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Anyone experienced the HK AVR507?

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by Jason Jackson, Jan 8, 2004.

  1. Jason Jackson

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    I'm looking at buying the 507 from av-sales who are bundling it with a DVD 506 and the Oreus 7.1 speakers.

    Does anyone have any experience of this amp? If so what was it like and does it have 2 or 3 component inputs?

    many thanks
     
  2. hornydragon

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    I'm not sure anyone else will have experienced it yet as it is brand new, I havent seen one in the flesh yet!
    Should be superb mate.
     
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    Yup, had one for around 4 weeks now, looks gorgeous, and sounds even better :)

    None of the harshness of my old Yamaha. Logic 7 does and absolutely fantastic job or creating surround information from stereo sources. I was just watching a movie with only a 2 channel pro-logic track last night, I could have sworn it was a dd 5.1ex mix.

    Its a great bargain, basically a 4550 but cheaper and looks a helluva lot nicer (none of that las vegas slot machine look of the older range). I do wonder what they have compromised on though, it being £50 - £100 cheaper than the 4550, actually I dont really want to know, I'm really happy with it, don't want to start finding flaws already :)

    Only 2 component inputs, I'm not using them as it would require huge runs of component cable as Projector + HTPC + Game Consoles are right at the back of the room and amp is at the front.

    Alex
     
  4. witters

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    Mine has just arrived. Looks the part and I agree with amordue, really smooth and powerful. it's a doddle to setup as well. Bargain at £480.
     
  5. jag1967

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    The AVR507 looks a real interesting buy. It was a limted special edition I believe.

    How does it sound for normal 2 channel stereo, as I'm into playing CD music a lot? Most AVs in this price range aren't too good for this as is well known.

    cheers
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    where can u purchase this amp
     
  7. hornydragon

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    At a harman kardon dealer.


    Jag HK amps are high current so will drive proper stereo speakers no problem.
    They are pretty good in stereo and have high outputs! get a demo of the 507 or AVR4550 as it has very similar speccs.
     
  8. witters

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    Have a look HERE

    I got mine from here. Ordered at 2pm and it arrived next day at 09.20.

    Superb service.
     
  9. Boxster

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    Several questions to clear confusion before I jump in and upgrade. Does the HK 507 have lip sync?, can't find reference to lip sync on the HK web site.
    When using a DLP projector is a lip sync facility necessary or is it only needed for plasma screens?
    Have listened to the HK 5550 and was impressed but this 507 looks good value.

    John
     
  10. hornydragon

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    I dont think it has lip-sync delay, I have setup HK AVR4550 and DVD25 to an Optoma H56 DLP and no sync issues with DVD or Sky+ also had one running on a PW5 50" and 42" no lip sync issues either.
     
  11. witters

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    Just disconnected my Arcam 85 & Primare D20 from the circuit. Using my Pioneer DV464 as a transport and connected to the 507 via an optical cable the CD stereo sound is nothing short of amazing. It's a knatt's chuff behind the Arcam/Primare. So good in fact that I have decided I can do withou them:D
     
  12. jag1967

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    Wow! A P464 as a transport & the 507's dac works almost as good as as an Arcam 85/Primare D20?!
    This would mean that the 507 has really got something as an AV if it can nearly hold its own with the arcam amp. From what I found it, it has virtually the same spec as the HK4550, apart from a slightly lower current output.
     
  13. witters

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    Indeed. I found it hard to accept really. I'm sure some people would say it can't be but it is to my ears!!
     
  14. hornydragon

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    ;) I knew the AVR4550 was superb, thats just confirmed the 507 as good, Cant wait for the 3805 AVR4550 replacement shootout! i think Denon should be worried!
     
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    Me too. I am simply amazed at the 2 channel performance of a £480 AV receiver. It's way better than any Denon's or Pioneer's I've ever had/heard.
     
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    witters/ amordue re 507 did either of you compare 507 with a denon av , i currently have denon 3802 and would like better 2 channel sterio .

    have just downloaded 507 pdf manual for quick browse and could do with some enlightenment please.

    is 507 7 channel reciever?? phono stage for turntable??

    witters the 507 seems to be rated at 50 watts per chanel all driven, 65 watts for sterio and 80watts for front 2 channell sterio??/

    witters i did own the arcam a85 and found compared to denon 3802 the arcam was more powerfull,

    just wondered how 507 compares to a85 in this respect.

    did ask local 7 oaks some time back how hk compares with 3802 in 2 channel but this was regarding the higher price/spec model at about £900 not sure exavckly

    thank you
     
  17. witters

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    I used to have a Denon 3802 and would say the HK is way better for 2 channel. It is a 7 channel receiver. See earleir posts re comparison HK/A85.
     
