With stunning glass-like transparent enclosures, the components of the Harman Kardon computer speakers look like sublime works of art. And they actually are – you can see these 2.1 computer speakers on display as part of a permanent collection at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The system is larger than most, at 15.5 x 11 x 11.3 inches. However, it is light, weighing in at a little over 6 pounds. There are two versions of this speaker system: One version is Bluetooth compatible and the other is not.
The Harman Kardon system’s internal components match its outward design and generate impressive sound. The three-piece set includes two slender satellite speakers and a computer subwoofer, all with black accents and glowing LED lights. Inside the subwoofer there is a 6-inch driver powered by a 20-watt amplifier. Each of the satellite speakers packs four 1-inch full-range drivers driven by a 10-watt amplifiers.
The elegant industrial design is functional as well. For example, you can adjust the satellite speakers' inclines to point them exactly where you want. Similarly, the down-firing subwoofer aims the sound toward the flat surface of your desk to produce a consistently rich sound, regardless of the size or dimensions of the room. There are separate touch controls for the satellite PC speakers and the subwoofer, and they respond to light pressure from your fingertips.
The Harman Kardon computer speakers show their simplicity in several ways. First, along with the subwoofer and desktop speakers, there is only one set of audio cables and one power cable in the box, which create very little clutter on your desk. There's also only a single input port: a 3.5mm auxiliary port. While you can connect your PC and mobile devices to these computer speakers through this port, the lack of RCA input means you can’t use them with legacy audio equipment and niche audiophile equipment. The speakers' peak 40-watt power rating is also rather low if you plan to use them with your gaming or entertainment PC.
These Harman Kardon speakers are not quite studio-monitor quality but are arguably a beautiful set of computer speakers equipped with a subwoofer. They have a stunning design and dedicated subwoofer, though they are missing some connectivity options and lack the power needed to be gaming and multimedia speakers.