Harman Kardon AVR 171 – packs a punch

Since 1950, Harman Kardon has been delivering the best in sound and technology! Staying true to its tradition, Harman Kardon recently introduced the AVR 171. Big, muscular and explosive – this powerhouse sound system stands #AClassApart from its rivals. Here is a brief review of the product and what it has in for you.

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#AClassApart Sound Quality

Slip in the disc of your favorite action movie and the Harman Kardon AVR 171 will deliver the explosions, gunshots, crashes and more with all the punch & brawn it can muster. It’s capable of digging out those fine layers of details. The AVR 171 can effortlessly steer the sound effects of a 7.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. Change to a dialogue centric movie and the AVR 171 will still outperform with its clear and direct sound.

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The right rhythm

Harman Kardon’s strong sense of rhythm and energy makes listening to music a treat. This is something you will not find in most AV receivers. The Harman Kardon AVR 171 is packed with awesome streaming features.  AirPlay, Bluetooth and DLNA streaming makes playing music wirelessly seamless. You can also connect your favorite Apple device or Flash Drive to the USB port and play music from these devices. While you can browse through a range of Internet Radio channels, the AV receiver also comes with FM and AM tuners.

Great connections

The Harman Kardon AVR 171 comes with 6 HDMI inputs. All the HDMI connections support 3D and 4K pass-through, while a MHL (Mobile High-definition Link) compatible input lets you stream HD content from connected Android devices.

Digital connections are finished off with one coaxial and two optical inputs, while analogue also gets a good showing: composite video and two sets of RCA inputs. There are also zone-two outputs. Chuck in two subwoofer outs and you have a comprehensive set of plugs.

An ethernet port is provided for wired connection to your home network. There’s also the option to make the receiver wireless.

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Beautiful design

The AVR 171 doesn’t only sound beautiful but looks stunning too! The smooth, curvy edges and new design makes it attractive.

The bright VFD light around the volume knob looks great and the display can be read even from a distance. You don’t need to worry about the light disturbing you while watching movies in the dark as you can dim the lights with the remote. It also allows you to turn off the display and power indicator.

The slim control buttons are almost invisible on the minimalist front panel, while a USB port and 6.3mm headphone jack and mic input are hidden behind a small removable panel.

The perfect interface

Simple and minimalistic… the menu interface of Harman Kardon AVR 171 is sleek and stylish. The best thing is that you can easily change the source without being transported to a different screen.

Setting-up the AVR-171 with your existing speaker package is reasonably quick thanks to its EzSet/EQ III auto-calibration system. The test tones are loud but short lived and the calibration isn’t entirely accurate.

Our verdict

The Harman Kardon AVR 171 is big, muscular and powerful. It not only enhances your cinematic experience but also packs a punch while listening to your favorite music. So if you’re looking for a complete entertainment system, the Harman Kardon AVR 171 is the must have for your home. Come over to Harman House and check it out today.


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