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Excellent value in this price range How can people not be happy with this reciever? ...With DTS andDD, and multi-room output and an Onscreen display.
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GOOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH !! ITS A GREAT REC> BUT !!!!!!! THE NEXT ONE I BUY WILL BE A DENNON BY FAR BETTER SOUND !!!!!! The Best Receiver for under $ to Date! This is an excellent A/V receiver, DD, and DTS sound awesome. The AVR65 could have been better and should have! After many years of owning H/K equipment, including a Citation 16 that is still in service.

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AVR 154


Important Safety Instructions
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Read these instructions. Keep these instructions. Heed all warnings. Follow all instructions. Do not use this apparatus near water. The A/V receivers cabinet may be cleaned by gently wiping with a soft cotton or microfiber cloth. Do not use water or any liquid cleaners. 7. Do not block any of the ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturers instructions. 8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat. 9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A groundingtype plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong is provided for your safety. When the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet. 10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles and the point where they exit from the apparatus. 11. Only use the attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer. 12. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over. 13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time. 14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.

Wet Location Marking

Apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on the apparatus.

Service Instructions

CAUTION These servicing instructions are for use by qualified service personnel only. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not perform any servicing other than that contained in the operating instructions, unless you are qualified to do so.

Outdoor Use Marking

WARNING To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
Important Safety Information
Verify Line Voltage Before Use
Your AVR 154 has been designed for use with 120-volt AC current. Connection to a line voltage other than that for which it is intended can create a safety and fire hazard and may damage the unit. If you have any questions about the voltage requirements for your specific model, or about the line voltage in your area, contact your selling dealer before plugging the unit into a wall outlet. units feet may leave marks on certain wood or veneer materials. Use caution when placing the unit on soft woods or other materials that may be damaged by heat or heavy objects. Some surface finishes may be particularly sensitive to absorbing such marks, due to a variety of factors beyond Harman Kardon's control, including the nature of the finish, cleaning materials used, and normal heat and vibration caused by the use of the product, or other factors. We recommend that caution be exercised in choosing an installation location for the component and in normal maintenance practices, as your warranty will not cover this type of damage to furniture.
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.


To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture.

For Canadian model

This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. For models having a power cord with a polarized plug: CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of plug to wide slot, fully insert.

Modle pour les Canadien

Cet appareil numrique de la classe B est conforme la norme NMB-003 du Canada. Sur les modles dont la fiche est polarisee: ATTENTION: Pour viter les chocs lectriques, introduire la lame la plus large de la fiche dans la borne correspondante de la prise et pousser jusquau fond.


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Thank you for choosing Harman Kardon!
In the years since Harman Kardon invented the high-fidelity receiver, we have taken to heart the philosophy of bringing the joy of home entertainment to as many people as possible, adding performance and ease-of-use features that enhance the home entertainment experience. In the years since our first single-channel component was introduced, Harman Kardon has offered a number of receiver models, each an improvement upon its predecessors, leading to the AVR 154, a 5.1channel digital audio/video receiver that offers a wealth of listening and viewing options, all in an elegant package. To obtain the maximum enjoyment from your new receiver, we urge you to read this manual and refer back to it as you become more familiar with its features and their operation. If you have any questions about this product, its installation or its operation, please contact your retailer or customer installer, or visit our Web site at
Harman Kardon AVR 154 5.1-Channel Audio/Video Receiver

Audio Section

30 Watts x 5, five channels driven at full power at 8 ohms, 20Hz 20kHz, <0.07% THD (surround modes); 150 watts total 40 Watts x 2, two channels driven at full power at 8 ohms, 20Hz 20kHz, <0.07% THD (surround off mode); 80 watts total High-current capability, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design with low negative feedback All-discrete amplifier circuitry Dual independent power supplies, for front and surround channels Triple crossover bass management 24-Bit, twin-core Cirrus Logic CS 49510 DSP processor 192kHz/24-bit D/A conversion Sampling upconversion to 96kHz

