HARMAN KARDON AVR171 - 7.2-channel, 4k ready, networked AVR with AirPlay & Bluetooth connectivity. £249.95 @ Richer Sounds
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HARMAN KARDON AVR171 - 7.2-channel, 4k ready, networked AVR with AirPlay & Bluetooth connectivity. £249.95 @ Richer Sounds

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Found 17th Feb 2014
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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46 Comments

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Better stick with Bush than have a Karman Hardon

Sony STRDN840 is £30 cheaper, would have thought it was a better deal? Could be wrong.

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Sony strdn840 a better deal I think plus the weight of this is no where near other receivers, wonder what components and materials they used

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bigtam1

Sony strdn840 a better deal I think plus the weight of this is no where … Sony strdn840 a better deal I think plus the weight of this is no where near other receivers, wonder what components and materials they used



I thought that myself about the weight as my old Cambridge Audio Azur was about 5 times the weight. They do advertise the weight as an eco "feature" though... Who am I to argue?

I went for the Denon AVRX2000 myself when it was £250. Been extremely happy with it, but back up to £299 now.

Got to say I love my new Onkyo TXNR626 for less than £40 more - fantastic!

I have this and it's a great amp. One big factor to it being light is it uses a fan and not a big heavy heat sink. 6 hdmi in and 2 out (tv + projector) makes it great value. The remote is utter rubbish but I have a harmony remote which works well with it. Not used the network features and Bluetooth works well but there is no dedicated button to go straight to the input which is annoying. For the money it's a bargain and you are much much better off spending more money on speakers to get better sound quality.

Also if you go for it get the 5 year warranty at 10% such good value and you get the money back if you remember in 5 years time
Edited by: "badasschris" 17th Feb 2014

This amp sounds good looks gorgeous,more connectivity than you shake a stick at.I upgrade every 5 years so the fan cooling is not an issue.The prats that state an amp has more integrety due to weight spout excrement.

Would rather have heat sinks than fans, fans pull in dust and clog up internals. Just my opinion, but I do open up PC's on a weekly basis to clean them out at work, seeing the dust I also do it at home. Passive cooling doesn't pull in the dust or create noise.

I picked one of these up when recently @ £249.99 to replace an aging Sony, and have been very pleased with it.
As others have said, it is really light, and the remote is woeful, but otherwise is an excellent receiver with a very decent feature-set. I like the sound, too, which is powerful enough whilst remaining suitably subtle in nuance.
If I were to nit-pick, the only annoyance I have found is that it does not offer HDMI pass-through in standby

jazlabs

I thought that myself about the weight as my old Cambridge Audio Azur was … I thought that myself about the weight as my old Cambridge Audio Azur was about 5 times the weight. They do advertise the weight as an eco "feature" though... Who am I to argue?I went for the Denon AVRX2000 myself when it was £250. Been extremely happy with it, but back up to £299 now.



I've just picked up a Demon AVRX2000 myself to match some HTS101's. Can't wait to get it all wired up!

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saaandy

I've just picked up a Demon AVRX2000 myself to match some HTS101's. Can't … I've just picked up a Demon AVRX2000 myself to match some HTS101's. Can't wait to get it all wired up!



Nice! You'll love it, it's a great amp.

Be careful when using AirPlay though - if your iTunes is set to max/high volume it will ramp up the volume on your AVR. I hate this feature, I would much rather the volume isn't synchronised from iTunes and is managed solely by the AVR. Makes me worry anytime anyone else connects their iPhone to play music that they're going to blow my speakers by mistake - especially since the default volume on iTunes when you connect to AirPlay the first time seems to be max!

Edited by: "jazlabs" 18th Feb 2014



"Be careful when using AirPlay though - if your iTunes is set to max/high volume it will ramp up the volume on your AVR, I hate this feature, I would much rather the volume isn't synchronised from iTunes and is managed solely by the AVR"

Very true - my daughter nearly blew windows out by linking her ipod to it - her friends were all crying!! ;-)

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jarviand

"Be careful when using AirPlay though - if your iTunes is set to max/high … "Be careful when using AirPlay though - if your iTunes is set to max/high volume it will ramp up the volume on your AVR, I hate this feature, I would much rather the volume isn't synchronised from iTunes and is managed solely by the AVR"Very true - my daughter nearly blew windows out by linking her ipod to it - her friends were all crying!! ;-)



I actually reported this as a critical bug to Denon who said they'd relay to their engineers - it seems to be the behaviour adopted by other AVR manufacturers too though... I believe the AVR 171 does the same thing.

Bought one of these a few months ago when they were £20 more. Great amp. It has got more features than the Solar System! Hot from me.

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I probably would have ended up with this amp myself but I was having issues with losing signal when playing Blu-rays. Since it used to work fine connected directly to the TV and I had tried 3 different HDMI cables I figured it must be the AVR and took it back to Richer Sounds...

