Summary: This 120 watt/channel receiver pumps out clean and undistorted Music-not just volume! Two digital inputs-coax and optical-add a nice "new" school touch to a basic "old school" stereo receiver. The Dolby virtual speaker feature is great for movies and far outclasses HK's previous VMAX offering. However, the display dimmer function is located only on the remote and is a rather awkward design.
Summary: After about 15 years my Pioneer VSX-D503S receiver fizzled out, so I was on the hunt for a replacement and I found it in the HK3490. It has plenty of power to drive my Bose Acoustimass 5 III speakers. I think that I will enjoy this receiver for years to come. There is nothing wrong with this basic receiver that I can see. It was certainly worth the price.
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Durable, Easy To Set Up, Good Power, Streamline
Summary: I had a hard time looking for a newer model receiver that would work with my BOSE 901 speakers. This was the perfect solution! The power is sufficient, the sound clean, and it has all the functions you can find in more expensive receivers. It got a lot of compliments for its good looks too. Great equipment at a great price!
Pros: Accurate Controls, Clean Sound, Easy To Set Up, Good Power
Summary: I purchased this Harman Kardon HK-3490 to drive my 3 pair of Klipsch AW 5.25's I have outside at my pool. I tried a Onkyo TX-8555 and a Sony STR DE-197. The Sony and the Onkyo barely drove the Klipsch. However the HK-3490 had several times the power. This unit is very old school in that respect, but with plenty of new features that you would expect. J&R's price was excellent.
Summary: I looked at several differnt brands of receivers including Onkyo, Yamaha, and Denon. This receiver had the most power and the cleanest sound for the money. I have it powering two sony tower speakers. These speakers have never sounded so good. I can only imagine what it will sound like with a set of high end speakers. The receiver produces delicate highs and decent bass, and with the 2 powered sub outs you can add as much bass as you like. Overall I am very satisfied.
Summary: Quick shipping, easy tracking. Package was beat up pretty bad. So of course I was worried some what. Being double boxed and with some luck, receiver is fine and works great as expected. Great band for the buck. Highly recommended for 2 channel system with plenty of power. Im using it with a 120 watt powered sub, a pair of cerwin vegas AT 12, with eminance 12" 200 watt rms woofer replacements for spk A and for spk B a pair of vintage tempest Lab series 3 bookshelf spk.
Summary: Made in China cheap junk,certainly not the quality of the old HK stuff.For the price I guess it is acceptable but if you want something with high power and clean undistorted sound you are going to have to spend much more money.