• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great sound

    • Written by from Huntsville

    I have had these speakers for many years now and they sound awesome. Subwoffer plus sticks produces great bass and clean treble at loud volumes. The only complaint is that they are pretty distinctive in appearance, and, well, it depends on your style. I'd prefer a more subtile effort. Still, if great sound is your objective, get these.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Highly recommend

    • Written by from PARADISE

    I received the second gen version of these (almost identical) in 2008. They are playing crisp, beautiful music today (2013) and still look new. If looking for a 2.1 sound system in this price range I would find it difficult to buy anything else. Form factor, sound quality, bass response: its all great.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad quality

    • Written by from Vancouver

    These speakers stop working after a few months. Very disappointed.

    22 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Have had this for over a year and still fantastic!

    • Written by from Honesdale

    I bought this speaker system about a year and a half ago and it's still the life of the party! I brought it to college with me and received many noise complaints, especially from the room below mine due to the spectacular bass. I highly recommend this product!!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound at bargain price

    • Written by from weesp

    Great sound gear, perfect for desktop listening.

    + rich mid-high notes
    + very clear bass
    + even after owning the set for 7 years the design does not tire
    + incredibly clear and distinctive given the size

    - no remote
    - touch based controls
    - /+ i've heard better B&W sets but not at this pricepoint
    - no optical

    I would buy these again without second thoughts, one of best investments made.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great "bang for the buck".

    • Written by from Warner Robins

    I bought a set of these to use with my mini and HDTV I use for a monitor seeing as the sound from the stock speakers is anemic at best. This enabled me to use them for the TV speakers also and WOW what an improvement! I've used the setup to watch movies and TV for some time now and I couldn't be happier. I realize these aren't $8,000 Martin Logan's or B&W Nautilus at nearly twice that (and they weren't designed to fill that market) but for $160.00 these things rock! Action movies like Pirates of carabean or Matrix series, have plenty of punch and realism for my little 18x24 room and NASCAR racing... Yea that's the ticket. Football and baseball games too. All I can say is you have to see, feel and hear these to believe them, so unless you just have money to burn grab a set, put the sub in a corner and be as amazed as everyone that sees these cool little things is.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound just like anything else

    • Written by from Columbus

    Im a video editor that was looking for some great speakers for monitoring audio, I fell into the hype and cool design of these speakers. I have found that they sound just like speakers that are much cheaper. They do get the job done, im not saying they are a bad speaker, but you can buy some about half the price and get the same performance.

    65 of 90 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Sound - Easy Hookup

    • Written by from Divide

    I have the speakers set up at one end of a long front room (40'x16') in my mountain cabin (living room, dining area, kitchen). For this space, I can't imagine any speakers producing better sound.

    The speaker system works great with Airport Express playing music from iTunes on my iBook G4 or iPad3, and it plays the audio portion of movies or TV shows I'm watching on my iPad3. The set-up was simple enough for a klutz like myself, and I even accidentally placed the speaker with the barely noticeable volume controls in the easier-to-reach location.

    Pros: For simple listening enjoyment in a small home, it's nice to get away from the wall full of stereo components, equalizers, amps, etc. The equalizer on iTunes is adequate for my ears.

    Cons: Wish there was a remote control for the volume - I'm not always near the laptop or iPad when the volume needs adjusting.

    Note: I bought these identical speakers in Sep. 2012 for $152.12 (free shipping) at Amazon. Not much of a price difference, just FYI.

    52 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They stopped working with latest lion upgrade don't buy them!

    • Written by from New York

    They stopped working with latest lion upgrade don't buy them!

    52 of 151 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best computer speakers ever! But...

    • Written by from Studio City

    These are, hands down, the best sounding (and best looking!) desktop computer speakers I've ever used!

    The only reason I give them four stars, not five, is that the original version used a USB interface rather than analog audio. USB was about 1000x better. Volume control was handled by software in the computer only, so your keyboard volume keys controlled the volume without the additional complication/confusion of a secondary volume control on the speakers. And the computer knew they were "SoundSticks" connected, which was also cool, software-wise.

