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Harman/Kardon AVR 1565 5.1-Channel AV Receiver

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  • 5.1 channel, 70W per channel
  • 3 HDMI/3D passthrough
  • Dolby TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Logic 7 Processing
  • High Current Design
  • Ultrawide Amplifier Technology
  • On-screen Display

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Harman Kardon AVR 1565 5.1-Channel, 70W Audio/Video Receiver with HDMI v.1.4a, 3-D


Product Features

70W x 5 with high-current and ultrawide bandwith capability for accurate, dynamic sound
Three HDMI v.1.4a inputs with 3-D and Deep Color
Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding for the latest playback from hi-resolution sources like Blu-ray
Exclusive Harman Kardon Logic 7 processing for an encompassing 360 degree soundfield
Extensive audio/video connectivity for today's latest source devices

Product Description

From the Manufacturer
Take Your Home Entertainment to the Next Level.
As a multitalented A/V receiver for budget-conscious film lovers and audiophiles, the Harman Kardon® AVR 1565 has an impressive list of features designed to take your home entertainment to the next level. Thanks to HDMI® v.1.4a with 3-D and Deep Color, this versatile receiver brings a multidimensional TV viewing experience to your living room - while on the sound front, the AVR 1565 has all the latest Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding technology and Harman Kardon Logic 7® processing, which creates an exhilarating 5.1-channel, 360-degree soundstage for your movies, TV shows and games. And by offering three HDMI inputs and extensive video and audio connectivity, the AVR 1565 gives you all the flexibility you need to configure a dream home theater system that will blow your audience away.
Harman Kardon® AVR 1565 at a Glance:
  • HDMI® v.1.4a with 3-D and Deep Color
  • Powers a 50W, 5.1-channel surround-sound system
  • Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ decoding
  • Logic 7 processing
  • Three HDMI inputs
  • Extensive audio connectivity
  • Color-coded binding-post speaker connectors
  • On-screen display (OSD)
  • Dot-matrix display and screen-saver function
  • Multidevice, programmable remote control
  • Headphone jack with HARMAN headphone surround mode
  • Upgradable firmware via USB port
  • Detachable IEC power cord
The A/V Receiver for Cost-Conscious Film Lovers and Audiophiles
Welcome to the Next Dimension in Home Theater
Bring the latest cutting-edge thrills to your living room with HDMI® v.1.4a with 3-D - as you experience the latest in 3-D home entertainment when combining the AVR 1565 with a 3-D TV and Blu-ray Disc™ recordings or cable or satellite sources. See your favorite films, TV shows and sporting events - broadcast in 3-D - with a depth never before experienced, and be blown away by this spectacular new dimension in home theater viewing. One of the most respected Harman Kardon® features has always been foresight - and by integrating HDMI v.1.4a with 3-D and Deep Color into its latest line of receivers, Harman Kardon engineering continues to be a leader in home audio.
Power Yourself to 5.1-Channel Surround Sound
If you're going to kick-start the home theater of your dreams, a high-performance receiver - with at least five channels of surround-sound potential - is probably high on your wish list. That's what the AVR 1565 delivers, offering 50 watts per channel and the ability to power a full 5.1-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 spectacular sound effects as your local cineplex.
The AVR 1565 incorporates Harman Kardon's acclaimed high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design for effortless and dynamic sound from whatever you might be listening to   Top-of-the-Line Audio Technologies
Enjoy the highest resolution sound and future proof connectivity from all of today's high definition sources
When it comes to getting the cleanest sound and picture imaginable, the AVR 1565 delivers high-resolution audio 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. 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 soundstage. The AVR 1565 also comes with 30 FM/AM station presets stored so you can enjoy all of your favorite music - without having to spend time programming it all by yourself.
Surround Yourself with Superior Logic 7® Processing.
Offering multichannel sound for your movies, music and games, the AVR 1565 employs Harman Kardon® Logic 7® processing, which transforms conventional stereo sources (such as CDs or iPod devices) into 5.1-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 or S-Video sources or computer-based audio from a USB connection, Logic 7 technology works adeptly to ensure you'll get a superior entertainment experience - without any hassles.
Be surrounded with 360 degree sound no matter what the source with Harman Kardon's proprietary Logic 7 processing      
Enjoy Extensive Connectivity and Exhilarating Audio - From Practically Any Source.
The AVR 1565 is equipped with three HDMI® inputs - enough to connect your entire system digitally. Highlighted by HDMI v.1.4a with 3-D and Deep Color, the AVR 1565 maximizes your audio/video performance, reducing connection confusion while ensuring the greatest chance for compatibility with whatever audio/video equipment you're trying to connect. In addition, the AVR 1565 also has one component and three 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 to be connected to.
With three digital audio inputs and six analog outputs, the AVR 1565 ensures connecting the AVR 1565 to digital and analog recorders, you can experience a more exhilarating blend of music options than you might have thought possible. You can also connect the AVR 1565 to a powered subwoofer (through the subwoofer pre out) to generate some serious bass while benefiting from triple-crossover bass management. There's also a 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo auxiliary input for portable music players.
With extensive video and audio connectivity the AVR 1565 can deliver exhilarating sound from nearly any source
By integrating color-coded-binding post speaker connectors into its design, the AVR 1565 simplifies installation to just a few quick plug-ins - helping you avoid any frustrating connection errors. In addition, the AVR 1565 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.
Enjoy Private Listening through a Headphone Jack.
With 5.1 channels and 50W of power per channel, the AVR 1565 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 1565 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.

