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Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Channel Multimedia Speaker System with Subwoofer

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  • Outstanding bass performance
  • Touch volume and mute controls
  • Subwoofer volume control
  • Angle-adjustable satellites
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Product Description

A 6-inch, 20-watt downward-firing powered subwoofer. Eight 1-inch full-range transducers. Plug-and-play compatibility with virtually any multimedia device. And stunning industrial design that perfectly matches the clarity of the sound. The Harman Kardon SoundSticks III desktop sound system brings a new level of excitement to music, games and movies with a minimum of wiring and looks spectacular doing it.

From the Manufacturer

Listen to a work of art.

Praised for its stunning design, the harman kardon® SoundSticks II speakers and subwoofer system became a milestone in harman kardon history when it became part of the permanent collection at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Improving on its famous sibling's pop-culture appeal, the SoundSticks III system is all that and much more. As a three-piece, 2.1-channel multimedia sound system, SoundSticks III brings a new level of excitement to music, games and movies to your home - with its exceptional sound clarity, enhanced color scheme and bare minimum of wiring. Beyond its eye-catching appeal, SoundSticks III continues to be incredibly capable - with 40 watts of dazzling amplification, a down-firing powered subwoofer, eight full-range transducers and compatibility with all sorts of multimedia devices. As the sublime sequel to a prized performer, SoundSticks III is performance art at its finest.

Stunning Sound. Stunning Looks.

The harman kardon® SoundSticks III - At a Glance.

  • Four, 1" full-range transducers per channel powered by a 10-watt
    amplifier for room-filling sound
  • One, 6" low-frequency transducer powered by a 20-watt amplifier
    for outstanding bass performance
  • Compatible with all devices with a stereo mini-jack output
  • Touch volume and mute controls
  • Subwoofer volume control
  • Angle-adjustable satellites
  • Incredible industrial design

  • The full-range transducers fill the room with accurate, detailed sound quality
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    Fill the room with eight full-range transducers

    The harman kardon brand has a rich history of engineering sound with highly regarded results. The SoundSticks III system is no different. Powered by a total of 20-watts, eight full-range transducers (four in each speaker) deftly fill your room with great sound, while increasing power handling and audio output. With less distortion and better sound quality, SoundSticks III speakers ensure that you'll hear music or video exactly the way the composer intended.

    A powerful 20-watt woofer delivers deep, accurate bass from whatever you happen to be listenting to
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    Down-firing subwoofer with volume control

    For a true audiophile listening experience, the SoundSticks III system also features a six-inch down-firing subwoofer with volume control that is powered by a 20-watt amplifier. By aiming sound down instead of at surrounding walls, your subwoofer makes your system less susceptible to adverse room variables - giving you a consistent performance. The subwoofer also has a flared port that reduces port noise during high-volume passages. This feature helps you tailor sound levels based on your room's specifications as well as your own listening preferences.

    Connect to virtually any media device

    Other than its stunning good looks, the SoundSticks III system offers excellent compatibility with other audio components. Thanks to its 3.5mm stereo audio connection, SoundSticks III speakers can be used with MP3 players, portable CD players, computers and almost anything with stereo line-level outputs. By offering you this user-friendly option, SoundSticks III becomes a nimble addition to your desktop, bookshelf or entertainment center, keeping your life simple with a maximum of connection options - and a bare minimum of wiring.

    Touch controls offer elegant ease of use
    Touch controls for volume and mute

    The SoundSticks III system makes it easy for you to interact with your subwoofer and "sticks," offering sensitive touch controls for raising, lowering or muting the system volume. By responding to the gentle touch of your fingertip, this intuitive design feature makes your SoundSticks III system easy to operate, and keeps this work of audio "art" in the best possible condition.

    The Soundsticks III satellites angle to nearly any direction for the best possible sound
    Control the angle of your satellite speakers

    Elegant and easy to use, SoundSticks III satellite speakers are designed to fit exactly where you want them - and maybe even in a few other places. As a modern design feature that's adaptable to your environment, the SoundSticks III system has two angle-adjustable satellite speakers that bend from low angle to high. Gently push or pull each satellite to the desired position - and you can optimize the angle at which sound enters, and fills, the room around you.

