Summary: I purchased this based mainly on reviewer's great comments. It arrived quickly and in good packaging. I replaced a Hitachi stereo amplifier receiver that lacks digital input for iPOD, but the sound from it is still very good.
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.
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.
A good all around powerful receiver/amplifier/tuner.
Jennifer Eustace "kittywee", Amazon
13 August 2011
Summary: We have large (old) MagnaPlanar speakers that require more power to run than most modern receiver/tuner/amplifiers put out. We don't use the tuner option as we are in a dead area for radio reception, so cannot comment. However, it works well for our purposes.
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.
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...
Summary: I have paired the HK 3490 with Bose 901 Series 6 speakers and for the quality of sound it produces there is no competition in < $500 price range. Initially I used the RCA cable from the box to play music from my Ipod and was alarmed by the weak sound from the speakers.
Summary: I needed something that would accommodate my Bose 901 speakers, which require use of the Bose equalizer that comes with them, and also a Phono In for my turntable. In the old days we used the tape monitor to get the equalizer in the loop. Many receivers don't have that at all.
Summary: I doubt there are a lot of people who own both of these receivers, but I now do. It's a long story as to why I did that, some of which will be explained here. If you are trying to decide which 2 channel HK receiver to buy, I can now share with you what I found in terms of how much difference 120...
Summary: I needed an "old school" powerful reciever to use my Technics SLQL-1 Linear Tracking Turnatable to play my large collection of vinyl. I also want to use my vintage Technics SH-8020 equalizer without a tape deck. This reciever fits the bill perfectly!