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Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 1000 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 4.9%

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Individual Feature Rating
Fit5.0   above average
Listening5.0   above average
Setup5.0   above average
Video5.0   above average
Audio4.7   above average
Packaging4.7   above average
Price4.7   above average
Powerful4.6   average
Size4.6   above average
Treble4.6   above average
Loud4.5   above average
Music4.5   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Design4.4   above average
Speaker4.1   above average
Performance3.9   below average
Connection3.8   above average
Volume3.5   below average
Frequency3.3   below average
Cable3.0   below average
Control2.9   below average
Knob2.9   below average
Light2.8   mediocre
Button2.6   below average
Power2.4   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"Cables are always the weak point in any audio system durability-wise, and especially with something that is (sadly) as cheaply made as these, the cables fray and fizzle out."
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"If you own a Mark Levinson, Krell or McIntosh 100-pound amplifier and use some some otherworldly Martin Logan, Tannoy, Wharfedale or Monitor Audio reference towers, you are in a wrong place."
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"Great audio for the price."
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"As a small business media producer I use earphones for serious audio work but I truly appreciate the playback quality of these speakers when I show others video productions."
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"Im pretty big in the audio scene, but mostly with headphones."
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"Hooked it to my HP special edition Envy Beats Audio desktop and boy oh boy it really has a nice sound."
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"The audio is very clear & there isn't any static."
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Button

Button:
"Some button problems:1."
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"Subwoofer light can get annoying but I am not lazy so I click the power button before I sleep."
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"The stuff you might not know:The power button is on the subwoofer so it isn't easy to get to, nor is it easy to press when you get to it."
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"The only down side is the on off button is a bit hard to get to depending on where you place the subwoofer."
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"- The on off button is on the sub volume knob, which is hard to reach."
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"My only complaint is the volume buttons on the right speaker - (1) hard to find them at first and (2) can be difficult to press."
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"While I suspect the design won't appeal to everyone, paired with a mid-century modern side table, if gives our place a bit of a funky Jetsons look (in a good way).My only gripe, as others have mentioned, is having the on off button at the back of the base unit."
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"They look great and sound amazing, but there is no turn off button and if you move it, be prepared for it to suddenly die and there is nothing you can do about it unless you know how to open it up and sodder electronics."
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"4:38, According to the guide I had them setup correctly and the placement was optimal, then a mysterious business card of the like fell out of the quickstart guide, very similar to the look and feel of the letter, and again in the same handwriting and red crayon, it said that red button puzzled by this I searched for the red button on the two monitors: found nothing, I proceeded to look on the subwoofer and to my satisfaction I found the button on the bottom."
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"FOR A 40W SPLIT THE SOUND IS VERY GOOD..YOU CAN TURN THE BASS UP OR DOWN WITH THE POWER BUTTON."
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"Unlike other users, I have no problem with the touch-sensitive volume buttons, I primarily use my Mac to control the volume"
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Cable

Cable:
"- Proprietary cables, unable to use speakers with another source and can potentially cause expensive repairs."
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"Unfortunately the cables are too short."
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"- Speakers constantly make cracking sound- First time I sent my speakers into service (which was a hassle with customer service) because 3 months after use the cable needed to be leaned at a certain position to work."
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"Once i figured out that there was no way to conect to my tv [after three trips to radio shack & 80 bucks worth of cables & connecters] I solved the problem by switching tv's to one that has a head phone jack everything is hunky dory."
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"Waited another 2 weeks and received email telling me to describe the problem and send sketch of what cable is bad."
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"Not only does this limit how far apart you can place the speakers, but, if you have experience with audio equipment, you understand why making the cables permanently attached to anything is a TERRIBLE idea."
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"The cables are long (almost too long) but feel good and solid."
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"The sound quality doesn't last very long if you listen to you music at a high volume and the woven cord that connects the speaker to the subwoofer ripped out of place (rather easily) from the speaker so I have to angle the cord in order to get sound from that speaker now."
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"Cosmetically, black accents and silver cables are nicer than blue and beige cables on the first model."
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"Sleek design, sturdy cables and incredibly amazing sound."
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Connection

