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Harman/Kardon AVR2650 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver

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  • 7.1 channel, 95W per channel
  • 5 HDMI/3D passthrough
  • Network Connectivity
  • Logic 7 Processing
  • High Current Design
  • Ultrawide Amplifier Technology
  • EzSet/EQ auto calibration

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Harman/Kardon AVR2650 7.1 Channel A/V Receiver

If you're looking for a receiver packed with the most sought-after home theater technologies, look no further than the Harman Kardon® AVR 2650. As an ideal starting point for building your dream home theater system, the AVR 2650 is blessed with an impressive list of features. It starts with HDMI® v.1.4a with 3-D, Deep Color and Audio Return Channel, which allows you to experience 3-D entertainment when paired with 3-D TV technology. Then it continues on the audio front where the AVR 2650 commands serious attention with Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding - which delivers high-resolution sound that's ultra-faithful to the filmmakers' intentions.

As an additional bonus, the AVR 2650 integrates Harman Kardon Logic 7® processing - a powerful and proprietary technology that devotes itself to each one of the seven amplified channels of surround sound the receiver is capable of supporting. Ultimately, with five HDMI inputs, extensive video and audio connectivity and its ability to connect with a Harman Kardon The Bridge IIIP (available separately) for playback on your iPod and iPhone devices, the AVR 2650 is a brilliant performer that accommodates virtually any system you pair it up with.



AVR 2650
  • HDMI® v.1.4a with 3-D, Deep Color and Audio Return Channel
  • Powers a 95W, 7.1-channel surround-sound system
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding
  • Logic 7 processing
  • The Bridge IIIP connectivity with optional dock
  • EZSet/EQ™ equalization
  • Multizone functionality
  • Five HDMI inputs
  • Extensive video connectivity
  • Extensive audio connectivity
  • FM stereo/FM/AM tuner that works with a SIRIUS Connect™ home tuner (sold separately)
  • Color-coded binding post-speaker connectors
  • Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Dot-matrix display and screen-saver function
  • Multidevice, programmable remote
  • Headphone jack with HARMAN headphone surround mode
  • Upgradable firmware via USB port


Key Features

AVR 2650

Welcome to the next dimension in home theaters.

The Harman Kardon AVR 3700 utilizes new integrated GreenEdge technology, which uses ultra lightweight digital amplifiers to create powerful and precise amplification. The AVR 3700 uses a custom-designed digital power supply that delivers the amplifier power and superior sound you expect from Harman Kardon without the need for hefty transformers. The result is the same power as conventional designs with a lower overall carbon footprint impact.The GreenEdge technology provides dramatic energy savings without compromising premium performance using digital power supply to improve efficiency without compromising on Harman Kardon legendary sound performance. A smaller, lightweight design also results in a lower carbon footprint.


AVR 2650

Power yourself to 7.1-channel surround sound.

If you're going to kick-start the home theater system of your dreams, you're probably going to want a little power. That's what the AVR 2650 delivers - offering 95 Watts of power per channel and the capability to power a full 7.1-channel surround-sound system. It also features high-current capability (HCC) and an ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design for accurate, dynamic sound - so your home system can produce virtually the same effect as traditional movie theater sound systems. And if you use only five channels instead of seven, you can always assign out the two remaining SBL and SBR amplifier channels to another zone in the house. It won't require an extra stereo amplifier and will help you configure your household system exactly as you want it.

Surround yourself with superior Logic 7® processing.

Offering multichannel sound for your movies, music and games, the AVR 2650 employs Harman Kardon® Logic 7® processing, which transforms conventional stereo sources (such as CDs or iPod devices) into 7.1-channel surround sound using algorithms all our own. The result? Optimal audio quality that makes something good into something spectacular - while engulfing you in a 360-degree soundscape. Whether you're listening to HDMI®, analog, component sources or computer-based audio from a USB connection, 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.


AVR 2650

Top-of-the-line audio technologies.

