Harman Kardon AVR 1510 review & specs

Affordable Harman Kardon AVR 1510 is an amplifier for your home theater

Harman Kardon AVR 1510

Today I will talk about Harman Kardon AVR 1510. This receiver combines good-affordable lightweight, digital power supply with advanced amplifier technology and all these incredibilities provide clean room-filling sound. The AVR 1510 is an affordable networked receiver in its class with 375 watts of clean continuous power. It is a basic unit but it has unbelievable sound quality. It only has 4 HDMI which is plenty for me. If you don't need a lot of HDMI's and other extras, you won't be left down with the Harman Kardon AVR 1510.

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Design

The design of the amplifier is good-looking because of its combination of high-gloss and dark details. I paid certain attention to its opacity when was choosing the receiver in a shop.

Pretty much just what you see in the pictures. The face of the receiver it is very sleek. If you like a minimalist design, this receiver is ideal for you. Adding to the minimalist effect is that you can turn all the lights off in the front of the receiver while it is still on and functioning. The set-up allows you to view the menu on the receiver when doing things such as changing radio stations, adjusting the volume, switching from one HDMI input to another, etc. Then the lights shut off (except the power light), but everything is still functioning. The power light is bright fluorescent, as well as the light that surrounds the volume knob, which gives it a Halo-like effect when on. If you are going for the "less is more" type of look in your home theater design, this one will fit right in, or you can choose to leave the lights on.

The small size of the unit frees up valuable space on the stand, which is nice and allows more room for air to circulate. The menu of this model is simply looking. And good feature - the text is very readable from a distance.

Features

With no mistake, you can recognize that it is a Harman Kardon product. Sharp sides, the excellent backlit and flat volume control. You can find a USB port for updates. To connect an iOS device or a USB stick there is the place, too. Near the USB is a 6.3mm headphone port. I have an Apple TV that I hooked into one of the HDMI's and that eliminated my need for AirPlay on 1510. I was worried it wouldn't have enough power to compliment my subwoofer, but I was wrong. Sure, I like those volume buttons, they are placed perfectly for my thumbs. I also like the smartphone app on the HK, it works perfectly.

It took some experimentation for getting the sound where it didn't use way too much bass, but choosing the Dolby output option yielded a pleasant experience. The ability to name the inputs is nice, very nice, and having the display tell them that I have chosen Xbox One or FireTV makes it much easier for me to live with.

Network specs of the receiver allow you to stream music from your home network, I just stop enjoying this feature. Also operating and managing vTuner service can be easily performed on the vTuner website. Then you can adjust automatic connection to the AV receiver and use the receiver from the best its sides. Do you know that AVR 1510 is so productive? In addition, FM and AM radio stations can be streamed on the receiver.

I have read that this model is among the lightest most energy-efficient AVR`s on the market. As a proof – my glass shelf, where I put my Harman Kardon on, was born this weight. Also, it fills a mid-size room with the power to spare and as far as my ears can detect wonderful sound.

Performance

The speaker connection takes banana plugs, but only for the front left/right. For the surrounds and center speaker wires, you will either have to strip the wire and insert or use small pin inserts, as I did. The subwoofer, of course, has its own cable output. The 1510, also, has optical/coaxial digital inputs, I'm using the optical input for audio from the TV. And most importantly the HDMI works perfectly with all of our devices, no annoying grey screens or having to toggle the input ten times to get a picture.

I noticed that it did get pretty warm on top of the receiver, which I would expect on any receiver, so just popped a laptop cooler on top of the receiver and it now runs much cooler.

Sound Quality

Bullets sound like actual bullets when turned up and even the shell casings hitting the ground/ helicopter foot in the Matrix helicopter scene sound absolutely authentic. I found out so many different adjustments, while was preparing this review, which you may make to that sound, that you are bound to find a setting best suited for you. In the menu you can find anything you need, functionality is not the issue here. Just spend some time with it, and you'll be able to fine tune this thing, and get the most out of its features. I was nice impressed by all versatility of settings for the sound parameters.

