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Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver

B&H # HAHK3390 Mfr # HK 3390
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Product Highlights
  • 2 x 80W Per Channel
  • High Current Design
  • Ultrawide Amplifier Technology
  • AM/FM Tuner
  • Dual Room Use

With its continued excellence in sound reproduction, Harman Kardon has once again created a versatile stereo receiver for the music lover in you. Harman Kardon's HK-3390 Stereo Receiver offers superb functionality and dual-room capability that will be hard to match. Designed with High Current, Ultrawide Bandwidth Technology, and Discrete Amplifier Circuitry, this receiver offers the cleanest signal on the market.

In a nutshell, the HK-3390 is a 2 x 80W stereo receiver capable of delivering breathtaking stereo sound. It features 7 sets of audio inputs, 4 composite video inputs, dual subwoofer outputs, A/B speaker switching, AM/FM tuner, 20Hz - 20KHz frequency response, main amplifier inputs, and front-panel tone controls. Because of the high efficiency of its design, this powerful receiver produces exceptional sound quality, and clarity in every audible detail.

Superb Design
This receiver features a high-end design approach encompassing everything from transformer design and storage capacitor size to discrete output circuitry and minimal use of negative feedback.
High Current Capability (HCC)
HCC is an overall design approach encompassing everything from transformer design and storage capacitor size to discrete output circuitry and minimal use of negative feedback. This enables the receiver to combine tighter bass, superb transient response and enhanced presence at any volume level.
Ultrawide Bandwidth Amplifier Technology
It features an Ultrawide Bandwidth Amplifier capable of reproducing audio with less noise, superior phase linearity, greater headroom, and an accurate frequency response (20Hz - 20KHz).
Built-In AM/FM Tuner
Enjoy your favorite radio broadcasts (up to 30 Presets), with the built-in AM/FM wide-band tuner.
Advanced Processing
Most of the receiver's audio processing is handled automatically, with little intervention on your part. However, it is so advanced; its discrete output reproduces music with unmatched sonic clarity and dynamic power.
Amplifier
Stereo RMS Power 80W per channel x 2, into 8 ohms
Surround RMS Power N/A
No. of Channels 2
Audio Processing
Dolby Digital No
Dolby Digital EX No
Dolby Pro Logic II No
DTS No
DTS ES No
DTS Neo:6 No
THX Surround EX No
THX Certified No
Convenience
Speaker Selector Yes
Multi Room/Source Yes
AM/FM Tuner Yes
FM Sensitivity IHF 1.3µV/13.5dBf
Remote Control Yes
Connectors
Input Analog Audio: - x3 (RCA)
Composite A/V: - x4
Phono: - x1 (RCA)
FM Antenna: - x1
AM Antenna: - x1
Output Analog Audio: - x1 (RCA)
Composite Video: - x1 (RCA)
Composite A/V: - x1 (RCA)
Preamp: - x1 (RCA)
Headphone: - x1 (1/4" Phone)
Subwoofer: - x2 (RCA)
Speakers: - x4 Sets (Binding Post)
Other Ports IR Input/Output x1 (Mini)
Video Input Conversion No
General
Power Requirements 120VAC, 60Hz
AC Outlet Yes, 2 Switched
Dimensions (WxHxD) 17.3 x 6.3 x 15" (440 x 163 x 382mm)
Weight 23.0 lbs (10.4kg)
Color Black/Silver
Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver
  • System Remote Control
  • AM Loop Antenna
  • FM Wire Antenna
  • 4 x AAA Batteries
  • A/V Cable (3.5mm Mini to RCA Audio/Video)
  • 2-Years Parts & Labor Warranty
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    Harman KardonHK-3390 Stereo Receiver
     
    4.7

    (based on 50 reviews)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (40)
    • Good power output (33)
    • Simple controls (28)
    • Easy to set up (27)
    • Good remote control (19)

    Cons

    • Bad reception / weak antenna (4)

    Best Uses

    • Basic systems (37)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (27)
    • Large rooms (18)
    • Multiple rooms / whole house (8)
    • Home theater (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Audiophile (30), Practical (21), Tech savvy (19), Movie enthusiast (6), Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (30), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Unbelievable 2 channel receiver

