Harman/Kardon Go + Play
Manufacturer: Harman Part number: HKGOPLAY5BLK
- Bottom Line:
- The Harman/Kardon Go + Play is one of the best-sounding portable iPod speaker systems you can buy, but its high price and lack of compatibility with recent iPod models make it a limited recommendation.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $399.99
- Reviewed by: Donald Bell
- Reviewed on: 01/23/2009
- Released on: 02/01/2007
The good: The Harman/Kardon Go + Play iPod boombox offers full, deep sound, along with an eye-catching design, RF remote control, video output, USB output, and aux input.
The bad: The Go + Play isn't yet compatible with the iPhone or many recent models of iPods, the power adapter is bulky, the dock is awkward, there's no EQ, no radio, and the design isn't for everyone.
The bottom line: The Harman/Kardon Go + Play is one of the best-sounding portable iPod speaker systems you can buy, but its high price and lack of compatibility with recent iPod models make it a limited recommendation.
Simply the Best
by JustinLee0022 on November 22, 2009
Pros: It sounds awesome. Way more bass than bose sounddock, and better treble as well, I think. It spreads the sound better and plays much louder.
Cons: It slightly distorts at the highest volume. Turn it down one and it sounds fantastic. Also, while I doubt that I would use it with batteries, it would've been nice if Harman Kardon decided to throw in the rechargeables I dont really want to spend $80
Summary: If you own this dock, well, good for you, and keep in mind that only one of the subwoofers on the back is the air channel, so if you can ...
Summary: If you own this dock, well, good for you, and keep in mind that only one of the subwoofers on the back is the air channel, so if you can feel air coming out of only one channel, well, its working the way its supposed to. Other than that, its awesome.
Mine seems to work fine with the iPhone/ iPod Touch:D
Amazing sound quality, Perfectly portable.
by nazoory on October 27, 2009
Pros: ~ Very portable
~ Full and easy-to-use controls on the iPod
~ Amazing sound quality
~ Has a deep smooth bass
~ Can connect the iPod to a computer or TV for syncing, or playing a movie!
Cons: Weird design doesn't allow you to see the iPod screen.
Pros FAR outweigh the Cons
by roadkill53129 on August 21, 2009
Pros: SOUND! This thing sounds incredible for it's size and compared to the overpriced Bose Wave system. I now have had both and th HK system rocks. You can run this on batteries and take it to the beach or camping with you.
Cons: NO FM Tuner - the only real drawback. The lame EQ that comes on your iPod is the only way to EQ the sound. Acoustically balanced, but a tad bass heavy. When was that last time that you had a music system this small be generous with bass output?
Summary: For the people that want a clock - wear a watch. For the people that want an LCD readout of the song playing - look a the iPod in the ...
Summary: For the people that want a clock - wear a watch. For the people that want an LCD readout of the song playing - look a the iPod in the cradle! For the people that want an FM tuner - that, in my opinion is the only drawback to this system. It's portability and awesome sound make it superior to ANY boombox and most, if not all small music systems.
Excellent Sound, simple operation
by dvalente on August 5, 2009
Pros: Excellent Sound at all volume levels
Cons: None at this time
Summary: I wanted a great sounding product that was simple and could be used with many devices (TV, computer, cd player, mp3 etc). I researched a lot of reviews and listened ...
Summary: I wanted a great sounding product that was simple and could be used with many devices (TV, computer, cd player, mp3 etc). I researched a lot of reviews and listened most of the go and plays competition. The go and play can't be found anywhere near me. Because of the great reviews, I bought it and am glad I did.
This is a very good fit for me. My home stereo sounds great. However, I get tired of dealing with the stereos settings when I simply want to press a button and hear something. I love quality products and this is great quality (form and function). It is the newer version 2 unit.
I bought this from B&H photo for $299 which included shipping. It's been an all around winner.
The BEST "boom-box", still performs perfectly after 2 y
by BurlingtonAndrew on June 17, 2009
Pros: Clear, controlled, powerful sound and REALLY SOLID construction, just small enough to fit in a pannier bag on the side of my bicycle, and will play almost all weekend camping on 1 set of Nimh D-cells. It was a steal at 276 Cdn Dollars 2 yrs ago!
Cons: will not charge Ipod Touch 2g, the "floor wart" electrical cord is heavy/awkward at times.
Summary: The sound is still all there after 2 yrs of being played (often at full volume) and mostly outside. and bass is still tight, nothing has loosened or fallen off, ...
