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Harman-Kardon AVR 161

Harman-Kardon AVR 161
alaScore 87

118 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 118 reviews of Harman-Kardon AVR 161. The average rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The price and size also get good views.

usability, size, price, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Harman-Kardon AVR 161 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Stephen Dawson (

Harman Kardon AVR 161


The Harman Kardon AVR 161 is a good entry-level receiver with built-in Bluetooth and vTuner, but its network support is let down by poor navigation and weak apps.

Good sound quality ; Bluetooth built in ; Good value for money

No support for low-impedance loudspeakers ; Weak navigation on network media

Still, the price of this unit should be borne in mind. For regular home-theatre functionality, and for internet radio and regular AM/FM radio, fine. Likewise, for plugging in a USB stick with some music. What a pity it doesn't have skip keys on the...

Dec, 2013

Product Specifications


Audio output channels:5.1
Power output per channel (20-20KHz@8 Ohm):85
Receiver Type:Stereo
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR):100
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD):0.1


Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) certified:Y
DLNA Certified: Yes

Energy Management

AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):450


Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
HDMI in:5
Remote (IR) input:1
USB ports quantity:1


Bluetooth: Yes
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes

Optical Drive

Optical drive included: No

Packaging Content

AM antenna: Yes
Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC
FM antenna: Yes
Manual: Yes
User guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Ports & interfaces

AM antenna ports quantity:1
Connectivity Technology:Wired & Wireless
FM antenna ports quantity:1
Wireless technologies:Wired & Wireless


AC input frequency:50/60
AC input voltage:220-240
Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):450


AM band range:522 - 1.620 / 522 - 1620
FM band:87.5 - 108
FM band range:87.5 - 108
Internet radio: Yes
Internet radio services supported:vTuner
Supported bands:AM, FM
Supported radio bands:AM,FM


Card reader: No

Technical Details

Apple docking compatibility: No
Audio decoders:Dolby Digital 5.1,Dolby Pro Logic II,Dolby TrueHD,DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby Digital,Dolby Pro Logic,Dolby TrueHD,DTS,DTS-HD Master Audio
Built-in audio decoders:Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio / Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby TrueHD, DTS, DTS-HD Master Audio
Color of product:Black
Handheld remote control: Yes
HDMI version:1.4a
Input frequency range:87.5 - 108
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):Y


3D compatibility: Yes
Analog signal format system:PAL

Weight & Dimensions