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Congratulations! With the purchase Description and Features Harman Kardon invented the high-
of a Harman Kardon AVR65 you are The AVR65 is a full-featured A/V receiver, fidelity receiver over forty-five years ago.
about to begin many years of listening incorporating a wide variety of listening With state-of-the-art circuitry and time-
enjoyment. The AVR65 has been custom options. In addition to Dolby Digital and honored circuit designs, the AVR65 is
designed to provide all the excitement DTS decoding, Dolby Pro Logic * and undoubtedly the finest receiver ever
and detail of movie sound tracks and Dolby 3 Stereo are available for compati- offered by Harman Kardon.
every subtle nuance of musical selec- bility with the tens of thousands of movies
tions. With onboard Dolby * Digital and and television programs encoded with ■ Onboard Dolby Digital and
DTS† Decoding, the AVR65 delivers six analog surround information. A choice of DTS Decoding
discrete channels of audio that take Hall and Theater modes is also available
■ Coax and Optical Digital Inputs
advantage of the digital sound tracks for use with both encoded sources and
from the latest DVD and LV releases and traditional two-channel stereo recordings. ■ On-Screen Menu Displays
Digital Television broadcasts. ■ Backlit, Programmable Remote
A total of five audio/video inputs, each Control
While complex digital systems are hard with both composite and S-Video, as
at work within the AVR65 to make all of well as three additional audio-only ■ Composite and S-Video Switching
this happen, hookup and operation are inputs are selected through a learning ■ Complete Multiroom Control
simple. Color-keyed connections, a back- remote control and an easy-to-read front
lit, programmable remote control and panel display or on-screen graphics ■ 6-Channel Direct Input and Preamp
on-screen menus make the AVR65 easy to through a TV monitor. Multiroom Output for ALL Channels Permits
use. To obtain the maximum enjoyment operation is available with independent Ease of Expansion
from your new receiver, we urge you to source and volume selection.
take a few minutes to read through this
manual. This will ensure that connec- The AVR65’s powerful amplifier uses
tions to speakers, source playback units traditional Harman Kardon High Current
and other external devices are made design philosophies to meet the wide
properly. In addition, a few minutes spent dynamic range of any program selection.
learning the functions of the various con-
trols will enable you to take advantage of
all the power the AVR65 is able to deliver.

If you have any questions about this

product, its installation or operation,
please contact your retailer or custom
installer. They are your best local source
of information.

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Safety Information

Important Safety Information CATV or Antenna Grounding Installation Location

If an outside antenna or cable system is ■ To assure proper operation, and to
Verify Line Voltage Before Use connected to this product, be certain that avoid the potential for safety hazards,
Your AVR65 has been designed for use it is grounded so as to provide some pro- place the unit on a firm and level sur-
with 120-volt AC current. Connection to a tection against voltage surges and static face. When placing the unit on a shelf,
line voltage other than that for which it charges. Section 810 of the National be certain that the shelf and any
is intended can create a safety and fire Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA No. 70-1984, mounting hardware can support the
hazard and may damage the unit. provides information with respect to weight of the product.
proper grounding of the mast and sup- ■ Make certain that proper space is pro-
If you have any questions about the volt- porting structure, grounding of the lead- vided both above and below the unit
age requirements for your specific model, in wire to an antenna discharge unit, for ventilation. If this product will be
or about the line voltage in your area, size of grounding conductors, location of installed in a cabinet or other enclosed
contact your selling dealer before plug- antenna discharge unit, connection to area, make certain that there is suffi-
ging the unit into a wall outlet. grounding electrodes and requirements cient air movement within the cabinet.
of the grounding electrode. Under some circumstances a fan may
Do Not Use Extension Cords be required.
To avoid safety hazards, use only the NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER:
power cord attached to your unit. We do This reminder is provided to call the ■ Do not place the unit directly on a
not recommend that extension cords be CATV (Cable TV) system installer’s atten- carpeted surface.
used with this product. As with all electri- tion to article 820-40 of the NEC that ■ Avoid installation in extremely hot or
cal devices, do not run power cords under provides guidelines for proper grounding cold locations, or an area that is
rugs or carpets or place heavy objects on and, in particular, specifies that the cable exposed to direct sunlight or heating
them. Damaged power cords should be ground shall be connected to the ground- equipment.
replaced immediately with cords meeting ing system of the building, as close to the ■ Avoid moist or humid locations.
factory specifications. point of cable entry as possible.
■ Do not obstruct the ventilation slots on
Handle the AC Power Cord Gently the top of the unit, or place objects
When disconnecting the power cord from directly over them.
an AC outlet, always pull the plug, never
pull the cord. If you do not intend to use C AUTI ON
the unit for any considerable length of RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
time, disconnect the plug from the AC
Do Not Open The Cabinet
The lightning flash with arrowhead The exclamation point within an
There are no user-serviceable compo- symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is equilateral triangle is intended to
nents inside this product. Opening the intended to alert the user to the alert the user to the presence of
presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” important operating and maintenance
cabinet may present a shock hazard, and within the product’s enclosure that may be of (servicing) instructions in the literature
any modification to the product will void sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of accompanying the appliance.
electric shock to persons.
your guarantee. If water or any metal WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
object such as a paper clip, wire or a DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
staple accidentally falls inside the unit,
disconnect it from the AC power source CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK, MATCH WIDE
immediately, and consult an authorized BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT, FULLY INSERT.

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Safety Information

Cleaning ■ Reorient or relocate the receiving If you do not wish to save the packaging
When the unit gets dirty, wipe it with a antenna. materials, please note that the carton
clean, soft, dry cloth. If necessary, wipe it and other sections of the shipping protec-
■ Increase the separation between the
with a soft cloth dampened with mild tion are recyclable. Please respect the
equipment and receiver.
soapy water, then a fresh cloth with clean environment and discard those materials
water. Wipe dry immediately with a dry ■ Connect the equipment into an outlet at a local recycling center.
cloth. NEVER use benzene, aerosol on a circuit different from that to
cleaners, thinner, alcohol or any other which the receiver is connected. Typographic Conventions
volatile cleaning agent. Do not use ■ Consult the dealer or an experienced
abrasive cleaners, as they may damage In order to help you use this manual
radio/TV technician for help.
the finish of metal parts. Avoid spraying with the remote control, front panel
insecticide near the unit. This device complies with Part 15 of the controls and rear panel connections,
FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the certain conventions have been used.
Moving the Unit following two conditions: (1) this device EXAMPLE – (bold type) indicates a
Before moving the unit, be certain to dis- may not cause harmful interference, and specific remote control or front panel
connect any interconnection cords with (2) this device must accept interference button, or rear panel connection jack
other components, and make certain received, including interference that may
that you disconnect the unit from the AC cause undesired operation. EXAMPLE – (OCR type) indicates a
outlet. message that is visible on the front panel
NOTE: Changes or modifications may information display
Important Information For the User cause this unit to fail to comply with EXAMPLE – (bold type) indicates a lit
NOTE: This equipment has been tested Part 15 of the FCC Rules and may void indicator in the front panel information
and found to comply with the limits for the user’s authority to operate the display
a Class-B digital device, pursuant to Part equipment.
15 of the FCC Rules. The limits are 1 – (number in a square) indicates a
designed to provide reasonable protection Unpacking specific front panel control
against harmful interference in a a – (number in an oval) indicates a
residential installation. This equipment The carton and shipping materials used button or indicator on the remote
generates, uses and can radiate radio- to protect your new receiver during ship-
ment were specially designed to cushion ¡ – (number in a circle) indicates a
frequency energy and, if not installed and
used in accordance with the instructions, it from shock and vibration. We suggest rear panel connection
may cause harmful interference to radio that you save the carton and packing A – (letter in a square) indicates an
communication. However, there is no materials for use in shipping if you move, indicator in the front panel display
guarantee that harmful interference will or should the unit ever need repair.
not occur in a particular installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful To minimize the size of the carton in
interference to radio or television recep- storage, you may wish to flatten it. This
tion, which can be determined by turning is done by carefully slitting the tape
the equipment off and on, the user seams on the bottom and collapsing the
is encouraged to try to correct the inter- carton down to a more two-dimensional
ference by one or more of the following appearance. Other cardboard inserts may
measures: be stored in the same manner. Packing
materials that cannot be collapsed
should be saved along with the carton in
a plastic bag.

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Front Panel Controls

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Power Phones Bass Treble Balance VIDEO 3

Min Max Min Max L R Video L Audio R

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1 Main Power Switch # 6-Channel Direct Selector Û Mute

2 System Power Control $ AM/FM Ù Volume Control
3 Power Indicator % Tuning Button ı Delay
4 Headphone Jack ^ Preset Scan ˆ Digital Input Selector
5 Bass Control & Preset Stations Selector ˜ Set Button
6 Treble Control * Tune Mode ¯ Multiroom Selector
7 Balance Control ( Dolby Digital Selector ˘ Speaker Select Button
8 Video 3 Inputs Ó Dolby Pro Logic Selector ¸ Selector Buttons
9 T•Mon Selector Ô Dolby 3 Stereo Selector 33 Information Display
) CD  Analog Surround Mode Selectors 34 Remote Sensor Window
! DVD Input Selector Ò DTS Selector
@ Video Input Selectors Ú Surround Off

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Front Panel Controls

1 Main Power Switch: Press this 6 Treble Control: Turn this control @ Video Input Selectors: Press
button to apply power to the AVR65. to modify the high-frequency output one of these buttons to select a
When the switch is pressed in, the of the left/right channels by as much source connected to the rear panel
unit is placed in a Standby mode, as as ±10dB. Set this control to a Audio/Video inputs £ fl, or the
indicated by the amber LED 3 sur- suitable position for your taste and front panel Video 3 input 8.
rounding the System Power control room acoustics.
2. This button MUST be pressed in # 6-Channel Direct Selector:
to operate the unit. To turn the unit 7 Balance Control: Turn this Press this button to select the output
off and prevent the use of the remote control to change the relative volume of an optional, external 6-channel
control, this switch should be press for the front left/right channels. decoder connected to the 6-Ch
this switch until it pops out from the Direct inputs ∞ as the listening
front panel so that the word “OFF” NOTE: For proper operation of the source.
may be read at the top of the switch. surround modes this control should
be at the midpoint, or “12 o’clock” $ AM/FM: Press this button to
NOTE: In normal operation this position. select the tuner as the AVR65’s input
switch is left in the “ON” position. source. When it is first pressed the
8 Video 3 Inputs: These audio/ last station tuned will be heard.
2 System Power Control: When video inputs may be used for tempo- Press it again to change between
the Main Power Switch 1 is “ON,” rary connection of video games, AM and FM bands.
press this button to turn on the camcorders, digital still cameras or
AVR65; press it again to turn the unit portable audio products. To select a % Tuning Button: Press the left
off. Note that the Power Indicator source connected to these jacks, side of the button to tune lower
surrounding the switch 3 will turn press the Vid 3 Input Selector @. frequency stations and the right side
green when the unit is on. of the button to tune higher frequency
9 T•Mon Selector: Press this but- stations. When a station with a strong
3 Power Indicator: This LED will ton to select the device connected signal is reached, the TUNED indicator
illuminate in amber when the unit is to the Tape Monitor jacks e as the T will illuminate in the Information
in the Standby mode to signal that listening source. The previously Display 33.
the unit is ready to be turned on. selected source will continue to
When the unit is in operation, the show in the Information Display ^ Preset Scan: Press this button
indicator will turn green. 33, and the red LED above the to automatically scan through the
button will illuminate to remind you stations that have been programmed
4 Headphone Jack: This jack may that you are listening to the tape in the AVR65’s memory. The tuner
be used to listen to the AVR65’s out- monitor output. will play five seconds of each station
put through a pair of headphones. before moving to the next preset
Be certain that the headphones ) CD: Press this button to select station. To stop the scan when the
have a standard 1/4" stereo phone the device connected to the CD desired station is heard, press the
plug. Input jacks § as the listening button again. (See page 29 for more
source. information on the tuner memory
5 Bass Control: Turn this control to system.)
modify the low-frequency output of ! DVD Input Selector: Press this
the left/right channels by as much as button to select the device connect-
±10dB. Set this control to a suitable ed to the DVD Input jacks ¶ as the
position for your taste and room listening and viewing source.

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Front Panel Controls

& Preset Stations Selector: Press  Analog Surround Mode ˜ Set Button: When making
this button to select stations that Selectors: Press one of these choices during the setup and con-
have been entered into the preset buttons to select the analog sur- figuration process, press this button
memory. (See page 29 for more round modes. These modes may to enter the desired setting, as
information on tuner programming.) be used with any analog program shown in the Information Display
source to create a pleasing surround 33, into the AVR65’s memory.
* Tune Mode: Press this button to effect. (See page 25 for more
select the stereo or mono mode for information on surround modes.) ¯ Multiroom Selector: Press this
FM tuning. In the STEREO mode a button to activate the AVR65’s
Stereo indicator R will illuminate in Ò DTS Selector: Press this button Multiroom system. (See pages 31-32
the information display, and stereo to select DTS decoding when listen- for complete information on
reception will be provided when sta- ing to an audio or video program Multiroom operation.)
tions are transmitting stereo signals. that is encoded with DTS data. (See
In the MONO mode the left and right page 25 for more information on ˘ Speaker Select Button: Press
signals from stereo broadcasts will surround modes and digital audio.) this button to begin the process of
be mixed together and reproduced selecting the speaker positions that
through all channels. Select MONO Ú Surround Off: Press this button are used in your listening room. (See
for better reception of weak signals. to turn off all surround processing, page 18 for more information on
and to listen to a program in tradi- setup and configuration.)
( Dolby Digital Selector: Press tional stereo from the left front and
this button to select the Dolby Digital right front speakers only. ¸ Selector Buttons: When you are
surround mode when listening to a establishing the AVR65’s configura-
program that carries the Dolby Û Mute: Press this button to tion settings, use these buttons to
Digital information. (See pages 28-28 momentarily silence the speaker select between the choices avail-
for more information on surround output of the AVR65. able, as shown in the Information
modes and digital audio.) Display 33.
Ù Volume Control: Turn the knob
Ó Dolby Pro Logic Selector: Press clockwise to increase volume, 33 Information Display: This
this button to select the Dolby Pro counterclockwise to decrease the display delivers messages and
Logic surround mode when listening volume. status indications to help you
to an analog program that is encoded operate the receiver. (See page 7
with surround-sound information. ı Delay: Press this button to begin for a complete explanation of the
(See page 25 for more information the sequence of steps required to Information Display.)
on surround modes.) enter delay time settings. (See page
21 for more information on delay 34 Remote Sensor Window: The
Ô Dolby 3 Stereo Selector: Press times.) sensor behind this window receives
this button to select the Dolby 3 infrared signals from the remote con-
Stereo listening mode. This mode is ˆ Digital Input Selector: When trol. Aim the remote at this area and
used primarily when a program has playing a source that has a digital do not block or cover it unless an
surround information when a center output, press this button to select external remote sensor is installed.
channel speaker, but no surround between the Optical · and Coaxial
speakers, is installed. (See page 25 ° Digital inputs. (See page 27 for
for more information on surround more information on digital audio.)

