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Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver

B&H # HAHK3490 Mfr # HK 3490
No Longer Available
Product Highlights
  • 2 x 120W Per Channel
  • High Current Design
  • Ultrawide Amplifier Technology
  • XM Ready
  • Bridge II Ready (iPod Connectivity)

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-3490 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-3490 is a 2 x 120W stereo receiver capable of delivering breathtaking stereo sound. It features 7 sets of audio inputs, 4 composite video inputs, digital audio inputs, dual subwoofer outputs, A/B speaker switching, AM/FM tuner, 20Hz - 20KHz frequency response, main amplifier inputs, XM Satellite Radio Ready, iPod connectivity with the Bridge Ready port, 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).
XM Satellite Radio Ready
Simply plug an XM Passport System (option) into the unit's XM port, and activate the service to start receiving uninterrupted radio programming of your choice.
Bridge II Ready
The Bridge is a docking station (option) that enables connectivity from your iPod to the unit's DMP connector input. Your iPod effectively becomes another Harman component flowing through the receiver.
Amplifier
Stereo RMS Power 120W 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), DMP Port x1, XM Port x1, Coaxial Digital Audio In x1 (RCA), Optical Digital Audio In x1
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-3490 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
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Harman KardonHK-3490 Stereo Receiver
     
    4.8

    (based on 64 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (40)
    • Good power output (37)
    • Great sound quality (37)
    • Good remote control (25)
    • Simple controls (20)

    Cons

    • Bad reception / weak antenna (6)
    • Confusing / bad remote control (3)

    Best Uses

    • Large rooms (29)
    • Basic systems (27)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (16)
    • Living room (14)
    • Multiple rooms / whole house (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Audiophile (35), Tech savvy (28), Practical (26), Movie enthusiast (9), Technically challenged (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (38)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A very satisfying receiver

    If you want sound that is clean, pure, and faithful to the music - then, for the money, the HK-3490 is unmatched. NOTE: you need good components to complement this...Read complete review

    If you want sound that is clean, pure, and faithful to the music - then, for the money, the HK-3490 is unmatched. NOTE: you need good components to complement this piece.

    I have an older Denon turntable and a pair of KEF 103.2 Reference Series Speakers. The HK has a phono preamp and LP reproduction is just amazing. Anticipating great CD sound, set up the old Sony 5-disk carousel... the sound was not good. Borrowed a much newer and higher-end player, used the optical connection (read the instructions in the book - it tells you how to set it up)and voila excellent sound.

    Points of info:
    1. Bass is excellent - CD's are mastered differently. I need to turn up for Dream Theater and down for Clannad.
    2. The first track of Peter Gabriel's "Passion" can be a test if your speakers can handle the power of the HK. (try volume up to -2db)
    3. Wonderful classical and jazz reproduction. Also, while I sat, George Strait gave a private concert.
    4. Based on the best sound source, LP's, I"ll agree with another reviewer - the HK seemed to need a couple of days to "smooth out" and burn off the newness. So, give it some time.

    Finally, unless you want to spend 1k or up because there are better amps/receivers, then I recommend this unit. It replaced a stupid purchase of a POJ JVC (which replaced a high-end Mitsubishi). I'm very happy now because I have my friends back now. The Stones are rolling...

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Updated review - Terrible support

    When I connected headphones to my receiver I discovered it had constant loud static on the left channel of the headphone output. I tried all the obvious troubleshooting (disconnecting all sources, turning the...Read complete review

    When I connected headphones to my receiver I discovered it had constant loud static on the left channel of the headphone output. I tried all the obvious troubleshooting (disconnecting all sources, turning the volume down, resetting the firmware, adding a ground wire, tuning the radio to a non-station, disconnecting speakers, et cetera) with no success.

    Since then, I've wasted hours of my life trying to get a response from Harman Kardon support. The web contact form on harmankardon.com took all my information, but a month later no one had responded, not even a confirmation email. On my first call, I got tired of waiting on hold after 20 minutes and hung up. Second call, weeks later, I was told I just needed to send an email and I was given an address to email. I emailed right away.

    I received no response to my email for the next month or so, so I called again and waited 10 minutes on hold. Eventually I was told that they had received my email, but for some reason they were unable to explain, they had not replied. This is when they finally emailed me RMA instructions.

    All along, the thick accents of their support representatives made it painful to communicate.

    So, I finally receive RMA documentation and they are requiring that I ship the heavy unit halfway across the country on my dime (and they require all the original accessories including the owners manual!). They won't even reply to my request for an advance replacement. Even though I like the hardware in general, I would never do business with Harman Kardon again.