When it comes to getting the cleanest sound and picture imaginable, the AVR 2650 delivers high-resolution sound to match the high-resolution digital video of the Blu-ray Disc™ format. Unlock the full potential of your Blu-ray Disc recordings - or any streamed HD media - with Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding. Additionally, the AVR 2650 has Dolby Pro Logic® IIz, which lets you add front height channels for 3-D sound, providing depth of surround sound to your movies, music or games when paired with a 5.1- or 7.1-channel speaker system. No matter what mode or mood you're in, you'll hear audio the way its creators intended - as you immerse yourself in a 360-degree surround soundscape.


AVR 2650

Enjoy extensive connectivity and exhilarating audio - from practically any source.

The AVR 2650 is equipped with five HDMI® inputs - enough to connect your entire system digitally. Highlighted by HDMI v.1.4a with 3-D, Deep Color and Audio Return Channel, the AVR 2650 maximizes your audio/video performance, reducing connection confusion while ensuring the greatest chance for compatibility with whatever A/V equipment you're trying to connect. In addition, the AVR 2650 also has two component and two composite video inputs, which connect to legacy video sources - and even transcode analog video to HDMI video with a single connection to the TV. In other words, it's easier than ever to receive a high-definition signal from whatever video sources you want be connected to.


AVR 2650

Extensive video and audio connectivity.

With four digital audio inputs and three analog outputs, the AVR 2650 ensures plenty of connections for your digital and analog audio source components. By connecting the AVR 2650 to digital and analog recorders, you can experience a more diverse range of music options than you might have thought possible. You can also connect the AVR 2650 to a powered subwoofer (through the subwoofer pre-out) to generate some serious bass while benefiting from quadruple-crossover bass management.

By integrating color-coded binding-post speaker connectors into its design, the AVR 2650 simplifies installation to just a few quick plug-ins - helping you avoid any frustrating connection errors. In addition, the AVR 2650 provides only the most secure of connections, accepting banana connectors, spade connectors, pin connectors and bare wire - so you have the utmost flexibility when it comes to setting up all kinds of other systems. This way, you can build out your system without experiencing any compatibility issues.


AVR 2650

Play your iPod and/or iPhone device through your home theater system.

Over the years, iPod and iPhone devices have redefined how you consume music, allowing you to take your favorite songs with you - wherever you go. And now, thanks to the AVR 2650 and a Harman Kardon® The Bridge IIIP docking station (available separately), you can experience these same digital tracks with better quality than ever - right at home. To do it, simply connect The Bridge IIIP to your iPod or iPhone device and AVR 2650 with a single cable - and, using the provided remote control, navigate your music and video libraries through the high-definition graphical user interface (GUI). Your musical options will increase immediately - and instantly sound like never before.

Comes with FM stereo/AM tuner with a satellite-radio hookup.

In addition to coming with 30 preset FM/AM radio stations, the AVR 2650 lets you add another dimension to your listening experience by working seamlessly with any SIRIUS Connect™ home tuner (sold separately). Get all your favorite radio stations - through one centralized, great-sounding component - and benefit from a single eight-pin DIN connector that makes connecting simple. You can even control your SIRIUS® radio through the graphical user interface (GUI) using the AVR 2650 receiver remote. It makes integration of popular satellite radio more seamless than ever.


AVR 2650

Achieve the best possible audio performance.

As a feature in the AVR 2650, EzSet/EQ™ calibration ensures you'll get the best possible audio performance out of your speakers - in any given listening area. Improve your home theater system's performance with the touch of a button by setting volume, balance and timing for 7.1-channel surround-sound speakers. By automatically measuring the frequency-response peaks and valleys in the listening room using the calibrated microphone (included), EzSet/EQ processing allows for a precise, compensating equalization curve to help your system gain extraordinary sonic accuracy. And even though EzSet/EQ technology may sound complicated to set up, it's not. Just connect the microphone to your AVR 2650 receiver and follow the on-screen instructions. In a few simple steps, the EzSet/EQ system will automatically tailor the AVR 2650's sound to your specific room conditions, sending it directly toward listeners in the most ideal position - ear level for a seated listener.


AVR 2650

Set it - and forget it.

