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. When I saw that it still had it's protective plastic on the faceplate, I grabbed it! (it's cleeaarly been taken care-of!) -not sure how they saw anything other than the lighted display of the faceplate, though?
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. Plenty of power and most importantly My Harmon Kardon receiver has been reliable over the last years. In my opinion this is a MUST BUY.
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: 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. I have my HK hooked up to a pair of JBL 4311s and when bass is called for, it's there. Even with classical music at normal listening volume (for me, about -30db) and with the speakers up on a bookshelf, this HK shakes my floor.
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 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. 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.