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I would never buy this brand again I got the amp, it was awesome. Then less then a month later it crapped out on me. The center channel.

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This Harman Kardon software upgrade will improve the performance of your AVR 255 or AVR 355 by updating its internal operating system, DSP firmware and videoprocessing software. Unlike many consumer products, which are designed with fixed memory, these Harman Kardon products feature flash memory that is upgradeable through a standard RS-232 serial port. To install the software, please follow these instructions. If you have any questions, consult the Harman Kardon Web site at Important Note:
This software is specially designed for use with Harman Kardon AVR 255 and AVR 355 receivers. Use with any other models or brands may cause damage to the product. DO NOT USE THIS SOFTWARE WITH ANY OTHER PRODUCTS. Processor: Intel Pentium II processor or equivalent, or higher Operating system: Windows 2000 SP4 or higher (for Windows 2000 or Windows XP, your system may require you to have administrator user rights) Hard-drive space: 10MB available System RAM: 128MB CD-ROM drive (when using the CD-ROM version of the program) RS-232 serial port If you are loading the upgrade from a CD-ROM, insert the disc in your computers drive. Locate the directory for the CD-ROM or the downloaded files and click on the file named HK_ Upgrader.exe. It is easy to recognize; depending on the display mode for your file manager, the icon will be a stylized version of the volume control knob on your AVR. A new window with the Welcome screen will open when the Loader program starts. Click Continue to proceed.
Installation Instructions
Upgrading your receiver is easy, but for the upgrade to work properly, it is important to precisely follow the instructions below. The upgrade will take about 45 minutes, and once it begins you must complete the entire process in one session. Please allow sufficient time to run through all the steps. PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING. Upgrading your unit will erase all system memories. This means that any configuration settings or tuner presets that you have entered will be lost. To make it easier to reestablish the settings after completing the upgrade, you may wish to write down your current system configurations using the worksheets that are part of this software package. To print those worksheets, use Windows Explorer or another file-management program to locate the Worksheets.pdf file in the directory where the upgrade files have been saved. Click on the file to open it with the Adobe Reader tool, and then print copies as needed. Press in the Main Power button on your AVR, but leave the receiver in the Standby mode. If you are using files downloaded from the Harman Kardon Web site to upgrade the AVR, use Windows Explorer, or any other file-management program, to locate the folder where you have downloaded the upgrade file. Click on the file named HKAVRupgrade.exe. The file will then automatically unpack all of the files needed to upgrade your AVR.

System Requirements

To install the software upgrade, you will need to purchase a standard RS-232 connection cable. Do not use a null modem cable, as it uses connection links that are not compatible with your AVR. If your computer is not equipped with a serial port, you may use one of the USB-to-serial-port adapters shown below that have been tested for interoperability with the AVRs. Most brand-name adapters will also work, but due to the wide variety of computers, operating systems and adapters, we cannot guarantee that other adapters will work in all situations. Gigaware Model 26-949 Model ICUSB232 IOGEAR Model Z-GUC232A You will also need to have access to a computer that is close enough to be connected to the AVR being upgraded. The minimum system requirements for the computer are:
You will be reminded to record your receivers settings if you have not already done so. Click Continue to proceed. The next screen contains the End-User License Agreement for this software upgrade. Please read this important document, using the scroll bar on the right side of the window to move down through the copy. If you agree to the terms of the agreement, click I accept this license agreement and then click Continue to proceed. Otherwise, click on I do not accept this license agreement to cancel the upgrade and exit the Loader program.

When the screen changes, you will be prompted to enter the location where the files for this upgrade are located. Click Browse to open a file-finder window, and then navigate to the correct folder. Click on that folder and then click Open. Note that the file names will automatically appear in the Current Selections window. Click Continue to proceed. The final step before the system upgrade begins is to place your AVR in Download mode and reset it. Using the tip of a pen or an unbent paper clip, press in on the Operate/Download button behind the small hole to the right of the RS-232 connector on the rear panel of the AVR. The button does not protrude from the back panel; if you are in doubt as to whether the button is in the correct position, try pressing it two or three times until you get the feel for whether it is in or out. After placing the AVR in Download mode, press the Reset button on the left side of the RS-232 connector. The Reset button is deeply recessed. Press it by feel using the pen or paper clip. When both of these steps have been completed, click Continue to proceed. Once you click Upgrade, it will take 10 to 15 seconds for your computer to establish a communications link with the AVR. After that, the first part of the new DSP firmware will begin to load, as indicated by the movement of the progress bar.
If the upgrade does not begin within 30 seconds,
or if an error message appears inside the loaders dialog box, the problem is either an incorrect COM-port selection or the position of the Operate/Download button. First, check to make sure that it is in the Download position, press the Reset button and then click Upgrade again. If the error message appears again, click Back until you are at the Connect Serial Cable and Select Port screen. Select a different COM port and then click Continue, making certain that you reset the AVR when prompted.
Following the instructions on the next screen, connect the serial cable to both the AVR and your computer (or the USB-to-serial-port adapter, if used). Next, use the pulldown tab to select the serial port used for the connection between your computer and the AVR. If there is only one serial port, the most common setting is COM 1, but if there are multiple ports or if you are using a USBto-serial-port adapter, you may have to select a different COM port. When a COM port has been selected, click Continue to proceed. You may have to return to this screen and choose a different port if the one originally selected does not connect properly.