    I have two of the original versions, which I'll never give up...

    Anyhow, great speakers!!! And nobody makes anything better, so get them!!!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    10 years and counting...

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I love these speakers. I bought mine when the first TiBook was introduced in 2001. They sound as great today as they did 10 years ago. You will not regret this purchase. I suspect that these will end up in MOMA's industrial design collection next to the G4 Cube.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I just bought my speakers and the delivery was extremely fast. The quality speakers are incredible, just what I needed, not bulky and heavy. Perfect to have a party with. Love it!!!!!!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Read The Instructions!

    • Written by from London

    I bought these to replace a set of the original SoundSticks [USB connection]. It appeared to be an essentially identical product so I set them easily and quickly. They sounded fine but the volume level was very low compared to my old set. At maximum output level on my Mac they were as quiet, or quieter, than the built-in speakers. I was getting ready to return them when I noticed two buttons [+/-] on the right speaker. An output level control! Voila! I then read the manual and -- duh!

    Things do change. I am very happy now and if I get the 10+ years of service from these I got from the originals I will be a very happy camper.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Harman Kardon Soundstick III

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    What can I say apart from echoing all the previous reviews........nothing compares in the same price range.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great value, though not perfect. Adding mids really helps!

    • Written by from Cupar

    Nearly all reviews for these speakers say they are phenomenal. I would say that they are good, and undeniably great value for money.

    I think a lot of the speakers' success lies in using them EXACTLY as the designers intended - on a desk at which the listener is sitting, with speakers positioned exactly perfectly to get the right sound. I've been trying to use them as speakers in the corner of our living room in a "macbook+long cable+speakers=great hi fi" setting, and they perform a little less well. After a while I've figured why, so here's my tip:

    While crisp hi's and big basses are there in bundles with these speakers, the mid-frequency warmth that really helps for a "relaxing" home sound, especially at lower overall volumes, are often far too low.

    I tested this and, sure enough, cutting trebles and basses (alternatively boosting mids) really helps these speakers. Cutting the trebles/boosting the mids also seems to significantly alleviate the issue of requiring perfect speaker placement too. (NB: The lack of a system wide EQ for the MacBook get's REALLY annoying here! Seriously, Apple - get it sorted!).

    So, my star rating is only 3 because a) my expectations were so high and b) I was initially a bit disappointed in the sound in our living room set up. However, having done a bit of tweaking the sound really is great. So - I hope this helps anyone, if they're at all disappointed in the sound as I was!

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Jericho

    Listening to Chris Cornell's rendition of Billie Jean as I write this. No speaker better. Im bought these for college since I need a good set of speakers when editing movies and nothing Ive ever had beats these. I don't know too much about the tech specs but I was recommended these by my high school music teacher and I couldn't ask for more. Bass is amazing, crystal clear sound and no matter how loud I set it to, sounds amazing. Filled the whole hallway of my dorm (played some soundtrack to Gladiator during nerf gun battles). Now a year after I bought them and sound like new. WORTH IT

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Columbia

    I just plugged in the speakers and fired up iTunes. The sound filled the room.

    They are a perfect match to a Mac; simple, elegant and high quality.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice for the Price

    • Written by from Grapevine

    I have had these speakers for about two weeks and I am quite happy with the way they sound. They are very capable of producing loud and deep sounds. I would recommend adjusting the iTunes equalizer to suit your personal taste. There are probably better speakers out there, but the prices can get quite ridiculous. I am very happy with my choice.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Prescott Valley

    Just purchased the HK Sound Sticks III
    Previously have owned the Bose Companion 5's and top JBL's for my 27" Quad Core iMac.
    These are for sure the best out there for the money.... PERIOD.
    Very, very good response and clarity, and the ability to adjust the bass mixes brilliant.
    Would like to have had the blue LED light, and the option to turn the inner LED light off, but pleased way above what was expected.
    Would recommend highly

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    they aren't what i expected

    • Written by from New City

    i know someone that has these speakers and on his computer, the were very loud... then i bought them for my computer and they are soft. i expect more

    8 of 33 people found this useful