Harman Kardon Onyx Studio - Reviews, Prices, Specs and Alternatives

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio

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The award winning Harman Kardon Onyx is not only stylish and modern-looking, but provides a great sound quality thanks to its 4 powered speakers and dual passive radiators. It is adapted to multiple m... Read full review
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Physical Features
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Black
Dimensions Length x Width x Height
11 x 6.3 x 10 inches
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Weight

7.2 oz
 
Water Resistance

Speakers range from not being able to handle even a drop of water to being able to be fully submerged in water for several minutes. Do you plan to take your speaker outside? To the beach? To the pool? In the shower? Then you definitely need to verify the level of water resistance before purchasing. You can tell the water resistance by the IP rating—the higher the rating, the more resistant the speaker is to the elements. For reference, the first digit refers to dust protection and the second digit refers to water protection. It reads as: IP68. Anything higher than IP66 will be dust- and splash-proof, meaning it can handle some contact with water, but cannot be fully submerged or soaked.

Water Resistant IPX rating if applicable
No
Rugged Design Bluetooth speakers can be durable, rugged, shockproof, dustproof, armored, splash-proof, water resistant and waterproof - all of which can be overwhelming and confusing. In order for a speaker to be c ... Show more
No
Dustproof Dust is a difficult element to combat, since it accumulates naturally and you have very little control over its ability to clog up your speaker. Dust and electronics just don’t get along very well. A ... Show more
No
Battery

Battery life for Bluetooth speakers is measured in milliampere hours (mAh). Manufacturers will report the battery life of a speaker in the average number of hours it takes to empty from a full charge. Keep in mind this number is based on medium levels of usage. If you play the speaker on full volume, it will drain the battery faster. Some specialty features like using the speaker to charge your phone or casting an LED light show will also drain the battery faster. The manufacturer reported number is just an estimate, and may be slightly different based on your usage.

It’s also important to consider is the type of battery. Rechargeable lithium-ion (LI-ion) batters are ideal, but some speakers only take standard or rechargeable AA/AAA/C/D batteries. You may even find Bluetooth speakers that recharge via solar power—great for outdoor use!

