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Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II

Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II
alaScore 90

1953 reviews

Nov, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1953 reviews from magazines and websites.

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Computer Speakers the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

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Consumer review by: review summary for Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II


alaTest has collected and analysed 314 user reviews of Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II from The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Computer Speakers on

97% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Harman Kardon Soundsticks II - 3-Piece Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker SystemJBL Soundsticks II Audio Speaker SystemJBL Soundsticks II Audio Speaker System

Consumer review by: review summary for Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1257 user reviews of Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Computer Speakers on

94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Harman Kardon SoundSticks II Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker SystemHarman Kardon Soundsticks II - 3-Piece Plug and Play Multimedia Speaker System

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Harman/Kardon SoundSticks II


The Harman Kardon SoundSticks II match performance with attractive visual design, a combination that always makes our hearts beat a little faster. They're nearly perfect, save for a few design flaws.

Ultraclear sound quality; unique design; platform-neutral minijack connector.

No headphone jack; no visual indicator of volume level.


Editor's Choice!

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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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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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Review: Harman/Kardon SoundSticks II


Back in the old days, Apple used to include speakers with many of their computers. The problem with these, known as the Pro Speakers, was that they required a special jack, since the computer provided the power. Since there were only two satellites,...

Awesome design, great sound quality, reasonably priced

Limited controls, no headphone jack

The SoundSticks II, although appearing to be more suited to be near older Apple products, still sound and look great with any audio source, and even sound better than similarly-priced products.

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Sound Sticks II : Harman Kardon Sound Sticks II


These are a very unusual set of speakers from Harman Kardon a name that often comes up with speakers in notebook computers. However I doubt any other company has ever produced anything like these before.

What you get are a pair of sound sticks each with four speakers and a sub woofer. The first difference is that both the sound sticks and the sub woofer are see through. They look like glass but are plastic. Each sound stick is 25cm tall around 5cm...

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Harmon/Kardon Soundsticks II


Perhaps the wild card, but certainly not the joker of the pack, Harmon/Kardon's Soundsticks have been around for a few years now and unlike the other docks on test are not designed specifically for the iPod. The other difference to the other speakers...

Crisp sound, eye-catching design, value for money

No remote, not suited to larger open environments

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Review: Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II


Cyborg Jellyfish invade bringing peace and high quality 2.1 audio...

The soundsticks resemble some kind of beautiful cyborg jellyfish and are nothing if not unique.

There really isn't that much to detract from the appeal of these speakers but if pushed there are one or two niggling issues that slightly dent its finish.

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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

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.


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


Android Docking: No
Apple Docking: No
Bluetooth: No
PMP Docking: No
Signal Input:Analogue

Energy Information

Battery Powered: No

General Features

Construction:Multi-Part Speaker Set
Signal Connection:Wired
Speaker Type:Active