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Harman Kardon has announced three new surround sound amps, the AVR 151S, 161S and 171S, which all go on sale 9th September...

All the new models feature 4K pass through, Spotify Connect, VTuner internet radio and DLNA compatibility as standard. There's Dolby True HD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding, but Harman has followed Sony and Yamaha in leaving Dolby Atmos off its budget range of receivers.

As you'd expect, power and connections and features increase as you go further up the range.

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It kicks off with the Harman-Kardon AVR 151S (£350), a 5.1-channel surround sound amp with 75W per channel and four HDMI inputs.

Next comes the £400 AVR 161S, also a 5.1-channel amp, with 85W per channel and five HDMI 2.0 inputs. This model also comes equipped with wireless Bluetooth streaming.

The third model is the AVR 171S (£500), which gives you more channels for your money. It's a 7.2 channel amp with 100W per channel. There are six HDMI 2.0 inputs, twin HDMI outputs, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay and all the streaming features of the other models.

The new Harman-Kardon amps are due out next week.

See all our Harman-Kardon news and reviews

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Peter_m's picture

Who cares about atmos

Well done Harman, great looking AVR's. I don't know why WHF is playing up the lack of atmos so much as who gives a flying.....

At this price the money is better spent elsewhere, 5.1 plus Bluetooth is all you need.


Paul Evans's picture

Dolby Atmos

its a paid upgrade anyway if you have a new amp, for my Marantz SR7009AV & it isnt cheap, so whats the point of raving about , extra speakers extra wire, why cant we just improve on the 5.1 / 7.1 system