Surround Modes

Dolby Digital Dolby Pro Logic II (Movie, Music and Game), up to 96kHz Dolby Virtual Speaker Version 2 (Reference 2- or 3-speaker; Wide 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-speaker) Dolby Headphone Version 2, up to 96kHz DTS (5.1; DTS Stereo) DTS 96/24 (DTS Stereo) DTS Neo:6 (Cinema 3- or 5-channel; Music 5-channel), up to 96kHz Logic 7 (Cinema, Music and Enhance), up to 96kHz Hall 1 and Hall 2 Theater 5-Channel Stereo, up to 96kHz Surround Off (DSP or Analog Bypass)

Audio Inputs

AM/FM tuner CD Tape 6-Channel direct Auxiliary mini-jack

Ease of Use

On-screen display with composite, S-video and component video (480i); choice of blue or black background Two-line dot-matrix front-panel display Color-coded connections Programmable 11-device main remote control Source input renaming A/V sync delay up to 100ms
Audio/Video Inputs (With S-Video)
Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 DVD Two 100MHz assignable component video inputs HDMI 1, 2 and 3 (switching only), version 1.3a

Supplied Accessories

The following accessory items are supplied with the AVR 154. If any of these items are missing, please contact Harman Kardon customer service at System remote control AM loop antenna FM wire antenna Three AAA batteries Two covers for front-panel jacks

Digital Audio Inputs

Coaxial: Two rear-panel/one front-panel Optical: Two rear-panel/one front-panel


Subwoofer output Tape (analog audio) Video 1 (analog audio and video) Video monitor (composite, S-video and component) Digital audio: (one coaxial) HDMI (switching only) Headphone


Main Power Switch: This mechanical switch turns the power supply
on or off. It is usually left pressed in (On position), and cannot be turned on using the remote control.
Tuner Band: Press this button to select the tuner as the source, or
to switch between the AM and FM bands.
Tuning: Press either side of this button to tune a radio station. Tuning Mode: This button toggles between manual (one frequency step at a time) and automatic (seeks frequencies with acceptable signal strength) tuning mode. It also toggles between stereo and mono modes when an FM station is tuned. Preset Stations: Press this button to select a preset radio station. Headphone Jack: Plug a 1/4" headphone plug into this jack for

private listening.

Standby/On Switch: This electrical switch turns the receiver on

for playback, or leaves it in Standby mode for quick turn-on using this switch or the remote control.
Power Indicator: This LED has four possible modes:
Main Power Off: When the AVR is unplugged or the Main Power Switch is off, this LED remains unlit. Standby: This LED turns amber, indicating that the AVR is ready to be turned on. On: This LED turns white, and the AVR operates normally. Protect: If this LED ever turns red, turn off the AVR and unplug it. Check all speaker wires for a possible short. If none is found, bring the unit to an authorized Harman Kardon service center for inspection and repair before using it again. When the main power is turned off, the LED is dark and the receiver wont respond to any button presses. When the main power is turned on, but before the Standby/On Switch is used, the LED turns amber to indicate that the receiver is in standby mode and is ready to be turned on. When the receiver is turned on, the LED turns white.
Surround Mode: Press this button to select a surround sound
(e.g., multichannel) mode group. Choose from the Dolby modes, DTS modes, Logic 7 modes, DSP modes or Stereo modes.
Surround Select: After you have selected the desired surround mode group, press this button to select a specific mode. Analog Audio, Video and Digital Audio Inputs: Connect a source component that will only be used temporarily, such as a camera or game console to these jacks. Use only one type of audio and one type of video connection. Speaker/Channel Input Indicators: The box icons indicate
which speaker positions you have configured (see the Initial Setup section), and the size (frequency range) of each speaker. When a digital audio input is used, letters will light inside the boxes to indicate which channels are present in the incoming signal.
Source Select: Press this button to select a source device, which
is a component where a playback signal originates, e.g., DVD, CD, cable TV, satellite or HDTV tuner. The sources name will appear in the Message Display.
Remote IR Sensor: This sensor receives infrared (IR) commands
from the remote control. It is important to ensure that it is not blocked. If covering the sensor is unavoidable, such as when the AVR 154 is placed inside a cabinet, you may use an optional Harman Kardon HE 1000, or other infrared receiver, with an IR emitter (blaster) placed directly over this sensor.