    After losing my Denon AVR 1908 receiver to an unanticipated electrical fluke (buzzing and turning off) issues, I searched the internet for a replacement. I read numerous reviews about other Denon and Home...Read complete review

    After losing my Denon AVR 1908 receiver to an unanticipated electrical fluke (buzzing and turning off) issues, I searched the internet for a replacement. I read numerous reviews about other Denon and Home Theatre receiver customers who had experienced similar electrical issues after unreasonably short receiver lifetimes so I decided to give up on the, 7.1, 5.1 Home Theatre Hype. The sound my Denon pushed to my vintage speakers was mediocre and not very pleasing to the ears. I decided to search for a good old analog 2-Channel stereo to push my 1974 Klipsch LaScalas and 1970 Klipsch Heresys. After a couple of minutes of searching I found many reviews on the Harman Kardon 3390 and 3490. Because my speakers have such a high sensitivity db rating I decided to go with the 3390. Four days later it arrived at my home. WOW! What an unbelievable sound that this receiver delivers; crisp highs, warm midrange and an unbelievable sub output. It is the closest sound I have ever gotten to the old school tube amps. I definitely would recommend this receiver to anyone who is searching for the perfect 2 channel receiver. The two sub outputs are just a bonus.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not What I Was Expecting

    I bought this receiver to replace my vintage 1978 Luxman L-30 integrated amp. This HK3390 was meant to be a stop gap between my old Luxman and the system I really want, as...Read complete review

