We begin by applauding the visual. Crazy design ideas in wacky shapes and fruity colors is not always a good thing, but with the circular Onyx Harman Kardon has managed to do something new without it feeling the least bit contrived.
Harman Kardon Onyx
Sound Quality - 80%
Features - 80%
Ease of Use - 80%
Build Quality - 90%
With good sound, impressive flexibility and high quality feel, Harman Kardon's sleek design speaker, the Onyx, is desirable as few.
Good choice of materials.
A bit expensive.
Doesn´t handle high volumes very well.
Not very portable.
The speaker feels very luxurious and the quality feel is phenomenal. The effort to dress up the back in genuine leather feels a little odd considering that you never really get to see it, but it's a nice detail that contributes to the whole visual appeal.
The touch sensitive controls are located on the rubberized strip that runs around the speaker. Here are buttons for pairing with Bluetooth devices and volume as well as the ability to control the speaker's battery level. The solution is fairly solid, but we had wished for more accuracy in the unruly volume slider.
When we connect the sound source, there are plenty of options. It features Airplay for Apple-thingies, DLNA and Bluetooth with NFC pairing. Should you encounter problems you can find the instructions in the free remote control app.
With a price tag of close to 400 dollars (although Amazon has a pretty good deal), one can expect good sound, and that is exactly what you´ll get, even if it doesn´t cause us to drop our jaws. Behind the removable grille cloth sits two mids, two tweeters and dual passive subwoofer for added weight. Onyx is capable of playing loud, but sounds best when kept at a more moderate volume.
The Onyx is stylish enough to stand in its own place among the other design furniture in the living room, and also has a built in battery that lasts 5-8 hours. The frame holding the speaker is made of stainless steel and also works as a carrying handle and moving it between rooms is easy-peasy, but otherwise it does not feel very portable. Nothing you might bring on the trip, that is.
Premium materials with steel and leather
Deep bass from dual passive radiators
Wireless Bluetooth®, DLNA® and AirPlay®
Harman Kardon Remote app compatible
Built-in rechargeable battery with 8 hours play time
2 x 3” woofers, 2 x ¾” tweeters
55Hz – 20kHz
4 x 15W
USA Warranty Length
1 Year Electronic & 5 Years Loudspeaker
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.