Summary: I bought this HK3490 to replace a very old and beloved HK AVR7000. The home theater stuff on the market did not meet with my expectations and I did months of research trying to duplicate the crisp, clean highs and thunderous bass delivered by the AVR7000, which I used as a stereo. I will admit to being something of an audiophile snob ... albeit one on a relatively tight budget.
Summary: I use this receiver to power a 1977 Rotel turntable with Shure V15 TypeIII cartridge and a pair of Polk 45B bookshelf speakers. I am very pleased. It brings out the warm sounds that vinyl offers. It's amazing how clear the vocals sound. The FM tuner works very well also. The only reason I don't give it five stars is that it is made in China and I'm not sure the quality is that of when HK was made in Japan. Still, it performs as well as receivers twice the price.
Summary: After reading through the 250+ reviews here I ordered this "beast". This good looking receiver was on my doorstep when I got home after work waiting patiently for me to "do the needful". I lifted it from my front porch, and it had some real weight to it (31.5 pounds). I easily un-boxed it, no marks to speak of on either of the 2 boxes with minimal packing by amazon.
Summary: I've been with Harman Kardon since I built, from a kit, a stereo amplifier during finals week in 1962. It still works!! I'm now using primarily the HJ-3490 and I like it as much as my very first HK. Great products.
Summary: I have owned the Harmon Kardon 3490 for about 19 months now. It was just working great till I ran into two different problems about 6 weeks back. 1) The receiver's sound output started halting. The sound output to the speakers dropped every other second or so and then recovered. Needless to say, this was a very annoying problem. I re-checked all the connections coming into the receiver and going out of the receiver, all the connections were just fine.
Summary: I have owned Harman Kardon receivers for the last 40 years. I have always found them superior to other brands I have tried. The clarity of the sound on this model is excellent. I have it connected to a pair of Klipsch speakers, and it brings out their full potential quite nicely. I especially enjoy listening to individual instrument solos in an orchestra. They stand out very clearly. I highly recommend this receiver. It's the best HK receiver I have owned.
Very good sound and features - cannot believe the value
10 December 2012
Summary: As the title suggests, I find this to be a fantastic value for money. I wanted to buy a two channel receiver/amp specifically for listening to music as I was not at all satisfied with the sound I was getting from my A/V receiver. The HK 3490 is night and day different compared to my A/V receiver and I am very satisfied with it.
Summary: Purchased this to upgrade an 85 WATT Onkyo and after all the rave reviews I was pretty jacked up to try it out. I had noticed a number of people complaining about quality control issues and the left and/or right channels dying or having static issues. Sadly the latter all turned out to be true. Initially the receiver powered up and frankly I was a bit disappointed with the sound quality - I really thought my old Onkyo sounded way better with considerably less power.
Summary: Most people don't compare stereo receivers with their ears, but they can count HDMI ports. Because of this, most receivers built nowadays have focus on long lists of features rather than simple quality. It's well known to audio buffs that receivers (in general) sounded better 20 years ago than today. Not so with Harmon/Kardon! And if you just want a stereo receiver that sounds great with no frills, look no further. I love this thing.
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.