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Front Panel Information Display







A Mute I PCM Indicator Q Auto

B Bypass J Analog Surround Mode Indicators R Stereo Indicator
C Analog K Multiroom System Indicator S Mono Indicator
D Dolby Digital Indicator L Night Indicator T Tuned Indicator
E Optical Source M DTS Indicator U Main Information Display
F Analog Dolby Surround Mode Indicators N Preset Number V Sleep Indicator
G Coax Source O Preset Indicator
H AC-3 Indicator P Memory

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Front Panel Information Display

A Mute: This indicator illuminates I PCM Indicator: This indicator P Memory: This indicator flashes
to remind you that the AVR65’s out- illuminates to show that a standard when entering presets and other
put has been silenced by pressing PCM (SP/DIF) digital audio signal information into the tuner’s memory.
the Mute button Û d. Press the is being decoded by the digital-to-
Mute button again to return to the analog converter. Q Auto: This indicator illuminates
previously selected output level. when the “Auto” mode is in use for
J Analog Surround Mode FM tuning.
B Bypass: This indicator illumi- Indicators: These indicators illumi-
nates when the surround processing nate when one of the DSP generated R Stereo Indicator: This indicator
has been disabled by pressing the analog surround modes is in use illuminates when an FM station is
Surround Off button Ú. When this with an analog input source. being tuned in stereo.
indicator is lit, the AVR65 will play tra-
ditional stereo sound using the front K Multiroom System Indicator: S Mono Indicator: This indicator
left and front right speakers only. This indicator illuminates when the illuminates when the tuner has been
multiroom system is in operation. placed in the monaural mode by
C Analog: This indicator illuminates (See page 31 for more information on pressing the Tune Mode button *.
when an analog input source is in use. the multiroom system.) Set the tuner for mono listening to
cut noise and improve the quality of
D Dolby Digital Indicator: This L Night Indicator: This indicator distant stereo signals.
indicator illuminates when a Dolby lights when the AVR65 is in the Night
Digital source is being played. mode, which prevents the AVR65 T Tuned Indicator: This indicator
from loud playback when digital illuminates when a station is being
E Optical Source: This indicator sources are in use. received with sufficient signal
illuminates when a digital source strength to allow for acceptable
is in use via a connection to the M DTS Indicator: This indicator listening quality.
Optical Digital input ·. illuminates when a DTS encoded
source is playing. U Main Information Display: This
F Analog Dolby Surround Mode display shows messages relating to
Indicators: These indicators illumi- N Preset Number: This two-digit the status, input source, surround
nate when one of the analog (matrix) display indicates the station preset mode, tuner, volume level or other
Dolby Surround modes is in use. number that is currently in use, or aspects of unit’s operation.
that is being entered.
G Coax Source: This indicator illu- V Sleep Indicator: This indicator is
minates when a digital source is in O Preset Indicator: This indicator illuminated when the Sleep function
use via a connection to the Coaxial illuminates when one of the stations is in use. The number that appears
Digital input °. entered into the preset memory is above the indicator is the number of
tuned. The number that appears minutes remaining before the AVR65
H AC-3* Indicator: This indicator below the indicator is the preset will return to the Standby mode.
illuminates when the AVR65 is station’s memory.
decoding a Dolby Digital input

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Rear Panel Connections

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AM VIDEO VIDEO 1 (120V.60Hz)
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¡ AM Antenna ‚ Front · Optical Digital Input

™ FM Antenna ⁄ Center a Remote IR In
£ Video 1 Inputs ¤ Surround b Remote IR Out
¢ Video 1 Outputs ‹ Unswitched AC Outlet c Multi
∞ 6-Channel Direct Inputs › Switched AC Outlet d Multiroom Audio Outputs
§ CD Inputs fi Power Cable e Tape Monitor In
¶ DVD Inputs fl Video 2 Inputs f Tape Monitor Out
• Pre-Outs ‡ TV Monitor Video Output
ª Subwoofer Pre-Out ° Coaxial Digital Input

¡ AM Antenna: Connect the AM £ Video 1 Inputs: Connect these § CD Inputs: Connect these jacks
loop antenna supplied with the jacks to the audio and video to the output of a compact disc
receiver to these terminals. If an PLAY/OUT jacks of a VCR. player or CD changer.
external AM antenna is used, make
connections to the AM and GND ¢ Video Outputs 1: Connect these ¶ DVD Inputs: Connect the analog
terminals in accordance with the jacks to the audio and video audio outputs and composite video
instructions supplied with the RECORD/IN jacks of a VCR. output of a DVD or LV player to these
antenna. jacks.
∞ 6-Channel Direct Inputs: If an
™ FM Antenna: Connect an indoor external digital audio decoder is • Pre-Outs: If external power
or external FM antenna to this used, connect the outputs of that amplifiers are used for any channels,
terminal. decoder to these jacks. connect them to these jacks.

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Rear Panel Connections

ª Subwoofer Pre-Out: Connect fi Power Cable: Connect the AC a Remote IR In: If the AVR65’s front
this jack to the line level input of a plug to a non-switched AC wall panel IR sensor is blocked due to
powered subwoofer. If an external output cabinet doors or other obstructions,
subwoofer amplifier is used, connect an external IR sensor may be used.
this jack to the subwoofer amplifier fl Video 2 Inputs: Connect these Connect the output of the sensor to
input. jacks to the audio and video outputs this jack.
of a TV Tuner, Cable TV converter
‚ Front: Connect these terminals box, satellite receiver or any other b Remote IR Out: This connection
to the front left/right speakers. audio/video source. permits the IR sensor in the receiver
to serve other remote controlled
⁄ Center: Connect these terminals ‡ TV Monitor Video Output: devices. Connect this jack to the “IR
to the center speaker. Connect this jack to the standard IN” jack on Harman Kardon or other
(composite) video input of a TV compatible equipment.
¤ Surround: Connect these monitor or video projector to view
terminals to the surround speakers. the on-screen menus and the c Multi: Connect the output of
output of any standard video source an IR sensor in a remote room to
‹ Unswitched AC Outlet: This selected by the receiver’s video this jack to operate the AVR65’s
outlet may be used to power any AC switcher. multiroom control system.
device. The power will remain on at
this outlet regardless of whether the ° Coaxial Digital Input: Connect d Multiroom Audio Outputs:
AVR65 is on or off. the coax digital output from a DVD Connect these jacks to the inputs of
player, HDTV receiver, LV player or an optional audio power amplifier so
NOTE: The power consumption of CD player to this jack. The signal may that the input selected by the multi-
the device plugged into each of be either a Dolby Digital (AC-3) sig- room control system will be heard in
these outlets should not exceed nal, DTS signal or a standard PCM a remote room.
100 watts. digital source.
e Tape Monitor In: Connect these
› Switched AC Outlet: This outlet · Optical Digital Input: Connect jacks to the PLAY/OUT jacks of an
may be used to power any device the optical digital output from a DVD audio recorder.
that you wish to have turn on when player, HDTV receiver, LV player or
the unit is turned on with the System CD player to this jack. The signal f Tape Monitor Out: Connect
Power Control switch 2. may be either a Dolby Digital (AC-3) these jacks to the RECORD/INPUT
signal, a DTS signal or a standard jacks of an audio recorder.
PCM digital source.

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Remote Control Functions

a AVR Selector
b Device Control Selectors
c Power Button
d Mute
e Test
f Display/Multiroom
a g ⁄ / ¤ Buttons
h ‹ /Channel Button
b i Set Button
j Night Mode

c ` k Source Selectors
l Numeric Keys

d z m Direct/Enter
n Memory Button
e y o OSD Button
p Light Button
f x q Tuner Mode
r Clear Button
g s Preset Up/Down
h w t Tuning Up/Down
u Transport Controls
i v Delay/Prev Ch.
j v w ›/Digital Button
x Speaker Configuration
y Surround Mode Selector
u z Volume
` Sleep Button


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Remote Control Functions

IMPORTANT NOTE: The AVR65’s d Mute: Press this button to i Set Button: This button is used
remote may be programmed to con- momentarily silence the AVR65 or TV to enter settings into the AVR65’s
trol up to eight devices, including set being controlled, depending on memory. It is also used in the setup
the AVR65. Before using the remote, which device has been selected. procedures for delay time, speaker
it is important to remember to press configuration and channel output
the Device Control Selector button When the AVR65 remote is being pro- level adjustment.
a b that corresponds to the unit grammed to operate another device,
you wish to operate. In addition, the this button is pressed with the Device j Night Mode: Press this button
AVR65’s remote is shipped from Control Selector button b to to activate the “Night” mode, pre-
the factory to operate the AVR65 begin the programming process. venting loud playback when the
and Harman Kardon CD players (See page 33 for more information digital modes are in use without
and cassette decks. The remote is on programming the remote.) altering the dynamic range of the
also capable of operating a wide output signal.
variety of other products using the e Test: Press this button to begin
control codes that are part of the the sequence used to calibrate the When the AVR65 remote is being pro-
remote. Before using the remote with AVR65’s output levels. (See page 20 grammed to operate other devices,
other products, follow the instruc- for more information on calibrating this button is pressed to begin a
tions on pages 33–34 to program the the AVR65.) readout of a programmed code.
proper codes for the products in (See page 33 for more information.)
your system. f Display/Multiroom Button:
This button does not function with k Source Selectors: Press these
It is also important to remember that the AVR65, but it is available for use buttons to select an input source for
many of the buttons on the remote with other devices. the AVR65. The AM/FM button is also
take on different functions, depend- used to switch between frequency
ing on the product selected using g ⁄ / ¤ Buttons: These are multi- bands when the tuner is in use.
the Device Control Selectors. The purpose buttons. They will be used
descriptions shown here primarily most frequently to select a surround NOTE: Pressing one of these buttons
detail the functions of the remote mode. To change the surround mode, selects the source only. In order to
when it is used to operate the first press the SURR/CH ¤ button control the actual source machine
AVR65. (See pages 33–36 for infor- y. Next press these buttons to using the remote you must press the
mation about alternate functions for scroll up or down through the list of Device Control Selector button b
the remote’s buttons.) surround modes that appear in the for the desired product.
Information Display 33. (See page
a AVR Selector: Press this button 28 for more information.) These l Numeric Keys: These buttons
to use the remote control for operation buttons are also used to increase serve as a ten-button numeric key-
of the AVR65. Note that the button will or decrease output levels used to pad to enter tuner preset positions.
briefly turn red after it has been lower the AVR65’s output levels when They are also to be used to select
pressed to confirm your selection. configuring the unit with either the channel numbers when TV has been
internal test tone or and external selected on the remote, or to select
b Device Control Selectors: source. (See pages 20 and 30 for track numbers on a CD, DVD or LD
Press one of these buttons to use more information.) They are also used player, depending on how the
the remote to control the functions to enter delay time settings after the remote has been programmed.
of another audio/video device. Note Delay button v has been pressed.
that the button will briefly turn red (See page 21 for more information.) m Direct /Enter: Press this button
after it has been pressed to confirm to select a radio station by entering
your selection. (See pages 33–34 for h ‹ /Channel Button: This its frequency using the Numeric
information on programming the button is used to start the process of Keys l. (See page 29 for more
AVR65’s remote to operate these setting the AVR65’s output levels to an information.)
devices.) external source. Once this button is
pressed, use the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g to
c Power Button: Press this button select the channel being adjusted,
to turn the currently selected device then press the Set button i, fol-
on or off. lowed by the ⁄ / ¤ buttons again to
change the level letting. (See page 20
for more information.)

