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Harman Kardon AVR 1650

Home theater receiver with 3D-ready HDMI switching

4 Reviews

Item # 532AVR1650

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3D TV Learn more With over sixty years in the audio component business, Harman Kardon knows a thing or two about building a solid, great sounding receiver. That's why you can count on their AVR 1650 to deliver excellent home theater performance for years to come.

High-current power supply

At the heart of the AVR 1650 is Harman Kardon's high current, ultra-wide bandwidth amplifier. With clean, consistent and accurate performance, this amp will drive your home speakers to new levels and your enjoyment to new heights.

HDMI audio/video switching

The AVR 1650's HDMI inputs let you connect up to four high-definition sources for convenient switching, like a gaming console, Blu-ray player, HD cable box and more. Blu-ray movies come through in all their glory thanks to this receiver's advanced audio decoding. Non-HD video sources will look great with using the built-in upconversion circuitry, and you'll only need to run a single HDMI cable to your television, reducing cable clutter.

Harman Kardon iPod bridge

Spend more quality time with your iPod® or iPhone®

The iPod isn't just a great way to take your favorite music and videos anywhere; it's also a great way to simplify the entertainment experience at home. The Harman Kardon AVR 1650 makes it easy when you add the optional Harman Kardon Bridge IIIP iPod dock. It connects with a single cable and lets you navigate your music and video libraries on-screen using the receiver's remote. Browse your iPod the way you usually do, whether by artist, album or genre. The dock keeps your iPod fully charged even when the receiver is powered off.

Get surrounded by Dolby® Logic 7 processing

The AVR 1650 reshapes your room into the concert hall, arena or club of your dreams. With special processing, the system creates a new audio ambiance — the feeling that you are actually there. Traditional analog and stereo sources are transformed into a multi-channel experience where the only limit is your imagination.

Setup microphone

EzSet/EQ™ uses an included microphone to fine-tune the sound to your specific room.

No-stress setup for custom tailored sound

Conquering the acoustic challenges of your room is a huge part of getting accurate sound. Harman Kardon's EZSet/EQ™ uses the included microphone to analyze the sound within your room, then automatically adjusts volume level, equalization, and delay settings for each speaker. You'll enjoy clear, accurate, natural sound that's beautifully balanced for your space.

Product Highlights:

    Power and processing:
    • 5-channel amplifier
    • 95 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.07% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Pro Logic® II and DTS processing
    • component-to-HDMI video upconversion
    • EzSet/EQ™ auto calibration for easy speaker setup and precise sound
    • Logic 7® processing converts two-channel music and movie sources to surround sound
    Digital music options:
    Connections for up to 4 A/V source components:
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital audio/video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • 1 component video input
    • 2 composite video inputs
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 1 coaxial
      • digital audio outputs: 1 optical
    • two analog stereo RCA inputs, including 1 front-panel
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • front-panel USB for firmware upgrades only
    • headphone jack with Harman headphone surround mode for stereo headphones
    • detachable power cord
    • 1 set of main speaker outputs
    General features:
    • on-screen display for easy setup and operation
    • programmable multibrand remote
    • 30 AM/FM presets
    • 17-3/8"W x 6-7/16"H x 16-1/4"D
    • weight: 20 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    What's in the Box:

    • 5.1ch A/V Receiver
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Wireless remote control
    • 3 "AAA" batteries
    • EzSet//EQ microphone
    • FM wire antenna
    • AM loop antenna
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Limited Warranty
    • Important Safety Instructions

    I loved my older [2001] Onkyo a/v receiver, but there were no HDMI inputs for the new t.v. and blu-ray player.

    JoaquinTall, Southern California


    Harman Kardon AVR 1650 Reviews

    Average Customer Review(s):

    (4 Reviews)

    Great A/V Replacement Receiver

    JoaquinTall from Southern California on 9/16/2013

    I loved my older [2001] Onkyo a/v receiver, but there were no HDMI inputs for the new t.v. and blu-ray player.

    Pros: Great receiver for the price. Very easy to set up...even for a novice like me!

    Cons: Runs a lot hotter than my older Onkyo. Plan on setting up a dual exhaust fan panel at the bottom of the cabinet to exchange and circulate airflow.

    great sounds

    Chris from Fort Wayne, IN on 3/24/2013

    I've owned my system for over a year now and using a sub, and dang it will blow you're mind the clarity of sound coming out is incredible and window rattling lol, I'd highly recommend owning one and hook up powered sub and rock out:-)



    great receiver

    clo from richmond va on 5/6/2012

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    This replaced a 2 yr old Denon AVR1611. I wanted a more powerful receiver for my new speakers. I had no idea it would sound so much better since it was only 20 watts more per channel, but wow! Great reveiver, and I ordered the ipod dock a few days later and it sounds amazing, much better than the cable I was using before. First experience with HK and very pleased so far.

