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Audiophiles behold, the Harman Kardon AVR 158 is here!

by on July 5, 2012

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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  • Zeba
    August 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    AVR 158 is one of the best options for people who want to experience cinema affect, at a low price. It works as a mini beast and pumps up your speakers. It’s the perfect choice for people who are taking their first step in setting up their own home cinema.


  • Reza B.
    November 17, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    This Is Reza From Iran,I bought this fascinating device in Dubai , I search all brands and test all of them in demonstration place.in compare this with other devices such as Denon, Pioneer,JBL it really not be able to compare.
    Just BOSE system is a biggest competitor …
    but if you just check the price…you will buy Harman…
    I choosed AVR 158 and it really makes real sound.
    attention to this matter that your chosen movies or videos should have a great quality of sound.
    TRY THE MOVIE “BATTLEFIELD”(Rihanna) with this and video projection .
    I m sure you will be sitted for 2 hour.
    reza 11.17.2012


    • Ahmad
      November 18, 2012 at 9:00 am

      Hi Reza! I’m glad you love the AVR and it truly is a powerful device. You really seem to appreciate good audio, especially since you mentioned the movie Battlefield. Unlike many people, I actually liked the movie. The story isn’t much, but the CGI and sound effects are eye-watering. When those spaceships go into attack-mode and thrust towards the battleships, the sounds they make are the best I have ever heard in a movie. I use Battlefield and Transformers as testing material whenever I am in the market for audio devices. Thank you for your feedback, Reza!


  • Rob
    December 7, 2012 at 8:39 am

    I recently bought the AVR 158 and it is everything that I expected and more. However I am having difficulty transmitting sound from TV to the AVR when using the USB port on my TV. Please can you help and let me know where I am going wrong? Thanks, Rob


    • Ahmad
      December 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Rob! I hope I’m not too late. Try using HDMI instead of USB since USB is restricted to updating your AVR’s firmware i.e. it will not pass video/audio signals to your TV.


  • henry
    December 16, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I bought AVR158… feels like i’m in a BOSE showroom :) now…how do I control the volume of front and rear speakers and set the sound settings by remote ?


    • Ahmad
      December 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

      Hello Henery! First, ensure that you connect all audio sources to the AVR either by HDMI or Coaxial/Optical wiring.

      Volume control of Front and Rear Speakers:

      Parameters such as speaker distance, cross over and individual speaker levels are to be done during first time calibration or relocation. There is an option for level calibration via the Speaker menu button on your remote. Factory settings are set to zero and can be increased/decreased w.r.t sensitivity of the speakers. Increasing this parameter would decide the power outputting your speakers individually. These are fixed settings and would not change unless you change them via entering system setup.

      Changing Sound Settings:

      Changing sound settings or Surround modes such as DTS, Dolby, Stereo etc… can only happen either via front panel control knobs or via the master menu. One touch /button changing is not available on this remote (though it is available on the step up models). Same is valid for Bass and Treble changes.

      Thank you for your inquiry and I hope you’re enjoying your new AVR!


  • nawshard
    February 7, 2013 at 6:21 am

    I am going to buy avr-158+JBL scs-220.5 sound systerm on 122\2013. ater that i will pass my coment.(nawshard- Gampola, Sri Lanka)


  • Jerry
    August 31, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I just upgrade my avr 158 firmware but i think the old version is better than new update how can i degrade my avr 158?


  • Jerry
    August 31, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    Is AVR 158 can play usb music? then is not mention in owners manual and i try not working.


  • مهند
    September 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    ممكن شخص يتكلم عربي بالموظوع


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