Harman Kardon GLA-55 2.0-Powered Loudspeaker System (Clear)

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  1. Waldman Jordaan
    "Best and coolest office desk speaker system"
    Pros - Conversation piece, looks, good solid full sound,bass balance is adjustable albeit a bit finicky to do, super small footprint, sub-out, price makes it pretty exclusive.
    Cons - Cables fixed and a bit long for desk use, drivers not protected enough and its so pretty that everyone wants to touch the shape and the shiny silver drivers attract unwelcome fingers, alu driver domes is very unforgiving as to getting dents out.
    DSCF1046.JPG Best desktop speakers for the size - ever!

    Very detailed and crisp sound, which some may find slightly on the bright side of neutral. Since the bass gain can be adjusted, you should be able to find the right balance for your speaker position and sound signature preference.

    Bass quality is exceptional and the quantity is up there as well. The 60Hz @-10db manufacturer spec seems a bit conservative to me - I am very impressed by the fulness of the sound. The sound is not neatral, but it is very pleasing and enjoyable nonetheless. Punch and rhythm is nicely tuned.

    These are easy to place since the footprint is so small and not square. The extra wire length can get a bit much, even for the best cable management guru.

    The stereo image is very good and solid. the speakers faces slightly up so work very well without setting it up higher than the desk surface.

    The design is quite striking and very few people fail to say something nice about them. That is not why I got them, but their looks is a bonus.

    If you see a pait going for a half-decent price, grab it - you wont be sorry. Used prices should benefit from its uniqueness as well as the fact that it is a very limited edition and awesome sounding and looking item.
  2. gradofan1
    "WOW. Best 2.0 system ever."
    Pros - Great treble with accurate dedicated tweeters; Slick looking design; Limited Edition (3000 made only); Has a subwoofer out option
    Cons - Kinda expensive, but definitely worth the investment.
    These are just simply amazing. I'm surprised there hasn't been a review on head-fi about these. I've been through 8-10 computer speakers and these are the best for the money.
    If you think the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III are good, the GLA-55 (get it? GLA55 looks like glass?) kicks their butt. 
    I've never heard such good bass from 3 inch midrange drivers that have to cover mid and bass frequencies. It's a 2.0 system without a subwoofer, but there is a subwoofer out option on the right speaker if you REALLY want more bass. I don't think that's necessary for 95% of people though. The 2 tweeters provide stunningly accurate highs without being sibilant at all, which is difficult to do. Can blast LOUD, enough to throw a small rave in my dorm ;P
    These look really slick too, like something from an art gallery. Relatively compact on my desk because there's no sub (not a 2.1, but again, has the option of being a 2.1). 
    And they're limited edition of 3,000. So get one before they're all gone!
    The only downside is the relative price. Oh well. It's still less than an HD800 or HD700 or GS1000i. So suck it up and try out some speakers instead of headphones for a change!
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