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Harman/Kardon AVR-147 Receiver Preview

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Summary

  • Product Name: AVR-147 5.1 Channel A/V Receiver
  • Manufacturer: Harman/Kardon
  • Review Date: April 08, 2008 18:50
  • MSRP: $449.00
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool
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Power 50 Watts per channel, 20Hz - 20kHz, @ <0.07% THD, 2 channels driven into 8 ohms
40 Watts per channel @ <0.07% THD, 20Hz - 20kHz into 8 ohms all channels driven into 8 ohms
Amplifier Channels: 5
THD: 0.07%
Onscreen Display: Yes
Remote Control: Programmable
Remote Backlit: Yes
Zone 2/3 Remote: No
Height (inches) 6-1/2
Width (inches) 7-5/16
Depth (inches) 15
Weight (lbs) 21.1

Surround and DSP       
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital EX
Dolby Pro Logic II
DTS
DTS-ES/Neo:6
DSP Soundfields: 12

Connections, Inputs & Outputs       
Speaker Connections
Binding Posts
Audio-Video Inputs: 4
Front Audio-Video Inputs : Yes
Audio-Only Inputs: 4
Digital Audio Inputs, Optical: 2
Digital Audio Inputs, Coaxial: 3
Digital Audio Outputs, Coaxial: 1
Multi-channel Inputs: 5.1
Subwoofer Outputs: 1
Composite Video Monitor Outputs: 1
S-Video Inputs: 4
S-Video Outputs: 2
S-Video Monitor Outputs: 1
Component Video Inputs: 2
Component Video Monitor Outputs: 1
Component Video Switching: Yes
HDMI Inputs: 2
HDMI Outputs: 1
HDMI Switching: Yes (no audio)
HDMI Version
iPod Integration: Yes
Headphone Jack: Yes
RS-232C: Yes (firmware only)

Executive Overview

Harman/Kardon has always built high quality audio gear and offered it at fair prices and this is one thing they don't seem to be in a hurry to change. There are many A/V receivers on the market for less than $500, but few boast the high-end audio quality that the AVR-147 can deliver.

For more than 25 years harman/kardon has been making high current amplifiers and this receiver follows along that same design path. Don't let the meager power rating of this receiver fool you. The 40 watt x 5 rating is for all channels driven simultaneously. And while many make such claims, not many actually deliver it. The actual truth is this receiver is just as powerful as some manufacturers' 90 or 100 watt receivers. Harman/Kardon has always been conservative with their amplifier ratings and a quick look at the 21.3 lbs this unit weights gives some indication of  how robust the amplifier section is. This receiver is 4 lbs heavier than many quality 100 watt receivers.

In addition to a hearty amp section, the AVR-147 is fully loaded with other features too. These features include Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby virtual speaker, Dolby headphone, dts, dts 96/24 and dts Neo:6, and Logic 7 DSP. Dual independent power supplies for front and surround channels, a 24-Bit/twin-core Cirrus Logic CS 49510 DSP processor with 32-bit post processor and 192kHz/24-bit D/A conversion.hkavr147back

The AVR-147 also has HDMI switching, one button EzSet/EQ auto calibration, and is "bridge-ready" for an optional iPod docking station (dubbed "The Bridge"). The receiver also has an RS-232 port for future software upgrades - but these typically never happen. On the input side there are enough to satisfy most as well. Along with host of S-video, composite, TOSlink and coaxial digital connections, the AVR-147 also has two component inputs and one output, and two HDMI inputs and one output. There is also a six-channel analog input for players with internal decoders. Lacking are a set of preamp outputs for use with an external amplifier, but that is typical at this price.

With the included microphone and the EzSet feature, setup will be a breeze. Also, the manual is very good which is not common at any price. For under $500 this receiver is going to be hard to beat.

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Recent Forum Posts:

ScrubbBussy posts on May 17, 2008 13:52
If you dont care about HDMI the AVR 240 has preouts and a higher power rating you can also get it for a lot less than even the 147
PENG posts on May 03, 2008 08:04
Alex2507, post: 408548
You know what? You're right. You even said “If you live in Canada” in the first post. I think I may be having my first period. You guys up there should consider moving on account of the prices alone, never mind the weather. We could put you guys up in the Dakotas. I'm allowed to poke a little fun seeing as how I'm a citizen and my father lives in TO.

Here's a list of AVR 347 completed listings from lowest to highest to show what they can be had for.
http://search-completed.ebay.com/Harman-Kardon-HK-AVR-347_W0QQcatrefZC5QQdfspZ1QQfclZ3QQfisZ2QQfromZR32QQfrppZ50QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ34QQsacatZQ2d1QQsbrsrtZd

No problem poking fun Alex. Actually I shouldn't have lost my cool, sorry! The 30+ lbs 347 with pre-outs and HDMI inputs, is definitely a great buy for even $600 new, pound for pound no one can beat it, except for perhaps the Yammie RX-V663. But then like you said you could get refurbished unit (with warranty I assume) for much less.
Alex2507 posts on May 03, 2008 04:09
PENG, post: 408494
I like HK products too I am just saying that they cost much more than comparable (refurb to refurb,new to new for a fair comparison) receivers available in Canada. If you are not in Canada then my comments does not apply to you at all and there would not even be any argument/disagreement. Ultimately you have your opinion and I have mine so let's leave it at that…..

You know what? You're right. You even said “If you live in Canada” in the first post. I think I may be having my first period. You guys up there should consider moving on account of the prices alone, never mind the weather. We could put you guys up in the Dakotas. I'm allowed to poke a little fun seeing as how I'm a citizen and my father lives in TO.

Here's a list of AVR 347 completed listings from lowest to highest to show what they can be had for.
http://search-completed.ebay.com/Harman-Kardon-HK-AVR-347_W0QQcatrefZC5QQdfspZ1QQfclZ3QQfisZ2QQfromZR32QQfrppZ50QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ34QQsacatZQ2d1QQsbrsrtZd
PENG posts on May 02, 2008 22:11
Alex2507, post: 406219
We've done this before but those H/K's can be had for a lot less money after they have been refurbed by H/K and the warranty is full. To me that is the real price. For example I say the AVR 146 can be had for about $150 to your door. So if you're gonna compare it to something in terms of price, you gotta find another rec'r for $150. Good luck with that.

-Alex

I like HK products too I am just saying that they cost much more than comparable (refurb to refurb,new to new for a fair comparison) receivers available in Canada. If you are not in Canada then my comments does not apply to you at all and there would not even be any argument/disagreement. Ultimately you have your opinion and I have mine so let's leave it at that…..
PENG posts on May 02, 2008 22:08
aseidman00, post: 408360
what can someone tell me about these differences between these recievers ? which one would you go for and why ? I can get the HKK for a few bucks less than the Denon.. but which one is the better receiver ?

IMHO, the 347. More power, has pre-outs.
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