Power On Button: Press this button to turn on the AVR or another device. The Main Power Switch on the AVR 154s front panel must first have been switched on. Mute Button: Press this button to mute the AVR 154s speaker and
headphone outputs temporarily. To end the muting, press this button or adjust the volume. Muting is also canceled when the receiver is turned off.
Digital Input Select: Press this button to select the specific digital
audio input (or analog audio input) you used for the current source.
Program Indicator: This LED lights up or flashes in one of three colors
as the remote is programmed with codes.
Delay: Press this button to set delay times that compensate for placing
the speakers at different distances from the listening position, or to resolve a lip sync issue that may be caused by digital video processing. This may also be done using the on-screen menu system, as described in the Initial Setup section.
Power Off Button: Press this button to turn off the AVR 154 or

another device.

AVR Selector: Press this button to switch the remote to the codes
that operate the receiver.
Numeric Keys: Use these buttons to enter radio station frequencies or to select station presets. Press the Direct Button before entering the station frequency.
IR Transmitter Lens Power On Program Indicator AVR Selector AM/FM Test Tone Sleep DSP Surround On-Screen Display Channel Level 6-Channel Input Selector Volume Controls TV/Video Speaker Setup Navigation Digital Input OK Delay Mute Power Off Input Selectors
Numeric Keys Tuning Mode Direct Station Entry Tuning Tone Mode Memory Clear Preset Stations Selectors Disc Skip Macros Surround Mode Selectors Dim
Night Mode Track Skip Transport Controls
Tuning Mode: This button toggles between manual (one frequency step at a time) and automatic (seeks frequencies with acceptable signal strength) tuning mode. It also toggles between stereo and mono modes when an FM station is tuned. Memory: After you have tuned a particular radio station, press this
button, then the numeric keys, to save that station as a radio preset.
Macros: These buttons may be programmed to execute long command sequences with a single button press. They are useful for programming the command to turn on or off all of your components, or for accessing specialized functions for a different component than you are currently operating. Surround Mode Selectors: Press any of these buttons to select
a type of surround sound (e.g., multichannel) mode. Choose from the Dolby modes, DTS modes, Logic 7 modes or Stereo modes. Each press of a button will cycle to the next available variant of that mode. Not all modes or mode groups are available with all sources.

Tuning: Press these buttons to tune a radio station. Depending on
whether the tuning mode has been set to manual or automatic, each press will either change one frequency step at a time, or seek the next frequency with acceptable signal strength.
Direct: Press this button before using the Numeric Keys to directly
enter a radio station frequency.
Night Mode: Press this button to activate Night mode with specially
encoded Dolby Digital discs or broadcasts. Night mode compresses the audio so that louder passages are reduced in volume to avoid disturbing others, while dialogue remains intelligible.
Clear: Press this button to clear a radio station frequency you have

started to enter.

Track Skip: These buttons have no effect on the receiver, but are
used with many source components to change tracks or chapters.
Preset Stations Selector: Press these buttons to select a preset

radio station.

Dim: Press this button to partially or fully dim the front-panel display. Transport Controls: These buttons have no effect on the receiver,
but are used to control many source components. By default, when the remote is operating the receiver, these buttons will control a DVD player.
Tone Mode: Press this button to access the tone controls (bass and treble). Use the Navigation Buttons to make your selections. Disc Skip: This button has no effect on the receiver, but is used with
some optical disc changers to skip to the next disc.
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.

