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How to choose Harman Kardon Speakers

How to choose Harman Kardon speakers in 2023? Harman Kardon Glass 3 or Harman Kardon Crystal 4, who is more worth buying?

Harman Kardon Aura Studio3

1 Parameter science of Harman Kardon speakers

Sound channel: generally refers to the number of speakers, often divided into mono, stereo, and stereo is subdivided into 2.0/2.1/5.0/5.1/7.1, etc. In theory, the larger the value, the better the stereo effect of the sound. Compared with 2.1, 2.0 has less bass, so it is more suitable for listening to music, while 2.1 is more suitable for watching movies and playing games due to the enhanced size and power of the subwoofer.

Frequency response range: the frequency response range of the speaker, the lower the dive, the better

Bluetooth version: The higher the Bluetooth version, the more stable the transmission. If it supports high-definition Bluetooth transmission, the data loss will be smaller and the sound quality will be restored during wireless transmission.

Power: It is often said that the rated power, the bigger the better, represents the ability of the speaker to work without distortion at high power for a long time

Product type: Desktop speakers are generally used for TVs, computers, mobile phones and tablets. Outdoor speakers emphasize the ability to use outdoors, such as portability, battery life, protection, etc. Smart speakers pay more attention to the convenience of operation and the diversity of functions.

2 Selection and difference of Harman Kardon speakers

2.0 desktop audio
The reference price of Harman Kardon Aura Studio2 Music Glass II is $230
The reference price of Harman Kardon Aura Studio3 Music Glass 3 is $350
The price difference is about US$100. Liuli II is a very classic speaker. It has been around for more than ten years and has been around for a long time. It has a jellyfish shape, a transparent box, and a center circle lighting effect. It is full of technology and has a 360° surround sound effect. The water ripples breathe the light while enhancing the speaker’s size and power.
With a price difference of about 100 US dollars, it is still very cost-effective to start with Liulisan.

2.1 desktop audio
The reference price of Harman Kardon SoundSticks III Crystal 3 is $160
The reference price of Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 Wireless Crystal 4 is $320
Compared with 2.0, 2.1 channel is more suitable for watching movies, playing games and listening to music such as rock and heavy metal, because the size and power of the subwoofer on the speaker are enhanced, the bass effect is more shocking, and the dive is deeper and thicker.
The reason why the price difference between Crystal III and Crystal IV is so high is mainly due to:

Crystal 3 does not have bluetooth function, you need to equip yourself with a bluetooth receiver

As a 2.1 desktop speaker, the power of the subwoofer is only 20W, which is really not very competent.
Crystal IV has changed these problems. It carries a Bluetooth module of version 4.2, and the power of the subwoofer is increased to 100W. Whether it is watching movies or playing games, the immersive experience is better.
However, as a split-type speaker, it takes up a lot of space, so you should check whether there is a suitable placement in your home before you start.

Smart audio
The reference price of Harman Kardon ALLURE Music Amber is $215
As a smart speaker, its attributes are more inclined to the convenience of operation and the diversity of functions, which weakens the attributes of the speaker. Compared with traditional speakers, the sound quality is much worse. The equipped speakers have become full-range speakers.

Portable audio
The reference price of Harman Kardon GO+PLAY is $230
The reference price of Harman Kardon ONYX BT Music Planet Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is $240
At the design level, portable speakers are more concerned with their portability, and are more adaptable to changes in the use environment.
Generally, portability needs to be considered, such as volume and quality
Portable speakers with low battery life will affect the user experience. After all, the charging time of high-power speakers is also very long.
The size of the protection ability will also limit the use environment. The most common is the waterproof and dustproof ability. After all, outdoor use will inevitably encounter poor environments.
Power is also a very important factor. As an outdoor portable speaker, the environment is relatively noisy, and the power is too low. The music is easily affected by other noises. You can see how important this item is by looking at the speakers of the square dance aunt.
For outdoor use, use GO+PLAY, for indoor multi-space use, use Star Ring.

3 How to choose Liuli 3 and Crystal 4?

Harman Kardon Music Crystal IV
Harman Kardon Music Crystal IV

Liuli 3 is a 2.0-channel speaker, and Crystal 4 is a 2.1-channel speaker. In theory, Liuli 3 is more suitable for listening to music, but because the subwoofer of Liuli 3 is too good, with a size of 130mm and a power of 100w, and it is an integrated speaker, the bass will be very loud, and the mid-high frequency is weak. Although Crystal 4 is 2.1-channel, it has a split design.
However, the price of Crystal Four is higher, and the split-type speaker placement also takes up more space. However, in terms of sound quality, Crystal Four is still recommended.

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