Connection:
"I connected everything well but the result really disappointed me a lot."
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"Despite my best efforts to keep the speakers in good shape, I've experienced a number of problems with them:(1) The connector holding the cord connecting to the L,R speakers to the subwoofer has become loose, so that all that holds in the wires is friction between the connector and the speaker."
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"When the friction fails, just the (flimsy) wires connecting to the speakers in the sticks hold the wire connecting to the subwoofer!"
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"The speakers make a fabulous sound and they work wonderfully with Pandora connected with my iPhone."
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"Would have liked bluetooth connectivity! "
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"The sound, for a small stereo, is fantastic especially when connected to a computer."
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"I think they are the best speaker I have every had connected to a computer."
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"I connected everything well but the result really disappointed me a lot."
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Connector

Connector:
"There is one negative about the speakers is that it does not have a separate input jack for a 2nd device like smartphone or portable music player."
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"These were my second purhase as I unfortunately broke the jack on my first set."
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"Once i figured out that there was no way to conect to my tv [after three trips to radio shack & 80 bucks worth of cables & connecters] I solved the problem by switching tv's to one that has a head phone jack everything is hunky dory."
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"Despite my best efforts to keep the speakers in good shape, I've experienced a number of problems with them:(1) The connector holding the cord connecting to the L,R speakers to the subwoofer has become loose, so that all that holds in the wires is friction between the connector and the speaker."
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"I would recommend that Harmon Kardon take a look at their connectors, there's one on the subwoofer that the design is very poor."
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"The speakers are performing very well on headphone jack of notebook as well as on external DAC soundcard."
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"easy male audio jack for any deviceCons-Im afraid of blowing them out, i wish they had a system with higher watts."
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"Despite my best efforts to keep the speakers in good shape, I've experienced a number of problems with them:(1) The connector holding the cord connecting to the L,R speakers to the subwoofer has become loose, so that all that holds in the wires is friction between the connector and the speaker."
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"Kind of hard to believe these are under $200.The speaker wire is a bit short and there is really no way to extend both speaker lines easily since there is a proprietary connector on one."
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Control

Control:
"The depth and range offered far exceeded my expectations and I'm proud to say that my used Craigslist unit is still playing perfectly with my 52 inch Sony LCD and subtly hidden in between my shelving with controls very accessible for adjustment."
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"After awhile, the Volume control Stick broke in half, and, of course quit working."
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"The volume controls are not easy to use, and the bass adjustment is also on the subwoofer's body, which is also inconvenient."
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"I *much* prefer an analog twist knob, and find this control incredibly annoying."
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"P. S. One more negative (for me): volume control, to be blunt, sucks."
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"No Tone controls, white led light not appealing, best if equip with a sound chasing led light option."
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"A remote for volume control would be nice but for desktop use its not needed."
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"i don't understand who is the idiot that thought that is a great idea to use a touch for volume control."
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"I adjusted the sub volume where I liked it and started playing with the touch volume control on the tower speaker and it just didn't play loud enough."
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"the volume controls are touch sensitive and work quite well (the volume ramps up very quickly if you keep your finger on the pad, best to use discreet touches to raise the volume)."
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"Great sound, but has no bass or treble controls."
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Design

Design:
"They are not only a fun transparent design, they have brought dimension to my total listening experience."
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"Not only are the Soundsticks beautifully designed, but the sound is absolutely on point."
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"Obviously there's a problem with the design that H-K refuses to fix."
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"This is a good system for the price but the award winning design is good for looks but has some problems for reality,Pros: Probably the best sound for the price to upgrade your Desktop or Laptop computers sound."
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"Haven't been able to find a better combination of sound, design and price."
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"The only problem I have with these speakers is the subwoofer, although the design of it and the great feature of having it down-facing, doesn't exclude the fact that if you have something extremely bass heavy and loud, the speaker rattles and doesn't sound natural at all."
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"The design is simply the best."
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"Excellent product; extremely attractive design"
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"Great sound, cool design, plenty of volume."
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"Great sound, stunning design, would have given it a 5 star rating but I get zapped with static from the volume control buttons."
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"Very nice design, and solid sound."
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Distortion

