First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
Snapshot: Harman/Kardon AVR 370 amplifier
- — 18 March, 2013 16:00
Harman/Kardon has a long and distinguished history of making excellent audio equipment — whether it’s something as simple as a pair of computer speakers, or a high-end home cinema receiver/amplifier.
The Harman/Kardon AVR 370 fits into the latter category. It’s the most distinguished of Harman/Kardon’s just-released AVR 70 Series, with support for 7.2 channels of surround sound audio, and a whole cast of features that make it appealing to any smart home cinema enthusiast.
7 surround sound speakers — that’s stereo left and right, centre, rear left and right, and the mid-way-back surround left and right — and two subwoofer channels means that the AVR 370 can outfit even a large home cinema room (or particularly luxurious living room). The AVR 370 can provide a continuous 125 Watts to each of these channels simultaneously, so even large satellite speakers will have enough power.
The H/K AVR 370 is particularly imposing to behold, too; like Harman/Kardon’s other amplifiers, it has a simple and glossy front panel with a pop-out volume control and a single row of delicately-labeled buttons. You’ve also got a front USB port that can play music files stored on a flash drive, and a front HDMI input for temporarily connecting a device like a digital camera, camcorder or notebook. Around the back, the AVR 370 has dozens of inputs and outputs for any digital or analog audio or video device you could imagine, as well as a stack of terminals for connecting your speakers.
Also available alongside the AVR 370 is Harman/Kardon’s BTA 10 Bluetooth receiver, which can be hooked up to any of the company’s A/V receivers to add seamless Bluetooth audio playback from any compatible smartphone or tablet or PC. If you don’t want Bluetooth, you can use the AVR 370’s built-in Apple AirPlay and DLNA 1.5 support, available over the receiver’s Ethernet connection.
In terms of pure connectivity, the HK AVR 370 is going to be hard to beat. It’s got eight — count ‘em — HDMI inputs with support for 4K, 3D and ARC. It’s got two simultaneous HDMI outputs, which is convenient if you’re going to be using the 370’s built-in Zone 2 mode to set up a second set of speakers (perhaps outside, using the [[artnid:456067|B&W AM-1 weatherproof loudspeakers) and using its second bundled remote control.
The Harman/Kardon AVR 370 is available now for $1499 through Convoy International. The BTA 10 Bluetooth receiver is $79.95, although Convoy is running a limited-time deal where you’ll get one for free with any AVR 70 Series amp.