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HK 990 2 x 150W 2.2-Channel Stereo Integrated Amplifier

 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3221
Registered: Oct-04
http://www.harmankardon.com/EN-GB/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?PID=HK 990/230&accT=1&tsT=0&ovT=1

HK 990 2 x 150W 2.2-Channel Stereo Integrated Amplifier

In terms of raw power, the HK 990 is the most muscular amplifier ever to carry the Harman Kardon name, more than capable of driving the most demanding loudspeaker loads without breaking a sweat. But the HK 990's awesome power is nothing if not highly refined, extending beyond watts and amps. With a choice of discrete optical or digital inputs or an analog-only signal path, as well as fourth-generation Real-Time Linear Smoothing (RLS IV), 2.2-channel EzSet/EQ room optimization, dual subwoofer outputs and an audiophile-quality phono preamp section, the HK 990 offers a combination of features you will find irresistible. Others, of course, may simply hunger for all that power. We understand completely.

...Very cute!
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3222
Registered: Oct-04
Read more...

http://www.whathifi.com/news/Harman-Kardon-launches-HK-990-stereo-amp-and-matchi ng-CD-player/
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3223
Registered: Oct-04
http://uk.cinenow.com/videos/2081-harman-kardon-hk-990
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15090
Registered: Dec-04
THAT is a very interesting H/K.
Doubles power, "audiophile" mm/mc, and a good looking DAC.

Nice!
 

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Username: Magfan

USA

Post Number: 1254
Registered: Oct-07
How much $$ ?
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3224
Registered: Oct-04
HK gear routinely sells for about 50-60% of its MSRP, it's not being sold state-side as far as I can tell, but it's on HK's US website, I will investigate this further & report back.
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3225
Registered: Oct-04
http://www.techradar.com/reviews/audio-visual/hi-fi-and-audio/cd-players-and-rec orders/harman-kardon-hd990-cd-player-594768/review
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3226
Registered: Oct-04
It's currently selling for £888.99, or $1,317.72

http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi?Amount=888.99&From=GBP&To=USD&image.x=68&image .y=8
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15092
Registered: Dec-04
If the unit plays as good as it looks, with those dual mono power supplies, that might be a very fair price, as the amp is very fairly rated at 4 ohms doubling.
 

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Username: Kbear

Canada

Post Number: 682
Registered: Dec-06
It probably sounds great...but why keep the same styling as the cheap looking HT line? If they are going for a serious audio product that is relatively expensive, make it look that way and call it something like Harman/Kardon Reference Series.
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15096
Registered: Dec-04
Bling $$
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3227
Registered: Oct-04
I think Harman/Kardon's styling is pretty nice, especially at this price-point, I like it better than NAD, better than CA, and even better than the new Marantz gear?

You can't see it in this pic, but I really like the way the feet look on the new H/K gear.

Upload

I figure if they called it "Reference Series" or something like that, it would add an easy $500 to the price.
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3229
Registered: Oct-04
Well it seems these products have rode off into the sunset without having ever graced the shores of North America.

I'm not sure how or why H/K has chosen to include them on their updated website now, but it would have been nice to have had a chance to listen to them.
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3230
Registered: Oct-04
Why do you suppose H/K chose not to release these products in North America? If other, smaller, companies are turning a profit selling components, wouldn't it stand to reason that H/K could have done the same? I don't get it?
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15097
Registered: Dec-04
Bummer.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4011
Registered: Feb-07
Dual power supplies too. Looks nice.
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3232
Registered: Oct-04
Looked nice...if their Customer Service reps from the Pitcairn Islands are to be believed.
 

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Username: Pigman

Post Number: 1
Registered: Jun-10
Talked to a local dealer in Brantford 2 days ago,he called HK and he is saying August release date for N.A.
Aaron
p.s Hello Nuck
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3235
Registered: Oct-04
Did he speak to the reps in the Pitcaim Islands?

That would be welcomed news, I hope your dealer's right
 

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Username: Pigman

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jun-10
No not those folks,the Canucks.
He is hyped about this gear too.
Aaron
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15098
Registered: Dec-04
Hey Aaron.
Getting to try this amp out would be a gooood thing, methinks.
 

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Username: Dmitchell

Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Post Number: 4020
Registered: Feb-07
For sure. That looks like a nice piece of gear. I've always appreciated the understated appearance of H/K stuff, as well as the warm powerful sound.
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3236
Registered: Oct-04
My sources in the Pitcairn Islands are still claiming these are discontinued European products.
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15101
Registered: Dec-04
More, again, from the International man of intrigue...
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3239
Registered: Oct-04
My English speaking source within Harman International has clarified the intrigue surrounding the H/K components.