Distortion:
"Two problems: 1. the speakers tended to distort sound occasionally 2. truly limited midrange."
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"They get good and loud with little distortion."
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"And I don't hear any distortions at any volume, which is a very nice change of pace."
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"No weird feedback, distortion or other noises like I had with my other speakers."
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"If volume is what you're looking for, these have good head room to them without distortion."
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"The base is deep and you can push the volume all the way to the top without vibration or annoying distortion."
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Fit

Fit:
"They are compact and fit nicely on my computer desk."
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"They fit my budget, they sound great, and they're not more black plastic on my tv stand."
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"The sticks fit very well on my desktop."
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"I was looking for a cost effective set of speakers with good sound quality and these fit the bill perfectly."
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"The look is unique and fits my space well; because they are clear, there is no cluttered look to my music area."
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Frequency

Frequency:
"Others I've tried, with a warmer sound, in this price range, would distort higher frequencies at higher volumes, and I find that intolerably annoying, so I'm staying with these for now."
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"The problem is intermittent but terribly annoying and happening with increased frequency."
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"Clean, Clear, Crisp, however does seem to missing a range of frequencies."
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"The most obvious weakness here is the upper frequencies."
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"I could easily complain about how certain frequencies are slightly off but honestly, nothing is perfect."
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"In between, so many frequencies are missing..."
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"to 1tLwJoI ),I though I'd take a moment to share how they compare:Harman Pros:- gorgeous, unique style - a real eye-catcher- a little louder than the Logitch in the mid and upper frequencies (thanks to the four cones in each speaker)Logitech Pros:- slightly cheaper (by ~$20)- louder bass, owing to the solid subwoofer cabinet- easier to handle and move- slightly more reliable sound quality (the Harmans have a few select frequencies that get a bit wonky - I suspect it's because its hitting the resonate frequency of the plastic casings)All in all, the difference in sound quality is pretty minimal (audiophiles might beg to differ...but this product isn't targeted towards hard-core audiophiles anyway)...so, it basically boils down to if you want to pay $20 extra for a lot of extra style."
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"The sound is extremely neutral and clear, particularly in the higher frequencies."
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"I am not into bass but it still gave good output in the lower frequency."
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"I got a great improvement by boosting the 30 hz frequency and reducing the 120 hz, which is where the sub struggles."
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"Good stuff: These are outstanding in the high frequencies range."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"Do not waste your money on this flashy speaker system that will fail after a few months of heavy use."
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"The sound quality is great for listening to music without a heavy beat."
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"These speakers are clear and the bass can be heavy or light, depending on how you dial it."
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"It's pretty heavy, so that turned out to be relatively spendy, and I didn't want to add a few more bucks for registered mail."
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"The pieces are heavy and solid--the acrylic or lucite is thick and durable, and well polished, I expect it to last, although +dust to be its largest enemy--the toric subwoofer has a hole in the top, funneling down to the woofer, which just begs for dust to settle in, especially under a desk."
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"The housings are very heavy and the clear plastic shows the sub woofer as it engages."
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Hook

Hook:
"I am unable to hook this up to my new flat screen Tv."
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"I did have this system before so I know how to hook it up and the same computer used as well."
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"The Soundsticks III look great, and I was excited to hook them up and give them a listen."
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"Easy to hook up too."
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"I appreciated the ease of hook up and love how the speakers tilt back."
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"Easy to hook up (there are a lot of wires though)."
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Knob