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n Memory Button: Press this t Tuning Up/Down: When the select the channel you wish to set up.
button to enter a radio station into tuner is in use, these buttons will Press the Set button i, and then
the AVR65’s preset memory. After tune up or down through the select- select another channel to configure.
pressing the button the MEMORY ed frequency band. If the Tuner When all adjustments have been
indicator P will flash, and you then Mode button q has been pressed completed, press the Set button
have five seconds to enter a present so that the AUTO indicator Q is illu- twice to exit the settings and return
memory location using the Numeric minated, pressing these buttons will to normal operation. (See page 18
Keys l. (See page 29 for more cause the tuner to seek the next sta- for more information.)
information.) tion with acceptable signal strength
for quality reception. When the AUTO y Surround Mode Selector: Press
NOTE: Although the word “Sleep” indicator Q is NOT illuminated, this button to begin the process of
appears above this button, it refers pressing these buttons will tune sta- changing the surround mode. After
to control of devices other than the tions in single-step increments. (See the button has been pressed, use
AVR65. Use the Sleep button ` to page 29 for more information.) the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g to select the
control the AVR65’s Sleep function. desired surround mode. (See page
u Transport Controls: These con- 25 for more information.) Note that this
o OSD Button: Press this button to trols do not control any functions of button is also used to tune channels
view the on-screen displays. (See the AVR65, but they are used exten- when the TV is selected using the
page 23 for more information.) sively when operating a wide variety Device Control Selector b.
of CD players, cassette decks and
p Light Button: Press this button VCRs. (See page 33 for information When the AVR65 remote is being pro-
to activate the remote’s built-in back- on programming the remote to utilize grammed for the codes of another
light for better legibility of the buttons these buttons.) device, this button is also used in the
in a darkened room. “Auto Search” process. (See page 33
v Delay/Prev Ch.: Press this but- for more information on programming
q Tuner Mode: Press this button ton to begin the process for setting the AVR65 remote.)
when the tuner is in use to select the delay times used by the AVR65
between automatic tuning and when processing surround sound. z Volume: Press these buttons to
manual tuning. When the button is After pressing this button the delay raise or lower the system volume.
pressed so that the AUTO indicator times are entered by pressing the
Q goes out, pressing the Tuning Set button i, and then using the ` Sleep Button: Press this button
buttons t will move the frequency ⁄ / ¤ buttons g to change the set- to place the unit in the Sleep mode.
up or down in single-step incre- ting. Press the Set button again to After the time shown in the display,
ments. When the FM band is in complete the process. (See page 21 the AVR65 will automatically go into
use, pressing this button when a for more information.) the Standby mode. Each press of
station’s signal is weak will change the button changes the time until
to monaural reception, as indicated w ›/Digital Button: This button is turn-off in the following order:
by the MONO indicator S. (See page used to select the type of digital input 90 80 70 60 50 40
min min min min min min
29 for more information.) used with any one of the input sources
connected to the AVR65. After press- 30
r Clear Button: This button does ing this button, use the ⁄ / ¤ buttons
not function with the AVR65, but it is g to make your selection between
Note that this button is also used
available for use with other devices. OPTICAL E or COAXIAL G digital.
to change channels on your TV
Press the Set button i to enter
when the TV is selected using the
s Preset Up/Down: When the your choice. (See page 27 for more
Device Control Selector b.
tuner is in use, these buttons scroll information.)
through the stations that have been When the AVR65 remote is being pro-
programmed into the AVR65’s mem- x Speaker Configuration: Press
grammed for the codes of another
ory. When many source devices, this button to begin the process of
device, this button is also used in the
such as CD players, VCRs and cas- configuring the AVR65’s Bass
“Auto Search” process. (See page 33
sette decks, are selected using the Management System for use with
for more information on programming
Device Control Selectors b, the type of speakers used in your
the AVR65 remote.)
these buttons will normally function system. Once the button has been
as chapter step or track advance. pressed, use the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g to

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System Installation 3. Connect the output of any digital Your dealer or installer is a valuable
After unpacking the unit, and placing it sources to be used to the appropriate resource to consult in selecting the
on a solid surface capable of supporting connections on the AVR65 rear panel. proper cable.
its weight, you will need to make the Note that the Optical and Coaxial
connections to your audio and video digital inputs · ° may be used with Regardless of the brand of cable selected,
equipment. These steps need to be done a Dolby Digital (AC-3) or DTS source we recommend that you use a cable con-
only when the receiver is first installed, or the output of a conventional CD or structed of fine, multistrand copper with a
or when a change is made to the input LV player’s PCM (SP/DIF) output. gauge of 14 or smaller. Remember that in
source equipment. specifying cable, the lower the number,
4. Assemble the AM Loop Antenna sup- the thicker the cable.
Audio Equipment Connections plied with the unit as shown below.
We recommend that you use high-quality Connect it to the AM and GND screw Cable with a gauge of 16 may be used for
interconnect cables when making connec- terminals ¡. short runs of less than ten feet. We do not
tions to source equipment and recorders recommend that you use cables with an
to preserve the quality of the signals. AWG equivalent of 18 or higher due to
the power loss and degradation in
When making connections to audio performance that will occur.
source equipment or speakers it is always
a good practice to unplug the unit from Cables that are run inside walls should
the AC wall outlet. This prevents any pos- have the appropriate markings to indicate
sibility of accidentally sending audio or listing with UL, CSA or other appropriate
transient signals to the speakers that may 5. Connect an FM antenna to the testing agency standards. Questions about
damage them. FM (75 ohm) connection ™. The running cables inside walls should be
FM antenna may be an external roof referred to your installer or a licensed
1. Connect the analog output of a CD antenna, an inside powered or wire lead electrical contractor who is familiar with
player to the CD inputs §. antenna or a connection from a cable the NEC and/or the applicable local
TV system. Note that if the antenna or building codes in your area.
NOTE: When the CD player has both connection uses 300-ohm twin-lead
fixed and variable audio outputs it is best cable, you must use the 300-ohm-to- When connecting wires to the speakers,
to use the fixed output unless you find 75-ohm adapter supplied with the unit be certain to observe proper polarity.
that the input to the receiver is so low to make the connection. Remember to connect the “negative” or
that the sound is noisy, or high that the “black” wire to the same terminal on the
signal is distorted. 6. Connect the front, center and receiver and the speaker. Similarly, the
surround speaker outputs ‚ ⁄ ¤ “positive” or “red” wire should be con-
2. Connect the Play/Out jacks of a cas- to the respective speakers. nected to the like terminal on the AVR65
sette deck, MD or other audio recorder to and speaker.
the Tape Monitor In jacks e. Connect To assure that all the audio signals are
the Record/In jacks on the recorder to carried to your speakers without loss of We also recommend that the length of
the Tape Monitor Out jacks f on clarity or resolution, we suggest that you cable used to connect speaker pairs be
the AVR65. use high-quality speaker cable. Many identical. For example, use the same
brands of cable are available, and the length piece of cable to connect the front
choice of cable may be influenced by the left and front right or surround left and
distance between your speakers and this surround right speakers, even if the
receiver, the type of speakers you use, speakers are a different distance from
personal preferences and other factors. the AVR65.

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NOTE: While most speaker manufacturers NOTE: The AVR65 will accept both stan- own built-in Dolby Digital and DTS
adhere to an industry convention of using dard (composite) or S-Video signals. decoding system. If an external decoder
black terminals for negative and red ones However, it will not convert signals from is used, connect the output jacks of the
for positive, some manufacturers may one video format type to the other. decoder to the 6-Channel Direct inputs
vary from this configuration. To assure ∞, making sure to match channels.
proper phase, and optimal performance, System and Power Connections
consult the identification plate on your These jacks may also be used for connec-
speaker, or the speaker’s manual to verify The AVR65 is designed for flexible use tions to devices such as DVD players or
polarity. If you do not know the polarity with external control components and High Definition Television (HDTV) sets
of your speaker, ask your dealer for power amplifiers. These connections are or decoders that feature built-in digital
advice before proceeding, or consult easy to make during an initial installa- surround decoders. Although the digital
the speaker’s manufacturer. tion, or at a later date should you choose decoding system in the AVR65 will typically
to upgrade your system. provide audio performance that is superior
7. Connections to a subwoofer are made to other decoders, you may use these jacks
via a line level audio connection from Remote Control Extension to provide an additional 6-channel input
the Subwoofer Output ª to the line If the receiver is placed behind a solid or for connection to a DVD player or HDTV
level input of a subwoofer with a built-in smoked glass cabinet door, the obstruc- set with a built-in decoder and discrete
amplifier. If a passive subwoofer is used, tion may prevent the remote sensor from 6-channel analog outputs.
the connection first goes to a power receiving commands. In this event, an
amplifier, which will be connected to one optional remote sensor may be used. AC Power Connections
or more subwoofer speakers. Connect the output of the remote sensor This unit is equipped with two accessory
to the Remote Cont. In jack a. AC outlets. They may be used to power
Video Equipment Connections accessory devices, but they should not be
Video equipment is connected in a fashion If other components are also prevented used with high-current draw equipment
similar to audio components. Again, the from receiving remote commands, only such as power amplifiers. The total power
use of high-quality interconnect cables is one sensor is needed. They may use this draw may not exceed 50W to each outlet.
recommended to preserve signal quality. unit’s sensor or a remote eye by running
a connection from the Remote Cont. The Switched › outlet will receive
1. Connect a VCR’s audio and video Out jack b to the Remote In jack on power only when the unit is on. This is
Play/Out jacks to the Video 1 In jacks Harman Kardon or other compatible recommended for devices that have no
£ on the rear panel. The audio and equipment. power switch, or a mechanical power
Record/In jacks on the VCR should be switch that may be left in the “ON”
connected to the Video 1 Out jacks ¢ External Audio Power Amplifier position.
on the AVR65. Connections
If desired, optional external power audio NOTE: Devices with electronic power
2. Connect the audio and video outputs power amplifiers may be used with the switches may only go into a Standby
of a satellite receiver, cable TV converter AVR65. Connections to these amplifiers mode when plugged in here.
or television set or any other video source are made by using audio interconnect
to the Video 2 In jacks fl. cables connected to both the Preamp The Unswitched ‹ outlet will receive
Outputs • on the rear panel and power as long as the unit is plugged into
3. Connect the audio and video outputs the audio input jacks of the external a powered AC outlet.
of a DVD or laser disc player to the DVD amplifiers.
jacks ¶. Finally, when all connections are com-
External Audio Decoder Connection plete, plug the power cord into a non-
4. Connect the TV Monitor Out ‡ To provide for the ultimate flexibility, the switched 120-volt AC wall outlet. You’re
jacks on the receiver to the video AVR65 may be used in conjunction with almost ready to enjoy the AVR65!
input of your television monitor or optional, external decoders for digital
video projector. audio systems other than the AVR65’s

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When all audio, video and system con- speaker. If possible, adjust all front Center Front Speaker
nections have been made, there are a few loudspeakers so that they are aimed at
configuration adjustments to be made. A ear height when you are seated in the No more
than 24"
few minutes spent to correctly configure listening position.
and calibrate the unit will greatly add to
your listening experience. Using these guidelines, you’ll find that it
Left Front Right Front
takes some experimentation to find the Speaker Speaker

Speaker Selection and Placement correct location for the front speakers in
your particular installation. Don’t be A) Front Channel Speaker Installation
The placement of speakers in a multi- with Direct-View TV Sets or Rear-Screen
channel-home-theater system can have afraid to move things around until the Projectors
a noticeable impact on the quality of system sounds correct. Optimize your
sound reproduced. speakers so that pans across the front of TV or Projection Screen

the room sound smooth, and that sounds

No matter which type or brand of speakers from all speakers appear to arrive at the Left Front
Center Front
Speaker Right Front
Speaker Speaker

is used, the same model or brand of listening position at the same time with-
speaker should be used for the front left, out delay from the center speaker as
center and right speakers. This creates a opposed to the left and right speakers.
seamless front soundstage, and elimi- Surround speakers should be placed on
nates the possibility of distracting sonic the side walls of the room, at or slightly
disturbances that occur when a sound behind the listening position. The center
moves across mismatched front channel of the speaker should face into the room.
speakers. The speakers should be located so that
No more than 6 feet
when rear-mounted

the bottom of the cabinet is at least two

speakers are used

Speaker Placement feet higher than the listeners’ ears when

Depending on the type of center channel seated in the desired area.
speaker in use and your viewing device, Optional Rear Wall Mounting
place the center speaker directly above or If side wall mounting is not practical, the
below your TV or in the center behind a speakers may be placed on a rear wall,
perforated front projection screen. behind the listening position. Again, they B) The distance between the left and right
speakers should be equal to the distance
should be located so that the bottom of from the seating position to the viewing
Once the center channel speaker is the cabinet is at least two feet higher screen. You may also experiment with
installed, position the left and right than the listeners’ ears. The speakers placing the left and right speakers slightly
forward of the center speaker.
front speakers so that they are as far should be no more than six feet behind
away from one another as the center the rear of the seating area.
channel speaker is from the preferred
listening position. Ideally, the front Subwoofers produce non-directional At least 6 inches from ceiling

channel speakers should be placed so sound, so they may be placed almost

that their tweeters are no more than 24" anywhere in a room. Subwoofer place-
off center from the tweeter in the center ment is highly influenced by room size
channel speaker. and shape, and the type of subwoofer At least 2 feet

used. Follow the instructions of the sub-

Depending on the specifics of your room woofer’s manufacturer, or experiment
acoustics and the type of speakers in use, with the best location for a subwoofer in
you may find that imaging is improved your listening room.
by moving the front left and right speak-
ers slightly forward of the center channel

