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Harman Kardon Go + Play Portable Speakers System with Dock for iPod (Black/Silver)

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  • Plays: iPod mini; iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G; iPod classic 3G, 4G, 5G, 5.5G, 6G; iPod touch 1G, 2G; iPhone 1G, 3G
  • Charges: iPod mini; iPod nano 1G, 2G, 3G; iPod classic 3G, 4G, 5G
  • High-performance portable loudspeaker dock for your iPod with RF remote, auxiliary input, video output, and RF remote
  • Atlas and Ridge transducers provide tight, accurate amplification; DSP equalization provides the Go + Play transducers with cool-running power
  • RF remote control provides the freedom to enjoy your music - easily change tracks, browse libraries and adjust settings
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Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameHarman Kardon
Item Weight14.6 pounds
Product Dimensions20 x 9 x 9.5 inches
Item model numberHKGOPLAYBLK
Number of Items1
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #133,850 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight14 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 15, 2005

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Harman Kardon
  • Depth: 22.9 centimeters
  • Height: 24.1 centimeters
  • Weight: 1.8 Kilograms
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Product Description Product Description Understated, sublimely functional industrial design with unsurpassed performance and ease of use. From its flat, protective iPod cradle to its smart RF remote to its arching stainless-steel handle, this portable loudspeaker iPod dock is one that only Harman Kardon could build. Harman Kardon Go + Play delivers tight, thunderous bass from high-excursion low-frequency drivers. Just as important, the highs are distinct and crystal clear. Go + Play is AC- or battery-operated, so it will go anywhere your iPod or other music player goes--and make your favorite music sound better when it arrives. No matter how or where you use it, it's the sound that sets Go + Play apart.

The Harman Kardon Go + Play multimedia loudspeaker system is designed to entertain. Click to enlarge.

Go + Play works equally well on the go or as a personal home entertainment system. Click to enlarge.

The system features the extraordinary industrial design, innovative technologies, and meticulous engineering that you'd expect from Harman Kardon. Click to enlarge.

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. Click to enlarge.

Designed to Entertain
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.

A World-Class Listening Experience on the Go
The 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 Go + Play is simply stunning. And with flexible connectivity, this incredible sound can be had from nearly any audio device, not just your iPod. There's even an S-VHS output so you can watch the videos from your video iPod while enjoying their sound in incredible detail through the Go + Play speaker system.

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 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 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? Simply place it in the flat protective cradle, and instantly enjoy the sound of your favorite musical artist. The Go + Play uses a OnePoint iPod connector so that, by connecting a standard USB cable to the rear of the unit, you'll have a connection that enables you to synchronize your iPod with your computer. The Go + Play will even charge most iPods 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.

The system even has the ability to connect to a television or display device using an S-VHS connection. Now, watching movies, TV shows, and other video content from your video iPod is just a connection away--and you get to listen to them through the high-performance speakers built into the Go + Play.

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 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. Click to enlarge.

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.

Easy to Use
No need to be a rocket scientist to use the 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

