Harman Kardon Harman-Kardon Soundsticks III USB – Suprised with the sound

I used the 1st version of sound-sticks many years ago with my pc and also, using an external sound card for connecting my guitar. And believe me, quality was there and also volume. Impressive definition and durability, highly recommended.

The price is good for the quality of sound.

I had used a jbl set of pc speakers for the last 11 years until one of them gave up on me. I bought trust tytan speakers and sent them back then a set of logitech speakers and sent those back too. Then my son recommended harman kardon and as soon as i got them plugged in i was literally transported into musical heaven. They were slightly cheaper than logitech speakers but the sound quality and performance are in a league of their own. Here are the specifications for the Harman Kardon Harman-Kardon Soundsticks III USB:

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  • Subwoofer: 25.8 cm diameter 23.2 cm/2.2 kg
  • Right/Left Channel Speaker: 25.4 cm diameter 5.1 cm/0.7 kg

Clear sound with awesome bass. Only niggle is that the sound is controlled from the sticks themselves and can be a bit fiddly, but other than that it’s the perfect stereo for my pc.

I really didn’t want to like these. They seem like ‘style over substance’. 1 system in the prime day sale. I decided to opt for these at full price in their place. If you’re on the fence, just buy them.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Really nice speakers
  • Once you hear these you won’t go back
  • Great sound and design.

Great sound from this system especially the superb bass. If you position the sticks pointing directly at you, they are excellent. It looks futuristic and sounds just the business. I used to have a very good hi-fi in the past but, none now. Now i have hi-fi from my pc (or it sounds like it to me) 10/10 for these fabulous speakers.

My first 2:1 pc sound system was, and still have it, is a jbl media 3 and the jbl media sub with more than 20 years. The subwoofer stopped working a few months ago, so i decided that it was time to replace and upgrade the sound system, but still keeping a 2:1 system. Having search the market for 2:1 systems for pc, with excellent sound, base in critics, and keeping the expense ceiling at €150 i started to find the hk soundsticks iii wired a very good choice. At first i was sceptical due to the fragile look – better looks than sound – that they tend to show. But decided to take the jump, and order it after read so many reviews praising the sound. First notice, people complaining about cables should had the jbl media 3 system. This system has half the cables of my old system. Sound wise, with less power than my jbl, but it plays louder, so much more clarity, and no distortion at higher volumes. Great bass, with so much control. Its crispy sound for music, games and movies still amazes me, and i’m still getting used to their sound.

Really good; does the job for miscellaneous computer sounds, great fro gaming, brilliant for music – from classical through to heavy metal give a good frequency response, amazing really for the price. I wanted a blue pair of pc speakers and was thinking of the kef egg but they are around £300 and that’s without the sub woofer. These are not blue but the clear plastic design looked like it’d be easy to add some blue leds to and got pretty good reviews on various hi-fi forums and only £115 so i decided to be sensible, money wise, and went for these. The design isn’t so easy to add leds to as it looked but they sit slightly back of my monitor which has blue led strips on and they reflect that light nicely making them glow blue so that issue solved. The design does mean the speakers need to be pointed at you and the instructions do mention that they may need to be adjusted so i made a little wooden slope for one of them and it was only when i put it under the speaker that i found they can be adjusted anyway :-d it’s not obvious at first and not mentioned in the manual but there ya go, it can. The cables are all very high quality, durable and shielded and reasonable length. Slightly unusually for pc speakers the psu is a separate module and a standard model but this could be a good thing; a psu one of the mostly likely things to fail and if it does will be easy, and more importantly cheap, to replace. Bit awkward to have a separate volume for the sub, on the sub, and speaker volume on one of the speakers, would haver been nicer to adjust both from the controller speaker but not enough to drop a star. The volume controls are very sensitive, adjusting up and down just by having a finger, or knuckle, near it so accidentally changed volume a couple times turning monitor off and on but moved them slightly to avoid this. All in all i am very impressed with what you get for £115 and would recommend them for anyone wanting a good set of pc speakers but not wanting to fork out for a truly audiophile setup.

Ever since i first saw these come onto the market back in the early 2000’s i have always wanted a set. I mean, i walked into my local curry’s store and was immediately hit with a rich vibrant sound of what i could only describe as hifi heaven at the time. After walking round the store to try and find out where the sound was coming from, i was shocked to see it was actually a set of pc speakers. That actually sounded better than anything else in the store. Then i saw the price tag and was like. Well yes they are good but for the price at the time i’m gonna stick with my current setup. Roll on to 2018 and my old logitech pc speaks died and i needed to replace them, so i decided to hunt down these again after remembering what they were like many years ago and found a wired set. Now, let me say that they have only gotten better with age. – the finish to the product as a whole is second to none.