Video Connections:

(choose only one, and make sure that type is available on your TV) HDMI Component video S-video Composite video
NOTES: Digital audio, HDMI and component video connections are not dedicated to any source input. When any of these physical connections are used, they must be assigned to the desired source input as described in the Initial Setup section. Its possible for a source input to use none of the connectors named for it; e.g., the DVD source may use the Component Video 1 inputs for video and the Coaxial Digital Audio Input 1 for audio, both of which require assignment. If the video display is equipped with an HDMI or DVI digital video input, make sure it is also HDCP-compliant (HighBandwith Digital Content Protection) to display copy-protected materials. If the source or video display has a DVI input, use an HDMIto-DVI adapter (not included), and make separate audio connections. Although the 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs are designated as a separate source input, the 6CH button on the remote may not be programmed to operate a source device. The 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs are used with an analog video input (component video, S-video or composite video, but not HDMI) that may also be assigned to another source input, such as DVD. Program the corresponding Input Selector on the remote, e.g., DVD, with the devices product code. To enjoy audio from the 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs, first select the source for the video input (DVD, in this example), and then switch the source to the 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs. The AVR 154 will use the last-selected analog video input while obtaining audio from the 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs.
Figure 19 Connecting an HDMI-Equipped Disc Player
If the player is capable of playing multichannel discs, including DVDAudio, SACD, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc, make the following additional connections (see Figure 20): Connect the DVD players component video output to the Component Video 1 Input on the AVR. Connect the DVD players 6-channel analog audio outputs to the 6-Channel Analog Audio Inputs on the AVR.
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.

L/R+LFE: This setting sends all low-frequency information to the subwoofer, including both information that would normally be played through the front left and right speakers and the special low-frequency effects (LFE) channel information. LFE: This setting steers low-frequency information contained in the left and right program channels to the front speakers, and directs only the LFE channel information to the subwoofer. NONE: This setting steers all low-frequency information to the front speakers, and no information to the subwoofer output. Use this setting with full-range front speakers, or with a passive or a powered subwoofer connected to the front speaker outputs. NOTE: If you are using a Harman Kardon HKTS speaker system, select the SMALL setting for the LEFT/RIGHT, CENTER and SURROUND lines, and the subwoofer will automatically be set to SUB.

Speaker Crossover Menu

On the Manual Setup menu, move the cursor to the SPEAKER X-OVER line and press the OK Button to display the Speaker Crossover menu. See Figure 45.
Figure 45 Speaker Crossover Menu Screen
Setting the Speaker Crossover menu correctly ensures that your speakers sound their best. Although you could skip this step the first time you use the receiver, we recommend that you take the few extra minutes to enter the correct crossover settings. Select from seven possible settings: 40Hz, 60Hz, 80Hz, 100Hz, 120Hz, 150Hz or 200Hz. For each speaker group, select the number that matches or is just above the low end of your speakers frequency response, which you recorded in Step One Determine Speaker Size. Record the speaker crossover settings in Table A6 in the Appendix. The LFE line sets the frequency that determines what information is sent to the subwoofer. The subwoofer output combines low-frequency information for all channels. To make sure no information is lost, set the LFE line to the speaker group with the highest crossover frequency. Move the cursor to the LFE line, and use the / Buttons to make a selection. If all three speaker groups have the same setting, leave the LFE filter at its factory default of LEFT/RIGHT. Move the cursor to the BACK TO MANUAL SETUP line and press the OK Button to return to the Manual Setup menu. It is not possible to adjust the speaker crossover settings without using the on-screen menu system. Use the / Buttons to move the cursor to the FL (front left) line; then use the / Buttons to change the measurement as needed. Use the / Buttons to move to each speaker in turn CEN (center), FR (front right), SR (surround right), SL (surround left) and SUB (subwoofer). DELAY RESET: This line is used to reset all of the speaker delay settings to the factory default of 10 feet (3.0 meters) at once. Use the / Buttons to change the setting of OFF to ON. If you change any speakers setting, this line will automatically revert to OFF. A/V SYNC DELAY: This line allows you to compensate for a lip sync problem, in which a source device or the video display introduces a significant amount of video processing that causes the audio and video parts of the signal to lose synchronization. You may delay the audio for all channels by up to 180 milliseconds to compensate. NOTE: We recommend adjusting the A/V Sync Delay using the Delay Button on the remote, so as to view the picture while adjusting the audio delay. With the program playing, press the Delay Button, and the A/V SYNC DELAY message will appear on the front panel and in the semi-OSD display. Press the OK Button to display the current delay setting, and use the / Buttons to adjust the setting until the picture and sound are back in sync. Move the cursor to the BACK TO MANUAL SETUP line and press the OK Button to return to the Manual Setup menu, or press the OSD Button to exit the menu system. You may adjust the delay settings without using the on-screen menu system. Select a surround mode that uses all of the speakers in your system. Press the Delay Button on the remote to display the A/V SYNC DELAY message. If you wish to adjust A/V Sync Delay as described in the above note, press the OK Button to select it. Otherwise, use the / Buttons to scroll through the list of all loudspeakers in your system. Press the OK Button when the speaker you wish to adjust is displayed, and use the / Buttons again to change the setting. Press the OK Button to return to the previous display, or wait a few seconds for the AVR to return to normal operation on its own.

