If you do not fancy all the flashing disco lights usually found on some traditional boom boxes, and don´t need an iPod dock, guitar jack or CD player, then Go+Play Wireless might be right on target.
The unit is softly curved and shaped as a semicircle, where the handle is an integral part.
The functions are simple and good: wireless transfer via bluetooth or connection of any type of music player via minijack cable.
If you want to run the H/K system on battery, load it with eight D batteries.
H/K Go+Play Wireless easily connects with your mobile phone via bluetooth. Just as easy as to plug it in using a mini jack cable.
The sound is best with cable. Harman Kardon Go+Play delivers a rhythmic and rich bass. The soundstage is big and lush, without sounding pushy or hard. Vocals are well defined and although the midrange never stand out, it feels right in place. Especially female voices shines nicely, and so does male voices.
The midrange is however a tad thin lower down, so loud male voices do not really get the fullness they deserve. But otherwise there is nothing negative to say. There are plenty of overtones that extracts the air in the mix.
This is the most complete test subject, which is also the easiest to hang on the handlebars of a bike when you have to travel somewhere. This also means that the Go+Play isn´t the most powerful contender in this group test, even if it is not at all far behind. Harman Kardon preserves the dynamics and control surprisingly well unless you push it far too hard.
Music via Bluetooth sounds flatter and more lifeless than with cable, especially in the midrange, but at the beach I choose bluetooth over cable anytime.
This is a unit I definitely recommend for outdoors this summer!
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Breathtakingly beautiful, the Harman Kardon Go + Play™ Wireless loudspeaker is designed to bring the best out of your digital music and look fabulous doing it. Its HARMAN TrueStream™ guarantee assures you of the highest-quality wireless sound from any Bluetooth® device, including the iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) or iPod nano (7th generation). Featuring advanced dual high-frequency transducers and dual high-excursion, low-frequency drivers, the Harman Kardon Go + Play Wireless produces great clarity with deep, thunderous bass. Its highly attractive design is sure to complement any environment. But this beauty isn’t designed to sit in one place all the time. Its sleek, stainless-steel handle lets you take beautiful sound with you wherever you go. For nearly 60 years, Harman Kardon® engineers have designed some of the world’s most sought-after speaker and amplification systems for home and car audio – including the only speaker system to become a permanent fixture at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In a continuing effort to turn personal audio into true works of art, Harman Kardon technologists and artisans now deliver powerful sound in a pristine, wireless package: the Harman Kardon Go + Play Wireless.
Model: Harman Kardon Go + Play™ Wireless
Optional batteries for unit: 8 type D alkaline batteries
Drivers: Two Ridge and two Atlas transducers
Power: Tweeters: 2 x 15 watts @ 1% THD Woofers: 2 x 30 watts @ 1% THD
Frequency response: 40Hz – 20kHz
Input sensitivity (Aux In): 250mV
Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2.4GHz – 2.4835GHz
Bluetooth transmitter power: ≤20dBm (EIRP)
Bluetooth transmitter modulation: GFSK/ /4-DQPSK/8-DPSK
Dimensions: Length: 20" (500mm) Width: 9" (230mm) Height: 9-1/2" (240mm)
Weight: 9.4 lb (4.3kg)
Input impedance: >10k ohms
Signal-to-noise ratio: >85dB
External power supply Input voltage: 100 – 240V AC Output voltage: 18VDC @ 3.6A Power consumption: 65W (maximum); 0.5W (standby mode)
- 1 Harman Kardon Go + Play Wireless loudspeaker
- 1 AC plug
- Owner’s manual