Amplifier Harman HK 980

Much like the player, also the Harman HK 980 (500 euro) endeavoured to great perspectives, where he however unilaterally took control of the heights.

  1. Amplifier Harman HK 980
  2. Data sheet

The inspection of the player led to amazement, the testers at the HK 980 no longer brought to the mouth. The Harman for the right and left channel brings two separate power amplifiers as well as very large amplifier a la Accuphase. And while not prissy. The two main Power storage cos (with twice 12_000 Microfarads capacity) in every aisle already illustrate that the Harman vehemently can strike. It also the sweaty on massive heatsinks quartets, 15-ampere fixed output transistors (2SC5242/2SA1962) leave no doubt.

Finally, Harman will not only on electric power, but also on a circuit that relies more on fast local linearization as on the slower over all negative feedback in order to avoid distortion. HD brings a lavish single transistor pre out amp 980 on top of that, the fan must the amplifier look it up, that he leaves the input, recording and the volume dial, as well as the first voltage increases built-in devices.

ERGO the handling of Phonosignalen, after the Pro-Ject Xperience (test in this booklet), minimal brushed on, but usable sounds.

During CD playback, the Harman then ran up to top form. As expected he generated the most plump bass of various boxes. They were especially stress free to enjoy, because reserves were still noticeable in any case.

Much like the player has also the amp sought to great perspectives, where he however unilaterally took control of the heights. The slope to the nerve sparing deepened after the combination of the Harmänner. The fans who want to have hold and at the same time cozy, are therefore welcome the two with handshake.


Harman would have to treat rather HK 980 a main amplifier input instead of the preout with extra amp. Pure enjoyed the output amps had is certainly special pleasure.

Harman / Kardon HD 980

Manufacturer Harman / Kardon
Price €500.00
Rating 39.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 44,0 x 11, 6 x 39.0 cm
Weight 12.7 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB.
Muting (via FB)
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 4 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 2
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 146.0 W / 92.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 177.0 W / 107.0 W
Noise line 92.0 dB(A)
Short conclusion The Harman amplifier brings incredibly pithy, extremely powerful dual mono-Endstuifen for the price of 500 euros. Sonically Harman voted more gently reserved his amp.
Sound Upper middle class
Sound points analog
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points Netzwerk-In
(maximum 70 points)
Sound points USB-In
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Overall rating (maximum 120 well 62 points
Price-performance ratio Very good
tested in issue: 3 / 10