When the next screen appears, click Upgrade to start the process.

Important Note:

Once the upgrade starts, do not interrupt it by turning your AVR off or exiting the upgrade program on your computer. Doing so may cause the upgrade to fail and possibly damage your receiver.
A message inside the loader window will let you know when the first section of the DSP firmware has successfully been loaded into your AVR. As directed, click Continue to proceed to the next step.
If your AVR is not already in Standby mode with amber-colored lighting around the Standby/On and Main Power buttons, press the Standby/On button. Click Continue when you are ready to proceed.
As instructed on the next screen, return your AVR to Normal mode by pressing the Operate/Download button so that it is in the out position or Operate mode. Press the Reset button. Next, press the Standby/On button on the front panel to turn the unit back on. Press in on the Operate/Download button to place it in Operate mode and press the Reset button. Next, press the Standby/On button to turn the AVR back on. At the next screen, turn the AVR on by pressing the front-panel Standby/On button. Wait 30 seconds for the unit to reach normal operating status and then click Continue to proceed. The final data transfer is the new video software. Click Upgrade to proceed. During this process, you will see a series of messages in the loader window as the old software is erased and the new software is written to the AVRs flash memory. When the message indicates that the update is complete, click Continue to proceed.
Once the AVR is turned on, the AVR will automatically begin to transfer the new firmware into its flash memory. During this process, messages will appear in the AVRs front-panel display as the current firmware is erased, and the new data is read and then written into the memory, followed by some additional internal processing steps. When a WRITE COMPLETE message appears on the bottom line of the front-panel display, this part of the process is complete. Press the Standby/On button to put the AVR back in Standby mode and then click Continue to proceed. As directed, place the AVR back in Download mode by once again pressing in on the rear-panel Operate/Download button. Press the Reset button and then click Continue to proceed. The next screen initiates the loading of the second part of the new DSP firmware. Click Upgrade to start the data transfer. As with the first part of the DSP firmware, you will see the progress bar move until the message in the loader box indicates that the upload is successful. Click Continue to proceed when instructed.

When the AVR is turned on, the AVR will again transfer the new firmware into its flash memory. During this process, you will see the same series of messages in the AVRs front-panel display that appeared while the first part of the DSP software was loading. When the WRITE COMPLETE message appears, the DSP is completely updated. Press the Standby/On button to place the AVR back in Standby mode and then click Continue to proceed. Place the unit back in the Download mode by once again pressing in on the rear panel Operate/ Download switch. Press the Reset button and then click Continue to proceed. When the MCU Upgrade screen appears, click Upgrade to load the new software. When the progress bar moves all the way to the right side of the window and the MCU UPLOAD SUCCESSFUL message appears, click Continue to proceed.
Put the AVR in Standby mode by pressing the frontpanel Standby/On button. Click Continue to proceed. The last step in the upgrade process is to do a system reset by pressing the OK button on the front panel. Press and hold the button for five to 10 seconds; release it when the AVR turns on and the word RESET appears in the front-panel display. Click Continue to go to the final screen.
As shown on the next screen, return the AVR to normal operating mode by pressing the Operate/ Download button so that it pops out to Operate mode. Next, press the Reset button and then click Continue to proceed.
The final screen will remind you that, because the upgrade and reset process erases any of the system configuration data and tuner presets stored in your receiver, it is important that you reenter that data. Follow the instructions shown in your owners manual to reenter the data copied to the worksheet files supplied with this upgrade package, or enter new settings. You should also recalibrate the systems speaker and room-equalization settings using the EzSet/EQ process. To check if the upgrade was successful, turn on your AVR and press 1-2-3-0-OK on the remote control to display the version number in the front-panel display. If it reads as shown below, your unit is now loaded with the proper software. If a different number appears, please repeat the upgrade process. 07-10-AFW V0.95.1.1 Write this upgrade information in your owners manual so that youll have it available for reference. When new software is made available through, it will show the number of the latest version. You will need this information to see if an additional upgrade is required. CONGRATULATIONS! With the completion of the upgrade process, your Harman Kardon AVR is now not only as good as new it will perform even better than it did when you first bought it. We wish you many years of happy listening!
250 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797 2008 Harman International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved. Part No. 255/355V0710200803 Harman Kardon is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Incorporated, registered in the United States and/or other countries. EzSet/EQ is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Incorporated. Adobe and Reader are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. Intel and Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.


