Best Harman Kardon Soundsticks
If you’re looking for some stunning speakers, look no further. The Harman Kardon Soundsticks III has got to be the wildest looking 2.1 speaker system on the planet. In fact, these things are so wild, that their predecessor gained a permanent home in New York City’s Museum of Modern Art. Not only are they stylish, but they even manage to sound pretty good too. That’s pretty impressive for a speaker. Hmm, I wonder if they’ve got any gophers in that museum.
You won’t find a more futuristic set of speakers than the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III anywhere unless you happen to get picked up by some little green men some night.
Let me put it in one simple word, “Awesome”. Harman Kardon has taken speaker design to new heights with the Soundsticks. The eight full-range transducers in the satellite speakers produce some really crisp high-end sounds, while the woofer fills in the bottom end with desktop moving bass. The woofer is downward facing, so if you happen to have a wooden desk, you’ll get some really nice harmonics off of the desk.
The Harman Kardon Soundsticks III speakers come with a built-in 40-watt amplifier, so if you decide to crank it up, you’d better not have anything loose on your desk; otherwise, it will go bouncing right off to file 13 all by itself. The woofer has a bass volume control, giving you some degree of tone adjustment, but for the best sound, you might want to use an equalizer on your computer. The bass volume control also acts as the push-button power switch, so don’t say you we didn’t warn you if you can’t find it.
The sticks are mounted on a heavy black donut-shaped base and are adjustable for angle. Several of the gophers who have tried them out say that for the best sound you want the satellites to spread far apart and pointed right at your head for the best sound. That’s why the satellites are adjustable, to get them pointed at your head. One of the satellites is touch-sensitive for volume control and touching both gives you an instant mute.
Whoever thought a clear plastic speaker would look so cool? I mean, these things have got coolness down pat. The twin “soundsticks” look like they could be controls for some futuristic space ship, they even have an angle adjustment so you can accelerate. The round woofer housing looks like it should house a throbbing, glowing brain. The only thing missing is a goldfish swimming around in the woofer.
Hey, they’re speakers, plug in the cables, and you’re ready to go. No prob. On the other hand, if you want the best possible sound, you might want to consider a little equalization app on your computer.
Okay, they’re plastic, you know. You’re not going to get booming bass sound out of plastic speakers; you need wood cases for that. Putting your woofer on top of something like a wood desktop will help, but plastic just doesn’t resonate as wood does. Having said that, they’re really pretty good sounding speakers, especially for a 2.1 desktop set. Probably the best sounding speakers you’re going to find in their price range. The strong point on these babies is the highs, which are nice and crisp. The mid-lows come out pretty good, because of the woofer; but the mid-tones can use a little boost and the low-lows, well, don’t expect much around 30 Hz.
Should you buy it?
For the price, there’s no way you’re going to beat the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III speakers. Not only have they got a good sound, but the coolness factor is over the top. You’ll blow your friends away when they see this setup on your desktop. You can probably even convince them that they were beamed down from the Starship Enterprise.
- The look… hey baby, these can’t be beat
- Really great sounding highs
- Touch-sensitive volume control
- Touch-sensitive mute
- Great overall sound for their price range
- No goldfish
- If you’re a girl, you might have trouble getting your boyfriend to take his eyes off the speakers and put them on you