I'm looking at a Harman/Kardon stereo receiver. I have heard mixed reviews about their build quality and reliability. I'm still searching for a reasonably priced stereo receiver and I do not want to go used. I've tried a NAD C320BEE integrated and loved the sound but it was not flexible enough for what I wanted to do, I need at least an A/B speaker connection, phono preamp, and sub out. I've considered the Denon DRA-685 which is a nice piece of equipment but it almost has too many bells and whistles. (Video ins - multiroom multi function, ect.) I already have a Denon A/V receiver and I am very pleased with it. I've also considered the NAD C370 integrated. I've heard it with a set of Maggies and it is a beast (but a little more than I want to spend just now). I am just looking at the alternatives in the $400 ± range.
Here is the HK I'm considering: Harman/Kardon HK 3475
And here are the specs:
- Continuous Average Power (FTC) Per Channel 110 Watts per channel, 20Hz – 20kHz @ <0.07% THD, both channels driven into 8 ohms; 140 watts per channel, 20Hz – 20kHz @ <0.2% THD, both channels driven into 4 ohms
- Input Sensitivity/Impedance Linear (High-Level) 200mV/47k Ohms
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (IHF-A) 95dB
- Frequency Response at 1W (+0dB,–3dB) 10Hz – 110kHz
- High Instantaneous Current Capability (HCC) ±45 Amps
- Transient Intermodulation Distortion (TIM) Unmeasurable
- Rise Time 16 µsec
- Slew Rate 40V/µsec
- Power Requirement AC 120V/60Hz
- Power Consumption 72 Watts idle, 332 Watts maximum (both channels driven)
- Dimensions (H x W x D) 6.1" x 17.4" x 16.3" (Weight 26.8 lb ()
This is a pretty basic stereo receiver. In addition to the features I want, this unit also has a set of preouts if I decide to later go with a separate 2 channel amp for more power. I've heard the Harman/Kardon AV receivers and they have a very nice sound and seem to have good power for their rating. I can pick this one up for less than $300 new "A" stock. My main concern is with reliability. Does anyone have any history with H/K?