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Harman Kardon Go + Play High-Performance Portable Loudspeaker System with Dock for iPod

4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews
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  • Compatible with all docking iPod models
  • Included RF remote with full iPod navigation
  • AC- or battery-powered (eight D batteries
  • Digital amplification (bi-amp'd) and DSP (digital sound processing)
  • Evercharge topology charges iPod even when unit is switched off
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Harman Kardon
  • Model Number: HKGOPLAY5BLK
  • Remote Control Description: remote_control
  • Color: Black

Product Description

Product Description For more than 50 years, Harman Kardon products have delivered--through extraordinary industrial design, innovative technologies, and meticulous engineering--the ultimate listening experience. And for the past 10 years, Harman Kardon has used these techniques to develop some of the world's best-sounding and most-striking-looking multimedia products available. Whether for your computer or your iPod, Harman Kardon multimedia products deliver rich, high-quality sound from systems that look just as good as they sound. In fact, the Harman Kardon SoundSticks system is now in the permanent collection of New York City's Museum of Modern Art. So hook up your computer, dock your iPod, or connect nearly any other audio device, and enjoy the ultimate listening experience from the world's ultimate multimedia products.

The new Go + Play works equally well on the go or as a personal home entertainment system. View larger.
A World-Class Listening Experience on the Go
The new Harman Kardon Go + Play features an eye-catching industrial design that delivers an incredible sound experience from most dockable iPod models, MP3 players, or other audio devices, no matter where you happen to be. Using an arching stainless-steel handle and a flat protective cradle for keeping your iPod secure, the Go + Play works equally well on the go or as a personal home entertainment system. Using proprietary speaker design and technology, the sound quality from the new Go + Play is simply stunning. And with flexible connectivity, this incredible sound can be had from nearly any audio device, not just your iPod.

The system features the extraordinary industrial design, innovative technologies, and meticulous engineering that you'd expect from Harman Kardon. View larger.
With an included wireless remote control, using the system is a snap. The remote gives you full control of and access to your music, however and whenever you want it. The new Harman Kardon Go + Play system is the perfect combination of functional design and unparalleled sound quality.

Flexible Connectivity
Great sound shouldn't just be limited to a stand-alone system in your home. You also should be able to have great sound from your music devices when you're on the go. With the new Go + Play, you now can enjoy great sound wherever you happen to be. Take it with you anywhere; it works with both the included AC adapter and on batteries. You can rock out for nearly 18 hours from just 8 D-cell batteries, and there's even a handy battery-save feature that will save your battery power when the system isn't in use.

When it comes to connecting your musical devices, it couldn't be easier. Do you have a dockable iPod, iTouch or iPhone? Simply place it in the flat protective cradle, and instantly enjoy the sound of your favorite musical artist. The new Go + Play will even charge your device when they're docked in the cradle. Don't have an iPod? Well, you can still connect your MP3 player, portable CD player, satellite receiver, or computer through the Go + Play system's 3.5-mm input using a simple cable.

Advanced Technology
To deliver unmatched high-performance sound, the system features a number of proprietary technologies, including dual-proprietary Ridge transducers. They're made from aluminum, which is inherently strong yet lightweight. This design allows these drivers to reproduce sound with unparalleled accuracy and detail for their size, and means that your music will be played back with a rich midrange and crystal-clear highs, without distortion.

The new Go + Play delivers an incredible sound experience from most dockable iPod models, MP3 players, or other audio devices, regardless of where you happen to be. View larger.

To deliver thunderous bass, the Go + Play uses dual Atlas woofers, which maximize audible output. The Atlas woofers are a high-excursion design, which allows them to deliver the bass response of much larger woofers, and means you'll hear tight, deep bass that will make your music sound more dynamic.

Powering the speakers are two 30-watt Harman Kardon amplifiers, which are designed to deliver high output with minimal distortion. The system even uses highly advanced digital signal processing and equalization to deliver cool, efficient power. All of that technology comes together in the Harman Kardon Go + Play system to provide a sound experience--whether on the go or in your personal entertainment space--you need to hear to believe.


The included wireless RF remote control gives you the freedom to enjoy your music from across the room, in another room, or even from outside--from up to 20 feet away. View larger.


Easy to Use
No need to be a rocket scientist to use the new Harman Kardon Go + Play system. Its elegant, stainless-steel touch-volume controls mean that a single touch increases or decreases the volume. And with the included wireless RF remote control, you have the freedom to enjoy your music from across the room, in another room, or even from outside--from up to 20 feet away. With full access to your iPod, you can easily change tracks, browse libraries, adjust settings, and scroll through extras. It's the perfect way to enjoy your Harman Kardon Go + Play system, no matter where you happen to be.

What's in the Box
Harman Kardon Go + Play speaker system, power supply, 3.5-mm auxiliary audio cable, remote, adapters for iPod

Product Information

Technical Details

Brand Name Harman Kardon
Item Weight 12 pounds
Product Dimensions 9.5 x 9 x 20 inches
Item model number HKGOPLAY5BLK
Power Source Type Battery/Corded Electric
Number of Items 1
Remote Control Description remote_control

Additional Information

ASIN B002GHBTNC
Customer Reviews
4.3 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,424 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cell Phone Accessories > Portable Speakers & Audio Docks > Audio Docks
#53,917 in Electronics > Portable Audio & Video > MP3 Players & Accessories > MP3 Player Accessories
#434,322 in Electronics > Cell Phones & Accessories
Shipping Weight 13.7 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available July 1, 2009

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Customer Reviews

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... unfortunately Amazon are selling it for $100 over the MRSP of $349. It is available elsewhere online for $299.

