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Power for the Digital Revolution.
Thank you for purchasing a Harman Kardon AVR 225. This Quick-Start Guide will help you with a basic system installation. For detailed information on any step in this Guide, please refer to the pages referenced in the Owners Manual. We strongly recommend that you read the Owners Manual for complete details on how to install, configure and operate the AVR 225, as well as for the important safety information it contains.






Figure 1 Speaker Placement
The colors shown for each speaker correspond to the matching output terminal connection on the back of the AVR 225 (see page 14).


Connections Color Guide Audio Connections Front Center Surround Subwoofer Digital Audio Connections Coax Optical Video Connections Composite S-Video
Match the colored jacks on the AVR 225 to the appropriate jacks on your source equipment or speakers. The colors are standardized, but not all equipment or connectors use them.
Step 1. Place your speakers in the listening room (see page 16).



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Figure 2 Speaker Connections
Step 2. Connect the speakers to the receiver: Red (+) on speaker to colored (+) on receiver and black () to black (). (See page 14.) Step 3. Connect the Subwoofer Pre-Out jack to the Line-In jack on your subwoofer (see page 16). Adjust the settings on the subwoofer as needed.
Figure 3 How to Use the Binding-Post Speaker Terminal


FM Antenna

AM Antenna



Figure 4 Audio Connections
Dashed lines ( ) indicate coax and optical digital audio connections. Choose either type (but not both) for each digital audio source.


Step 4. Connect AM and FM antennas (Figure 4). (See page 14.) Step 5. Connect source components, as shown in Figures 4 and 5, and the Device Connection Options chart at right (see pages 1415). AUDIO connections: right channel (red) on source to right (red) on AVR, and left channel (white) on source to left (white) on AVR. DIGITAL AUDIO connections, if available: Choose either coax (orange) to coax (orange) OR optical to optical for each device. The Coax 1 input defaults to the DVD player, but may be reassigned. Assign the other digital inputs and outputs as appropriate for your equipment (as described in Step 7). VIDEO connections: Choose either composite (yellow) or S-Video (4-pin) for each video source. Connect the composite and S-Video
Monitor outputs to your Video Monitor (TV). Switch your TV sets input to match the type of video used for the currently selected source. Step 6. Plug all components into AC power outlets. The outlets on the back of the AVR 225 may be used only for low-current products, such as CD or DVD players, as long as the total does not exceed 100 watts. Basic Receiver Configuration Step 7. Select digital inputs: If your DVD is connected to Coax 1, no adjustment is needed. For any other digital-device connections, use the OnScreen In/Out Setup menu or the front-panel Digital Select button and the arrow buttons to select an optical or coax digital input (see pages 1718 and 26). Step 8. Select a surround mode: Press the Surround Mode button on the front panel to select
Dolby Pro Logic II Movie. (You may select other modes later as you become familiar with the AVR 225; see pages 18 and 2526.) Step 9. Configure speakers: No action is needed if you have five small satellite-type speakers and a subwoofer. Otherwise, use the OSD Speaker Setup Menu, or press the Speaker button and then the Set and arrow buttons to select the correct speaker choices for your system (see pages 1920). Step 10. Use EzSet to set output levels: Set the Balance to 12 oclock, and the Volume to 15dB. Hold the remote in front of you at shoulder level, and point it at the AVR 225. Press the SPL button for 3 seconds, hold the remote steady, and wait for the process to complete (see pages 2122). Step 11. Your system is configured sit back and enjoy!


VCR (Video 1)


Cable or Sat or HDTV Set-Top Box (Video 3)

L OUT R Video S-Video

TV (Video Monitor)

Video In

Out/Play Optical Coax

S-Video In



Figure 5 Video Connections
Dashed lines ( ) indicate coax and optical digital audio connections. Choose either type (but not both) for each digital audio source. Dotted lines () indicate composite or S-Video connections. S-Video is the preferred connection when available, but you may use either type (but not both). When both composite and S-Video sources are connected to the AVR you must also connect both outputs from the AVR to your TV.


Device Connection Options: Recommended connections are shown in red, but connections may be made to best fit your system requirements. Device
CD Player DVD Player VCR Cable Box or Satellite Receiver Video Game Camcorder Audio Cassette Recorder Digital Audio Recorder TV or Projector

Input Name

CD DVD Video 1 Video 2 or 3 Video 2, 3 or 4 Video 2, 3 or 4 Tape Tape and/or CD Video 2 or 3

Audio Input Connections

CD L/R Inputs, Optical Digital 1 or 2, or Coaxial Digital 1 or 2 Coaxial Digital 1 or 2, Optical Digital 1 or 2, or DVD L/R Inputs Video 1 L/R Inputs Video 2 or 3 L/R Inputs, Optical Digital 1 or 2, or Coaxial Digital 1 or 2 Inputs* Video 2, 3 or 4 L/R Inputs, Optical Digital 1, 2 or 3, or Coaxial Digital 1, 2 or 3 Inputs Video 2, 3 or 4 L/R Inputs Tape L/R Inputs Tape L/R Inputs, Optical Digital 1/2 or Coaxial Digital 1/2 Inputs Video 2 or 3 L/R Inputs

