Harman Kardon receivers may cost more, but they always look better too. The AVR 2600 is no different, with a handsome two-tone look. The top half has a glossy black finish, with a bright LCD display in the center of the unit. The bottom half has a gray matte finish, with additional connectivity in the lower right, hidden behind pop-out covers. There's a large illuminated volume knob in the upper right, although luckily you can turn off the illumination in the settings menu. In all, it's right up there with the in terms of looks.
Harman Kardon isn't like other AV receiver manufacturers. The company generally doesn't roll out new products every year, its line of receivers has a distinctive look, and its prices are generally a bit higher than the competition's. The Harman Kardon AVR 2600 may have come out in the fall of 2009, but surprisingly it's still competitive, thanks to a firmware update that makes each of its four HDMI inputs 3D-compatible. The AVR 2600 also has one of the better graphical user interfaces we've seen, and it still includes 7.1 analog inputs--a rarity these days.
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