Summary: As others have stated, the vmax is a no-go unless you want suckey sounding music. As I stated in a review for some Infinity speakers, when I tried to build my only other stereo in the mid '70s I learned to buy the speakers first and build from that. I was looking at Polks but a set of Infinity P363s came up at a ridiculously low price so I grabbed them. Knowing I wanted pure stereo this receiver came up from Books buy Mark so I grabbed it. Books buy Mark rocks.
Summary: Good receiver--decent sound--the remote is a bit antediluvian, but about a day after the warranty was up the receiver started going into 'protect' mode the moment I would turn it on--shutting itself off before I could adjust anything--apparently a short problem in one or more of the primary amp IC's--commonly reported on the internet. The repair would cost more than half the price i paid for the receiver.
Summary: I have been using high-end separates for about thirty years, and they have deteriorated to the point where they had to be replaced. Since I am also thirty years older (77) I knew I didn't need a 200 watts per channel amp,Yamaha preamp and tuner any longer. All were sounding their age, with problems. About two weeks ago, I found the Harman-Kardon 3480 at Amazon and decided it would do what I needed. I was right...it sounds great with my old, and much loved AR-9 speakers.
Summary: for an non-true audiophile this is an excellent unit. produces a very nice 4 speaker sound for my big screen tv and handles classical music on the same speakers with a great deal of clarity. the remote really doesn't present a use problem even tho the print is small and the word color doesn't stand out.
Summary: It works, but there are quite a few annoyances: 1. You can connect 2 pairs of speakers, but there is only one volume control so what is the right loudness in one room won't be in the other. 2. The remote is loaded with buttons, but several don't work with this item, you have to buy other HK products. And they don't work with anything else I have. I now have 4 remotes in front of me, TV, VHS, CD/DVD, and now receiver.
An excellent value if you can live w/ just two speaker system
Gerald Siegel, Amazon
8 April 2007
Summary: I see this as a secondary, or bedroom unit for a two speaker ensemble. I am using it with a Bose Acoustimass 2 alongside a TV. I have no need for the tuner or phono input,so I can't remark on those. ( I get my FM from a cable box). The amplifiers are clean and efficient. The box is both rugged and remarkably handsome and upscale. A spare European look that reminds one of the early Bang and Olafson receivers. This is one big heavy box,about 24 pounds.
Summary: I am a novice at buying stereo equipment and I pretty much relied on the reviews of this receiver before making the purchase. I also purchased the Bose Acoustimass speakers and the Sony HDMI DVD/CD player. I waited awhile and researched and read all the reviews I could find on my purchases and after hooking it all up, I could not be happier with the sound. I love all types of music from rock to classical and the sound is symphonic for sure.
Summary: I replaced a vintage amp/tuner set up with the HK3480 about 1 month ago. Sound is excellent, circuitry is quiet, FM is superb. I also like the design, although tastes vary. A great receiver for any 2 channel system. Here are the caveats: >The remote control is poorly designed. Infrequently used buttons are hidden behind a sliding panel which doesn't slide open or closed easily. >No loudness control...if that matters to you. >vMAX surround sound effect is dreadful.
Summary: Right out of the box I found this unit extremely easy to use and setup. I do a LOT of audio and vido conversion for website streaming and I did not need one of the "high end" digital receivers. This unit has just the right number of in/out ports with extras. The A/V in/outs are terrific for what I needed. I was able to hook up my old Turn Table, Tape Deck, DVD/VHS unit, Cable TV, input from my HD Digital Cable Box via an S-Video/audio and my PC. Everything works great.
Summary: One star for Amazon and their 3rd party seller, Electronics Expo. The original purchase was delivered in timely manner from EE although it arrived DOA with the "Protect" readout on. After numerous emails and several calls to EE's supposed customer service number and no reply from them for a return number, I turned to Amazon for help. Their A to Z guarantee finally worked in getting a credit to my card. It still took several days of "investigation".