Harman-Kardon AVR 1600 Stereo Receiver User Manual

With up to seven main channels, plus a subwoofer, imaging
becomes both more critical and more complex. The goal is to
ensure that each channel is heard at the listening position with
equal loudness.
EzSet/EQ calibration can handle this critical task for you, simply
and automatically. However, the AVR’s Level Adjust menu allows
you to calibrate the levels manually, either using the system’s test
tone or while playing source material.
1. Make sure all speakers have been placed and connected correctly.
2. Adjust the number of speakers, crossover, distance and sub mode
for each speaker in your system, as described in Step Three.
3. Measure the channel levels in one of these ways, and adjust the
channel levels using the Level Adjust menu:
a) Preferably, use a handheld SPL meter set to the C-Weighting,
Slow scale. Adjust each channel so that the meter reads 75dB.
b) By ear. Adjust the levels so that all channels sound equally loud.
c) If you are using a handheld SPL meter with source material,
such as a test disc or an audio selection, play it and adjust the
AVR’s master volume control until the meter measures 75dB.
Press the OSD Button to display the Master menu, and then
navigate to the MANUAL SETUP line. Press the OK Button to display
the Manual Setup menu. Select the LEVEL ADJUST line and press
the OK Button to display the Level Adjust menu. See Figure 30.
Figure 30 – Level Adjust Menu
All of the speaker channels will appear with their current level settings.
Channel Reset: To reset all of the levels to their factory defaults
of 0dB, navigate to this line and change the setting to ON. The levels
will be reset, and this setting will remain ON until one of the channel
levels is adjusted.
If you are using an external source to set your output levels, navigate
to each channel and use the Buttons to adjust the level as desired.
If you would like to set your levels using the AVR 1600’s internal test
tone, adjust the TEST TONE SEQ and TEST TONE lines as follows.
Test Tone SEQ: When this setting reads AUTO, the test tone will
automatically circulate to all channels, pausing for a few moments at
each channel for several seconds, as indicated by the blinking cursor.
Adjust the level for any channel when the test tone is paused there by
using the Buttons. You may also use the Buttons at any time
to move the cursor to another line, and the test tone will follow the cursor.
When this setting reads MANUAL, the test tone will not move to the
next channel until you use the Buttons.
Test Tone: This line determines whether the test tone is active.
To begin the process of setting the levels, use the Buttons to
change the setting to ON. Any time you manually move the cursor out
of the channel listings area of the screen, this setting will automatically
change to OFF, stopping the test tone.
Individual Channels: If you are using an external source
to set your output levels, navigate to each channel and use the
Buttons to adjust the level, between –10dB and +10dB. The
level settings are global for all sources and surround modes.
When you have finished adjusting the speaker levels, select the
BACK TO MANUAL SETUP option or press the OSD Button. Record
the level settings in Table A6 in the appendix.
To adjust other audio settings, such as the tone controls, press the
OSD Button to display the Master menu. With the cursor pointing to
INPUT SETUP, press the OK Button to display the Input Setup menu,
where the source, its title, its component video and audio inputs, and
Auto Polling status may be adjusted, as described in the Initial Setup
section. However, this section will focus on the four audio settings:
BXR: Enhances bass performance when playing MP3 tracks.
Select ON, or leave at the default OFF setting for non-MP3 audio.
Tone: Determines whether the treble and bass controls are
active. When it’s OUT, the tone controls are “flat”, with no changes.
When it’s IN, the bass and treble frequencies are boosted or cut,
depending upon the tone-control settings. When an analog audio
source is in use and the 2-Channel Stereo surround mode is
selected, setting the Tone Control to “OUT” places the unit in
analog bypass mode.
Treble and Bass: Boost or cut the high or low frequencies by
up to 10dB, 2dB at a time, by using the Buttons. The default
setting is 0dB.
When you have finished, press the OSD Button.
The remote control not only operates the AVR 1600, but it also
serves as a universal remote that may be programmed to operate
many of your other home theater components, as described in the
Installation section.
Each time you select one of your other components, the AVR
remote switches to the control functions for that component. Since
many buttons have unique functions for each component, refer
to the Function List in Table A10 of the Appendix for assistance in
operating your other components. Each button’s function will not
necessarily correspond to its label.
Punch-Through Programming
The AVR 1600 remote’s punch-through feature allows you to select
one component for the remote to operate, while simultaneously
setting certain groups of controls to operate another component.
For example, while using the AVR to control surround modes and
other audio functions, you may operate the transport controls of
your DVD player. Or while using the remote to control video functions
on your TV, you may use your cable box to change channels and
the AVR to control the volume.