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.
Summary: Purchased this as a strictly music only amp. And for that, this unit is perfect and beyond! The internal pre-amp for my tuntable is very quiet and sounds absolutely stunning. With the volume very high during the runout lead, the sound was just a faint hiss. I decided not to buy a stand-alone pre-amp because it was that great.
Summary: The Harman Kardon HK 3490 is a great sounding stereo receiver with no nonsense power. My setup is the 3490's pre amp outs to a BBE DS24 digital crossover. Crossovers High outs (90hz and above) returned to the 3490s pre amp ins, then out the power amps in the HK to a set of Magneplanar SMGa speakers. Crossover Low out (90hz and below) to a pair of Yamaha YST-SW150 powered subwoofers. System eq and a time alignment check was done with Smaart FFT software.
Summary: I recently purchased my HK 3490 stereo receiver. My previous HK receiver that I had had since 1986 had to go to recycling Heaven after 25 years of faithful service. Although the new HK is bigger and heavier in size (I figured it wouild be smaller and lighter the way most electronics have shrunk in size and weight), I had no problem fitting it into the cabinet where my old HK sat for 25 years.
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: 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: Okay i have had my H/K2600 for about 9 months now and Luv it!I have had no audio or video dropouts...I have done two updates on it for H/K website..I have been eyeing the H/K3490 for some time..and when J&R drop it for under $300..i couldn't pass it up..I got it in this week..I wanted a lil more power for two channel stereo..I am useing a Niles A/B Amp switch...for going between amps..it works great..People the H/K 3490 is a beast!.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Easy To Setup, Good Power Output, Good Remote Control, Great Sound Quality, High Output