Audio Output Connections

Not required Not required Video 1 L/R Outputs Not required Not required Video 2, or 3 L/R Outputs Tape L/R Outputs Tape L/R Outputs, Digital Optical or Coaxial Outputs Not required

Video Connections

Not required DVD Composite or S-Video Video 1 Composite or S-Video Input and Output Video 2 or 3 Composite or S-Video Input Video 2, 3 or 4 Composite or S-Video Input Video 2, 3 or 4 Composite or S-Video Input and Output Not required Not required Monitor-Out Composite and/or S-Video
* Check with your cable company to make certain that digital audio is available for all channels. It may be necessary to make BOTH analog and digital connections.


250 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, New York 11797 2002 Harman Kardon, Incorporated Part No.: CQE1A171Z


We, arman Consumer Group, Inc. H 2, Route de Tours 72500 Chteau-du-Loir, FRANCE
declare in own responsibility, that the product described in this owners manual is in compliance with technical standards: EN55013(2001) & + A2(2006) EN55020(2002) & + A2(2005) EN60065:2002 EN61000-3-2(2000)+A2(2005) EN61000-3-3 (1995)+A1(2001)+A2(2005) EN61000-4-2(1995) & + A1(1998) & + A2(2001) EN61000-4-3(2002) & + A1(2002) EN61000-4-4(2004)
Jurjen Amsterdam Harman Consumer Group, Inc. 07/09


Thank you for choosing Harman Kardon!
With the purchase of a Harman Kardon AVR260 you are about to begin many years of listening enjoyment. Designed to provide all the excitement and detail of movie soundtracks and every nuance of musical selections, the AVR260 is truly a multichannel receiver for the new millennium. In addition to the traditional 5.1 digital decoding modes such as Dolby Digital and DTS, they offer the latest advancements in surround technology such as Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio and the latest 7.1 channel versions of Harman's own Logic 7 technology. The AVR260 has been engineered so that it is easy to take advantage of all the power of its digital technology. Full-color, high-definition, multilanguage on-screen menus, fully color coded connection jacks and terminals make installation fast and simple. However, to obtain the maximum enjoyment from your new receiver, we urge you to read this manual. A few minutes spent learning the functions of the various controls will enable you to take advantage of all the power the AVR is able to deliver. If you have any questions about this product, its installation or its operation, please contact your retailer or custom installer. They are your best local sources of information.

Description and Features

The AVR serves as the hub of your home entertainment system, providing a wide range of listening possibilities for almost any audio or video program source, whether it is the broadcast of a movie or sporting event in HDTV or a vintage mono or stereo recording. When playing digital audio sources through the HDMI 1.3a compliant connections, the AVR decodes Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS-HD Master Audio and DTS-HD data streams. Twochannel stereo and matrix surround sources benefit from all current Dolby Pro Logic IIx modes and DTS Neo:6. The latest version of our proprietary Logic 7 process is on-board to create a wider, more enveloping sound field and more defined surround channel positioning, regardless of the type of source material. Dolby Virtual Speaker is available to create enveloping sound fields from front left and right speakers, and the latest Dolby Headphone circuitry creates an amazing sense of openness with headphones. The AVR takes the video part of its name seriously. Along with three HDMI inputs and two 100MHz analog component video inputs, the AVRs video processing allows you to scale the output signal to 1080p loop-through to match the requirements of your specific video display. Thanks to award winning Faroudja DCDi Cinema technology, your video sources never looked better. Tying audio and video together, the AVR provides A/V sync delay so that the lip sync errors commonly seen when digital video processing is used in a source, program or video display are eliminated. An important addition to the AVRs impressive list of features is EzSet/ EQ, which automates the configuration process to make it quicker, easier and more precise. Using the special microphone supplied with the unit, EzSet/EQ takes the guesswork out of entering speaker size and crossover information, delay times for all channels and output levels. In addition to the configuration settings, EzSet/EQ also includes room equalization so that the signals sent to each speaker are tailored to provide accurate sonic quality with your specific combination of speaker type, room size and other factors that influence room acoustics. With EzSet/EQ, your system is customconfigured in a few minutes with accuracy that previously required expensive and hard-to-use test equipment.