But after switching to the AVRX2000, I had similar issues (though nowhere near as often or noticeable). I figured it can't simply be a coincidence that I keep getting faulty Amps so tried switching out all my HDMI cables for decent ones from ThatCable.com. Since then, I have never had any signal problems.

Its a bit annoying as I was a firm believer in cheap HDMI cables making no difference! But from this I concluded that AVRs must more susceptible to signal loss (or perhaps emit enough noise to cause signal loss) that just having the TV. Interesting.

No HDMI passthrough on standby is a dealbreaker for me. Nice overall good looking lightweight AVR though

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dr.anirban

No HDMI passthrough on standby is a dealbreaker for me. Nice overall good … No HDMI passthrough on standby is a dealbreaker for me. Nice overall good looking lightweight AVR though



Never understood this myself as why would you not want the sound through the AVR? My TV is on permanent internal mute, so such a feature would be pointless, unless watching a silent movie!

I guess there must be a purpose as it seems to be a deal breaker for a few people... Perhaps you can enlighten me? Is night mode feature not enough?

jazlabs

Never understood this myself as why would you not want the sound through … Never understood this myself as why would you not want the sound through the AVR? My TV is on permanent internal mute, so such a feature would be pointless, unless watching a silent movie! I guess there must be a purpose as it seems to be a deal breaker for a few people... Perhaps you can enlighten me? Is night mode feature not enough?



4 am viewing through the amp now I know I p off my neighbours with my subs but I give them a break at this time of day.
Edited by: "dontasciime" 18th Feb 2014

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dontasciime

4 am viewing through the amp now I know I p off my neighbours with my … 4 am viewing through the amp now I know I p off my neighbours with my subs but I give them a break at this time of day.



Fair enough! I'm not sure about the AVR 171, but most amps have a configurable night mode though, which I guess you could set the sub volume to zero? But I do get you point, and will save a bit of electricity when you don't really need the AVR to be running.

dontasciime

4 am viewing through the amp now I know I p off my neighbours with my … 4 am viewing through the amp now I know I p off my neighbours with my subs but I give them a break at this time of day.



I turn the sub off If I'm watching something in the early hours. I was watching "Stargate Atlantis" last weekend with the sub on, the room was shaking whenever there was an explosion or weapon discharge!

jazlabs

I probably would have ended up with this amp myself but I was having … I probably would have ended up with this amp myself but I was having issues with losing signal when playing Blu-rays. Since it used to work fine connected directly to the TV and I had tried 3 different HDMI cables I figured it must be the AVR and took it back to Richer Sounds...But after switching to the AVRX2000, I had similar issues (though nowhere near as often or noticeable). I figured it can't simply be a coincidence that I keep getting faulty Amps so tried switching out all my HDMI cables for decent ones from ThatCable.com. Since then, I have never had any signal problems. Its a bit annoying as I was a firm believer in cheap HDMI cables making no difference! But from this I concluded that AVRs must more susceptible to signal loss (or perhaps emit enough noise to cause signal loss) that just having the TV. Interesting.



Must be a common fault. I get this too. I switch the amp off and on, and the TV too. This does the trick.

jazlabs

Fair enough! I'm not sure about the AVR 171, but most amps have a … Fair enough! I'm not sure about the AVR 171, but most amps have a configurable night mode though, which I guess you could set the sub volume to zero? But I do get you point, and will save a bit of electricity when you don't really need the AVR to be running.



Nightmodes are still too loud for my liking when I've used them.

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Liverpool_Bear

Must be a common fault. I get this too. I switch the amp off and on, … Must be a common fault. I get this too. I switch the amp off and on, and the TV too. This does the trick.



What is the exact problem you are seeing? I was seeing a few white flashes now and then and then the screen would go black for a few seconds and then come back.

After switching to the Denon I would get some white artefacts every so often but nowhere near as severe as with the HK. Switching to cables from ThatCable has definitely solved the issue permanently - so may be worth investing in some better cables if they are running close to power cables (etc) and not well shielded.

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dontasciime

Nightmodes are still too loud for my liking when I've used them.



How do you mute your TV when you run through the AVR? Are you lucky enough to have a TV that doesn't permanently display a mute symbol when muted, or do you have to set the volume down to zero?

jazlabs

How do you mute your TV when you run through the AVR? Are you lucky … How do you mute your TV when you run through the AVR? Are you lucky enough to have a TV that doesn't permanently display a mute symbol when muted, or do you have to set the volume down to zero?



Volume down to zero usually on tv never used the mute (just tried it for you now and it does not display mute on screen says sound off then vanishes from screen 5 secs later my tv is 5 years old sharp lc42xd1e)

saaandy

I've just picked up a Demon AVRX2000 myself to match some HTS101's. Can't … I've just picked up a Demon AVRX2000 myself to match some HTS101's. Can't wait to get it all wired up!



