Summary: Most new receivers have a high THD percentage; standards lowered when home theaters became popular. Not this puppy! Sounds clear as day at high volumes. No distortion! You can pair it up with the Bridge II and run your ipod with the stereo's remote - pretty slick. The best thing about this receiver is the old school fidelity (low THD), and how it sounds with analog vinyl. Great with turntables! Great product.[...
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Summary: This receiver worked well for two weeks. Then the right speaker stopped. I did a reset of the onboard hardware per the tech guy at HK, but it didn't work. Some internal problem. The folks at the factory were very helpful and the receiver is now on its way to them to be replaced (my cost for the postage/handling is over $40). Of course, if I had known this would happen I would not have purchased it. I'll give the replacement a chance.
Summary: To all you music lovers hk3490 is a great receiver and i just love it,i use the receiver for playing cd's, and as well as for my old school radio station,but most of all for my turntable,see I'm old school myself and all i want is that old school beat and i have it with the HK3490 thank you harman/karden for making my day,and most of all thank you buy.com for helping the public with our needs.
Summary: I am very pleased with this unit. I bought it to listen to music, mainly jazz, although I do have it hooked up to my HDTV as well. I bought it with the Bridge II iPod accessory. It gives me high quality stereo using everything from a turntable to digital. I find the reproduction quality to be first rate. The sound is bright, much like live music. I have been going through my music collection and realizing how much I have been missing using my old receiver.
Summary: I purchased this unit for a two room setup (only 1 rm setup for now). I have it run to a pair of Klipsch 4.5s. Sounds great. Some have commented on the bright sound. Hard to tell on the KGs as their horns sound that way already. Overall, I think it sounds balanced. There's quite enough power to drive the KGs LOUD (only when the kids and wife are out). Two (minor) wants: 1. Illuminated function buttons, and 2. more options for adjusting the bass/treble balance.
Summary: Got this to Drive my Boston Acoustic outdoor rock speakers RK8T2G. The Amplifier is plenty powerful and sounds amazing. I've been using it for a few days now and both the Speakers and the Receiver are breaking in nicely. Even outdoors it is powerful enough to reproduce a large sound stage. Great separation of Low Mids which results in next to no muddiness. This is a great receiver for when all you want to do is listen to music through a great set of speakers.
Pros: Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality
Summary: I only had this reciever now for three days but see nothing wrong with it in my world. I like the feature of the music cutting off when you put in the head phone plug. You can then listen to what you just recorded and then go back to speaker with switching thing off. I like the remote. At first it looked a little long but compared to the remote for the 3480 I like the feature of no sliding comparment to hide the numbers. I am waiting for my XM equipment.
Pros: Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality
Pretty good receiver but suspecting its volume is too weak
B. Ren, Amazon
21 April 2010
Summary: I just got my HK 3490. For moderate listening, I have to turn the volume up to -23DB for classical music, and -33DB otherwise in a 13x46 room. For a 120W x 2 receiver I am expecting something much louder. I hooked up the receiver using optical output to a pc sound card. While turning the volume of my pc up to 100% I still find HK 3490 pretty quiet paired up with Bose 901 speakers.