Home Theater Review

 

Harman Kardon HK 3490 Stereo Receiver

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
3.5 Stars
Value
4 Stars
Overall
4 Stars

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Haman_Kardon_3490_review.gif High Points
• The HK 3490 features a wide selection of audio inputs, including a phono input and digital audio inputs.
• The receiver enables ready integration, control and playback of an iPod, using the optional The Bridge II docking station from Harman Kardon.
• The sound quality is excellent and the receiver has plenty of power at 120 watts per channel into eight ohms (150 wpc into four ohms).
• The HK 3490 is one of the best-looking audio components out there at its price.
• Dual speaker outputs and dual subwoofer outputs enable multi-room music playback and the ability to add multiple subwoofers to a system.

Low Points
• There are no HDMI, component or S-video connections - if you need full-fledged A/V receiver connectivity, you'll need a different receiver.
• To enjoy the full iPod capabilities the HK 3490 offers, you'll have to purchase the Bridge II iPod docking station separately.

Conclusion
The Harman Kardon HK 3490 stereo receiver combines excellent sound quality with plenty of power (120 watts per channel into eight ohms), an extensive selection of audio inputs, including a phono input and dedicated iPod interface (via the optional Harman Kardon The Bridge II docking station), and other useful features like XM Radio compatibility, Dolby Virtual Speaker and Dolby Headphone, dual subwoofer outputs and other useful features. It's a good choice for listeners who want to put together a high-quality stereo music system, or add high-quality sound to their TV and home entertainment system.

Additional Resources
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