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Harman Kardon Citation 17

Professional Solid State Preamplifier / Audio Equalizer (1975)

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Harman Kardon Citation 17


The Harman Kardon Citation Seventeen is a high-end, stereo pre-amplifier unit with audio equalizer.


Frequency response: 5Hz to 125kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.001%

Input sensitivity: 2.8mV (MM), 200mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 80dB (MM), 92dB (line)

Output: 2V (Pre out)

Dimensions: 406 x 120 x 305mm

Weight: 9kg

Finish: silver front panel

Year: 1975



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Reviewed Jan 21st, 2019 by coriolan


Reviewed Nov 05th, 2017 by AC Trust

Probably one of the most underrated and best pre amps ever made.

Build quality is industrial. Sound quality is fantastic. Quality knobs and sliders. Very quiet with no hum or hiss from the EQ section like the Citation Eleven produces.

Even in today's market (2017), I consider this to be one of the best analog pre amps you can get. They are becoming more and more rare so I would grab one if you have the opportunity. Get it recapped / serviced.

Pair this pre amp with any power amp for amazing sound but it excels with the Citation Twelve and Citation Sixteen power amps. The frequency response is stellar, having ultra-wide bandwidth this allows the full signal to come through. Amazing.

The C17 is also very well appointed with 3 Aux inputs, 2 Pre outs, 2 tape inputs, 2 tape outputs, 2 tape monitors and a tuner input. The volume knob is a 32-step / fixed-resistors attenuator.

Available in Silver or Black.



coriolan's picture

re: Citation 17

recently recapped and serviced, the Citation ( I own the 17 ) is a real great tool for analoque-lovers and addicts.

Excellent tank-built and performance, so many signal opportunities and a superb very useable EQ.

Sweet & warm performance, very silent with a great bandwidth at excellent specs.

Elegant finish, first class appearance and touch.

What a sleeper, what a useable machine!

HK 17: full points

re: Citation 17

I am now an owner of a Cit 17 as well. It’s beautiful I’m sound and construction. Thinking about a recap.

How was yours performing before the recap? Mine doesn’t really start to sing until about 9:00 on the volume dial.


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