    Attractive, high-quality audio cables

    Some manufacturers make audio cables a bare-minimum expense, which can compromise the integrity of an audio product and, potentially, the look of it. The SoundSticks III system does no such thing. SoundSticks III audio cables match the high-quality, transparent modern design of the speakers in terms of quality and visual appeal - and live just underneath the transparent speaker covers as if being showcased. Kept in place by black connection beads, these premium audio cables ensure that audio travels from source to speaker, without any sign of degradation or outside interference. Their flexible design gives you the freedom to use the Soundsticks III with other devices that use an analog output such as games consoles, DVD/Blu-ray Disc players, and TVs. And since they are detachable, they can be easily replaced if they happened to get damaged.

    A sound plan for energy-efficiency

    The SoundSticks III speaker system is soundly engineered for full compliance with the most demanding energy-efficiency requirements. It achieves this "green" standard primarily through incorporating a convenient on/off switch, which is built into the subwoofer volume control. This way, you gain more power over your power usage while keeping your satisfaction levels high and your energy bill low.

    Inspiring Industrial Design

    Few multimedia sound systems can boast that their predecessor was part of the permanent collection at New York City's Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), but that's exactly the claim the SoundSticks III speaker system can make. Taking its older sibling's celebrated design even further, the SoundSticks III look is cutting-edge with a modern industrial design aesthetic, elegant black accents and a luminescent white LED glow. And though the SoundSticks III system may look like a visitor from the future with its transparent speaker covers, its exceptional performance makes it a more-than-worthy encore to its pop-culture predecessor.

    For more than 50 years harman kardon products have delivered great sound and extraordinary design

    Designed to Entertain.

    For more than 50 years, harman kardon® audio experts have - through extraordinary industrial design, innovative technologies and meticulous engineering - created products to deliver the ultimate listening experience. From the world's very first high-fidelity receiver in 1954 to high-current, ultrawide-bandwidth amplifier design (still used today) to high-performance multimedia speakers that look as good as they sound, the harman kardon brand has led the way to the finest audio and video quality possible. With a complete package of performance, design, flexibility and ease of use, harman kardon products are perfect for all the sounds and visuals that modern, high-definition digital content has to offer. So treat yourself to the ultimate at-home listening experience - one that only a harman kardon system can provide.

    What's in the Box

  • One pair of Soundsticks III satellites
  • One powered subwoofer module
  • One power cord
  • One set of audio cables

  • Spec Sheet

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    Design 2.0 System
    Power 55-watts per channel
    Frequency Response 35Hz-20kHz
    Input 1/8" Stereo mini input

    Product Details

    Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]| User Manual [6.51mb PDF]
    • Product Dimensions: 11 x 11.3 x 15.5 inches ; 6.4 pounds
    • Shipping Weight: 11 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
    • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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    • ASIN: B0042F3K9W
    • Item model number: Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
    • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (982 customer reviews)
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    593 of 629 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ackerman on December 27, 2010
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    I am a musician.

    These speakers look great; that is the main reason I bought them. I do wish the sound quality was better. The sound quality is above average, but not great. However, I was able to use software graphic equilizer to adjust the sound to a better balance.

    The frequency response is uneven. The tweeters are all very small speakers, 1.25 inch wide, with one woofer unit. Since there are no mid-range speakers, the mid range is compromised. It is not all bad though.

    The best feature is great top end response from these little tweeters. Above 8K hz and 16K hz, the sound is very crisp and clear. As I generally like good meaty bass, with high crispness, this is not bad.

    The clear plastic bass unit is great to look at, but cannot match the sound of a square wooden box - as is true for concert halls. Unfortunately the bass has an unatural high spike about 120 hz. Also the output below 60 hz is virtually non-existant. Putting the woofer on the floor under a desk might magnify the 30- hz but again it is great to look at, so I keep it on top of the desk. I find the woofer volume best around 60 to 70%.