Knob:
"Unfortunately, after about 1 year, the volume adjust knob lost its function."
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"- The on off button is on the sub volume knob, which is hard to reach."
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"I *much* prefer an analog twist knob, and find this control incredibly annoying."
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"People are saying that is hard to adjust the bass knob since it is in the back of the woofer."
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"2) A white line on the subwoofer volume knob would be useful, to indicate where the volume is set to (there's a small gap in the knob, hard to see in dim light under a table)."
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"Base adjustment knob is excellent."
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"Has a lot of bass OTB, but once I found the sweet spot on the bass knob (about 1 2 a turn), it sounds perfect."
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"It did take me a few days to get the level correct, and a level knob up where you can get to it more easily would be preferred."
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"As other reviewers have said, a small remote or a knob would be easier to use."
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"-Clear view is good has a bass control knob on the bass tube not the control speaker itself."
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Light

Light:
"Subwoofer light can get annoying but I am not lazy so I click the power button before I sleep."
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"I solved the first problem by taking the subwoofer apart, so I could get at the light, and painting over it."
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"No Tone controls, white led light not appealing, best if equip with a sound chasing led light option."
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"I like to keep my room dark at night and the white light that lights up the sub is quite annoying."
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"The only issues with this system is the lack of feeback on volume change, as well as the light staying on on the subwoofer even when muted."
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"But please give people the option to turn off the light."
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"Beautiful design, light and an improvement over my clunky old Klipsch computer speakers."
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"Don't bother putting this lower if you want easy reach of turning the light unit off."
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"The light on the sub is pretty bright so I have to turn the speakers off at night and back on again in the morning, and getting to that button definitely gets on your nerves after awhile."
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Listening

Listening:
"I love listening to music but the sound you get out of a regular speaker system just seemed like something was missing until I heard about Harmon Kardon."
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"It makes listening even more enjoyable !"
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"The sound quality is great for listening to music without a heavy beat."
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"Perfect for watching movies and listening to music."
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"Plenty of energy yet gives a pleasing listening experience."
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Loud

Loud:
"I sent it back for a refund and ordered directly from Harman Kardon their HKTS 200 for $199 and this is a much better system that not only sounds good but plays loud for larger rooms."
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"Neighbor next door knocked to complain about the loud music."
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"But it is still a little uncomfortable that I can't listen to my favorite tunes at a loud volume."
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"I know it gets loud enough when I get complaints about pictures falling from the wall in the dorms next to mine."
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"I've seen these speakers used at a pool party where neighbors have complained, so they do get quite loud."
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"The sound is excellent and volume can go as loud as I like."
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"I highly recommend for clear, loud, hardhitting sound that will amaze you."
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"I have these as my PC speakers in my office so can't really listen to them as loud as I would like but they are really slick looking and sound great when I listen to music, videos, etc."
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"Very good speakers and loud."
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"I think just asking too much from these speakers pushing them to that level, but normal to even fairly loud they sound great."
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Mid-range

Mid-range:
"There's not much I can add to the dedicated audiophiles' technical reviews here, but I decided to write one because I experienced the too much bass, too much treble, not nearly enough mid-range muddiness some people are complaining about at first -- then was surprised when I listened to YouTube and its low-quality sound was amazing."
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"On the negative side; there are a lot of wires for the installation, no easy on off switch and a mid-range that could be improved."
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"But it's obvious from looking at them that the mid-range would be severely compromised by the design."
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"Since there are no mid-range speakers, the mid range is compromised."
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"I guess even without that problem, the practical absence of mid-range frequencies is just not my cup of tea."
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"In these songs, great mid-range is unneeded."
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"If you are looking for one of the better mid-range speakers, these are best in class."
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"Ok system specs, the satelites are small and sleak with a nice mix of mid-range and highs."
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"Mid-range tones remain good, highs are excellent, and lows are excellent with the supplied subwoofer."
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Music

