Harman/Kardon AVR 347

Stereo and surround delights

  1. Harman/Cardio AVR 347
  2. Data sheet

The Harman/Kardon AVR 347 for 1000 euro not so openly shows his dual channel affinity. Despite the seven stages there is no bi-Amping option (the two rearmost channels can interconnect but a second room), also a “Pure Direct” button does not exist. AVR 347 constantly needs his DSP, for each input can be configured individually bass management including. For CD operation, you could simply turn off the subwoofer. The bass portions then take the front speakers. The subwoofer is again ready for the impact of video DVD sound.

Hearing test

The surround listening passage brought surprises. Because the direct predecessor of AVR 347, the Harman/Cardio AVR 340 (900 euros), which compared proved a strong opponent. Exactly and grippy, with much authority he reproduced effects, voices and music. His younger brother 347 drew a tick less sharp contours, for he acted with comparable muscle strength, that particularly impressed if effect thunderstorm pattered down on the audience. Older Harman/Cardio AVR 340 sounded something wooden and hesitant – to brake, to fully explore subtleties. The new AVR 347 countered with a more dynamic, more open performance. He was especially rock pieces with much use of guitar masterfully. Only the comparison with the Denon AVR-2107 (75 stereo points) halted him.

Harman / Cardio AVR 347

Manufacturer Harman / Kardon
Price €1000.00
Rating 52.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

General
Genus (REC / GM / input.)
Dimensions
Weight
Power amplifiers, number
Surround formats
Headphone surround
HDCD playback
Virtual surround
Decoder for HD formats
Facilities
Colors
Remote control
On-screen menu
Lip sync
Equalizer manual
Bands / channels
Video standards converter
Scaling
Video adjustment
Switched network jacks
Autom. Calibration
AV connectors
Digital inputs RCA / front
Optical digital inputs / front
Digital inputs HDMI / front
HDMI version number
Digital output HDMI
Digital RCA outputs
Optical digital outputs
USB ports front / rear
i-pod connection
Network connection
Multi channel input
Outputs audio
Headphone Jack
Preamp output
Laboratory data
True sine wave power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm
Music power stereo 8 ohm / 4 ohm
RMS power 5-channel 8 ohm / 4 ohm
Music performance 5-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm
RMS power 5-Channel 4 ohm
Music performance 7-Channel 4 ohm / 8 ohm
HiFi output power 4 ohm
effective pulse power front 4 ohm
effective pulse power 4 ohm Center / surround 4 Ohms
maximum output voltage Z1 / Z2
maximum output voltage Z3
Number of appropriate channels
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm
Surround RMS power 8 ohm / 4 ohm stp
Noise line / multi channel input
Noise phono MM / phono standard system
Noise phono MC
Digital noise
Front noise ProLogic
Noise ProLogic Center
Power consumption standby / operating
Review
Powerful sound with rich, rocking stereo qualities
Understands no multi-channel PCM over HDMI
Sound stereo 70
Surround sound 85
Sound HD 0
Operation well
Facilities Very good
Processing well
Price / performance well
Sound judgment satisfying 52
tested in issue: 10 / 07