AV receivers are all about the audio experience. Dolby TrueHD and Master Audio decoding support are the popular formats that Blu-ray discs rely on nowadays and are necessary if you want to hear those amazing movie soundtracks at their fullest potential. An exceptional receiver with plenty of power and endless options. If you are looking for a do it all receiver this is it. The sound this thing produces out of premium speakers is amazing! Harman Kardon AVR 1510 sounds easy and it's focused on mid-high tonality. My advice is to use not more than 75W speakers. In one word - just a crystal.

Connectivity

You can use your Apple or Android device to command your AVR entertainment experience via Harman Kardon app. The AVR 1510 compatible for Apple devices via USB and can be controlled by free downloadable Harman Kardon remote apps for IOS and Android smartphones and tablets. You would enjoy a multitude of connectivity options using the ABR`s built-in local area network connection. Stream vTuner, internet radio or use network storage drive to play your favorite music and movies through DLNA 1.5 interfacing. Not to forget about mentioning - 3D ready HDMI inputs accommodate all of your high-definite media sources and are also 4k Ultra High Definition ready.

Setup

The setup is pretty straight-forward despite on lack of any automatic calibration. The main menu is comprehensible with its six sub-menus and ideal SPL meter. The manual notes help with step-by-step instructions through the process of setting up.

The vTuner function works flawlessly; radio stations from all over the world. The connection may take a few seconds (depending on your internet speed) but is not a serious issue. The set-up was a cinch. Register 1510 at HK and get the software update available. Software updating is done by going to the HK website and downloading the update to a thumb drive, then installing the thumb drive into the 1510's front USB slot.

Also, for those of you that might have issues with your Harmony not turning off the receiver when you tell everything to turn off, just modify the off command for the receiver so that it hits the off button 3 times with a delay in between each press of the button. As for ease of use, this receiver seems pretty easy to switch between inputs, and dimming is a must (it's an included feature) as the light thrown from the volume knob is very bright in a dark room when watching movies.

One thing to note: It does get somewhat warm, but not enough to cause concern, there is a ventilation on the top and sides of the receiver, so as long as you don't cover them up, it shouldn't be an issue.

Conclusion

The wonderfully affordable AVR 1510 from Harman Kardon is well equipped, easy on the eye and, what is more important - it produced to make everything sound right. It provides 75 watts per channel output, which is more than enough to fill a large living room. Thanks to its compact size, it is so suitable for the living room. Movies and music will bring joy to your weekends with no any doubt.

I wanted an entry-level, high-end receiver, with good specs, that supported full surround sound (5.1), and the Harmon Kardon 1510 seemed to fit the bill. If you want a superb sounding receiver then buy one of these, you will not regret it.

Great unit, would completely buy it again, it looks great (minimalist - looks good and sleek).

Somewhat difficult to download the manual it's not the easiest to find for some reason on their site (it doesn't come with one like most things nowadays, it's online). But they have good customer support hours, they say to call them for anything even how to set up so that is cool.

Common features

Product

Harman Kardon AVR 1510

Model

AVR 1510

Brand

Harman Kardon

Rating

3.5 of 5

Reviews

73

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Amplifier class

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

DSD

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS neural:X

DTS-HD master audio

DTS:X

Dolby atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Power device

Operational power consumption

140 W

Standby power consumption

0.2 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

375 W

Output power per channel

75 W

Output impedance per channel

6 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.09 %

Number of channels

5

Signal-to-noise ratio

89 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

Video conversion/scaling

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

Connector type

AV inputs

has not

Optical digital inputs

1

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

4

HDMI outputs

1

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

1

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station qty

30

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

AIR Studios monitor certification

Three-zone capability

X.v.Color

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Deep color

MCACC Pro

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Sound output mode

Surround Sound

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Dolby Digital

Surround system class

5.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

11.8 x 17.3 x 4.8 inches

Product weight

10 pounds