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Harman Kardon Soundsticks III

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #51 in Computer Speakers

Posted

Pros: Clear and punchy bass; sound seems natural, flat and clear, cool design, not too expensive, controls on speaker

Cons: Off/ bass amount button is on the back of the sub, light on sub when system activated (not very bright, thankfully), limited choice of inputs

I bought these to replace a cheaper set of speakers which broke, and I'm honestly quite happy with them.

I usually listen to FLAC on ATH-M50 headphones through a Fiio E17 (Alpen) DAC, so I expect relatively clear sound. I was not disappointed

 

The Harman/ Kardons SoundStick III was decently priced at $150 Australian Dollars at CostCo, and I new from the review of the SoundStick II that I should expect good quality speakers.
 

The bass is punchy as hell, and really clear, and the mids and highs feel really well balanced and nice and sharp. The sound is really encompassing the room, and the cool design adds to the pull of these speakers. Jazz sounds so clear, techno is punchy, colourful and alive, and classical is just indescribably well-rounded, sharp, clear and simply lovely. I am extremely happy with the quality of these.

 

The only things I can really criticise are design 'flaws', such as volume/ mute controls cleverly placed on the right speaker, whereas unfortunately the power/ bass level knob is oddly situated on the back of the sub. Also, there is a white light on the sub when the system is live, but it's not TOO bright, which is good. To be honest, these aren't really that bad, I just thought I'd mention them. There aren't a wide array of inputs available - although some adapters came in the box - but I don't mind since I'm using the AUX out from my amp.

 

All in all, I'm really happy with these speakers, so I'm giving them a 4.5/5. I'm obviously no expert on sound quality; but the Harman/ Kardon SoundStick III has that magic, beautiful sound that you look for in a listening device. 

Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
Description:

A 6-inch, 20-watt downward-firing powered subwoofer. Eight 1-inch full-range transducers. Plug-and-play compatibility with virtually any multimedia device. And stunning industrial design that perfectly matches the clarity of the sound. The Harman Kardon SoundSticks III desktop sound system brings a new level of excitement to music, games and movies with a minimum of wiring and looks spectacular doing it.

Details:
DetailValue
BindingPersonal Computers
BrandHarman Kardon
ColorClear
EAN0028292257827
FeatureAngle-adjustable satellites
Height15.5 inches
Length11 inches
Weight11.3 pounds
Width11.3 inches
LabelHarman Kardon
List Price$209.99
ManufacturerHarman Kardon
ModelHarman Kardon Soundsticks III
MPNSOUNDSTICKSIII
Package Quantity1
Product GroupPC Accessory
Product Type NameCOMPUTER_SPEAKER
PublisherHarman Kardon
StudioHarman Kardon
TitleHarman Kardon Soundsticks III
UPC028292257827
Hardware PlatformPC
Operating SystemWindows XP Professional Edition
Warrantyone year
LanguagesEnglish
Number Of Items1
SKU148051
Part NumberSOUNDSTICKSIII
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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