Harman Kardon Woes UPDATE


Bronze Member
Username: Lytalbayre

Post Number: 30
Registered: Oct-04
For all those who didn't catch it. My second refurb from HK was a dud as well! And, even if it worked, I would probably be paranoid forever about it breaking.

The guys at HK were great and are giving me a full refund plus free return shipping!

I ended up buying a Pioneer Elite VSX-54TX. I LOVE THIS THING!! The auto MACC works pretty Good, though it did have my bass peak at -80 (WTF?)

Anyhow, my HT is finally living up to it's potential. At $1670 (not including cables or monitor, dvd/cd player) I believe it could give much more expensive systems a run for their money!!

Athena AS-C1 ($140 Shipped)
Athena AS-F2 (Pair, $350 shipped)
Athena AS-B1 (x4, $220 shipped)
HSU STF-2 ($360 shipped)
Pioneer Elite 54TX ($700 shipped)

I particularly love the bass. My GOD! THE STF-2 feels like it's gonna tear down the walls!

Anyhow, just thought I'd share my somewhat happy ending. No need to reply.


elite wanna-b
Unregistered guest
Who did you buy your Elite from?
Where you ok with this vendor?


Bronze Member
Username: Lytalbayre

Post Number: 31
Registered: Oct-04
I bought from this company called MayFairDigital.Com. The had the best price, but their ratings are pretty bad... so I did take a chance with them. I have to say they were not as bad as their reviews stated.

It cost only $55 for overnight shipping from NY to CA. I placed an order Sunday. I accidentally gave them the wrong billing address, so I had to call back a couple times. Got it on Wednesday and all is well. Thing was packaged professional and was brand new. It's working like a charm.

Plus, I think they have a 14 day return policy.

I would suggest you read the reviews. You're using a credit card, so you have pretty good security. I guess the question is whether or not you're willing to take a chance.

I was and it worked out okay. GOOD LUCK!

Silver Member
Username: Johnny


Post Number: 499
Registered: Dec-03
Keep in mind that some of these internet dealers may not be authorized dealers. While it is not absolutely necessary to buy from an authorized dealer, it does make things A LOT easier if you were ever to have problems with your receiver. Each brand should have a list of authorized dealers on their website.
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