    I bought this receiver to replace my vintage 1978 Luxman L-30 integrated amp. This HK3390 was meant to be a stop gap between my old Luxman and the system I really want, as I don't have the money for that at the moment. I gave the Harman/Kardon over a month of listening and break-in time with a multitude of genres before I decided to write this review. I am running an older Sony CDP-313 CD player and the HK3390 through a pair of Mission M71i speakers. I'll be using the Led Zeppelin BBC Session CD as a point of reference, as I felt that everything I needed for this review was in this live recording. I have listened to this CD between 700-800 times (no word of a lie), and I almost feel like it's ingrained into my brain now. To say the least, I know every nuance of this recording. Here is my evaluation:One of the first things that struck me immediately about the HK3390 was that it was a little too warm sounding. At first I didn't think this was all bad. That is until I realized how this "warmth" was affecting the sound of Led Zeppelin's performance. It seems that the warm sound of this amp muffles the immediate "attack" of each note being played, especially with Jimmy Page's guitar and John Bonham's drum work. All the attack and presence that is supposed to be in this recording seemed to be sopped up by the overly warm presentation of this amp, leading to an non-engaging sound that had no "jump". Overall, it sounded a little too polite. A certain level of attack and presence is needed in an amp, especially for rock music, but the Harman/Kardon left me hanging. I also heard limited soundstaging, as well as lost air and ambiance. Through my old Luxman, I could hear much more air between each instrument being played, as well as where each person in the group was playing on the stage. Also missing from the Harman was the overall sense of the AMBIANCE of the venue, and how it bolsters Jimmy Page's powerful guitar playing. The depth and reverberation coming from the venue itself, not Jimmy's guitar amp, was mostly amiss through the HK3390. For the first time, this made me more aware that I was actually listening to the music through a pair of speakers, and not an actual live performance. I also found that the bass performance was not quite there, either. Although the overall bass seemed to be generally better controlled than my old Luxman, the Harman/Kardon had a warm mid-bass, and an even warmer lower bass, which lead to a bass performance with less detail. Although there is enough bass on tap, it seemed the textural, woody "thunk" of John Paul Jones's bass couldn't be reproduced through the HK3390. I also want to say that the HK3390 is NOT a powerful amp by ANY means. If I wanted to play loud, I had to turn the Harman/Kardon up to 75% to get near what my old Luxman could do at less than 50%. Just to clarify, the HK3390's volume range goes from -80 db (no sound), to +10 db (full power). I had to play between -15 db to -10 db to get to the same volume as the Luxman with it's volume knob set just below half way. I suspect the dynamic power rating is very low on the HK3390. This is mostly important for shorter bursts of high power needed for momentary climaxes in many forms of music and movie reproduction. Dynamic power is where it's at. The HK3390 doesn't have it. Like the old saying goes, "Watts are cheap".Some other dislikes: The HK3390 has an odd speaker binding post design. There is a collar at the base of each post that is attached to the chassis. Each one of these "collars" have a narrow pass-through for the speaker wire to go into. With bare speaker wire, it makes it difficult to insert the wire into the pass-through without jamming and unravelling the wire at the tip. Furthermore, it is very difficult to get the wire to touch the screw post on the inside. Sure, it will touch the base contact when you screw the post down, but I like a more conventional design where you can hook the wire around the post, and then tighten it down, assuring two points of contact. Secondly, the pass-throughs are not top dead center, and are at an intended angle, making it even harder to get the speaker wires in where they need to be. I would suggest banana plug-ended wire for the best hookup. Again, I don't have the money for the banana-ended Kimber Kables that I want. I also found that the radio reception is very poor. This is a problem I have never had before. I have been in the same house for many years, and have had a couple different tuners in that time. Even with the supplied antenna, I couldn't bring in FM stations in stereo mode, and AM reception wasn't much better either, even with a long perimeter of antenna cable. I have an old junky (but cool looking), 70's-era Kenwood tuner that gets infinitely better reception than the HK3390. Also, a few minor things: There is no tone defeat button to bypass the tone controls for a "pure" signal. Not to mention that the tone controls themselves are very small in diameter, making them hard to modulate. I also could have done without the orange standby light. To completely turn this light off, you have to flip the main switch on the back of the amp. Really, how many people use the switch on the back every time to turn their amp on and off? Just give me a simple "when the amp's on, the light's on, when the amp's off, the light's off" kind of operation when I use the ON/OFF button on the remote or on the front of the amp. As pretty as this amp is, the lettering for the row of buttons on the front of the amp is small, and not easy to read, especially if your amp is mounted lower in your rack or TV cabinet like mine was. Also, the HK3390 comes with a huge monolith of a remote. I really do feel ridiculous holding this thing in my hand. It almost reminds me of those massive geriatric, bold letter remotes for old folks who can't see (in size anyway). Other than that, it's fine. It's well laid out, and has all the right buttons to keep you from getting out of your seat to turn up/down the volume, switch amp inputs, etc.Unfortunately, my praises are very few: This amp really does look great (to me anyway), and I really like the Tron Light Cycle look of the volume knob.Overall, this amp has very little glare and "etch" to it's sound, and is relatively non-fatiguing to listen to. But at what cost? The overly warm, and non-engaging sound has left a whole lot more to be desired. By no means do I think that this is the worst amp I've ever heard. It certainly isn't. It's just that when you have had better, you don't want to take a step back and settle for less. I took a real chance on buying this amp sight unseen, and as it turned out, I now have buyer's remorse. I bought the HK3390 in the hopes that it would at least be the equal to my tired Luxman. In the end I got burned for not listening to one before I bought it. I know I am running out of space (and if you are still with me, thanks and kudos to you!), but if I could, I would like to make a suggestion: I bought a NAD316BEE to replace the HK3390 just recently, and it beats BOTH amps by a long shot! I don't have the space to get into the sonics of the NAD, but the HK3390 and Luxman aren't even close. They aren't even in the same ball park as the NAD. The NAD also has WAY more power than either amp. At 40 watts per channel, and 100 watts of dynamic power, it beats the HK3390 with ease. No word of a lie. This is the most powerful 40 watts you will ever hear, bar none! The NAD is able to produce the same amount of volume without cranking up the volume knob. This generally means the lower the volume knob is set, the lower the total harmonic distortion and signal to noise ratio will be, leading to a cleaner, less strained signal. This means a cooler running amp as well. This goes to show the importance of the dynamic power an amp has.Please do yourself a favor and research what is out there, and follow your instincts. And please, don't make the mistake that I did; audition whatever you buy and follow your ears, they will tell you what you need to know. There are better choices than the HK3390 out there! I hope this has been helpful. Happy listening. Cheers.

