Summary: If you intend to use this as just a standalone power amp via the direct power amp inputs and bypassing the entire front end (preamp, tone and vol controls, input switcher) then it would be ok but if you are expecting great sound while using the preamp inputs with the input switcher, volumne and tone controls in line then you will be sadly disappointed.
acceptable sound for the price, but no direct input button
Frank Doghearty "Frank Doghearty", Amazon
2 August 2012
Summary: I bought this refurbished, but received a brand new, unopened unit. It is worth about $250, incl. shipping. It is a fair competitor in today's Chinese-made product market, but it only faintly resembles a HK as HK used to be ten years ago. (1) This receiver does NOT produce 120W/channel. My tuned-up 1991 European Aiwa XA-950 outperforms it by about 40% with hardly any more power consumption (370 instead of 310W).
Summary: The sound was certainly acceptable while this unit worked. 6 months after the purchase I have to pay almost $80 for shipping & insurance to return it to the factory. And then wait until they either fix it or send me another one. I probably would not purchase this receiver again mostly because I don't care for the design. They did a great job of making it look sleek but the print for the buttons is so small I have to get the magnifying glass to see which one to push.
Summary: I bought this receiver to drive a pair of Totem Sttaf speakers with an 88db sensitivity. I have been driving them with a 15wpc SET tube amp and I've been told by a quite a few audipliles I'm not getting the most out of my speakers with that amp. I thought this 120wpc ss receiver might give me a better sound, but the receiver wasn't an improvement over the 15wpc SET amp at all and I've put it into a different setup replacing a 30 year old Radio Shack Realistic receiver.
Summary: Having purchased this receiver Dec. 2011 I found it to be as expected, simple,POWERFUL and easy to use. It has a connection for an ipod dock and the wide range on the volume control lets you set levels very precisely. The tuner is above average but not exceptional. Two drawbacks: the selector buttons are NOT backlit, making them very hard to see without another light source on them, and (I found this amazingly annoying) the speakers automatically shut off when a...
Summary: Ordered on Amazon, great as usual. I just received this receiver yesterday, I am impressed- that's hard to do if you know how picky i am about my stereos. There are a few niggles I don't like but overall it does what it's supposed to. Sound quality is top notch. It's not as refined as a reference preamp and amp combo, but it is amazing for the price and compared to it's competition. Another note, I also own the HK 3390 Reciever.
Summary: Ahhh, The HK 3490. After reading all the positive reviews, it seemed I could not go wrong with this unit. At 120w per channel, it's probably the most power you'll find in this price range, and with digital audio inputs, phono, and it's Bridge II docking station for an iPod (not included), I was sold. When the box arrived, I carefully removed the receiver with excitement. The thing looks gorgeous, it's clean, simple and SOLID.
Summary: 2-channel receivers are getting hard to find at reasonable prices. When my second Yamaha receiver went belly-up I was in a bind, as they still are the biggest producer of affordable 2-channel systems, but I didn't want to go there again. The Harman-Kardon is OK for what it does - adequate power, lots of inputs (including digital) and hookups for 2 speaker systems. However, I absolutely DESPISE the front panel.
Excerpt: I returned this item and purchased an Onkyo THX receiver. Much better build. This receiver has cheap button and the display is not the greatest. The sound quality is not good at all. Made my Polk Audio Monitor 70 sound terrible. Keep looking . Spend the extra $50 or so. You wont regret it.