The march toward complete AirPlay domination continues with Harman Kardon’s two latest home theater receivers—the AVR 2700 and AVR 3700—both of which now feature Apple’s networked streaming technology along with 4K video upscaling.
Both the AVR 2700 and AVR 3700 are equipped with eight (!!!) 3D-capable HDMI inputs with Audio Return Channel and CEC, Harman’s EzSet/EQ calibration, HK Remote Control App compatibility for iOS and Android devices, DLNA 1.5 certified connectivity, and multizone audio capabilities, including a powered second zone if you only need 5.1 channels of amplification in the home theater. And here’s a rarity these days—both models feature integrated AM/FM tuning.
Via the front-panel USB port, you also get:
MP3 compatibility: Mono or stereo, contstant bit rates (CBR) from 8kbps to 320kbps, variable bit rates (VBR) from lowest to highest quality, with sample rates from 8kHz – 48kHz.
WMA compatibility: Ver. 9.2, stereo CBR with 32kHz – 48kHz sampling rate and 40kbps – 192kbps bit rate, mono CBR with 8kHz – 16kHz sampling rate and 5kbps – 16kbps bit rate, VBR Pass Encoding and Quality Encoding 10 – 98, 44kHz and 48kHz sampling rate.
No other types of media can be played.
The AVR 2700, a 7.1 model, reports 100 watts per channel of amplification with <0.07% THD, although unfortunately that rating is with two channels driven, not all channels driven.
The AVR 3700 steps up the game a bit with a second (apparently simultaneous) subwoofer output, a second HDMI output, 7.2-channel pre-amp outputs in case you ever want to step up to a dedicated amplifier, built in Wi-Fi, and a reported 125 watts per channel of amplification with <0.07% THD—although, again, that’s only with two channels driven.
Both models also of course include Logic 7 sound processing, which I’ve absolutely adored in every Harman Kardon receiver I’ve reviewed—especially for surround decoding of two-channel music.
All of that is wrapped up in a really slick chassis, for a surprisingly little amount of money. MSRP is $799.95 for the AVR 2700 and $995.95 for the AVR 3700.