Product Type: Harman in PC Speakers
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Look rude but sound super good!
Harman Kardon Soundsticks
Member Name: getonthesoapbox
Harman Kardon Soundsticks
Advantages: Clarity of sound, ease of use, high volume capabilities, stylish, warm and full bodied sound.
Disadvantages: Looks a little rude, you may get mocked occasionally, but its worth it.
Harman Kardon speakers are possibly the greatest piece of computer audio equipment I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. They are mega simple to use, you just plug in each speaker to the main dome shaped amp, the long lead to your headphone socket, then the power plug and off you go!
I choose these speakers originally because I wanted a decent pair to play my delicate acoustic and folk music through my computer. The chap in the shop swore by these and stated that all but one member of staff had bought a set for their home, he loved them and I can definitely see why! They aren't cheap though, usually retailing at about £100. I was initially reluctant to spend so much but haven't regretted it one bit. Unsurprisingly they have kept their value, yet another sign of the high quality.
I bought my first set back in 2008. They lasted two years until a wire became faulty somewhere. The shop who sold them to me very kindly replaced them free of charge. I think the fault was actually due to moisture in my accommodation (I was living in student accommodation) and not a problem with the speakers themselves. The second pair, which are the ones currently sitting either side of my computer, have been impeccable.
The clarity in the sound is quite marvellous, you can distinctly hear every single instrument, even on densely populated songs. Its a warm and full sound that properly does justice to the music. Its actually quite amazing how loud they can go so beware! If you buy these for your kids you may find yourself running up and down stairs regularly asking them to turn the bass down. The amp (large dome shape) has a little knob at the back for turning the bass up and down. It can go very high, you have been warned. Mine sits beneath a wooden desk and it has actually vibrated loud enough to feel and hear when turned up (even just half way) with bass heavy music like dub or reggae. The picture in the toilet had wobbled visibly on more than one occasion.
The volume is controlled by two flat, touch sensitive buttons on the left stick. You only need to tap them gently so no need for rough behaviour. You can also mute them instantly by touching both buttons simultaneously, a very handy feature. The bass amp also has a little blue light, a purely decoraive feature that is subtle and stylish.
Lastly, the only negative feedback I have had is from visiting friends who think the sticks look like something rude. I will leave that to your imagination. Its quite a talking point and has come up on more than one occasion. But seriously the quality of your listening experience will be enhanced no end by these delightful speakers so its worth the occasional mocking and naughty joke.
I love them and wouldn't swap them for twice their value. I would (and have) recommended them to tons of people, just as I am recommending them to you now. If you love music and have a good ear then these speakers are sure to please you.
Summary: Simply marvellous and worth twice what they cost. I wouldn't swap them for any others.