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System Setup 4. Turn the AVR65 on either by pressing warranty, and may not be covered by the
Once the speakers have been placed in the the System Power Control 2 on projector TV set’s warranty. Please consult
room and connected, the final step in the the front panel, or via the remote by the owner’s manual for your video display
setup process is to enter the settings that first pressing the AVR Selector a, for specific information about image
configure the AVR65’s bass management and then pressing the Power button burn-in.
system for the type of speakers used in c . The Power Indicator 3 will
your system, the calibration of the output turn green to confirm that the unit is The AVR65 has two on-screen display
levels and the delay times used by the sur- on, and the Information Display ˝ modes, “semi-OSD” and “full-OSD”.
round sound processor. Before proceeding will also light up. When making configuration adjust-
further, this is a good time to review the ments, it is recommended that the full-
installation section of the manual to Using the On-Screen Display OSD mode be used. This will place a
make certain that all connections are While configuring the AVR65 so that it is complete status report or option listing
properly made. properly matched to the specific speakers on the screen, making it easier to view
in your system, as well as when setting the available options.
You are now ready to power up the AVR65 other system parameters, you may find it
to begin these final adjustments. helpful to take advantage of the unit’s To view the full-OSD screens, press the
on-screen display system. These easy-to- OSD button o three times. The first
1. Plug the Power Cable fi to an read displays give you a clear picture of press will bring up the semi-OSD mode
unswitched AC outlet. the current status of the unit, and make and the second press will turn that mode
it easy to see which speaker, delay, input off. The third press will call up the full-
2. Press the Main Power Switch 1 or digital selection you are making. OSD display (Figure 1).
in so that it latches in with the “OFF”
wording on the top of the switch To view the on-screen displays, make cer- The display will appear any time a
inside the front panel. Note that the tain you have made a connection from change is made to the settings or fea-
Power Indicator 3 will turn the TV Monitor Video Out jack ‡ on tures, and it will automatically follow the
amber, indicating that the unit is in the rear panel to the video input of your command pattern of remote or front
the Standby mode. TV, projector or display device. In order to panel instruction. It is not necessary to
view the displays, the video source must be use any other navigation buttons to use
3. Install the four supplied AAA batteries selected as described in the instructions for the AVR65’s On-Screen Display system.
in the remote as shown. Be certain to the video display.
observe the (+) and (–) polarity Note that the full screen displays will
indicators shown in the bottom of the NOTE: The AVR65’s on-screen displays time-out after 30 seconds. However, the
battery compartment. may only be viewed when the standard, on-screen display used with the channel
composite video output is in use. The dis- output level adjustments will remain on
plays are NOT visible when the S-Video the screen as long as the settings are
signal is displayed. being changed. This display must be
manually turned of by pressing the OSD
IMPORTANT NOTE: When viewing button o.
the displays on a projection TV it is
important that they not be left on the A U D I O S O U R C E : D V D
V I D E O S O U R C E : D V D
screen for an extended period of time. As A U D I O I N P U T : A N A L O G

with any video display, but particularly T A P E M O N I T O R : O F F O N

with projectors, constant display of a static S U R R . M O D E : P R O L O G I C

image such as these menus or video game M U L T I R O O M : O F F O N

images may cause the image to be perma- M A S T E R V O L U M E : Ð 1 9 D B

nently “burned in” to the CRT. This type

of damage is not covered by the AVR65
Figure 1

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Speaker Configuration 2. Press the Speaker button x ˘ on When LARGE is selected, a full-
The first few adjustments tell the AVR65 the remote or front panel. The words range output will be sent to the
which type of speakers are in use. This is FRNT SPEAKER will appear in front left and right outputs, and
important as it adjusts the settings that the Main Information Display U . NO low-frequency signals will be
determine which speakers receive low- sent to the subwoofer output.
frequency (bass) information. For each If you are using the on-screen display
of these settings use the LARGE setting system, a display will appear indicating NOTE: If you are using the On-
if the speakers for a particular position the status of each speaker (Figure 2). Screen Display system, the selected
are traditional full-range loudspeakers speaker option will appear in high-
that are capable of reproducing sounds M O D E : D O L B Y P R O L O G I C lighted video. The selection will
below 100Hz. Use the SMALL setting for F R O N T S P : L A R G E S M A L L change in response to the steps
smaller, frequency-limited satellite C E N T E R S P : L
outlined on these pages.
speakers that do not reproduce sounds S U R R S P K : L

below 100Hz. Note that when “small” S U B W O O F E R : O F F O N 5. When you have completed your
speakers are used, a subwoofer is selection for the front channel, press
required to reproduce low-frequency M A S T E R V O L U M E : Ð 1 9 D B
the Set button i ˜, and then
sounds. Remember that the “large” and press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on the
Figure 2
“small” descriptions do not refer to the remote or the Selector buttons ¸
actual physical size of the speakers, but 3. Press the Set button i ˜. on the front panel to change the
their ability to reproduce low-frequency display to CEN SPEAKER.
sounds. If you are in doubt as to which 4. Press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on the
category describes your speakers, consult remote or the Selector buttons ¸ 6. Press the Set button i ˜ again,
the specifications in the speakers’ owner’s on the front panel until either and use the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on
manual, or ask your dealer. LARGE or SMALL appears to
the remote, or the Selector buttons
¸ on the front panel, to select the
match the type of speakers you have
With the AVR65 turned on, follow these at the left front and right front posi- option that best describes your system
steps to configure the speakers: tions, as described by the definitions based on the speaker definitions
shown below. shown above.
1. Put the AVR65 in the Dolby Pro Logic
mode by pressing the Dolby Pro When SMALL is selected, low- When CEN SP SMALL is
Logic Selector Ó on the front selected, low-frequency center
frequency sounds will be sent to the
panel or by pressing the Surround subwoofer output only. Note that if channel sounds will be sent to the
Mode Selector y on the remote, subwoofer output only. Note that if
you choose this option, and there is
followed by the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g no subwoofer connected, you will you choose this option and there is
until PRO LOGIC appears in the not hear any low-frequency sounds no subwoofer connected, you will
Main Information Display U and not hear any low-frequency sounds
from the front channels.
the PRO LOGIC indicator F lights. from the center channel speaker.

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When CEN SP LARGE is When SUR SP LARGE is selected, 11. When all speaker selections have
selected, a full-range output will be a full-range output will be sent to the been made, press the Set button i
sent to the center speaker output, surround channel outputs, and NO ˜ to return to normal operation.
and NO center channel signal will surround channel signals will be sent
be sent to the subwoofer output. to the subwoofer output. Output Level Adjustment
Output level adjustment is a key part of
When CEN SP NONE is selected, When SUR SP NONE is selected, the configuration process for any sur-
no signals will be sent to the center surround sound information will be round sound product. It is particularly
channel output. The receiver will split between the front left and front important for a Dolby Digital receiver
operate in a “phantom” center right outputs. Note that for optimal such as the AVR65, as correct outputs will
channel mode and center channel performance when no surround ensure that you hear sound tracks in their
information will be sent to the left speakers are in use, the Dolby 3 proper place with the proper intensity.
and right front channel outputs. Stereo mode should be used instead
of Dolby Pro Logic. IMPORTANT NOTE: Many listeners
7. When you have completed your are often confused about the operation
selection for the center channel, press 9. When you have completed your of the surround channels. While some
the Set button i ˜, and then selection for the surround channel, assume that sound should always be
press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on the press the Set button i ˜, and coming from each speaker, most of the
remote or the Selector buttons ¸ then press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on time there will be little or no sound in
on the front panel to change the the remote or the Selector buttons the surround channels. This is because
display to SUR SPEAKER. ¸ on the front panel to change the they are only used when a movie director
display to SÐW SPEAKER. or sound mixer specifically places sound
8. Press the Set button i ˜ again, there to create ambiance, an effect or to
and then use the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g 10. Press the Set button i ˜, and continue action from the front of the
on the remote or the Selector then press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on room to the rear. When the output levels
buttons ¸ on the front panel to the remote or the Selector buttons are properly set it is normal for rear/
select the option that best describes ¸ on the front panel to select the surround speakers to operate only
your system based on the speaker option that best describes your system. occasionally. Artificially increasing the
definitions shown above. volume to the rear speakers may destroy
Select S-W SP ON if a subwoofer the illusion of an enveloping sound field
When SUR SP SMALL is is connected to your system. that duplicates the way you hear sound
selected, low-frequency surround in a movie theater or concert hall.
channel sounds will be sent to the Select S-W SP OFF if a sub-
subwoofer output only. Note that if woofer is NOT connected to your Before beginning the adjustment process
you choose this option and there is system. Note that when no sub- make certain that all speaker connections
no subwoofer connected, you will woofer is selected, low-frequency have been properly made. The system
not hear any low-frequency sounds sounds below 100Hz will be sent volume should be set to the level that
from the surround speaker. to the front left/right speakers, you will use during a typical listening
provided that the selection in step 4, session. Finally, make certain that the
above, has been set to LARGE. Balance Control 7 is set to the center
Otherwise, no low-frequency sounds “12 o’clock” position.
will be heard. This option is not
available when the front, center or
surround speakers are set to SMALL.

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To adjust and calibrate the output levels, M O D E : D O L B Y P R O L O G I C

each channel to begin to bring them
follow these steps. For accurate calibration, F L C F R to the same level. Note that when one
0 0 0
it is a good idea to make these adjustments of the buttons is pushed, the test noise
from the location in your room that is circulation will pause on the channel
your favorite listening position: being adjusted to give you time to
S L S R make the adjustment. When you
0 0
1. Put the AVR65 in the Dolby Pro Logic release the button, the circulation
mode by pressing the Dolby Pro M A S T E R V O L U M E : Ð 1 9 D B
will resume.
Logic Selector Ó on the front Figure 3
panel or by pressing the Surround 5. Continue to adjust the individual
Mode Selector y on the remote, 3. At this point, the test noise will begin speakers until they all have the same
followed by the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g to circulate among all the speakers in volume. Note that adjustments
until PRO LOGIC appears in the a clockwise rotation. should be made with the ⁄ / ¤
Main Information Display U and buttons g on the remote or the
the PRO LOGIC indicator F lights. NOTE: This is a good time to verify Selector buttons ¸ on the front
that the speakers have been properly panel only, NOT the main volume
2. Press the Test Tone button connected. As the test noise circulates, controls. Then press the Set button
e on the remote. The words listen to make certain that the sound i ˜ to memorize the change. If
T -T FL 0dB will appear in comes from the speaker position you are using a sound pressure (SPL)
the Main Information Display shown in the Main Information meter for precise level adjustment, set
U , and the letters FL will flash Display. If the sound from a speaker the volume so that the meter reads
once each second. location does NOT match the position 75dB, C-Weighting Slow.
indicated in the display, turn the
NOTE: If you are using the On-Screen AVR65 off and check the speaker NOTE: The subwoofer output level is
Display system while making output wiring to make certain that each not adjustable using the test tone. To
level adjustments, a specific display speaker is connected to the correct change the subwoofer level, follow the
will appear on your video screen output terminal. steps for Output Level Trim Adjustment
(Figure 3). While making output on page 30.
adjustments, a cursor ⁄ will appear 4. After checking for speaker placement,
under the channel being adjusted, let the test noise circulate again, and 6. When you have adjusted the outputs
and it will move to indicate any listen to see which channels sound so that all channels have the same
channel position changes. As adjust- louder than the others. Using the level, press the Test Tone button
ments are made to the output level, front left (FL in the display) speaker e on the remote to complete
the offset amount will appear under as a reference, press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons the adjustment.
the channel indication. g on the remote or the Selector
buttons ¸ on the front panel on

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Delay Settings b. When setting the delay time for If repositioning of the speakers is not
One aspect of the surround modes is the the Pro Logic mode, take the result possible, adjust the center delay time so
delay of audio signals between the front of the subtraction and add 15 to that you add one millisecond of center
speakers and the rear speakers. Each obtain the optimal delay time. For channel delay for each foot that the
surround mode is factory preset with a example, if the front speakers are distance to the center speaker lags
specific delay time, but it is possible to ten feet away and the surround behind the front speakers. For example,
individually adjust the delay timing to speakers are five feet away, the if the front left/right speakers are each
custom tailor the sound to your individ- optimal delay time is figured 10 feet from the listening position and
ual taste and the acoustic conditions in as 10–5+15=20. Thus, in this the center-channel speaker is 8 feet
your listening room or home theater. example, the delay should be set away, the delay is figured as 10–8=2,
at twenty milliseconds. suggesting an optimal center delay of
The factory setting is appropriate for 2 milliseconds.
most rooms, but some installations
create an uncommon distance between The Dolby Digital and DTS modes also To set the delay times, follow these steps:
the front and surround speakers that may provides a separate setting for the center-
cause the arrival of front-channel sounds channel delay mode, since the discrete 1. Put the AVR65 in the Dolby Pro Logic
to become disconnected from surround- nature of Dolby Digital signals makes the mode by pressing the Dolby Pro
channel sounds. location of the center-channel speaker Logic Selector Ó on the front
more critical. To calculate the delay for panel, or by pressing the Surround
To resynchronize the front and surround the center channel, measure the distance Mode Selector y on the remote,
channels, follow these steps: from the preferred listening position in followed by the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g
1. Measure the distance from the the center of the room to both the center- until PRO LOGIC appears in the
listening/viewing position to the channel speaker and either the left or Main Information Display U and
front speakers. right speaker. the PRO LOGIC indicator F lights.
NOTE: The Theater, Hall 1 and Hall 2
2. Measure the distance from the modes use a fixed, non-adjustable 2. Press the Delay button v ı on
listening/viewing position to the delay time. the remote or front panel. The words
surround speakers. S DELAY TIME will appear in
If the distances are equal no further the Main Information Display U
3. Subtract the distance to the surround adjustment is required and the center and at the bottom of a video screen
speakers from the distance to the delay should be set to zero. If the distance when the on-screen display is in use
front speakers. to the front speakers is greater than the (Figure 4).
distance to the center speaker you may
a. When setting the delay time for the wish to reposition the speakers by moving
the front left/right speakers closer to the
Dolby Digital and DTS surround
listening position or the center speaker
modes, the optimal delay time is
further away from the listening position.
the resulting figure. For example,
if the front speakers are ten feet
away and the surround speakers
are five feet away, the optimal S D E L A Y T I M E

delay time is figured as 10–5=5.

Figure 4
Thus, in this example, the delay
should be set at five milliseconds.