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It can make any room in the house sound like it is fully wired with a complete sound system. Sound quality is clear. Read more ›
Having owned and used the speakers for over one month now, I have only one complaint...The output level…The sound quality is wonderful using batteries or when plugged in. Read more ›
No wear&tear on the finish. The sound quality is totally awesome and it can really blast. I have vibrated the floors and walls in the house paired with my Ipod Nano at less… Read more ›
SOUND QUALITY: The sound quality is amazing for something so small. I'm not talking about how loud it is (which is also very impressive), but how open, crisp, and deep the… Read more ›
We were excited to find this product--our mini…The Harmon-Kardon Go and Play has speakers that can cover our whole house without distortion--the sound quality is excellent. Read more ›
This boom box is awesome. The sound is amazing. I couldn't imagine the Bose speakers sounding any better. Read more ›
When I pop up the volume from this magic speakers, pals and neighbours alike…The bass is so rich and the flow of music is without any distortion even at a very high volume. Read more ›
I like this better than the Bose...really the only competition in this price range. The bass is incredible and it fills the room with crystal clear sound. I used it in my… Read more ›
Inside the home sound is unbelievable. The bass is incredible coming from such a small unit. And outside, it's almost like an amplifier playing on the deck. Read more ›
The highs are high. The lows are lows. This is one great sounding box. Read more ›
Very Happy! Great rich bass and this thing is loud! I got it for $140.00 including shipping. Read more ›
This unit is an exceptional value with impressive musical reproduction capabilities (especially low frequency bass) and has excellent workmanship. It was a holiday present… Read more ›
You will NOT regret this purchase. At $215, the value is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! The MSRP is $450, and believe me (and at least 100 other reviewers on here), that the quality… Read more ›
So I would watch for that. It is about a week since I wrote my review, and now the price is $252.... strange.. still a great product though! Read more ›
Price, I was prepared to spend more. The Amazon price is a good value but I got really lucky with mine. I picked it up at a local Fry's as an open-box item for $188,… Read more ›
Fast shipping, though mediocore packaging. Price is lets say 4.5 stars. Read more ›
Why H/K did not market this more is beyond me. I recommend it to everyone I know, and they can never find it for a good price. Read more ›
The value provided is well worth the price tag. I continue to get compliments by friends who can't believe such great sound coming from such a small device. Read more ›
Sleek design, built to be portable. Visually impressive- design is cool! Take the plunge and purchase this model while you can, before only the new on is the only option… Read more ›
Design is cool and sound is great as I was expecting. Only problem is that it doesn't have the plastic support for the new ipod nano, but it's not a big deal, since you… Read more ›
Now the positives: Outstanding crystal-clear sound with surprising bass and ridiculous volume when cranked. Handle is a sturdy, comfortable design for transport. Remote is… Read more ›
I love this speaker…The remote is great, the sound is great, the design is visually pleasing, and it gets loud enough to provide nice sound for my outdoor yoga classes. I… Read more ›
Those were big boxy space hungry speakers. This HK go play is small, portable, reasonably light and awesomely designed. No problems of shutting down and is worth every penny. Read more ›
I love the design (a bit awkward with the iPod being horizontal, but who cares), I love the portability, the volume I'm afraid to even test at its max (it's that… Read more ›
A…This unit does have a very solid bass, no distortion at higher volumes and is beautifully designed - EXCEPT - for the one reason I gave the unit four instead of five stars. Read more ›
I really only need to use it…When I first opened the box it was very easy to plug in and play and I couldn't even turn it up to full volume in the house as it gets so loud. Read more ›
Did quite a bit of searching around and found this unit to have fantastic sound compared to many others. The unit fills a room with thumping bass at high and low volumes. As… Read more ›
We love the dock station, the sound is what we were looking for without paying a fortune, bass is real good, volume is more that enough. Very clear, compares to the Bows. Read more ›
I wanted something loud, and this is LOUD. And sounds great at high volumes...really, my expectations were surpassed. This cost me twice as much as a $100 boombox, but… Read more ›
You can run it on 8 "D" cell batteries, which I haven't done yet, but that is only 12v so…Plugged in it is quite loud and at full volume distortion is almost inaudible. B… Read more ›
We've had this unit for a year and the sound continues to amaze us. It is clear, the highs are sharp and the bass is clean. The only problem is that they put the iPod dock… Read more ›
Overall, the HK GO + PLAY killed all the above mentioned in every category. The bass, the mids, and the highs are extremely well balanced for something of this size. If you… Read more ›
That annoys me because I basically have to turn the unit back on, and I can't use the alarm feature on the iPod. Second, there's no Treble/Bass controls. Yes, you can… Read more ›
The portable was more money that I wanted to spend. The Kicker was loud, but definitely didn't have crisp highs or warm mids. The JBL sounded great, but wasn't loud enough,… Read more ›
The sound --- a lot of volume (120 watts), very good bass, and decent treble (sometimes it could be a bit clearer and have better resolution, but, hey, it's aone piece IPOD… Read more ›
I am so glad i did not rush and just buy the Bose or…Incredible sound, deep bass, and terrific treble just produce one of the best sounds out of a boombox i've ever heard. Read more ›
It would have been better if you can take a better look at the ipod screen, the handle obstructs the view. The remote control works excellent. Read more ›
It has the best base that could fill the room with utmost confidence.....the RF remote is equally just as useful making possible control without the need for a direct line… Read more ›
The volume could be a bit stronger. The RF Remote makes for easier control and track change. The design is quite eye catching, some what retro yet very functional. Read more ›
This means you don't have to aim it, and can control it from another room. In addition, the remote, although simple in layout, controls the iPod as well as the speakers. Oh,… Read more ›
What separates the Go + Play from other docks is that it's not just good at Bass (it's…It actually has a strong midrange presentation and really nice highs/treble as well. Read more ›
This unit is by far the best sounding portable speakers I have come…Spot on bass response, full mids and defined highs combine to bring you home speaker quality sound. W… Read more ›
For those of you who say the bass is boomy - this happens when the unit is up against a wall - moved out several inches, the bass cleans up and sounds as good as the mids… Read more ›
Like I said earlier, the low end by far out performs anything else in this price range, but the mids and highs also…It will definitely fill a good sized room up with sound. Read more ›
I tried various brands Sony, Bose etc, and as a professional musician and studio artist, I can say this has the…It is perfectly equalized, and very powerful for its size. Read more ›
My boyfriend had been wanting this particular…He had looked around for over a year and half with nothing in comparison in great sound perfect size for a portable station. Read more ›
What a wonderful item to add to anyone's audio setup. Easy to set up, to use, and great to listen too. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

80 of 81 people found the following review helpful By C. Weeks on October 19, 2007

Best sounding ipod dock under $500. PERIOD!!!!!

