AVR 1610S


425-watt, 5.1-channel, networked AVR with Bluetooth connectivity

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Transform your living space into your own private screening room.

This 425-watt, high-performance, 5.1-channel A/V receiver gives you more ways to connect to your favorite music, movies and shows. There are countless ways to access and store your favorite media, from external hard drives to set-top cable boxes to smartphones. But if your home audio/video receiver doesn’t give you options for connecting to those media, it’s borderline useless. The Harman Kardon® AVR 1610S gives you a simple way to connect to everything you love. This 425-watt, 5.1-channel, networked audio/video receiver is loaded with options that let you access your media. It features five 3D-ready HDMI® 2.0 inputs, including one compatible with MHL, so you’ll have more than enough ways to access content on your HD cable box, Blu-ray™ player, MHL-equipped portable devices. It also includes Spotify Connect and HARMAN TrueStream Bluetooth® technology so you can stream high-fidelity audio from your mobile devices. Regarding sound, the AVR 1610S features our exclusive Natural Sound Processing (NSP), which creates a rich, enveloping sound from any source – particularly with two-channel streaming content. And to get the very best sound based on your speakers and listening environment, its new EZSet/EQ™ III process automatically calibrates the system. And with HARMAN GreenEdge™ technology, the AVR 1610S Sis environmentally friendly, too.

Item# AVR 1610S

General Specifications

Stereo Power 85W per channel, two channels driven @ 6/8 ohms, 20Hz – 20kHz, <0.1% THD
Multichannel Power 85W per channel, two channels driven @ 6/8 ohms, 20Hz – 20kHz, <0.1% THD
High Instantaneous Current Capability (HCC) ±29 amps
Transient Intermodulation Distortion (TIM) Unmeasurable
Slew Rate 40V/sec
Power Requirement 120V AC / 60Hz
Power Consumption <0.5W (standby); 450W maximum

Audio Specifications

Input Sensitivity/Impedance 250mV/27k ohms
Signal-to-noise ratio (IHF-A) 100dB
Frequency Response (@ 1W) 10Hz – 130kHz (+0dB/–3dB)


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

AM Tuner

Frequency range 522kHz – 1,620kHz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio 38dB
Usable Sensitivity (loop) 425μV
Distortion (1kHz, 50% mod) 1.0%
Selectivity (±10kHz) 30dB

FM Tuner

Frequency Range 87.5MHz – 108.0MHz
Usable Sensitivity IHF 1.3μV/13.2dBf
Signal-to-Noise Ratio (mono/stereo) 70dB/68dB
Distortion (mono/stereo) 0.2%/0.3%
Stereo Separation 40dB @ 1kHz
Selectivity (±400kHz) 70dB
Image Rejection 80dB
IF Rejection 80dB

Video Specifications

Television format NTSC
Input Level/Impedance 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Output Level/Impedance 1Vp-p/75 ohms
Video Frequency Response (composite video) 10Hz – 8MHz (–3dB)
HDMI 2.0 Supports up to 4K x 2K
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Spec Sheet

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  • 1 Harman Kardon® AVR 1610S A/V receiver
  • 1 programmable remote control
  • 1 EzSet/EQ III microphone with 22' (6.7m) cable
  • 1 AM loop antenna with 2' (0.6m) cable
  • 1 FM antenna with 6' (1.8m) cable
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • 1 6' (1.8m) AC power cord
  • Quick-start guide
  • Warranty card
  • Safety sheet

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AVR 1610S is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything we wanted and more! I bought this for my husband who is a serious audiophile. I knew his checklist of features and sought them in this product. The quality has blown us away and we hit all of his needs with even a few delightful surprises!
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sound Solution The 1610S connected to the HKTS 30 surround sound system is the perfect solution to our problem of creating music and media sound that stimulates or soothes and relaxes in a 1200 sf great room with a soaring 26 ft. ceiling. I appreciate HK 's technical guidance in selecting a sound system perfect for our home.
Date published: 2017-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks and sounds great Happy in every way. Hooked to 2 JBL ES90'S 2 JBL ES20'S 1 JBL ES25C and a JBL 560 SUB' Fantastic for money spent.
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The question about the software version of AVR 161 In my AVR 161S I have a version of the software marked V005.11. Is it the latest? If not, where can I download it?
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 2 out of 5 by from HK remote I can't connect the AVR161 to the app HK remote (iphone 6 plus). Despite Bluetooth is on and devices are paired, when trying to connect I am always bounched back with a message to go to Bluetooth settings and select the speakers. How comes???
Date published: 2017-05-04
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Can I use it as it as a preamp and connect to a power amplifier?

Asked by: danielzhou
there is a pre amp out on the sub woofer channel
Answered by: Bob audiophile
Date published: 2017-08-01

I hooked up my analog record player and the volume is extremely low. Even when volume is turned up, it isn't loud at all. Any suggestions?

Asked by: Matter
Unfortunately, the AVR 1610S does not have phono inputs needed to connect turntables directly, that is why the audio is not amplified. Unless your unit has a built-in pre-amp, you need to purchase an external phono pre-amp in order for your turntable to work with the AVR 1610S.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-27

Why does my Receiver lose audio signal on HDMI inputs when switching from Cable to DVD? Even while watching cable and the incoming signal switches from 780 to 1080 I lose sound. This is very frustrating.

Asked by: Foxdad
Sorry to hear of this problem you are having. From your source device, please check on Audio Settings and verify if you are using PCM or Bitstream, if it is using the latter, switch over to PCM. If this doesn't help, please submit a case at www.harmankardon.com/support-contact.html and the Customer Service team will be more than happy to further assist you.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-11

Can I select sources such as bluetooth, USB, radio, or iTuner on AVR1610S using the remote or the front panel display without turning on the TV? When streaming music using these sources, I wonder if I must turn on the TV using the on screen menu. Thx

Asked by: VC66
Unfortunately, this is not possible. To pair and stream audio from the paired Bluetooth device, the TV must be on to access the OSD.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-06

I'm starting to think I bought the wrong receiver. I have four pieces of analog stereo equipment and only two (2) analog inputs. Is there anyway to add more connections via a splitter or similar?

Asked by: Matter
Unfortunately, there is no way to add analog inputs to the AVR 1610S. You can purchase an RCA to HDMI adapter(s) as an alternative but please be advised there will be a delay in signal processing.
Answered by: Drin at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-07-11

Can I connect an iphone or ipad via bluetooth to the 1610S ? The website only mentions via usb.

Asked by: JoseBerrios
Yes, you can connect a smart device via Bluetooth on the AVR1610S. Please refer to the Owner's Manual page 36 for additional details.
Answered by: Bryan at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-05-24

How do I watch the TV and listen via Bluetooth at the same time? I love to watch sports while listening to music.

Asked by: Matter
With the AVR-1610S as the center of your entertainment system can only play one source at a time. This is not designed to work on multiple sources playing at the same time.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-05-24

Very nice unit. Question: after the device goes to sleep, it then shuts off after some time, even I set it not to automatically shut off. Is there any way to keep the device in &quot;device sleep&quot; mode without eventually going into &quot;off&quot; mode?

Asked by: Ingleo
The AVR goes to SLEEP/STANDBY after 30 minutes of inactivity. This switches off some of the AVR's circuitry but would allow you to turn it back ON when you use your remote. The System Settings have an option &quot;Auto Power Off&quot; that controls the amount of time that the AVR 1610S goes completely OFF after being on SLEEP/STANDBY. Go to your OSD and go to System Settings and change this option, this should fix your concern.
Answered by: Joe G at Customer Service
Date published: 2017-05-24
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