People's experience and preferences vary, but I don't think there's a better all 'round two channel unit than the HK 3490, unless you're willing to go all the way to the HK 990. I couldn't afford to do that.
I've got some pretty expensive gear in my TOTL HT and my separate 2-Channel "pure" system, but the HK 3490 is pretty hard to beat in my "let's go back to the 60s and 70s" vinyl system.
Having written that, I also know a few folks have been disappointed with the reliability of the HK 3490. However, mine has been flawless so far, and the optional HK The Bridge is simply brilliant for me. There is a learning curve, but it's not steep, and once mastered, your iPod is your servant for sure, so you've got the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 80s, 90, and 00s all in your control. (Just use Apple Lossless or a similar lossless codec for digital music files.)
The addition a pretty darn good phono stage is icing on the proverbial cake. I still have a few vinyl-only recordings which I will not give up, and the HK 3490 is my friend in that regard.