Audio Effects

Video Modes

Surround Modes


Source List


0 Volume Control: Turn this knob clockwise to increase the volume, counterclockwise to decrease the volume. If the AVR is muted, adjusting volume control will automatically release the unit from the silenced condition. 1 System Power Control: When the Main Power Switch on the rear panel is ON, press this button to turn on the AVR; press it again to turn the unit off (to Standby). Note that the PowerIndicator 2 will turn white when the unit is on. 2 Power Indicator: This LED will be illuminated in amber when the unit is in the Standby mode to signal that the unit is ready to be turned on. When the unit is in operation, the indicator will turn white. 3 Headphone Jack: This jack may be used to listen to the AVRs output through a pair of headphones. Be certain that the headphones have a standard 6,3 mm stereo phone plug. Note that the speakers will automatically be turned off when the headphones are connected. When configuring your system using EzSet/EQ, the calibration microphone should be plugged into this jack using the supplied adaptor that converts the small mini-plug at the end of the microphones cord to a 6,3 mm plug. 4 Navigation: These buttons are used to navigate the AVRs menus and to operate the tuner. 5 OK Button: Press this button to select the currently highlighted item. 6 AVR Settings Button: Press this button to access the AVRs main menu.
7 Info Settings Button: Press this button to directly access the AVRs Setup Source submenu, which contains the settings for the current source. 8 Resolution: Pressing this Button once and then using the KL Buttons 4 changes the AVRs video output resolution to these settings: 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i or 1080p. The AVR is set to default to 576i when first switched on, or if you reset it later. This resolution has been chosen to ensure that the On Screen Display information is visible on your TV even with analog S-Video or Composite (CVBS) signals. Having selected the best resolution for your system, confirm with the OK Button 5. The Front Panel Display now shows "Res Change, Cancel". If you press OK now, or do nothing for 20 seconds, the AVR returns to normal play mode. To confirm the new resolution, press the L Button 4, which changes the Display from "Cancel" to "Accept", then press the OK Button 5. The new resolution is now in use. 9 Audio Effects: Press this button to directly access the Audio Effects submenu, which allows adjustment of the tone and other controls. See the Initial Setup section for more information. A Video Modes: Press this button for direct access to the Video Modes submenu, which contains settings that may be used to improve the picture if necessary after you have adjusted the picture settings using the video display or TV. B Remote Sensor Window: The sensor behind this window receives infrared signals from the remote control. Aim the remote at this area and do not block or cover it unless an external remote sensor is installed. C Main Information Display: This display delivers messages and status indications to help you operate the receiver.

D Speaker/Channel Input Indicators: These indicators are multipurpose, indicating either the speaker type selected for each channel or the incoming data-signal configuration. The left, center, right, right surround and left surround speaker indicators are composed of three boxes, while the subwoofer is a single box. The center box lights when a Small speaker is selected, and the two outer boxes light when Large speakers are selected. When none of the boxes are lit for the center, surround or subwoofer channels, no speaker has been selected for that position. (See page 20 for more information on configuring speakers.) The letters inside each of the center boxes display active input channels. For standard analog inputs, only the L and R will light, indicating a stereo input. When a digital source is playing, the indicators will light to display the channels being received at the digital input. When the letters flash, the digital input has been interrupted. (See page 31 for more information on the Channel Indicators). NOTE: When you have reassigned the surround back speakers to the remote zone using the MULTI ROOM SETUP menu, the boxes that indicate the presence of the surround back speakers will automatically disappear, reflecting the fact that the main listening area is now configured for 5.1-channel operation. (See page 33 for more information on reassigning the surround back speakers for multiroom use.) E Surround Modes: Press this button to select a surround sound (e.g.,multichannel) mode. The Surround Modes menu will appear on screen, and the menu line will appear on the lower line of the frontpanel display. Use the front-panel or remote KL Buttons to highlight a different menu line: Auto Select, Virtual Surround, Stereo, Movie, Music or Video Game. Each line represents a type of audio signal, and is set to the surround mode the AVR will automatically select when it detects the audio signal. You may manually select a different mode for each type of audio. Press the OK Button when the menu line is highlighted, and the available surround mode options for the current signal will appear. Use the KL Buttons to select the desired mode, and press the OK Button to engage it. Press the Back/Exit Button to exit the Surround Modes menu and display the next higher menu in the hierarchy. See the Advanced Functions section for more information on surround modes. F Back/Exit: Press this button to return to the previous menu. When the main AVR menu is displayed, press this button to exit the menu system. G Digital Optical Front Input: Connect the optical digital audio output of an audio or video product to this jack. H Digital Coax Front Input: This jack is normally used for connection to the output of portable digital audio devices, video game consoles or other products that have a coax digital jack. I Video Front Input Jacks: These audio/video jacks may be used for temporary connection to video games or portable audio/video products such as camcorders and portable audio players. J Source List: Press this button to select a source device, which is a component where a playback signal originates, e.g., DVD.

Installation and Connections
After unpacking the unit, and placing it on a solid surface capable of supporting its weight, you will need to make the connections to your audio and video equipment.