I was well up for buying the AVR171 - it looks really nice. But i spoke to the guys at RS in store and they told me how much better the Denon is - analogue not digital and thus weighs more and is better components.

Shame I didnt see that @ 250

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Matthaus

Shame I didnt see that @ 250



It was in the boxing day sale, didn't spend too long at that price though (about a week or so?). It was £279 before Christmas if I remember rightly, I bought it a few days before Christmas, then when it went down in the boxing day sale I got them to refund the £30

jazlabs

It was in the boxing day sale, didn't spend too long at that price though … It was in the boxing day sale, didn't spend too long at that price though (about a week or so?). It was £279 before Christmas if I remember rightly, I bought it a few days before Christmas, then when it went down in the boxing day sale I got them to refund the £30



i also am waiting for the denon to drop back to £250 , reading around other forums the price is set by denon themselves and not by the retailer , but apparently they do tend to drop the price once a month so i am lead to believe , guess we`ll see shortly.
Edited by: "sim11" 18th Feb 2014

was going to buy this on Saturday
bought a remote hdmi switch from maplins instead
saved me a fortune

jazlabs

What is the exact problem you are seeing? I was seeing a few white … What is the exact problem you are seeing? I was seeing a few white flashes now and then and then the screen would go black for a few seconds and then come back. After switching to the Denon I would get some white artefacts every so often but nowhere near as severe as with the HK. Switching to cables from ThatCable has definitely solved the issue permanently - so may be worth investing in some better cables if they are running close to power cables (etc) and not well shielded.



Mine just doesn't register any picture, it is just blank.

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davenfish

was going to buy this on Saturdaybought a remote hdmi switch from maplins … was going to buy this on Saturdaybought a remote hdmi switch from maplins insteadsaved me a fortune



Lol, glad that worked out for you - hardly a like for like alternative though

+1 for this amp great specs all round, I bought this amp when it was last on offer and have been really pleased with it. It was one of the only amps that would fit in the smaller unit I have but for the price inc 5 year warranty I could not complain, just need to get a sub now but at the moment running 5 decent size speakers is creating quite enough bass for most things xbox, blu ray, TV etc.

The Denon may be better in some ways or maybe even most ways but at this price I reckon the Sony would be the loser in terms of spec. Airplay has been really handy and works a treat, the remote is a little annoying and if you use freeview from the TV is can be a bit fiddly as when you turn the amp to TV channel it switches to HDMI 1 (thinking you have a seperate Digi Box connected) but these are small things that you get used to and for me the looks are hard to see past too. I look at my set up now and it just looks so clean! It may not be the best for sound quality but overall its a great deal I think.

Liverpool_Bear

Mine just doesn't register any picture, it is just blank.



I'm going to dig out the KabelDirekt HDMI cable I bought from Amazon just before Christmas to see whether this works. I have got some ones I bought off eBay that I never had a problem with when they were connected directly to my Panasonic Viera TV.

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jazlabs

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Thanks. I've scratched my monitor now.

I had this and swapped for it for Denon X2000 when they were both £250. Didn't realise the HK 171 didn't do analogue to digital conversion, so meant I would still need to swap inputs on the TV. Also the HK has a very basic OSD, just text based with a horrible font, the X2000 has a full GUI.
The 171 does look a lot nicer and is smaller (a good thing in my book).

HK171 OSD: youtu.be/YnZ…34s (sorry couldn't find photo)
Denon X2000 OSD: assets.denoneu.com/Ass…png

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whatsthematter

I had this and swapped for it for Denon X2000 when they were both £250. … I had this and swapped for it for Denon X2000 when they were both £250. Didn't realise the HK 171 didn't do analogue to digital conversion, so meant I would still need to swap inputs on the TV. Also the HK has a very basic OSD, just text based with a horrible font, the X2000 has a full GUI.The 171 does look a lot nicer and is smaller (a good thing in my book).HK171 OSD: http://youtu.be/YnZQ_jAC_mA?t=11m34s (sorry couldn't find photo)Denon X2000 OSD: http://assets.denoneu.com/Assets/images/products/AVR-X2000/EL_X2000_GUI02.png



Can definitely vouch for the OSD being multiple times better on the AVR-X2000 as is the auto speaker configuration. I had to tweak the levels and delays heavily after the AVR171 performed its auto configuration. When the configuration was re-run it came up with completely different values even though the environment was exactly the same.

I personally didn't think the AVR171 looked as good in reality as in the pictures. It has a slight "off black" (slightly red?) colour to it which when put next to other pure black devices makes it look a bit out of place. It is also very "plasticy" which makes it look a little cheap in comparison to the more "industrial" looking X2000.

Much personal opinion I know, and the colour may have been down to reflection off the AVR171, but the X2000 is also quite reflective but looks much more black!

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Snap this up at this price its a rediculous bargain! Yes the OSD is very basic but if that isnt high on prioties then go for it!
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