Harman Kardon Harman/Kardon HK3480 A/V Receiver

NTSC, PAL, SECAM - AM, FM - MPN: HK3480
Product Details
Description
When two channels are all you need, make it two ultrahigh-bandwidth, high-current channels from the company that invented the stereo receiver. The HK 3480 features seven audio inputs, four video inputs, including one on the front panel, 30 AM/FM station presets, VMAx? surround synthesis from stereo sources, three-step dimmable fluorescent display, phono preamp, pre-out/main-in jacks, gold-plated inputs and separate subwoofer output. Also included is a multicomponent system remote control.
Quick Glance
THD at Rated RMS Power (Unbridged) 0.2%
Interface Connection 2 x Antenna In - Rear, 2 x AC Out - Rear, 1 x Remote Out - Rear, 1 x Remote In - Rear, 1 x AC In - Rear, 4 x Banana Receptacle Speaker Terminal - Rear, 3 x RCA Composite Video In - Rear, 2 x RCA Composite Video Out - Rear, 7 x RCA Stereo Audio Line In - Rear, 3 x RCA Stereo Audio Line Out - Rear, 1 x RCA Subwoofer Out - Rear, 1 x Headphone - Front, 1 x RCA Composite Audio/Video In - Front
Audio Video Connectors Composite Video Yes
Expert Reviews
Harman Kardon HK 3480
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 9, 2009

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User Reviews
harman kardon hk3480 receiver:clear,deep and powerfull.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: a lot of power,clear sound and deep bass.good price.

Weakness: non so far.

the harman kardon hk 3480 is a very powerfull unit.it is not only a power,the power of the hk3480 is a quality one,it can handel a lot of power even with a big and poerfull speakers,in my case:polkaudio rti a7.the bass of the hk3480 is full and deep.i dont use my my subwoofer at all!!(DSW pro 500'from polkaudio)and ican feel the fullness and the deepness all around. i have the hk3480 and iam very happy,i did the right move when i took the hk3480 from among few very good receivers,like onkyo,yamaha,denon and nad.from all those the hk3480 is a big winner.i remove my NAD c372(150w per ch.)and hooked my new hk3480 and the sound is great!

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Outstanding for Stereo Listening
5 Star Review   By member dppollet - Jan 9, 2007   

Strengths: Power to drive larger speakers, clarity of sound

You cannot beat this receiver for pure stereo unless you spend a great deal more. I have it hooked up to a pair of JBL E100 tower speakers with inputs from either a CD player, a cassette deck, or a turntable. In all cases, the sound is excellent with no problems to date.

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Love the receiver.
5 Star Review   By member krcable - Nov 12, 2006   

Strengths: Lots of power! Reasonably priced.

Weakness: Kinda big.

Sounds awesome with my Polk Audio rti10 speakers! You would have to pay big bucks on a surround sound receiver to have the wattage this receiver puts out. Plus the VMAX feature allows you to spend more money on 2 great speakers instead of 5-7speakers to get the surround sound experience with your TV/DVDs!

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HK 3480
4 Star Review   By member zy1124 - May 30, 2006   

Strengths: Does the job a receiver is supposed to do: together with a pair of decent speakers, they provide great sound quality, deep and warm. That's all that matters.

Weakness: No cross over control and volume control for subwoofer. The system is somewhat bulky. Binding posts could be better.

I hooked up the HK 3480 receiver with a pair of Cambridge Soundworks T300 tower speakers, and they sound great! Tremendous improvement over my old Home Theater in a Box receiver with satellite speakers, which is ok for DVD watching, but so so-so for music. I like the depth and warmth of the sound very much. I use this mainly to listen to classic music in the old fashioned way (stereo), not the fancy 5.1 or 6.1, 7.1. This receiver is exactly what I need. I almost feel like I'm sitting in the music hall. The main complaint of mine is that it does not have frequency cross over control to the subwoofer, and there is no subwoofer volume control, but whatever comes out of it isn't bad at all, not much adjustment needed anyway. Another thing is that the unit is fairly bulky, it's wider than 17 inch so it won't fit into standard 17 inch cabinet. The depth with all the connectors at the back will be more than 17 inch too (if you count the depth of cable connectors), I have to cut an opening at the back panel of my cabinet to fit it in and route the cables. Binding post is not the best design, instruction is not very clear and there is no illustration. I bi-wired the speakers to the receiver, it took me quite some time. And as to the VMAX mode, just forget about it, completely useless. Over all it is a great product for the price, I highly recommend it. This is perfect for people like me, who want some decent music listening without having to take on a second mortgage. Also, the display and blue color on the volume knob looks pretty cool!