Figure 52 Volume Controls
The AVR 154 is designed to reproduce audio with a minimum amount of distortion, which may lead you to think that your hearing and the equipment can handle higher volumes. We urge caution with regard to volume levels.

Mute Function

To temporarily mute all speakers and the headphones, press the Mute Button on the remote. See Figure 53. Any recording in progress will not be affected. The MUTE message will flash in the display as a reminder. To restore normal audio, either press the Mute Button again, or adjust the volume. Turning off the AVR will also end muting.

Sleep Timer

You may program the AVR to play for up to 90 minutes and then turn off automatically using the sleep timer. Press the Sleep Button on the remote, and the time until turn-off will be displayed. See Figure 51. Each additional press of the Sleep Button will reduce the time until turn-off by 10 minutes, until the OFF setting is reached, which disables the sleep timer.

Figure 53 Mute Button

Tone Controls

Figure 51 Sleep Button

You may boost or cut either the treble or the bass frequencies by up to 10dB. Press the Tone Mode Button once. See Figure 54. This will indicate whether the tone controls are in or out of the circuitry. With the TONE IN message displayed, press the Tone Mode Button repeatedly to access TREBLE MODE and BASS MODE. Use the / Buttons to change the treble or bass settings, as desired.
When the sleep timer has been set, the front-panel display will automatically dim to half-brightness. If you press any button on the remote or front panel, the display will return to full-brightness. The display will dim again several seconds after your last command.
If you wish to return the tone controls to 0, or flat response, press the / Buttons, until the TONE OUT message appears, which preserves any changes you have made to the bass or treble settings for later use. To reactivate your changes, the tone control must again be set to TONE IN. The display will return to normal a few seconds after your last command.

Source Selection

Press the front-panel Source Select Button to scroll through the sources. Each side of the button scrolls through the list in the opposite order. For direct access to the tuner, press the Tuner Band Button, which switches to the last-used band and frequency. See Figure 56. For direct access to any source, press its Input Selector on the remote (see Figure 37).

Figure 54 Tone Button

Figure 56 Source Select and Tuner Band Buttons
You may also adjust the tone controls using the full-OSD menu system. Press the OSD Button on the remote to view the Master Menu. The cursor will be pointing to the INPUT SETUP line; press the OK Button to display that menu and view the current tone settings. If you wish to make any changes to the TONE, BASS or TREBLE settings, use the / Buttons to move the cursor to the line you wish to change. Once you have changed the setting using the / Buttons, simply move the cursor to a different line; it isnt necessary to press the OK Button to enter the new setting. When you have finished, either wait until the display times-out and disappears, press the OSD Button to clear the display, or move the cursor to the BACK TO MASTER MENU line if you wish to make other changes using the menu system. NOTE: The AVR 154 does not have a conventional balance control. The speaker output level calibration process compensates for any characteristics of your room or speakers, and we recommend that you leave the settings as they are after you have completed Initial Setup. However, you may manually adjust the levels of the left and right channels decreasing one and increasing the other by the same amount using the Channel Adjust submenu, as described on page 32. This achieves the same effect as a balance control.

