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The review by "What Hi-Fi" says that the sound quality is very good on the 1520.
This is a source for some reviews that are very critical if the sound quality of a unit is not up to par.
You can depend on what they say, in my experience.
They also like the 685 a lot, by the way.
The HK 3490 is very good for its price; pretty much unbeatable.
If you can a afford the Rotel 1520, however, it is certainly going to be a better-sounding unit. It is not an ICE model. It uses conventional Class AB circuits.
The Rotel website has a dealer locator function by ZIP code or state.
The ICE amplifier module is a product of Bang and Olufsen, which is supplied in modular form to other manufacturers, including Bel Canto, Jeff Rowland, and Rotel, and is a Class D amplifier that is rated to put out 1000 watts. The sound quality has been called into question by most reviewers.