HARMAN KARDON AVR 171 - 7.2-channel, 4k ready, networked AVR with AirPlay & Bluetooth connectivity. £199.95 @ richerSOUNDS VIP
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HARMAN KARDON AVR 171 - 7.2-channel, 4k ready, networked AVR with AirPlay & Bluetooth connectivity. £199.95 @ richerSOUNDS VIP

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Found 21st May 2014
Harman Kardon AVR171 7.2 Receiver is advertised at £229 on the Richer Sounds website but if you're a VIP member (free to sign up - http://www.richersounds.com/vip) then you can get this for £199.95.

Just been and picked one up, seems like a deal to me.

PLEASE NOTE - This ends tomorrow at this price.

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Looking for a amp myself seems a great price but has no hdmi passthrough which is disappointing.

That packs some punch for the price considering it also has DLNA streaming also via ethernet.

What Hi Fi review here, touch of brightness I am sure would be nicely balanced out by either neutral or warm speakers, so make sure anyone avoids bright sounding speakers.


Edited by: "cicobuff" 21st May 2014

I'd look to the Denon x2000 in this price range. Doubt many would run this level amp with 2 subs

General consensus Stateside is that H/K AVRs ain't what they used to be. They used to be well-regarded in the US but production is entirely in China now rather than in the States, and product quality appears to have fallen as a consequence, more's the pity.

I say this as a former H/K owner - I had their brilliant AVI-100 ProLogic amp, and later down the line was very happy with the AVR-140 - both very capable receivers, but technology overtook their usefulness.

As noted above, for this sort of price I'd urge you to think Pioneer VSX-923 (I had initially been tempted by this H/K too, but further research found just too many quirks which didn't 'fit right' - lack of HDMI passthrough a key one) or Denon AVR-X2000 for a few quid more. I bagged the Pio 923 for the same price as this over Easter and I love it - much tweakability. Worth keeping an eye on the price of the Pio and the Denon now (along with Yamaha RX-V675 and Sony STR-DN1040) as new replacement models are imminent in the UK for the big four (indeed the Sony STR-DN1050 is already here).

Notwithstanding that, you can't argue at the price, but my advice would be to hang fire and wait for the prices to fall further on the mainstream models of similar spec level.


Edited by: "clayts" 21st May 2014

Maybe a silly question, but does the Airplay / DLNA functionality on this extend to video, or just audio?

cacaman123

Looking for a amp myself seems a great price but has no hdmi passthrough … Looking for a amp myself seems a great price but has no hdmi passthrough which is disappointing.



Good point. I need a decent amp for my q acoustics q7000 speakers. but dont want to use tue amp all the times. Only to enjoy the movies.

Guy H

I'd look to the Denon x2000 in this price range. Doubt many would run … I'd look to the Denon x2000 in this price range. Doubt many would run this level amp with 2 subs



I dont know. The sound of stereo sound is amazing. I still remember watching house house on the haunted hill in empire cinema, Leicester square. It was amazing when they were running through the house being chased.

Good quality, but runs crazy hot. Be careful if you have kids around.

Why isn't this blistering hot like the guy above me states.

No pass through, makes it unusable for some.

tmj2007

Maybe a silly question, but does the Airplay / DLNA functionality on this … Maybe a silly question, but does the Airplay / DLNA functionality on this extend to video, or just audio?



It's only audio, I have one

I've been looking to buy a home cinema system and thought I'd narrowed my search down a bit until I read this post! Can anyone help me understand hdmi passthrough? At first I thought it was a bad thing, but am I right in saying it allows you to watch something and still use the tv's speakers while the av receiver is in standby?

You get a lot of amp for your money, had it now for 6 months plus and very happy with the sound quality. As above, streaming is purely audio, but it also support airplay so you can just throw music at it from your phone etc.
one small piece of advice, if putting this in a cabinet, ventilation needs to be excellent, as you can cook eggs on this thing otherwise. I bought a usb fan which does the cooling job perfectly.