    Pros: Great receiver, great price from crutchfiled! Easy to set up. Lighweight compared to all other receivers I have owned. Perfect for 5.1 system, none of the other options/extras if you dont need them and the price reflects that.

    Cons: None with the receiver itself, but when using the bridge ipod dock, the interface thru the receiver is very cumbersome and slow if you have alot of songs/artist. Better off to use the ipod itself to make selections.

    avr 1650

    patricks from vancouver,B.C. Canada on 3/30/2012

    very clean sound through my speahers. lots of volume and, remains pure. easy to set up. dock for Iphone is great. I highly recommend this wonderful product. listen and, you'll see

    Pros: price. power. flexible

    Cons: at this price point, can't find any at al


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    Features and Specs

    Number Of Channels 5
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 95
    THD in Stereo 0.07 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    Minimum Impedance L/R 8 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Center 8 ohms
    Minimum Impedance Surround 8 ohms
    General Features
    Internet-ready No
    Bluetooth No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone No
    FM Sensitivity 13.2 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru HDMI/Composite
    Auto Speaker Calibration EzSet/EQ
    HDCP 2.2 for 4K Video No
    HDR-compatible No
    HDMI Standby Pass-through No
    4K Video Upscaling No
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    DLNA Certified
    MHL-compatible ---
    Multibrand Remote Control Yes
    Learning Remote No
    LCD Remote
    Width (inches) 17-3/8
    Height (inches) 6-7/16
    Depth (inches) 16-1/4
    Weight (pounds) 20
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output No
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output No
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    Dolby Atmos N/A
    DTS DTS, HD, HDMA, 96/24
    DTS:X No
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 8
    Audio-only Inputs 3
    Component Video Inputs 1
    Component Video Monitor Outputs None
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 1
    Optical Digital Outputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Outputs None
    HDMI Inputs 4
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 1
    Subwoofer Outputs 1
    Multi-Channel Analog Input No
    Multi-channel Preamp Output No
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 1
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port None
    USB Connections Firmware update only
    Removable Power Cord IEC 2-prong

    Product Research

    Audio Section
    Video Section
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    5.1ch AV Receiver The Harman/Kardon AVR 1650 employs a 5ch amplifier rated a 95 watts with 2 channels driven (8Ω, 20-20kHz, 0.07% THD) and features a mono subwoofer (LFE) output. The AVR 1650's high-current capability (HCC) and ultra-wide bandwidth amplifier design provides accurate, dynamic sound with emotional impact for your home theater system.

    Surround Modes: The Harman/Kardon AVR 1650  offers a variety of surround modes to accommodate playback of various audio formats.

    2ch Stereo Stereo sound is output by the front left and right speakers and subwoofer.
    5ch Stereo Stereo sound is output by all speakers and subwoofer.
    Dolby Pro Logic
    Dolby Pro Logic Dolby Pro Logic is a matrix decoding technology developed by Dolby Laboratories. Dolby Pro Logic processes any high-quality stereo (two-channel) movie and music audio into four playback channels of surround sound - Front Left, Front Right, Center, Mono-Surrounds.
    Dolby Pro Logic II Dolby Pro Logic II transforms high-quality stereo sound into 5.1-channel surround sound. Thanks to its full-range performance, you will hear all the detail and subtleties of a compelling five-channel Dolby surround sound mix from a stereo signal. You can choose between three DPL II modes - Movie, Music, or Game.
    Harman/Kardon Surround
    Logic 7 Harman/Kardon Logic 7 processing  transforms conventional stereo sources into 5.1-channel surround sound using proprietary algorithms. The result is optimal audio quality with a 360° soundscape. Whether you're listening to digital or analog sources, Logic 7 technology allows you to experience the surrounding ambient sounds that are already in the stereo mixes by converting, or upmixing, two-channel stereo signals into five- or seven-channel signals. This ensures you'll get a superior entertainment experience.
    Harman Virtual Speaker

    When only two main speakers are present in the system, you can use Harman Virtual Surround to create an virtual surround sound effect.