Do Not Use Extension Cords
To avoid safety hazards, use only the power cord attached to your unit. We do not recommend that extension cords be used with this product. As with all electrical devices, do not run power cords under rugs or carpets or place heavy objects on them. Damaged power cords should be replaced immediately by an authorized service center with a cord meeting factory specifications.


When the unit gets dirty, wipe it with a clean, soft, dry cloth. If necessary, and only after unplugging the AC power cord, wipe it with a soft cloth dampened with mild soapy water, then a fresh cloth with clean water. Wipe it dry immediately with a dry cloth. NEVER use benzene, aerosol cleaners, thinner, alcohol or any other volatile cleaning agent. Do not use abrasive cleaners, as they may damage the finish of metal parts. Avoid spraying insecticide near the unit.
Handle the AC Power Cord Gently
When disconnecting the power cord from an AC outlet, always pull the plug; never pull the cord. If you do not intend to use the unit for any considerable length of time, disconnect the plug from the AC outlet.

Moving the Unit

Before moving the unit, be certain to disconnect any interconnection cords with other components, and make certain that you disconnect the unit from the AC outlet.

Do Not Open the Cabinet

There are no user-serviceable components inside this product. Opening the cabinet may present a shock hazard, and any modification to the product will void your guarantee. If water or any metal object such as a paper clip, wire or staple accidentally falls inside the unit, disconnect it from the AC power source immediately, and consult an authorized service center.
Important Information for the User
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class-B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. The limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio-frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communication. However, there is no guarantee that harmful interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. NOTE: Changes or modifications may cause this unit to fail to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules and may void the users authority to operate the equipment.

The AVR 154 may be the first multichannel surround sound receiver you have owned. Although it has more connections and features than 2-channel receivers, many of the principles are similar and the new concepts are easy to understand. This introductory section will help you to familiarize yourself with the basic concepts, which will make setup and operation smoother. If you are already familiar with home theater, you may skip this section and proceed to the Connections section on page 16. (LFE) channel which is directed only to the subwoofer. The LFE channel packs the punch of an explosion or the power of a rumbling train or airplane, adding realism and excitement to your home theater. Many people use two subwoofers, placed on the left and right sides of the room, for additional power and even distribution of the sound.
There are different theories as to the best way to present surround sound and to distribute soundtrack information among the various speakers. A variety of algorithms have been developed in an effort to accurately reproduce the way we hear sounds in the real world. The result is a rich variety of surround mode options. Some modes are selected automatically, depending on the signal being received from the source. In many cases, you may select a surround mode manually. Several companies have taken surround sound in slightly differing directions. It is helpful to group the numerous surround modes either by their brand name, or by using a generic name: Dolby Laboratories, Inc., Modes Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby Headphone DTS Modes DTS, DTS Neo:6, DTS 96/24 Harman International (Harman Kardons Parent Company) Logic 7 DSP Modes Generic modes that include Hall 1, Hall 2 and Theater Stereo Modes Generic modes that expand upon conventional 2-channel stereo, including DSP Surround Off, Analog Bypass Surround Off and 5-Channel Stereo Table 2 on pages contains detailed explanations of the differences between the various mode groups, and the mode options available within each group. Digital modes, such as Dolby Digital and DTS, are only available with specially encoded programs, such as DVDs and digital television. Other modes may be used with various digital and analog signals to create a different surround presentation, or to use a different number of speakers. Surround mode selection depends upon the number of speakers in your system, the materials you are watching or listening to, and your personal tastes. Feel free to experiment.
Typical Home Theater System
A home theater typically includes your audio/video receiver, which controls the system; a DVD player; a source component for television broadcasts, which may be a cable box, a satellite dish receiver, an HDTV tuner or simply an antenna connected to the TV; a video display (television); and loudspeakers. All of these components are connected by various types of cables for audio and video signals.

Multichannel Audio

The main benefit of a home theater system is that several loudspeakers are used in various locations around the room to produce surround sound. Surround sound immerses you in the musical or film presentation for increased realism. The AVR 154 may have up to five speakers connected directly to it (plus a subwoofer). Each main speaker is powered by its own amplifier channel inside the receiver. When more than two speakers are used, it is called a multichannel system. Front Left and Right The main speakers are used the same way as in a 2-channel system. However, you may notice that in many surround modes, these speakers are used more for ambient sound while the main action, especially dialogue, is moved to the center speaker. Center The center speaker is usually placed above or below the video screen, and is used mostly for dialogue in movies and television programs. This placement allows the dialogue to originate near the actors faces, for a more natural sound. Surround Left and Right The surround speakers are used to improve directionality of ambient sounds. In addition, by using more loudspeakers in the system, more dynamic soundtracks may be played without risk of overloading any one speaker. Many people expect the surround speakers to play as loud as the front speakers. Although all of the speakers in the system will be calibrated to sound equally loud at the listening position, most artists use the surround speakers for ambient effects only, and they program their materials to steer very little sound to these speakers. Subwoofer A subwoofer is a special-purpose speaker designed to play only the lowest frequencies (the bass). It may be used to augment smaller, limited-range satellite speakers used for the other channels. In addition, many digital-format programs, such as movies recorded in Dolby Digital, contain a special low-frequency effects