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    5.0

    stereo receiver

    By TE

    from Petaluma, CA

    About Me Audiophile, Practical

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate Controls
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Good Power Output

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

      Got this because it is 2 channel and doesn't get involved with all the home theater stuff, just quality stereo sound for music. Plenty of inputs including phono, looks classy, sounds fine. Haven't done intensive comparisons on sound quality. Seems high quality. I like that there are also inputs on the front. Volume knob has interesting design. Minimal display/lights on the front (except the volume) so looks low key and minimal. Has a really big remote that I probably won't use except for volume.

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      5.0

      Works Great!

      By tf

      from Detroit, MI

      About Me Audiophile

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

        Easy to hook up as the instructions were very clear. Very useful features. Beat of all, sounds great. The only drawback is the selector buttons on the unit are impossible to see—dark printing and black on black, so it is easier to use the remote for selecting.

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        5.0

        Great receiver

        By Fer

        from Brasil

        About Me Audiophile

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Sound Quality
        • Very Good Internal Dac

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

            Excellent sound and price is not that high!

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            • No

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            5.0

            GREAT STEREO AMP RECEIVER.

            By Gatmore

            from Belleville, IL

            About Me Audiophile

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Power Output
            • Good Remote Control
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Great Stero Amp Receiver
            • Sound Is Full With Great
            • Worth Every Penny

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Basic Systems
            • Home Theater
            • Multiple Rooms / Whole House
            • Stereomusic

            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

            For a stereo system and TV. Music is my priority. The sound is very full and clear and it pushes my Energy A-5 speakers very adaquately.

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            5.0

            Very satisfied

            By MikeB

            from Santa Fe

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                  EVerything I hoped it would be as far as power and quality

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                  • No

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                  3.0

                  HK-3490

                  By Bruce

                  from Westchester County, NY

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Good Power Output
                  • Good Remote Control
                  • Great Sound Quality

                  Cons

                  • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems

                  Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                  This is my home stereo receiver. It has good sound, but a there are a few items that I found disappointing. First is that I live in a poor reception area, and was hoping that this unit would get better FM reception than my JVC unit which it replaced...not so much. The other item, which I see as a design flaw, is that the buttons on the front of the unit that control the source, speakers, tuning, etc are neither lit up nor do they have any discernable markings that can be seen in low light...I have to keep a flashlight alongside to be able to read them.

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                  5.0

                  For Stereo music lovers

                  By Rene

                  from Brossard, Qc

                  About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Confusing / Bad Remote Control

                  Best Uses

                  • Basic Systems
                  • Larger Rooms

                  Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                  This product is for anybody that appreciates any type of music, it brings out all the details. Sound is clean and powerfull and affordable. Very classic look. No bells and whistles, however offers all you need. Remote is large and ackward but gets the job done. Purchased from B&H, excellent service and quick delivery as always.

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                  5.0

                  Want high end speakers to sound good !

                  By AG24

                  from Ocean Spring,MS

                  About Me Practical

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                      The sound reproduction from the HK-3490 Harman Kardon will meet or exceed any model or manufacture. This unit enables me to drive two sets of Klipsch outdoor speakers on my home and pool house. Outcome is absolutely like being in front of an orchestra.

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                      5.0

                      I was skeptical but

                      By Elzorrro

                      from Nj

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                          Now I'm a listener of a great stereo system,manufacturer forgot about this breed and I thank harman kardon for keeping this legacy alive.I wouldn't trade for a ten speaker system basics is best.this stereo fills my house with good sounds

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                          5.0

                          Fast Shipping

                          By Papillon

                          from Florida

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Good Remote Control

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Basic Systems
                            • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

                            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                            HK-3490, bought this two channel to use with other HK components...very good price.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great receiver

                            By Marc

                            from Gatineau, Qc

                            About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Good Power Output
                            • Good Remote Control
                            • Great Sound Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Cd Listening

                              Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                              I had an older HK AVR235.

                              Replaced with this one.

                              This is a powerfull receiver. My speakers (energy rc-30) now sound more lively.It is a great experience to listen to CD's now.

                              Thanks

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again.

                              By Music lover

                              from Mansfield Center, CT

                              About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Poor Reception / Weak Antenna

                              Best Uses

                              • Basic Systems

                              Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                              This is a great receiver. No bells and whistles - but it does have 120wx2channel which is plenty power to drive my Polks and create a simply beautiful sound. Absolutely love this receiver and would recommend to a friend or any audiophile!

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                              5.0

                              love it already and easy set up

                              By tweety the fiddler

                              from colorado

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Great Sound Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                  I was without music all summer and must say, i was able to set this puppy up quickly and have my life back!

