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: Great value for the exceptional sound! My late 70's receiver was in need of a fix that I think would have been costly so I sought out a new one. Receivers today do not have real wooden sides and nice burly metal tuning and volume knobs any more but sound is what I was really after. I honestly do not remember my JBL 4311's ever sounding better now played through this HK-3490.
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 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: 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.
Summary: It's wonderful and refreshing to see seperate bass and treble controls again. This receiver is stunning. It has a warm, rich tone and colors the music beautifully. After having several great "surround sound" receivers, I was happy to find a receiver that I could use to just play music and play music beautifully. The bass output of this unit is thick and deep and the treble output is crisp and clear and the mid-tones are well-blended and warm.
Summary: Trying to find a good stereo receiver in an ocean of surround sound receivers was a real challenge. I am happy to say all the research paid off. The Harman Kardon HK 3490 is amazing. I have it pushing 2 JBL Northridge tower speakers with 2 10" woofers in each tower. The most unique thing I can say is I CAN NOT GET THIS RECEIVER TO DISTORT! Seriously, even at +9db volume (i believe +12db is max) I can listen to anything from Snoop Dogg's "What's my Name?