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Harman/kardon AVR 500

Harman/kardon AVR 500
alaScore 81

29 reviews

Nov, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 29 reviews of Harman/kardon AVR 500. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers for all reviews.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Receivers & Amplifiers the Harman/kardon AVR 500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Harman/kardon AVR 500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Receivers & Amplifiers on

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This summary is based on the product: Harman Kardon AVR 500 Dolby Digital/DTS Audio/Video Receiver

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Mark Fleischmann (

Arcam AVR500 A/V Receiver


In this economically tough climate, we all have to trim expenses to the essentials. Just this week, I instructed my manservant to take my suits to the dry cleaner only if they've been worn for more than three hours. My nightly meals at five-star...

Associated gear included five Paradigm Reference Studio 20 v4 speakers running full range, OPPO BDP-83SE universal disc player, Rega Planar 25 turntable (the Luxman isn't feeling well), Shure V97xE poor man's audiophile phono cartridge, and Bellari...

Jul, 2010

Consumer review by: Simon (

Harman Kardon AVR 500 A/V Receivers


Bought it in 1999 I think. It already had the volume fix done,and it has been working and playing lika a charm ever since. Been thinking about exchanging it plenty of times but every time I back. If it works, why fix it? Yes there better ones out...

Oct, 2015

Consumer review by: Don Jaime a Casual Listener (

Harman Kardon AVR 500 A/V Receivers


i own two of these and they work great!

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: Steven (

Harman Kardon AVR 500 A/V Receivers


Bought the AVR 500 in college circa 2000 and its been in constant use ever since. I know its gone months without even being turned off. Ive moved across the Western US a few times taking my audio equipment (which also include Infinity Interlude...

Aug, 2015

Consumer review by: open_book_test a Casual Listener (

Harman Kardon AVR 500 A/V Receivers


I purchased my AVR 500 a little over a year ago knowing full well of the reliability issues. I too encountered the volume problem which was repaired by H/K with a two week delay. I later encountered an issue with the sub pre-out which was fixed by H/K...

Jan, 2003

Consumer review by: johnny26 (

Harman Kardon AVR 500 A/V Receivers


Nice and heavy 35 pound amp. This thing has more than enough power than most normal people need. I got mine for a dirt cheap price, which was a good thing because the left surround channel made a crackling/buzzing noise in all surround modes.I had it...

Dec, 2002

Consumer review by: Jeremy - (

Harman Kardon AVR 500 A/V Receivers


I purchased a referbished unit on uBid, even after all of the horror stories about the 500. But when they worked the review from critics was raving, so I took the gamble. We I got a bad one, the right channel didn't work and because of some intense...

Aug, 2002

Consumer review by: Chris Siegel (

Harman Kardon AVR 500 A/V Receivers


Absolute total complete piece of trash. Unit has problem after problem after problem. First it's the clicking in the rear right speaker when adjusting volume. Next is the random streaks of total distortion in anything from rears to fronts to center...

Mar, 2002

Product Specifications

Harman Kardon's AVR 500 combines excellence with ease of use. Harman Kardon has long been known for their clean sounding high current amplifiers and stylish designs. They are able to brilliantly integrate these features into an easy-to-use high-performance machine. At 70 watts of high-current power to all 5 channels, this receiver has plenty of juice to produce incredible, room-shaking surround sound while still being able to deliver crisp, clear music and vocals. The high current design and ultrawide-bandwidth make for increased load capacity, better peak and valley reproduction, and flat-out better sound. Hearing is believing, and the AVR 500 effortlessly proves that to be true. Harman Kardon stays on top of cutting-edge technology, by adding features such as Logic 7 Cinema and Surround Modes and VMAx Virtual Surround Sound. Logic 7 Cinema and Music Surround was developed for creating multi-channel surround playback from two-channel sources, such as music. VMAx, Virtual Multi Axis Sound, recreates a realistic, multi-channel effect from any source by simulating a large "sweet spot". VMAx technology is currently being used in some virtual reality games - it enables the listener to place themselves as close or as far from their speakers, while still receiving the full effect of the sound. Dolby Pro Logic, Dolby Digital and DTS are also on board, allowing you to decode virtually any source out there. As one of the newest members of the Harman Kardon family, the AVR 500 easily earns its place in the ranks as a winner. By combining new technology and features with their reputable standards of phenomenal sound and user-friendliness, Harman Kardon has done it again.


Output Power / Total:350Watt

Audio Input

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Audio Output

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Audio System

Built-in Decoders:Dolby Digital / DTS decoder
Functions (KA):AV receiver
Sound Output Mode:Surround Sound
Subcategory (KA):AV components
Surround Sound Effects:Virtual Dolby Surround
Surround System Class:5.1 channel
Type:AV receiver

Cassette System

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CD System

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Dimensions & Weight



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Manufacturer:Harman International Industries
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Harman/kardon AVR

MD System

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Tuner Bands:AM/FM
Tuner Type:Digital

Remote Control

Type:Programmable remote control


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