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HK3480 is great for classical music listening
5 Star Review   By member crisccc - Mar 21, 2006   

Strengths: Quality of sound.

The sound quality of this Harmon Kardon receiver is superb, and is exactly what I wanted for classical music listening. Even though it is heavy and bulky, that's a minor point that can be overlooked.

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5 Star Review   By member SVT_Contour - Mar 8, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent sound quality for the price

I am very impressed for the sound quality that it is able to bring out at this price range. The VMAx feature (a technology from Harman Kardon that simulates surround-sound effect by using only 2 speakers) works pretty well for watching DVDs if you are too lazy to setup a 5.1 system. I highly recommend this receiver to everyone who is looking into a stereo setup at a reasonable price. I am also planning to hook up a subwoofer with it since it also has a subwoofer out on the back. I got it from J&R for only $259.99 with free shipping on one of their Friday sale events on their website. Regularly, J&R has it for $299.88 with free shipping.

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Product Details
Description
When two channels are all you need, make it two ultrahigh-bandwidth, high-current channels from the company that invented the stereo receiver. The HK 3480 features seven audio inputs, four video inputs, including one on the front panel, 30 AM/FM station presets, VMAx? surround synthesis from stereo sources, three-step dimmable fluorescent display, phono preamp, pre-out/main-in jacks, gold-plated inputs and separate subwoofer output. Also included is a multicomponent system remote control.
Quick Glance
THD at Rated RMS Power (Unbridged) 0.2%
Interface Connection 2 x Antenna In - Rear, 2 x AC Out - Rear, 1 x Remote Out - Rear, 1 x Remote In - Rear, 1 x AC In - Rear, 4 x Banana Receptacle Speaker Terminal - Rear, 3 x RCA Composite Video In - Rear, 2 x RCA Composite Video Out - Rear, 7 x RCA Stereo Audio Line In - Rear, 3 x RCA Stereo Audio Line Out - Rear, 1 x RCA Subwoofer Out - Rear, 1 x Headphone - Front, 1 x RCA Composite Audio/Video In - Front
Audio Video Connectors Composite Video Yes
Summary
Product Title Harman Kardon Harman/Kardon HK3480 A/V Receiver
Manufacturer Harman Kardon
Power Score 3.9 | 7 Reviews
Amplification
Max Frequency Response: 10 MHz
Min Frequency Response: 10 Hz
General
Color: Silver
Dimensions
Height: 6.6 in
Width: 17.4 in
Depth: 15.0 in
Weight: 23.00 lbs
Warranty
Warranty Information: 2 Year Limited Warranty
More Info
URL: Manufacturer Link
Additional Specifications
Number of Video Outputs: 1
Number of RCA Stereo Inputs: 2
Number of Video Inputs: 2
Remote Control: Same Brand Remote
Number of RCA Stereo Outputs: 1
Analog Tuner Presets: 30
Dimensions: 6.60" Height x 17.40" Width x 15" Depth
Watts Center: 120 W/channel
Watts Per Channel (Main): 120 W/channel
Expert Reviews
Harman Kardon HK 3480
3 Star Review  testseek.com - Mar 9, 2009

TestSeek.com has collected 3 expert reviews for Harman Kardon HK 3480 and the average expert rating is 57 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use TestSeek.com to find all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

Read the full review »

User Reviews
harman kardon hk3480 receiver:clear,deep and powerfull.
5 Star Review     

Strengths: a lot of power,clear sound and deep bass.good price.

