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post #31 of 36 Old 06-19-2013, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by lacrimosa7 View Post

Thank you everyone for your replies! biggrin.gif I think I am going to go for the HK as it has all the power I will probably ever need, I love the looks, and to be honest, I just feel more comfortable with it for some reason. I plan on getting an HD 990 for my new CD player, hooking up my parents old equalizer - since the HK has the proper inputs - and then topping it all off with a new pair of Polk TSI100Bs.

Thank you all so much again for your replies!


I've had an HD 990 for about 2 years, running it into a Rotel/KEF 2-channel. Best CD player I've ever had. Also got mine about 1/2 of list. Wish I could afford the matching amp.

I'd call H/K the default 2-channel receiver these days for good reason. I'd say it is the best mid-priced option around for most use cases.
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I will also recommend the LSi7 from the Polk Ebay store, I have heard the LSi9 and they sound wonderful, the tweeter is phenomenal.

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Does the 3490 sound significantly better than the 3480 ? I have a Denon DRA-397 that has far better resolution and overall better sound than my 3480 playing into PSB B25s. Is watt hi fi wrong about the Yamaha ? Also, where does NAD stand in this group ?

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I can't compare my 3490 to anything as it's the only 2 channel receiver I've owned, but I think it sounds awesome. Right now I'm listening to Eddie Van Halen on Vinyl through it. Simply superb.
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Just an update!

I picked up the HD990 from eBay for 275.00 as an open box. The previous owner had only used it for photography purposes, and it hadn't even been plugged in. I have decided to go with Paradigm Monitor Pro bookshelves for my new speakers! They sound amazing, and the HK3490 doesn't even seem to break a sweat with them.
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Originally Posted by glangford View Post

When I went to Yamaha's site to check, they make no mention of 4 ohms on any of that line until you get to the AS-1000. The 500 and 700 they clearly spec at 8 ohms.

You're wrong.


It covers 4 ohms.

Had to sign up and clear this up so that people googling don't get incorrect information like I did.
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