    Harman Headphone Virtual surround processing which simulates a 5.1-channel speaker system using standard headphones.
    Dolby Digital
    Dolby Digital Dolby Digital has been selected as the default format for DVD video, standard 2 channel audio playback and HDTV Digital broadcasting. Dolby Digital features two independent surround channels giving same full range as the three front channels. Plus it adds a Low Frequency Effect channel LFE. Dolby Digital accomplishes this by using a technique called compression.
    Dolby Digital EX Dolby Digital EX takes the Dolby Digital 5.1-channel setup one step further with an additional center surround channel (reproduced through one or two speakers) for extra dimensional detail and an enveloping surround sound effect.
    Dolby Digital Plus Dolby Digital Plus is based on core Dolby Digital technologies. Dolby Digital Plus is an advanced surround sound audio codec designed specifically for evolving media. Dolby Digital Plus brings cinematic sound to Blu-ray, broadcast, online, game, and mobile phone entertainment (up to 7.1ch)
    Dolby Digital TrueHD Dolby TrueHD produces audio that is identical to and every bit as spectacular as the master recording. It lets you experience the full potential of Blu-ray Disc (up to 7.1ch), and is even ready for future HD delivery formats.
    DTS DTS (Digital Theater Systems) uses the same concept as Dolby Digital, but implements a lower compression rate. This leads to more dynamic range, improved channel separation, and more subtle nuances.
    DTS-HD High Resolution Audio DTS-HD High Resolution Audio is an improved version of the conventional DTS, DTS-ES and DTS 96/24 signals formats, compatible with sampling frequencies of 96 or 48 kHz and up to 7.1 channels of discrete digital sound. High data bit rate performance provides high quality sound. This format is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.
    Master Audio DTS-HD Master Audio is a lossless audio format created by Digital Theater System (DTS). This format provides the facility to support up to 8 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 96kHz/24bit resolution and up to 6 audio channels with a sampling frequency of 192kHz/24bit resolution. It is fully compatible with conventional products, including conventional DTS digital surround 5.1-channel data.
    DTS 96/24 DTS 96/24 offers a higher quality level of multi-channel audio (up to 5.1 channels) for standard DVDs. The "96" refers to a 96kHz sampling rate (compared to the typical 48kHz sampling rate.) The "24" refers to 24-bit depth, compared to 16-bit depth used for CD sound, which means there is more audio information present.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical or coaxial). Even though the AV receiver will decode 7.1channel surround sound (via HDMI), it will only output 5.1ch surround, because it lacks Surround Back channel speaker outputs.

    Dolby Pro Logic II Music Settings: While listening in the Dolby Pro Logic II Music format, there are three further enhancements you can adjust:

    • Panorama: Broadens the front stereo image to the surround speakers to provide a wraparound effect, especially effective when there is limited output from the surround channels, panorama can be turned on/off in the menu.
    • Dimension: Allows you to move the sound field forward or backward.
    • Center Width: Allows you to adjust the width of the center channel.

    EzSet/EQ: Harman/Kardon's exclusive EzSet/EQ feature makes it possible to automatically set the AVR 1650's output levels, crossover points, and delay times for each of the 5.1 channels. EzSet/EQ will play test sweeps through the speakers, and using the included microphone make all necessary adjustments. The microphone plugs into the receiver's front-panel headphone jack.

    Note: If there are fewer than 5 speakers in your system, do not use the EzSet/EQ process. Instead, use the Manual Speaker Setup.

    Manual Speaker Setup: The Speaker Setup menu allows you to manually configure your speaker system. You can set the number speakers (up to 5.1ch), distance of each speaker to your main listening position (up to 30'), crossover frequency (Large/40/60/80/100/120/150/200Hz), subwoofer size (8/10/12/15")and level of each speaker (+/-10 dB).

    BXR: BXR enhances bass performance when playing MP3 tracks; select On, or leave at the default Off setting for non-MP3 audio.

    Tone Controls: The receiver' provides independent Bass & Treble control (+/-10 dB).

    Night Mode: Night mode compresses the audio so that louder passages are reduced in volume to avoid disturbing others, while dialogue remains intelligible. Night Mode can be set to Max, Mid, or Off.

    Audio Poll: The Auto Poll feature is used when both an analog audio and a digital audio connection have been made for one source device. If no digital signal is available, the AVR 1650 will automatically switch to the analog input for the source. This situation can occur with some cable or satellite television broadcasts, where some channels are broadcast with digital audio and others with analog audio, or when a DVD player is paused or stopped.

    Color-coded Binding Posts: All of the receiver's speaker terminals are color-coded binding posts. They are not 5-way binding posts because a plastic collar prevents their use with spade lugs and they are positioned too far apart to be used with dual banana plugs.

