Harman Kardon 10S Series Home Theater Receivers

Harman Kardon AVR 1710S 7.2 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver
Harman Kardon AVR 1710S 7.2 Channel Network Home Theater Receiver. Photo © HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated

Harman Kardon has announced three new entries in its Home Theater Receiver line-up, the AVR 1510S, AVR 1610S, and the AVR 1710S.

All three recievers provide on-board decoding for most Dolby and DTS audio formats, including Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio.

Also, this series provides 3D and 4K pass-through, as well as Audio Return Channel enabled HDMI 2.0 connections

All three receiver provide access to Internet Radio (vTuner and Spotify Connect), as well as the ability to access to media files stored on PC and media servers via Ethernet Network Connection. To simplify the speaker connection process, all the receivers feature color coded speaker terminals.

In addition to the provided remote control, AVR 1510S, 1610S, and 1710S are also controllable via iOS or Android smartphones and tablets via a free downloadable app.


The AVR 1510S is the entry-level receiver of the group, and offers the following

5.1 channel speaker configuration with 75 wpc (measured with 2-channels driven at 6/8 ohms using a 1kHz test tone with .1% THD).

AV connectivity options include 4 HDMI inputs and 1 output, 1 digital optical, 1 digital coaxial, two sets of analog stereo rca inputs, 1 subwoofer preamp output, 2 composite video inputs, and one composite video output.

Additional connections include a USB port for accessing content on flash drives or iPhone, iPod, iPad, as well on 1 IR in and 1 12-volt trigger for added control functionality.


The AVR 1610S expands on the what is offered by the AVR 1510S, with a higher 85 wpc output, Harman TrueStream Technology (enhances audio quality from Bluetooth sources) and easier speaker setup via EzSet/EQ III auto-calibration.

Two more bonuses on the AVR 1610S are a fifth HDMI input that provides MHL connectivity (including the ability to accept the Roku Streaming Stick), and wireless Bluetooth, which allows the streaming of audio content from compatible portable Bluetooth-enabled devices.


The step-up AVR 1710S includes the features of the AVR 1610S, but provides a 7.2 channel configuration (100 wpc), a total six HDMI inputs and two outputs, and also adds full Apple Airplay capability.

Also, a second digital optical input is added as well as a second subwoofer output, as well as ">Zone 2 preamp output. Also, if you limit your main system to 5.1 channels, you can use the 6th and 7th channels to power a 2nd zone with out the need for an additional external amplifier.

What These Receivers Don't Have

Although the Harman Kardon 10S series receivers have attractive feature package, it is also important to point what these receivers do not have.

None of the receivers in the 10S series provide built-in Wifi, or feature a dedicated phono turntable input, 5.1 or 7.1 channel analog audio inputs, 5.1/7.1 channel preamp outputs, S-Video or Component Video Inputs.

Also, although all the receivers provide video resolution pass-through up to 4K, they do not facilitate video upscaling. In addition, composite video sources cannot be output via the HDMI outputs. If you have a composite video source, in order to see it on your TV or video projector, you must use the provided composite video output option. On the other hand, the onscreen operating menus are only accessible via HDMI output.

In addition, it is interesting the AVR-1710S does not provide Dolby Atmos Audio Decoding.

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