Music:
"I got it repaired fir $60 dollars at a music store.. Less then a year later it broke again.."
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"The only downside is that music will inevitably sound worse on any other sound system."
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"Neighbor next door knocked to complain about the loud music."
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"Which is totally frustrating to me, personally, because I like classical music."
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"However, is known that the powerful bass effect of the Bose speakers only makes that: an effect; and the music is not as clear as supposed to be."
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"Also, the touch sensitive music controls have deemed quite a few complaints."
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"I recommend importing your music LOSSLESS (Apple Lossless or FLAC) or at least 320k."
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"I have these as my PC speakers in my office so can't really listen to them as loud as I would like but they are really slick looking and sound great when I listen to music, videos, etc."
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"sound quality is great, music I hear sound clear and great."
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"Hooked up to an air play, we wirelessly send our music from all devices to them----- great sound, great bass, astounding volume ability -- and look super cool."
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"I just like good music and for it to sound great."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"I'm always skeptical when buying electronics from over the internet, but this process couldn't have been more perfect... Packaging was great, and THE SPEAKERS ARE SUPERB!"
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"Great sound system really nice sounding easy to hookup packaged vary well"
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"They were very well packaged, easy to install, and are performing beautifully."
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"Nice sound in a small package."
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"Came on time, beautifully packaged and very high quality."
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"My sticks arrived early and packaged well."
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Performance

Performance:
"The only performance shortcoming is maybe a bit of weakness in the midrange, but the bass and highs are excellent."
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"Combined with the sporadic volume button performance, the lack of visual feedback can be a big problem."
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"But after having these speakers for over 2 years they are more of a hassle then they perform."
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"(MM-1s have since been sold on eBay)And less than half the price of the B&Ws;, these puppies not only represent outstanding value, but they perform incredibly well to boot."
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"They really perform the worst with most of the electro-pop stuff I listen to."
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"Brilliant design and decent sound performance."
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"The looks are very retro and the performance seems exceptional so far."
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"I bought this speaker system for my son an he is really very happy with the design and performance."
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"The 12 year old Logitech's gave a much fuller sound than these do - outstanding bass performance in the HK description is quite a stretch."
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"The Soundsticks performed best with indie singer-songwriter stuff."
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Plastic

Plastic:
"The satellite speakers were neglected4 The plastic is extremely fragile."
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"I really don't care for the clear plastic 'Steely Dan' look if you know what I mean."
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"The problem is that the tweeter magnets inside the plastic sticks are attached to their base with a glue that gets brittle and disintegrates over time."
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"And as it's mostly clear plastics, the devices for the most part, disappear."
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"I took it out of the box with art gloves, NEVER touched the main body of the sub, and it still somehow developed scratches in the sub5 The the power on off switch is built into the sub volume knob, so if you turn things off when you don't use them, or just want the light off at night, you have to reach around the back of the unit to cut it off and on or adjust the bass6 The wires are clear plastic over braided steel, making them EXTREMELY visible and UGLY."
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"PROS1 I was concerned before I bought this that the LED being white was going to be annoying but it is so dim it's not intrusive.2 All 9 speaker cones are covered in the same molded clear plastic that the rest of the unit is made from."
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"to 1tLwJoI ),I though I'd take a moment to share how they compare:Harman Pros:- gorgeous, unique style - a real eye-catcher- a little louder than the Logitch in the mid and upper frequencies (thanks to the four cones in each speaker)Logitech Pros:- slightly cheaper (by ~$20)- louder bass, owing to the solid subwoofer cabinet- easier to handle and move- slightly more reliable sound quality (the Harmans have a few select frequencies that get a bit wonky - I suspect it's because its hitting the resonate frequency of the plastic casings)All in all, the difference in sound quality is pretty minimal (audiophiles might beg to differ...but this product isn't targeted towards hard-core audiophiles anyway)...so, it basically boils down to if you want to pay $20 extra for a lot of extra style."
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"They fit my budget, they sound great, and they're not more black plastic on my tv stand."
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Plug