The only difference between this newer version and the old one is that this version is fully compatible with newer iPod models. It is not officially compatible with the iPhone, however it will charge it and play via the dock.

The sound really is great - clear highs, deep bass and distinct mid tones. What you can't see in the photo is another set of subwoofer speakers on the back. It really kicks out a good volume.

If you have an iPhone, you might as well get the cheaper version (or buy this new model at a more reasonable price from B&H). The iPhone works fine with both models, it simply tells you it is incompatible, but in fact works fine.
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I will make this review simple....I didn't purchase this from Amazon because the old version was no longer available and the new version was just priced too high at the time. I purchased the older version (or so I thought) from B&H for $299. As it turned out, they were out of the older version so they subbed the new version (lucky me). The new version supports the 3GS iPhone for charging. The one and only con to this machine is the fact that you can not see the iPod as it is lying down unless you are right above it looking down at it. Outside of that little problem (and it is little to me) this is the best iPod player out there. Wayyyyyyy better than Bose and in my opinion better than the Zeppelin. The sound is unbelievable, it fills my living room and I do mean fills. My stereo snob coworker came over and he could not believe the bass and volume that this unit puts out. The bass is really there but the total sound is very balanced. I don't use it as a portable unit so I can not speak to that but you will not be disappointed if you purchase this item.
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"The only difference between this newer version and the old one is that this version is fully compatible with newer iPod models. It is not officially compatible with the iPhone, however it will charge it and play via the dock."

Not exactly true. Just received the newer model today and upon inspection a few things have been omitted on the newer model:

1) No USB Port
2) No S-Video Port
3) No twin, rear-firing drivers anywhere to be found on this newer model. Behind one rear grill is a port for the front drivers and the other is covered up with plastic. Was there ever rear drivers that I read about in the professional reviews?

I never heard the original model so I can not make a comparison. It still is a very nice sounding unit, very balanced sound. No boomy bass and no sizzling highs. Actually it's pretty rich and warm sounding which is good.
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I bought this iPod dock in February of 2011 and have used it pretty regularly since I received it. I love the minimalistic and symmetric design it has, however the symmetric design isn't entirely functional: The rear speaker grill that is placed behind the front left speaker is not a speaker at all. HK's faq on their website states that this rear speaker grill is placed there solely to accomplish a symmetrical design. The other rear speaker grill, however, covers an air intake port, which is where you will hear deep bass coming from.

The unit has great, detailed sound that fills a room (i.e. it has great sound stage). Its maximum volume level is not ear splitting, however it is very loud.. enough to fill a very, very large room. To anyone who is familiar with Kicker's iPod dock, the HK does not get as loud as the Kicker (I have compared the two, and HK has better sound quality and balance while the Kicker has more volume). The bass on this dock is very pleasant and adequate. Distortion is minimal, bass is not booming, but it can get very, very deep (it reaches frequencies lower than my Soundsticks III and its dedicated subwoofer).

Build quality seems outstanding. The stainless steel handle is amazing and the speaker grills seem very durable.

===SOME OTHER DETAILS AND A SMALL WARNING===

The remote is very nice and works from a range of about 30 feet and can really work through walls and does not have to be pointed at the device.

On some surfaces the unit might wobble... the rear middle leg on the unit has a screw in it that allows the user to adjust the leg's height and make the unit level.

This unit is fully compatible with my 2nd Gen.
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Well, mine arrived today and I must say that the sound is spectacular. One reviewer stated that the sound was "rich" without overwhelming basses and trebles, and I would say this is pretty accurate. Having said that, it is a lot of sound with very rich bass for a relatively small playback device. It is definitely adequate for a small to medium sized room. I have heard the "Zeppelin" in stores and I remember it being an awesome system for a hefty price, but I would really have to hear both systems side by side for an accurate comparison.

Also, when plugging in my iPhone 4, it appears to charge and play the device, however, the stereo clearly was not made for the longer iPhone. An iPod will fit snuggly and lie flat on top of the system, whereas the iPhone will sit awkwardly at an angle, with the top resting outside of the docking compartment. In short, it does not fit at all. I have to wonder if this awkward position could damage the fragile USB docking port on the iPhone. Also, there are no included adaptors for the iPhone.

Apparently, HK's new "micro" version is made for the iPhone and iPod. I have read in reviews that there is a considerable difference in sound between the larger "GO" and the micro version, and prior owners of the larger "Go" might be disappointed with the small sound of the micro version. Hopefully, a larger "Go" that is iPod / iPhone compatible is in the works...

P.S. After having listened to the "Go" for awhile, I must say that the sound is extraordinary. There is a remarkable clarity to the sound. My music sounds rich with lots of separation between the bass, midrange and treble. In fact, it is a HUGE sound coming from a medium sized package.
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