Phenomenally deep and **REFINED** bass for something the size of a toaster.

Bass is definitely NOT the only thing this does well. It's performance on the full audio spectrum (yes, that's midrange too) is also best in it's class!

It's portable!!

(*Cons listed at the end... where they belong)

First off I have to address the price issue. I, for the most part, think that the "made for Ipod" logo is license to over price. Almost no Ipod dock is truly worth it's price and I believe for what they do and what they sound like, the are **ALL** over-priced.

That being said, amongst the myriad of overpriced ipod docks, this one is THE ***MOST WORTHY*** OF IT'S PRICE TAG.

Compared to all of the other premium ipod docks this one is amazing. I can say that with confidence because I shopped around for MONTHS before I settled on this one. The only dock that sounds better in this price range is the Geneva Lab Model M which cost $499 (also worth it), which is NOT portable. (little do most consumers know, there are ipod docks that now cost up to $5,000 and more!!!)

The sound out of this thing is so very refined and robust when compared to any ipod dock you would find at the Apple store or any bigbox retailer. They only way you can find anything better is to look at items sold on-line (Geneva Lab) or at very High-End retailers. There probably is no other 'portable' dock that sounds any better. But don't let the word 'portable' fool you. It sounds the best when compared to ANY dock.

I was very surprised at how great this sounds in a noisy Apple store, but wait until you get it home!
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By a listener on November 17, 2007
The sound of this boombox is extraordinary, given the size. You can hear each instrument distinctly. The soundfield is big and the bass is impressive.

But beware: you might find yourself wasting time for two reasons.

1.) If you're like me, you'll wind up re-ripping all of your CDs. I had imported my disks into iTunes at the standard bit rate of 128, and music sounded fine through cheap earphones and speakers. Then I heard a lossless track through Shure 500/530 earphones and through this boombox, and wow! Tracks at 128 sound just dandy, but at higher rates the difference is quite noticeable, even to casual listeners. For the first time, I can hear the difference bit rate makes, and I'm no audiophile. So look out! If you buy this excellent item, you might suddenly find yourself re-ripping CDs, then shopping amazon for a new hard drive to fit that suddenly huge iTunes library. It's a slippery slope.

2.) If you're like me, you'll also end up zoning out and just listening to your music. I bought this boombox for its portability, so that I could take it along on activities. But it BECOMES the activity. For instance, when I take it into the kitchen, I often find myself staring into space, hands in dishwater, wondering why I'd never heard a detail before....

Yep, this box is costly, and as I've suggested, it can spoil you and lead to other costs. (I'm quite dissatisfied with my cheap-o home stereo now.) But this box can also enrich your relationship with your music.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By L. Kline on July 12, 2007
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I first heard the Harman Kardon at an Apple store in Florida. I couldn't believe how much better it sounded than 4 other brands, including the Bose. This one just had such a big sound in such an elegant package. I ordered one off Amazon and it's exceeded my expectations of how good portable sound can be. I just pick it up by the solid and ergonomic handle, and take it anywhere in the house I want. People have said to me repeatedly how great it sounds. It's definitely worth the money.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Sowmyan Ranganathan on November 24, 2008
I am no audiophile. But when I heard the Go+Play at a local store, I was blown away! It looked different and sounded exceptional.

So, I lusted after one...until I recently bought it.
Background: My music has been ripped from CDs and bought online at different bit rates (128 - 320 KBPS). Predominantly, the MP3s have been ripped at 128 KBPS. I play it on the latest Nano docked to the Go+Play.

The bad...

Most mp3s at the 128 KBPS bit rate sound unnaturally harsh on this device. It is near impossible to raise the volume level without your ears feeling the pain from the lack of quality. In contrast, the Athena iVoice (I own as well) is easier on the ear and does not boom the bass out or accentuate the treble the way the Go+Play does. Harman Kardon has not designed it to be forgiving....
Adjusting the IPOD equalizer was useful for certain songs (to correct for the treble and base) but overall did not serve the purpose as it required too much tinkering for each song and I just want to put it on the dock and forget about it...
Another issue is that the system does not charge the new IPODs.
The lousiest manual that can be found on this planet.

The good....
It is fills the room. You cannot use it at its peak volume without upsetting the neighbors (especially if they share a wall with you).
RF remote that is not direction sensitive....
Nice handle to carry it. The handle feels solid and it is easy to walk this device around.
The dock is very secure. You can rest assured that the ipod will remain safe as you carry the dock around.
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