Balanced line outputs and separate DAC give high-end performance
24 May 2014
Summary: I was really lucky to be able to buy two HD990's directly from HK when they were clearing them out, and cost was under $350 for both with shipping. I wanted a good CD player to feed my Cambridge Audio integrated amp with balanced inputs. After getting the HD990's, I realized that the high-quality DAC in the player is fully usable as a stand-alone DAC system so I could feed digital outputs from other devices.
Summary: Seems unique to HK, the high-current capability. Its optic scanner posseses high-current capability. Some CD recordings of high output may burn out the optic scanner of CD player. Hoping this exotic brand turns back to market as well the models.
Summary: I Purchased this CD player based on its processing chip set and at the time positive reviews. I paired this player up with my Yaqin MC10L tube amp and it is a great combo! The Sound quality from this player is top notch! It gives my Adcom and Rotel a run for their money. It works perfect with Tubes in which the DACs in the Adcom and Rotel are fairly smooth and do not match up well (at least in my situation).
Summary: HAS GOTTEN STUCK ON SOME SONGS AND TAKES LONGER THAN NORMAL TO READ THE DISC WHEN FIRST PUT IN COMPARED TO MY ONKYO.. THE SOUND FROM THIS UNIT IS EXCELLENT. MUCH BETTER THAN ANYTHING ELSE I HAVE TO DATE. HOW LONG UNTIL IT QUITS OPERATING IS THE QUESTION.
Summary: This is supposed to be a top-of-the-line disc player, but after about 2 days, it started buzzing, vibrating, and audibly (over the music) making mechanical clicking sounds and rumbles. I know from subsequent research that many people have had this problem. It looks nice, but seems deeply flawed. I returned it and got a Marantz CD5004, which is GREAT!
Summary: I looked for a CD Player of Harman's brand with great specifications. It is a part of my favorite Home Sound system. I also have a HK 990 stereo reciever. The Sound is great and I like it much. In addition the HD 990 is a DAC converter. You can connect any digital sound sources such a PC and just improve the sound quality. I rate this product High, I get it in New condition by Amazon seller, so it's great choise for any melomans who like Quality music. Thank you.
Summary: I am not sure I agree with reviews that mention phenomenal sound. My comparison is with a Pioneer DV-LX50 which is EU version of DV-58AV, which is a universal player. HD-990 is lacking a bit compared to the pioneer through a NAD T747 receiver. So while the sound is good, it is nothing exceptional. 24 bit-96Khz audio files played through HD990 as a DAC performed well. Overall rating for value at current prices is 5 because of the digital inputs.
Robert V. Hughes Jr. "Fanatic for Football", Amazon
28 November 2012
Summary: I am completely blown away by the outstanding sound quality of this relatively inexpensive CD player. I purchased the HD990 CD player about a year ago with the intent of using it in a 2nd audio system in our home. The 2nd system has never been set up because I ran into issues with speaker placement. About a month ago I took the HD990 out of the box and connected it to our main system. The HD990 sounded phenomenal right out of the box.
Summary: The best sounding CD player I have ever used. This is the first time XLR balanced analog cables have been used in my sound system. Dynamic range and inner clarity much improved. Details I have never heard before in the music. Highly recommended.