A convenient on-screen display makes setup and use of the AVR 1565 simple.
Easy-to-Navigate On-Screen Display.
In addition to its impressive list of cutting-edge features, the AVR 1565 also has a highly intuitive on-screen display (OSD) with great visibility, making the receiver easy to setup and use - even for novices. Offering simplicity, connectivity and superb quality, the on-screen display makes communicating with your AVR 1565 a surprisingly uncomplicated experience. As a nod to convenience you can access the OSD without turning on the TV. This convenient feature saves you energy. Additionally, the AVR 1565 also has a screen-saver function that prevents image burn-in on CRT and plasma displays - a key contributor to longevity when it comes to preserving high-end equipment.

A well laid out, simple to use remote makes navigating your AVR 1565 easy
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 1565 simplifies your life by including a multidevice, programmable IR remote control that's capable of directing your TV, cable boxes, satellite tuners and home theater. With its impressive, ergonomic design, the backlit remote control also works seamlessly with the AVR 1565's multilingual on-screen display to guide you through system setup - to get you up and running with the greatest of ease.

The front panel USB input for upgrades ensures your AVR 1565 is staying on top of technology
  Upgrade Your System with Ease.
Keep your AVR 1565 up to date by setting it to receive the latest software upgrades automatically - the moment they become available - via the multilingual on-screen display (OSD). Update your AVR 1565 to simplify and improve its operation and ensure your AVR 1565 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 you stay relevant and up to speed.
Harman Kardon - A Legacy of Sound Achievement
For more than 50 years, Harman Kardon products have been delivering great sound and extraordinary design
The Harman Kardon AVR 1565 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 1565 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.
What's in the Box
Harman Kardon AVR 1565 Receiver, Power Cord, Remote Control, AM Antenna, FM Antenna, AAA Batteries


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years
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    • Return for replacement within: 30 days
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1/ 5
I would look elswhere

Pros: - Easy enough to set up
- Speakers sound nice

Cons: - My lcd screen on the front doesn't work. I worked at first now is totally dead.

- It has a horrific time trying to pick the correct audio on the Auto setting and I lose my center channel 80% of the time when I initially turn it on. I have to then swap inputs back and forth to get it to work.

Other Thoughts: I got it on sale and it was a good deal but I would not purchase this again. I'm pretty disappointed in it honestly. I would look elsewhere as these issues are pretty bad.

No lcd... and having to switch surround inputs everytime I turn something on is a giant pain.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5
Good amplifier, not so much AVR

Pros: Price
Sound quality (to my taste)
Supports most digital input formats
Plenty of power

Cons: No HDMI pass-through
Not PC-friendly when connected through HDMI
Bad remote control design
Bad on-screen menu

Other Thoughts: Works great as an amplifier for my home theater setup. It was a nightmare to reassign this AVR as the default playback device on a PC every time either the AVR or PC was rebooted, forcing me to connect directly to the projector.

Somewhat uncomfortable remote control and on-screen menus discourage from using them.

It's stylish - I like the illuminated volume control and overall shaved look.

