Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Speakers - £99.99 @ HMV (Online & Instore)
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Harman Kardon Soundsticks III 2.1 Speakers - £99.99 @ HMV (Online & Instore)

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Found 9th Nov 2011
Arkwright is a big fan of these speakers. Ideal for hooking up to a laptop or even a TV. Totally blows Bose out of the water. This is a good price in the current market.

Seen both instore today, marked down from £139.99, and online.

Not sure if there's TCB or Quidco cashback, depends if it's considered an accessory (yes) or hardware (no).

Edit - Went back up, now back down again online. Check availability for instore.
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I cant find these?
are Harlan kardon really better than Bose theese seem very pricey and only 2.1 they do look very stylish thow what's the thing In the middle some sort of sub woofer?
Not voting anyway as I say stylish but pricey even at a tun..
pay for what ya get!
These are awesome speakers, I also love the JBL Creatures as well
They're excellent - I have Soundsticks II and the clarity in a medium room is brilliant - and the bass is wobbly without distortion at high volumes.
They have lasted for nearly 5 years now. The only issue is that you can only hook them up via 3.5mm jack.
The subwoofer/jellyfish is always a nice talking point in the room and the whole set is extremely classy. The sub also has a light which makes it glow in the dark.


xboxs360

are Harlan kardon really better than Bose theese seem very pricey and … are Harlan kardon really better than Bose theese seem very pricey and only 2.1 they do look very stylish thow what's the thing In the middle some sort of sub woofer?Not voting anyway as I say stylish but pricey even at a tun..



They have mixed reviews. Some people swear by them, others say they're nothing special. I'd say the positive ones outweigh the negative, but with anything audio, it's hard to get a reasonable idea. Some people are happy with £10 speakers and would think these are about as good as it gets, whilst others are used to significantly better and consider these terrible. You'd have to hear them yourself.

At any rate, £100 for a pair of speakers is not a lot of money. Again, it's what you're used to.
There ok the styling is a talking point regards to performance ive found the acoustic energy aego m 2.1 for a little more money are the best pc speakers for around that budget
I have them, having had them for about three weeks now. They replaced my old Creative Gigaworks S750's that recently had the amplifier blow up (a very common fault). Those Creative's sounded absolutely amazing, much deeper and controlled lows and much crispier highs but then there were over eight three inch drivers and eight one inch tweeters and these soundsticks are simply two lots of four identical mid range drivers - so horses for courses.

Compared to Bose though, our local Comet were running both the Bose Companion 3 and Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II and whilst the Bose sounded very crisp and detailed, the Soundsticks "blew them away" and the sound was much more natural than the Bose.

Hope this helps. This is a pretty good deal
mickymcd

There ok the styling is a talking point regards to performance ive found … There ok the styling is a talking point regards to performance ive found the acoustic energy aego m 2.1 for a little more money are the best pc speakers for around that budget



The Aego M's were on my shopping list. I even ordered and then returned them to Amazon. I did this because the frequency response of the Soundsticks is much better tahn the Aego M's:

M: Sub is 50Hz-250Hz and the satellites are 250Hz-16KHz
Soundsticks: 44Hz–20kHz

So one fairly big win for the Soundsticks. However the Soundsticks have a touch sensitive volume control (with no UI feedback!!) and no headphone jack.
The Creative S750's I mentioned earlier: 25Hz – 40kHz
I have the soundsticks v2, they have lasted well over 6 years and still sound as good as the day I got them.

If you power them right they sound better than most other speakers.

Definitely can vouch for the comments below. Probably had mine around 5 years too. Still working superbly and still blow me away at various times of listening to different types of music.

Hadouken!

They're excellent - I have Soundsticks II and the clarity in a medium … They're excellent - I have Soundsticks II and the clarity in a medium room is brilliant - and the bass is wobbly without distortion at high volumes.They have lasted for nearly 5 years now. The only issue is that you can only hook them up via 3.5mm jack.The subwoofer/jellyfish is always a nice talking point in the room and the whole set is extremely classy. The sub also has a light which makes it glow in the dark.


Thanks OP - can you advise if these are suitable for playing music from my ipod ?
frazman

Thanks OP - can you advise if these are suitable for playing music from … Thanks OP - can you advise if these are suitable for playing music from my ipod ?


It's a 3.5mm headphone jack socket so yes I assume they would be.
Very good speakers, incredible bass
mickymcd

There ok the styling is a talking point regards to performance ive found … There ok the styling is a talking point regards to performance ive found the acoustic energy aego m 2.1 for a little more money are the best pc speakers for around that budget

liddlefeesh

The Creative S750's I mentioned earlier: 25Hz – 40kHz





As with most manufacturers, disregard everything they say. Those figures are completely made up. I have used that creative system and the sub doesn't go anywhere near 25Hz so returning things based on their fictional values seems a little silly.