Weakness: non so far.

the harman kardon hk 3480 is a very powerfull unit.it is not only a power,the power of the hk3480 is a quality one,it can handel a lot of power even with a big and poerfull speakers,in my case:polkaudio rti a7.the bass of the hk3480 is full and deep.i dont use my my subwoofer at all!!(DSW pro 500'from polkaudio)and ican feel the fullness and the deepness all around. i have the hk3480 and iam very happy,i did the right move when i took the hk3480 from among few very good receivers,like onkyo,yamaha,denon and nad.from all those the hk3480 is a big winner.i remove my NAD c372(150w per ch.)and hooked my new hk3480 and the sound is great!

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Outstanding for Stereo Listening
5 Star Review   By member dppollet - Jan 9, 2007   

Strengths: Power to drive larger speakers, clarity of sound

You cannot beat this receiver for pure stereo unless you spend a great deal more. I have it hooked up to a pair of JBL E100 tower speakers with inputs from either a CD player, a cassette deck, or a turntable. In all cases, the sound is excellent with no problems to date.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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Love the receiver.
5 Star Review   By member krcable - Nov 12, 2006   

Strengths: Lots of power! Reasonably priced.

Weakness: Kinda big.

Sounds awesome with my Polk Audio rti10 speakers! You would have to pay big bucks on a surround sound receiver to have the wattage this receiver puts out. Plus the VMAX feature allows you to spend more money on 2 great speakers instead of 5-7speakers to get the surround sound experience with your TV/DVDs!

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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HK 3480
4 Star Review   By member zy1124 - May 30, 2006   

Strengths: Does the job a receiver is supposed to do: together with a pair of decent speakers, they provide great sound quality, deep and warm. That's all that matters.

Weakness: No cross over control and volume control for subwoofer. The system is somewhat bulky. Binding posts could be better.

I hooked up the HK 3480 receiver with a pair of Cambridge Soundworks T300 tower speakers, and they sound great! Tremendous improvement over my old Home Theater in a Box receiver with satellite speakers, which is ok for DVD watching, but so so-so for music. I like the depth and warmth of the sound very much. I use this mainly to listen to classic music in the old fashioned way (stereo), not the fancy 5.1 or 6.1, 7.1. This receiver is exactly what I need. I almost feel like I'm sitting in the music hall. The main complaint of mine is that it does not have frequency cross over control to the subwoofer, and there is no subwoofer volume control, but whatever comes out of it isn't bad at all, not much adjustment needed anyway. Another thing is that the unit is fairly bulky, it's wider than 17 inch so it won't fit into standard 17 inch cabinet. The depth with all the connectors at the back will be more than 17 inch too (if you count the depth of cable connectors), I have to cut an opening at the back panel of my cabinet to fit it in and route the cables. Binding post is not the best design, instruction is not very clear and there is no illustration. I bi-wired the speakers to the receiver, it took me quite some time. And as to the VMAX mode, just forget about it, completely useless. Over all it is a great product for the price, I highly recommend it. This is perfect for people like me, who want some decent music listening without having to take on a second mortgage. Also, the display and blue color on the volume knob looks pretty cool!

83% of readers found this review helpful.

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HK3480 is great for classical music listening
5 Star Review   By member crisccc - Mar 21, 2006   

Strengths: Quality of sound.

The sound quality of this Harmon Kardon receiver is superb, and is exactly what I wanted for classical music listening. Even though it is heavy and bulky, that's a minor point that can be overlooked.

100% of readers found this review helpful.

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5 Star Review   By member SVT_Contour - Mar 8, 2005   

Strengths: Excellent sound quality for the price

I am very impressed for the sound quality that it is able to bring out at this price range. The VMAx feature (a technology from Harman Kardon that simulates surround-sound effect by using only 2 speakers) works pretty well for watching DVDs if you are too lazy to setup a 5.1 system. I highly recommend this receiver to everyone who is looking into a stereo setup at a reasonable price. I am also planning to hook up a subwoofer with it since it also has a subwoofer out on the back. I got it from J&R for only $259.99 with free shipping on one of their Friday sale events on their website. Regularly, J&R has it for $299.88 with free shipping.

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