Imagine if you could set your AVR volume once and not worry about it again. Well, now you can. Whether you're watching a TV show or a film, Dolby® Volume technology maintains the same volume level no matter what entertainment you might be taking in. Whether you're playing a Blu-ray Disc™ recording or a music file streaming from the Internet, you need set the AVR 2650 volume only once to eliminate unpredictable volume differences among shows, commercials and movies you may be flipping between. No more being jolted out of your seat by a loud commercial - or having to adjust the volume every time you change channels. Dolby Volume offers you an ideal listening environment, maintaining the sound's original balance - at all volumes, just as its creators intended.


Enjoy private listening through a headphone jack.

With 5.1 channels and 95 Watts of power per channel, the AVR 1650 can help fill any room of the house with the spectacular sounds of Hollywood entertainment. But what if you want to have a more intimate, private listening experience? Then you'll want to use the AVR 1650 headphone jack with HARMAN headphone surround mode, which creates a realistic 5.1-channel surround-sound experience - from a single set of stereo headphones. Benefit from one-on-one listening -without sacrificing any precious sound quality - as you experience Hollywood thrills without disturbing others.

AVR 2650

Easy-to-navigate, graphical user interface (GUI).

In addition to its long list of features, the AVR 2650 also has a highly-intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) with great visibility, making system setup and receiver usage easy - even for novices. By delivering on-screen menus for all setup functions - and in high-definition resolution- the graphical user interface makes the AVR 2650 simple to use as it helps you get up and running with the greatest of ease.


AVR 2650

Take control with a multidevice, programmable remote.

There's nothing more frustrating than a coffee table stacked with more remote controls than coffee-table books. That's why the AVR 1650 simplifies your life by including a multi-device programmable IR remote control that's capable of directing your TV, cable boxes, satellite tuners and home theater - from one adept device. With its impressive, ergonomic design, the backlit remote control also works seamlessly with the AVR 1650's multilingual on-screen display to guide you through system setup - to get you up and running with the greatest of ease.


AVR 2650

Enjoy music in every room of the house.

Conveniently designed to appease diverse musical tastes throughout the household, the AVR 2650 has multi-room audio functionality - thanks to SBL and SBR amplifiers that can be set to power Zone II speakers. This arrangement saves you money - since you won't have to buy another amplifier for each individual room. By extending your favorite music to rooms you might have thought were previously out of reach, you'll likely hear positive reviews flood in from family and houseguests, as you transform your home into several electrifying entertainment zones.


AVR 2650

Upgrade your system with ease.

Keep your AVR 2650 up to date by upgrading it through a USB port. This will simplify and improve its operation and ensure your AVR 2650 is consistently running in line with its potential. It's the perfect way to protect your investment, while taking advantage of future technological advances that help your system stay relevant and up to speed.


AVR 2650

Harman kardon - a legacy of sound achievement

The Harman Kardon AVR 2650 is the perfect home theater component for consumers looking to experience a high-quality A/V receiver with cutting-edge capabilities - including 3-D. Striking the balance among modern design, versatility and audio ingenuity, the AVR 2650 is a true embodiment of the Harman Kardon spirit of innovation - a tradition celebrated by home theater enthusiasts across the world for almost 60 years.

From the world's first stereo receiver (the Festival® TA230) to the multimedia masterpiece that became part of the permanent collection at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (the SoundSticks® desktop audio system), harman kardon engineers have consistently advanced the science of sound, developing magnificent audio products that are dedicated to quality, durability and generating rave reviews from audiophiles.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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  • Zachary G.
  • 9/15/2014 11:30:53 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat receiver. Few issues

Pros: Got on sale for a great price.
My favorite GUI by far. Allows you to rename and set different ports for different inputs. Great sound quality. Clean look with a nice wow factor on the dimming knob. Great customer support and warranty.

Cons: sound dropout when HDMI detects audio input change. Runs somewhat warm. Analog ports all died within 6 months. Somewhat under powered.

Other Thoughts: Although analog inputs died, HK promptly exchanged with a AVR3750.
Also the sound dropout everyone is talking about is very minimal and can be avoided by selecting output method manually instead of auto.