I bought these with a price of £110, and got them because they looked very elegant and beautiful, and in real life they really are. They’re extremely polarising, they capture the light from my everything around then and circles them around the plastic exterior of the speakers. The sound quality is just terrific for the price, the sub productions a deep rich base with great clarity, and the two satellites are great for the mid and high ranges. However the speakers are extremely directional, i have them set up at each side of my desk for the best amount of separation and widest sound stage. However they’re also loud enough to fill up a medium sized room with audio during a house party or something. However i don’t like the capacitive buttons on the satellite, sure when the design first came out it might e blown people away, but now. Well it just feels awkward to move increase or decrease the volume not to meantion you always mess with the volume by accident when in normal use or moving then about. The nob for the bass is on the subwoofer, which is a mild annoyance when changing from genre of music, movies and video game and yiu want to increase and decrease the bass as fit. Overall, great speakers, espically for the price i paid, great build quality, great audio quality and they look sexy as hell. ( satellites also mildly look like ‘toys’ your girlfriend would have laying around ;)).

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Harman-Kardon Soundsticks III USB, Wired
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5.0 of 5 stars, based on 25 reviews

One thought on “Harman Kardon Harman-Kardon Soundsticks III USB – Suprised with the sound

  1. This review is from : Harman-Kardon Soundsticks III USB, Wired

    I like the looks, it is a bit odd and draws attention. Sound is very good, i have connected it to my tv set.
  2. This review is from : Harman-Kardon Soundsticks III USB, Wired

    I like the looks, it is a bit odd and draws attention. Sound is very good, i have connected it to my tv set.
    • I bought these with a price of £110, and got them because they looked very elegant and beautiful, and in real life they really are. They’re extremely polarising, they capture the light from my everything around then and circles them around the plastic exterior of the speakers. The sound quality is just terrific for the price, the sub productions a deep rich base with great clarity, and the two satellites are great for the mid and high ranges. However the speakers are extremely directional, i have them set up at each side of my desk for the best amount of separation and widest sound stage. However they’re also loud enough to fill up a medium sized room with audio during a house party or something. However i don’t like the capacitive buttons on the satellite, sure when the design first came out it might e blown people away, but now. Well it just feels awkward to move increase or decrease the volume not to meantion you always mess with the volume by accident when in normal use or moving then about. The nob for the bass is on the subwoofer, which is a mild annoyance when changing from genre of music, movies and video game and yiu want to increase and decrease the bass as fit. Overall, great speakers, espically for the price i paid, great build quality, great audio quality and they look sexy as hell. ( satellites also mildly look like “toys” your girlfriend would have laying around ;)).
      • I bought these with a price of £110, and got them because they looked very elegant and beautiful, and in real life they really are. They’re extremely polarising, they capture the light from my everything around then and circles them around the plastic exterior of the speakers. The sound quality is just terrific for the price, the sub productions a deep rich base with great clarity, and the two satellites are great for the mid and high ranges. However the speakers are extremely directional, i have them set up at each side of my desk for the best amount of separation and widest sound stage. However they’re also loud enough to fill up a medium sized room with audio during a house party or something. However i don’t like the capacitive buttons on the satellite, sure when the design first came out it might e blown people away, but now. Well it just feels awkward to move increase or decrease the volume not to meantion you always mess with the volume by accident when in normal use or moving then about. The nob for the bass is on the subwoofer, which is a mild annoyance when changing from genre of music, movies and video game and yiu want to increase and decrease the bass as fit. Overall, great speakers, espically for the price i paid, great build quality, great audio quality and they look sexy as hell. ( satellites also mildly look like “toys” your girlfriend would have laying around ;)).
  3. I had these for a few years and was really happy until i started getting more and more into hifi. Over the past couple of years i’ve acquired a chord mojo (which i’ve been using with the soundsticks) and the beyerdynamic t1 headphones. These 2 have truly changed my outlook on music and made me expect much more from audio gear. Whilst for the price i think they are excellent, good looks and sound, for a little more (ok 3 times more) i got the ruark audio mr1 mk2. That’s when you realise all the clarity and detail you’ve been missing on with cheaper equipment like the soundsticks. Again, for the price they’re great but spend a bit more and you’ll be in for an absolute treat.

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