Battery Life
5 hours
battery_charging_full Power Bank This refers to the speaker’s ability to act as a charging station for your device. In addition to input power (which charges the speaker), some speakers also come with output power, meaning it can cha ... Show more
No
Sound Quality
speaker_group Sound System A speaker’s sound system is described as either mono or stereo. Mono speakers play audio from a single channel, giving the impression that the sound is coming from one direction. Stereo uses two or mo ... Show more
Stereo
speaker_group Number of Drivers To understand the inner-workings of a Bluetooth speaker, look first at the number and type of drivers. Drivers are the cones or horn-shaped objects inside the speaker box. The number of drivers tells ... Show more
4
wifi_tethering Subwoofer Having a separate speaker driver dedicated to the lower frequency tones gives your speaker a more robust, rounded out sound. It allows the other drivers to focus on the sounds that they’re best equipp ... Show more
Yes
Speaker Breakdown Use the speaker breakdown to better understand sound quality based on the makeup of the speaker. Manufacturers will often report additional details on the speaker drivers, such as the shape (cone or d ... Show more
2 x 3” woofers, 2 x 3/4” tweeters, 2 x passive radiators
Total Output Power Also known as “power handling,” a speaker’s total output power is recorded in wattage. A watt is a measure of electrical power. Thus, higher output means more powerful (or louder) speakers. When deter ... Show more
60 watts
graphic_eq Frequency Range Measured in Hertz (Hz), frequency response range describes how high and low a speaker can play. The larger the range, the better the speaker will be at reproducing the audio being played. As a frame o ... Show more
60Hz – 20kHz
wifi_tethering Connectivity
Hands-Free Function If you plan on using your speaker to make and take calls, it needs to come equipped with a built-in microphone and speakerphone. To make a call, you can use voice-activated dialing or key in the numbe ... Show more
No
device_hub Connects to Multiple Devices In most cases, your Bluetooth speaker will connect to one device at a time and your device will connect to one Bluetooth speaker at a time. Some speakers come equipped with a feature that allows you t ... Show more
Yes
settings_input_composite Aux Cable Port While Bluetooth is a quick and easy way to connect your device to a speaker, at times you may want to use a hardwired connection instead. You would do this through a 3.5mm headphone or auxiliary jack. ... Show more
Yes
phonelink_ring Remote / App Control Apart from the controls on the speaker itself, some Bluetooth speakers may come with a remote to turn the speaker on or off, activate Bluetooth scanning, turn volume up or down, or respond to calls. I ... Show more
No
speaker_group Connects to Other Speakers Generally speaking, Bluetooth speakers aren’t usually meant to connect to other Bluetooth speakers unless they come equipped with a hub or transmitter. In those situations, your device connects to the ... Show more
Yes
nfc NFC Near Field Communication (NFC) is a new technology that allows you to connect devices by simple tapping them together. To use it, your device (phone, tablet, computer, etc.) and your speaker must have ... Show more
No
AirPlay AirPlay is a feature for Apple products that offers another way to connect your devices to Bluetooth speakers. The speaker must come equipped with AirPlay in order for you to connect your Apple device ... Show more
Yes
radio FM Radio
No
Info at a Glance
Brand
Harman/Kardon
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Popularity 0-100 scale indicating how frequently people buy the product online. Recalculated daily.
95 / 100
Details
  • Premium Harman Karden Design
  • Bluetooth Wireless Connection
  • Built-in rechargeable battery upto 5 hours playtime and gives you the convience of playing music anywhere at your home
  • deep bass from dual passive radiators Amazing audio performace delivering authentic sound.
  • Technical specification: 4x15w Frequency response60hz-20khz
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Additional Features
Accessories Chargers, cables, cases that come with the device
AC Power Adaptor, Regional Power Cable
Warranty
Product may can be returned 30 days after purchase
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Key features
  • Bluetooth Wireless Connection
  • Built-in rechargeable battery upto 5 hours playtime
  • Amazing audio performace
  • 4x15w Frequency response60hz-20khz
  • Deep bass

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio is a very popular and one of the most expensive options. It's in the top 3 bestselling bluetooth speakers and has dozens of popular alternatives in the same price range, such as Bose SoundLink III or Harman Kardon Allure .

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio is $162.89 more expensive than an average bluetooth speaker ($37.11).

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Questions about Harman Kardon Onyx Studio

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is there a problem with the studio 4 being plugged in at all time with unit turned on/ Want to place it on a high shelf. ? is there a way to remotely power the unit on and off?
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If you have it plugged in all the time, the issue will be with the battery eventually. Having rechargeable batteries being charged constantly will cause it to lose its ability to hold a long charge over time. So, in terms of will it ruin the machine, no, but it will definitely wear your battery out after a while, and the moment you decide to bring it along with you to other places, you may find that you will have to constantly recharge it.


As for if there is a way to remotely power the unit on and off, the answer would be no. This bluetooth speaker to does feature remote/app control. 

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can the hk studio 4 speaker be powered on and off with your phone?
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No, unfortunately remote/app control to power it on and off is not offered for this bluetooth speaker. 

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I would really like something that will produce decent atmos quality without going above 300.00
Related: UE Megaboom, Harman Kardon Onyx Studio, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Matthew 179 days ago
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For atmos quality you would need speakers with dolby 5.1, or 7.1, and an atmos receiver. This sort of sound quality cannot be achieved with simply using bluetooth speakers. Most of the atmos receivers on market are under 500 dollars, but well over 300. You may find some traditional looking (non bluetooth) speakers that are atmos compatible under that price. Speakers such as that Onkyo SKH-410 may meet your atmos needs, but these are not bluetooth speakers, just regular atmos-enabled bookshelf-sized type of speakers. Using certain bluetooth speakers like the Bose SoundLink Revolve may give you a surround sound sort of feeling, but it won't be atmos quality. The two bluetooth speakers you listed( UE Megaboom, and Harman Kardon Onyx Studio ) do not have atmos capability, but can connect to other speakers to give a mild surround sort of sound. So if a simple surround sound is what you meant by atmos quality, then the two you listed would work fine connecting to other speakers. That being said in the process of buying multiple bluetooth speakers to achieve anything close to atmos, you would exceed 300 dollars.

