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....and want the volume outdoors to be louder than the volume indoors... If someone could suggest a solution...that would be great.
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. It sounded better than my 70 lb 400W/channel power amps.
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. Cons: Features nice, but their quality control poor. 1st unit: output to left Speaker 1 not working. Replacement unit: output to left Speaker 1 worked even when Speaker 1 switched off.
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 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. I put on an album from 1977 and I swear it was like I had a cd playing. Absolutely no noise!! I like the simplicity of the tone knobs, too.
Summary: I used to own a Sansui 9090 for the past 30 years and I thought it was about the best receiver ever made but this Harmon/kardon is as good or better. I really like this one. It has hook ups for everything. Great piece of equipment.
Summary: When I received my HK 3485 receiver, I couldn't wait to set it up. I have read from others reviews how great this receiver was. And they was right. The wattage of power is as clean as you can get. And to work with my Bose's 901 that is a BIG plus by itself. This receiver is all worth it!
Summary: So far, it has worked with every configuration I've thrown at it. I still can't get it to work well with the Sat TV connection. Not sure what the trouble is but I really haven't tinkered with it enough to say it doesn't work. Signals are clear elsewhere and I don't have enough speaker to run the volume all the way up. H/K products have always served well and to get a factory refurbished one at the price I paid was well worth the money.