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System Configuration

3. Press the Set button i ˜. 7. Press the Set button i ˜. 11. Press the Set button i ˜.

4. Adjust the delay time by pressing the 8. Select the Dolby Digital mode either 12. Press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on
⁄ / ¤ buttons g on the remote or by pressing the front panel Dolby the remote until the desired delay
the Selector buttons ¸ on the front Digital Selector ( or by pressing time for the center channel appears
panel until the delay time figure cal- the Surround Mode Selector y in the display.
culated using the formula entered on the remote, and then pressing the
above appears in the display. ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on the remote 13. Press the Set button i ˜ to enter
until DOLBY AC-3 appears in the setting into the AVR65’s memory.
5. If no adjustment is needed for the Main Information Display U
the center channel delay, press the or in the on-screen display. Ignore Congratulations! You have now completed
Set button i ˜ to enter the any “NO DATA” message that the setup, adjustment and calibration of
setting into the AVR65’s memory. may appear. the AVR65. You are now ready to enjoy the
If the calculations outlined above finest in music and home theater listening.
for the center channel delay require 9. Press the Delay button v ı on
an adjustment, proceed with the the remote or front panel. The words
following steps: S DELAY TIME appears in the
Main Information Display U .
6. Select a digital input by pressing
the Digital button w ˆ. Press 10. Press the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on the
the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g on the remote remote once, so that C DELAY
or the Selector buttons ¸ on the TIME appears in the Main
front panel until either COAX or Information Display U or
OPTICAL appear in the Main in the on-screen display.
Information Display U or in
the on-screen display. Note that for
this adjustment, either input may
be selected.

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Basic Operation When the remote is used to turn the unit the semi-OSD mode, press the OSD
“off” it is actually placing the system in a button o once. A confirmation mes-
Once you have completed the setup and standby mode, as indicated by the amber sage (Figure 5) will appear briefly at the
configuration of your new receiver, it is color of the Power Indicator 3. bottom of your video display to remind
simple to operate and enjoy. The follow- you that this feature is turned on. The
ing instructions will provide the steps When you will be away from home for message will time-out and disappear
needed to enjoy the AVR65: an extended period of time it is always after a few seconds.
a good idea to completely turn the
• When using the AVR65 for the first unit off using the front panel Main
time, it is necessary to press the Main Power Switch 1. Note that all preset
Power button 1 on the front panel to memories are lost if the unit is left
turn the unit on. This places the unit in a turned off with the Main Power
standby mode, as indicated by the amber Switch 1 for more than two weeks.
color of the Power Indicator 3 . Once
the unit is in standby, you may begin a Using the On-Screen Display S E M I O S D O N
listening session by pressing the System
Power Control 2 on the front panel or The AVR65 is equipped with a powerful Figure 5

the Power button c on the remote. on-screen display system that makes it
easy to view the current status of the unit, When semi-OSD is activated, brief
Note that the Power Indicator 3 will messages will confirm changes to the
turn green. This will turn the unit on and or to have messages appear to confirm
any functional change, such as a volume volume, input source, surround mode or
return it to the input source that was last when the tuner’s frequency is changed.
used. The unit may also be turned on increase, input source selection, or sur-
round mode selection. Two modes of These messages will appear at the bottom
from standby by pressing any of the of the display screen, and then disappear.
Source Selector buttons on the remote on-screen display are available, a “semi-
k or front panel 9 ) ! @ # $. OSD” mode that only displays a message
when some aspect of the operation is To turn off the Semi-OSD mode after
changed, and a “full-OSD” mode that it has been activated, simply press
To turn the unit off at the end of a listen- the OSD button o once. When the
ing session simply press the System displays a complete status report on the
SEMI OSD OFF message appears,
Power Control 2 on the front panel unit’s current condition.
the on-screen displays are de-activated.
or the Power button c on the remote.
Power to any equipment plugged into Semi-OSD
the rear panel Switched AC Outlet In the semi-OSD mode a one-line
› will be shut off and the Power message will appear at the bottom of
Indicator 3 will turn amber. the screen when changes are made to
the unit’s operational status. to activate

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Full-OSD Activating the full-OSD will also simplify • To temporarily silence all speaker
A second display option is to have a full adjustments to any system parameter, as outputs press the Mute button d Û.
screen report of the AVR65’s status all choices will be shown. The selected This will cut the output to all speakers,
appear. To activate the full OSD, press the option will appear in reversed, highlighted but it will not effect any recording or
OSD button o three times in quick video, while other choices will appear in dubbing that may be in progress. When
succession. The first press will turn the normal white on blue video. the system is muted the MUTE indicator
semi-OSD on, the second will turn the A will light in the Information
semi-OSD off, and the third will bring a The full-OSD system may be turned off Display ˝. Press the Mute button d
full status report to the screen. by pressing the OSD button o once. Û again to return to normal operation.

Note that the status report will vary Source Selection • For private listening, plug the 1/4"
depending on the type of audio input stereo phone plug from a pair of stereo
source in use. When an analog source is • To select a source at any time, press headphones into the front panel
in use, the first line in the display will show any of the Source Selector buttons on Headphone jack 4.
which audio input is active (Figure 6). the remote k or front panel 9 ) !
When a digital audio source is in use, @ # $. • When a Video Input source is selected
the display will indicate if the coaxial or the video signal for that input will be
optical input is active (Figure 7). • The front panel Video 3 Inputs 8 routed to the TV Monitor Video Output
may be used to connect a device such as jack ‡ and will be viewable on a TV mon-
A U D I O S O U R C E : D V D a video game or camcorder to your home itor connected to the AVR65. Make certain
V I D E O S O U R C E : D V D
A U D I O I N P U T : A N A L O G entertainment system on a temporary that your TV is set to the proper input to
T A P E M O N I T O R : O F F O N
basis. view the signal.
S UR R . M O D E : P R O L O G I C

M UL T I R O O M : O F F O N • When an audio source is selected the • To program the AVR65 for automatic
M AS T E R V O L U M E : Ð 1 9 D B last video input used remains routed to turn off, press the Sleep button ` on
the Video Outputs 1 ¢ and TV the remote. Each press of the button will
Monitor Output ‡. This permits increase the time before shut down in the
Figure 6 simultaneous viewing and listening to following sequence:
different sources.
A U D I O S O U R C E : D I G I T A L 90 80 70 60 50 40
min min min min min min
V I D E O S O U R C E : D V D
• During a listening session you may 30

wish to adjust the Bass 5 and Treble

S UR R . M O D E : D O L B Y
D I G I T A L 6 controls to suit your listening tastes. The sleep time will be displayed in the
M UL T I R O O M : O F F O N
Information Display and it will count
M AS T E R V O L U M E : Ð 1 9 D B
• Adjust the volume to a comfortable down until the time has elapsed.
level using the front panel Volume
Figure 7
Control Ù or remote Volume When the programmed time has elapsed
Up/Down z buttons. the unit will automatically turn off. Note
that the front panel display will dim to
one half brightness when the Sleep func-
tion is programmed. To cancel the Sleep
function, press the Sleep button `
until the information display returns to
normal brightness and the Sleep
indicator numbers disappear.

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Surround Mode Selection surround information when they are remote, press the Surround Mode
broadcast via conventional TV stations, Selector y , and then press the ⁄ / ¤
One of the most important features of cable, pay TV and satellite transmission. buttons g to change the mode. As
the AVR65 is its ability to reproduce a full In addition, a growing number of made- you press the buttons, the surround
multichannel surround sound field from for-television programs, sports broad- mode name will appear in the Main
Dolby Digital sources, analog matrix casts, radio dramas and music CDs are Information Display U , and an
surround encoded programs and stan- also recorded in surround sound. You individulal mode indicator will also
dard stereo programs. In all a total of may obtain a list of these programs and light up D / F / J .
seven listening modes are available on discs from the Dolby Laboratories web
the AVR65. Note that the Dolby Digital or DTS modes
site at
may only be selected when a Dolby Digital
Selection of a surround mode is based on When a program is not listed as carrying source is playing. For more information on
personal taste, as well as the type of pro- intentional surround information, you digital sources, see the following section of
gram source material being used. For may find that Pro Logic or Dolby 3-Stereo this manual.
example, motion pictures or TV programs modes often deliver enveloping surround
bearing the logo of one of the major sur- To listen to a program in traditional two-
presentations through the use of the
round encoding processes, such as Dolby channel stereo, using the front left and
natural information present in all stereo
Surround, DTS Stereo or UltraStereo†† front right speakers only (plus the sub-
recordings. However, for stereo, but non-
may be played in either the Dolby Digital, woofer if installed and configured), press
surround programs, we suggest that you
Dolby Pro Logic or Movie Surround the Surround Off button Ú on the
try the Hall 1, Hall 2 or Theater modes.
depending on the source material. front panel, or follow the instructions
Surround modes are selected using either shown above for using the remote until
NOTE: Once a program has been the front panel controls or the remote. To SURR OFF appears in the Main
encoded with surround information, it select a surround mode from the front Information Display U . When the
retains the surround matrix as long as panel, simply press the button that corre- AVR65’s surround circuits are turned off,
the program is broadcast in stereo. Thus, sponds to the desired mode ( Ó Ô and it is in the Stereo mode, the BYPASS
movies with surround sound will carry . To select a surround mode using the indicator B will illuminate in the
Information Display ˝.

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Surround Mode Chart


DOLBY DIGITAL This mode is available only when the source material is encoded with Dolby Digital Center: 0 ms – 5 ms
(AC-3) data. It provides up to five separate main audio channels and a special Surround: 0 ms –15 ms
dedicated Low-Frequency Effects channel.

DTS This mode is available only when the source material is encoded with DTS data. Center: 0 ms – 5 ms
Available on special DVD, LD and audio-only discs, DTS provides up to five separate Surround: 0 ms –15 ms
main audio channels and a special dedicated low-frequency channel.

DOLBY PRO LOGIC Dolby Pro Logic is the standard mode for analog surround sound decoding. It uses 15 ms – 30 ms
information encoded in a two-channel stereo recording to produce four distinct Initial Setting = 20 ms
channels: Left, Center, Right and Surround. Use this mode for accurate reproduction
of programs bearing the Dolby Surround, DTS Stereo, UltraStereo or other
“Surround” logos. Surround encoded programs include videocassette, DVD and LD
movies, TV and cable programs, radio programs and audio CDs. Dolby Pro Logic
processing may also be used to provide a pleasing surround effect with some
stereophonic source material that does not carry surround encoding.

DOLBY 3 STEREO Dolby 3 Stereo uses the information contained in a surround encoded or two-channel No Surround Channels
stereo program to create center channel information. In addition, the information
that is normally sent to the rear channel surround speakers is carefully mixed in with
the front left and right channels for increased realism. Use this mode when you have a
center channel speaker, but no surround speakers.

THEATER Theater Surround processing uses matrix surround decoding to simulate a standard 27.3 ms
movie or stage theater.

HALL 1 and HALL 2 These modes are designed for use with stereo recordings. They provide a sound-field Hall 1 – 41.6 ms
effect that simulates the complex combination of direct and reflected sounds that Hall 2 – 67.4 ms
create the rich reverberant atmosphere of a medium-sized concert hall (Hall 1) or a
larger concert hall (Hall 2).

STEREO This mode turns off all surround processing and presents the pure left and right No Surround Channels
channel presentation of two channel stereo programs.

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Digital Audio Playback This does not indicate a problem with the detect if it is a multichannel Dolby Digital
AVR65, as some players cannot pass the or DTS source or a conventional PCM
Dolby Digital DTS signal through to the digital out- signal, which is the standard output from
Dolby Digital (also known as AC-3) is a puts. If you are in doubt as to the ability CD players. An indicator will light in the
digital audio system that delivers up to of your DVD player to handle DTS discs, Information Display to confirm the digi-
five full-range surround channels (left, consult the player’s owner’s manual. tal signal is AC-3 H or PCM I and if
center, right, left surround and right the source is OPTICAL E or COAX G .
surround) plus a special dedicated Low- To utilize the digital modes you must
Frequency Effects (LFE) channel. This have a digital source properly connected When a digital source is playing, the
represents a major advancement over to the AVR65. Connect the Digital datas- AVR65 will automatically switch to the
traditional analog surround in that each tream outputs from DVD players, HDTV proper surround mode. It is important to
surround channel is fully discrete and receivers and CD players to the Coaxial note, however, that not all Dolby Digital
capable of full bandwidth reproduction. or Optical inputs on the rear panel ° or DTS sources are encoded with the full
Dolby Digital is available on DVD and ·. Note that an optional, external RF complement of five channels plus LFE.
LV discs, and is a part of the new high- demodulator is required to use the AVR65 When a digital source is playing, the
definition television (HDTV) system and to listen to the Dolby Digital soundtracks Main Information Display U or
digital TV. available on laser discs. Connect the RF on-screen display will change to show the
output of the LD player to the demodula- input source and digital type (OPTICAL
DTS tor, and then connect the digital output of or COAX). When a source with digital
DTS is another digital audio system that the demodulator to the the Coaxial or encoding is playing, the input source
is also capable of delivering up to five Optical inputs ° · of the AVR65. No name will appear in the Information
full-range audio channels (left front, demodulator is required for use with DTS Display or on-screen display, followed by
center, right front, right surround and encoded laser discs. In order to provide a a numeric key to the type and number
left surround) along with a special low- backup signal and a source for recording, of channels being decoded as follows:
frequency channel. Although both DTS the analog outputs provided on digital
and Dolby Digital are digital, they use source equipment should also be con- 3/2.1: This message appears
different methods of encoding the signals nected to their appropriate inputs on the when a full complement of Dolby
on a disc, and thus it requires different AVR65 rear panel (e.g., connect the Digital signals is present: 3 front
decoding circuits than Dolby Digital to analog stereo audio output from a DVD to channels (left, center and right),
convert the signals back to analog. the DVD inputs ¶ on the rear panel 2 surround channels (surround
when you connect the digital outputs.) left and surround right) and “1”
DTS encoded soundtracks are available channel, which is the dedicated Low
on select DVD and LD discs, as well as on When playing back a digital source, first Frequency Effects (LFE) channel.
special audio-only DTS discs. You may select the input using the remote or front
use any LD or CD player equipped with a panel controls as outlined above. Next 3/1: This message indicates the
digital output to play DTS encoded discs select the digital source by pressing the system is decoding a standard Dolby
with the AVR65. All that is required is to appropriate Digital Input button w Pro Logic signal with left, center and
connect the player’s output to either the ˆ and then using the ⁄ / ¤ buttons g right front channels and a signal
Coaxial or Optical input on the rear on the remote or the Selector buttons mono surround channel.
panel ° ·. ¸ on the front panel to choose either
COAXIAL or OPTICAL, as it 2/0: This message indicates that
In order to listen to DVDs encoded with appears in the Main Information the system is decoding a traditional
DTS sound track, the DVD player must be Display U or on-screen display. Press two-channel stereo signal and that
compatible with the DTS signal, as indi- the Set button i ˜ to enter the no center, surround or LFE signals
cated by a DTS log on the player’s front desired choice. When the digital source are present.
panel. Note that early DVD players may is playing, the AVR65 will automatically
not be able to play DTS encoded DVDs.