clayts

General consensus Stateside is that H/K AVRs ain't what they used to be. … General consensus Stateside is that H/K AVRs ain't what they used to be. They used to be well-regarded in the US but production is entirely in China now rather than in the States, and product quality appears to have fallen as a consequence, more's the pity. I say this as a former H/K owner - I had their brilliant AVI-100 ProLogic amp, and later down the line was very happy with the AVR-140 - both very capable receivers, but technology overtook their usefulness.As noted above, for this sort of price I'd urge you to think Pioneer VSX-923 (I had initially been tempted by this H/K too, but further research found just too many quirks which didn't 'fit right' - lack of HDMI passthrough a key one) or Denon AVR-X2000 for a few quid more. I bagged the Pio 923 for the same price as this over Easter and I love it - much tweakability. Worth keeping an eye on the price of the Pio and the Denon now (along with Yamaha RX-V675 and Sony STR-DN1040) as new replacement models are imminent in the UK for the big four (indeed the Sony STR-DN1050 is already here).Notwithstanding that, you can't argue at the price, but my advice would be to hang fire and wait for the prices to fall further on the mainstream models of similar spec level.



I double this. Harmon Kardon aren't what they used to be.

I actually have the last generation pioneer - the VSX-922, and it's great. The menu system is dreadful, but where is matters (audio quality) it's fantastic.

I have this amp for last 6 months and running a 5.2 setup on it - I'm just going to say - it's great!
Sound quality is amazing + Vtuner + Bluetooth = well happy.
You cannot go wrong with HK - my personal opinion

I picked one of these up about 6 months ago, also - thanks HUKD! - and it has been a solid, decent performer. Very happy with it, especially VTuner and wireless play, and there is even a nice Android app!

Jollux

I've been looking to buy a home cinema system and thought I'd narrowed my … I've been looking to buy a home cinema system and thought I'd narrowed my search down a bit until I read this post! Can anyone help me understand hdmi passthrough? At first I thought it was a bad thing, but am I right in saying it allows you to watch something and still use the tv's speakers while the av receiver is in standby?



Lets say it has 4 hdmi in , ps4 , dvd player , bluray player , htpc . you can connect all of them to it , 1 hdmi out , connect hdmi lead to tv , then all sound and picture runs through amp to tv.

useful if your bluray player has only one hdmi out , against having to run hdmi to tv and amp and so on .

clayts

As noted above, for this sort of price I'd urge you to think Pioneer … As noted above, for this sort of price I'd urge you to think Pioneer VSX-923 (I had initially been tempted by this H/K too, but further research found just too many quirks which didn't 'fit right' - lack of HDMI passthrough a key one) or Denon AVR-X2000 for a few quid more. I bagged the Pio 923 for the same price as this over Easter and I love it - much tweakability. Worth keeping an eye on the price of the Pio and the Denon now (along with Yamaha RX-V675 and Sony STR-DN1040) as new replacement models are imminent in the UK for the big four (indeed the Sony STR-DN1050 is already here).



I've literally just got a email from Richer Sounds with a VIP only offer of £199 for the Pioneer VSX-923. Apparently only available in-store or via telesales (they must mean telephone sales as online sales are telesales by definition). I think I'm going to finally take the plunge and pick one up.

kingosticks

[I've literally just got a email from Richer Sounds with a VIP only offer … [I've literally just got a email from Richer Sounds with a VIP only offer of £199 for the Pioneer VSX-923. Apparently only available in-store or via telesales (they must mean telephone sales as online sales are telesales by definition). I think I'm going to finally take the plunge and pick one up.



Good move - RS had a few 923s left when I picked mine up from the Nottingham store so hopefully you shouldn't have too many problems sourcing one either from your local branch or from 'telesales' - I know they are keen to shift them because the new 924 comes out June/July - only major difference is new version of the calibration software which apparently improves subwoofer EQ, as well as HDMI 2.0 I believe. 923 is entirely capable and an absolute steal at 199. Sorry to hijack the AVR171 topic but there's no competition in terms of quality between the H/K and the Pio for the reasons I've already stated

Jollux

I've been looking to buy a home cinema system and thought I'd narrowed my … I've been looking to buy a home cinema system and thought I'd narrowed my search down a bit until I read this post! Can anyone help me understand hdmi passthrough? At first I thought it was a bad thing, but am I right in saying it allows you to watch something and still use the tv's speakers while the av receiver is in standby?



Entirely correct - you plumb in your HDMI sources (eg Virgin, Youview, Sky, Blu-ray, Chromecast etc) to the various inputs on the AVR which then has one output to the TV. Passthrough means you won't have to faff about switching cables around - you can just watch the source using the TV volume with the AVR switched off.

Sadly the 171 does not offer HDMI passthrough - may not be a problem if you are intent on using your AVR all the time, but for those with small kids who you don't want to wake up, HDMI passthrough is a must.
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