They are current products being produced exclusively for the British market and there are currently NO plans to release these components in North America.

However, I am also told that Harman products are usually released in Europe prior to a North American release, and that H/K's product support line is getting "at least a couple of calls a day" regarding these products, so maybe a grass-roots campaign can be waged to bring them state-side?

I was also told that H/K does not currently produce a 110v power-supply to replace the Euro-style 230v one, which might present a small problem.

Is it very difficult (or more expensive) to produce a 110v power-supply which performs like a 230v one?
 

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Username: Magfan

USA

Post Number: 1273
Registered: Oct-07
If it's just about watts, a US 120/20 should be more than enough power.
Spec'ing power for North American users should not be a big problem. Different transformer, maybe pretty much the single biggest change. Cost? depends on how many they intend sell. Cost should drop as as more are produced.
 

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Username: Pigman

Post Number: 3
Registered: Jun-10
Talked to my guy again and he is still saying August,he is hyped to see it☆.
Aaron
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3240
Registered: Oct-04
Sorry Aaron, after my conversation with H/K today, I don't see that happening anytime soon, and what is the 9734?
 

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Username: Nickelbut10

Post Number: 3080
Registered: Jun-07
Looks solid Chris. I text my dealer today to see if he heard anything about it and he said its a European model but expects it will be in North America eventually. He took an educated guess and said mid 2011. Based his guess on H/K's history.
 

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Username: Pigman

Post Number: 5
Registered: Jun-10
I have no idea how those last numbers got in there folks.
Hopefully they will show.I want too hear these.
Aaron
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3242
Registered: Oct-04
What was most interesting was when my English-speaking source said he & everyone else he knew would love to see the components go on sale in NA, but the suits had determined that the NA is overwhelmingly interest in HT, something I could not refute except to note that companies like McIntosh, Marantz, NAD, Rotel, etc., etc., all seem to be doing just fine in the NA 2-CH market, and further, whatever small fraction of the NA marketplace interested in 2-CH probably outnumbers the combined marketplace of all of Europe, which may or may not be entirely accurate, but it sounded good at the time.

Get on the horn boys & girls, we got some arms that need twisting!
 

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Username: Nickelbut10

Post Number: 3083
Registered: Jun-07
I agree Christopher. Although the HT market is larger, the two channel market in NA destroys such of the UK in sales. Bryston, Sim Audio, Blue Circle, Classe, McIntosh, Krell and so on, even at a higher end market still sell millions of dollars worth of gear every year. Some Arm twisting is needed.
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3245
Registered: Oct-04
The problem with making calls to Harman is that you are forced through a gauntlet of automated choices, the aforementioned representatives in the Pitcairn Islands for whom English is a 3rd language, and then an interminable wait on hold before you can actually speak with an inside man.

If you still want to give it a whirl, the toll-free number is (800) 422-8027
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3309
Registered: Oct-04
Looks like HARMAN has decided to release the HK-990 Integrated Amp ($1,700) & HD-990 CD Player ($399), to North America.

$1,700 is a hell of a bit more expensive than the $1,000 it was selling for in Great Britain. Unless that sucker is HEAVILY discounted, I think I'll have to pass.

http://www.harmankardon.com/EN-US/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?PID=HK%2099 0
 

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Username: Artk

Albany, Oregon USA

Post Number: 13131
Registered: Feb-05
I'm sure you can do a lot better at that price...good call.
 

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Username: Nuck

Post Number: 15375
Registered: Dec-04
Damn, Chris, and we were looking forward to it...
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3310
Registered: Oct-04
Tell me about it; It could be worse, because acording to this Press Release, the HK 990 MSRP is $2,599! The HD 990 $699!

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/harman-international-debuts-home-multimedia-and -mobile-products-launching-this-fall-2010-09-02?reflink=MW_news_stmp
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3311
Registered: Oct-04
In Great Britain, the street price for the HK 990 is about $1,100 USD.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ukdapper-Harman-Kardon-Stereo-Amplifier/dp/B002ZGTEKE
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3318
Registered: Oct-04
Oye!... http://www.amazon.com/Harman-Kardon-HK990-2-2-Channel-Integrated/dp/B00413OXLY
 

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Username: Exerciseguy

Fort Hamilton, NY United States

Post Number: 3390
Registered: Oct-04
As I suspected, let the discounting begin!

J&R has the HK-990 for $1799, and the HD-990 for $399.

http://www.jr.com/harman-kardon/pe/HK_990/

http://www.jr.com/harman-kardon/pe/HK_HD990/
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