Summary: From Facebook share earlier today... Okay, this post and the last one is directed to my audio geek friends (I know there's a couple of you out there) Then I'll shut up about it. I hafta eat crow. For 20 years I've preached about how The sweetness of a vacuum tube set cannot be matched by silicon, transistors etc. But the engineers at harman/kardon have done it. I know some purists will wanna fight me on it and that's okay.
Summary: The HK3390 with my jbl 2600 and infinity Primus 160, had a nice warm sound that stayed nice with no distortion even at -3db. I had a HK3270 running the same speakers, and when you compare them head to head, the 3390 is more detailed and handled sending power to the speakers way better.
Summary: This is actually probably closer to a 3.5 review, but I rounded it up because I'm such a nice guy. This receiver came in and I was surprised by its size, I don't know what I was expecting, but I'm just going to say I'm extremely satisfied with the entire large presentation of this thing. The volume knob is excellent. Nice and large. I noticed another reviewer said his fingers were too big to turn the bass/treble and balance knobs.
Summary: I haven't been in the market for a receiver for over 15 years. I got my first in 1965. So while I don't consider myself an audiophile I do know what my brain finds pleasing. This amp. is just what I was looking for. I wanted enough power. While the HK 3390 would not light up Empire State building I think it might be able to handle the George Washington Bridge. Decent AM/FM reception. Done Enough inputs.
Summary: I figured I'd spend a little extra money on a brand that's notable for it's quality. Well, as my luck would have it, I got a defective product. With my speakers properly wired, there is no sound output to the speakers. By turning the volume all the way down and hearing the slight "pop" sound coming from the speakers, I know that they are not the problem, but instead this "world class" PIECE OF JUNK. I attach the FM receiver and don't even get static.
Summary: Disappointed I am in this product: I trusted Harmon as a brand I use for years in Trinidad and Tobago. I went out and bought this stereo receiver for home use. It was shipped to my Miami address and then forwarded to me in Trinidad. Package arrived fine and in unopened condition. Unfortunately, when I wired it up everything worked absolutely fine except the output stage from the amplifier to the speakers.
Great for the ears; a little difficult for the eyes
14 October 2012
Summary: Wonderful sound. Unfortunately HK has not taken a "universally accessible" approach. We have to keep a flashlight and reading glasses right next to the receiver to be able to discern the buttons. The unit looks sleek and elegant from afar but at the great cost of user friendliness. Why not let everyone easily access the simple but awesome features offered here? Still, for the quality of sound, would not trade.
Along With That Great Sound, A Few Disappointing Inelegancies
31 July 2012
Summary: As an maturing audiophile, reading the reviews here before I made the purchase, it was great to find people who still place a high value on what a component actually sounds like. I am satisfied with the product in that regard and I suppose I should appreciate it. That being said, the usability and ostensible quality are not what I would have expected from Harman Kardon. On the front panel, all the button labels are positioned significantly off-center.
Summary: I have always read the reviews. I have never felt impelled ro write one untill now. Please take a chance to read the history of the founder of this great company. It's on their website. I have bought their components since the 70's. They are nothing short of outstanding.I knew that then and I know that now. If you think that there is something better out there, you are mistaken. This product continues to be the only component that graces my house.
Summary: Finally, someone has built a receiver for those who still love playing Vinyl records. Thank You Harman/Kardon! Oh, and thanks goes to all the great review writers that led me toward the right selection.