EISA Awards 2009-2010
European Audio Amplifier 2009-2010
This is no mere new amplifier from Harman Kardon, for the HK 990 represents a root-and-branch evolution of all previous HK integrated models. Marketed as a 2.2-channel amplifier, this heavyweight performer also includes on-board DSP for bass management and a synchronising clock feed to optimise the flow of digital data from its partnering HD 990 CD player. With its own sophisticated DAC stage, the HK 990 further enhances its flexibility as the hub of a modern digital audio system. Moreover, its rated 2x150W specification is very conservative as this amplifier is capable of delivering over 200W/8ohm in practice and up to 1.5kW under dynamic conditions. Its sound is equally powerful, compelling and uncommonly detailed, creating a deep and broad soundstage populated with believable musical instruments. In short, the HK 990 is an audiophile bargain for enthusiasts, offering a lucid and highly detailed window into all recordings.