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1+1: This is a monaural signal 5. It is not possible to record the output

that plays the same information in of a digital program.
both the left front and right front
speakers. There is no sound sent to PCM Audio Playback
the center or surround speakers. PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) is the
non-compressed digital audio system
1/0: This is a monaural signal used for compact discs and non-AC-3 or
that plays through the center channel D V D N O D A T A
DTS laser discs. The digital circuits in the
speaker only. There is no sound at the Figure 8 AVR65 are capable of high-quality digital-
front left/right or surround speakers. to-analog decoding, and they may be
2. The AVR65 will decode digital audio connected directly to the digital audio
Night Mode sources with a sampling frequency of output of your CD or LV player.
A special feature of Dolby Digital is the 32kHz, 44.1kHz and 48kHz. Although
Night mode, which enables AC-3 input this will enable it to decode virtually all Connections should be made to the
sources to be played back with their full DVD movies and HDTV sources, it is pos- Optical or Coaxial inputs ° · on the
range while reducing the minimum peak sible that some future digital sources rear panel, using whichever input is not
level by 1/4 to 1/3. This prevents abruptly may not be compatible with the AVR65. occupied by a digital source such as a
loud transitions from causing distur- DVD player.
bances without reducing the impact of NOTE: In order to play the Dolby Digital
the digital source. The Night mode is signals that are recorded on laser discs, To listen to a PCM digital source, first
available only when AC-3 signals with you must have both a laser disc player select the input for the desired source
special data are being played. with an RF output, and an optional, (e.g., CD). Next press the Digital button
outboard RF-to-data demodulator. To w ˆ and then using the ⁄ / ¤ buttons
To engage the Night mode, press the listen to Dolby Digital LV discs, connect g on the remote or the Selector
Night button j on the remote and the AC-3/RF output of the player to the buttons ¸ on the front panel until the
note that the NIGHT indicator L will demodulator, and connect the output desired choice of either COAXIAL or
illuminate in the Information Display. of the demodulator to the Coaxial or OPTICAL, as it appears in the Main
Optical inputs ° · on the rear panel Information Display U . Press the Set
IMPORTANT NOTES ON of the AVR65. DO NOT connect the button i ˜ to enter the desired choice.
DIGITAL PLAYBACK: AC-3/RF output of a laser disc player
directly to the AVR65. When a PCM source is playing, the PCM
1. When the digital playback unit is in a indicator I will light, and the Main
pause, fast forward or chapter search 3. Note that not all digitally encoded Information Display will show the input
mode the digital audio data may programs contain full 5.1 channel source and the digital type. During PCM
momentarily stop, causing a NO audio. Consult the program guide that playback you may select any surround
DATA message to be displayed in the accompanies the DVD or laser disc to mode except Dolby Digital.
Main Information Display U or on- determine which type of audio has been
screen display (Figure 8). This is normal recorded on the disc. The AVR65 will Tuner Operation
and does not indicate a problem with automatically sense the type of digital
either the AVR65 or the source machine. surround encoding used and adjust to The AVR65’s tuner is capable of tuning
The AVR65 will return to digital playback accommodate it. AM, FM and FM Stereo broadcast stations.
as soon as the data is available when the Stations may be tuned manually, or they
machine is in a standard play mode. 4. When a digital source is playing, may be stored as favorite station presets
you may not select any of the analog and recalled from a 30-position memory.
surround modes.

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Station Selection NOTE: When the FM reception of a • To automatically scan through the sta-
1. Press the AM/FM button $ k to station is weak, audio quality will be tions entered in the preset memory, press
select the tuner as an input. increased by switching to Mono mode the Preset Scan button ^ on the front
by pressing the Tune Mode button * panel. The tuner will run through the list
2. Press the AM/FM button $ k again q until the STEREO indicator R of preset stations, stopping for five seconds
to switch between AM and FM so that the goes out. at each one. Press the button again to stop
desired frequency band is selected. the scan at your desired station.
Preset Tuning
3. Press the Tune Mode button * q Up to 30 stations may be stored in the Tape Recording
to select manual or automatic tuning. AVR65’s memory for easy recall using the
front panel controls or the remote. In normal operation, the audio or video
When the AUTO indicator Q is illumin- source selected for listening through the
ated in the Main Information Display the To enter a station to the memory, first AVR65 is sent to the record outputs.
tuner will only stop at those stations that tune the station using the steps outlined This means that any program you are
have a strong enough signal to be above. Then: watching or listening to may be recorded
received with acceptable quality. simply by placing machines connected
1. Press the Memory button n on to the outputs for Tape Monitor f or
When the MONO indicator S is illumin- the remote. Note that MEMORY indicator Video 1 ¢ in the record mode.
P will illuminate and flash in the
ated, the tuner is in a manual mode and
will stop at each frequency increment in Information Display. When a tape recorder with separate record
the selected band. and playback heads is used, you may
2. Within five seconds, press the monitor the output of the recording by
Numeric Keys l corresponding to selecting the T• Mon Selector 9 k.
4. To select stations press the Tuning
button % t. When the AUTO indicator the location where you wish to store this Note that a red LED will illuminate in the
Q is illuminated each press will cause
station’s frequency. front panel above the T• Mon Selector 9
the tuner to search for the next highest to remind you that you are listening to the
or lowest frequency station that has an 3. Repeat the process after tuning any record playback instead of the actual input
acceptable signal. When tuning FM sta- additional stations to be preset. source being recorded.
tions in the Auto mode, the tuner will
only select Stereo stations. To tune to the Recalling Preset Stations NOTE: It is not possible to record the
next station, press the button again. If • To manually select a station previously output of digital sources.
the MONO indicator S is illuminated, entered in the preset memory, press the
Numeric Keys l that correspond to IMPORTANT NOTE: Please make cer-
tap the Tuning button % t to
advance one frequency increment at a the desired station’s memory location. tain that you are aware of the copyright
time, or press and hold it to locate a spe- restrictions on any material you copy.
cific station. When the TUNED indicator • To manually tune through the list of Unauthorized duplication of copyrighted
T illuminates, the station is properly
stored preset stations one by one, press materials is prohibited by Federal law.
tuned and should be heard with clarity. the Preset buttons & s on the front
panel or remote.
5. Stations may also be tuned directly
by pressing the Direct button m, and
then pressing the Numeric Keys l
that correspond to the station’s frequency.
The desired station will automatically
be tuned.

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Output Level Trim Adjustment Press the Set button ˜ when the name tion if the unit is accidentally unplugged
of the desired channel appears in the or subject to a power outage. This mem-
Normal output level adjustment for the Main Information Display U , and ory will last for approximately two weeks,
AVR65 is established using the Test Tone, follow the instructions shown above to after which time all information must
as outlined on page 20. In some cases, adjust the level. be reentered.
however, it may be desirable to adjust the
output levels using program material Repeat the procedure as needed until all Processor Reset
such as a test disc, or a selection you are channels requiring adjustment have
familiar with. Additionally, the output been set. When all adjustments have In the rare case where the unit’s opera-
level for the subwoofer may only be been made, the AVR65 will return to nor- tion or the displays seem abnormal, the
adjusted using this procedure. mal operation when no adjustments are cause may involve the erratic operation of
made for five seconds. the system’s memory or microprocessor.
To adjust the output levels using pro-
gram material, first set the reference NOTE: The output levels may be separately To correct this problem, first unplug the
volume for the front left/right channels trimmed for each digital and analog sur- unit from the AC wall outlet and wait at
using the Volume Control Ù z. If round mode. If you wish to have different least three minutes. After the pause,
you wish to vary the difference between trim levels for a specific mode, select that reconnect the AC power cord and check
the left and right channels, use the mode using the front panel buttons ( Ó the unit’s operation. If the system still
Balance Control 7. Ô  Ò or y on the remote control malfunctions, a system reset may clear
and follow the instructions in the steps the problem.
Once the reference level has been set, shown above.
press the Channel Select button h To clear the AVR65’s entire system
and note that FRONT L L E V 6-Channel Direct Input memory, including tuner presets, output
will appear in the Main Information level settings, delay times and speaker
Display U. To change the level, first The AVR65 is equipped for future configuration data, first turn the unit off
press the Set button ˜, and then use expansion through the use of optional, by pressing and releasing the Master
the Selector buttons ¸ or the ⁄ / ¤ external adapters for formats that the Power Switch 1 so that it pops out
buttons g to raise or lower the level. AVR65 may not be capable of processing. from its normal recessed position. Next,
DO NOT use the volume control, as this When an adapter is connected to the press and hold the AM/FM $ and the
will alter the reference setting. 6-Channel Direct Inputs ∞, you Dolby Pro Logic Ó buttons while
may select it by pressing the 6-Ch Input pushing the Master Power Switch
Once the change has been made, press Selector k #. 1 in to turn the unit back on. Note
the Set button ˜ and then press the that once you have cleared the memory
Selector buttons ¸ or the ⁄ / ¤ Note that when the 6-Channel Direct in this manner, it is necessary to re-
buttons g to select the next output input is in use, you may not select a sur- establish all system configuration
channel location that you wish to adjust. round mode, as the external decoder settings and tuner presets.
To adjust the subwoofer level, press the determines processing. In addition, there
Selector buttons ¸ or the ⁄ / ¤ is no signal at the record outputs when If the system is still operating incorrectly,
buttons g until S-WOOFER L E V the 6-Channel Direct input is in use. there may have been an electronic
appears in the Main Information discharge or severe AC line interference
Display U . Memory Backup that has corrupted the memory or
This product is equipped with a memory
backup system that preserves tuner pre- If these steps do not solve the problem,
sets and system configuration informa- consult an authorized Harman Kardon
service depot.

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The AVR65 is fully equipped to operate as NOTE: All remotely controlled compo- IMPORTANT NOTE: Any cables run
the control center for a sophisticated nents must be linked together in a daisy inside walls should be CL3/FT4 rated,
multiroom operation with optional chain. Connect the IR OUT jack of one or carry any other certification that is
remote IR sensors, speakers and power unit to the IR IN of the next to establish required by the NEC, NFPA or state and
amplifiers. Although some multiroom this chain. local building and electrical codes. To
installations will require the services of a avoid interference, audio and speaker
specially trained installer, it is possible Audio Link cables should not be parallel to, or in
for the average do-it-yourself hobbyist to Depending on the distance from the the same conduits with AC cables. If you
install a simple remote room system. For AVR65 to the remote room, two options have any questions about multiroom
additional information on using the are available. wiring consult your dealer, custom
AVR65 in multiroom installations we installer or a licensed contractor or
suggest that you contact your dealer or One option is to run high-quality, electrician.
custom installer. shielded audio interconnect cable from
the AVR65’s location to the remote room. Multiroom Setup
Installation At the remote room, connect the inter- Once the audio and IR link connections
The key to remote room operation is connect cable to a stereo power amplifier. have been made, the AVR65 needs to be
to link the remote room to the AVR65’s The amplifier will be connected to the configured for multiroom operation
location with wire for an infrared room’s speakers. No volume control is using the following steps. When making
receiver and speakers or an amplifier. required, as the AVR65 and the remote IR these selections, you may use the front
link will provide that function. At the panel Information Display, or use the On-
IR Link AVR65, plug the audio interconnect Screen Display system. Either the semi-
The remote room IR receiver should be cables into the Multi Out jacks d on OSD system may be used, in which case
connected to the AVR65 via standard the AVR65’s rear panel. the choices will appear as a single-line
coaxial cable. Plug the IR connection display at the bottom of the screen, or as
cable into the Multi jack c on the NOTE: The remote power amplifier a full screen display. When the full-OSD
AVR65’s rear panel. must have signal sensing capability or display system is in use, the complete list
be left on constantly to assure automatic of choices will appear on the screen.
If other Harman Kardon compatible operation at the remote room.
source equipment is part of the main To activate the semi-OSD, press the OSD
room installation, the Remote IR Out As an alternative, place the amplifier button o once. To activate the full-OSD,
jack b on the rear panel should be that will provide power to the remote press the OSD button o three times.
connected to IR IN jack on the CD player location speakers in the same room as this will turn the semi-OSD on and then
or cassette deck. This will enable the the AVR65, and connect the Multi Out off. The full-OSD will appear on the third
remote room location to control source jacks d on the rear panel to the audio button press.
equipment functions as well as the input of the remote room amplifier. Use
remote room input and volume. the appropriate speaker wire to connect Once you have determined which, if any
the optional power amplifier to the OSD system to use, setup and operation of
remote speakers. High-quality wire of at the multiroom system is simple.
least AWG14 is recommended for long
multiroom connections.

