Originally Posted by glangford
These would appear to be the replacements for the long running 3390 and 3490 recievers. The new ones are 85 and 120 wpc. Same apparent specs with some improved streaming and connectivity options. The 3490 has been a workhorse, I'm sure it's replacement will as well. Now if they had just put room correction in it like the 990, I'd be sold for my 2 channel setup.
I agree. I think HK is missing the boat by not including room correction in these new receivers. And no DAC in the lower model -- WTH were they thinking?
I have had a 3390 in the bedroom setup for about 3-4 years. The only reason I replaced it with a Denon AVR was because of the bass management. I got tired of hearing that 60-75hz peak resonating all round the room. The Denon 1713 killed that peak. The sound is much more balanced and the peaks are gone. I could not get rid of that with the HK's full range 'sub' jack. Dicking around with two dials on the sub won't cut the peaks. The AVR did the trick.
I have the HK990 in the living room. The job it did in integrating a single 12" sealed sub and speakers in my room was nothing short of awesome. As good as any AVR or processor I've used prior and I've had my share of Audyssey XT and XT32 and YPAO machines.
In case you don't know HK is selling refurbished HK990s
for a great price when you consider what some pay for separates - a DAC preamp and amp take up lots of real estate. And depending on what audio gear you're looking at you can save money by going the one box solution. I don't have the room in the audio rack for all that stuff. Been there - done that! A single box solution for me!
Some call the HK990 an expensive and unnecessary expense that a cheap AVR can easily match. But not many cheap AVRs can power my 4ohm speakers to my satisfaction. I've tried it and didn't like it. And thats the difference. But the choice is mine. Find fault with that if you like - I don't care.