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  • 8/3/2014 5:44:44 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs6 months Later

Pros: My work around worked for only a few weeks then the unit totally went out. When I called Harmon Kardon, they described an exchange program, and so I got a new one. In fact, they replaced my 2650 with a 2700. 14 days later, I was enjoying a much better receiver.

Still, there are times when I turn on the receiver and TV only to watch a moment of flickering before the picture stabilizes.

If I had it to do all over, I would buy another brand.

Cons: Quality control.

Other Thoughts: Buy another brand.

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4 out of 5 eggs8 month update

Pros: It's still beautiful! Still sounds great. Still featureful. In fact, I've discovered new power saving features, one of which allows you to set the illuminated ring on the volume knob to go off automatically while idle.

AnywhereNet+ is LOVELY with my TV. I have a Samsung TV which I use to stream music. When I connect to the share and select MUSIC, the TV turns this receiver on using AnywhereNet+ and I'm able to control the volume with the TV remote.

Cons: USB drives are not recognized as sources. Powered or thumb drives; makes no difference. This is an unfortunate design choice but the receiver's a bit old by now, I think.

There are so many features it's a feature jungle in that receiver and navigating/administering them all using the remote or direct interface can be daunting.

The remote, while minimalistic and beautiful sacrifices a little in the way of usability, I think. The on-screen menu is awesome but you have to use your TV to see it. If you're just using the receiver for music you'll be referencing the user's manual. :D

Other Thoughts: Eight months in I have experienced no audio dropout, no overheating, no dead displays or exploding cabinets (j/k).

I have a 4 month old I play music for all day through this receiver - I've never heard it go off or drop audio and it's never overheated on me.

None of the complaints I've seen repeated here can I relate to so I thought I'd update my review.

For the money this is awesome. There are more modern receivers available for the money but none of them are as beautiful, in my opinion. Any modern receiver you can find for this money will be a lot less refined and have had a lot less thought put into its design.

I'm still really happy with my purchase.

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  • Reid A.
  • 4/21/2014 11:00:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsA decent reeceiver riddled with issues

Pros: This receiver functionally has everything I would want. A plethora of HDMI inputs, and a wide range of audio encoders.

Cons: Boy, where to begin? The receiver loses audio signal after half a second of no activity, and then takes a couple of seconds for the audio to come back on. So what this means is, if I'm watching TV and a commercial finishes playing, there will be a three second pause before the audio for my program starts back up. But it does it during gaming too, if there's a pause for a save or load screen. This makes immersively watching or playing something almost impossible, because you are reminded of how terrible this receiver is every couple of minutes. Also, the manual for this thing is a joke. It only covers things that a toddler should know, like "The HDMI port is where you plug in an HDMI cable." Thanks, HK. It doesn't cover things like, encoder options, accepted video codecs for network play, or even how to set the remote up with all of your devices.

And then there is the Harman Kardon customer support team. Whoa boy. I called them after all of these issues started arising, and at first they seemed pretty helpful. A man, who was incredibly difficult to understand, told me that they would send me a replacement unit. Cool. But that was the last I heard from him, and it's been almost a month. I have emailed him back several times to no response. Terrible, terrible, terrible.

Really, this whole product screams of a rush job. The poorness of the build seeps from every hole of this thing.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy this. Don't buy Harmon Kardon. There are several other options available that should work that are similarly priced and featured.

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  • Ryan C.
  • 4/9/2014 10:41:12 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHarmanKardon has terrible quality

Pros: Looks good. That is about it.

Cons: My first unit I bought the cooling fan on the heatsink did not work, so it would get hot. This unit actually worked though.

The next unit they sent to replace it. The PSU and heatsink cooling fans did not work AGAIN. The actual unit didn't work properly either. I was using digital optical input, no output.

The NEXT UNIT I got from them after replacing the 2nd unit, DID NOT WORK. Same flippin issue.... Both cooling fans did not work, and once again... the digital optical inputs wouldn't work.

I've lost all of my faith in the Harman/Kardon brand.