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1. Press the Multi button f to initiate 4. Within five seconds, press the ⁄ or ¤ If an optional IR sensor is located in the
the multiroom system. If the semi-OSD buttons g to change the output level remote room and connected to the
system is engaged, a message will for the multiroom feed. The volume AVR65’s Multi IR jack, the multiroom
appear at the bottom of the screen. If change will appear as a number in dB system may be turned on or controlled by
the full-OSD system is engaged, the increments below the 0dB reference simply pointing the AVR65 remote, or an
complete multiroom menu (Figure 9) level in the front panel Information optional programmable remote that
will be shown on the video display. Display, as a lower third semi-OSD includes codes for the AVR65, at the IR
Press the Set button i within five message, or as the last line in the sensor. Note that depending on the type of
seconds to enter the multiroom menus. full-OSD status display. programmable remote used, it is probable
that the code for the Multi button will not
M UL T I R O O M : O F F O N 5. Press the Set button i to enter the be contained in the pre-programmed
M UL T I I N P U T : C D
D V D setting. If no further buttons are code library, and must be “learned” into
pressed within five seconds, the unit the remote, if possible.
3 will return to normal operation.
T I M O N To change the input source for the source
M UL T I L E V E L : Ð 2 0 D B
Multiroom Operation to the multiroom feed once it has been
Multiroom operation is simple, and it turned on, follow the instructions shown
may be controlled from either the main above in the Multiroom Setup section of
Figure 9
listening room where the AVR65 is located, this manual.
2. Press the ⁄ or ¤ buttons g to turn or from a remote room when an optional
the multiroom system on or off, as IR sensor is connected to the Multi jack Once the multiroom system is turned on,
c on the rear panel. it will remain on even if the AVR65 is
indicated by the front panel
Information Display message, the placed in the Standby mode in the main
semi-OSD message, or the change in To activate the feed to the remote room, room by pressing the AVR Selector a
the highlighted video in the full-OSD press the Multi button ¯ f on the or the System Power Control 2 on
screen. Press the Set button i to front panel or remote. Next, press the the front panel. To turn the multiroom
⁄ or ¤ buttons g on the remote or the system off, press the Multi button ¯
enter the settings.
Selector buttons ¸ on the front panel f, and then the ⁄ or ¤ buttons g
3. Within five seconds, press the ⁄ or ¤ until the MULTI indicator K illuminates on the remote or the Selector buttons
buttons g to scroll through the in the front panel Information Display. ¸ on the front panel until the MULTI
inputs. When the input source you wish Press the Set button i ˜ to enter indicator K goes out. Press the Set
to send to the remote room location the setting. button i ˜ to enter the setting.
appears on the front panel Information
Display, in the lower screen semi-OSD When the multiroom system is turned on,
message, or is highlighted in reverse the previously selected input will be fed to
video in the full-OSD listing, press the the Multi Out jacks d on the rear panel.
Set button i to enter the selection.
The volume will be as set in the previous
selection, although it may be further
adjusted using an optional volume con-
trol in the remote location or on the
optional audio power amplifier connected
to the Multi Out jacks d.

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The AVR65 is equipped with a powerful 3. Press and hold both the Device 7. If a code cannot be entered to turn the
remote control that will control not only Control Selector b for the type unit off, if the code for your product
the receiver’s functions, but also most CD of product to be entered (e.g., VCR, does not appear in the tables in this
players and cassette decks manufactured TV) and the Mute button d at the manual, or if not all functions oper-
by Harman Kardon. For increased flexi- same time. Hold both buttons until ate properly, try programming the
bility, the remote also contains the codes the red light under the button stays remote with the Auto Search Method.
for most popular brands of audio and lit. Note that the next step must take
video equipment, including CD players, place while the red light is on, and it Auto Search Method
cassette decks, TV sets, cable boxes, VCRs, must begin within 20 seconds after
satellite receivers and other home-theater the light illuminates. If the unit you wish to include in the
equipment. Once the AVR65’s remote is AVR65’s remote is not listed in the code
programmed with the codes for the pro- 4. Point the AVR65’s remote towards the tables in this manual, or if the code does
ducts you own, it is possible to eliminate unit to be programmed, and enter the not seem to operate properly, you may
most other remotes and replace them first three-digit code number using the wish to program the correct code using
with the convenience of a single, backlit Numeric buttons l. If the unit the Auto Search method as shown below.
universal remote control. turns off, the correct code has been
entered. Press the Device Control 1. Turn on the unit that you wish to
Programming the Remote Selector b again, and note that include in the AVR65 remote.
the red light will flash twice to confirm
As shipped from the factory, the remote the entry before going dark. 2. Press the Device Control Selector
is fully programmed for all AVR65 func- b for the type of product to be
tions, as well as those of most Harman 5. If the device to be programmed in entered (e.g., VCR, TV) and the Mute
Kardon CD changers, CD players and cas- does NOT turn off, continue to enter button d at the same time. Hold
sette decks. In addition, by following one the three-digit code numbers until both buttons until the red light under
of the methods below, you may program the equipment turns off. At this point, the button stays lit. Note that the next
the remote to operate a wide range of the correct code has been entered. step must take place while the red
devices from other manufacturers. Press the Device Control Selector light is on, and it must begin within
b again, and note that the red light 20 seconds after the light illuminates.
Direct Code Entry will flash twice to confirm the entry
before going dark. 3. Point the AVR65 remote towards the
This method is the easiest way to unit to be programmed, and press
program your remote to work with 6. Try all of the functions on the remote and hold the Surround Mode
different products. to make certain that the product Selector y or the Sleep button
operates. Keep in mind that many `. This will send out a series of
1. Use the tables in the following pages manufacturers use a number of dif- codes from the remote’s built-in data
to determine the three-digit code or ferent combinations of codes, and it base, with each flash of the red light
codes that match both the product is a good idea to make certain that under the Device Control Selector
type (e.g., VCR, TV), but also the not only the Power control works, but indicating that a code has been sent.
specific brand name. If there is more the volume, channel and transport When the device to be programmed
than one number for a brand, make controls, as appropriate. If all func- turns off, IMMEDIATELY release the
note of the different choices. tions do not work properly, you may Surround Mode or Sleep button.
need to use a different remote code.
2. Turn on the unit you wish to program
into the AVR65 remote.

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4. Press the Device Control Selector 2. Press the Night button j. The red When operating a device other than the
again, and note that the red light will light under the Device Control AVR65, the controls may not correspond
flash twice to confirm the entry before Selector b will blink in a exactly to the function printed on the
going dark. sequence that corresponds to the remote or button. Some commands, such
three-digit code, with a one-second as the volume control, are the same as
5. Try all of the functions on the pause between each digit. Count the with the AVR65. Other buttons will
remote to make certain that the number of blinks between each pause change their function so that they corre-
product operates. Keep in mind that to determine the digit of the code. spond to a secondary label on the remote.
many manufacturers use a number One blink is the number 1, two blinks For example, the Sleep and Surround
of different combinations of codes, is the number 2, and so forth. Ten Mode selector buttons also function as the
and it is a good idea to make certain blinks are used to indicate a “0”. Channel Up and Channel Down buttons
that that not only the Power control when operating most TV sets, VCRs or
works, but the volume, channel and Example: One blink, followed by a one- cable boxes. The Channel Up/Down indi-
transport controls, as appropriate. If second pause, followed by six blinks, fol- cation is printed directly on the remote.
all functions do not work properly, lowed by a one-second pause, followed by The same is true for standard CD player,
you may need to Auto-Search for a ten blinks indicates that the code has cassette deck, VCR and DVD functions,
different code, or enter a code via the been set to 160. which follow the standard function icons
Direct Code Entry method. printed on top of the buttons.
For future reference enter the Setup Codes
Code Readout for the equipment in your system here: For some products, however, the function
of a particular button does not follow the
When the code has been entered using the CD TAPE command printed on the remote. In
Auto Search method, it is always a good AUX SAT order to see which function a button
idea to find out the exact code so that it TV VCR controls, consult the Function List tables
may be easily reentered if necessary. You CBL printed in this manual. To use those
may also read the codes to verify which tables, first check the type of device being
device has been programmed to a specific Programmed Device Functions controlled (e.g., TV, VCR). Next, look at
Control Selector button. the remote control diagram pictured on
Once the AVR65’s remote has been pro- the following page. Note that each button
1. Press and hold both the Device grammed for the codes of other devices, has a number on it.
Control Selector b for the type press the appropriate Device Control
of product to be entered (e.g., VCR, Selector b to change the remote from
TV) and the Mute button d at the control over the AVR65 to the additional
same time. Hold both buttons until product. When you press any of the
the red light under the button stays Device Control Selectors, it will
lit. Note that the next step must take briefly flash in red to indicate that you
place while the red light is on, and it have changed the device being controlled.
must begin within 20 seconds after
the light illuminates.

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To find out what function a particular To program a macro into the Power
button has for a specific device, find button, follow these steps:
the button number on the Function List
and then look in the column for the 1. Press any of the Device Control
device you are controlling. For example, Selectors b and the Mute button
button number 5 is the Test Tone button d at the same time until the red
for the AVR65, but it is the “Favorite” light under the Device Control
button for many VCRs and Satellite Selector turns on.
receivers. Button number 31 is the
Preset Tune Down button for the AVR65, 2. Press the Power button c and
the “Reverse Skip” button for CD players note that the Device Control Selector
1 2 3 and the “Page Down” button for some will blink once.
cable boxes.
4 5 6 7 3. Enter up to eight macro steps, by
Notes on Using the AVR65 Remote With pressing the Device Control button
9 Other Devices. and then the function button for each
• Manufacturers may use different code step you wish to enter. To enter the
sets for the same product category. For “Power On/Off” command during
15 16 14 that reason, it is important that you macro programming, press the Mute
check to see if the code set you have button d. DO NOT press the actual
13 entered operates as many controls as Power Button.
10 11
possible. If it appears that only a few
functions operate, check to see if 4. When the eight steps have been
17 18 19 20 another code set will work with more entered, press the Sleep button ` to
buttons. enter the commands. The red light
21 22 23 24 under the Device Control Selector
• When a button is pressed on the AVR65 will blink and then turn off.
25 26 27 28
remote, the red light under the
29 30 31 32
Device Control Selector b for Example: To program your TV,
the product being operated should Cable Box and the AVR65 to turn on
33 34 35 36 37 flash briefly. If the Device Control when the Power button is pressed,
Selector flashes for some, but not all first press-and-hold the AVR a
38 39 40 41 42 buttons for a particular product, it and Mute buttons d until the
does NOT indicate a problem with the red light comes on under the AVR
43 44 45 46 remote, but rather that no function is button. Next, press the Mute button
programmed for the button being d to enter the Power command
47 48
pushed. for the AVR. Press the TV Device
Control Selector b to select
Macro Programming the TV mode, and then press the
Mute button d again, to select
The Power button may be programmed to TV Power. Finally, press the CBL
send out a sequence of up to eight com- Device Control Selector b
mands when it is pushed. This enables followed by the Mute button d to
you to turn on a number of products, select Cable Power. Press the Sleep
and to have a program source turn to a button ` to enter the commands.
favorite channel or any other command.

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After following these steps, each time 1. Press the Device Control Selector Reassigning Device Control
you press the Power button c, the b for the unit you wish to have asso- Selectors
remote will send the Power On/Off ciated with the volume control and the
command each time the Power Mute button d at the same time Although each of the seven Device
button is pressed. until the red light illuminates under Control Selectors b is normally
the Device Control Selector. assigned to the category of product shown
To remove a macro program, follow steps on the remote, it is possible to reassign
1, 2 and 4 above, but do not follow step 2. Press the Volume Up button z. one of these buttons to operate a second
three. For example, to erase the macro device of another type. For example, if you
just entered, press the Device Control 3. Press either the AVR a or the have two VCRs, but no satellite receiver,
Selector b and the Mute button d TV Device Control Selector you may program the “SAT” button to
at the same time until the red light b, depending on which system’s operate a second VCR. Before following
under the Device Control Selector turns volume control you wish to have the normal programming steps for either
on. Press the Power button c, and attached for the punch-through mode. Three-Digit entry or Auto Search code
then press the Sleep button `. The Note that the red light under the entry, you must first reassign the button
red light under the Device Control Device Control Selector will blink with the following steps:
Selector will blink twice to confirm the twice and then go out to confirm the
data entry and then turn off. data entry. 1. Press the Device Control Selector
b you wish to reassign and the
Volume Punch-Through Example: To have the AVR’s vol- Mute button d at the same time
ume control be activated even until the red light illuminates under
The AVR65’s remote may be programmed though the remote is set to control the Device Control Selector.
to operate the Volume Control z the TV, first press the TV Device
from either the TV or the AVR to operate in Control Selector b, and the 2. Press the Device Control Selector
conjunction with any of the eight devices Mute button d at the same time. b for the function you wish to
controlled by the remote. For example, Next, press the Volume Up button program into the reassigned button.
since the AVR65 will likely be used as the z, followed by the AVR Device
sound system for TV viewing, you may Control Selector a. 3. Enter the three-digit code for the spe-
wish to have the AVR’s volume activated cific model you wish the reassigned
although the remote is set to run the TV. NOTE: Should you wish to return the button to operate.
Either the AVR or TV volume control may remote to the original configuration after
be associated with any of the remote’s entering a Volume Punch-Through, you 4. Press the same Device Control
devices. To program the remote for Volume will need to repeat the steps shown above. Selector pressed in Step 1 again to
Punch-Through, follow these steps: However, press the same Device Control store the selection.
Selector in steps one and three.
Example: To use the SAT button to
operate a second VCR, first press the
SAT Device Control Selector
b, and the Mute button d at
the same time until the red light
glows under the SAT button. Press
the VCR button, followed by the
three-digit code for the specific
model you wish to control. Finally,
press the SAT button again.

