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Old 05-09-2006, 07:54 PM
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Harman Kardon 430 Receiver

Yesterday I picked up this little gem at the local resale shop for $20. Everything I've checked on it works, it wasn't very dusty and won't take much to clean up. My question is this: Does anyone have any info on this receiver? Like when was it produced, retail price, wattage (I think it's about 30W) etc. Anything you can tell me about it would be appreciated. It'll make a nice addition to my receiver collection. A Google search hasn't really turned up much at all. I was surprised to see the dual power supplies and caps when I removed the cover...
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:09 PM
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Folks over on the Klipsch forum are nuts about the HK x30 line of receivers. You might head over there an do a search. $20 is a screaming good deal for a 430. Congrats!
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:14 PM
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Try search on Internet. H/K has website with lots of info on their "old" gear.
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:22 PM
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Marketed around 1974-1976. I sold quite a few of those.
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Old 05-09-2006, 09:17 PM
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www.harmankardon.com has many, many of their legacy products' manuals on-line, including the hk430: http://manuals.harman.com/HK/Owner%2...nual/430om.pdf

The 430 and its siblings (330C and 730) were beautifully designed and very good performing receivers of their day. Quite popular, even though the modest 25 wpc 430 was quite expensive compared to many of the popular brands. The 430 and 730 boast beefy 'dual mono' power supplies.
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Old 05-09-2006, 10:49 PM
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Hk430

Thanks for the help! I hadn't gotten around to checking the HK site before I contacted AK but I did since reading the replies here and have become a little more enlightened with the units history. I've started cleaning the unit up and I hope to find a nice shelf to rest it on when I'm done.
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Old 05-10-2006, 03:29 AM
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This post by Ethink gives you a lot of info. After reading it, I bought a 430 which I love and am waiting on a delivery of a 930 soon. The HK line mates very well with the Classic AR line. I have the 430 pushing a pair of AR7s and the 930 will drive the 2ax's.

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Old 05-10-2006, 09:31 AM
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There have been tons of post here on AK about the 430. If you do a search, you will find a lot of useful information.
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:07 AM
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There have been tons of post here on AK about the 430. If you do a search, you will find a lot of useful information.
And I did just that. I plan on mating it to a pair of AR-14s (under restoration)and an AR-XB turntable for some long term listening.
Thanks again!
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Old 05-10-2006, 10:19 AM
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The Harman Kardon 430 (and 330) is such a nice looking receiver. Incidentally, when doing a search look under both "Harmon" (incorrect spelling) and "Harman" (correct spelling), you will find info under both names (as well as at ebay).

In college, I had a friend with a H/K 330 that he used to bring to the studio (before the Sony Walkman days!) with his Koss headphones...such a nice piece, just like the Marantz 2015, such pretty and understated units in the midst of the receiver wars.
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Old 05-10-2006, 11:28 AM
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A couple of months ago, I confessed to my sister about my growing addition to vintage audio equipment. She replied that she had an old receiver that she had bought in the late seventies, but she could not remember what kind it was. It turns out to be a H/K 430 with original box, but I have not had the chance to get up there to get it. It is just a 6 hour drive away.
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Old 05-10-2006, 03:18 PM
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The Harman Kardon 430 (and 330) is such a nice looking receiver. Incidentally, when doing a search look under both "Harmon" (incorrect spelling) and "Harman" (correct spelling), you will find info under both names (as well as at ebay).
Thanks for the spelling lesson...silly me!
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Old 05-10-2006, 09:38 PM
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ARguy,

Really nice looking receiver Great score at 20$

Similar to my 330C which is a sweet little unit. DOA purchase for 14$ but working now It's driving some AR2's in the basement. Oooooooh the bass........the rest of the range is ok too. Veerry easy pleasant listening.

Enjoy.
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Old 07-09-2006, 07:04 AM
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Last year, I picked up a 430 in a used shop in Toronto. It is in really fantastic condition. Last week, I a/b'd it with a new Bryston B100SST ($3000 US). Everyone preferred the tone of the 430. What a great piece of electronics. I just dropped it off for a check-up as it was starting to get a little noisy. I'm kicking myself because a little while ago, I stumbled across a museum quality example of one. The guy wanted $250 cdn for it, but had I have known how much I'm digging this receiver, I would have bought it.

Enjoy your 430!!
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Old 08-15-2006, 09:13 PM
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h/k x30 Receivers - A Brief History

I have owned and collected h/k receivers since 1972.

The h/h x30 receivers all had similar styling; silver front plate with black tuner area. These were very nicely designed units and still look "right" today. These units were all built with high quality components.

The h/k 630 and 930 were h/k dual-powered receivers in the first half of the 1970s. The h/k 930 was rated at 45 wpc; the h/k 630 was rated at 30 wpc.

The h/k 430 and 730 were the h/k dual-powered receivers in the second half of the 1970s. The h/k 730 was rated at 45 wpc; the h/k 430 was rated at 30 wpc. These units were based on the earlier receivers, with very slightly revised styling.
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