There are different types of audio and video connections used to connect the receiver to the speakers and video display, and to connect the source devices to the receiver. To make it easier to keep them all straight, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has established a color-coding standard. See Table 1.
Table 1 Connection Color Guide

Audio Connections

Left Front (FL/FR) Center (C) Surround (SL/SR) Subwoofer (SUB) Right
Bare wire cables are installed as follows (see Figure 2):
1. Unscrew the terminal cap until the pass-through hole in the collar is revealed. 2. Insert the bare end of the wire into the hole. 3. Screw the cap back into place until the wire is held snugly.
Digital Audio Connections

Coaxial Optical Input

Figure 2 Binding-Post Speaker Terminals With Bare Wires

Video Connections

Component Composite S-Video Y Pb Pr

Composite video cable

Figure 10 Composite Video


The AVR 154 uses separate terminals for the included FM and AM antennas that provide proper reception for the tuner. The FM antenna uses a 75-ohm F-connector. See Figure 13.

Figure 13 FM Antenna

The AM loop antenna needs to be assembled. Then connect the two leads to the push-type terminals on the receiver. Although the terminals are color-coded, you may connect either antenna lead to either terminal. See Figure 14.
S-video, or separate video, transmits the chrominance and luminance components using separate wires contained within a single cable. The plug on an S-video cable contains four metal pins, plus a plastic guide pin. Be careful to line up the plug correctly when you insert it into the jack on the receiver, source or video display. See Figure 11.

S-video cable

Figure 14 AM Antenna Figure 11 S-Video
Component video separates the video signal into three components one luminance (Y) and two subsampled color signals (Pb and Pr) that are transmitted using three separate cables. The Y cable is color-coded green, the Pb cable is colored blue and the Pr cable is colored red. See Figure 12.


Before you begin to connect cables, it is important to place your speakers in their correct locations in the room. Optimally, the speakers should be placed in a circle with the listening position at its center. The distance from the listening position to the video display forms the radius of the circle. See Figure 15. The speakers should be angled so that they directly face the listening position. The center speaker is placed either on top of, below or mounted on the wall above or below the video display screen. The front left and right speakers are placed along the circle, about 30 degrees from the center speaker and angled toward the listener. It is best to place the front left/right and center speakers as close to the same height as possible, preferably at about the same height as the listeners ears. In any event the center speaker should be no more than two feet above or below the left/right speakers. The side surround speakers should be placed 110 degrees from the center speaker, that is, slightly behind and angled toward the listener. If this isnt feasible, place them behind the listener, with each surround speaker facing the opposite-side front speaker. The surround speakers may be placed a little higher than the listeners ears. The subwoofers location is less critical, since low-frequency sounds are omnidirectional. Placing the subwoofer close to a wall or in a corner will reinforce the low frequencies, and may create a boomy sound. You may wish to experiment over time by placing the subwoofer where the listener normally sits and then walking around the room until the low frequencies sound best. Place the subwoofer in that spot. NOTE: Your receiver will sound its best when the same model loudspeaker is used for all positions (other than the subwoofer). If that isnt possible, try to use speakers made by the same manufacturer.

Video Display Center Front Left Speaker
Subwoofer Front Right Speaker

Surround Left Speaker

Surround Right Speaker
Alternate Placement for Surround Left Speaker
Figure 15 Speaker Placement
Alternate Placement for Surround Right Speaker


You are now ready to connect your various components to your receiver. Before beginning, turn off all components, including the AVR 154, and unplug their power cords. Dont plug any of the power cords back in until you have finished making all of your connections. Remember that your receiver generates heat while it is on. Select a location that leaves several inches of space on all sides of the receiver. Avoid completely enclosing the receiver inside an unventilated cabinet. It is preferable to place components on separate shelves rather than stacking them directly on top of the receiver. Some surface finishes are delicate. Try to select a location with a sturdy surface finish.
Step Three Connect the Antennas
Connect the FM and AM antennas to their terminals. See Figure 18.
Step One Connect the Speakers
If you have not yet done so, place your speakers in the listening room as described in the Speaker Placement section above. Connect the center, front left, front right, surround left and surround right loudspeakers to the corresponding speaker terminals on the AVR 154. See Figure 16. Maintain the proper polarity by always connecting the positive and negative terminals on each speaker to the positive and negative terminals on the receiver. Use the Connection Color Guide on page 16 as a reference.
Figure 18 Antenna Connections
Step Four Connect the Source Components
Use the Table A5 worksheet in the Appendix to note which connections you will use for each of your source devices. A source is a device where the audio and video signals originate. Some sources, such as CD players, only offer audio, while sources used for watching movies or broadcast-television programming deliver a video signal as well. Referring to the photograph of the AVR 154 remote control on page 13, there is a section of 12 buttons near the top of the remote designated Input Selectors: DVD, AM/FM, CD, AUX, TAPE, VID1, VID2, VID3, HDMI1, HDMI2, HDMI3 and 6CH. Each of these buttons corresponds to a set of input connectors on the AVR. The set of connectors is referred to as a source input. The goal of Step Four of the Installation is to match up each of your source devices, e.g., DVD player and cable television box, with the correct connectors on the AVR 154. We recommend that you refer to Table A1 in the appendix when making these connections. Although you may connect a source to any source input with the matching types of connectors, by selecting the source input dedicated to the same type of component, you will be able to program the AVRs universal remote to control it, simplifying operation. The precise connections to be made depend on the capabilities of the source device and your video display (TV). Select the best audio and video connections for each source. The types of connections are listed in order of preference:

Figure 20 Connecting a Multichannel Audio Player
Connect a DVD, SACD, HD-DVD or Blu-ray Disc Player
HDMI Video: If the DVD player and the TV both have an HDMI connector, connect the player as follows (see Figure 19):
Connect the DVD players HDMI output to the HDMI 1 Input on the AVR. Connect the DVD players coaxial digital audio output to the Coaxial 2 input on the AVR.
Component Video: If the DVD player or the TV does not have an HDMI connector, but they both have component video connectors, connect the player as follows (see Figure 21):
Connect the DVD players component video output to the Component Video 1 Input on the AVR. Connect the DVD players coaxial digital audio output to the Coaxial 1 input on the AVR.
NOTES: Where a given type of connection is called for, e.g., HDMI, component video or digital audio, you may use any available input of that type. We recommend connections solely because they are assigned by default to certain source inputs. If you wish to make recordings from a DVD, use the DVD S-video or composite video input, and the DVD Analog Audio inputs in addition to any other connections. The AVR cannot make recordings from HDMI or component video sources, and digital audio sources may only be recorded in two channels. You may connect the DVD player to the Video 1, Video 2 or Video 3 source inputs, but you will then be unable to program the AVR remote to operate the player. Connect a Harman Kardon DMC 1000 digital media center to any available HDMI Input for digital video and any available input for digital audio, or to the Video 1 Audio/Video Inputs for analog audio and video. You may make both the analog and digital audio and video connections, depending on your system requirements.
Figure 21 Connecting a Component-Video-Equipped Disc Player
If the player is capable of playing multichannel discs, including DVD-Audio, SACD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, make the following additional connection (see Figure 20): Connect the DVD players 6-channel analog audio outputs to the 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs on the AVR.
Composite/S-Video: If the best video connection common to both the DVD player and the TV is either S-video or composite video, follow these steps (see Figure 22):
Connect the DVD players S-video or composite video output (use one connection only) to the corresponding DVD Video Input on the AVR. Connect the DVD players coaxial digital audio output to the Coaxial 1 input on the AVR. If the player is capable of playing multichannel discs, including DVD-Audio, SACD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, make the following additional connection (see Figure 22): Connect the DVD players 6-channel analog audio outputs to the 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs on the AVR.
Connect an Audio/Video Recorder (PVR, DVR or TiVo)

HDMI Video: If the recorder and the TV both have an HDMI connector, connect the recorder as follows (see Figure 23):
Connect the recorders HDMI output to the HDMI 2 Input on the AVR. Connect the recorders optical digital audio output to the Optical 2 input on the AVR. Then go to Composite/S-Video on page 23 to make recordings, as the AVR 154 cannot make recordings from digital audio (except 2-channel) and video sources.
Figure 23 Connecting an HDMI-Equipped Recorder
Figure 22 Connecting a Composite- or S-Video-Equipped Disc Player
Component Video: If the recorder or the TV does not have an HDMI connector, but they both have component video connectors, connect the recorder as follows (see Figure 24):
Connect the recorders component video output to the Component Video 2 Input on the AVR.
Connect the recorders optical digital audio output to the Optical 2 Input on the AVR (if available). Then go to Composite/S-Video below to make recordings, as the AVR 154 cannot make recordings from copy-protected component video sources or digital audio (except 2-channel) sources.
Connect a Cable TV, Satellite, HDTV or Other Set-Top Box for Broadcast Television
NOTE: If you receive your television programming using your TV with an antenna or direct cable connection, connect the TVs analog audio outputs to the Video 3 Analog Audio Inputs. If the TV has a digital audio output, connect it to one of the frontpanel digital audio inputs. Do not connect any video output on the television set to any video input on the receiver. See Step Five for information on connecting the receivers video monitor outputs to the television.
HDMI Video: If the set-top box and the TV both have an HDMI connector, connect the set-top box as follows (see Figure 26):
Connect the set-tops HDMI output to the HDMI 3 Input on the AVR.
Figure 24 Connecting a Component-Video-Equipped Recorder
Connect the set-tops optical digital audio output to the Optical 1 Input on the AVR (if available).
Composite/S-Video: If the best video connection common to both the recorder and the TV is either S-video or composite video, or to make recordings, follow these steps, using only one type of video connection throughout (see Figure 25):
Connect the recorders S-video/composite video output to the Video 1 S-Video/Composite Video Input on the AVR. Connect the recorders S-video/composite video input to the Video 1 S-Video/Composite Video Output on the AVR. Connect the recorders analog audio outputs to the Video 1 Audio Inputs on the AVR. Connect the recorders analog audio inputs to the Video 1 Audio Outputs on the AVR.

