I have always been a fan of HK receivers and I am looking for a new stereo receiver to use in my bedroom for music listening. I was originially looking at getting the HK 3480, but then I began to read reviews and info on the new Rotel RX-1052 stereo receiver. I was wondering if anybody has any inputs on which they prefer for sound quality. I will be using some Infinity Beta towers and probably a subwoofer (but the sub has high level inputs, so I don't need a sub preout)
With the Rotel, you'll get better build quality, a prettier box and the Rotel name. But unless you have "golden ears," I seriously doubt that you'd be able to hear much, if any, difference in sound quality between the Rotel and the HK -- certainly not anywhere near twice as good. If money is not a problem, go for the Rotel. But if your budget is going to be strained, I think you'd be very satisfied with another receiver. I think Bunny's recommendation regarding the NAD 720BEE is a good alternative to the Rotel. Others to consider: Marantz SR4320 and Integra DTM-5.3.
The NAD sounds very good and provides a good alternative to the Rotel. The Marantz and HK IMO do not. They are apples and oranges. I owned the Marantz SR4320 in my bedroom system and replaced it with the Rotel and it made a night and day difference. The NAD is as good as the Rotel but just different. All of the equipment so far listed is of good quality they are just in different classes.
HK makes good recievers but I agree they aren't what they used to be. You should look into some of the sony alternatives, like the new str-de998, home theater just reviewed it and gave it a very good review. I've owned a sony for 5 years and love it.
Cyrus - Have you considered an integrated amp? If you don't need the tuner, the NAD C320BEE has the same power section as the C720BEE, but is about $200 cheaper. I've got the C320BEE and can't recommend enough. When I was buying my C320BEE, I listened to it next to the Marantz stereo reciever (SR4320?) and it was a very noticable difference. Whether it is a good or bad difference is up to the listener. If I needed a reciever I'd definately go with the C720BEE, but that's just me.