HDMI Input Connections

The different Version levels of HDMI define which type of audio signals it is compatible with. Based on the lowest level of HDMI among your sources, the connections to the AVR should be made as follows: HDMI 1.0 sources carry digital video and multichannel or 2-channel PCM audio signals only. Connect the HDMI output of a 1.0 source to either of the HDMI Inputs a on the AVR. If the product is a DVD-Audio player or other source that has multichannel analog audio outputs, connect them to the 8-Channel Direct Inputs 9. With an HDMI 1.0 source, particularly a DVD player, make certain that the menus in the source device are set to Bitstream Out or Original so that 5.1 digital audio is available. If you find that 5.1 Dolby Digital or DTS audio is not available on the HDMI connection, it will be necessary to make an additional connection between the source and the AVR260 to either the Coaxial NJ or Optical RH Digital Inputs. HDMI 1.1 sources carry the multichannel digital audio output from DVD-Audio players in addition to the digital video. If you have an HDMI 1.1-equipped product, the only connection needed for listening in the main room is from the HDMI output of the source to either of the HDMI Inputs a on the AVR. If the player has SACD, HD-DVD or Blu-ray capability, you will need to connect the analog outputs of the source to the 8-Channel Direct Inputs 9. HDMI 1.2 (and higher) sources should be connected as shown above for HDMI 1.1, except that a separate analog connection is not needed for SACD players. HDMI 1.3 sources should be connected as shown above for HDMI 1.1, except that a separate analog connection is not needed for SACD, HD-DVD or Blu-ray players. In addition, the AVR will convert analog video signals to the HDMI format, upscaling to high-definition 720p or 1080p resolution. You may view the AVRs own on-screen display menus using the HDMI output. HDMI cable runs are usually limited to about 3 meters. The AVR incorporates a repeater, which allows an additional 3 meters of cable between the source device and the video display. If your video display or source device is not HDMI-capable, you will need to use either a coaxial or optical digital audio connection and one of the analog video connections (composite, S- or component video), if available, as described in the next paragraphs. It is not possible to feed an analog composite or S-video signal to a recorder when an HDMI input is in use. If an HDMI-equipped source also has analog audio and video outputs, connect them to the Video 2 or Video 3 Video TY and Audio MS on the AVR. In some instances, HDMI-equipped sources will not permit more than one video output at a time, and thus you cannot use the same source in the main listening room and with the recorder or remote zone at the same time. This is not a fault of the AVR, but rather a function of the content protection systems that are part of the HDMI standard.

Video Equipment Connections
Video equipment is connected in the same manner as audio components. Again, the use of high-quality interconnect cables is recommended to preserve signal quality. To ensure best video performance S-Video sources should be connected to the AVR only with their S-Video In/Outputs, not with their composite video connectors too. If you have already connected a source device to one of the HDMI inputs as explained in the Audio Equipment section, then you have automatically made a video connection at the same time, as the HDMI signal includes both digital audio and video components. If your video display or source device is not HDMI-capable, you will need to use one of the analog video connections (composite, S- or component video), if available, as described below. If the source device is not capable of transmitting its digital audio signal through the HDMI connection, then use one of the coaxial or optical digital audio inputs for the source.
System and Power Connections
The AVR is designed for flexible use with multiroom systems, external control components and power amplifiers.

AC Power Connections

This unit is equipped with one accessory AC outlet. It may be used to power accessory devices, but should not be used with high-current draw equipment such as power amplifiers. The total power draw to the Switched Outlet G should not exceed 50 watts. The Switched G outlet will receive power only when the unit is on completely. This is recommended for devices that have no power switch or a mechanical power switch that may be left in the ON position. NOTE: Many audio and video products go into Standby mode when they are used with switched outlets, and cannot be fully turned on using the outlet alone without a remote control command.
Main Room Remote Control Extension
If the receiver is placed behind a solid or smoked glass cabinet door, the obstruction may prevent the remote sensor from receiving commands. In this event, the remote sensor of any HarmanKardon or other compatible device, not covered by the door, or an optional remote sensor may be used. Connect the Remote IR Output of that device or the output of the remote sensor to the Remote IR Input jack U. If other components are also prevented from receiving remote commands, only one sensor is needed. Simply use this units sensor or a remote eye by running a connection from the Remote IR Output jack U to the Remote IR Input jack on Harman Kardon or other compatible equipment.