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                                  5.0

                                  Great foe Bose 901 VI speaker and airpla

                                  By Robin

                                  from Acton MA

                                  About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Technically Challenged

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Basic Systems
                                    • Multiple Rooms / Whole House

                                    Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                    Great for optical sound source also

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    HK3490 - great choice, great performance

                                    By Sticks

                                    from long Island, New York

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up
                                    • Good overall performance
                                    • Good performance valu
                                    • Good Power Output
                                    • Good Remote Control

                                    Cons

                                    • Could be a little smaller

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Basic Systems
                                    • Home entertainment use
                                    • Larger Rooms

                                    Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                    This unit replaced my older Technics receiver. The HK has great power and clarity. Physical dimentions are a little larger than most so I had to modify my stereo cabinet. Remote works well and unit sounds great with my new Bose 301 speakers. I recommend it to others looking for good value in a quality receiver.

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                                    2.0

                                    Updated review - Terrible support

                                    By thedanyes

                                    from Seattle, WA

                                    About Me Tech Savvy

                                    Pros

                                      Cons

                                      • Useless support

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                        When I connected headphones to my receiver I discovered it had constant loud static on the left channel of the headphone output. I tried all the obvious troubleshooting (disconnecting all sources, turning the volume down, resetting the firmware, adding a ground wire, tuning the radio to a non-station, disconnecting speakers, et cetera) with no success.

                                        Since then, I've wasted hours of my life trying to get a response from Harman Kardon support. The web contact form on harmankardon.com took all my information, but a month later no one had responded, not even a confirmation email. On my first call, I got tired of waiting on hold after 20 minutes and hung up. Second call, weeks later, I was told I just needed to send an email and I was given an address to email. I emailed right away.

                                        I received no response to my email for the next month or so, so I called again and waited 10 minutes on hold. Eventually I was told that they had received my email, but for some reason they were unable to explain, they had not replied. This is when they finally emailed me RMA instructions.

                                        All along, the thick accents of their support representatives made it painful to communicate.

                                        So, I finally receive RMA documentation and they are requiring that I ship the heavy unit halfway across the country on my dime (and they require all the original accessories including the owners manual!). They won't even reply to my request for an advance replacement. Even though I like the hardware in general, I would never do business with Harman Kardon again.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        good product

                                        By Todd

                                        from Augusta, GA

                                        About Me Enjoy Good Sound, Practical

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Good Power Output
                                        • Good sound quality
                                        • Price

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Larger Rooms

                                          Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                          Receiver used primarily for music paired w/PSB Image T6's. Does a nice job for a very reasonably priced receiver. Great for a tight budget.

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                                          5.0

                                          Great Receiver!

                                          By Bryan

                                          from Salt Lake City, UT

                                          About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Reviewer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home Theater
                                            • Larger Rooms
                                            • Smaller Rooms

                                            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                            I love this receiver. I have it hooked up to my old school 3-way JVC studio monitors. The sound is crisp and balanced across the range. It looks really nice in my entertainment center. The only con is that the remote only works with HK products... I wish it worked with my Samsung bluray as well.

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                                            5.0

                                            Excellent Performance

                                            By clp

                                            from Boston MA

                                            About Me Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Great Sound Quality

                                            Cons

                                            • Remote Control design

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Home Stereo

                                            Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                            In this price range , the HK 3490 deserves 5 stars.
                                            The electronic performance (i.e. amplification) is outstanding. Build quality is very good, and styling is nice enough; a distinctive HK look. The display is nice and very easy to read. Volume knob (back-lit) is a nice touch.

                                            Minor things I would improve:
                                            1. The plastic feet on the bottom. Fragile. One cracked immediately. I replaced with simple quality furniture feet/casters from a hardware store. Look better and work better.
                                            2. The remote. Huge and at the same time hard to read. From the 1970's.
                                            3. Button labelling. Essentially invisible, part of the 'style'. So you have to use the remote.

                                            But, the performance is excellent.

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                                            3.0

                                            Nice for the price

                                            By pc

                                            from Montreal, Canada

                                            About Me Tech Savvy

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Digital Audio Input
                                            • Easy To Set Up
                                            • Good Power Output
                                            • Great Sound Quality

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Room Filling Stereo Sound

                                              Comments about Harman Kardon HK-3490 Stereo Receiver:

                                              The receiver is used to power the speakers (B&W XT8) in a wireless (Apple Airplay) set-up with digital audio used as the input (Apple Airport Express with optical connection). The unit could have been made slightly more compact. The overall design is decent enough although my wife considers it hideous from a feminine perspective. Buttons are painfully discrete and almost impossible to see when first setting up; but not a problem once familiar with the unit.

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