Excerpt: Im an old school stereo guy. I have tried home theatre systems but since I listen mainly to music they were useless. I have alway been seeking a great stereo receiver for many years but the best ones have always been just out of reach. Went thru alot of them and then I found this one. It was a bit pricey but when I applied the you get what you pay for equation it was a great deal.
Summary: I bought this receiver about a month ago. It was to replace an aged Technics receiver of 165 watts/channel. The Technics had developed some intermittently noisy internal components somewhere downstream of the volume control. The noise, when occasionally present, exiting the receiver at full 165 watt levels immediately destroyed the voice coils of the silk soft dome high frequency drivers in an (otherwise) excellent mid-1970s vintage Visonik passive subwoofer speaker...
Summary: I bought one of these cheap and I've used this thing at different places around the house, and brought it to friends' for parties. I have used it to drive some Sony SSF-7000s alone in the garage. I think they sounded better then with my pioneer 1018, in nearly the same config. Then I powered some Polk RTi-A1s, then some Monitor 70s, both helped by a PSW505. All sounded amazing.
Summary: I wanted a stereo receiver without the surround sound B/S. I reseached for serve hours online and found the unit with the wattage in needed. Also found it priced the best at J.R.'s. I'm very satified with it. I broke it in this past weekend at my pool party. It's never give me any problems and still had alot of juice left. I have it hooked up to four 6.5 book shelf infinity speakers and a polk 10" sub. Sounds Great.
Pros: Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Summary: The 26 year old Carver power amp in my main stereo began failing, and I saw there was not much on the market now under $1000 for 2 channel amps. I decided to buy a Harman Kardon HK 3490 and couldn't be happier. The tonality and dynamics of the amp/preamp sections are great, and blew away the power amps that I recently purchased and returned. It has a smooth and neutral to warm sound quality through out the audio spectrum with excellent clarity, even at low volumes.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
Summary: For its price point, the HK3490 is fantastic. It actually sounds similar in many respects (especially in the mids) to my previously owned Rotel preamp/NAD power amp--but at roughly 15% of the cost. The high current amp produces a sound that is clear, alive, and without distortion at high volumes; and it doesn't lose any of its dynamics at low volumes.
Pros: Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality