Harman Kardon AVR 1710S review & specs

Harman Kardon AVR 1710S Review. High-quality HD Sound

Harman Kardon AVR 1710S

The Harman Kardon AVR 1710S specs draw a picture of the middle class 7.2 receiver. It has some hi-tech features such as Dolby True HD and Deep color but lacks the essentials like Dolby Atmos or 4K / HDR support. Besides, its connectivity has two sides: the solid work of one option compensates the absence of another. Or not? Anyhow, the top-notch specs make it an interesting device to check.

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Design

It looks unassuming: a simple rectangular shape and small information panel. The buttons are tiny and not easy to navigate, while the large dial knob is a plus. So are the phones and mic ports facing front. The unit belongs to the large-and-heavy segment, while numerous ventilation slots allow putting it to the farthest corners of the room.

Features

This device supports the majority of the audio and video formats, with some exceptions (like AIFF and DTS Neural:X). While consuming less than an average vacuum cleaner, it enables an impressive output of 700W with the solid 100W per each component. That’s quite a good gain for most speakers and subwoofers.

Performance

The unit works as intended, featuring some input lag during the shifting between inputs. No possibility to reassign the inputs. The remote and OSD look complicated enough, while the smartphone app is more user-friendly (not intuitive, though). The receiver’s specs allow 3D pass-through and provide quite decent analog-to-digital (HDMI) upscaling.

Sound Quality

Why I would recommend this unit is for its impeccable sound. The high signal-to-noise ratio and powerful gain provide the rich sound with the wide range of effects and very accurate middle line. Fiddling with the EQ a bit, I received an impressive creeping vibrating bass out of the subs. The highs are precise and sharp, while a bit “digital” at the top volume.

Connectivity

There is a standard set of connection ports enriched by additional HDMI output to connect another Full HD TV or a monitor. While it has Internet radio and supports Spotify, there is no full-range video streaming due to Wi-Fi absence.

Setup

In spite of the rigid menus, the setup is easy and fast. So far, it requires plugging in and activating the auto-calibration program. It works perfectly while the unordinary placing of speakers would require some manual tweaking, which is no brainer.

Conclusion

The Harman Kardon 1710S is an AV receiver with realistic clear and loud HD sound. It has many features like comprehensive two zones’ control and quality audio streaming via Bluetooth. However, its operation might be compromised, as it jumps the sources when working full load. Still, the setup is an easy one, in spite of the poorly compiled manual.

Common features

Product

Harman Kardon AVR 1710S

Model

AVR 1710S

Brand

Harman Kardon

Rating

3.8 of 5

Reviews

30

Amplifier

Total output power

700 W

Output power per channel

100 W

Output impedance per channel

8 Ohm

Frequency response

20 Hz-20 kHz

Total harmonic distortion

0.07 %

Number of channels

7

Signal-to-noise ratio

106 dB

Functions

Digital player

Internet radio

Network audio player

Audio formats

AAC

AIFF

Apple lossless

FLAC

MP3

WAV

WMA

Built-in decoders

DTS:X

Dolby Atmos

Dolby digital plus

Dolby surround

Dolby true HD

Built-in display

Type

fluorescent

Colour

black

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

6

Optical digital inputs

2

Coaxial digital inputs

1

HDMI inputs

6

HDMI outputs

2

Optical digital outputs

has not

Coaxial digital outputs

has not

Subwoofer outputs

2

USB

1

Phones

1

Media content source

Bluetooth

Network

USB-host

Radio

Tuner type

digital

Tuner bands

AM/FM

Preset station

40

Additional features

A-B speaker switch

Three-zone capability

Advanced sound retriever (ASR) technology

Apple air-play support

Audio return channel (ARC)

Bi-amplifying

Auto power off

Pure direct mode

Dual-zone capability

Smartphone remote control

Sound features

Audio D/A converter

24bit / 192kHz

Surround sound effects

Surround system class

7.2 channel

Digital content protection

HDCP 2.2

Clock

Built-in clock

Sleep timer

Power device

Operational power consumption

510 W

Standby power consumption

0.5 W

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Dimensions

15.8 x 21.3 x 9.1 inches

Weight

15.44 pounds

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