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Harmon Kardon dvd5 player will not come out of the standby mode , will not power up.

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  • lowone May 16, 2009

    This is a Harmon Kardon dvd5 5 disc dvd player. The standby button is pushed in, the power button is surrounded by a amber light ,the light needs to be green for the player to power up . HELP

  • lowone May 16, 2009

    I have the owners manual that came with the player .



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Hi lowone.

here is a review i got from or HK DVD5 users. Unfortunately HK cannot have the issue fixed over the phone, so the best way for you to resolve the issue is to bring the unit to an authorized dealer and have it repaired. a replacement is also possible depending on how well your unit came in.


I admit it, I am very partial to HK products. I own 2 of their receivers (one of these for 2 years, the other for 6, and they both

work beautifully), but as far as dvd players go, they have done a very shoddy job in terms of lasting power. The first unit that I bought lasted almost a year (to the day). Then one day, the unit wouldn't come out of standby mode, with a few dvds trapped inside. HKs techs couldn't help on the phone, and they had me drive down to New Jersey to an authorized dealer, who kept it for 2 months (these can only be repaired in CA at a specific HK repair shop it seems). After making a bit of a stink, HK sent me a refurbished model. I've used this one about 15 months, but now this one is starting to act flakey. The picture will start to stutter, and break up, then will stop completely. This is on pristine discs with no smudges or scratches. I have reset the processor, but this doesn't affect the problem. So now, I don't know how About Schmidt ends, because the player encountered these problems towards the end of the movie. Very aggravating. I spent about $500 for this, then had the long drawn out problems with getting the unit repaired, and when all is said and done, these played for about a year each before problems were encountered. HK definitely has to work on improving the longevity of their dvd players. Until then, I think I will shop for a different brand, since this one is on its last legs.

Hope this helps,



Posted on May 16, 2009

  • marlon john madrid
    marlon john madrid May 16, 2009

    HK DVD5 is the same with Harmon Kardon dvd5.

    do you still have the service manual for your Harmon Kardon dvd5

  • marlon john madrid
    marlon john madrid May 16, 2009

    good, looking at the troubleshooting part, and after doing the generic reset or restore, the manual will eventually ask you to contact HK.

    this kind of issue you just experienced it a fault within the board itself and HK have been having difficulties resolving the issue.

    read further on the review I posted earlier, i have found more than 5 of those reviews saying the same thing. usually this is a result after selecting another region for the player to play.



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