaner' amp whilst yours was away for repair?



No, it wasn't mentioned as a possibility.

cjed

No, it wasn't mentioned as a possibility.



They possibly should have offered you a loan amp

cjed

No, it wasn't mentioned as a possibility.



If you have the 5 year warranty then in the T&C's you get a loan unit.
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