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Function List
No. Button Name CD Tape Aux (DVD) TV VCR CBL SAT
1 Power On/Off Power Power On/Off Power On/Off Power On/Off Power On/Off
2 Sleep Skip+ CH+ CH+ CH+
3 Vol UP Vol+ Vol+ Vol+ Vol+ Vol+
4 Mute Mute Mute Mute Mute
5 Test Tone Fav Fav
6 Surr Skip– CH– CH– CH–
7 Vol Down Vol– Vol– Vol– Vol– Vol–
8 Multiroom Guide Display Guide Guide
9 Speaker Intro Scan Menu Menu Menu Menu
10 Night Clear Exit Exit Exit
11 Delay Open/Close Return Prev CH Prev CH Prev CH
12 Level +/UP Disk Skip + Up Up Up Up
13 Level –/Down Disk Skip – Down Down Down Down
14 Digital Right Right Right Right
15 Channel Left Left Left Left
16 Set Select Select Select Select
17 AM/FM Sub On/Off Music Alt
18 CD
19 Rec/Pause Pause Record/Pause Rec
20 Stop Stop Stop Stop Stop
21 Tape Open/Close
22 Vid 1
23 Rev Play fi Rev Play
24 Fwd Play fl Play Fwd Play Play Play
25 DVD
26 Vid 2
27 Tuning Down ‚ Rev Search Rew Search – Rew Day –
28 Tuning Up — Fwd Search FF Search + FF Day
29 6 CH
30 Vid 3
31 Preset Down ‡ Rev Skip Page –
32 Preset Up · Fwd Skip Pause Pause Page +
33 1 1 1 1 1
34 2 2 2 2 2
35 3 3 3 3 3
36 4 4 4 4 4
37 5 5 5 5 5
38 6 6 6 6 6
39 7 7 7 7 7
40 8 8 8 8 8
41 9 9 9 9 9
42 0 0 0 0 0
43 Direct Time Enter Enter Enter Enter
44 Memory Repeat Sleep PPV
45 FM Mode Random Play TV/VCR TV/VCR Switch TV/SAT
46 Clear + 10 Bypass Next
47 Info
48 Light Display Info Info

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Reference for Function List

1 2 3

4 5 6 7

8 9

15 16 14

10 11

17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24

25 26 27 28

29 30 31 32

33 34 35 36 37

38 39 40 41 42

43 44 45 46

47 48

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Setup Code Tables: TV

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
A MARK 112
ADMIRAL 072 081 161
AKAI 001 167
AMPRO 073 167
ANAM 043 054 055 056 080 104 108 112 118 121
AOC 001 004 058 112
CANDLE 001 002 003 004
CITIZEN 001 002 003 004 101 143
CONTEC 043 051
CURTIS MATHES 001 004 101 143
CXC 043
DAEWOO 004 055 103 111 114 127 143
DAYTRON 004 143
DWIN 177
EMERSON 001 004 005 028 043 047 048 051 096 143 151 153 154 155
FISHER 007 057
FUNAI 028 043
GE 004 008 009 034 056 073 074 091 130 144 155 160 161
GOLDSTAR 004 106 110 112 113 119 127 143
HITACHI 004 007 010 011 012 023 075 143 158 163
JBL 164
JCP 001

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Setup Code Tables: TV (Continued)

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
JC PENNY 004 008 024 030 065 101 143 160
JVC 034 038 070 083
KENWOOD 001 070
KLOSS 002 059
KTV 043 143 154
LXI 007 015 052 081 160 164
MAGNAVOX 001 003 004 022 059 060 061 063 064 127 164
MARANTZ 001 164
MEMOREX 004 007 072
METZ 088
MGA 001 004 024 042
MITSUBISHI 004 024 040 042 109 146
MTC 001 004 062 101
NAD 015 025
NEC 001 019 024 040 056 130 134
ONWA 043
OPTONICA 019 081
PANASONIC 034 056 080 164
PHILCO 001 003 004 024 056 059 060 063 064 127 143 164
PHILIPS 001 003 004 005 038 059 093 164
PIONEER 004 018 023 025 135 176
PORTLAND 004 143
PROSCAN 144 160 161 167
PROTON 004 058 143 171 173
QUASAR 034 056
RADIO SHACK 004 019 047 127 143
RCA 001 004 023 024 056 065 074 144 152 156 160 161

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Setup Code Tables: TV (Continued)

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
REALISTIC 007 019 047
RUNCO 072 169
SAMPO 001 004 058
SAMSUNG 004 101 127 133 143 160
SANYO 007 020 021 033 053 057 082
SCOTT 004 028 043 048 143
SEARS 004 007 015 028 030 057 082 094 143 160
SHARP 004 014 019 022 028 143 175
SONY 070 085 126 139
SOUNDESIGN 003 004 028 043
SSS 004 043
SYLVANIA 001 003 059 060 063 064 127 160 164
TATUNG 056 062
TECHNICS 034 080
TENIKA 002 003 004 028 043 072 101 143
TERA 172
TMK 004
TOSHIBA 015 030 040 062 101
WARDS 004 008 009 019 028 060 061 063 064 072 074 164
YORK 004
ZENITH 072 073 095 103

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Setup Code Tables: VCR

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
AIWA 034
ANAM 031 103
AUDIO DYNAMICS 012 023 043
BROKSONIC 035 037 129
CANON 028 031
CRAIG 001 040 135
DAEWOO 007 010 017 065 108 111
DBX 012 023 043
DYNATECH 034 053
EMERSON 006 017 025 027 029 031 034 035 036 037 046 101 129 131 138 153
FISHER 001 008 009 010
GE 031 063 072 107 109 144 147
GO VIDEO 132 136
GOLDSTAR 004 012 020 101
HITACHI 018 026 034 043 063 137 150
JCL 031
JC PENNY 004 012 040 101
JVC 012 031 043 046 055 060 130 150 152
KENWOOD 014 034 048
LXI 001 004 009 017 034
MAGNAVOX 031 034 041 067 068
MARANTZ 012 031 067 069
MATSUI 027 030
MEI 031
MEMOREX 001 010 014 031 034 040 053 072 101 134 139
MGA 045 046 059
MINOLTA 004 020
MITSUBISHI 004 020 046 051 059 061 142
MTC 034 040
NEC 012 023 043 048

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Setup Code Tables: VCR (Continued)

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
OPTONICA 053 054
PANASONIC 070 133 140
PENTAX 004 020 031 063
PHILCO 031 034 067
PHILIPS 031 034 054 067 101
PIONEER 004 021 048
RCA 004 020 034 040 041 107 109 140 144 147
REALISTIC 001 008 010 014 031 034 040 053 054 101
RICO 058
SAMSUNG 017 040 107 109 113 115 124
SANSUI 043 048 135
SANYO 001 007 010 014 040 134
SCOTT 017 037 129 131
SEARS 001 004 008 009 010 014 017 020 081 101
SHARP 031 054
SONY 001 009 031 052 056 057 058
STS 004
SYLVANIA 031 034 059 067
TANDY 010 034
TEAC 034 043
TECHNICS 031 070
TEKNIKA 031 034 101
TMK 006
TOSHIBA 004 008 017 059 082 131
VIDEO CONCEPTS 012 034 046 141
WARDS 001 004 017 024 031 034 040 053 054 131
YAMAHA 012 034 043
ZENITH 034 048 056 058 072 080 101

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Setup Code Tables: CD

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
ADCOM 062 042
AIWA 187 170
AKAI 202 195
CARVER 003 167 041 135 138 139 050 203
DENON 205 226
HARMAN KARDON 047 033 208 001 002
JVC 022 136 163
KENWOOD 007 055 023 137 072 142
MARANTZ 107 044
NAD 215 005
NAKAMICHI 217 218 219
ONKYO 038 168 030
OPTIMUS 049 085
PIONEER 010 020 174
REALISTIC 181 187 102
RCA 012 150
SHARP 013 051 066 031
SHERWOOD 166 112 115 119 093
SONY 225 097 126 133 081
TEAC 062 131 015 182
TECHNICS 068 200 008 060
YAMAHA 012 054 024

Setup Code Tables: AUX (DVD)

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
LG 010
RCA 006
SONY 007

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Programming the Remote

Setup Code Tables: CABLE

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number Remote Control Model
PIONEER 001 BR-200
JERROLD 006 RT-J22 (CFT2200)
PIONEER 003 RT-P81/82
TOCOM 010 RT-T7/T8
ZENITH 008 MN2500

Setup Code Tables: SAT

Manufacturer/Brand Setup Code Number
GE 001
HITACHI 001 012
RCA 001
SONY 004
UNIDEN 009 010

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Troubleshooting Guide

Troubleshooting Guide

No front panel lights when power • No AC Power • Make certain AC power cord is plugged into
switch is pressed a live outlet
• Check to see if outlet is switch controlled

Display lights, but no sound • Intermittent input connections • Make certain that all input and speaker connections
or picture are secure
• Mute is on • Press Mute button
• Volume control is down • Turn up volume control

No sound from any speaker. • Amplifier is in protection mode • Check speaker-wire connections
Light around power switch is red due to possible short at receiver and speaker ends for shorts
• Amplifier is in protection mode • Contact your local Harman Kardon service depot
due to internal problems

No sound from surround or • Incorrect surround mode • Select a mode other than Stereo
center speakers • Input is monaural • There is no surround information from mono sources
• Incorrect configuration • Check speaker mode
• Stereo or Mono program material • The surround decoder may not create center or rear
channel information from non-encoded programs

Unit does not respond to • Weak batteries in remote • Change remote batteries
remote commands • Wrong device selected • Press the AVR selector
• Remote sensor is obscured • Make certain front panel sensor is visible to remote
or connect remote sensor

Intermittent buzzing in tuner • Local interference • Move unit or antenna away from computers, fluorescent
lights, motors or other electrical appliances

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Technical Specifications

Audio Section FM Tuner Section

Stereo Mode Frequency Range 87.5–108MHz
Continuous Average Power (FTC) Usable Sensitivity IHF 1.3 µV/13.2dBf
75 Watts per channel 20Hz–20kHz: Signal-to-Noise Ratio Mono/Stereo 70/68dB
@ < 0.07% THD, both channels driven into 8 ohms Distortion Mono/Stereo 0.3/0.5%
Stereo Separation 40dB @ 1kHz
Five-Channel Surround Mode Selectivity ±400kHz, 65dB
Power Per Individual Channel Image Rejection 80dB
Front L&R channels: IF Rejection 90dB
65 Watts per channel, Tuner Output Level 1kHz, ±75kHz Dev 500mV
@ < 0.07% THD, 20Hz–20kHz into 8 ohms
Center channel: AM Tuner Section
65 Watts, @ < 0.07% THD, 20Hz–20kHz into 8 ohms Frequency Range 520–1710kHz
Surround channels: Signal-to-Noise Ratio 45dB
65 Watts per channel, Usable Sensitivity Loop 500µV
@ < 0.07% THD, 20Hz–20kHz into 8 ohms Distortion 1kHz, 50% Mod 0.8%
Selectivity ±10kHz, 30dB
Input Sensitivity/Impedance
Linear (High Level) 200mV/47 kohms
Video Section
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (IHF-A) 95dB
Video Format NTSC
Surround System Adjacent Channel Separation Input Level/Impedance 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Analog Decoding 40dB Output Level/Impedance 1Vp-p/75 ohms
(Pro Logic, etc.) Video Frequency Response 10Hz–8MHz (–3dB)
Dolby Digital (AC-3) 55dB
DTS 55dB
Frequency Response Power Requirement AC 120V/60Hz
@ 1W (+0dB, –3dB) 8Hz–80kHz Power Consumption 78W idle, 402W maximum
High Instantaneous (2 channels driven)
Current Capability (HCC) ±35 Amps Dimensions (Max)
Transient Intermodulation Width 17.3 inches (440mm)
Distortion (TIM) Unmeasurable Height 6.5 inches (165mm)
Depth 17.1 inches (435mm)
Rise Time 16 µsec Weight 32 lbs. (14.5 kg)
Slew Rate 40V/µsec

Depth measurement includes knobs, buttons and terminal connections.

Height measurement includes feet and chassis.
All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

*Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.

“Dolby,” “Pro Logic,” “AC-3” and the Double-D symbol are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Confidential Unpublished
Works. ©1992–1998 Dolby Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.
†DTS and DTS Surround are trademarks of Digital Theater Systems.

††UltraStereo is a trademark of UltraStereo Corp.

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Owner’s Manual

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Owner’s Manual
AVR65 Audio/Video Receiver
Table of Contents
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Safety Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2–3
Unpacking and Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Front Panel Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4–6
Front Panel Information Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7–8
Rear Panel Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9–10
Remote Control Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11–13
Installation and Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14–15
System Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16–22
Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23–30
Basic Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
Using the On-Screen Display . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23–24
Source Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
Surround Mode Selection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
Surround Mode Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Digital Audio Playback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27–28
Tuner Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28–29
Tape Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
Output Level Trim Adjustment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
6-Channel Direct Input. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Memory Backup. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Processor Reset . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Multiroom Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31–32
Programming the Remote . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33–45
Direct Code Entry. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33
Auto Search Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33–34
Code Readout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Programmed Device Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34–35
Macro Programming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35–36
Volume Punch-Through. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Reassigning Device Control Selectors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Function List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37–38
Setup Code Tables: TV. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39–41
Setup Code Tables: VCR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42–43
Setup Code Tables: CD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Setup Code Tables: AUX (DVD) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
Setup Code Tables: CABLE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
250 Crossways Park Drive Setup Code Tables: SAT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
Woodbury, NY 11797 Troubleshooting Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46
Technical Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
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