Harman Kardon AVR-230 vs Onkyo TX-SR601 vs Yamaha HTR-5660

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  1. Kage

    Kage Stunt Coordinator

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    Over the passed couple of days I tried out the Harman Kardon AVR-230, Onkyo TX-SR601, and Yamaha HTR-5660.

    Sound Quality
    Yamaha HTR-5660: Very edgy sometimes in movies, very good in DVD-Audio, SACD, and CD playblack, 96kHz/24 bit DAC
    Harmon Kardon AVR-230: Soft and muffled in all areas. 96kHz/24 bit DAC
    Onkyo TX-SR601: Spectacular in movies, excellent for DVD-Audio, SACD, and CD playback. 192kHz/24 bit DACS

    Build Quality
    Yamaha: Very good
    Harman Kardon: Average, some of the inputs and outputs connectors were very loose and some of them fell off
    Onkyo: Top notch

    Ease of Setup
    Yamaha: Very easy, no on screen display (OSD)
    Harman Kardon: Very difficult, OSD
    Onkyo: Very easy, OSD

    Nice Features (Not all listed)
    Yamaha: A bunch of DSP modes
    Harman Kardon: Automatic speaker level volume contol
    Onkyo: Selectable crossover frequency

    Price Paid
    Yamaha: $450
    Harman Kardon: $500
    Onkyo: $450

    Ranking
    1. Onkyo TX-SR601
    2. Yamaha HTR-5660
    3. H/K AVR-230
     
  2. Wayne Ernst

    Wayne Ernst Cinematographer

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    Kage,

    What speakers & sub did you use to perform these tests?
     
  3. Robert Hoffman

    Robert Hoffman Stunt Coordinator

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    Are you in Canada? $500 for the avr-230 is a ripoff. I paid $335 at J&R. And the input/output connectors fell off? Sounds like a defective unit. I've had no such problems.
     
  4. John S

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    Thanks for your impressions on the three units....

    Nice post.
     
  5. Kage

    Kage Stunt Coordinator

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    I am using the a pair of Polk Audio RTi38 for the main front and left speakers, the Polk Audio CSi30 for the Center channel, and a pair Polk Audio FXi30 for the rear channels. As for the sub, I'm using the Yamaha YST-SW305.
     
  6. Rogozhin

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    I'm using the HK225 and I've not had quality problems at all (it was $230 as a refurb), I just had to get rid of my crappy dual dvd player (coaxial in was casuing shut down).

    Sounds nearly as good as my NAD 2200 and I love logic 7 [​IMG]

    rogo
     

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