Harman Kardon AVR 7550HD Flagship Receiver
- Product Name: AVR 7550HD
- Manufacturer: Harman Kardon
- Review Date: January 09, 2009 02:00
- MSRP: $2,799
- First Impression: Pretty Cool
Harman Kardon displayed their new AVR 7550HD 7.2-channel audio/video receiver. It features HDMI v1.3a (with Deep Color support) and can pass video signals to 1080p. The receiver employs Faroudja DCDi Cinema digital-video processing utilizing the leading-edge Torino chipset (FLI30436), providing HD upscaling and enhanced 1080p image quality from all video sources.
receiver is among the first to include Dolby Volume
technology, an innovative approach to delivering consistent
volume levels across a wide variety of content, channel programming or input
sources. It is also the first receiver to utilize the latest-generation Texas
Instruments Aureus DA710
audio digital-signal processor in a dual-DSP implementation.
The AVR 7550HD incorporates a newly developed high-definition full-color on-screen menu system that utilizes both pictures and text to guide users in setting up their home theater system.
The receiver offers Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding; a built-in USB port to accommodate a USB memory stick or streaming audio from a computer; an Internet radio tuner; automated room-equalization and system calibration; multiroom audio and video capability with A-BUS connectivity; XM Ready capability; and more. It is supplied with the Harman Kardon docking station for iPod at no extra charge. The Bridge II enables enhanced audio and video playback and remote-control capabilities when a compatible iPod is connected.
This is a new venture for Harman, having formerly topped out at $799 with the AVR 354. Harman hasn't yet proved itself in the high-end receiver line-up, at least not since the introduction of HDMI and video processing, so it will be nice to see how well this new flagship product is received in the marketplace.
The AVR 7550HD will be available in Winter of 2009 for $2,799.
For more information visit www.harman.com.
Just my $0.02...
What happens with processing/scaling when the video mode is set to Off rather than bypass?
My issue with the video processing was quite valid. An owner can't disable the video processing on HK's midrange receivers.
The HK 2600, 3600, 360, 460 and 7550HD ALL use FET switching in the video bypass mode, NO video processing is done and the Torino processor is totally out of the video signal path..
Just my $0.02...