AVR 1510


Compact 5.1-channel AV Receiver with 3D HDMI Inputs


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This 375-watt, high-performance, 5.1-channel A/V receiver makes your music, movies better than ever.

Whether it’s your Blu-ray™ player, HD cable set-top box or game console, you want the best picture quality and sound. And you need one simple way to connect them all. The Harman Kardon® AVR 1510 is a 5.1-channel, networked audio/video receiver that provides you with four 3D-ready HDMI® inputs with 4K pass-through, which automatically upgrades your low-resolution media – plug them in once, and you’re all set. With DLNA® 1.5, you can stream audio from your networked devices, and built-in vTuner™ Internet radio connects you to a whole world of online audio entertainment. Versatile and muscular, the AVR 1510 can pump out up to 375 watts; with it, you’ll hear powerful audio with all the clarity you’ve come to love from Harman Kardon products. The receiver is lighter, too, thanks to HARMAN GreenEdge™ certification. You’ll experience serious power, only now in an environmentally friendly form factor. And if you’re one of those who enjoy even more control, the Harman Kardon Remote app is available for download – giving you the freedom to control your home theater experience from the comfort of your own device. Sleek, light and powerful, the Harman Kardon AVR 1510 is the perfect balance between versatility and beautiful sound.

Item# AVR 1510

General Specifications

Multichannel Power (all channels driven) 75W per channel, two channels driven @ 6/8 ohms, 1kSHz, <0.1% THD
Transient intermodulation distortion (TIM): Unmeasurable
Power Consumption (full power/idle) <0.5W (standby); 410W maximum

Audio Specifications

Frequency Range (kHz) 520kHz – 1510kHz
Frequency Range (MHz) 87.5MHz – 108.0MHz
Stereo Power 75W per channel, two channels driven @ 6/8 ohms, 1kHz, <0.1% THD
Input Sensitivity/Impedence 250mV/27k ohms
Signal-to-noise Ratio (IHF-A) (dB) 75dB
Surround system adjacent-channel separation: Dolby Pro Logic®/DPLII
Frequency Response 10Hz – 130kHz (+0dB/–3dB)
High Instantaneous Current Capability ±25 amps
Slew Rate 40V/sec
Usable Sensitivity (IHF) 1.3µV/13.2dBf
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Mono/Stereo dB) 70dB/68dB
Distortion (Mono/Stereo) 0.2%/0.3%
Stereo Separation @ 1kHz (dB) 40dB
Selectivity (±400kHz): 70dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (dB) 38dB
Usable Sensitivity (Loop) 375µV
Distortion (1kHz, 50% mod): 1.0%
Selectivity (±10kHz): 30dB
Input Level/Impedence (ohm) 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Output Level/Impedence (ohm) 1Vp-p/75 ohms

System Specifications

Power Requirement 120V AC / 60Hz


Width (in) 17-5/16
Width (mm) 440
Height (in) 4-3/4
Height (mm) 121
Depth (in) 11-13/16
Depth (mm) 300
Weight (lb) 10
Weight(kg) 4.6

Video Specifications

Image Rejection (dB) 80dB
IF Rejection (dB) 80dB
Television Format NTSC
Video Frequency Response (Component Video) 10Hz – 8MHz (–3dB)
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  • 1 AM loop antenna with 2' (0.6m) cable
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  • 2 AAA batteries
  • 1 programmable remote control
  • 1 FM antenna with 6' (1.8m) cable
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AVR 1510 is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive This was given to me in exchange for my broken receiver that was still under warranty. However, I was promised it would only take 6 weeks. I was told still waiting for parts to shipped from abroad. The store decided to give me this in exchange for my broken receiver. I must say, I'm totally solved with this.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, it's an impressive receiver With the assistance of the full owners manual, available only on-line, all available features are explained and this receiver includes much more than I expected in a very affordable package. I purchased this for a replacement to an older Bose Lifestyle system and I did not want to spend a fortune for a system that is used mainly for daily television viewing and an occasional movie. The Harmon Kardon AVR-1510 has plenty of power and is loaded with lots of features. From the network connection to the multiple HDMI inputs it checks all of the boxes I had listed on my want list. The receiver is also very good as I live in a rural area close to one radio transmitter that usually ove rides all other stations. With this receiver, I am able to receive many stations with the included wire antenna. The included remote control is good, but my Harmony is still the main controller. A couple of drawbacks with the remote include the list of codes supplied for other devices are not listed or are incorrect. The search function built into the remote did locate the correct code for my all of my devices. Another drawback is no lighted keypad as the small buttons are hard to read in good light and the instructions in the manual on setting up the remote are a little confusing. For the money, it is hard to beat as it has so much more than more expensive receivers I have purchased over the years.
Date published: 2015-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Single source for supreme control HDMI inputs for everything: DirecTV, Roku, BluRay player, XBox. Sound out to JBL sub + satellites = AWESOME. (Playing Beatles Rock Band is now semi-religious!)
Date published: 2015-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased with this purchase ! I just got mine about three weeks ago. I was upgrading from an HK AVR 146 to a newer, more powerful model, so I already knew what to expect in most cases. I was especially pleased that connecting speakers was made somewhat easier on the 1510. [The binding posts on the 146 were too close together for my large hands and fingers, mostly because of the very large number of inputs and outputs that had to be crammed into a relatively small space.] Once the speakers were in, the other connections were a breeze : 3 HDMI & 1 network cable in; one HDMI out -- nothing else needed. Setting up the system was easy, even though this model offers many more possible adjustments [NOTE : a certain reviewer complained that there were NO tone controls. REPLY : It is not HK's fault that you apparently didn't bother to read the manual. Present digital technology has obviated the need for large knobs on the faceplate of a unit marked BASS & TREBLE. The 1510's tone controls are in the SOURCE SETUP menu and offer the opportunity to tailor the bass & treble levels for each Source INDIVIDUALLY] The performance is everything I came to enjoy about my AVR 146, and much more. The sound through my JBL speakers and Polk Audio sub is excellent, and the volume is more than adequate for my modest-sized living room. I actually have little use for most of the 1510's network capabilities, but the vTuner for streaming network radio is a joy. Stations only 20 or 30 miles away were usually unlistenable, due to the fact that I live in a steel, concrete and brick apartment building which by its nature blocks out all but the strongest local signals. Now I can listen to radio from around the world with only an occasional intrusion of network dropouts. I am also very pleased that I can now play my collection of SACDs with digital signals sent through an HDMI cable from my Pioneer BluRay player, rather than through three pairs of analog audio cables and RCA jacks between the older AVR 146 and a SONY DVD player. My only complaint [a minor one that's common to most modern equipment] is that the remote isn't very user friendly [which explains the four stars for the Ease of Use rating]. Truthfully, there's not much any manufacturer can do about that. The current trend towards smart phone/tablet control apps seems to offer a brighter future. SUMMARY : I expected that I would really like this unit... and I do !
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Unit Sounds great with my Bose Speakers and it has several items like a player and charger for my I-Pad.
Date published: 2014-10-23
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Why will the AVR only output 1080p from my apple 4k tv to my sony 4K tv. Is there a way I can get the AVR to output the apple tv in 4K?

