Audio specialists Harman Kardon are focusing on connectivity and multi-room support for their two new flagship home cinema receivers, which were unveiled at last week’s CES.
Both the AVR 2700 and AVR 3700 have multi-room functionality at their heart, allowing users to play two different audio sources (such as Blu-ray and Internet radio) in different rooms.
As well as clever network connectivity, both receivers are fully AirPlay compatible with DLNA 1.5. The AVR3700 comes built-in Wi-Fi and alongside a free app for iOS or Android devices so users can controlled the receiver via either their smartphone or tablet.
There’s also a clever auto-calibration feature, called EzSet/EQ that adjusts the system to shape of the user’s room, they’ve also included a new digital power supply for improved power consumption.
The AVR 2700 boasts 7.1-channels, capable of 100 watts per channel. On the rear there’s eight HDMI inputs, with one handily on the front.
The unit is also capable of upscaling video to 4K, too, and has a front-panel USB port allowing easy connection to any smartphone, tablet or media drives.
The pricier AVR 3700 on the other hand has 7.2, with 125 watts per channel. The extra LFE channel is perfect for users with larger rooms or who need the extra balanced bass that two subwoofers can provide.
There’s a second remote included for multi-room use and the 3700 also has eight HDMI inputs and all the same features of the 2700.