    Assignable Digital Inputs: The AVR 1650 features two optical digital (Toslink) inputs and one coaxial digital inputs. Each can be assigned to any of the inputs (except Aux). There is also an optical digital output to transfer a digital audio recording to a connected CD-burner.

    Front-Panel Connections: The Harman/Kardon features a front-panel Aux input and headphone jack.

    • Auxiliary Input: There is a front-panel stereo RCA auxiliary input for temporary connection of an external audio device.
    • Headphone Jack: When headphones are plugged into the full-size 1/4" jack on the front panel, all the speakers are automatically muted.

    Video Section

    5 HD Inputs/1 HD Output: The Harman/Kardon AVR 1650 is equipped with five HD video inputs & one HD video output. Four HDMI 1.4a inputs (up to 1080p capable) let you connect a high-definition satellite receiver, Blu-ray Disc player, and game system for high definition video and audio. One component input (1080i capable) provides added HD-capable connectivity and versatility. There is also a single HDMI 1.4a output.

    • HDMI Inputs/Output: The receiver is equipped with four HDMI (v.1.4a) inputs for connecting HDMI-equipped audio/video components. All four HDMI inputs are capable of carrying uncompressed digital audio and 3D 1080p video. There is also an HDMI (v.1.4a) output which supports the ARC function that feeds audio/video signals to your TV.
    • Component Video Input: This unit features one component video input capable of supporting high-definition video signals (up to 1080i).

    Note: Since there is no component video output, the component video input signal is upconverted to HDMI to output the video signal to your TV. The component video signal is not scaled.

    3D-Ready: The Harman/Kardon AVR 1650 is compatible with 3D-ready Blu-ray disc movies, video games, and other 3D content through its HDMI (v.1.4a) connections.

    Note: 3D viewing requires 3D-ready source with 3D content, 3D-ready HDTV, 3D glasses, and high-speed HDMI cable. Other 3D accessories may also be needed.

    Deep Color: The AVR 1650 also supports Deep Color, which can display a larger color range than standard-definition schemes. The result is a more lifelike, vibrant picture.

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to your receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.

    AV Sync Delay: This feature allows you to correct a synchronization problem in which a source device or the video display introduces a significant amount of video processing that causes the audio and video parts of the signal to be out of sync. The audio for all channels can be delayed up to 180 milliseconds.

    Convenience Features

    On-Screen Display (OSD): The Harman/Kardon AVR 1650's on-screen display (OSD) makes setting up the receiver easy. To view the on-screen display you must connect the composite video or HDMI monitor output of the receiver to your television.

    Input Name: You can program the source name for any of the inputs, up to 10 characters.

    Optional iPod Dock: Using the optional Bridge IIIP dock (532BRIDG3P, sold separately) you can integrate your iPod/iPhone with the AVR 1650. The song title, artist, album, and elapsed/total time (song) appear on the receiver's display panel and the connected video monitor. The iPod/iPhone is controlled using the buttons on the receiver and the main remote control; or in manual mode, use the buttons on the iPod/iPhone for control. Your iPod/iPhone's battery will also be charged while docked. The Bridge IIIP dock supports the following iPod/iPhones - iPod classic (80/120/160GB), iPod nano (3rd/4th/5th/6th gen), iPod touch (1st/2nd/3rd/4th gen) and iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4).

    Note: The AVR 1650 does not support the previous Harman/Kardon Bridge II or III iPod docks.

    Sleep Timer: This function allows you to automatically set the power to standby after a predetermined time; from 10 to 90 minutes in 10 minute increments.

    Back-Up Memory: The unit is equipped with a back-up memory that provides approximately four weeks of memory storage when power is disconnected.

    Firmware Update: The front-panel USB (type) port will only be used in the event Harman/Kardon offers a firmware update for the receiver in the future.

    Note: Do not connect a storage device, peripheral product or a PC here, unless instructed to do so as part of an upgrade procedure.

    Remote Control

    Multibrand Remote: In addition to using the remote to control the AVR 1650, you can program the remote to control up to 9 additional audio/video source devices plus your TV. Once you have programmed the remote, you can switch the remote's control mode to access the functions for a particular source device by pressing the remote's Source Selector button for that device. You can also create up to 4 Macros with up to 19 commands each.

    HDMI Link: HDMI Link allows the communication of control information among connected HDMI components in your system.

    Trigger Output: The AVR 1650 has a 3.5mm minijack output to send a 12-Volt DC turn-on signal to another component that accepts a 12V trigger.

    Remote In/Out: The receiver has a 3.5mm minijack input & output for use with an external IR receiver (input) and other compatible components (output).

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