Asked by: JJHH
The AVR 1510 is 4K Ready, meaning it can accept a 4K signal from a source and process it. The AVR 1510 can only output 1080P. As an alternative, you can connect your Apple 4K TV directly to your Sony 4K TV and simply output the audio from the TV to the AVR. This will then ensure that you get the 4K video while still being able to output the audio through your speaker set-up.
Answered by: Zoe at Customer Service
Date published: 2018-01-08

am i able to separately control the output level of the front, rear, and center speakers to dial in my room and listening area? thx!

Asked by: Michaelm101
Yes, this can be done. On your AVR 1510 settings that you can access when you press the AVR button on your remote, scroll down to &ldquo;Speaker Setup&rdquo;. In this menu, you will find an option &ldquo;Output Adjust &ndash; access this setting. In here you will be able to adjust the levels of each speaker you have set-up in the AVR 1510.
Answered by: Ren at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-08-22

my thirteen year old avr300 is giving me trouble.don`t know if it worth repairing or just buy a new one,. I have a dvd player,cd , turntable and tv. new one must have these capabilities. don't have a lot to spend. please give me what help you can.

Asked by: tinka
The AVR 1510 would be able to accommodate the disc, DVD and TV. However the 1510S doesn't have the conventional phono inputs. However you can connect the turntable via the RCA analog line inputs on the AVR1510S. Some of the newer turntables have digital outputs, if that is the case with your turntable, you can use any of the digital line inputs on the AVR1510S or if the phono input is needed you&rsquo;ll be needing a phono preamp.
Answered by: Jaycob
Date published: 2017-10-17

will this receiver accomodate disc and turntable and dvd and tv

Asked by: tinka
The AVR 1510 would be able to accommodate the disc, DVD and TV. However the 1510S doesn't have the conventional phono inputs. However you can connect the turntable via the RCA analog line inputs on the AVR1510S. Some of the newer turntables have digital outputs, if that is the case with your turntable, you can use any of the digital line inputs on the AVR1510S or if the phono input is needed you&rsquo;ll be needing a phono preamp.
Answered by: Jaycob
Date published: 2017-10-17

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Asked by: rn saju
I&rsquo;m assuming that your inquiry is whether the AVR 1510 will work in your country. The products featured on our website are all US versions which runs on 110V a step down transformer can be used for it to work. However for warranty purposes I would suggest that you have one purchased from your local electronic stores.our sales on this site are only for US customers. We don&rsquo;t ship outside of the USA.
Answered by: Jaycob at CustomerService
Date published: 2016-09-02

How can I disable 4K up scaling on this AVR?

Asked by: David1
4K upscaling wouldn't happen if you don't have a 4k capable TV and a source which transmits 4k signal. With that said, the AVR1510 wouldn't throw 4k signals to a non 4k TV it will just transmit 1080p signals. The upscaling feature of the AVR is not a feature which can be switched ON or OFF, it depends on what signal it receives and where it will transmit that signal.
Answered by: Amir at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-10-17

your 75 watt / 5.1 channel AVR is much cheaper than your 85 watt stereo receiver. It appears I give up is the phono input but gain much more in other source capabilities. What else do I give up by going to stereo. Note - I have 2 very good speakers

Asked by: dank_st louis
That is correct. The AVR is more about digital processing and surround sound, while the HK stereo receiver must cater more to the analog section. If you will do mostly stereo listening with both digital and audio sources, the stereo receiver is the way to go. If you will be mostly watching movies, dealing with digital surround sound, the AVR is the way to go.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2017-10-17

I need a surround sound speaker system that works with this receivers speaker connections. What speakers do you sell that will work with this 1510 receiver? I bought a Vizio soundbar but it has plug in connections and will not work with this receiver.

Asked by: bkhess
What you are looking for is 5 passive speakers and a powered subwoofer. Any one of the HKTS speaker systems on the link below will work with this receiver. http://www.harmankardon.com/home-theater-systems/
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2017-10-17
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