Harman-Kardon AVR 1600 Stereo Receiver User Manual

The AVR 1600 is flexible and may be configured for most speakers,
and to compensate for the acoustic characteristics of your room.
The EzSet/EQ process automatically detects the capabilities of each
speaker, and optimizes the AVR 1600’s performance. If you are
unable to run EzSet/EQ calibration, or if you wish to make further
adjustments, use the Manual Speaker Setup on-screen menus.
Before beginning, place your loudspeakers as explained in the
Speaker Placement section, and connect them to the AVR. Consult
the owner’s guide for the speakers or the manufacturer’s Web
site for the frequency range specification. Although you may set
the output levels “by ear,” an SPL (sound-pressure level) meter
purchased at a local electronics store will provide greater accuracy.
Record your configuration settings in Tables A4 and A6 in the
appendix for easy re-entry after a system reset, or if the AVR’s
Master Power Switch is turned off or the unit is unplugged for
more than four weeks.
STEP ONE
Without using the EzSet/EQ process, the AVR 1600 can’t detect
how many speakers you’ve connected to it; nor can it determine
their capabilities. Consult the speaker’s technical specifications
and locate the frequency response, usually given as a range, e.g.,
100Hz – 20kHz (±3dB). Write down the lowest frequency that each
of your main speakers is capable of playing (100Hz in the example)
as the crossover in Table A6 in the appendix. This is not the same
as the crossover frequency listed in the speaker’s specifications.
For the subwoofer, write down the transducer size.
The receiver’s bass management determines which speakers will
be used to play back the low-frequency (bass) portion of the source
program. Sending the lowest notes to small satellite speakers won’t
sound right, and may even damage the speaker. The highest notes
may not be heard at all through the subwoofer.
With proper bass management, the AVR 1600 divides the source
signal at a crossover point. All information above the crossover
point is played through the satellite speaker, and all information
below the crossover point is played through the subwoofer. Each
loudspeaker in your system performs at its best, delivering an
enjoyable sound experience.
STEP TWO
Ideally, all of your speakers would be placed in a circle, with the
listening position at the center. However, you may have had to
place some speakers a little further away from the listening position
than others. Sounds that are supposed to arrive simultaneously
different speakers may blur, due to different arrival times.
Use the AVR’s delay adjustment to compensate for real-world
speaker placements.
Measure the distance from each speaker to the listening position,
and write it down in Table A4 in the appendix. Even if all of your
speakers are the same distance from the listening position, enter
your speaker distances as described in Step Three.
STEP THREE
Now you are ready to program the receiver. Sit in the usual
listening position and make the room as quiet as possible.
With the receiver and video display turned on, press the OSD Button
to display the Master menu. Use the Button to move the cursor
to the MANUAL SETUP line, and press the OK Button to display the
Manual Setup menu.
If you have run the EzSet/EQ process, the results were saved. To
tweak the EzSet/EQ results, or to configure the AVR 1600 from
scratch, use the menu shown in Figure 26.
Figure 26 – Manual Setup Menu
NOTE: All of the speaker setup submenus include the option
to go back to the previous menu, similar to what is shown at the
bottom of Figure 26.
For best results, adjust the submenus in this order: Number of
Speakers, Crossover, Sub Mode, Distance and Level Adjust.
Number of Speakers
Move the cursor to the NUMBER OF SPEAKERS line and press the
OK Button. See Figure 27.
Figure 27 – Number of Speakers Menu
Program the correct setting for each speaker group: ON when the
speakers are present in the system, and OFF for positions where no
speakers are installed. The Front Left & Right speakers are always
ON and may not be disabled. Any changes will be reflected in the
total number of speakers displayed at the top of the screen.
The settings in this menu affect the remainder of the speaker setup
process and the availability of various surround modes at any time.
When you have finished, select the “BACK TO MANUAL SETUP