PROS / It has excellent audio performance.
CONS / Its lack of support for HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 means it's not future-proof.
VERDICT / Today, this receiver has everything you need. But in the future, it will be unable to pass through 4K signals encrypted with HDCP 2.2.
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The Harman Kardon AVR 1710 is a thoroughly modern, though not future-proof, AV receiver. It offers exceptional connectivity in a sleek, beautiful chassis that can power up to seven speakers and two subwoofers.
The AVR 1710 has some of the most impressive audio specifications we've seen in an AV receiver, boasting the lowest total harmonic distortion (.07%) of any receiver we reviewed. This means the signal that comes out of the receiver is nearly identical to the signal that goes in, which allows your speakers to shine.
It also can provide a huge 100 watts of power per channel, which is more than enough power to satisfy even the most volume-hungry music listeners. It decodes Dolby and DTS listening formats, so you get the most cinematic movie-watching experience possible.
This AV receiver has built-in Bluetooth, which is the most convenient, user-friendly way to wirelessly stream audio to the receiver from a smartphone or tablet. It also is Wi-Fi-enabled and optimized for both AirPlay and DLNA. You can easily stream music from your phone, tablet or desktop using one of these protocols.
You control the receiver using either the included remote control or an app you can download for your smartphone or tablet. You can get almost all the functionality out of the receiver without having to actually touch it.
This home theater receiver can pass through 4K and 1080p video signals, so you can use it as a hub for all your input devices. You simply plug your gaming system, Blu-ray player, media player and anything else you want directly into the receiver and then plug the receiver into the TV via the receiver's HDMI output.
Its biggest weakness is that, unlike the best AV receivers, it doesn't support HDMI 2.0 or HDCP 2.2. This means that it can't play 4K video with a frame rate above 24 fps or 4K video that is HDCP 2.2 encrypted, which you may need it to in the future. It won't make a difference today, but in five years, you'll want a receiver for your 4K television that supports HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.
The Harman Kardon AVR 1710 is one of the better AV receivers you can buy. However, it will struggle to support the pass-through of future 4K content, making it more of short-term solution.