41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Enough to give you a Harman Kardon,
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! Harman Kardon's SoundSticks III really are a sight to behold. As well as being ultra-modern, minimalistic and faux-industrial, the satellite speakers are also wonderfully space-saving compared to many other desktop speakers. It's just a shame they don't light up like the subwoofer does, but maybe the next generation will correct this forgivable - and glaringly obvious - design misstep.
So there you have it. The Harman Kardon SoundSticks III have virtually everything you could wish for in a desktop speaker system: fantastic sound, great functionality and a gorgeously attractive design. Oh, and did I forget to mention that the subwoofer looks like a futuristic, luminescent, robotic version of a box jellyfish, and that each satellite speaker has the shape of... well, something of a size most people can only dream of?