Audio and Video Input Selection
Please see Table A1 in the appendix for the factory default input assignments for each source. You may assign any available input to any source using the Source Info menu, accessible either by pressing the AVR Settings Button W and selecting the Setup Source line, or by pressing the Info Settings Button W for direct access. When a source is selected, the AVR will check the assigned digital audio input for a signal. If one is present, the digital input will be selected. If not, the AVR will select the analog audio input specified at the Audio Auto Polling line of the Setup Source menu. If you dont want the AVR to select an analog audio input for the source, change this setting to Off. The AVR will also select the assigned video source. There are no Audio Only sources on the AVR, other than the Radio, which uses a special on-screen menu. If no video signal is present, the display will remain black. You may pair an audio device with an A/V devices video signal using the Source Info menu as explained in the Initial Setup section. Sources may share audio or video inputs to suit your application. Surround Mode: Select this line to display the Surround Mode submenu, where you may program the desired surround mode for various types of analog programs, including movies, music and games. You may also specify a specific stereo mode (depending on the number of channels desired) and a virtual surround mode if your system uses fewer than the full complement of seven main speakers (plus a subwoofer). Digital surround signals, such as Dolby Digital and DTS programs, are automatically played in their native formats, although you may change the surround mode at any time. See the Advanced Functions section for information on surround modes available with digital programs. In the factory default Auto Select mode, the AVR will analyze the source signal and select the optimum playback mode. At the factory the AVR was programmed to use Logic 7 Movie mode for optimal playback of movies, including television programs; Logic 7 Music mode for music recordings, such as CDs; and Logic 7 Game mode when a video game console is in use. Audio Format From Source: This line is informational only. When a digital program is playing, its format will be identified here. When analog audio programs are playing, this line indicates NO AUDIO INPUT, referring to digital inputs only. Video Input from source: Select this line to assign the correct video input to the source. Refer back to Table A5 in the appendix, where you noted the physical video input the source is connected to, and select the input here. Audio Input from source: Select this line to assign the correct analog or digital audio input to the source. Refer back to Table A5 in the appendix, where you noted the physical audio input the source is connected to, and select the input here. If both analog and digital audio connections were made, select the digital input here, and select the analog input at the Audio Auto Polling line below. NOTE: For sources connected to an HDMI Input, the Video and Audio Input settings should indicate the same HDMI connection. Resolution to Display: This line reflects the video output resolution, which is dependent upon the capabilities of the video display. NOTE: When using the AVRs on-screen menu system, we recommend selecting a video output resolution of 720p or higher for best legibility, and to provide graphics that simplify some configuration options. Depending on the resolution selected, the menus shown by your system may vary in appearance. If the display is connected to the AVRs Composite or S-Video Monitor Output, the video output resolution must be manually set to 576i to view any content, including the AVRs own menus. The AVRs default resolution is set to 576i. Since there is no picture if the resolution is set higher than the displays capability, or if the HDMI system does not automatically select the best resolution, in these cases you must adjust the resolution by pressing the front-panel Resolution Button followed by the Up/Down Buttons 3 until the correct setting appears on the Lower Line of the front-panel Message Display and confirm with the OK Button 5. The Display now shows CANCEL, and you must scroll to have the Display show ACCEPT with the Up/Down Buttons 3 and then press OK to make the new Resolution take effect. If you press OK when CANCEL is on the screen, or if you do nothing, the Resolution remains as it was before. For composite and S-video, the correct setting is 576i. For component video, it is the highest resolution where a picture is visible. ENGLISH

Figure 5

Figure 7
Step 5: The first screen of the EzSet/EQ system will now appear to remind you to plug in the microphone. If you have not already done so, plug the microphone into the Headphone Jack 3 as described in steps 2 and 3. When you are ready to proceed, make certain that the cursor is pointing to Continue and press the OK Button V. If you do not wish to continue with the EzSet/ EQ process, press the KL Navigation Buttons F4 to highlight Cancel and then press the OK Button V to return to the Speaker Setup.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Anyone with hearing that is sensitive to loud noises should leave the room at this point, or use ear protection sufficient to reduce the noise level. Inexpensive foam-style ear plugs, available at most drug stores, may be used to reduce the sound level to a tolerable level. If you are uncomfortable with, or cannot tolerate, loud sounds and do not use some sort of ear protection, we strongly recommend that you leave the room and ask someone else to run the EzSet/EQ process, or that you do not use EzSet/ EQ and enter the configuration settings manually, as described on pages 22 through 26.

Figure 6

Step 6: After you select Continue, the screen shown in Figure 6 will appear. Although the AVR may be used with up to eight speakers, you may have elected not to install surround back speakers at this time, or you may have decided to use the surround back speaker channels to power speakers in the remote room of a multiroom system. This screen directs you to program EzSet/EQ for a 5.1- or 7.1-channel configuration. Select the setting that reflects the number of speakers installed in your system, and EzSet/EQ will do the rest automatically! NOTE: If you are using fewer than six speakers in your system, then it will not be possible to configure your speakers using EzSet/EQ, and you will need to select Manual Configuration as described starting on page 22. If you have selected a 6.1-channel configuration, using only a single surround back speaker, it is possible to use a combination of EzSet/EQ automatic configuration for 5.1 speakers, connect the single surround back speaker to the left Surround Back Speaker Output, and then configure the surround back speaker manually, as described from page 23. However, we do not recommend the 6.1-channel configuration. If you have forgotten to plug in the EzSet/EQ microphone, the warning screen shown in 5 will appear as a reminder.

Figure 8

Step 7: Once EzSet/EQ has been started, you will hear test signals circulate among all of the speakers as the system sets the master level, checks to see where there are speakers, sets the distance measurement and calculates delay time settings, sets the speaker size, and sets the speaker crossover point. During the measurement and calibration process, you may observe the progress of the testing by reading the messages that appear in the second line of the menu listing. EzSet/EQ uses the left front speaker to set the master volume level, and then it proceeds directly to measuring the speaker output levels. Step 8: When the EzSet/EQ process has finished, a screen will appear with its results. You may press the OK Button V, and the Speaker Setup screen shown in Figure 4 will appear. Unplug the microphone and store it in a safe place so that it is available to recalibrate your system if needed due to a change in speakers, preferred listening position, or a major change in the rooms furnishings (such as the addition of thick carpeting or plush furniture) that might require different settings. When you have successfully completed the EzSet/EQ process and made any needed adjustments to the input and surround mode configurations, your receiver is ready for use. If you do not wish to make any manual adjustments to the settings, you may skip the rest of this section and proceed to the Basic Operation section of this manual on page 30 to learn how to operate AVR260. For those situations where you may wish to make a change to the settings entered by EzSet/EQ, follow the instructions on the following pages.