It works very well as an amplifier, but someone who is looking for good HDMI support should keep looking.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Only lasted 1 year

Pros: Had everything I needed and worked great for one year.

Cons: Video now cuts in/out. Occasionally at moderate volumes it will display "PROTECT" on the screen and then shut down. This happens 3 to 4 times per show. So annoying I'm ready to throw it away. I gave the Sony amplifier I replaced to a friend and it is still working great after 12 years. I got this product on a great promotion but now I know you get what you pay for. Harman/Kardon used to be great stuff. Not anymore. Very disappointed!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Awful support

Pros: Decent processing, low delay

Cons: Device failed within 2 months and I've had an RMA request in for over 5 weeks now with no more than an automated response. Definitely don't recommend buying this unless you're sure it won't have any problems.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Great sound marred by low quality manufacturing & menus

Pros: The AVR sounds great, hooked up to four Polk Monitor 55's.
It has a good amount of HDMI and optical inputs, as well as inputs for older devices.
Good configuration options despite the horrible UI (such as individual speaker levels, low frequency crossover, default name & volumes for inputs, etc).

Cons: The top negative is that the front display just up and stopped working 6 months after purchase.

They really didn't put a lot of thought into usability. The menus are outdated, as others have noted, and are clunky to navigate.

Switching between inputs is iffy. I had to program a macro to get the right combination of buttons just to turn on the DVD, Amp and TV, and to have correct audio & video channels. This kind of operation is a lot easier on a friend's Yamaha AVR.

No HDMI passthrough.

Other Thoughts: It's such a shame that a good sounding AVR is brought low by poor manufacturing & subpar return policies.

As another reviewer mentioned, I'm not happy that I have to pay to ship a defective product back for an exchange. Also not happy that I'm without any amp while mine is shipped, they take a few days to check it over, and then while the new one is shipped to me. Other companies will ship you a new unit as soon as they issue an RMA. You can return the defective one when you receive the new one.

Customer service is located in India. While they have much higher
English comprehension than other Indian call centers I've spoken to, there is still an obvious language / comprehension barrier. I'll give their staff props for being friendly & genuinely trying to understand what's going on rather than just reciting a script.

Responses are very slow over email & from the web exchange form (days).

As others noted, the only instructions included are the "Quick Setup Guide" which is pretty useless. Since I have a smartphone, I was able to bring up the full user guide in PDF while I configured it, but there are plenty of people who can't read an online doc in the living room, and others who don't have printers as well. Also, the Quick Guide has something like 4 or 5 languages in it. Rather than waste printing costs on a guide where 4/5 of the print is useless or redundant, why not just include the full printed User Guide in one language? Include the language the customer requests or at least the one dominant in their area.

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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Awesome entry level receiver

Pros: Price.
Outstanding sound quality.
Design and looks.
Inputs/outputs and features.
Ease of setup.

Cons: Front USB port is only for firmware updates. You can't use it for device connectivity.
No WiFi/network connectivity.
Size - it's bigger than expected.

Other Thoughts: Got this baby for $149 at Black Friday sale with rebate. Best bang for the buck at this level. I knew what I was getting into so the cons were not that disappointing. The only draw back was the size. It's a bit higher than expected and it could not fit in my stand. Had to do some customization to get it in there. I'm very impressed with the sound quality of this unit. I have an old and poor 5.1 speakers and they sound great with this unit. The low quality Pandora from the TV now sounds awesome. I'd recommend this receiver without a doubt! Probably would have gave it 4 eggs if I bought it at the regular price though because it is a basic entry level receiver...

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1/ 5
Shoddy Product

Pros: Black is a nice color, I guess.

Cons: Unfortunately the thing died after the first week. It was just fine then suddenly stopped accepting either component or HDMI input.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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2/ 5
Has its Problems

Pros: Price

Cons: Poor sound and Picture quality

Other Thoughts: I purchased this receiver on sale for under $200 so I wasn't expecting much. It has a lot of good features but not all of them work very well. When switching between HDMI ports you have to restart several times before it works. When watching television the picture will get bright and then dims. When the receiver works properly it's a great product problem is it hardly ever works properly. I'll be looking for a new receiver soon. The old adage "you get what you pay for" is correct when it comes to this receiver. I'm disappointed because I use to think highly of Harman/Kardon products.

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