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    5.0

    Very good sound and flexibility.

    By Mongoose

    from Cincinnati. Ohio

    About Me Audiophile

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Great Sound Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Theater

      Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

      Very good sound with tight bass. I like access to the many audio inputs for my music devices. Excellent value in a stereo for the price.

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      5.0

      A very good 2 channel receiver.

      By Hunter Gatherer

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate Controls
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

        For the money the HK-3390 is a very good receiver with excellent sound. I am using it to drive two large Advent loudspeakers and it delivers remarkably clean sound across the full range with plenty of power to blow you right out of the room. Very easy to use and set up and I can directly connect my iPod to an auxiliary audio input with a 2 pin RCA cable with a 3.5mm pin on the other end. It also features a phono input. I would definitely recommend this receiver to anyone looking for an easy to use inexpensive receiver with great sound.

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        4.0

        Very Nice Stereo Receiver

        By Steve the Classic Audio Guy

        from Central Florida, USA

        About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Energy Efficient
        • Good Power Output
        • Good Remote Control
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

        • Function Labels

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Larger Rooms
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

        Yes, there are still some stereo receivers out there and thankfully Harmon Kardon makes them. Not only does the HK3390 perform very well it also is about the only option for a little color (two tone front, bottom dark silver) as opposed to the "sea of blackness" that is out there from ALL the other companies. Do they think black is the only color America wants anymore? The only slight drawback to this receiver is the function labels on the receiver are very small and hard to read without staring down at them, but the remote (despite it's gigantic size) covers that pretty well. Good power, actual bass and treble controls, can play a turntable, tape deck (reel-to-reel on mine as well) and CD player. Grab this one while you can.

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        5.0

        Outstanding 2-Channel Receiver

        By rj

        from San Jose, CA

        About Me Audiophile, Practical

        Pros

        • Accurate Controls
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Basic Systems
          • Larger Rooms
          • Smaller Rooms

          Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

          This receiver has everything I want and nothing I don't. Sounds great powering my old Sansui 12-inch speakers. Easy to use, inputs for CD/tape decks/video, etc. You can run an MP3 player through the front panel video/audio jacks and it also has a output jack for a subwoofer (should you be so inclined). Yes, you'll need an external antenna for decent FM reception but that's true of any receiver. If you want a home theater surround-sound system, this is not for you. But if you want excellent 2-channel audio at a good price, the HK3390 is near perfect.

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          5.0

          Excellent 2 channel receiver

          By Reido

          from Minneapolis

          About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate Controls
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Good Power Output
          • Great Sound Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Smaller Rooms

            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

            This is specifically used for my preferred mode of music listening...2 channel stereo. The high current amp handles everything I put through it, from hard rock to classical, with ease. The highs are crisp and clear and the bass is perfect through my Polks and Mirage sub. I doubt it would push power hungry speakers, I'd get the higher power HK for that. The remote is comically large, but it does its job.

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            5.0

            Great sound, easy to use

            By James C.

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate Controls
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Good Power Output
            • Good Remote Control
            • Great Sound Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • Larger Rooms
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

              Hooked this up to a set of Bose 301 series III bookshelf speakers. Had a few issues setting it up but they were my own fault. There are two jumpers on the back that I had accidentally removed but once I replaced them there was no problem. Sound quality is excellent! And it even comes with a component to mini-audio cable in the box so I was able to hook my iPhone up to it right away. Definitely impressed with this receiver.

