Audiophiles behold, the Harman Kardon AVR 158 is here!
In a world where home theater systems are becoming more affordable to the household, a critical audio component is often overlooked. The component is called an “Audio-Video Receiver” or AVR for short. The AVR’s job is to amplify sound from multiple inputs and forward video signals to TVs, monitors or projectors. As a result, it creates an entertainment experience that no regular home theater system, with its DVD/Blu-ray player alone, can accomplish.
Audiophiles, behold. Introducing the Harman Kardon AVR 158, an AVR that will transform the traditional home theater system into a true home cinema system. The AVR 158 is a budget-friendly 5.1-channel system with a power output of 60W per channel. It is nice to see that Harman Kardon is keeping an eye on the budget-aware market segment, being a usually expensive brand for high-end users. The AVR 158 will take on virtually any 5.1-channel home theater speaker system and milk every drop of wattage, ohm-age, decibel-age and frequency-age from it.
The AVR 158 is very well built with sturdy input/output slots at the back for audio and video and an overall solid front-side. As for the sound, it has Dolby written all over it. With Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II, being part of the action at the comfort of your home is something not many home theater owners enjoy the luxury of. The AVR 158 takes sound from your DVD/Blu-ray player or any other media device, pumps it full of the audio version of jet fuel and blasts it through each channel to create a 360-soundstage for an eye-watering surround experience.
So, if you believe that your DVD/Blu-ray player is not putting your speaker system to the test and abusing the *stars* out of its drivers – like it should – then you might need to consider an AVR to punish this misbehavior. Oh, and if you happen to be an unlucky individual that spent a truckload a high-end speaker system but ended up hooking it to a cheapo DVD player, then I suggest that you take a look at the Harman Kardon AVR 158. Your perception of surround sound at home is about to change.
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