• 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!!!

    • Written by from Atlanta

    This was my first Ipod "speaker dock" purchase....yes iam late to the game. I luv it. Stylish & works really great when hooked up to my laptop. I also hooked up to my FlatScreen it sounds great with the volume turned up. I recommend this for everyone. Oh the BASE is incredible!! The tv has a stronger output then the ipod or laptop.....dont get carried away & push the tv volume to the max, u may blow subwoofer....i came pretty %%%% close. Had a party and played this thing all night :-) Will try the Harman kardon boombox nxt.

    13 of 13 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Great Great...AWESOME

    • Written by from Makkovik

    For only 20 watts of power, these speakers sure can blast. The sound is [VERY] crisp! If you purchase these speakers you will not be disappointed. For the sound quality, volume, and beauty, these speakers are well worth your money. I am overly impressed with what these speakers bring. Every time you turn on some music, you will instantly smile with the amazing quality and performance of these speakers. Very satisfied with my purchase..I'd recommend these to anyone.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A truly "Sound" investment!

    • Written by from East Providence

    I saw these by chance on the Apple Store. I had been in the market for a sound-bar in the living room, but was hesitant to buy because of the overwhelming number of inconsistent reviews on pretty much every make/model I looked at. Then the HK SoundSticks III came into view. Raving reviews overall. I've never been disappointed with Apple or Apple-marketed products, and although this in not Apple made, I know historically of HK's quality and technology. So I bit, picked them up last week.

    ** WOW ** that's nice. These are incredible and not just for the price. You can add that to the wow factor ... but they really sound great. And they look hilariously cool (that's a good thing), just so space age. I love 'em.

    Here's a thing to note about the subwoofer: with any low end, less expensive speakers / systems, the bass is the first thing to suffer. When I initially set the HK's up, the sub sounded kind of "hollow" like so many low end subs that struggle from lack of power. After about 10 minutes I realized that what I was listening to was more the cabinet the sub was sitting on, which on closer inspection was indeed resonating, causing my initial perception of significantly washed out bass. So I untangle the still bundled wiring, move the sub down onto a much heavier (dense) surface near the floor, and cranked it all back up. Yeah ** WOW ** what a difference. Solid bass, well defined, crisp and driving the way we all like it. I am more than satisfied with that.

    On to the satellites. The only thing I wish about these is that the integrated cabling was another 6ft longer, but I'm not going to mess with that. They sound great, really deliver and don't break up at high volume. The ring-base you see on the bottom of the sats is surprisingly beefy, coated in thick rubber as well, so when you tilt the stick it absolutely will not fall over. And being able to tilt the sats that way adds super flexibility for placement.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, just not for me.

    • Written by

    I am sure many people are going to disagree with me here on what I am about to say. First off, the sound quality of these speakers is incredible, the clarity is amazing. You can turn them up LOUD and they don't have distortion issues as so many other speakers.

    But here's the deal: I have a big corner desk, and although I have room for these speakers, I have learned that I prefer a 2.0 system versus a 2.1 system. As I sat at the desk listening to these, although I did hear the Subwoofer and it blended great with the satellites, the sound I primarily heard was the high's from the 2 Satellites. I also own a pair of Creative Labs Gigaworks T 20 Series 2 - which I bought a few months ago, and although I can't crank up the volume of the GW's as high as the SS III, and the bass output is not as strong, again, I just like the mix of sound I get from a 2.0 system, versus a 2.1 with a sub.

    I am sure many people think I am crazy, but, these Soundsticks are going back to the store today, and I think I am going to check out some stronger 2.0's, such as the M Audio AV 40's. I will give the Soundsticks 4 out of 5 stars, and can't rate them 5 just because of my 2.0 preference, and I definitely would recommend these, they are just not for me. And 1 other thing, thankfully with the Soundsticks 3, Harman Kardon changed the color of the satellite base stands from that weird light gray to black, because that gray color looked like dried-up spackling compound to me.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome sound but sound sticks stopped working

    • Written by from Oxenford

    This was my first purchase for a sound system for my computer and iPod.
    Outstanding sound but just after 1week, one of my sound sticks stopped working which was disappointing. But a great sound would recommend.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    buzz?

    • Written by from Richmond

    The sound is excellent. Really can't complain for a pair of computer speakers + subwoofer. However, i noticed a buzz when cranked to high volume while plugged into the computer. Seems like plugging it into the headphone jack instead of the speaker output fixes the problem. Oh and no buzz at all when plugged into iPhone either.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Sound

    • Written by from houston

    My Wife says they are wierd and ugly, however they are neat peices of art that emit beautiful sound. If you are considering these speakers you will not be dissapointed!!

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    goood value

    • Written by from Monument

    It's very easy set up. the cords aren't very long, but if placement of your subwoofer isn't too far from the hard drive, then you should be okay. The sound is decent. The subwoofer can't be adjusted, so you get what you get, but it's enough base for hip hop and techno listeners. Overall, a good pair of speakers for the price.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great sound

    • Written by from kitchener

    the style is a bit different for sure. But what killer sound good stuff. a bit bigger then the sticks look about 12" tall - the fish bowl is medium pumpkin size.
    These would have been great with my PC . But with my new imac a bit of over kill. But like a spoiled kid I am keeping them. sound is so very clear - ok price

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Quite good

    • Written by from Stabio

    Good but not so good like I expected. Logitech's one were only a little bit worse.

    5 of 14 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