Harman Kardon AVR 1700 Network-Connected Audio/Video Receiver

Harman Kardon AVR 1700 FrontThe Harman Kardon AVR 1700 Network-Connected Audio/Video Receiver is a high-quality receiver that will give you sound experience on a whole new level. With its ability to be controlled uniquely and a USB port that lets you playback music and more, you can be sure that the quality of sound is better than your computer speakers.

Pitch Perfect

You no longer have to put up with less than perfect sound as the Harman Kardon receiver will give you pitch-perfect sound every single time. It’s possible thanks to the DLNA 1.5, which allows this receiver to stream media from a wide range of devices via y our Ethernet connection. It’s this that helps you to get a better quality of sound, helping you to enjoy music and more on a whole new level.

Harman Kardon 1700 Connectivity

The Harman Kardon 1700 has a fair amount of connectivity options. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. The 1700 comes equipped with 6 HDMI ports, which are usually more than adequate for most home theaters. The area where you may run into problems is if you have a lot of older analog devices. The Harman Kardon 1700 has a total of 3 analog audio inputs (including one on the front) and one output. It also has two analog video inputs and one output. Among these connection options, you’ll also find two optical digital and one coaxial input. Being a network receiver the 1700 also comes equipped with one ethernet port on the back. A nice convenient feature is the inclusion of a front USB port. The great thing about this is that it allows you to connect your iPod or iPhone directly to the receiver without the need for a docking station.

Harman Kardon 1700 Features

The 1700 offers Airplay support, which allows you to stream music from your Apple device or your iTunes account on your PC or MAC. And if you’re a fan of internet radio, the Harman Kardon AVR 1700  lets you listen to a wide variety of internet radio stations via vTuner.  That is a nice feature; however, it’s unfortunate that the 1700 does not support some of the more popular internet services like Pandora or Spotify. The 1700, like many mid-range receivers available right now, is DLNA 1.5 compliant. That essentially means it can communicate with any DLNA 1.5 compliant computer on your network, allowing you to stream media through the receiver. The Harmon Kardon 1700, like many of today’s a/v receivers, also has an app available for iOS and Android devices. This app gives you control of many of the underlying operating features of the 1700.

Music Playbackharmon with speakers

Because you no longer need to use a docking station, you’ll find that music playback is so much easier. Now you can play the music that’s stored on your iOS device through the Harman Kardon receiver with ease. If you’re fed up with listening to music through your headphones or some less than perfect speakers, this receiver can give you the quality you need, while listening to the tunes you love. You don’t have to wait to link your iOS device to your car stereo anymore, link it up to this receiver, and you can enjoy your music whenever you want.

Harman Kardon AVR 1700 Sound / Video

The Harman Kardon 1700 is capable of decoding Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ formats, among others. Being a 5.1 channel system, it’s rated at about 100 watts per channel, which is perfect for a small or medium-size room. If you have a huge room, the 1700 may struggle to fill the room with sound. Harman Kardon uses there own speaker calibration called EzSet/EQ. Like any other calibration software, it works by connecting a microphone to your receiver, which then sends test tones through your speakers. Based on the sound measurements the 1700 then adjusts and equalizes your speakers.

Harman Kardon Impressive Finish

It’s so essential for you to buy a product that looks good. If something looks good, it’s likely to work well too. The good news is that you can enjoy all the benefits of this receiver, while also appreciating the way that it looks. The incredibly smooth black finish screams style and sophistication, and it will look good in any room in your home.

The front panel is divided into two sections, the LED display at the top and the USB and AV section at the bottom. The LED display is very smooth and almost gleams as you use it. The dial is straightforward to use, and the buttons have been styled to sit quite nicely on the panel.

The lower section of the panel also has a smooth finish, but it’s less shiny. The Harman Kardon logo sits pride of place in the center of the receiver, and the AV socket and USB port are placed quite nicely to the right.

Harman Kardon AVR 1700 Rear view

Eco Friendly

We are all trying to be a little greener these days, but did you know that you can receive excellent quality music and media through an eco-friendly device? This receiver has been built to deliver high-quality sound without it needing bulky transformers that can use up a lot of power. Meaning that you now have the chance to save the environment by purchasing a product that uses up less energy every time you turn it on. The amount of energy used is the same as regular receivers that are becoming greener, but all in all, this model comes with a lower carbon footprint, which can only be a good thing.

harmonBetter 3D Movies

If you love to watch 3D movies, then you may be pleased to know that this audio-video receiver ensures you receive a good quality picture every single time. What’s more is the quality is just as good as that at the movie theater, meaning you can enjoy watching it at home, just as much as you did at the movies.

The Remote Control Appremote control app

Now you can download the remote control app to your tablet or smartphone. This app will enable you to enjoy complete control of your audio-video receiver, which makes adjusting the sound and the source a lot easier and more enjoyable. You will have to download the app and pair it with your receiver, but the process is relatively easy. Follow the instructions that are given on your device, and you should be up and running in no time at all.

The audio-video receiver does come with the remote control, it’s just occasionally a little bit easier to use a tablet or a smartphone to adjust the sound, etc.


All in all, the Harman 1700 has an average feature set for a mid-range a/v receiver. It does give you a good amount of HDMI ports and offers Airplay support, but other receivers like the Denon 1713 are roughly about the same price, and they offer a little more as far as features are concerned. Most customers who’ve purchased the 1700 had nothing but positive things to say about the sound quality, and that’s the most important thing.

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