Summary: I bought an entry level Onkyo receiver a couple of weeks ago for about $150 bucks, and I felt, and still do feel, that it is a great product for the price. The 50W/channel, however, felt a little light for my Polk towers, so I got back on Amazon and looked for a beefier receiver to add to my wish list. I came across this beauty, read all the rave reviews, and found one "used," (repackaged) for the same price as my Onkyo, sitting in the Amazon Warehouse.
Summary: The product is well designed, sleek, seems to produce a clean sound and it is used to power a total of 9 pair of speakers throughout my house from a CD player (Onkyo) and an internet radio (Grace). Fairly easy installation, no issues there. Takes 2 digital outputs, that is great too!
Summary: It's wonderful and refreshing to see seperate bass and treble controls again. This receiver is stunning. It has a warm, rich tone and colors the music beautifully. After having several great "surround sound" receivers, I was happy to find a receiver that I could use to just play music and play music beautifully. The bass output of this unit is thick and deep and the treble output is crisp and clear and the mid-tones are well-blended and warm.
Summary: Trying to find a good stereo receiver in an ocean of surround sound receivers was a real challenge. I am happy to say all the research paid off. The Harman Kardon HK 3490 is amazing. I have it pushing 2 JBL Northridge tower speakers with 2 10" woofers in each tower. The most unique thing I can say is I CAN NOT GET THIS RECEIVER TO DISTORT! Seriously, even at +9db volume (i believe +12db is max) I can listen to anything from Snoop Dogg's "What's my Name?
Excellent stereo receiver with excellent features and excellent price
B. Victor, Amazon
1 February 2012
Summary: I purchased this receiver after reading a lot of online reviews and customer feedback. This is one product where the reviews were consistent and I have to agree with other reviewers as my experience has been the same. For starters, bonus points for amazon. Their price was great and the first pieces put out a dull hum and hiss on the right channel. I called amazon and told them I was hoping to replace it.
Summary: This is the only stereo receiver that I could find with built-in, high-quality DAC's. I'm using the optical audio in from a CD player, and this receiver (with the help of some Ascend Acoustics CBM170SE speakers) produces some of the most natural, distortion-free sound available anywhere near this price. I highly recommend this receiver if you value a clean and accurate sound. Don't be scared off by the seemingly low-wattage.
Summary: For a long time, I have listened to my Sanyo 2033 amplifier. It was made in 1979, and honestly, the sound coming from it was ok, but if I turned it up to any "loud" output level, the sound would become horribly distorted. I have never owned higher end equipment, but I am very good at distinguishing between good and bad sound. I would consider myself somewhat of an audiophile. Eventually, I became so dissatisfied with it that I bought this amplifier. Wow!
Great receiver with a hard-to-find combination of features.
D. Brown, Amazon
28 December 2011
Summary: There aren't that many high-quality simple stereo receivers out there today, most seem to be 5.1 or 7.1 units with finicky HDMI connectivity and support for only a single set of speakers. This receiver fills the niche for people who aren't so much into home theater and just want to listen to music. Pros: Simple - feature set is easy to understand and configure with pure 2-channel/stereo capability.
Summary: At $299 and free shipping, this deal is hard to beat. I thought the acoustics in my man cave were poor. Man, was I wrong. I just needed this receiver. I wanted a straightforward stereo receiver for music. When I do watch a DVD in here it is a live concert DVD. In other words I was not interested in all the surround sound technology aimed at movie watching. I hooked this baby up, turned it on, and listened to CDs for about six hours straight!
Summary: We've had this unit for less than a week, but so far, we're thrilled. I'd say it's a solid value at its retail price of $499, but right now through Amazon, this unit too good to ignore. We swapped out a B&K amplifier and a Rotel preamp/tuner in favor of the Harman Kardon. It's running a pair of Snell Type E III speakers, and sound comes from a Sony CD player or a Thorens turntable with a Sumiko moving coil cartridge. I find the sound more open and natural.