Harman Kardon AVR 1510S review & specs

Harman Kardon AVR 1510S Overview

Harman Kardon AVR 1510S

Harman Kardon has a wide variety of interesting and attractively priced AV receivers, which are ideal for a home theater of more moderate proportions. Here you can find Harman Kardon AVR 1510S review with a detailed description of all the best features and specifics of the receiver.

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Design

Sleek and black. However, the face of it is not exactly as thin as the photo shows, but it's still has a minimalist design. Adding to the minimalist effect is that you can turn all the lights off in the front of the receiver while it's 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. 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.

Features

The vTuner function works flawlessly; radio stations from all over the globe. At 75 wpc, it's got more than enough power for my set-up, which is in a medium sized living room. With 5 discreet amps inside, the separation for the surround channels is handled well. You can hear this in the audio detail. The Harman Kardon AVR 1510S specs can kick some distortion free fanny when turned up to full blast range. There are so many different adjustments you can make to the sound, that you are bound to find a setting best suited for you.

Performance

Powers itself off, so you don't waste energy. Lightweight and no fans whirring in the background while you watch your movies. Heat? No issue there so far. It does get somewhat warm, but not enough to cause concern. There is extensive 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.

Sound Quality

For serious audiophile the sound quality of this AV receiver is fantastic. The HK certainly delivers in sound quality. In two channel mode, music is full and rich sounding. You will be surprised at such performance considering the low price and small physical size.

Connectivity

Plenty of wattages to drive big speakers, excellent sound reproduction, and a stylish look (for receivers, anyway) are the strong points of this great little amp. Negatives are the lack of workable pass-through (you will need to turn on the amp to watch your TV unless you devise a workaround involving another Monitor input), lack of bells and whistles such as an extra set of output terminals, and not as much ability to adjust the sound as slightly more expensive amps. If you don't need extra features, this is a smart buy!

Setup

Setup never seems to go smoothly for me and manuals are often more confusing than helpful to the middle-aged like myself and this was no exception.

Conclusion

The inexpensive AVR 1510 from Harman Kardon is well equipped, looks great and makes everything sound right. Thanks to its compact size it is perfect for the living room and will bring you a big pleasure while using the receiver.

Common features

Product

Harman Kardon AVR 1510S

Model

AVR 1510S

Brand

Harman Kardon

Rating

3.9 of 5

Reviews

35

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

410 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 W

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

Amplifier

Total output power

375 W

Output power per channel

75 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.1 %

Number of channels

5

Signal-to-noise ratio

98 dB

Connectivity interfaces

Bluetooth

Wi-Fi

IEEE 802.3

IEEE 802.3u

Signal processing

HDMI pass-through

up to 4K

Video conversion/scaling

HDMI to HDMI scaling, analog to HDMI up conversion

3D pass-through

Upscaling via HDMI

Connector type

AV inputs

5

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

40

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

Surround system class

5.1 channel

Digital sound processor (DSP)

DSP preset qty

4

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Dimensions

Shipping size

15.8 x 21.3 x 9.1 inches

Product weight

14.25 pounds

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