Harman-Kardon AVR 355 Stereo Receiver User Manual

System Configuration
Subwoofers produce largely nondirectional
sound, so they may be placed almost anywhere
in a room.Actual placement should be based on
room size and shape and the type of subwoofer
used. One method of finding the optimal
location for a subwoofer is to begin by placing it
in the front of the room, about 15 cm from a
all, or near the front corner of the room.
Another method is to temporarily place the
subwoofer in the spot where you will normally
sit, and then walk around the room until you
find a spot where the subwoofer sounds best.
Place the subwoofer in that spot.You should
also follow the instructions of the subwoofer’s
manufacturer, or you may wish to experiment
with the best location for a subwoofer in your
listening room.
Once the speakers have been placed in the room
and connected, the remaining steps are to pro-
gram the system configuration memories.
Although it is necessary to assign input/output
settings and surround mode choices manually,
we recommend that you take advantage of the
power and precision of EzSet/EQ to automatical-
ly select and enter the settings for all other
audio parameters.This will not only save you
time; it will ensure that your room is calibrated
and equalized with an accuracy not possible
when these settings are made manually.You are
now ready to power up theAVR 255/AVR 355 to
begin these final adjustments.
First Turn On
You are now ready to power up theAVR to
begin these final adjustments.
1. Plug the Power Cable
into an un-
switched AC outlet.
2. Press the Main Power Switch on the rear
panel so that is is in the ON position. Note
that the Power Indicator
will turn
amber, indicating that the unit is in Standby
3. Remove the protective plastic film from the
main front-panel. If left in place, the film may
affect the performance of your remote control.
4. Install the four supplied AAA batteries in the
remote as shown. Be certain to follow the (+)
and (–) polarity indicators that are on the top
of the battery compartment.
5. Turn theAVR on either by pressing the
System Power Control
on the front
panel,or via the remote by pressing the AVR
Power ON Button A, or any of the Input
Selectors C on the remote.The Power
will turn white to confirm that
the unit is on, and the Main Information
ill also light up.
Using the On-Screen Display
When making the following adjustments,you
may find them easier to make via the unit’s on-
screen display system.These easy-to-read
displays give you a clear picture of the current
status of the unit and facilitate speaker, delay,
nput or digital selection you are making.
To view the on-screen displays, make certain you
have made aconnection from either the HDMI
or the Video Monitor Out jack
on the rear panel to the HDMI, compo-
nent, composite or S-Video input of your TV or
projector. In order to view the AVR’s displays, the
correct video input must be selected on your
video display.
IMPORTANT NOTE:When viewing the on-screen
menus using a CRT-based projector,plasma display
or any direct-view CRT monitor or television,it is
important that they not be left on the screen for
an extended period of time.As with any video
display,constant display of astatic image such as
these menus or video game images may cause the
image to be permanently “burned into”the CRT.
This type of damage is not covered by theAVR
warranty and may not be covered by the projector
TV set’s warranty.
The menu system is accessed by pressing the
AVR Settings Button on the remote Y.
The Main Menu will appear (see Figure 1), and if
a video source is playing, it will be visible behind
the transparent menu.
Figure 1 – Main Menu
The menu system consists of five main menus:
Source Selection, Setup Source, Speaker Setup,
Zone 2 and System.
Use the K/L/M/N Buttons on the remote or
front panel to navigate the menu system,and
press the OK Button to select a menu or setting
line or to enter a new setting.
The current menu, setting line or setting will
appear on the Lower Line of the Message
Display as well as on screen.
o return to the previous menu, press the
Back/Exit Button. Be certain all settings are cor-
rect, as any changes you have made will be
retained.When the Main Menu is on screen,
pressing the Back/Exit Button will exit the
menu system.
System Setup
he AVR 255/AVR 355 features an advanced
memory system that enables you to establish dif-
ferent configurations for digital input and sur-
round mode for each input source.This flexibility
enables you to custom tailor the way in which
you listen to each source and have theAVR
memorize them.This means, for example, that
you may associate different surround modes and
analog or digital inputs with different sources.
Once these settings are made,they will auto-
matically be recalled whenever you select that
However, we recommend that the first time you
use the AVR, you take advantage of the
simplicity of configuring the system using the
EzSet/EQ process, which takes the guesswork
out of speaker size and delay settings,and
balances the speaker output levels to tailor the
AVR’s sound presentation to your specific system
and room. Before beginning the EzSet/EQ
procedure, there are a few adjustments that
need to be made to ensure accurate results.
Source Selection
For direct access to any source,press its Source
Selector on the Remote Control C. Sources can
also be chosen from the Source Selection menu
that can be activated by pressing theAVR
Settings Button Y on the remote control.
The AVR will switch to the audio and video
inputs assigned to the source.If you specified a
surround mode for the source,the AVR will
switch to that mode.
The source name will appear in the upper line of
the front-panel display. If you retitled the source,
the new title will appear.The audio input
assigned to the source (analog or one of the dig-
ital audio inputs) will also appear.The surround
mode will be displayed on the lower line.
Any other settings you adjusted in the Setup
Source menu will also be selected.You may view
these settings in the Source Info menu at any
time by pressing the Info Settings Button Y.