The settings in the Video Modes menu are used to fine-tune the picture if necessary after making all adjustments on the video display. It is recommended that you leave the settings at their defaults. See the Advanced Functions section for detailed information.
For direct access to any source, press its Source Selector Button C on the remote control. Alternatively, Sources can be selected from the Source Selection Menu, available by pressing the AVR Settings Button W on the remote, followed by the OK Button V. The list showing available inputs slides in from the right. Simply scroll up and down to the desired input, then press OK on the remote. The input source may also be changed by pressing the front-panel Source List Button B. This opens the on-screen Source Selection Menu with the slide-in Source List already open. If you are not using your TV for on-screen reference, use the Front Panel Information Display which shows the information you need. Scroll up and down with the KL Buttons 4, select the desired Input by pressing the OK Button 5 and exit the Source Selection function by pressing the Source List Button B again. The front-panel Video Inputs I, Optical Digital Input 9 or the Coaxial Digital Input H may be used to connect a device such as a video game or camcorder to your home entertainment system on a temporary basis. As the input source is changed, the new input name will appear momentarily as on-screen information in the video display. The input name will also appear in the Main Information Display C.

Using the Sleep Timer

To program the AVR for automatic turn-off, press the Sleep Button G on the remote. Each press of the button will increase the time before shut down in the following sequence:
The sleep time will be displayed in the Main Information Display C and it will count down until the time has elapsed. When the programmed sleep time has elapsed, the unit will automatically turn off (to Standby mode). Note that the front panel display will dim to one half brightness when the Sleep function is programmed. To cancel the Sleep function, press and hold the Sleep Button G until the information display returns to normal brightness and the Sleep indicator numbers disappear and the words Sleep Off appear in the Main Information Display C

HDMI-equipped multichannel disc player:
Connect the players HDMI output to one of the AVRs HDMI Inputs. No other connections are necessary. Assign the HDMI Input to both the Audio and Video Input From Source settings in the Source Info menu.
HDMI-equipped multichannel disc player that does not output multichannel audio via HDMI:
Connect the players HDMI output and its multichannel analog audio outputs to one of the AVRs HDMI Inputs and to the AVRs 6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs. Assign the HDMI Input to both the Audio and Video Input From Source settings in the Source Info menu. Assign the 6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs to the Audio Auto Polling setting in the Source Info menu. When listening to DVD-Video discs, CDs or other materials outputting standard-definition digital audio, do nothing, as long as the HDMI Input is assigned to the Audio Input From Source setting. When listening to high-resolution multichannel discs, the AVRs auto polling feature will automatically switch to the multichannel analog audio inputs.
6-Channel/8-Channel Direct Input
The 6-/8-Channel Analog Audio Inputs are used when playing certain multichannel discs, such as DVD-Audio, HD-DVD, SACD and Blu-ray Discs, on a player that decodes the audio and outputs it via its multichannel analog audio outputs but not via its HDMI output.
Controls and Use of Headphones
Adjust the volume to a comfortable level using the front panel Volume Control 0 or remote Volume Up/Down P buttons. To temporarily silence all speaker outputs press the Mute button Q on the Remote Control. This will interrupt the output to all speakers and the headphone jack, but it will not affect any recording or dubbing that may be in progress. When the system is muted, the word MUTE will appear in the Main Information Display C. Press the Mute button Q again to return to normal operation. For private listening, plug the 6.3 mm stereo phone plug from a pair of stereo headphones into the front panel Headphone Jack 3. Note that when the headphones plug is connected, the word DOLBY H:DH appears in the Main Information Display C and all speakers will be silenced. When the headphone plug is removed, the audio feed to the speakers will be restored. When the headphones are in use, you may take advantage of the Dolby Headphone modes to bring added spaciousness to headphone listening. Press the Surround Mode Button on the front panel E to switch between Dolby Headphone and Bypass to select the one that you prefer.

