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Now that you have installed your components and completed a
basic configuration, you are ready to begin enjoying your home
TURNING ON THE AVR 1600
Flip the rear-panel Main Power Switch to the “On” position. The
Power Indicator on the front panel will turn amber, indicating that
the AVR is in Standby mode and is ready to be turned on. The
Main Power Switch is normally left on.
There are several ways to turn on the AVR 1600:
a) Press the Standby/On Switch on the front panel.
b) Using the remote, press the Power On Button or any of the
To turn the receiver off, press either the Standby/On Switch on the
front panel or the Power Off Button on the remote control. Unless
the receiver will not be used for an extended period of time, leave
the Main Power Switch on. When the Main Power Switch is turned
off, any settings you have programmed will be preserved for up to
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the PROTECT message ever
appears in the Message Display, turn off the AVR and unplug
it. Check all speaker wires for a short. If none is found, bring
the unit to an authorized Harman Kardon service center for
inspection and repair before using it again.
Adjust the volume either by turning the knob on the front panel
(clockwise to increase volume or counterclockwise to decrease
volume), or by pressing the Volume Control on the remote. The
volume is displayed as a negative number of decibels (dB) below
the 0dB reference point.
0dB is the maximum recommended volume for the AVR 1600.
Although it’s possible to turn the volume to a higher level, doing
so may damage your hearing and your speakers. For certain more
dynamic audio materials, even 0dB may be too high, allowing for
damage to equipment. Use caution with regard to volume levels.
To temporarily mute all speakers and the headphones, press the
Mute Button on the remote. Any recording in progress will not
be affected. The MUTE message will appear in the display as a
reminder. To restore normal audio, press the Mute Button again,
or adjust the volume. Turning off the AVR will also end muting.
The sleep timer sets the AVR to play for up to 90 minutes and then
turn off automatically.
Press the Sleep Settings Button on the remote, and the time
until turn-off will be displayed. Each additional press of the Sleep
Button decreases the play time by 10 minutes. The SLEEP OFF
setting disables the sleep timer.
If you press the Sleep Button after the timer has been set, the
remaining play time will be displayed. Press the Sleep Button again
to change the play time.
You may boost or cut either the treble or the bass frequencies by
up to 10dB.
Press the Tone Mode Button once. This will indicate whether the
tone controls are in or out of the circuitry. With the TONE IN mes-
sage displayed, press the Tone Mode Button repeatedly to access
TREBLE MODE and BASS MODE. Use the Buttons to change
the treble or bass settings.
To return the tone controls to 0, or “flat” response, press the Tone
Mode Button, and then use the Buttons to display the TONE
OUT message, which preserves any changes you have made to the
bass or treble settings for later use. To reactivate your changes,
the tone control must be set to TONE IN.
The display will return to normal a few seconds after your last
You may also adjust the tone controls using the full-OSD menu
system. Press the OSD Button on the remote to view the Master
menu. With the cursor pointing to the INPUT SETUP line, press the
OK Button to display the Input Setup menu and view the current
tone settings. To make changes to the TONE, BASS or TREBLE
settings, use the
Buttons to move the cursor to the setting,
and use the Buttons to adjust it. It isn’t necessary to press
the OK Button to enter the new setting.
When you have finished, either wait until the display times-out and
disappears, press the OSD Button to clear the display, or move the
cursor to the BACK TO MASTER MENU line and select it to make
other changes using the menu system.
NOTE: The AVR 1600 does not have a conventional balance
control. The speaker output level calibration process compen-
sates for any characteristics of your room or loudspeakers,
and it is recommended that you leave the settings as they
are after you have completed Initial Setup. However, you may
manually adjust the levels of the left and right channels –
decreasing one and increasing the other by the same amount
– using the Channel Adjust submenu, as described in the
Advanced Functions section. This achieves the same effect
as a balance control.
Plug the 1/4” plug on a pair of headphones into the front-panel jack
for private listening. The default Headphone Bypass mode delivers
a conventional 2-channel signal to the headphones.
Press the Surround Modes Button on the front panel or the remote,
to switch to Harman Headphone virtual surround processing, which
emulates a 5.1-channel speaker system. No other surround modes
are available for the headphones.
Use the front-panel Source Buttons to scroll through the
• Using the on-screen menus, press the OSD Button, highlight
“INPUT SETUP” and press the OK Button. Use the Buttons
to select a source.