Review: Harman Kardon Go + Play: Form hampers function
2 June 2007
Conclusion: Harman Kardon designed a great sounding, great-looking portable speaker system with the Go + Play, but unfortunately the form hampers function. For a speaker designed specifically for the iPod (and the video iPod at that) it is a shame that accessing the controls and watching video is so difficult.
Pros: Sounds great, doesn’t distort at loud volumes, can be battery powered, portable
Cons: Handle placement makes navigating iPod difficult, cannot watch iPod video directly from the unit, cannot navigate iPod with remote
Summary: Harmon Kardon's Go + Play is a brilliant high-end iPod dock. Its audio is well balanced and almost flawless. The design has one niggling issue, but the large, sturdy handle certainly adds to the unit's portability
Pros: Great bass, detailed mid-range, rich sound, powerful remote, handle makes for great portability
Cons: Dock placement is poor, slightly rolled-off low treble notes, no bass or treble controls
Excerpt: (If it looks familiar, that’s because the Harman Kardon Go + Play Micro is the smaller sibling of the company’s 2006 Go + Play system) The unit’s sleek lines, minimal buttons, and black plastic with metal accents all contribute to its modernness, but the form factor feels delightfully reminiscent of the portable boomboxes of yesteryear.
Summary: Ever wondered what a 21st century ghetto-blaster would look like? Harman Kardon's Go + Play could certainly fill the role – it's just the right dimensions, has a big steel carrying handle for hoisting it up on to your shoulder and eats expensive batteries. Of course, where you would once have found a cassette deck, the HK has a dock suitable for most iPods, including the Nano and 5G iPod.
Summary: This is the only product I have so far received from my visit to CEDIA in June this year. Of course some promises always fail to materialise but this year is worse than normal. However this product took my eye as I walked past their stand.