    Here is how I have adjusted iTunes graphic equalizer to over come the speakers' native tendancies (1 = a line):

    32 hz +2
    64 hz 0
    125 hz -0.9
    250 hz +0.9
    500 hz +0.9
    1K hz -0.9
    2K hz 0
    4K hz -0.3
    8K hz -0.6
    16K hz -1.2

    You will want to increase the mid 250 and 500 hz range to increase warmness. There is another unnatural spike at 1 K hz, where the wavelength matches the dimensions of the stick tubes. It sounds like talking thru one of those gift wrapping paper tubes. Reduce 1K Hz to avoid that.
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    94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By L. Hartwell on November 17, 2010
    My husband just gave me a pair of these for an early xmas present. I love the way they look, but was a little freaked out when they came out of the box due to the size of the subwoofer...these are for my desk. But we hooked them up and within minutes I was a super happy camper. The sound is clear and crisp and the bass is adjustable. For the person who said that you can't turn these off, you can if you press down the bass control knob. The sticks are attached to a heavy black donut shaped base and you can adjust how they sit on the base so you can point them at your head rather than your chest. One of the sticks has touch volume controls and if you touch both at the same time the sound is muted.

    So far I love them. Going to really enjoy listening to music again. I would totally recommend them to a friend.
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    42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Michael on August 2, 2014
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    I bought these speakers mostly for the look. They did NOT Disappoint. Sharp, Expensive, modern looking speakers. Surprisingly great sound, with deep full bass.
    It's a definitely recommendation.

    I added some pictures for you all to see with some leds.
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    103 of 119 people found the following review helpful By JHV on October 17, 2012
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    The speakers looked nice and sounded great for what they are but my sets left speaker stopped working after 6 months. The cable that is hard wired to the subwoofer is defective so off to the shop they go. Harmon support is terrible. I had to send them a fax with the receipt and was told they would ship me a new set without having to return item. Waited another 2 weeks and received email telling me to describe the problem and send sketch of what cable is bad. Waited a week and received an email with RMA asking me to return item. Packed the speakers up (need to return all items including manual) & shipped at my expense to Atlanta. Waited 2 more weeks and sent them email asking status. Received response telling me they have received my speakers and that the replacement hasn't shipped yet. No ETIC provided. It's been 2.5 months since I started warranty process and still no replacements. Speakers are nice but not worth the money if not backed by good support.
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    114 of 133 people found the following review helpful By J. Welch on December 12, 2010
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    I've owned the Soundsticks III for close to a month now and have been thoroughly impressed. Harman claims the new model provides the same audio quality as the previous edition. The new version III audio cables are silver braided and clear. Other changes include black bases on the satellites, the black sub volume dial is also the power on/off switch, and there is a white led light in the sub. Input voltage on the power transformer is 100v-240v, so it will work outside the US without the use of a converter. One thing worth noting, since it is not in the manual, is that the satellite with the volume controls is the right speaker.

    I find the sound stage to be vivid and non-fatiguing. The instruments and voices are crisp and detailed. I mainly listen to 80's, classic rock, and metal, and all appear to be clear and balanced. I can easily listen for extended periods without being fatigued. IMO this is one of the best 2.1 computer speaker systems available. You will not be disappointed.
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    43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Some Dude on January 27, 2011
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    First off, I would say that I'm somewhere between your average person and an audiophile. I never really used to pay much attention or care about the quality of the sound reproduction of speakers until a few years ago. Also, I'm I fan of crisp highs and big lows. Unfortunately I've been unable to fully test the low end with these, as I'm in an apartment currently.

    I came from a set of nice JBL speakers (that I think were MSRP at ~$200) that I got at OfficeMax 10 years ago, on clearance, for ~$30. These became the standard by which I judged other sound systems, rightly or wrongly, because I thought they sounded superior to every other computer speakers I'd heard, as well as most average home sound systems/speakers. (I've never gone beyond a $300 receiver or $300 7.1 system, so I can't say). I've also had past experiences with other computer speakers that have been underwhelming, so I was still questioning whether I would really be happy with these. But, I purchased them because they were very highly rated based on my research in this price range.

    When I first got them set up and volume-adjusted, I knew that they were at least as good as the speakers I came from, which was a relief. I thought that my JBL speakers were very crisp and clear compared to other speakers I've heard but these were definitely nicer, and able to capture parts of songs that got lost in the noise of my old speakers. Overall I was pretty happy with my purchase. I checked out the Amazon reviews and saw a review by an audiophile, who gave some recommendations to place the speakers a few feet apart and aim them directly at your ears. This advice was very well-taken, and I went from being happy with how they sound, to being almost *stunned* at how they sound now.
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