Summary: I use this receiver to power a pair of Ascend CMT-340's in a small apartment. The HK offers PLENTY of power -- it makes the Ascends really shine, even when reproducing explosions in movies (Band of Brothers). I use the digital inputs for PS3 and computer hookups, and they work exceptionally well -- I have only ever gotten the receiver to accept PCM (no success with AAC or a Dolby signal over digital; supported formats not listed in the manual) but the sound quality is...
Pros: Beautiful Design, Clear Sound, Easy To Setup
Summary: The sound is loud and bright, you can feel the rythm and feel that it is moving the speakers. It is good for music. It can play CD music via digital inputs; however it cannot process the digital output from a DVD or Cable/Sat/FIOS box. This defeats the purpose. In short, you will not be able to listen to any TV program audio from your box nor any music from DVD video clips.
Pros: Clear Sound, Easy To Setup, Intuitive Controls, Thundering Bass
Excerpt: Vanns had the best price on this unit and shipped it immediately so Im not sure what more I could ask for from them. As far as the product itself Im very pleased. Im using it to power my Athena AS-F2.2 floor standing speakers and it sounds fantastic. Coming from my old JBL DCR600 this HK 3490 sounds cleaner with significantly tighter bass.
Summary: I purchased the receiver from J&R a little over a year ago. It worked great and all of a sudden the right channel stopped working and the receiver gave an error message. I called HK and they gave me an RA. The replacement sent has a faulty display. I wrote them and have not heard any response as of yet. It does have a feature that turns of the lighting. I am using it because visually it is annoying. Still sounds great but I am disappointed with HK.
Summary: I have been looking for a receiver to drive a pair of 20 year old Snell bookshelf speakers and this is it. I did not want a receiver for my TV, so I won't comment on how it works with movies, etc. I just wanted a receiver that would produce quality sound and push the Snell speakers. I am extremely happy with this product and am sure you will be if you are looking for a stereo receiver. It looks great and sounds even better.
Excerpt: I bought this very nice receiver for my wilderness home in Young AZ. There is no FM radio reception there so I was mainly interested in coupling it with XM radio and using it with CDs and have also found that it works well with streaming from satellite internet service. I am using it with a pair of Klipsch RF 5 speakers. The system can fill a 27x54 foot 1.5 level log home with clean sound. The Dolby adjustments work very nicely with the log walls.
Excerpt: Very satisfied with my Harmen Karden HK3490. I purchased it mainly because its compatible with my Bose 901 speakers. Im also very satisfied with Vanns and I will purchase other electronic items from them in the future. Vanns customer service is outstanding.