It's filled with features that make it right at home in It delivers a robust watts per channel into eight ohms wpc into four ohms. Its rear and front panel provide seven analog audio inputs, including a phono input for those listeners who want to enjoy their vinyl the phono input accommodates moving-magnet phono cartridges. This latter feature enables you to connect an iPod via The Bridge II sold separately ; the iPod can then be controlled from the HK 's remote control and menus that are displayed on a connected TV or on the receiver's front panel. The receiver offers Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone processing that provides a surround sound listening experience from stereo loudspeakers or from headphones.
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The HK power supply is sized like a typical mid to high priced 7. I couldn't read the ratings of the power supply capacitors but they were quite thick and hefty. These babies had some real size to them reminding me of how high end two-channel receivers used to be made when companies cared more about audio quality over cutting corners for profit margins. The HK back panel is cleanly laid out.
There are two pairs of speaker outputs utilizing 5-way binding post connections. They are wired in parallel so no sound degradation will result by running two-pairs of speakers simultaneously. We do however caution users to stick with 8-ohm speakers if running two sets simultaneously.
Otherwise, feel safe running a pair of 4-ohm speakers for stereo. As you will see in my measurements, the amp section of the HK is very stable at 4-ohms.
The HK provides composite video switching, analog RCA audio connections and two digital inputs 1 coax, 1 toslink. It also provisions for dual subwoofer output connections but with no bass management provisions, which is typical of two-channel receivers. You can tell at first glance of the HK front panel, that this product means business. The chassis has a solid feel and heft to it and the layout of the front panel is quite elegant and simple.
I have only a few cosmetic gripes which include the flimsy O-ring volume control, lack of backlighting on the input buttons and the tiny pop out balance and tone controls underneath the removable front panel flaps.
Honestly if you've got really linear speakers and high quality amplification, you should have very little need to use tone controls which typically only color the sound and make it less accurate. About the only features I found missing on the HK which are available on some competitor models were:. I rarely find the need to use loudness controls, especially when utilizing a powered subwoofer in the system.
I also don't see much value of the multi-zone feature for most people purchasing two-channel receivers but if that is an important feature for you, you may have to look elsewhere. It is important to mention however, that although the HK doesn't have a dedicated Zone2 output, you can in fact use the dual subwoofer outputs which are full-range signals in conjunction with an external preamp and power amp to route audio to another room.
Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? Read the Complete Thread. Alan Davis posts on September 09, I forgot to mention that I play LP's on my occasionally.
Excellent sound from the LP's. I would be remiss if I didn't report that the very best sounds come from my Sony CD player connected through the optical input on the I also have an excellent subwoofer.
What I miss is over the air classic FM stations. Any help that you can provide on how to access classic stations via the internet onto the would be appreciated. I am going to keep the And, thank you for producing a great receiver.
I will keep it. But I would like any recommendations on how to integrate internet music. My local FM stations are now low powered and I rarely use them. In addition, Comcast no longer carries local stations over their service. FYI my is still humming along running some Infinity Primus s. Best receiver I have ever owned so Kudos on the development man. I think I'll keep it for now. Subscribe to our newsletter.
Harman Kardon HK 3490 Receivers
There comes a time in everyone's lives where one needs to reboot and get back to the basics. We see this all the time in the movie industry with successful remakes such as Batman Begins, as well as the car industry by revitalizing the classic spirit of models that seemed to lose their way over the new generation of successors ie. Mustang, Camaro. Getting back to the basics is usually a good thing and something I often yearn for in the overly complex home theater world laced in HDMI mishaps, and MP3 compression. On paper, the HK seems to have great performance and features that would please the audiophile and techno-geek alike. With a nice meaty amplifier section rated at watts per channel and 4 ohm rated to wpc, we are talking some serious speaker drive capability.
Harman/Kardon HK 3490 Specs
The HK power supply is sized like a typical mid to high priced 7. I couldn't read the ratings of the power supply capacitors but they were quite thick and hefty. These babies had some real size to them reminding me of how high end two-channel receivers used to be made when companies cared more about audio quality over cutting corners for profit margins. The HK back panel is cleanly laid out. There are two pairs of speaker outputs utilizing 5-way binding post connections.