Are those Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Ok, maybe that is the wrong analogy as these speakers will not actually fit into a pocket – not even a really big one.

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In fact, if we want to play with analogies, think primitive creatures of the ocean as these speakers look more like a prehistoric jellyfish with the subwoofer unit and the little tentacles in the form of wires and satellite speakers. And the blue light makes these speakers also look like a bluebottle, but I am unsure whether the designers had that maritime intention in mind.

But acoustically, well, they are a touch ordinary. Although the HK speakers serve up very clear treble, strong bass, and overall crisp and clean sound and can be pumped up to be extremely loud – whether playing Net radio, CDs or PC music, the sound is quite good but at the same time is not something to write home about either.

In terms of specs that are available, the frequency range is 44Hz – 20 kHz; amplifier output power is 20 Wrms for the subwoofer and 10 Wrms per channel for the satellite speakers and the entire connected unit weighs just under 4 kgs.


And yes, they have very discreet touch-sensitive volume buttons which work very well and I admit, they do look out of this world, but at $330 a pop, if aesthetics is not your gig but are more obsessed with complete and utter perfection in sound, I would certainly not consider them.

However, if you like your speakers to come from the set of Star Trek Generations, and if you are not a total sound perfection Nazi, then they should be well worth considering. In fact, for the vast majority of PC, gaming and small to medium TV users, they would be more or less perfect.  Oh, and did I mention how great they look?

Product specifications:

Frequency Range: 44Hz-20kHz
Power Consumption: 4 W idle, 65 W maximum
Interface: Analog (3.5mm)

Transducers: (4) 1 – inch full range per channel
Amplifier Power Output: 10 W RMS per channel
Dimensions: 2″ (50.8 mm) diam. x 10″ (254 mm)
Weight: 1.47 pounds = 0.67 kg

Woofer Size: 6″ (150mm)
Amplifier Power Output: 20 W RMS
Dimensions: 9.15″ (232 mm) diam. x 10.16″ (258 mm)
Weight: 2.24 kg

Harman/Kardon Soundsticks II | $329.95 |  | www.conexus.com.au

For: Aesthetically appealing; Good finish
Against: Sound is ordinary; Too many wires
Conclusion: A nice looking speakers for your desktop

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