Harman Kardon has been a leader in the home theater world for years. Their receivers usually have an elegant modern appearance which makes them a good example of  good industrial design. The Harman Kardon AVR 1700 fits right in with their typical design aesthetic. The Harman Kardon AVR 1700 has a two tone appearance. The top half of the 1700 has a high gloss finish and the lower half has a non-reflective matte finish. The buttons on the front are small and unobtrusive. And the large volume knob on the right side has a soft blue glow when the receiver is active. Peel back the well designed exterior and you have a well equipped a/v receiver that can fulfill most home theater requirements.

Harman Kardon AVR 1700

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 is equipped with 6 HDMI ports which is 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 1 output. It also has 2 analog video inputs and 1 output. Among these connection options you’ll also find 2 optical digital and 1 coaxial input. Being a network receiver the 1700 also comes equipped with 1 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 from 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.  This 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. This 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 todays a/v receivers, also has an app available for iOS and Android devices. This app gives you control of many of the basic operating features of the 1700.

 

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 really large 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.

 

Conclusion

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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