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              4.0

              A Clean, True Phono Receiver for Cheap

              By Village Green Records

              from Muncie, IN

              About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate Controls
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Energy Efficient
              • Great Sound Quality

              Cons

              • Confusing / Bad Remote Control
              • Limited Functions
              • Runs Hot

              Best Uses

              • Basic Systems
              • Larger Rooms
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

              I own and run an independent record store and staring down a dying receiver led me on a trek to find an affordable new receiver to run my sound system from.After much research I decided upon picking up a Harman/Kardon (a new venture for me). The Receiver has been marvelous and it turns numerous customer's heads, I have my computer, CD, DVD and Record player mixed into it and amplified to the shop; and there is still inputs open for more equipment! The receiver is a little warm so I bought a small $7 fan to put behind it and this has made a significant difference! The receiver bumps and pushes a clear well rounded sound, but I am considering upgrading to the 120W model above the 3390; only for the extra boost and Digital Inputs. I will add that I have enjoyed the H/K product and I anticipate purchasing the upgraded model for my new HD Television!I have no need for the Remote Control, but I have to add that the H/K RC is a huge piece of equipment on it's own! A little too big! I was thinking of adding a 'CON' listing of "Lack of Power" and "Limited FUnctions" but the receiver is great for what it's worth and I knew what I was instore for when I bought it, it isn't as if it is poorly designed or falsely advertised.