Composite/S-Video: Important do not skip this step, even if you have connected the AVRs HDMI or Component Video Monitor Outputs to the display. To view the AVRs on-screen menus and messages, connect either the Composite or S-Video Monitor Output to the display. In addition, if any sources are connected to the AVR via a composite or S-video connection, connect the corresponding Monitor Output to the display. See Figure 35.
Step Five Connect the Video Display
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not connect any video output on the video display (TV) to any video input on the AVR. Doing so may cause undesirable video interference.
Figure 35 Composite and S-Video Monitor Outputs
HDMI Video: If the display has an HDMI input, and if any sources are
connected to any of the AVRs HDMI Inputs, connect the HDMI Monitor Output to the display (see Figure 33). Go to Composite/S-Video below for an additional required connection.
Consult the manual for your TV to make sure you understand how to select each video input. As you play different source devices that use different types of video connections, select the correct video input on your video display.
Step Six Plug in AC Power
Having made all of your wiring connections, it is now time to plug each components AC power cord into a working outlet.
Figure 33 HDMI Monitor Output
Before plugging the AVR 154s AC Power Cord into an electrical outlet, make sure that the Master Power Switch on the front panel is popped out so that the word OFF appears on its top. Gently press the button to turn the switch off. This will prevent the possibility of damaging the AVR in case of a transient power surge.
Component Video: If the display has component video inputs, and
if any sources are connected to either of the AVRs Component Video Inputs, connect the Component Video Monitor Outputs to the display (see Figure 34). Go to Composite/S-Video below for an additional required connection.
Step Seven Insert Batteries in Remote
The AVR 154 remote control uses three AAA batteries, which are included. To remove the battery cover located on the back of the remote, firmly press the ridged depression and slide the cover toward the top of the remote. Insert the batteries as shown in Figure 36, making sure to observe the correct polarity.
3. This step places the remote in program mode. Refer to Figure 37. Press and hold the Input Selector until the LED on the remote starts to flash, then release it. When pressed, the Input Selector will light red briefly, go dark, and then relight when the Program Indicator LED starts to flash. 4. Program the desired device type for any of the three HDMI selectors by pressing the corresponding Input Selector: Press DVD to operate a DVD player.

Figure 49 Input Setup Menu Screen
The first line indicates that the receiver is currently set to the tuner source. You may hear static if the tuner is set to an unused frequency. You will not be able to make any changes to the tuner, other than selecting a component video input or adjusting the tone controls. It is not recommended that you make either of these changes for the tuner at this time. Press the Button to view the next source. The sources will be selected in the following order: Tape, 6-Channel Inputs, AUX, Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, HDMI 3, HDMI 2, HDMI 1, DVD and CD. Pressing the Button selects the sources in the reverse order. For each of these sources, you may adjust the following settings. At a minimum, you should make sure that sources connected to any of the component video or digital audio inputs have the correct settings. Other settings are optional, and you may adjust them at a later time when you have more experience with the AVR. Refer to the Table A5 worksheet in the Appendix that you filled out during installation as you assign inputs to each source. TITLE: You may change the display name for any source (except the tuner). Not only does this enable you to customize your system; it helps you to select the correct source device even when you have forgotten which physical connections you used.


Now that you have installed your system components and completed at least a basic configuration of your receiver, you are ready to begin enjoying your home theater system. If you press the Sleep Button after the timer has been set, the remaining time until turn-off will be displayed. You may press the Sleep Button to change the time until turn-off. Press and hold the Sleep Button to turn the sleep timer off.

Turning On the AVR 154

Gently press the Master Power Switch until the word OFF is no longer visible. The Power Indicator above the two power switches should light up in amber. This indicates that the AVR is in Standby mode and is ready to be turned on. Normally, you may leave the Master Power Switch in the ON position, even when the receiver is not being used. See Figure 38.

Volume Control

The volume may be adjusted either by turning the knob on the front panel (clockwise to increase volume or counterclockwise to decrease volume), or by pressing the Volume Control Buttons on the remote. See Figure 52. The volume is displayed as a negative number of decibels (dB) below the 0dB reference point. Unlike the volume controls on some other products, 0dB is the maximum volume for the AVR 154. Although its physically possible to turn the volume to a higher level, doing so may damage your hearing and your speakers. For certain more dynamic audio materials, even 0dB may be too high, allowing for damage to equipment.