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  • 3/30/2014 3:38:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThere are better options for the price

Pros: The design, number of inputs seems to be sufficient

Cons: Sound seems to go out sometimes when I pause or fast forward my DVR, no Bluetooth, unimpressive performance, cannot bi-amp speakers, no front inputs

Other Thoughts: I can't believe the original MSRP was $800. I bought this because I had heard that the HDMI ports on the Onkyo receivers were sometimes faulty. I wish I had taken a risk. When the Dolby is on auto mode, the sound goes silent when it switches during commercial breaks. I don't really care about commercials, but its annoying. Also, if I change channels and change it back, sometimes the volume is lower even though I haven't turned the volume down. I have been very unimpressed with this thing

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  • Terry C.
  • 3/24/2014 2:27:24 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsYay! Awww...

Pros: Pretty. Lots of bells and whistles.

Cons: Huge. Sound issues - sound would stop working momentarily throughout programs. Then, two months after use, everything went green on the main HDMI.

Other Thoughts: On the plus side: Harmon Kardon is replacing the AVR 2650 with an AVR 2700. Hoping to have better luck with that one. Bumped the score from one egg to two based on HK replacing it with a later model.

As a side note, after connecting this to my 3D TV to the AVR 2660, I began to occasionally get a pop-up on my tv asking if I wanted to convert the 2D to 3D. Referred to the manual, and the settings on both the TV, satellite, and receiver were correct. It turned from occasional to regular, and now, even after the unit was disconnected, I am still getting that pop-up. Haven't delved into the TV settings to see if there is something that needs to be reset, but it's a little disconcerting that this began AFTER connecting to the original AVR 2650, and can't help but wonder if the AVR 2650 damaged something on the TV itself.

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  • 3/22/2014 8:59:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner


Pros: As an amp, it's great so far. Great price and nice looks.

Cons: after about 4 weeks, all internal settings scrambled. Spokel with tech assistance (around the world), and it was frustrating. They directed me to do reset. The first time, it cleared things for a day or two, then internal settings both overlapped port assignments and scrambled once again. In addition, even with you get the settings correct and lock them, they still get scrambled..

Other Thoughts: There is a work around-

BYPASS THE HARMONKARDON (hdmi inputs and input to TV hdmi ports)

for everything but the audio optical cable. With my 4k resolution TV, I connected an optical cable from the tv to the HarmonKardon, Then for each component, cable, Bluray, and game computer, I used 3 TV hdmi ports. I used hdmi 1 (on TV) for game computer because it is the 4k port for my NVIDIA 770 , others are 1080p. Also.Also, used an ACTIVE DISPLAY ADAPTER in line with the hdmi cable from video card to hdmi 1 on TV. Nvidia has 24hr tech support, can answer questions quickly, and you're off the phone quickly. Had video cards from 2 other manufacturers, but they would not install drivers about 1080p.

Now, my HK amplifier is more reliable. It can control bass, treble, and I can adjust sound level quite well; but making connections with components- is not reliable. Oh yes, I did dedicated my last hdmi port (4) on the tv for HK corrections. So when it misbehaves, I can used the TV as a monitor for internal re-settings.

I do not believe I have ever written this kind of a review before, but I am not happy with what I have purchased, am beyond the return period, and do not want to sign power of atty to Newegg to deal with HK on a send back warranty thing. There is a reason it was marked down from about 900 dollars to 299 dollars and I feel I got 299 dollars worth.


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  • Chris t.
  • 3/11/2014 1:13:34 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNo Sound after 30 minutes!! Beware!!

Pros: Nice sleek design but what's the point if it doesn't work properly.

Cons: After a couple of weeks of operation, unit would go silent and would only work when turn off then turn back on. Thought it was just a fluke so I didn't do any thing about it. However it is now 6 weeks since purchased and unit stops every single day (yes every single day). Absolutely atrocious. Horrible reliability. You can forgot about tech support. It is virtually nonexistent. Beware buyer.

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  • alexander s.
  • 3/8/2014 2:01:57 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: very good audio quality and CLARITY.. crisp and clear sound... good built, heavy.. nice readable large display, even the onscreen graphics. easy settings.

Cons: hope it has anynet,

Other Thoughts: returned an elite before ordering this... i just based on the name HARMAN and KARDON my first HK after decades with pioneer.. no regrets. buy it..

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