  18. hornydragon

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    Big difference is HK amps are rated at 0.07 THD! If you are prepared to listen at Higher THD then the will deliver a lot more!!! AVR4550 will deliver 35 amps into 8ohm stereo load at 25Hz to 2500kHz or similar cant remember exact specs, These are much tighter specs than most other manufactureres use. They are designed for a clean powerful sound and not really for driving little satellites but Big FLoor standers! Mick what speakers are you using?
     
  19. jag1967

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    The HK507 delivers 30amps, so not that much different to the 4550 (?)
     
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    thanks all

    horneydragon my speakers are cdm1nts for fronts room is not that large volume on 3802 for sterio would be approx 30 max ,

    i did notice denon 3802 uses about 450 watts power consuption hk over 1100 watts which is more than 985 5 channel rotel power i used to have.
     
  21. hornydragon

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    This is a really odd one B&W Speakers are low loads right, Amps struggle, Yet HK 507 storms with yours in stereo. And I ran My "crappy Technics SADX950" and Pio DVD player in stereo on a pair of 602s3's normally connected to a Rotel RA01 and RCD02 Ok you could hear the difference but that was £400 of AV gear going against £600 of stereo gear and the rotel didnt sound Half as good again! Is it my hearing? Or something else???
    Is that paper Power or measured mick?
     
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    horny dragon there seems to be a bit of confusion i have never heard tried a hk amp with cdms .
     
  23. Boxster

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    Hornydragon, appreciate your previous info, take a look at the DEC 03 HK USA catologue (download the .pdf from US site). The spec of the 507 looks like an AVR 330. Maybe the 507 model will become a mainstream model in UK.
    The component video bandwith looks on paper to be better than the 5550, is the extra power of the 5550 worth an extra £400?

    John
     
  24. hornydragon

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    sorry mick got you and witters mixed up mate.
    9996uk probably not worth £400 mate US specs an European have always been quite different, take a look at AVR4550 which is in between the 2. What speakers??? Really need to demo both and make your mind up mate.
    507 is limited edition possibly based on 330 but it wont be around for long, we cant get anymore so possibly HK uk have sold out.
     
  25. jag1967

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    After too much deliberation and demo'ing similar priced AVs, finally bit the bullet and have ordered a 507 for £477 incl delivery. Try http://www.edge-sv.co.uk/offers.phtml, but email first for a price that includes del. And maybe even mention this thread for a further discount?! They are authorised dealers for HK.

    (BTW, I know it's off thread, but any quick rec's on a set of standmount speakers that would match the amp. I was thinking of the MA B2; or if I can afford them, the Quad 11L's or is that overkill?)

    cheers
     
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    Also consider B&W 601s3 and 602s3 superb speakers in my opinion.
     
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    Quad 11L's are certainly not overkill and are superb speakers. The Quad centre is aslo something special and matches (so far as I can remember, I heard them in spereate venues) the 11L's very well.

    As for the sound quality and power reserves of harman/kardon gear: I have been saying they sound fantastic for a while, now. I can't help but think that h/k's old style put a lot of people off (not me though ;) ), but seeing as the 507 looks fantastic, thic could change.

    Russell
     
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    I'm either going to be getting a HK507 or Denon 3802 (maybe a 3803 if I can get one 2nd hand).

    witters, you say that the 507 is better for 2 channel, how would you say they compare for movies. I'll only be using 5.1 as I haven't really got anywhere to put 7 speakers. Sorry if that got answered in any of the posts following but they kind of went over my head :)

    I've got Mordaunt Short 906, 905C, 903 speakers and a Pioneer 656 player.

    Cheers.
     
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    is the avr 130,230,330 a new models replacing
    4550 etc im bit confused re line up
    lookingat some of the german websites the prices for 4550 etc seem to be falling are these being discontinued
     
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    IMO it is far better than the Denon.
     

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