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.
3. Press the Tuner Input Selector (marked AM/FM) on the remote. Press this button again to switch bands.
Figure 61 Storing a Preset Station Figure 58 Tuner Input Selection


Two-channel analog and digital audio signals, as well as composite and S-video signals, are normally available at the appropriate recording outputs. Thus, to make a recording, you need only make sure to connect your audio or video recorder to the appropriate output jacks, as described in the Installation section, insert blank media and make sure the recorder is turned on and recording while the source is playing. NOTES: 1. Analog audio signals are not converted to digital form, and digital audio signals are not converted to analog audio form. However, you may record a coaxial or optical digital audio source using either type of digital audio output. 2. Only PCM digital audio signals are available for recording. Proprietary formats such as Dolby Digital and DTS may not be recorded using the digital audio connections. If the source is connected to the AVR using the analog audio connections, an analog recording may be made. 3. HDMI and Component video sources are not available for recording. 4. Please make certain that you are aware of any copyright restrictions on any material you record. Unauthorized duplication of copyrighted materials is prohibited by federal law.


If the AVR 154 is unplugged or experiences a power outage, it will retain user settings for up to four weeks.


SYMPTOM Unit does not function when Main Power Switch is pushed Display lights, but no sound or picture CAUSE No AC power SOLUTION Make certain AC power cord is plugged into a live outlet Check whether outlet is switch-controlled Make certain that all input and speaker connections are secure Press Mute Button Turn up volume control Turn on source and check its settings Use Input Setup menu to assign inputs The AVR 154 will select the last-used analog video input for an audio-only source, but will not select an HDMI video input; for multichannel disc players, use a component, composite or S-video connection Check speaker wire connections for shorts at receiver and speaker ends Contact your local Harman Kardon service center Select a mode other than Stereo There is no surround information from mono sources Check speaker mode configuration The surround decoder may not create center- or rear-channel information from nonencoded programs Change remote batteries Press the AVR selector Make certain front-panel sensor is in line of sight of remote or connect an optional remote sensor Move unit or antenna away from computers, fluorescent lights, motors or other electrical appliances Resume play for DVD Check Digital Input selection
Intermittent input connections Mute is on Volume control is down Source device is turned off Incorrect audio/video inputs assigned to source Attempting to view HDMI video with another audio source input
No sound from any speaker; light around power switch is red
Amplifier is in protection mode due to possible short Amplifier is in protection mode due to internal problems Incorrect surround mode Input is monaural Incorrect configuration Stereo or Mono program material Weak batteries in remote Wrong device selected Remote sensor is obscured Local interference Digital audio feed paused
No sound from surround or center speakers
Unit does not respond to remote commands
Intermittent buzzing in tuner Letters flash in the channel indicator display and digital audio stops
In addition to the items shown above, additional information on troubleshooting possible problems with your AVR 154, or installation-related issues, may be found in the list of "Frequently Asked Questions" which is located in the Product Support section of our Web site at


Table A7 Remote Control Codes
Source Input Video 1 Video 2 Video 3 HDMI 1 HDMI 2 HDMI 3 DVD CD Tape Product Type (circle one) VCR, PVR, DMC Cable, Satellite TV DVD, VCR/PVR/DMC, Cable/Satellite DVD, VCR/PVR/DMC, Cable/Satellite DVD, VCR/PVR/DMC, Cable/Satellite DVD CD, CD-R Cassette Remote Control Code

