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: 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: The product is well designed, sleek, seems to produce a clean sound and it is used to power a total of 9 pair of speakers throughout my house from a CD player (Onkyo) and an internet radio (Grace). Fairly easy installation, no issues there. Takes 2 digital outputs, that is great too!
Great receiver with a hard-to-find combination of features.
D. Brown, Amazon
28 December 2011
Summary: There aren't that many high-quality simple stereo receivers out there today, most seem to be 5.1 or 7.1 units with finicky HDMI connectivity and support for only a single set of speakers. This receiver fills the niche for people who aren't so much into home theater and just want to listen to music. Pros: Simple - feature set is easy to understand and configure with pure 2-channel/stereo capability.
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. With Ipod volume settings at maximum, I still had to play at -15dB to hear decent volume. The Sendstation line out dock did not improve the volume one bit, nor the quality compared to Head Phone out.
Summary: I would give this a 7+/10. The design on this unit is clean, solid, and pleasing to the eye. Power is plentyful, and it is stylish and pumps out plent of crisp sound with the twist of the illuminated gain control out front. Amazon has a great value here, and better's the price of Vanns, and others.
Perfect solution for the stereo listener looking for digital inputs!
W. Revis, Amazon
26 January 2009
Summary: I used the HK 3480 (the precursor to this model) for five years and loved it. The 3490 is even better. The sound is more robust and full, not different, but just more refined. It easily powers my Klipsch Synergy speakers and would pair well with any mid-level speakers. With 120w even inefficient speakers will have more than a enough power to move air. Further, the 3490 has an important new feature: digital inputs.
Great choice for music listeners not wanting surround sound.
Lower East Sider, Amazon
21 December 2008
Summary: I purchased the HK 3490 from Amazon to replace a 13 year old Sony receiver. The Sony had served me well, but it had a lot of confusing buttons and features, many of which were related to the surround sound Pro-Logic and video switching functions, which I never used. I wanted to replace the Sony with something that was easier to use.
Summary: I formally owned a Rotel RX-1050 and decided to give the 3490 a try. I really prefer a nice 2 channel amp to drive my B&H 603's and the HK does the job well. What I liked that you won't find in other 2 channel amps is two digital in's, xm ready, ipod integration and 2x sub out. For the price you really can't beat it. The size is about 33% larger than my Rotel. The power about 25% more. The controls of course are very limited, source+balance+tone. No EQ.
Summary: Did everything I wanted (Tape Monitor included) except Volume Control knob does not work - have to use the Remote Control the volume. Currently waiting for a warrantee repair. Would be nice if button selectionschoices were backlit so you could see them in darker rooms.