Our take on the Harman Kardon Onyx
The Harman Kardon Onyx is a powerful and precise piece of
art. The four speaker advanced acoustic platform creates a best in class sound
with crisp highs and deep lows. The Onyx
comes cable free and is absolutely wireless. Whether it’s in your living room,
dining room or even the backyard, the Onyx delivers the sound that Harman
Kardon is famous for in a unique and
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Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker With AirPlay
Harman Kardon Onyx is the first of its kind from the brand renowned for its acoustic innovation. Combining power, precision and style, the Harman Kardon Onyx stands out like a piece of art in any room it's placed and, with built-in Bluetooth, AirPlay, and DLNA, connects to all your home and mobile devices. The Harman Kardon Remote app simplifies set-up and lets you start streaming all your content. Harman Kardon Onyx gives you total control to enjoy best-in-class sound anywhere you need it. Its 4-speaker, advanced acoustic platform and dual passive radiators delivers a truly fantastic sound experience with a balanced and powerful soundstage. Audition Harman Kardon Onyx - soon to be your newest must-have home audio component for anywhere quality sound and ease of access is critical to your lifestyle.
Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker Features:
- Form meets function as its stylish, stainless steel handle connects you to its cloth grill and real leather finish, married to intuitive touch controls for a clean finish - all without the need of wires or cables.
- Harman Kardon's legendary name for quality sound performance stands tall behind Harman Kardon Onyx's quality acoustics. 4 drivers and dual passive radiators create a classic sound with crisp highs and deep lows that's every bit as distinctive as its iconic shape.
- Choose from a wealth of device-friendly connection options - from Bluetooth with NFC to AirPlay for Apple; DLNA for Android, Windows and Harman Kardon ecosystems as well as its rear 3.5mm auxiliary mini-jack input. Realize the ease of total access from the moment you connect your first device, wirelessly, to the first time you audition your favorite MP3s.
Works with Harman Kardon Remote App
- Set up the Harmon Kardon Onyx's Bluetooth, DLNA, or Airplay via the Remote app for a quick, wireless connection to begin streaming music from any mobile device, computer or NAS on your home network plus discover total control over Harman Kardon Onyx's audio settings directly from the app. Simply sensational connectivity like nothing you've experienced.
- A built-in, rechargeable battery lets you enjoy your music cable-free and its wireless design lets you control playback and stream from any room in the house - or the backyard, for that matter. Harman Kardon Onyx brings you the sound Harman Kardon is famous for in a smart-looking, portable speaker system.
Includes Harman Truestream Technology
- The HARMAN TrueStream technique is our guarantee that you will enjoy the best possible listening experience when you're streaming audio wirelessly via Bluetooth technology. Because you have many options for Bluetooth connectivity, our products always use the most current and most advanced option to ensure the highest-quality sound no matter what application or source device you use. Harman Kardon Onyx uses the AAC, aptX and high-bit pool SBC codecs for the best Bluetooth audio from any device.
What's in the Box
What's In The Box:
- 1 Harman Kardon ONYX portable wireless speaker system
- 1 removable grill (pre-installed)
- 1 power supply unit
Customer Reviews for Harman Kardon Onyx Wireless Portable Bluetooth Speaker With AirPlay
As I love portable speakers and small speakers with big sound I directly bought the Onyx when it became available as it looked like a serious contender in the already crowded market with brands like Bose, Jawbone, Logitech etc.
I was sure Harman would manage a more serious sound from a small enclosure like this.
The reality is that the speaker sounds impressive, but only in a particular volume-frame. Listen to it at lower volumes (below 35% and it sounds rather flat, not really better than my much smaller Bose Soundlink Mini. The Onyx needs volume and it starts to really sound serious up from about 50% to 70%. The bass pumps quite nicely and treble and mids are in harmony allthogether. It is only at levels above 70% where bass starts to fade and mids become a bit dominant making the speaker sound harsh with added distortion, but we are already talking about really high levels, much higher than other portable speakers are able to reach (like the Bose Soundlink, or the BIG Jambox). I am only underwhelmed by the fact, that Harman didn't manage to tune the DSP bettter for all levels. Trying to listen to the Onyx for low background music it only manages to sound like a better kitchen-radio.
I really love the design of the speaker. But it is not perfect for portable use. Despite having an internal rechargeable battery, i wouldn't like to carry the speaker around to the beach etc. The handle should have been made rotateable, so that you can rotate it flat with the spaker to make the speaker thinner for transport. But still the leather at the back and the exposed aluminium surface of the passive radiator are prone to be damaged or scratched during transport. One would need some special bag or something to better protect the speaker, a pity none is included for the given price.
Connectivity is great, i can use the speaker either in my Airplay-setup, or as DLNA-player or simply as a bluetooth speaker. No other speaker i owned so far had such a broad connectivity.
The App is nice, but it doesn't give you much more options for tuning the speaker. I hoped for an additional EQ or a loudness-setting, but you can only add a "stereo widening" feature, which doesn't harm the sound much, but doesn't really broaden it up either. The Onyx still sounds like a mono-speaker, except if listening to it really close.
All together i expected more for the given price and I am probably going to send the speaker back. The design and materials are top-quality, but i question why the back-surface had to be made of leather as normally you wouldn't notice it most of the time. The most annoying fact is that you really have to crank the speaker to get the best out of it. It is not really suitable for lower volumes. I only hope Harman takes the product serious and adds some other features (like loudness, customizable EQ etc) for future firmware updates.
Harman Kardon Onyx Studio . So compact dimensions and the sound is like a large floor speakers ! Amazing sound ! Deep rumbling low tones (no distortion , any volume level and kontrabass/double bass sounds like a real instrument , very good mid tones and vocal, clear, ringing high sounds ! Depending on the device. Pc, smartphone or whatever the Bluetooth audio device (I myself use sound equipment, which all have a 24 bit 192kHz DAC). Universal: plays and performs all music genres very well !Plays very good low-quality MP3 files - 24bit 192kHz music files ! If it is plugged in to electric socket, you will be playing a much higher volumes and even purer sound ! Every day more and more want to listen to music through the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio ! There are many different qualities of music and videos in the internet and this is the best universal ,compact , bluetooth loudspeaker in its class !
Excellent ! If this speaker is placed on the rear closed shelf , then you hear the sound even more powerful and deeper bass ! It is this type of speaker with the usual open-box serves as a megaphone! Try a variety of shelves and open wooden crates! This universal speaker sound is excellent every way and in any kind open box !
I'm glad that they came up with a redesigned sturdy legstands which is the one I'm reviewing now.
Sound quality for all Onyx models are basically identical and all of them have Robust sound considering how small the drivers are. At fist glance you would think that it that the whole unit is the driver itself especially when you hear the bass output it makes. But you will surprise to find out when you remove the front speaker cover that it's only a speaker case housing 4 small drivers and two passive radiators. Not to mention the amplifier and function controls in it.
It's amazing what great electronics and passive radiators can do to deliver full full bodied sound with outstanding clarity and power for such small speaker drivers. the only thing is you have to pay big time to own it. Buying it on black Friday is the way bto go.