Harman/Kardon Computer Speakers

Published by HqSpeakers, on December 31st, 2009, in the categories: Harman Kardon

There are many big producers of audio equipment in the world, and one of them is Harman Kardon. It is a unit of Harman International Industries and it makes audio devices for  both home users and the automotive industry. It has a lot of history and a big experience behind it, so you  can be sure that the company’s products will stand up to their reputation. Harman Kardon company was founded back in the 1950’s by Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon (so now you know where the quite unusual name of the company comes from). They were the first to invent the receiver, by combining a tuner and an amplifier into a single unit. With time the company evolved a lot and brought many innovations to the audio industry. For example it was the first to use the fully color coding connections on a receiver rear panel, to simplify the installation. It was also the first company to make a remote control that automatically calibrates a home theater sound system.

In this article we are going to present some of the Harman Kardon speakers. The company offers a wide variety of speakers, from home audio components and systems to computer and ipod speakers, and also devices like receivers, amplifiers, DVD players etc.

Let’s begin by presenting an Audio / Video receiver, for example the AVR 3550 HD. It can handle up to a 7.1 system ( a subwoofer, a center channel and 6 satellite speakers). It has many advanced technologies included such as Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD Master Audio™, Faroudja DCDi Cinema™ and Logic 7® processing. It also has multiroom capabilities and it can even play music from an ipod due to “The Bridge II docking stations”. It has many other features, and don’t forget that a good home theater or music system starts with the receiver.  Some of the technical details for this device are :

-         A/V Sync Delay per Input 180 ms
-         Amplifier Type High-current; ± 35 amps
-         Bandwidth 20 Hz – 20 kHz
-         Digital Audio Inputs (Coax / Optical / USB) Rear panel 2 / 3, front panel 1 / 1 , 0
-         Digital Audio Outputs (Coax / Optical) Rear panel 1 / 0
-         Dimensions (H x W x D) 6-1/2 " x 17-5/16 " x 15 "
-         Direct Audio Inputs 7.1
-         Weight 31.7 lb

Now let’s talk about one of the bookshelf speakers from Harman  Kardon. Like the name says these are pretty small speakers that can be placed on a bookshelf. Of course it is not necessary to put them there, because they can also be placed on a desk, or mounted on a wall. They can be used as a part of a sound system, but they can also be used individually. Some of the bookshelf speakers from Harman Kardon are the HKS 6. They will give you a great audio experience, especially if they are used as satellite speakers in a surround sound system. They can give you the sensation of someone being behind you when watching a movie or playing a video game. This can be quite spooky at the beginning, but you will get used to it. These speakers are quite small, with dimensions of 6-9/16 " H x 3-15/16 " W x 3-5/8 " D. They have a frequency response between 110 Hz and 20.000 Hz, this means they are perfect for mid range and high sounds. When you will  combine them with a subwoofer, you will have the full spectrum of sounds. The recommended amplifier power for the HKS 6 is between 10 and 80 watts, and this is pretty good for speakers of this size. The weight for a speaker is 1.7 lb and the price is around 80 dollars.

Some very cool and interesting looking speakers from Harman Kardon are the Soundsticks. There  are 3 speakers (2 stereo speakers and a subwoofer) so this is actually a 2.1 system. It can be connecter to your computer, but also to other multimedia devices (such as CD or  MP3 player), and they will bring a nice and powerful sound to your music, games or movies. And with this cool design (that reminds you of a Science Fiction movie) you can be sure that you will impress all your friends. Each satellite speaker has a power of 10 Watts RMS, while the subwoofer has 20 watts. This means the total power of the system is 40 watts, which can be pretty good for a small room or office. The system frequency range is from 44 Hz to 20.000 Hz, meaning that you will get a deep bass and some nice high sounds in the same time. Both the satellite speakers and the subwoofer are small and lightweight, so they can easily fit anywhere on your desk (or under your desk in the case of the subwoofer). A satellite speaker has a height of 10 inch (254 mm) and a diameter of 2 inch (51 mm) while the subwoofer has 10 inch in height (254 mm) and 9 inch in diameter (232 mm).

The ipods became really famous all over the world in the last years, so that’s why most of t he big audio producers are also making some kind of speakers or docks for ipods. Harman Kardon also has a product of this type in his offer, and this is the “HK Go + Play”. It is a cool looking portable speaker, that is compatible with the iPod. It will give a nice and clear sound, and it runs both with AC power or batteries, so you can use it anywhere you want, and enjoy your favorite music from the iPod. It also has an arching stainless-steel handle, making it easier to be carried around.  It has dimensions of 500 mm W x 230 mm H x 240 mm D, so it will easily fit into your luggage. The frequency response goes from 40 Hz to 20.000 Hz, and this is pretty good for a small portable speaker. It weighs 4.6 kg and has 15 watts of power for each tweeter and 30 watts for each woofer. It is not specified whether this is the real RMS power, or the PMPO. But if the total power is 90 watts RMS, it means that this is a really powerful device, and you can even make a party with it :).

These were just a few of the great speakers and devices offered by Harman Kardon, and there are many more of them. So if you own one, please share your opinions (both good and bad) with us.
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One comment on “Harman/Kardon Computer Speakers

  • yudhi said on 05/08/2010:

    -dimana saja alamat / toko yang jual hk audio (di surabaya)?
    -tipe apa saja produk baru dari HK ?
    -mohon dicantumkan harga untuk masing-masing tipe
    -bagaimana caranya / proses pembeliannya

  • dwi said on 03/11/2011:

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    -dimana saja alamat / toko yang jual hk audio (di surabaya)?

  • dwi said on 03/11/2011:

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    whwre I can buy, on surabaya, indonesia

  • yanuarta said on 03/15/2012:

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    dmn alamat toko atau supplyaernya?

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