Table A8 System Settings

Feature VFD Fade Time-Out Volume Default Default Vol Set Semi-OSD Time-Out Full-OSD Time-Out Default Surr Mode OSD Background Default Setting Off Off 25dB 5 Seconds 20 Seconds On Blue Your Setting
Refer to the numbered buttons in this image when using the Function List.
Figure 67 Remote Control Function List Reference
Table A9 Remote Control Function List
No. Button Name 1 Power On 2 Power Off 3 Mute 4 AVR 5 DVD 6 VID 1 (VCR) 7 HDMI AM/FM 9 CD 11 HDMI AUX 13 Tape 14 VID 3 (TV) 15 HDMI Sleep/CH+ 17 Test Tone 18 6CH 19 Vol Up 20 Surr/CH 21 OSD 22 T/V 23 Vol Down 24 CH./Guide 26
AVR Function Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select Video 1 Select HDMI 1 Select Tuner Select CD Select HDMI 2 Select AUX Select Tape Select Video 3 Select HDMI 3 Select Sleep Test Tone 6 Ch. Input Select Volume Up
DVD Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select HDMI 1 Select Tuner Select CD Select CBL/SAT Select HDMI 2 Select AUX Select Tape Select TV Select HDMI 3 Select Audio 6 Ch. Input Select Volume Up
CD/CD-R Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select HDMI 1 Select Tuner Select CD Select HDMI 2 Select AUX Select Tape Select TV Select HDMI 3 Select
VCR (VID1) Power On Power Off
TiVo (VID1) Power On/Off TV Power Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select Tuner Select CD Select
DMC (VID1/ CBL (VID2) HDMI 1/2/3) Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select Tuner Select CD Select Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select Tuner Select CD Select
SAT (VID2) Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select Tuner Select CD Select SAT Select AUX Select Tape Select TV Select Channel + 6 Ch. Input Select Volume Up Channel OSD TV/SAT Info/Guide Menu Up Left Enter Right Down
TV (VID3) Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select HDMI 1 Select Tuner Select CD Select HDMI 2 Select AUX Select Tape Select TV Select HDMI 3 Select Channel + 6 Ch. Input Select Volume Up Channel OSD TV/VCR
HDMI 1/2/3 Power On Power Off Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select HDMI 1 Select Tuner Select CD Select HDMI 2 Select AUX Select Tape Select TV Select HDMI 3 Select Channel + 6 Ch. Input Select Volume Up Channel OSD TV/Video Volume Down Guide Menu Up Left Set/Enter Right Down Prev Channel 51
Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select HDMI 1 Select Tuner Select CD Select HDMI 2 Select AUX Select Tape Select TV Select HDMI 3 Select
Mute AVR Select DVD Select VCR Select HDMI 1 Select Tuner Select CD Select HDMI 2 Select AUX Select Tape Select TV Select HDMI 3 Select Channel +


