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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 #456,720 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


Amazon.com 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 Reviews

I was amazed at the sound of this box.
E. Rhodes
I did compare this to the portable Bose and I think this has a better sound.
I will upload an image of my HK so others can see what it looks like.
D. Jaisingh

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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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49 of 51 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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36 of 37 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 loud...it 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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