Item# AVR 1510

AVR 1510


375-watt, 5.1-channel, networked audio/video receiver

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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.

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  • 1 Harman Kardon AVR 1510 A/V receiver
  • 1 programmable remote control
  • 1 AM loop antenna with 2' (0.6m) cable
  • 1 FM antenna with 6' (1.8m) cable
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • Quick-start guide
  • Warranty card
  • Safety sheet

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The AVR 1510 high-performance, audio/video receiver pumps out 75 watts per channel to power a full 5.1-channel surround sound system. It can also connect to powered subwoofers to provide enhanced low-frequency performance for your music, movies, HDTV shows, sports and video games. While the amplifier retains the time-tested Harman Kardon high-current-capacity (HCC), ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design to ensure the most accurate, dynamic sound with enhanced clarity and realism, even at the highest listening levels, a digitally based power supply gives the amplifier all the muscle it needs without the weight of traditional power-supply designs and their heavy transformers. The net result is a great-sounding product in a smaller form factor that is friendly to the environment.

The AVR 151 is DLNA 1.5 compliant, which gives you the option to deliver audio/video content over your home network via of compliant devices, such as smartphones, tablets and personal computers.

The AVR 1510 features vTuner Internet radio to connect you to a whole world of online audio entertainment. As soon as it’s out of the box, you can stream over-the-air radio stations from around the globe as well as stream from a wide range of Internet-only radio stations.

Four HDMI inputs with 3D and 30/36-bit Deep Color deliver high-definition digital video at resolutions up to 1080p with full-fidelity audio through a single cable. There is no loss of video or audio quality because of format conversion, just full-impact Hollywood excitement as its creators meant you to experience it. And because the AVR features 4K pass-through, your low-resolution videos will be upscaled to present you with the highest possible picture quality for your HDTV.

The AVR 1510 gives you multiple options for audio playback with its front-panel USB port. Simply connect an iPhone, iPad or USB stick to play your stored tracks through your home entertainment system. The integrated USB port charges your iOS devices, too.

The AVR 1510 delivers high-resolution audio that matches the digital video quality of Blu-ray Disc™ formats, unlocking the full potential of movie soundtracks formatted with Dolby® TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio™ coding. No matter what mode or mood you are in, you’ll always hear audio playback at its finest

The HARMAN GreenEdge logo assures you that the AVR 1510’s design is environmentally friendly without compromising the premium performance for which HARMAN products are known. Thanks to an advanced power supply, the AVR 1510 can deliver high-quality audio in a small, light chassis that uses less metal and plastic. The small design means that less fuel is used in transportation, with the end result being a lower carbon footprint.

The AVR 1510 takes the award-winning Harman Kardon design look to a new level with a flush volume control and more compact design. Thanks to the light weight made possible by an advanced digital power supply, the unit weighs less without sacrificing performance so that it is the perfect match for the thin glass shelves of today’s open TV/entertainment furniture.

All connections on the AVR 1510 are color-coded to simplify hookup and reduce errors. What could be easier?

The AVR 1510 simplifies your life with a programmable, infrared (IR) remote control. Its design works seamlessly with the receiver’s multilingual on-screen display, guiding you through system setup and operation with consummate ease. The multidevice remote can also control your TV, cable boxes, satellite tuners and other playback sources. For further installation flexibility, there is a 12-volt trigger output and a remote IR sensor input.

Taking control to the next level, the Harman Kardon Remote app is available from the iTunes App Store for iOS® devices and the Google Play™ service for compatible Android™ products. It will let you use your compatible smartphone or tablet to drive the AVR 1510 without picking up the remote.

Multichannel Power (all channels driven)
75W per channel, two channels driven @ 6/8 ohms, 1kSHz, less than 0.1% THD
Transient intermodulation distortion (TIM):
Power Consumption (full power/idle)
less than 0.5W (standby); 410W maximum
Stereo Power
75W per channel, two channels driven @ 6/8 ohms, 1kHz, less than 0.1% THD
Input Sensitivity/Impedence
250mV/27k ohms
Signal-to-noise Ratio (IHF-A) (dB)
Surround system adjacent-channel separation:
Dolby Pro Logic®/DPLII: 40dB; Dolby Digital: 55dB; DTS®: 55dB
Frequency Response
10Hz – 130kHz (+0dB/–3dB)
High Instantaneous Current Capability
±28 amps
Slew Rate
Usable Sensitivity (IHF)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (Mono/Stereo dB)
Distortion (Mono/Stereo)
Stereo Separation @ 1kHz (dB)
Selectivity (±400kHz):
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (dB)
Usable Sensitivity (Loop)
Distortion (1kHz, 50% mod):
Selectivity (±10kHz):
Input Level/Impedence (ohm)
1Vp-p/75 ohms
Output Level/Impedence (ohm)
1Vp-p/75 ohms
Power Requirement
120V AC / 60Hz
Frequency Range (kHz)
520kHz – 1710kHz
Frequency Range (MHz)
87.5MHz – 108.0MHz
Image Rejection (dB)
IF Rejection (dB)
Television Format
Video Frequency Response (Component Video)
10Hz – 8MHz (–3dB)

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AVR 1510 is rated 4.235294117647059 out of 5 by 17.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy Shhhhhhhh, when the bass drops! Best sound we've ever had...LOVE neighbors, not so This sub, blows wind...and a lot of it!! Nice quality...only issue, not fond of the small volume buttons on the remote, otherwise love it, and love I can dim or shut off the backlight on the unit at night!
Date published: 2016-03-12
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
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great decision. Very happy. Met all my needs. iPod line connection, 5.1 surround. 75w is more than plenty of power per speaker. Plenty of HDMI ports. Priced right. Lighted and glowing volume dial is kind of cool. Radio tuner built in too.
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product I bought this item recently an simply love the features. The product was very easy to set up and has excellent sound quality and great features. I use Infinity floor standing speakers and they sound great. Both my iPhones (5 & 3GS) works. I am yet to explore other features, but am sure Harman Kardon will not disappoint me on those either. The only issue was I found it a little hard to push the speaker wires (10 AWG) into speaker connectors...., should have used a thinner speaker wire....
Date published: 2014-03-04
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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’ll be needing a phono preamp.
Answered by: Jaycob
Date published: 2016-09-12

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’ll be needing a phono preamp.
Answered by: Jaycob
Date published: 2016-09-11

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: 2016-08-09

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: 2016-02-27

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.
Answered by: Joe At Customer Service
Date published: 2016-02-26
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