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Do I need another aux cable for sound on Bluetooth speaker?
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Can I use this Bluetooth speaker outside?
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What is the best Bluetooth speaker Bose Soundlink Revole, UE Boom 2 or a Fugoo Sport. I want a good Bluetooth speaker and these are the three that come up the most on most reviews.
Related: UE Boom, Bose SoundLink Revolve, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 110 days ago
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They all have their pros, and cons, so it ultimately boils down to what is right for you, and your needs.

The UE Boom is a great choice if you want a bluetooth speaker with an exceptional battery life (up to 15 hours). It features two 1.5 inch full range drivers, has a power output of 3 watts, and is IPX4 splash proof. This is not a speaker if you seek to go to loud volumes, as it only offers a 3 watt output, but definitely a great speaker if you want a relaxing volume level, and a quality durable build.


You will find the Bose SoundLink Revolve is IPX4 water resistant (splash proof), has a durable design, a 12 hour battery life, and dual passive radiators. This speaker can reach louder volumes and is a nice choice if you want something that's built to last The exact watt output is unknown because bose tend to never list the watt output (and thus they cannot be exactly compared), but it's a safe bet it will not disappoint in terms of volume and clarity, as this is what the brand is known for.

The Fugoo Go Anywhere Speaker (Fugoo Sport) is very affordable in comparison. It has an IP67 water resistant rating (meaning that it can be submerged). a 12 watt output, a 10 hour battery life (40 hours at half volume), and dual-full range drivers, along with dual bass radiators. This is an ideal choice if you wish to save some money, but still want a decent power output. It’s compact, easy to carry around, and reaches about 95 decibels. However, note that at high volumes the Fugoo speaker tends to distort the sound and will not sound as clear.

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I am more of a bassy songs listener , i loved the design of marshall But looking at the price difference and extra feature of being as a powerbank by xtreme is very cool. which one should I buy
Related: Marshall Kilburn, JBL Xtreme, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by anonymous 130 days ago
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Both speakers have exceptional sound quality, however you’ll find that the Marshall Kilburn is able to go louder. It has a 70 watt power output in comparison to the JBL Xtreme’s 40 watts. That does not mean the JBL Xtreme can’t get very loud, it just means the Marshall can probably handle higher volume levels. That being said, the JBL certainly has a lot more features than the marshal, such as its power bank feature, water resistance, and its hands-free speakerphone functionality.


So, it’s really about what’s more important to you. Both have subwoofers, and decent drivers. The xtreme has 2 subwoofers, but they’re smaller than the kilburns 4 inch woofer. The xtreme is definitely a good choice when it comes to money value, and what you’re getting out of it. If you plan to be out, and on the go with your speaker then I believe the xtreme would be the better choice. If you want something strictly for home use then I would suggest the Marshall Kilburn.

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Which is having more performance
Related: JBL Flip 3, SoundBot SB571, Portable Bluetooth Speakers | Submitted by Joobin 133 days ago
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It ultimately depends on what type of performance you’re aiming for. Are you looking for something with better bass? Or perhaps something that has a lot of features? 


The JBL Flip 3 is a great choice if you want something that has a well-rounded assortment of features, and a larger scale of use. It's significantly more expensive than the soundbot, but with fair reason. It has dual 1.57in transducers, with a 16 watt power output. It has IPX4 water resistance (making it splash-proof, and a great pool party option), a 10 hour battery life, and a very durable design. It has the option to connect to other speakers, and multiple devices.


The SoundBot SB571 has a well-rounded sound quality. It has two 40mm premium drivers, and a passive subwoofer, with a 12 watt power output. The battery life on it is slightly better than the JBL Flip 3, but this is not an ideal device if you plan to take it to areas where it may get wet because it has no water resistance. It lacks a few of the other features the JBL Flip 3 offers, but you may find that the SoundBot SB571’s sound quality (especially its bass) will sound exceptional, and can easily match if not exceed the jbl’s sound at a much lower cost.

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