Summary: I was recently using a HK 3480 and AVR 354 for music. I sold the HK 3480 and for a while I was using the AVR 354. Well they both sounded great, but I wanted a stereo receiver instead of a surround. SO I decided to look for the newest model of Harman Kardon Stereo receiver. I found this. I like this best out of both. Has clearer sound than the AVR 354 and has fuller sound than the HK 3840.
Summary: I purchased this stereo receiver to drive the speakers I have throughout the house and I am delighted with it. The sound it produces is full, rich and clean. It has ample power to simultaneously drive all my speakers, even my set of Vandersteens with low sensitivity (mid 80's). I have a different system with 5.1 sound for my home entertainment area and I felt that stereo sound was adequate for the rest of the house.
Perfect replacement for older receiver having phono input
Teacher's Pet, Amazon
29 April 2011
Summary: As a replacement for an older receiver that failed, the Harman Kardon HK 3490 receiver fulfilled all requirements nicely. It has phono inputs for a turntable plus enough other inputs for plenty of other components (DVD/CD, tape recorder (in/out), cable TV, game system, camcorder). Four audio/video inputs (one on the front, three on the back) switch A/V to a common output connected, for example, to HDTV.
Summary: Hi, I have had this receiver for about 3 weeks now and is just phenomenal as far as sound and build quality goes. The connectors have good quality, as the other receiver I have bad connectors. As others say, the remote is pretty large but is very easy to use in the dark, because of it being so big. If you are on a mid size budget for great sound, please get this. As I was (and still) very pleased, I think you will be too.
Summary: For the past half dozen years I've been slowly upgrading my stereo equipment, piece by piece. This was the last major piece because, frankly, I expected it would make the least difference relative to what it replaced (Sony HT receiver, 80 wpc). But at this reasonable price, figured I couldn't go far wrong. I've had the unit for about a month now, and it has made a much bigger improvement than I expected in my sound.
Pros: Easy To Setup, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality, Lots of clean power
Summary: The HK3490 is a work of art. It's beautiful to look at and sounds incredible. Puts out more than enough power to my Polk Audio TSi400 Floorstanding Speaker (Single, Black) and I get great bass from my Pioneer SW-8 subwoofer. I'm very happy with my purchase.
Summary: Plenty of power, nice flat converters. Can't complain about the sound. It took me some time to figure out how to turn on digital inputs, even with instructions. FM reception is worse than my previous Sherwood receiver using the same antenna (and much worse than HK in my car). Don't really like the design of the volume knob. Remote control gave me some good laugh when I first saw it - it is huge, like the ones that are sold at Walmart for seniors with poor vision.
Summary: I have this H/K3490 .paired with my AVR2600,I am useing a Niles A/B Amp switch so i can use just my Polk M70s for two channel stereo..I got the H/K3490 from J&R at a great price!.All My gear is from J&R!.I saved over $2,000!..I wanted a lil more power for two channel stereo..This H/K3490 is a Beast!Nice output!Really clean..very open sound stage!..Soooo...glad i got this unit!People for what J&R has this unit going for..It,s a steal!
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Setup, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality, Well built
Summary: I consider myself an audiophile, but a reasonable one. I'm not going to spend $48,000 on a turn table or anything like that (yes, they exist [...]. With technology as good as it is these days, a cheap amplifier can create pretty darn good sound. One important aspect of listening to music (for me) is the accessibility to music. I wanted to base my purchase on the medium in which the music will be played. I originally wanted to go with a turn table.