These speakers should only be compared to other systems worth ~£100 or less. I assume this is what OP is referring to when he says "Totally blows Bose out of the water"? As I doubt it beats everything Bose have ever made in any price range.

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Edited by: "Enverex" 9th Nov 2011
Following up on a few comments. . .

For me these are the best balanced and natural 2.1 speakers around. The bass is responsive at all levels. There is minimal background hiss, Arkwright has found Bose and Creative speakers suffer from this.

Stylewise, it does take a bit of getting used to, but you'll learn to love the alien/jellyfish like subwoofer. Or you can stick it under your desk/table. . . The left and rights are sturdy, won't be knocked over easily on a desktop and the angling ability is good.

They'll certainly bring the best out of any source, even mp3s.

Only minor drawbacks are cable length and, as mentioned, lack of headphone socket.

Certainly hard to beat at this price point in Arkwright's opinion.
Yup, I have the SSII's and I've very happy with them.

I managed to pick them up off someone on a forum I use for £40.

Obviously not going to beat a full hifi system but these abuse any other 2.1 PC speakers I've used / heard.
Can't find them either. Searched the whole HMV site.
lizzie1978

Can't find them either. Searched the whole HMV site.



Search for Soundsticks and you'll find them.
Had these for about 10 years now - used every day and functioning perfectly. Have them rigged up to the iMac in the living room. They sound excellent - incredibly clear and precise and very natural to boot - and can easily fill our open plan floor with sound.

One -minor- thing. My subwoofer (the jelly fish thing) spent a lot of its life on the floor. Over the years it's been visited by a number of daddy long legs and flies and sadly a few never left - and unless you're prepared to unscrew the unit you may have the same problem too.
I've demo'd the Version II of these, and found them to be decent but not brilliant for the money. They do look pretty cool though if that's your priority.

If you're after an excellent sounding 2.1 system in this price range I would recommend the Aego Ms. If you're happy to forgo the sub, the Audioengine A2s are also brilliant.

[EDIT] Forgot to mention, I didn't vote either way
Edited by: "SgtPepper" 9th Nov 2011
I have just bought the Creative T3's, would you recommend sending them back and getting these?
Thanks Arkwright and Enverex, found em now :-)
Sidenote, you can also pop into just about any PcWorld or Currys that stock them and they will price match to the tune of £94
It must just be me that wasn't impressed with them :|.
Seem a decent price

However, if you can stretch your budget Bowers and Wilkins MM-1 will blow them out the water.
o2 moments are offering 20% off technology products *Rules: offer entitles you to 20% off any headphones or speaker docks over £50...I suppose if this could be considered a "dock" you might be able to blag it with the sales assistant
Probably a stupid question, but can't see a direct answer... Can I use these as a cinema surround type system (granted a cheap one) i.e. plug it in to 360/PS3/Blu Ray/Samsung TV? Do I need to buy a different input cable, if so what kind? The HMV description is a little ambiguous...


Thanks
I just bought these for £120 on Amazon two days ago. Ragin! Great speakers though. Worth a purchase.

JustLikeArkwright: Arkwright has found Bose and Creative speakers … JustLikeArkwright: Arkwright has found Bose and Creative speakers suffer from this.


This *arkwright* character you are referring to is actually you isnt it?


I think you need some professional help.



Edited by: "martinelsen" 9th Nov 2011
mango carrot

Probably a stupid question, but can't see a direct answer... Can I use … Probably a stupid question, but can't see a direct answer... Can I use these as a cinema surround type system (granted a cheap one) i.e. plug it in to 360/PS3/Blu Ray/Samsung TV? Do I need to buy a different input cable, if so what kind? The HMV description is a little ambiguous... Thanks



I used to use these as TV speakers by plugging them into the headphone socket in the tv; they sounded a lot better than the tv speakers, pretty decent actually. I think that's the only way you can connect them as they only cable they have is the 3.5mm
martinelsen

This *arkwright* character you are referring to is actually you isnt it?I … This *arkwright* character you are referring to is actually you isnt it?I think you need some professional help.



I'd absolutely love to post you my eBay and Amazon selling links but like your comment they have nowt to do with this deal. We don't want slapped wrists now. . .
you have bose as well then?
I saw these in Tesco yesterday for the same price. I suppose if you try Quidco and factor in the points as well it may even work out a bit cheaper still?
how are these compared to the z5500's?
I have SSII and they have lasted about 5 years so far. Best speakers I've ever tried for the money.
The SSIII are 3.5mm connectors but it now unplugs to give a 3.5mm socket. This would allow the use of a readily available 3.5mm jack to phono so you can use them with a tv more readily.
If you get a Logitech Bluetooth speaker expander for about £30 you could make these wireless for use with other devices
I was looking at this kind of thing a year ago for my PC. I bought a hifi amp and speakers in the end and haven't regretted it at all.

just read a review about sound sticks and the reviewer said stick with these below. Don't shoot the messenger , I know nothing about speakers!

amazon.co.uk/Cre…8-1

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