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              2.0

              Not What I Was Expecting

              By Eywa Dude

              from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

              About Me Audiophile

              Pros

                Cons

                • Difficult To Set Up
                • Lack Of Power
                • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna
                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                  I bought this receiver to replace my vintage 1978 Luxman L-30 integrated amp. This HK3390 was meant to be a stop gap between my old Luxman and the system I really want, as I don't have the money for that at the moment. I gave the Harman/Kardon over a month of listening and break-in time with a multitude of genres before I decided to write this review. I am running an older Sony CDP-313 CD player and the HK3390 through a pair of Mission M71i speakers. I'll be using the Led Zeppelin BBC Session CD as a point of reference, as I felt that everything I needed for this review was in this live recording. I have listened to this CD between 700-800 times (no word of a lie), and I almost feel like it's ingrained into my brain now. To say the least, I know every nuance of this recording. Here is my evaluation:One of the first things that struck me immediately about the HK3390 was that it was a little too warm sounding. At first I didn't think this was all bad. That is until I realized how this "warmth" was affecting the sound of Led Zeppelin's performance. It seems that the warm sound of this amp muffles the immediate "attack" of each note being played, especially with Jimmy Page's guitar and John Bonham's drum work. All the attack and presence that is supposed to be in this recording seemed to be sopped up by the overly warm presentation of this amp, leading to an non-engaging sound that had no "jump". Overall, it sounded a little too polite. A certain level of attack and presence is needed in an amp, especially for rock music, but the Harman/Kardon left me hanging. I also heard limited soundstaging, as well as lost air and ambiance. Through my old Luxman, I could hear much more air between each instrument being played, as well as where each person in the group was playing on the stage. Also missing from the Harman was the overall sense of the AMBIANCE of the venue, and how it bolsters Jimmy Page's powerful guitar playing. The depth and reverberation coming from the venue itself, not Jimmy's guitar amp, was mostly amiss through the HK3390. For the first time, this made me more aware that I was actually listening to the music through a pair of speakers, and not an actual live performance. I also found that the bass performance was not quite there, either. Although the overall bass seemed to be generally better controlled than my old Luxman, the Harman/Kardon had a warm mid-bass, and an even warmer lower bass, which lead to a bass performance with less detail. Although there is enough bass on tap, it seemed the textural, woody "thunk" of John Paul Jones's bass couldn't be reproduced through the HK3390. I also want to say that the HK3390 is NOT a powerful amp by ANY means. If I wanted to play loud, I had to turn the Harman/Kardon up to 75% to get near what my old Luxman could do at less than 50%. Just to clarify, the HK3390's volume range goes from -80 db (no sound), to +10 db (full power). I had to play between -15 db to -10 db to get to the same volume as the Luxman with it's volume knob set just below half way. I suspect the dynamic power rating is very low on the HK3390. This is mostly important for shorter bursts of high power needed for momentary climaxes in many forms of music and movie reproduction. Dynamic power is where it's at. The HK3390 doesn't have it. Like the old saying goes, "Watts are cheap".Some other dislikes: The HK3390 has an odd speaker binding post design. There is a collar at the base of each post that is attached to the chassis. Each one of these "collars" have a narrow pass-through for the speaker wire to go into. With bare speaker wire, it makes it difficult to insert the wire into the pass-through without jamming and unravelling the wire at the tip. Furthermore, it is very difficult to get the wire to touch the screw post on the inside. Sure, it will touch the base contact when you screw the post down, but I like a more conventional design where you can hook the wire around the post, and then tighten it down, assuring two points of contact. Secondly, the pass-throughs are not top dead center, and are at an intended angle, making it even harder to get the speaker wires in where they need to be. I would suggest banana plug-ended wire for the best hookup. Again, I don't have the money for the banana-ended Kimber Kables that I want. I also found that the radio reception is very poor. This is a problem I have never had before. I have been in the same house for many years, and have had a couple different tuners in that time. Even with the supplied antenna, I couldn't bring in FM stations in stereo mode, and AM reception wasn't much better either, even with a long perimeter of antenna cable. I have an old junky (but cool looking), 70's-era Kenwood tuner that gets infinitely better reception than the HK3390. Also, a few minor things: There is no tone defeat button to bypass the tone controls for a "pure" signal. Not to mention that the tone controls themselves are very small in diameter, making them hard to modulate. I also could have done without the orange standby light. To completely turn this light off, you have to flip the main switch on the back of the amp. Really, how many people use the switch on the back every time to turn their amp on and off? Just give me a simple "when the amp's on, the light's on, when the amp's off, the light's off" kind of operation when I use the ON/OFF button on the remote or on the front of the amp. As pretty as this amp is, the lettering for the row of buttons on the front of the amp is small, and not easy to read, especially if your amp is mounted lower in your rack or TV cabinet like mine was. Also, the HK3390 comes with a huge monolith of a remote. I really do feel ridiculous holding this thing in my hand. It almost reminds me of those massive geriatric, bold letter remotes for old folks who can't see (in size anyway). Other than that, it's fine. It's well laid out, and has all the right buttons to keep you from getting out of your seat to turn up/down the volume, switch amp inputs, etc.Unfortunately, my praises are very few: This amp really does look great (to me anyway), and I really like the Tron Light Cycle look of the volume knob.Overall, this amp has very little glare and "etch" to it's sound, and is relatively non-fatiguing to listen to. But at what cost? The overly warm, and non-engaging sound has left a whole lot more to be desired. By no means do I think that this is the worst amp I've ever heard. It certainly isn't. It's just that when you have had better, you don't want to take a step back and settle for less. I took a real chance on buying this amp sight unseen, and as it turned out, I now have buyer's remorse. I bought the HK3390 in the hopes that it would at least be the equal to my tired Luxman. In the end I got burned for not listening to one before I bought it. I know I am running out of space (and if you are still with me, thanks and kudos to you!), but if I could, I would like to make a suggestion: I bought a NAD316BEE to replace the HK3390 just recently, and it beats BOTH amps by a long shot! I don't have the space to get into the sonics of the NAD, but the HK3390 and Luxman aren't even close. They aren't even in the same ball park as the NAD. The NAD also has WAY more power than either amp. At 40 watts per channel, and 100 watts of dynamic power, it beats the HK3390 with ease. No word of a lie. This is the most powerful 40 watts you will ever hear, bar none! The NAD is able to produce the same amount of volume without cranking up the volume knob. This generally means the lower the volume knob is set, the lower the total harmonic distortion and signal to noise ratio will be, leading to a cleaner, less strained signal. This means a cooler running amp as well. This goes to show the importance of the dynamic power an amp has.Please do yourself a favor and research what is out there, and follow your instincts. And please, don't make the mistake that I did; audition whatever you buy and follow your ears, they will tell you what you need to know. There are better choices than the HK3390 out there! I hope this has been helpful. Happy listening. Cheers.

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                  5.0

                  great receiver

                  By bob

                  from indiana

                  Verified Buyer

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                    Cons

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                        Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                        changed from an old pioneer receiver and what a difference,excellent product.