Logic 7

Dolby Pro Logic II
fully color-coded rear panels

7.1 channels

multiroom capability
HDTV-ready component video

MP3 decoding

high-current capability

AVR 320

DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete & Matrix Surround
Pure digital muscle in an owner-friendl package. The Harman Kardon AVR 320 combines robust power (a 5 x 55-watt, high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design) and outstanding performance with the capability of providing a variety of surround modes including Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic* II, three DTS modes, four modes of our Logic 7 and our two VMAx modes and MP3 playback from compati ble computer-based audio sources. Setup is fast and easy, thanks to an intuitive onscreen-menu system, fully color-coded rearpanel connections, and our exclusive EzSet remote, which automatically sets the systems output levels. And, with the capability of delivering multiple audio programs to multiple rooms simultaneously, the AVR 320 extends high performance to the entire house. The AVR 320. Consider the benefits of having it all.
*Trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Logic 7 is a registered trademark of Lexicon, Inc., a Harman International Company. DTS, DTS-ES Extended Surround and Neo:6 are registered trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc. VMAx is a registered trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc., and is an implementation of Cooper Bauck Transaural Stereo under patent license. is a trademark of Harman International Industries, Inc. (patent no. 5,386,478). Crystal is a registered trademark of Cirrus Logic Corp. Harman Kardon is a registered trademark, and Power for the Digital Revolution is a trademark, of Harman Kardon, Inc. Part No.: AVR320PI8/01
7.1-CHANNEL AUDIO/ VIDEO RECEIVER WITH DOLBY* DIGITAL, LOGIC 7 AND DTS-ES EXTENDED SURROUND Specifications Audio Section Continuous Average Power (FTC): (Stereo Mode): 65 watts per channel into 8 ohms @ 20Hz 20kHz, <0.07% THD, both channels driven; (FiveChannel Surround Mode): 55 watts per channel into 8 ohms @ 20Hz 20kHz, <0.07% THD, all channels driven; High Instantaneous Current Capability (HCC): 35 amps Tuner Usable Sensitivity: IHF 1.3V/13.2dBf; THD at 1kHz with 100% Modulation: (Mono) 0.2%, (Stereo) 0.3%; FM Adjacent Channel Selectivity: 400kHz, 70dB; Ultimate (Maximum) S/N Ratio (measuredat 1mV RF Input Level): (Mono) 70dB, (Stereo) 68dB General Dimensions (H x W x D): 6-1/2" x 17-5/16" x 17-1/8" (165mm x 440mm x 435mm); Weight: 32 lb (14.5kg)
[NOTE: Depth measurement includes knobs, buttons and terminal connections; height measurement includes feet and chassis.] All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
MP3 playback requires a compatible S/P-DIF signal, or an optional transcoder such as the Harman Kardon DAL 150.
Features 55W x 5 Into 8 Ohms, 20Hz 20kHz at <0.07% THD, With All Channels Driven Simultaneously High-Current (35 Amps), UltrawideBandwidth (10Hz 100kHz) Amplifier Design Effortlessly Powers the Most Dynamic Digital Sources Dual Power Supplies Independently Drive Front and Rear Channels Remote Provides Manual and Automatic Calibration of Audio Output Levels, and Is Programmable to Control up to Eight Devices From Built-in Codes or Using Learning Capability Dolby Digital and DTSES 6.1 Discrete and Matrix Surround
and DTS Neo:6 Decoding Using Advanced, 24-Bit, Twin-Core Crystal Chip Digital Engine High-Resolution, Ultralow-Noise, 192kHz/24-Bit DACs Dolby Pro Logic II (Movies, Music and Emulation Modes) Surround Sound Is Compatible With Surround-Encoded or Stereo Material but Delivers Detail That Approaches Digital 5.1 Formats Harman-Exclusive Logic 7 Cinema and Music Surround Sound Processing in 5.1 and 7.1 Channels for Superior Soundstage Imaging and Playback of Both SurroundEncoded and Stereo Recordings Two Modes of VMAx Virtual Surround Sound Deliver the Home Theater Experience With Only Two Speakers 5- and 7-Channel Stereo, Hall and Theater DSP Surround Sound Modes MP3 Decoding Through Coaxial or Optical Digital (S/P-DIF) Inputs Enables Playback of Hours of Music From a Compatible Computer FM Stereo/FM/AM Tuner With 30 Presets and DirectAccess Tuning Wide-Bandwidth, HDTV-Ready Component Video Inputs and Outputs 7.1 Preamp Outputs for All Channels Allow the Use of External Amplifiers, Such as the Harman Kardon PA 2000 and PA 4000 Subwoofer Output for Direct Connection to Powered Subwoofer Five A/V Inputs With S-Video and Four Audio Inputs 8-Channel Direct Inputs for Use With External Surround Decoders Six Digital Inputs (Two Optical and Two Coaxial on Rear Panel, and One Optical and One Coaxial on Front Panel) Three Digital Outputs (One Coax and One Optical Rear Panel, One Coax Front Panel Switchable to an Input or Output) Front-Panel A/V Input With S-Video On-Screen Display Fully Color-Coded RearPanel Connections Conform to CEA Standards for Simplified Installation Multiroom/Multisource Audio Allows Users in Separate Rooms to Listen to Different Sources Simultaneously Includes Separate Zone II Remote Control for Multiroom Operation, or Simplified Operation in Main Room Programmable Power-Up Volume Rotary Bass, Treble and Balance Controls

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