Plug:
"Pins broke of the plugs - these are flimsy and easily break under normal use."
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"The only problem is that there are three people fighting to plug in their MP3's BB ipods....all with different tastes so be prepared for the sneakiness that you will have to put up with if its not yours alone."
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"Also, the cord that goes from your computer or tv, or whatever you have it hooked up to, and into the sub itself must be pushed in HARD to get it all the way into the plug hole."
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"Pins broke of the plugs - these are flimsy and easily break under normal use."
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"The set up is fool proof - plug in a few pieces and you're good to go!"
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"I just bought these speakers because I thought it looked great and stylish but when I tried to plug it to my laptop and started playing music, I got really impressed with the sound quality."
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"It's a cannon plug type that has two pairs of wires that must match up perfectly to the receiver plug and if they're the slights bit off the wires get bent and you don't get any sound."
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"I've had them for one month, so far they sound fantastic on my laptop, but when I plug them into my ipad 2 or ipho up ane s they have to be turned out I've never seen speakers that will look like they're from the cartoon the Jetsons."
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Power

Power:
"It serves no purpose and it not illuminate the entire cavity, just an annoying power indicator."
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"Subwoofer light can get annoying but I am not lazy so I click the power button before I sleep."
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"The stuff you might not know:The power button is on the subwoofer so it isn't easy to get to, nor is it easy to press when you get to it."
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"Maybe not the best power but I don't care."
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"One negative, the power on-off switch is located on the sub-woofer, which Harmon-Kardon recommends placing under your desk for best sound."
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"Well, okay, but that makes the power switch inconvenient, because you have to get under your desk to turn it on or off."
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"(start with 5 stars)The power could be greater (I like speakers loud enough to drown me out when I sing and I'm loud) but about what you should expect in the price range."
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"This is caused by the design of the motherboard and audio circuit and in my case by turning off the power saving state controls on the i7 processor I was able to stop it."
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"I had previously owned the prior generation speaker from Harman Kardon as well, and had issues with the power unit (I had to keep pressure on the volume power switch to keep the speakers functioning) but figured maybe it was a fluke that I got a bad speaker set."
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"FOR A 40W SPLIT THE SOUND IS VERY GOOD..YOU CAN TURN THE BASS UP OR DOWN WITH THE POWER BUTTON."
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"Well, okay, but that makes the power switch inconvenient, because you have to get under your desk to turn it on or off."
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Powerful

Powerful:
"I don't think folks who enjoy powerful base will have a lot to complain about, considering what these are."
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"This set is amazing powerful and even when cranked up with full bass it does not get crackly or distorted."
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"LolThey sound amazing and are very powerful."
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"They can easily fill a room with loud, high-quality sound, and the subwoofer is powerful enough to add a great level of depth and richness to any music I've played so far."
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"Perfect sound clear and powerful!"
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"The sound is clear, the bass is so powerful, and the design is awesome."
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Price

Price:
"Couldn't be more pleased and more than affordable!"
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"Do not waste your money on this flashy speaker system that will fail after a few months of heavy use."
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"This is a good system for the price but the award winning design is good for looks but has some problems for reality,Pros: Probably the best sound for the price to upgrade your Desktop or Laptop computers sound."
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"If you want QUALITY for money, buy Logitech Z623 (not pretty, but great sound and massive volume for size)"
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"I know 150 isn't cheap, but it is well worth it!"
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"I usually do a lot of research before I buy anything, mainly because I hate to waste money, but also because I'm too lazy to return things, so I end up suffering with the 'crappy' until it finally breaks beyond repair."
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"The money spent was well worth it, and easily compares to any Bose system."
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"great price quality, fast delivery."
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"I was waiting for these from ages and saved up money to buy them, and they are really amazing for a 20 Watt system."
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"These are the best computer speakers that you can buy right now for the price."
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"PLEASE NOTE, the sound quality is very good for this price range of speakers, but with the reliability being so poor I cannot give more than 1 star."
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Quality