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                        4.0

                        Crisp, Clear Sound--no frills...

                        By Larry

                        from Grand Rapids MI

                        About Me Audiofile wannabe

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Good Remote Control
                        • Great Sound Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Basic Systems
                          • Larger Rooms
                          • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                          I was looking to replace a Denon receiver for CD and turntable stereo system, and didn't necessarily need all the digital hook-ups and surround-sound for TV, etc. The HK-3390 delivers great sound thru my Bose 201V bookshelf speakers--crisp and clean; the bass isn't booming (sub-woofers can be hooked up if you need to FEEL your bass), but the clarity and separation is amazing, and provides accurate renderings of the full scale from high to low. Vinyl LPs sound ALIVE thru this receiver--i was hearing nuances from LPs never noticeable on previous system. I'm very happy so far with the HK-3390. Only drawbacks--if you don't have 20-20 or better vision, good luck reading the buttons on unit—but the remote takes care of that, so really I have no major complaints.

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                          5.0

                          Best sounding receiver I've ever owned

                          By BIG Ben

                          from Saginaw, MI

                          About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate Controls
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Power Output
                          • Great Sound Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • DJ / Mixing
                            • Home Theater
                            • Larger Rooms
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                            Best sounding receiver I've ever owned. True tonal accuracy, plenty of intensity and bass. I almost don't need my sub. I'm running a old pair of Sony towers I got on the cheap and they sound wonderful. I listen to all genre of music and movies. This is a great 2 channel receiver, no frills and I LOVE IT! HK is still making a quality product in my opinion, even though it's produced over seas.

                            The only feature that bugged me, was how you can only dim the front display in Video 3. In video 1 and 2, the display can't be dimmed. Also cosmetically, the letting on the display doesn't match the color of the volume knob or power button. It's more green like most other main stream receivers. Just little nit-picky things I noticed.

                            Also the sub output is confusing at times, I only have a 1 channel cable (typical subwoofer cable), and it only worked on the top RCA jack, not the bottom. (this receiver has 2 sub outs) I've ordered a stereo RCA cable and we'll see how that works out.

                            Lastly the remote is about worthless, but this seems to be the case with most any company. It also came all scratched up, brand new in the packaging. I haven't found the time to contact HK, it isn't bothering me to much for now.

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                            5.0

                            HK got it right with this receiver

                            By John

                            from Louisiana

                            About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Controls
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Good Power Output
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                            • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Home Theater
                            • Larger Rooms
                            • Smaller Rooms

                            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                            After losing my Denon AVR 1908 receiver to an unanticipated electrical fluke (buzzing and turning off) issues, I searched the internet for a replacement. I read numerous reviews about other Denon and Home Theatre receiver customers who had experienced similar electrical issues after unreasonably short receiver lifetimes so I decided to give up on the, 7.1, 5.1 Home Theatre Hype. The sound my Denon pushed to my vintage speakers was mediocre and not very pleasing to the ears. I decided to search for a good old analog 2-Channel stereo to push my 1974 Klipsch LaScalas and 1970 Klipsch Heresys. After a couple of minutes of searching I found many reviews on the Harman Kardon 3390 and 3490. Because my speakers have such a high sensitivity db rating I decided to go with the 3390. Four days later it arrived at my home. WOW! What an unbelievable sound that this receiver delivers; crisp highs, warm midrange and an unbelievable sub output. It is the closest sound I have ever gotten to the old school tube amps. I definitely would recommend this receiver to anyone who is searching for the perfect 2 channel receiver. The two sub outputs are just a bonus.

