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Harman-Kardon Soundsticks II

Harman-Kardon Soundsticks II
alaScore 85

1702 reviews

Apr, 2014

We have collected and analyzed 7 expert reviews and 1684 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 78/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Aug 12, 2009. We have compared these reviews to 150921 reviews from other Computer Speakers. The alaScore™ for this product is 85/100 = Very good. Last update: Apr 18, 2014.

Review analysis

(Based on 1691 reviews)

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Harman Kardon SoundSticks II


Harman Kardon's SoundStick II PC speakers ($169.99 current list) were released back in 2004, but they are one of those rare species of product that, without changing or evolving, lives for several years and still manages to best much of the...

Affordable. Excellent sound quality. Unique, attractive design. Satellites are adjustable to nearly any angle

No remote. Missing aux input and headphone jack. Hardwired cables

Despite some connectivity oversights, six years later, and Harman Kardon's classic SoundSticks II are still the best 2.1-channel PC speakers you can buy.

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Harman Kardon SoundSticks


A Marriage of Technologies It comes as no surprise that Apple's clever design team worked with Harman on the unique look of SoundSticks. The first product from this duo was the built-in sound system that comes in every iMac with a slot-load CD or DVD...

Great sound; great looks; easy setup.

Mac support limited to USB-based systems running Mac OS 9.0.4 or later; limited audio adjustments; limited support for Windows.

SoundSticks sound a lot better than you'd expect, considering the low price.

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Best value 2.1 computer speakers


Reviewers say the Harman Kardon SoundSticks II 2.1-channel speaker system delivers a sharp performance at a very reasonable price. You can crank these up because you'll get no distortion at high volumes. The 20-watt subwoofer, however, can't match...

Clear, detailed sound, affordable, no distortion at high volumes, artistic design

Bass weak on some tracks, highs overwhelming on some tracks, no headphones jack, no auxiliary input port


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Review: Harman Kardon SoundSticks II speakers


Long after it original release, Harman Kardon's SoundSticks II remains a standout speaker system. While missing many features found on other computer speakers, the SoundSticks II offers very good sound and an eye-catching design for a reasonable price.

The SoundSticks II is a 2.1 speaker system, which means it uses smaller left and right satellites for higher frequencies along with a larger subwoofer/amplifier component for lower frequencies. Nothing special there. But the SoundSticks II’s curves and...

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Awesome MAC speakers


First off, I'd actually only rate these speakers a 9/10 but there were a few comments on their quality which were very biased and frankly, incorrect. That out of the way, I've had these speakers for the last 2 years and to say that I am very ......

Great fidelity, digital quality, uses USB and leaves the headphone port free

No volume Adjustment or Line out

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Still working Great!


I bought mine back in 2002 to go with a PowerPC. Many computers (both Mac & PC) and three moves later, I currently have them hooked up to a Digital Storm gaming PC with Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) and they still look and sound great. My husband...

Great sound ; Great looks ; Long-lived

USB only ; No power button or convenient access to volume control

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They look cool; bass is poor


These are way better than the usual PC speakers. But the bass tones are gradually driving me crazy -- there are odd and out-of-tune resonances happening. A classical-music bass drum, for example, will completely put my teeth on edge when played through...

Digitally connected; Cool looking; better than the usual

Strange bass

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Beautifully crisp sound, get what you pay for and more!"


You get the sound which usually you'd be payi... 

Clear and crisp sound

Very easy to forget what you last left the volume on so watch out when you play a song and its accidentally on full volume

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"Tired design"


Lasted three five years, until my brother cranked them to create a disco in his condo

Subwoofer gets filthy in urban settings, and the inside can't be cleaned

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SoundSticks II 3-Piece Speaker System


Wouldn't trade it for any other music system!

Great sound, great bass effects, love the design. Especially great for computers, ipod/iphone

No jack cable included, and the sound is mostly directional

Product Specifications

Harman Kardon's SoundSticks is a 3-piece speaker system designed for easy plug-and-play. SoundSticks was created for USB-equipped Apple computers, such as iBook, iMac, PowerBook, Power Macintosh G3, and Power Mac G4. Looks stylish and sounds great - engineering for superior sound quality doesn't mean sacrificing great looks.


DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No
Remote Control: No
Subwoofer: Yes


PMP Docking: No
Signal Input:Analogue / Digital
USB:No / Yes

General Features

Construction:Multi-Part Speaker Set / Single Case Speaker System
Signal Connection:Wired / Wireless
Speaker Type:Active