6-Channel Direct Inputs

If you wish to hear audio through the 6-Channel Direct Inputs together with video, then connect your multichannel player to the Component Video 1 Inputs, and connect the players 6-channel analog audio outputs to the 6-Channel Inputs on the AVR. Assign the component video inputs you selected to the 6-Channel Input source. The AVR will automatically select the correct component video and audio inputs when you select this source. If you need to use composite or S-video for your multichannel player, e.g., if your video display does not have component video inputs, then use the video inputs for another source. Since the AVR automatically selects the last-used analog video inputs for audio sources, you would first select the source you connected the video cables to, and then the 6-Channel Inputs for the audio. Example 1: Connect a non-HDMI-equipped DVD-Audio player to the AVR 154. You plan on playing a variety of discs using this player, including conventional DVDs and even CDs as well as multichannel discs. When playing DVDs and CDs, it is preferable to use a digital audio connection to obtain the best sound quality and the benefit of any digital surround formats contained on the DVD. However, when playing DVD-Audio discs, you will use the 6-channel analog audio connections. In addition, some of these discs contain video materials. We recommend that you connect this player as follows: a) Connect the players coaxial digital audio output to the Coaxial 1 Input on the AVR. This input is assigned by default to the DVD source. b) Connect the players component video outputs to the Component Video 1 Inputs on the AVR, which are assigned by default to the DVD source. If your video display doesnt have component video inputs, then connect the players composite or S-video output to the DVDs corresponding video input.

Using the Tuner

The AVR 154s built-in tuner may be selected in one of three ways (see Figure 58): 1. Press the Source Selector Button on the front panel repeatedly until the tuner is selected. The last-used band (AM or FM) will be active. 2. Press the Tuner Band Button (marked AM/FM). Press this button again to switch bands.

The third number is used for the LFE channel: 0 indicates no LFE channel.1 indicates that an LFE channel is present.
Audio Processing and Surround Sound
Audio signals generated by sources are encoded in a variety of formats that can affect not only the quality of the sound but the number of speaker channels and the surround mode. You may also manually select a different surround mode, although for certain types of audio signals, the modes available will be limited in certain ways, as described below.

Analog Audio Signals

Analog audio signals usually consist of two channels left and right. While the AVR can handle 5.1-channel analog signals, their content generally is encoded with a proprietary surround scheme and it isnt possible to adjust the surround mode for the AVRs 6-Channel Inputs. The AVR 154 offers three basic options for playback of analog audio: 1. Analog Bypass Mode: In this mode, the 2-channel signal is passed directly to the volume control, without being digitized or undergoing any processing for bass management or surround sound. The requirements for selecting analog bypass mode are: a) The analog audio inputs for the source must be selected. If necessary, press the Digital Button on the remote and use the / Buttons to make the selection. b) The tone controls must be disabled by setting TONE MODE to OUT. Either use the Input Setup menu in the full-OSD system to make this change, or press the Tone Mode Button and use the / Buttons until the TONE OUT message appears. c) The Surround Off mode must be selected. The easiest way to select the Surround Off mode is to press the Stereo Button on the remote until the Surround Off icon is lit (and the DSP icon is not lit) in the front-panel display. 2. DSP Surround Off Mode: The DSP Surround Off mode digitizes the incoming signal and applies the bass management settings, including speaker configuration, delay times and output levels. This mode is desirable when your front speakers are small, limited-range satellites and you are using a subwoofer. Both the DSP and Surround Off icons will be lit when this mode is active. Press the Stereo Button on the remote repeatedly to select this mode. 3. Analog Surround Modes: One of the main benefits of a surround receiver such as the AVR 154 is its ability to process 2-channel audio signals to produce multichannel surround sound in a variety of modes, even when no surround sound has been encoded in the recording. Among the available modes are the Dolby Pro Logic II modes, the Dolby Virtual Speaker modes, the DTS Neo:6 modes, the Logic 7 modes, the Hall and Theater modes and the Stereo modes.

DTS Neo:6 Music

Available only in 5-channel mode, creates a surround presentation suitable for music recordings.

Logic 7 Mode Group

Exclusive to Harman Kardon, Logic 7 enhances 2-channel recordings by deriving separate information for the surround back channels. This provides more accurate placement of sound, improves panning and expands the sound field, even when used with 5.1-channel systems. Logic 7 uses 96kHz processing. Three variants are available. Especially suited to 2-channel sources containing Dolby Surround or matrix encoding, Logic 7 Cinema mode increases center channel intelligibility. The AVR 154 is programmed at the factory to default to this mode for 2-channel signals. Logic 7 Music mode is well suited to conventional 2-channel music recordings. Logic 7 Enhance circulates low frequencies in the 40Hz 120Hz range to the main speakers for less localized bass performance than would be achieved solely with a subwoofer. Enhance mode is best used with music recordings. Hall 1 is a DSP (digital signal processor) mode that simulates a small concert hall. Simulates a medium-sized concert hall.
Logic 7 Cinema Logic 7 Music Logic 7 Enhance Hall 1
Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz or 48kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner PCM (32kHz, 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 96kHz) Analog (2-channel) Tuner

Hall 2

Simulates a live-performance theater.

