The Harman Kardon AVR 1610S gives plenty of upgrades as it adds the “S” moniker (which is akin to Apple’s style of naming their iPhones). It adds Spotify connect and five HDMI 2.0 ports. These are mixed with the predecessor’s standard features such as wireless Bluetooth streaming and the same price point. However, there is no Wi-Fi connectivity.
The Harman Kardon AVR 1610S is a Decent Performer, But It’s Not a Winner
When it comes to home-theater playback, the Harman Kardon AVR 1610S performs excellently. It creates a soundfield that competes with its competitors well as it envelops listeners to the audio it emits. In terms of music replay, it is okay, but there are other options in the market that is able to do better in this department, such as the Yamaha RV-X479.
As for the design of the AVR 1610S, it provides a pleasing look if you’re a fan of HK’s style. It has a minimalistic design and the receiver is the spitting image of its predecessor. When it comes to the height, the “S” version of the 160 stands at 4.75-inches.
Unlike other similar brands, there is only one knob for the 160S, and it does what you would expect it to do – adjust the volume. For other receivers, there are other dials or knobs. For the 160S, it only has small source up/down buttons as compared to others who have source dials.
The menu interface looks something straight out of a 1980s high-tech film. It is horribly outdated as it displays a 480i interface with blocky white text. However, this may not be a problem for many as the main focus of the receiver would have to be its sounds and not its UI.
There is Harman’s “TrueStream” Bluetooth technology included in the package. This allows for wireless streaming for any phone or tablet. There is also an Ethernet port located in the device which allows for wired networking support. However, there is no Wi-Fi embedded into the device so you can’t natively connect it to your home smart network. That being said, there are peripherals that can let you have this functionality, such as the Chromecast Audio. But then again, there are people who do not want to spend extra money on a feature that should be built into the device in the first place.
The 10-pound Harman Kardon AVR 1610S has all the basic features installed within the device and can deliver great performance. However, the exclusion of Wi-Fi connectivity limits wireless options. Furthermore, when it comes to sound quality, there are other better options in the market that are also within the same price range.