Summary: Just got this at a 2nd hand store a few days ago. In the past, have had some very good, but never any Very-High End, audio eqpt.; so, I bought it because of the reputation of H-K and needed a little more power than my Onkyo TX-80 for my Polk R15s.
Summary: The most important feature in this receiver was the use of pre outs and power amp ins. This allows the insertion of outboard processing gear. I use the ART 15 band EQ with a BBE Sonic Maximizer. You have to hear it to believe it. All receivers should have this feature, most do not.
Summary: ALways wanted a Harman/kardon stereo... quality and reputation speak for itself. The only thing I wish this receiver had was a way to contral the volume for speakers 1 and 2 separately... I have my outdoor speakers on channel 2 and indoor on channel 1...
Summary: I bought the Harman Kardon 3485 about a month ago from Harmanaudio as a refurbished unit. I had bought the 3490 previous to that and it sounded so good that I put it in my main system using the power amp section only with Rothwell attenuators plugged into the inputs.
Summary: I've had this receiver for 2 years now, and I've been very happy with it. I use it only for 2-channel listening, and 90% classical music. Another reviewer graded it down for a lack of bass- I haven't had that experience.
Summary: My 22 year old stereo receiver stopped working and I did not think repairing it a good investment. Used it to have good music in 2 different rooms. Saw refurbished units with new unit warrantees by Harmon Audio on ebay. Known as a reliable company so bid & bought one.
Summary: This receiver looks and sounds amazing! Very easy to use and set up. It looks good enough to want to keep it out of hiding. I use it with a set of Magnepans and a Velodyne subwoofer and it powers them very well... fantastic sound!!!
Summary: I was looking for a powerful reliable receiver for my stereo system. Every expert I spoke to recommended the Harman Kardon. I went with the HK3485 model for the extra power. I am glad I did. This is a great product at a great price.
Summary: I replaced a 15 year old Sony str-d1011 120 watt amp with this. I am pushing two Polk Monitor 60's and the sound is incredible. I was tired of "colored" surround sound 2 channel and wanted an amp with balls for music listening. Plus I still own vinyl so the dedicated phono pre-amp was a huge plus.