To operate the multizone system using the remote, slide the Zone Select Switch at the bottom of the remote to the 2 position. Press a Source Selector to select a source input for the remote zone. Adjusting the volume or mute controls will only affect the volume in the remote zone. The on-screen menu functions will not be operative. The remote will operate source devices that have been programmed into it as explained in the Initial Setup section. If the Remote IR Output jack U on the AVR is connected to an IR Input jack on compatible Harman Kardon audio components such as CD, DVD or cassette players, the transport functions of those machines may also be controlled using the Transport Controls E on the remote control. NOTE:When the tuner is selected as the source for Zone 2, any change to the frequency or preset will also change the station being listened to in the main room, if the tuner is in use there. Similarly, if someone in the main room changes the station, the change will also impact the remote room. Although changes to the input source or Zone 2 volume will normally be made using an IR sensor in the remote room that is connected to the AVR, it is also possible to change those settings from the main listening room. This is useful for situations where some or all of the remote rooms do not have an IR sensor, or to take control over the remote room without actually being in that room. Once Zone 2 is turned on, it will remain on even if the AVR is placed in the Standby mode in the main room by pressing the Power Off Button B or the System Power Control 1 on the front panel. To turn off the multiroom system from the main listening room, when the AVR is on, slide the Zone Select Switch X on the Remote Control to Zone 2, and press the Off Button B. Even when the AVR is turned off (to Standby mode) and the multiroom system is turned off too, the multiroom system may be turned on at any time by pressing the ON Button A while the Zone Select Button is set to Zone 2. NOTE: Only analog audio sources are available to the multizone system. To hear digital devices, such as a CD player, in the remote zone, follow these steps: 1. In addition to a digital audio connection, connect the source devices analog audio outputs to any available analog audio inputs on the AVR, noting in Table AA in the appendix which set of inputs was used. 2. In the Setup Source menu, leave the Audio Source setting at the digital audio input. However, scroll down to the Zone 2 Audio setting and select the analog audio source used in step 1.
an adjustment here unless you wish to turn the system on at this time. To turn the system on, press the OK Button V once, to turn it off again, press once more. If you do not wish to turn the system on at this time or to proceed to the next step, press the L Button F once so that the blue cursor bar is highlighting the Source line. At the Source line, press the press the OK Button to cause the Source List to slide in from the right. Use the KL Button F to select the source. When the selection has been made, press the OK Button V to confirm your choice, and continue to the Volume line by pressing the L Button F. At the Volume line, press the M N buttons F or hold them pressed until the desired volume level for the multi-room system is entered. DO NOT use the regular volume control knobs for this setting.

After you have adjusted the picture settings on your video display, additional adjustments may be made to the AVR, if necessary, to further improve the picture. Access these settings from the Video Modes menu. Press the Video Modes Button on the front panel or remote, and the screen shown in Figure 17 will appear. The menu may also be accessed from the Setup Source menu by pressing the Info Settings Button and selecting the Video Modes line.
Figure 17 Video Modes Menu
Video Mode: The default setting of Processor Off passes the video signal through to the display without any processing. Select one of these processing options to optimize the picture for the current program by applying adjustments to the brightness, contrast, color and sharpness: Sports: For sporting events. Nature: For programs shot outdoors, in a natural setting. Movie: For movies and many television broadcasts. Custom: Allows manual adjustment of the picture settings. The Brightness, Contrast, Color and Sharpness settings will appear on screen as sliders with values ranging from 0 to 100. The default setting for each adjustment is 50. Use the M N Buttons to change each settings value.
Figure 18 Advanced Video Modes Menu
Noise Reduction: To reduce signal noise, choose between LOW, MEDIUM, HIGH or OFF with the OK button V. It is advisable to use as low a step as possible, as high levels of Noise Reduction may impair other aspects of the image. MPEG Noise Reduction: This setting is designed to address two specific types of video distortion, mosquito noise and blocking artifacts. If you see haziness or shimmering around the edges of objects or the scrolling credits in a film, or if the image appears to pixellate into blocks, change the MPEG Noise Reduction setting from its default of Off to the Low, Medium or High setting to improve the picture.
Audio Effects / Advanced Features
Cross Color Suppressor: Turn this setting on to remove cross color artifacts, which can occur when high-frequency luminance (brightness) signals are misinterpreted as chroma (color) signals, which can cause unwanted flickering, flashing colors or rainbow patterns. Film Mode Detect: While normally left off, turn this setting on to compensate for authoring errors in the process of converting film programs to video. Return to main Video Modes Menu by pressing Back/Exit Brightness: This control adjusts the level at which black is delivered. We recommend leaving it at its factory setting, although there is no harm in experimenting if you are using a test signal. Contrast: This control adjusts the difference between black and white in the picture. We recommend leaving it at its factory setting, although there is no harm in experimenting if you are using a test signal. Color: This control adjusts the hue of the colors in the picture, and may be set between 0 and 100. Select a setting in which people and objects on screen look natural. There is no recommended setting, and no harm in experimenting. Sharpness: You may adjust the Sharpness setting from 0 to 100. We recommend leaving this setting as low as possible, as contrary to what you might expect, a less sharp image can appear clearer on screen. In addition, increasing the Sharpness requires additional video processing, which may lead to loss of sync with the audio or visual artifacts. However, there is no harm in experimenting with this setting. Treble: Boost or cut the high frequencies by up to 10dB by using the M N Buttons to change the temperature bar setting. The default setting is 0dB, at the center of the temperature bar. Bass: Boost or cut the low frequencies by up to 10dB by using the M N Buttons to change the temperature bar setting. The default setting is 0dB, at the center of the temperature bar. LFE Trim: lets you reduce the output to the separate subwoofer channel by up to 10dB in 1dB steps, if the general level to the sub set up in the Speaker Setup Menus seems too loud for a particular Source. Night Mode: This setting is used with specially encoded Dolby Digital programs to compress the signal so that louder passages do not disturb others, while dialogue remains intelligible. Off: For normal listening. Half: Applies moderate compression. Full: Applies the most compression. When you have finished making adjustments in the Audio Effects menu, press the Audio Effects Button or the Back/Exit Button to clear the screen.