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                            5.0

                            Unbelievable 2 channel receiver

                            By The Irishman

                            from Louisiana

                            About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Controls
                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Energy Efficient
                            • Good Power Output
                            • Great for Vintage Speaker
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Basic Systems
                              • Larger Rooms
                              • Smaller Rooms

                              Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                              After losing my Denon AVR 1908 receiver to an unanticipated electrical fluke (buzzing and turning off) issues, I searched the internet for a replacement. I read numerous reviews about other Denon and Home Theatre receiver customers who had experienced similar electrical issues after unreasonably short receiver lifetimes so I decided to give up on the, 7.1, 5.1 Home Theatre Hype. The sound my Denon pushed to my vintage speakers was mediocre and not very pleasing to the ears. I decided to search for a good old analog 2-Channel stereo to push my 1974 Klipsch LaScalas and 1970 Klipsch Heresys. After a couple of minutes of searching I found many reviews on the Harman Kardon 3390 and 3490. Because my speakers have such a high sensitivity db rating I decided to go with the 3390. Four days later it arrived at my home. WOW! What an unbelievable sound that this receiver delivers; crisp highs, warm midrange and an unbelievable sub output. It is the closest sound I have ever gotten to the old school tube amps. I definitely would recommend this receiver to anyone who is searching for the perfect 2 channel receiver. The two sub outputs are just a bonus.

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                              4.0

                              Very Good Receiver

                              By Big G

                              from Sequim, Washington

                              About Me Practical

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate Controls
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Power Output
                              • Good Remote Control
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                              • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

                              Best Uses

                              • Basic Systems

                              Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                              I have very few quibbles about this product. The sound is terrific and I like using the remote ( didn't have one on my old stereo). On the minor quibbles side the controls on the front pannel are hard to read. I live in a rural area in Washington state and the receiver does not pull in stereo stations from afar.

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                              4.0

                              Great Deal

                              By oldkingcole

                              from Fresh Meadows, NY

                              About Me Audiophile

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clean Sound
                              • Good Power Output
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                                  This was just purchased to replace an AV Sony reciever. This receiver is intro audiofile level. It produces relatively flat sound and brings out detail not heard in non audiofile equipment. At the sale price of [$] it was a steal. The only negative is the remote is huge.

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect Stereo receiver for our house.

                                  By Gary

                                  from Nevada City, Ca.

                                  About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate Controls
                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Good Power Output
                                  • Good Remote Control
                                  • Great Sound Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Basic Systems

                                    Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                                    We bought this receiver to update the music scene in our smallish house. We hooked it up to a pair of decent bookshelf speakers.
                                    We were all blown away by the quality of the sound coming from this straight ahead and simple system. We thought we might need a sub-woofer to add some bass, but it really isn't necessary. I don't think we could have gotten a better sound for the money spent. Great FM reception, also.

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                                    5.0

                                    love it!

                                    By Eddie

                                    from Mobile, AL

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Good Power Output
                                    • Good Remote Control
                                    • Great Sound Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                                        Had it for about a week- great so far.

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                                        • Yes

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                                        4.0

                                        PERFECT COMPONANT FOR HAPPY HOME AUDIO

                                        By DOT

                                        from NYC

                                        About Me Audiophile, Practical, Technically Challenged

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Great Sound Quality

                                        Cons

                                        • UNUSUAL AUDIO LEVEL DIAL

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Basic Systems

                                        Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                                        NO GIMMICKS, GOOD SOUND.

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                                        4.0

                                        No frills stereo bliss

                                        By Astra65

                                        from Santa Clarita, CA

                                        About Me Audiophile

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate Controls
                                        • Easy To Set Up
                                        • Good Power Output
                                        • Great Sound Quality

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Basic Systems
                                          • Smaller Rooms

                                          Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                                          This receiver was to replace an aging Kenwood receiver on my sister's stereo. The new HK receiver sounds very nice through the Bose speakers. Looks very elegant and overall seem to perform well. I like the enclosed ipod cable. My only beef would be the lack of a loudness option.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great stereo receiver for a bedroom

                                          By Jose

                                          from KY, TN

                                          About Me Audiophile begginer, love music

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Accurate Controls
                                          • Easy To Set Up
                                          • Good Power Output
                                          • Great Sound Quality

                                          Cons

                                          • Control remote is big

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Basic Systems
                                          • Medium Room

                                          Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3390 Stereo Receiver:

                                          This unit receiver is easy to use and set up. It looks great with any decoration and the must importan fact is the sound wich is exellent. Really happy with this receiver. The control remote is big but it's well set up and it feel well in your hand.

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