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01-21-2003, 07:34 PM
Anybody using Harman amps with their Polks (particularly LSis)?
01-21-2003, 08:03 PM
I have a HK 500 running my system, but I have not tried it with the LSI series. What amp and speakers are you considering?
Had the HK 3470 stereo reciever hooked up the Lsi's for awhile
01-21-2003, 08:15 PM
Schumach! How've you been? Long time, no hear from you. What I'm planning, is that I've been stockpiling Harman 2000 power amps off of ubid.com cheap. Now that I've got 7 of them, I plan to get an ensemble of LSis, 15s for mains, the center, and 2 pairs of Lsi f/xs for surrounds, and biamp each and every single speaker in the set with one of the Harman 2000 power amps, which would be 200 watts (@ 8 ohms that is, not sure how many at 4 ohms) of Harman power going into EACH speaker. Does that sound like a plan that might have some potential?
Do you have LSis yet?
01-21-2003, 08:16 PM
ATC, how did they sound with it?
01-21-2003, 08:22 PM
Things are going great, thanks for asking. How is it going with you? What speaker set did you decide on (polk or infinity)? You will have plenty of power with the 2000's. My brother has the LSI 25, C and F/X and they sound awsome. He is driving them with a Denon 5803 with no problems.
01-21-2003, 08:47 PM
I'm currently using an AVR7000 with a PA2000 to biamp the mains. Sound quality to me is exceptional, power is not even a concern.
01-22-2003, 08:50 PM
So YOU'RE the one driving up the prices on ubid's PA2000's.... hahaha
I am generally not a fan of HK products as I tend to find most of them very weak. The 3470 was not, it could drive both the SDA's and the LSi-9's at the same time with absolutely no strain.
As far as a reciever is concerned, I think it meshed real well with the LSi's. I actually prefered it over the Carver gear I once had. (ducks the flames)
Of course - comparing it to the Rotel was really a no brainer - the Rotel has its way with it.
Over-all, I am impressed with this stereo reciever - probably the best I have heard.
01-22-2003, 09:41 PM
ATC, I don't know what to say about you finding most of HK's products weak, except that I'm stunned. As far as their amps and reciever's power ratings go, they are rated VERY conservatively. They pretty much state the ACTUAL power of all channels driven, and not just one or two at a time. For example, 65 watts of Harman power will be more than 100 watts of say Denon power. Of course, what you yourself wrote about your HK receiver pretty much validates that. Not sure about their other products though, such as DVD/CD players, etc.
When in comparison with the Oinks, I felt the HK could not keep up with them in terms of effortless volume. Their ratings are fairly just, I will give them that. Regardless, when trying to power the LSi on their AV recievers - the thing was struggling to power the lsi's at even conversational volume... it was quite horrible really.
The stereo reciever by contrats (rated at 100 watts per channel), has powered everything without the slightest bit of strain or noise.
Just my opinion - of course
Hell - I am one of the few (or perhaps just the one) that despises Denon. So what do I know... heh
01-23-2003, 10:43 AM
I will display my cluelessness by noting that I was told that HK has higher current, but lower wattage, than receivers in similar price ranges. I have no idea what this means or whether or not it's a good thing.
01-23-2003, 01:07 PM
Hello, I am using a AVR-520 with the PA-4000, and their is no problems with lack of power :)
Polk RTi-70'S Fronts
Polk CSi-40 Center
Polk FXi-30'S side rear
Polk PSW-202 (rear)
Polk PSW-650 (front)
01-24-2003, 11:17 AM
Harman Kardon's power is not even an issue at all in the first place, as anyone here who owns them can well attest to. I was just curious as to what other's opinions were on them as to how well they match up with Polk's particularly LSis. Is it as good a match as some people seem to feel that Denon/Polk are? For instance, I would never put Yamaha/Klipsch together.
12-25-2012, 12:59 AM
LOL - I got caught up reading a post from 2003 without realizing it was resurrected by a spammer.
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