5-Channel Stereo

Useful for parties, the left- and right-channel information is played through both the front and surround speakers on each side, while the center speaker plays a summed mono mix. Turns off all surround processing and plays a pure 2-channel signal. The signal is digitized and bass management settings are applied, making it appropriate when a subwoofer is used. Maintains an analog input signal in that form, bypassing all digital processing (i.e., surround and bass management). Requires TONE OUT setting.

DSP Surround Off

Surround Off (Analog Bypass)
up only when a button is pressed or a remote command is received, and going dark again 5 seconds after the last command. The VFD FADE TIME OUT feature also causes the display to light up only when a button is pressed or a change in the incoming signal is detected, but the display immediately begins to fade to dark. This setting allows you to program the length of the fade time. Select a time-out period of between 3 and 10 seconds, or select OFF if you prefer to leave the displays on at all times or to use the Dim function. VOLUME DEFAULT and DEFAULT VOL SET: These two settings are used together to program the AVRs volume level at turn-on. This feature avoids discomfort for listeners in case the last user turned the volume very high. Press the OSD Button to remove the display from the screen so that you may adjust the volume to a desired level while a source is playing. Make a note of the number that appears in the display, and return to the SYSTEM SETUP menu. At the DEFAULT VOL SET line, select the desired volume setting, and activate the feature by setting VOLUME DEFAULT to ON. SEMI OSD TIME OUT: Program the amount of time (2 to 5 seconds) the two-line semi-OSD on-screen messages remain, or deactivate the semi-OSD display altogether if you find it distracting. These messages will continue to appear on the front panel of the receiver. FULL OSD TIME OUT: Program the amount of time (20, 30, 40 or 50 seconds) the full-OSD menus remain visible on screen. The full-OSD system may not be deactivated. DEFAULT SURR MODE: This setting determines how the AVR 154 will handle Dolby Digital and DTS sources. For the purposes of this setting, the default surround mode means the mode encoded in the program, such as Dolby Digital 5.1. With this setting ON, the receiver will always use the default surround mode encoded in the program. When this setting is changed to OFF, the receiver will use the surround mode you selected the last time this type of audio stream was detected. Dolby Digital 2.0 signals default to the Dolby Pro Logic II Movie mode, but you may select another Dolby surround mode manually. For PCM and analog sources, the factory default surround mode is Logic 7 Music. In general, the receiver will use the surround mode selected the last time that type of signal was received. OSD BACKGROUND: Choose either a blue or black background for the full-OSD menus. NOTE: It isnt possible to view video sources while the full-OSD menus are displayed. To dim the display: Press the Dim Button on the remote. Each button press will cycle through the three settings of: VFD FULL: Normal brightness VFD HALF: Display is dimmed but still visible; the light inside the volume knob goes dark VFD OFF: Display goes completely dark except for Power Indicator to remind you that the receiver is turned on

*The default shown is the preferred surround mode for PCM and Analog audio sources.
Table A3 Speaker/Channel Setting Defaults
Source Bass Manager: Global Left/Right Speaker Size Center Speaker Size Surround Speaker Size Subwoofer Small Small Small Sub Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Small Small Small Sub 100Hz 100Hz 100Hz Large Large Large Sub N/A N/A N/A N/A DVD HDMI 1 HDMI 2 HDMI 3 Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 AUX CD Tape Tuner 6-Channel
Left/Right Speaker Crossover 100Hz Center Speaker Crossover 100Hz
Surround Speaker Crossover 100Hz Subwoofer Crossover
Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right Left/Right 100Hz
Table A4 Delay Setting Defaults
Speaker Position Front Left Center Front Right Surround Right Surround Left Subwoofer A/V Sync Delay Distance From Speaker to Listening Position 10 Feet 10 Feet 10 Feet 10 Feet 10 Feet 10 Feet 0mS Your Delay Settings
Table A5 Source Input Settings
Source Title Video Input Component Video Input Audio Input Auto Poll Surround Mode Dedicated N/A Dedicated N/A Dedicated N/A N/A DVD HDMI 1 HDMI 2 HDMI 3 Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 AUX CD Tape Tuner INT. TUNER 6-Channel
Table A6 Speaker/Channel Settings
Source Bass Manager: Global/Independent Left/Right Speaker Size Center Speaker Size Surround Speaker Size Subwoofer Left/Right Speaker Crossover Center Speaker Crossover Surround Speaker Crossover Subwoofer Crossover Left Channel Level Right Channel Level Center Channel Level Surround Left Channel Level

Video 1

Video 3

The Bridge/DMP

6-Channel N/A
Surround Right Channel Level Subwoofer Channel Level
The 6-channel inputs are direct inputs, meaning their signals are passed directly to the volume control without any bass management processing. Thus, the speaker sizes are always full-range, and it isnt possible to adjust speaker size crossover. Channel levels vary by surround mode rather than source input.



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