Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is a 2.1 system set (2 left/right speakers and 1 subwoofer) that was officially sold in the US, following the great success of Soundsticks that have been loved and received by people for the past 20 years. The loudspeaker has a 140W capacity, including 8 full-range drivers for both sides and a 5.25” subwoofer for the bass range, combined with a unique design that makes the Soundsticks 4 a highly valuable and best desktop audio system at the moment.
In terms of appearance, the Harman Kardon Soundsticks 4 has been stripped of the vent pipe on top of the subwoofer commonly seen in previous Soundsticks. If we talk about the previous product, we often have concerns about the steam vent, which easily gets dusty and bugs, but now with Soundsticks 4, this concern is completely resolved. The main colors of the speaker are white and transparent, which are suitable for modern spaces as well as are perfectly suitable for today’s simple and clean interiors.
This design is best for us because now we will easily see small insects, ants, or dust inside the vent, and now it will be easy to clean. In addition, this part has now been redesigned more beautifully by Harman to help create a highlight for the product, not just to fill the holes.
To compensate for the interrupted bass port, the Soundsticks 4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker is equipped with a resonant cavity to lock the bass speakers. The sound chamber is white and has a bulging design inside the subwoofer that looks great.
Two redesigned long stick speakers with the wiring between sub-drivers are hidden much more easily than in previous generations, each speaker has a protective cover and support on the back, we guess to avoid diffraction phenomena of the speakers overlap, losing detail.
Harman Kardon has also designed a thin forged tensioner for the front of the speaker so that they can better protect them. These 2 stick speakers can’t change their tilt angles like the previous generation, but it’s better because if we leave the speaker on the table or on the TV shelf, the ~ 10 ° fixed angle of the Soundsticks 4 is very capable to display soundstage and audio comfortably. Instead of allowing users to change angles and sometimes disproportionately calibrate, Harman now decided to choose the best angle for the user.
Two Bluetooth wireless speaker sticks will be connected to the subwoofer via RCA plugs. The wire is quite long, so it will be easy to arrange in different working angles. If you have enough space, you should put the 2 speakers a bit farther for more space for music.
When placing the Harman Kardon SoundSticks 4 in the room, the subwoofer should be placed on the ground so that the bass is loud and clear and solid. Putting the subwoofer on a thin table or near a vibration-sensitive device such as a turntable will cause the sound to be buzzing, distorted, and broken. If you like listening to a lot of basses, you can place a subwoofer near the wall, the bass will be more intense and violent, suitable for watching movies, listening to music.
In addition to the 3.5 mm connection port, Soundsticks 4 is also equipped with a wireless connection for users to conveniently use in the era where music streaming services took the throne.
Soundsticks 4 has a tendency to be easier to hear, not louder, and is very detailed. According to our judgment, this is an easy-to-listen quality for popular music genres such as Pop or Rock. The strongest point in Soundsticks 4’s sound lies in the light mid-range, not harsh, and treble enough to create a feeling of comfort for prolonged listening. The bass is strong, compact, hitting quite a bit, focusing mainly on the upper bass and middle bass, so listening to Pop, Trance, and House music still creates excitement for listeners.
The loudspeaker has a wide soundstage, clear picture when 2 speakers about 1-2 meters, 1m – 1.2m from the seating position are perfect. With the power of 2 satellite speakers and 8 small drivers inside, the Soundsticks 4 ensures a good representation of the music. Combined with a separate sub for a total capacity of up to 140W at the same time, there is almost nothing to make it difficult for him from music to movies.
It can be said that after 20 years with 3 versions, Harman has more experience launching a product that is both complete in form and sound quality. Priced at $299.95 on Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com, we can probably expect more from a desktop audio system like Soundsticks 4 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker.
If you do not have that much space, then you can turn to Harman Kardon’s Aura Studio 3, whose price is also the same, and do you want to know more about it, then read our review here.