Quality:
"There is NO quality or durability here."
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"I am very disappointed in the build quality."
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"Not only is it beautiful, but the sound quality is amazing!"
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"If you want QUALITY for money, buy Logitech Z623 (not pretty, but great sound and massive volume for size)"
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"I haven't noticed any quality problems, though I am not the pickiest of listeners."
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"I'm speechless; No cons...I do recommend to every one who is looking for a great quality sound and @ affordable price."
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"I purchased these speakers because I'm continually hearing about how wonderful Harmon Kardon's products are, and the quality of their products."
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"As a former 8 year JBL creature speaker owner, I am happy with the comparative sound quality."
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"great price quality, fast delivery."
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"Would recommend to anyone looking for well priced, great quality sound computer speakers."
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"PLEASE NOTE, the sound quality is very good for this price range of speakers, but with the reliability being so poor I cannot give more than 1 star."
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Setting

Setting:
"I set this up to my desktop setting and had some problems with static noise when streaming from the web."
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"I bought these about 6 months ago and there is no doubt these are the best speakers i have had for my computer (which also utilizes a HK processor)...actually i have also hooked them to a feed from digital cable and also use them for the tv as well...have owned (all 2.1) logitech, cambridge, sony, creative to mention a few...and these sticks are without a doubt the best sounding...you will need to adjust some equalization settings...but don't we all do that anyways...considering them a piece of art...well i won't go that far...but again we all have opinions...wished i would have had a chance to listen to bowers and wilkens...but i couldn't justify the price even if i loved them..."
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"And for 111 dollars right now thats a steal...I bought them when it was 148 on here...even though that was just on saturdayPros: Clean, Clear sound : Moderately easy set up : Don't take up as much space as normal speakers and are less of an eye soreCons: The only one I have is the lack of more a detailed instruction manual; the set comes with 5 or 6 different wires and unless you have had experience setting up speakers (I have) It can get rather confusing"
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"And that said, the settings I use aren't the best for all types of music."
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"I never even went past the halfway setting for it as well."
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"With a gorgeous design, they look great in any setting and are sure to draw admiration from people of all walks of life."
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"The sound quality is great, and if you use the equalizer settings proposed by another Amazon reviewer you'll get an even nicer, warm sound."
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"after messing around with some equalizers i found the perfect setting for the bass, mids, and highs to shine."
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"Once you reach a max level that the speakers can comfortably handle then turn your speaker volume down to reasonable level and start playing with the EQ settings."
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Setup

Setup:
"ANd while they aren't a $1000 studio 5.1 setup or anything similar I think they have a pretty solid at-home-user sound quality."
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"The Soundsticks II I bought locally on Craigslist because my friend had this amazing setup in the garage of the auto shop where he works."
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"Why did I need to spend $500+ for a decent setup?"
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"They are easy to setup and non intrusive."
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"Granted the mids could be a little more pronounced, but as there are no mid ranged speakers in the setup it does a really nice job of reproduction."
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Size

Size:
"It appears that the small speakers in the soundsticks are blown or something is wrong with them."
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"If you want QUALITY for money, buy Logitech Z623 (not pretty, but great sound and massive volume for size)"
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"I'll go ahead and make the joke that the sticks look like two see through dildos, but are perhaps a bit on the large size, and probably not well suited for that purpose--best shop in Amazon's health department if you're looking for a sex toy."
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"2) A white line on the subwoofer volume knob would be useful, to indicate where the volume is set to (there's a small gap in the knob, hard to see in dim light under a table)."
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"Good deep bass and great all around sound from these small speakers!"
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"excellent speakers for a small set up! "
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"Great sound filor size and price"
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"I can't handle turning the volume as high as it can go, it is really a great system for any size room"
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"Excellent for ordinary size living room."
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Sound

