Harman-Kardon AVR 135 Stereo Receiver User Manual

The following few paragraphs detail the instructions for
surround mode categories with several mode options
or with other available settings.
On the
DOLBY menu (Figure 4), mode choices
include Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II-Music, Dolby
Pro Logic II-Movie, Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby 3
Stereo.The Dolby Digital EX mode is only available
when the system is set for 6.1/7.1 operation by con
figuring the Surround Back speakers to “Small” or
“Large” as described on page 18. When a disc is
playing that contains a special “flag” signal in the digital
audio data stream, the EX mode will be selected auto-
matically. It may also be selected using this menu or
through the front panel or remote control as shown on
page 23.A complete explanation of these modes is
found on page 24.
When the Dolby Digital mode is selected, there are
additional settings available for the Night mode.
Figure 4
The Night mode is a feature of Dolby Digital that uses
special processing to preserve the dynamic range and
full intelligibility of a movie soundtrack while reducing
the peak level.This prevents abruptly loud transitions
from disturbing others, without reducing the sonic
impact of a digital source
The Night mode is only
available when specially encoded Dolby Digital signals
are played.
o adjust the Night mode setting, make certain that the
cursor is on the NIGHT line of the DOLBY
tion Buttons
o to
choose between the following settings, as they appear
in the on-screen display:
OFF:When OFF appears, the Night mode will not
MID appears
a mild compression will
be applied.
MAX:When MAX appears, a more severe com-
pression algorithm will be applied.
We recommend that you select the
MID setting as
a starting point and change to the
MAX setting later
if desired.
The Night mode may also be adjusted directly any
time a Dolby Digital source is playing by pressing the
Night Mode Button l.When the button is
will appear in the lower third
of the video screen and in the
wer Display Line
¯. Press the
Navigation Buttons n with-
in three seconds to select the desired setting.
When you have completed your selections on the
DOLBY menu, press the
n until the
cursor is next to the
BACK TO SURR SELECT line. Press the
Set Button p to retur
n to the
menu (Figure 3).
On the
DTS menu, the choices made with the
Buttons o on the remote are determined by a
combination of the type of program material in use
and whether the 5.1- or 6.1/7.1-channel configura-
tion is in use.
When a DTS source is playing, the choice of modes
for 7.1 systems will vary according to the type of pro-
gram source (DTS 5.1, DTS-ES Matrix or DTS-ES
Discrete). Press the
Buttons o to scroll
through the choices that are available for your system
and the program in use.The DTS Neo:6 Music mode
is available with analog stereo sources and the DTS
Neo:6 Cinema mode is available with analog matrix
surround-encoded sources to deliver an enhanced
5.1-channel sound field.
When the 5.1 configuration is in use, the AVR will
automatically select the 5.1 version of DTS processing
when a DTS data stream is selected.When the
6.1/7.1 mode is selected, the DTS-ES Discrete mode
will automatically be activated when a DTS source with
the ES Discrete
is in use
When a non-ES DTS
disc is in use, you may select the DTS-ES Matrix
mode through this menu to create a full eight-channel
surround mode. See page 24 for a complete explana-
tion of the DTS modes
On the
menu, the choices
made with
Buttons o on the remote are determined
by whether the 5.1- or 6.1/7.1-channel configuration
is in use. In either case, the selection of a Logic 7
mode enables Har
man Kardon’
s exclusive Logic 7
processing to create fully enveloping, multichannel
surround sound from either two-channel Stereo or
Matrix-encoded programming such as
VHS cassettes
laser discs or television broadcasts produced with
Dolby surround.
In the 5.1 configuration, you may select the Logic 7/
5.1 Music, Cinema or Enhance mode. They work best
with two-channel music
, surround-encoded programs
or standard two-channel programming of any type
respectively. For 6.1/7.1 configurations, the Music and
Cinema modes may be selected.The Logic 7 modes
are not available when either Dolby Digital or DTS
digital soundtracks are in use. See page 24 for a
complete explanation of the Logic 7 modes.
On the
DSP (SURR) menu, the choices made
with the
Buttons o on the remote select from
one of the DSP surround modes that are designed for
use with two-channel stereo programs to create a
variety of sound field presentations
.The choices avail-
able are Hall 1, Hall 2, Theater,VMAx Near and VMAx
Far.The Hall and Theater modes are designed for
multichannel installations, while the two VMAx modes
are optimized for use in delivering a full surround field
when only the front left and front right speakers are
installed. See page 24 for a complete explanation of
the DSP surround modes.
On the
STEREO menu, the choices made with the
Buttons o on the remote may either turn the
surround processing off for a traditional two-channel
stereo presentation, or select
5 STEREO or 7
depending on whether a 5.1 or 6.1/7.1
configuration is in use.The latter modes feed a two-
channel presentation to all speakers, regardless of
the number of speakers in use. See page 24 for a
complete explanation of the 5 Stereo and 7 Stereo
After the selections are made on the Dolby, DTS,
Logic 7, DSP (Surround) or Stereo menus, press the
Buttons n so that the cursor moves to the
BACK TO MASTER MENU line and press
Set Button p.
Speaker Setup
This menu tells the AVR 135 which type of speakers
are in use
.This is important as it adjusts the settings
that decide whether your system will use the
nel” or “6-channel/7-channel” modes, as well as
determining which speakers receive low-frequency
(bass) infor
For each of these settings, use the
LARGE setting
if the speakers for a particular position are traditional
full-range loudspeakers. Use the
SMALL setting for
smaller,frequency-limited satellite speakers that do not
reproduce sounds below 200Hz. Note that when
“small” speakers are used, a subwoofer is required to
reproduce low-frequency sounds. Remember that the
descriptions do not refer to the
actual physical size of the speakers, but to their ability
to reproduce low-frequency
sounds. If you are in
doubt as to which categor
describes your speakers
consult the specifications in the speakers’ owner’s
manual, or ask your dealer.
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