Reviews and Problems with Harman Kardon SoundSticks II 2.1
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Look cool, average performance for music, sufficient for tv or gaming.
3 February 2012
Summary: These look very cool but I was a little disappointed with performance. They sound hollow and a bit muted. I owned a set of altec lansing computer speakers about 8 years in a similar price range ago and they sounded far better than these.. I guess I should go and get myself some large quality speakers! These sound okay if you just want to watch movies on your laptop or desktop though. I do love the way they look though.
"Good while they last, but that may not be very long"
20 April 2011
Pros: Great sound when new, as noted in all the gushing reviews. The system sets up in about a minute. The R2D2 look-alike design is interesting, if not for everyone. Very good reproduction where fidelity is really noticeable such as acoustic jazz ballads and
Cons: The price is low for a reason - you'll be replacing these things. My third set just failed and I can't take the pain of buying a fourth. This time it was the left channel, first cutting in/out, and now dead altogether. The previous sets succumbed to 1)
Summary: It is simple: They sound great if you like clear sound and not an overload of bass. Most audiophiles would like them. If you like more boombox style bass then you need something else. They look great and the satelites do not take up much space, I put a premium on that. The controls are a disaster. The sub adjustment is in the rear and the satelite controls look great but are hardly usable.
Not as great as they're hyped up to be, especially for $100
A. Tubesing, Amazon
13 February 2009
Summary: I was really excited about these speakers, mostly due to the rave reviews. However, now that I have them on my desk I am certainly underwhelmed. The comments about lack of midrange are right on. The bass is nice, treble is nice, but it's very thin through the midrange. They sort of sound like they're two different sets of speakers, one all bass, and one all treble. It's quite distracting. They also have a very directional sound.
Pros: Fantastic sound quality and beautiful design.
Cons: The volume control on sub shorted out, causing the sub to cut out intermittently at first and now completely. You cant get at it to fix or replace it, and the two speakers don't have much bass. Also incompatible with DVD Player on Mac OS X 10.5.