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Harman/Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Sound System

by Harman Kardon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
RRP: 139.99
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  • Incredible industrial design
  • Compatible with all devices with a stereo mini jack output
  • Realistic, room-filling sound and outstanding bass performance
  • Touch-volume and mute controls
  • Subwoofer volume control and angle-adjustable satellites
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 27.8 x 40.2 cm ; 4 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 5 Kg
  • Item model number: SOUNDSTICKS3EU
  • ASIN: B003ZXDOMA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 6 Sep 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (383 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Harman Kardon SoundSticks III
A powerful 20-watt woofer delivers deep, accurate bass
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The Harman Kardon SoundSticks III

As a three-piece, 2.1-channel multimedia sound system, SoundSticks III brings a new level of excitement to music, games and movies to your home - with its exceptional sound clarity, enhanced colour scheme and bare minimum of wiring. Beyond its eye-catching appeal, SoundSticks III continues to be incredibly capable - with 40 watts of dazzling amplification, a down-firing powered subwoofer, eight full-range transducers and compatibility with all sorts of multimedia devices. As the sublime sequel to a prized performer, SoundSticks III is performance art at its finest.

Fill the room with eight full-range transducers

The Harman Kardon brand has a rich history of engineering sound with highly regarded results. The SoundSticks III system is no different. Powered by a total of 20-watts, eight full-range transducers (four in each speaker) deftly fill your room with great sound, while increasing power handling and audio output. With less distortion and better sound quality, SoundSticks III speakers ensure that you'll hear music or video exactly the way the composer intended.

Down-firing subwoofer with volume control

For a true audiophile listening experience, the SoundSticks III system also features a six-inch down-firing subwoofer with volume control that is powered by a 20-watt amplifier. By aiming sound down instead of at surrounding walls, your subwoofer makes your system less susceptible to adverse room variables - giving you a consistent performance. The subwoofer also has a flared port that reduces port noise during high-volume passages. This feature helps you tailor sound levels based on your room's specifications as well as your own listening preferences.

Harman Kardon SoundSticks III
The full-range transducers fill the room with accurate and detailed sound quality
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Connect to virtually any media device

Other than its stunning good looks, the SoundSticks III system offers excellent compatibility with other audio components. Thanks to its 3.5mm stereo audio connection, SoundSticks III speakers can be used with MP3 players, portable CD players, computers and almost anything with stereo line-level outputs. By offering you this user-friendly option, SoundSticks III becomes a nimble addition to your desktop, bookshelf or entertainment centre, keeping your life simple with a maximum of connection options - and a bare minimum of wiring.

Touch controls for volume and mute

The SoundSticks III system makes it easy for you to interact with your subwoofer and "sticks," offering sensitive touch controls for raising, lowering or muting the system volume. By responding to the gentle touch of your fingertip, this intuitive design feature makes your SoundSticks III system easy to operate, and keeps this work of audio "art" in the best possible condition.

Control the angle of your satellite speakers

Elegant and easy to use, SoundSticks III satellite speakers are designed to fit exactly where you want them - and maybe even in a few other places. As a modern design feature that's adaptable to your environment, the SoundSticks III system has two angle-adjustable satellite speakers that bend from low angle to high. Gently push or pull each satellite to the desired position - and you can optimize the angle at which sound enters, and fills, the room around you.

Harman Kardon SoundSticks III
Stunning Sound. Stunning Looks
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Attractive, high-quality audio cables

Some manufacturers make audio cables a bare-minimum expense, which can compromise the integrity of an audio product and, potentially, the look of it. The SoundSticks III system does no such thing. SoundSticks III audio cables match the high-quality, transparent modern design of the speakers in terms of quality and visual appeal - and live just underneath the transparent speaker covers as if being showcased. Kept in place by black connection beads, these premium audio cables ensure that audio travels from source to speaker, without any sign of degradation or outside interference. Their flexible design gives you the freedom to use the Soundsticks III with other devices that use an analogue output such as games consoles, DVD/Blu-ray Disc players, and TVs. And since they are detachable, they can be easily replaced if they happened to get damaged.

A sound plan for energy-efficiency

The SoundSticks III speaker system is soundly engineered for full compliance with the most demanding energy-efficiency requirements. It achieves this "green" standard primarily through incorporating a convenient on/off switch, which is built into the subwoofer volume control. This way, you gain more power over your power usage while keeping your satisfaction levels high and your energy bill low.

Product Description

A great sounding small speaker set up for use with computer or Airport Express.


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168 of 173 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One word: Amazing 1 Dec 2010
By HD
Format:Personal Computers
After hearing the Harman Kardon II's a few times from my friends, and in the Apple store, I was intrigued and wanted to give these a shot.

It's worth noting that this model is an upgrade from the previous Harman Kardon Soundsticks II. There a few differences:
1. Black base on the HK3 instead of the previous white. Personally I think the black looks much sleeker.
2. The audio cables are detachable rather than attached directly to the subwoofer. It's also worth noting that the cables are not detachable from the satellite speakers however.
3. Instead of the blue LED light that featured in the previous version, this one shows off a white LED light. Which one is `better' is down to personal preference, I like the white one myself.

Thoughts:

These speakers are really something special. The sound clarity is so accurate and crisp that I have noticed some of my songs in my collection have a `hiss' sound that I have never heard before, indicating they are poor quality versions. Furthermore, I hear sounds in songs that I've not heard before on my late Logitech Z-2300's. The louder you play these speakers the more beautiful the sound is. They are also superb for movies, the bass can easily be turned down preventing it from drowning out the vocals in films. Overall in terms of sound they are easily the best I've heard in this price range, and I honestly think they are not far off the Bose Companions.

