Everybody’s taste in music is different, but the one thing we all share is a desire to find the perfect sound system to play our favorite tunes – or at least a perfect sound system for us. The perfect sound system doesn’t have to be the best sound system, it just has to be the one that suits our own needs and fits our lifestyle. For many people a portable Bluetooth speaker has become the best option, and with a wide-ranging selection to choose from it’s a good idea to sit back and consider your options carefully.
The Harman-Kardon Onyx Studio 2 is a Bluetooth speaker system that deserves serious consideration if you’re looking for quality sound at a price you can afford. While the system’s suggested retail price is around $400, you will frequently find it on sale for less than $200, which is a considerable saving. Either way it’s still great value for the money, as the sound that it produces is quite impressive.
Balanced Sound Distribution
The best Bluetooth speaker systems have multiple speaker drivers that serve to produce all of the rich tones that most of us have come to expect from a quality system. You need the tweeters to produce the treble sounds, passive radiators for those mid-level tones, and subwoofers for the deep bass tones that are great for those pounding drum tracks. This Harman-Kardon system is designed with all of these things in mind as it has two three-inch woofers, two 0.75-inch tweeters, and two passive radiators for a full, rich sound. The end result is that your music comes out sounding as it was intended by its creator – moving and powerful.
Let the Music Play on
The Onyx Studio 2 is meant to be played when you’re out on the go; with that in mind it has a built-in lithium-ion battery that will let you take it with you anywhere. Its charge will last you about 5 or 6 hours; not bad, but a little disappointing when compared to some other Bluetooth systems. On average most Bluetooth speakers with rechargeable batteries will last you between 8 and 10 hours and there are even systems that will go on playing for up to 14 or 15 hours. When you compare this speaker’s battery performance against some of these competitors, it comes up a little short.
Powerful Sound in a Small Package
It never ceases to amaze me when I come across a small speaker these days that produces a level of sound that simply makes your hair stand on end. I had an old Pioneer stereo system back in the 90s and I thought it was pretty impressive, but when I look back on it now the sound that it produced with its multitude of speakers and expensive amplifier system was about comparable to the sound that you can expect from the Harman-Kardon Onyx Studio 2. This little speaker is only 15W, but through the use of technological tricks it’s able to amplify that sound over four channels to produce 60W of powerful sound. It’s pretty impressive stuff when you think about it.
Some Extra Components
In the early days Bluetooth speaker systems were built for one thing and one thing only – to play music from an MP3 player. Today Bluetooth speakers are often capable of much, much more and this model by Harman is no exception. This speaker has a built-in component that allows it to be used as a crystal clear speakerphone system when paired with your smart phone – it’s simple to set up and a great extra feature.
This speaker also has a micro USB port which will allow you to connect your devices directly if you don’t want to use Bluetooth for playing your music, and it can also be used for software updates. It’s nice to have a backup if you don’t want to use Bluetooth, as this speaker is only designed to be used with two separate systems.
And Now the Bad
Apart from the limited battery life we’ve already mentioned there are a couple of other issues with this speaker. It is a little heavy at about 7 pounds; it’s not ideal for throwing in your purse, but it’s still fairly portable. The one thing that really surprised me about the speaker, though, is that it doesn’t have an auxiliary port. While most devices do work with Bluetooth these days, many of the best Bluetooth speaker systems still provide an auxiliary port as an option for compatibility with older devices. In my opinion this is something that Harman-Kardon should definitely have included.
A Speaker Worth Listening to
The Harman-Kardon Onyx Studio 2 is a Bluetooth speaker system designed to fill up your room with impressive sound quality. Its combination of sound drivers produces 60W of sound, which is more than enough for most people’s needs. As a bonus it also has speakerphone capability and a rechargeable battery to make it fully portable. If you’re looking for a great Bluetooth speaker for those backyard summer barbecues, this is the perfect choice.