Keep the one that sounds better to you.
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Once owned an NAD 1700/2600A and these were nice pieces of equipment. In my experience, I've found that receivers will not as good as seperates. So, if you decide on the NAD's you'll have to look into another IC and you might catch the (nearly never-ending) audio upgrade fever. I'd say, Go for the NAD's. Cheers!
Hey Ryan, I'm finding very crisp highs on the H/K but lacking in mid range. Drums and vocals sound clearer on the NAD, but I am using the loudness button on with the NAD to bring in a fuller sound and better bass. They both sound good, just different. I cannot say one is better than the other from my ears. What do you think of your H/K?
I've really enjoyed my 3490. I use it in my nearfield desktop setup, driving a pair of Era D4s. I got it because it had a build in DAC, great price, and good power. I've only had a chance to compare it to one other receiver - my Marantz SR5002. It is very similar sounding, but I feel the SR5002 has a slight edge in sound quality with slightly better separation in instruments and a little better presence overall, but very slight.