In terms of physical build, despite the sensational design, no compromises on quality were made. They feel so solid and quality. The speaker's angle can be adjusted depending on how you prefer them. Just a word of advice, the angle of the speakers and their location can have a big influence on the quality of the sound produced.
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140 of 146 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good - just not good enough. 1 Oct 2011
Format:Personal Computers
I first purchased a set of these around November 2010. The design and sound quality are impressive. Similar to other reviews, the level of volume these can reach for such a small size, whilst holding clarity, truly is a pleasant surprise.

Unfortunately, around January 2011, I noticed that one of the towers was playing predominantly louder than the other. Having checked all the cables, plugs and eq settings on my mp3 player, I contacted Amazon and exchanged the damaged units for a new set.

It is now 1/10/11 and I have came across the exact same problem. Having carried a quick search on Google and Harman Kardon's website, it would appear this is not an uncommon fault. Frustratingly, I will now have to claim the manufacturer's warranty (1 year valid) and have to travel a round trip of about 70 miles to the only distribution centre in Scotland to have them 'repaired' or at best 'replaced'.

The true problem (other than the speakers lasting 7 months at best) is that the fault appears to be due to a power issue, yet these speakers come supplied with a Sub and Amp which only require you plug in and turn on. Therefore removing any error with power wattages that may result from the user. The fault lying solely on the manufacturer, who seem to be doing nothing actively to remedy the issue.

By no means have I pushed these speakers to their limit. At best, I would say that they have reached 3/4 of their volume potential about 2 times max, so it becomes even more frustrating that the donkey work has to be carried out by me, the customer.

For the cost, the known fault and the lack of customer service, I would advise any potential buyer to leave these on the shelf.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough to give you a Harman Kardon 21 April 2013
By SpecialOrder937 TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Personal Computers
This set of ultra-modern, minimalistic, faux-industrial speakers is popular and held in high esteem by many. Such an enviable reputation is well-deserved, and comes to them courtesy of several factors, the main three of which I outline below.

1: The sound. They sound fantastic. The mids and highs are as clear as bells, and the level of bass can be controlled by turning the main power button on the subwoofer. The volume goes plenty loud, adjusted by touch-sensitive buttons on the right satellite speaker. It's difficult to describe in words just how great the audio quality of these speakers is. Listening to them you feel immersed in their sound - as if it's coming to you out of thin air. Several times I've found myself leaning towards the left or right speaker, just to check that such perfect music is issuing from the speakers and not just playing in my head. That's right: these speakers are so good they can actually cause you to start doubting your own sanity. You don't normally get such sonic nirvana for a price like this.

2: The functionality. Though intended for use with a desktop computer, these speakers can be connected to pretty much anything with audio-out capability. Connect them to a laptop or a media player or a television and - hey presto! - you've got excellent sound. The only thing that's missing is a headphone port, though even this criminal omission can't manage to reduce this set of speakers to being anything less than a 5-star product. (If you want these speakers but really need a headphone port, buy a cheap USB audio interface and use the headphone port on that.)

3: The design. And what a design it is! Shiny aluminium transducers. Torus-shaped bases that render the speakers attached to them inclinable. Silky-smooth contours. See-through plastic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I have always been loyal to Logitech for speakers, but since my last 2.1 system reached the end of its life I thought I would treat myself to these. Read more
Published 2 hours ago by Anna
2.0 out of 5 stars Broken just after one year
I bought these as replacement for my old speaker from Harman kardon which broke down as well after many house move and years of usage. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Essa Moshiri
3.0 out of 5 stars It shuts down automatically if listening at low volume!
All is fine, but if you want to listen the music at a medium-low volume it shuts down automatically!!

Anyone knows if there is a fix for this?
Published 5 days ago by Alberto Dutto
1.0 out of 5 stars I wish I could say I loved them...
I would love to be able to tell you about the silky smooth harmonics, the nose-bleeding power of the subwoofer, the acoustic sublimeness of the heavenly combination of form and... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Genieve Pascau
5.0 out of 5 stars SOUNDSTICKS
Absolutely Superb sound amplification for any device with a normal headphone socket(iPad ,iPhone, radio, stereo,TV. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Nathaniel Clark
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome PC Speakers
These speakers first of all look great! I thought the two desktop speakers would be a bit light and cheap but the base of them is weighted and the construction is solid. Read more
Published 11 days ago by clarkc
5.0 out of 5 stars HK Soundsticks - quality assured!
The sound is simply amazing. The Harman/Kardon Soundsticks III set is beautiful to look at and even more beautiful to listen to!
Published 14 days ago by Edmund Mudibo
3.0 out of 5 stars Packed in after 14 months
One of the speaker connectors will not plug in and as it is fixed to the unit, looks like it would most likely be a costly repair. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Ms. Victoria Shields
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best in this price range
Amazing sound at this price, I use mine everyday for movies, music, youtube they never let me down.
They are loud but not anything close to Hifi loud at least not while... Read more
Published 20 days ago by arron.stepan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Awesome sound at great price. Love it. Looks wonderful in my living room and work perfectly well. I use it mostly as a sound system for my Samsung TV, but it is also great for... Read more
Published 21 days ago by Tiger Woods
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