Notes on Using the AVR Remote With Other Devices.
Manufacturers may use different code sets for the same product category. For that reason, it is important that you check to see if the code set you have entered operates as many controls as possible. If it appears that only a few functions operate, check to see if another code set will work with more buttons. Depending on the brand and product type used the functions listed in the Function List tables may not correspond with the function the unit reacts on the command. In these cases its a good idea to edit the reaction of the unit into the corresponding line of the table or to set up a separate list. When a button is pressed on the AVR remote, the red light under the Input Selector CW for the product being operated should flash briefly. If the Device Control Selector flashes for some but not all buttons for a particular product, it does NOT indicate a problem with the remote, but rather that no function is programmed for the button being pushed. For example, if you wish to watch your TV while changing channels using your cable box, first press the TV Button until it lights. Then press the Channel Up Button, followed by the CBL/SAT Button. To undo punch-through programming, follow the same steps as above, but press the same Source Selector in Steps 1 and 3. NOTE: The remote always allows volume-control punchthrough, since the Volume and Mute controls are dedicated to the AVR.
Resetting the Remote Memory
As you add components to your home-theater system, occasionally you may wish to totally reprogram the remote control without the confusion of any commands, activities or Punch-Through programming that you may have done. To do this, it is possible to reset the remote to the original factory defaults and command codes by following these steps. Note, however, that once the remote is reset, all commands or codes that you have entered will be erased and will need to be re-entered: 1. Press the TV Device Button C and the "0" number Button J simultaneously. The TV button lights up. 2. Press the 3 button J three times. 3. After a number of seconds, depending on the number of commands that are programmed and need erasing, all the Device Buttons C as well as the AVR Button W blink 3 times to indicate that the remote has been reset to the factory settings.
Punch-Through Programming
The AVR260 remotes punch-through feature allows you to select one component for the remote to operate, while simultaneously setting certain groups of controls to operate another component. For example, while using the AVR to control surround modes and other audio functions, you may operate the transport controls of your DVD player. Or while using the remote to control video functions on your TV, you may use your cable box to change channels. To program punch-through control while operating any device: 1. Press and hold the Source Selector (or AVR selector) for the main device the remote will be operating. The Source Selector will light, go dark and then light up again, indicating the remote is in Program mode and that you may release the button. 2. Select the type of punch-through programming. a) To program channel control punch-through, press the Channel Up Button. b) To program transport control punch-through, press the Play Button. 3. Press the Source Selector for the device whose channel or transport controls you would like to be active while operating the device you selected in the first step. The Source Selector will flash to confirm the programming.

DMC250 AVR Power On AVR Power Off On Off INPUT SEL INPUT SEL Radio INPUT SEL INPUT SEL INPUT SEL INPUT SEL Audio Effects Video Modes Surround Modes 9 0
DMC1000 AVR Power On AVR Power Off On Off INPUT SEL INPUT SEL Radio INPUT SEL INPUT SEL INPUT SEL INPUT SEL Audio Effects Video Modes Surround Modes 9 0
X Scan Up Scan Down AVR Mute AVR Volume + AVR Volume Slow Down Pause Slow Up Prev Play Next Stop Subtitle AVR Info Program Sleep

Troubleshooting Guide

SYMPTOM CAUSE SOLUTION Make certain AC power cord is plugged into a live outlet Check to see if outlet is switch controlled Make certain that all input and speaker connections are secure Press Mute button Q Turn up volume control Check speaker-wire connections for shorts at receiver and speaker ends Contact your local Harman Kardon service depot Select a mode other than Stereo There is no surround information from mono sources (except with Theater and Hall surround modes) Check speaker mode configuration Some surround modes may not create rear-channel information from nonencoded programs Unit does not respond to remote commands Weak batteries in remote Wrong device selected Remote sensor N is obscured Intermittent buzzing in tuner Letters flash in the Channel Indicator Display D and Digital Audio stops No picture or on-screen information on the TV screen Local interference Digital audio feed paused Change remote batteries Press the AVR Selector W Make certain front-panel sensor is visible to remote or connect remote sensor Move unit or antenna away from computers, fluorescent lights, motors or other electrical appliances Resume play for DVD/Blu-ray Check that Digital Signal is fed to the Digital Input selected AVR Resolution to Display is not correct, too high or too low. Select correct Resolution as described on page 19 "Resolution To Display" Unit does not function when Main No AC Power Power Switch 0 is pushed Display lights, but no sound or picture Intermittent input connections Mute is on Volume control is down No sound from any speaker; Protect Warning in Display Amplifier is in protection mode due to possible short Amplifier is in protection mode due to internal problems No sound from surround or center Incorrect surround mode speakers Input is mono Incorrect configuration Stereo or Mono program material



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