Sound:
"The problem gradually got worse; eventually the sound would cut out for a few minutes before working, and now it has progressed to the point where I cannot get any sound out of the speakers despite the power light being on."
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"I sent it back for a refund and ordered directly from Harman Kardon their HKTS 200 for $199 and this is a much better system that not only sounds good but plays loud for larger rooms."
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"i purchased a more expensive set of Klipsch and found the sound very disappointing."
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"Never been able to get the speakers to sound like they were trying too hard."
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"Not only beautiful to look at, this set offers great sound quality for those not interested in blu tooth and other more modern technologies."
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"I did not expect such great sounds from PC based speakers, but these left me speechless!"
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"Sound pretty good."
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"Great sound."
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"Other than those, this is the best computer sound I've ever heard! "
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"Looks cool, great sound, well shielded."
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"Sounds great and fills a 400 sq ft office like a large system."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"My only complaint is that the side speakers started rattling at higher volumes after a few years because the clear case had a bit of play between the two halves."
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"- Proprietary cables, unable to use speakers with another source and can potentially cause expensive repairs."
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"Pros:Very fun to listen to due to its colorful sound (These are not monitoring speakers so don't expect accuracy)Crisp highsAmazing and unique designGreat for basic setupsCons:The black rings on the bottom of the speakers will collect dust over time and become dirtyDoes not fare well with amps (hissing noise)"
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"My problem with the Dayton speakers is that they didn't offer a whole lot on the low-end, which makes sense given that there was no sub."
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"Bass controll is also bad, it is place behind the bass, so it make it hard to use it depend on how you place the speakers."
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"Other speakers I've bought, for like 60.00 right here on Amazon were, after all attempts to fix them, most bass boosters with no high end."
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"The speakers are reasonably well balanced."
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"Good deep bass and great all around sound from these small speakers!"
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"The speakers make a fabulous sound and they work wonderfully with Pandora connected with my iPhone."
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"These speakers sound great."
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"The sound is perfect again, but the look of the speakers is less sharp with a rubber band around it."
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Treble

Treble:
"But the subwoofer is quite weak when the volume is low, the treble isn't that great either."
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"Excellent bass combined with crystal clear treble."
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"Great bass and treble without being overbearing or muddy."
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"I needed to mount speakers to ear level to get best treble."
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"Great sound, but has no bass or treble controls."
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"im not sure what active speakers at this price range are supposed to sound like, but they have great bass and mids, and treble that is balanced (id like a little more for rock and metal, but its never harsh)."
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Video

Video:
"Can really pump up an entire room or just be used as a nice edition to a laptop when watching a movie."
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"I have these as my PC speakers in my office so can't really listen to them as loud as I would like but they are really slick looking and sound great when I listen to music, videos, etc."
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"Highly recommend to anyone that need NICE desktop speakers or for your TV to play games, movies or listen to your favorite music."
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"I bought 2 sets of these, one is for my computer, the other is for my TV set, and I have played Xbox 360 and watched movies on it, sounds very very good, I was very impressed from these little speakers, Nice bass, and Highs."
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"v=6ijFTxTyyqw, and it worked well even though the video was talking about a different model."
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Volume

Volume:
"I saved $60 and got the Bose Companion 2 which sounds so much better and gives full range at low volume, its not as pretty as the Soundsticks but gets the job done."
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"At first I thought they were broken but turns out I just needed to turn up the volume."
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"Unfortunately, after about 1 year, the volume adjust knob lost its function."
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"The volume adjustment doesn't respond well to pressure, and I have no idea where I am supposed to press the adjustment button."
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"I was not able to increase the volume or use the subwoofer because of high pitch squeals."
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"This is a pretty nice system, my only complaint is that there is NO VOLUME INDICATOR."
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"The only issues with this system is the lack of feeback on volume change, as well as the light staying on on the subwoofer even when muted."
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"My only complaint is that the side speakers started rattling at higher volumes after a few years because the clear case had a bit of play between the two halves."
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"The sound is excellent and volume can go as loud as I like."
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"Still amazed with the sound clarity and volume output."
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"I can't handle turning the volume as high as it can go, it is really a great system for any size room"
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