Summary: The sound is still all there after 2 yrs of being played (often at full volume) and mostly outside. and bass is still tight, nothing has loosened or fallen off, and my only vehicle is a hard tail mountain bike! I do suggest keeping it on AC power if you have batteries in it, the Standby mode it is always in when powered will drain batteries without warning. I found out that my Touch would not charge on it, and knew why it was taken off market so quickly, but the new version is for sale now. But, if I am using it with batteries, my Ipod is on it's own power too and the battery life for both is similar. The EQ in the Ipod is on flat, and unecessary to adjust if your music files are good quality. It is worth every penny, and should be selling better than it's more pricey rival (also American, and with very little low end output or "crankability" at all. This is THE Only portable speaker to buy!!!
Great Sound from small package
by suren69 on April 17, 2009
Pros: This is a best buy. Sound is warm and rich.
Cons: Only thing that might be mising is a re-chargeable battery
Summary: I tried Altec lansing IM7, Griffin Amplifi, Bose sounddock, Altec Lansing IMV712 etc but this beats them all. Remote is exceptionally useful as I can control from across rooms. Rich ...
Summary: I tried Altec lansing IM7, Griffin Amplifi, Bose sounddock, Altec Lansing IMV712 etc but this beats them all. Remote is exceptionally useful as I can control from across rooms. Rich Sound. Good detailed treble, good bass.
I stopped using my Denon 3805 Receiver which has great sound due to the convenience of changing songs on the ipod from the remote.
Best on the market.
by s_moth on November 7, 2008
Pros: Amazing sound, huge bass, no distortion.
Cons: Wish it had rechargeable batteries instead of 8 d cells. However lasts about 10 hours on a fresh set.
Summary: I did not want to spend $400 on an ipod dock but after I heard the go + play i was hooked. While shopping at best buy I spent a fair ...
Summary: I did not want to spend $400 on an ipod dock but after I heard the go + play i was hooked. While shopping at best buy I spent a fair amount of time listening to the HK, the Bose, and Apples' sound dock. All sold for the same price. No comparison. The Harman Kardon produced crisp, sharp sound and its' bass has to be heard to be believed. It drew quite a crowd while I was listening to it. The RF remote works from anywhere in my home and is very handy when using the unit outdoors. As stated above It would be great if the unit had built in rechargeable batteries but it does last a very long time running on battery power. As the batteries fade the unit adjusts volume levels such that distortion never exists. The unit has a port for a usb cable so that you can leave your ipod in the dock when syncing, and a line in so you can use it with a laptop or other device. It also has a video out so you can play videos from your ipod on your tv. All in all this is an excellent product.
Excellent portable sound system.
by xprezzzo on June 14, 2008
Pros: Ability to run on batteries. Awesome, rich sound. Cool remote. Design.
Cons: Power cord seems a bit bulky. Bass and treble are not adjustable from unit, but still sounds awesome.
Summary: This thing kicks! I purchased this unit a while back to replace my Altec Lansing im7. This one has more bass and richer sound than the im7. At first, I ...
Summary: This thing kicks! I purchased this unit a while back to replace my Altec Lansing im7. This one has more bass and richer sound than the im7. At first, I was a bit disappointed that bass and treble levels weren't adjustable in this unit. I later found out I really didn't need to make any adjustments. The Go+Play is computer optimized to sound great in most situations. For the other few cases, I can always access the iPod's built-in EQ and adjust as needed. I like the cool looking remote and the fact that I can store it in the unit's built-in compartment. Unlike a lot of people, I actually like the dock mounted at an angle on the top of the unit. A bit different than what everyone else is making and looks cool.
by Darth Carey on May 25, 2008
Pros: Strong Bass
Cons: Moderately Heavy to lug Around
Summary: I purchased my HK Go+Play at Costco. Brought it home, plugged it in and this little player absolutely blew me away. I have never heard anything so small and ...
Summary: I purchased my HK Go+Play at Costco. Brought it home, plugged it in and this little player absolutely blew me away. I have never heard anything so small and portable that sounds this good. My $500 Bose Wave radio sounds like a string on a tin can compared to the HK Go+Play. This unit has undistorted THUNDERING bass, good mid and high frequencies too. I really like the RF remote, works from >50 ft. away. Sure, this box is expensive, however, trust me, spend the money and you will NOT be disappointed. Sounds just as good on batteries as it does plugged in. Every other portable unit is a waste of your money.
by kkeeww on March 3, 2008
Pros: The SOUND and quality of it!!
Cons: Didn't have an adaptor for my Ipod Nano (2008)
Summary: It looks like a boombox and plays like my home theater. It doesn't seem possible that it can sound as good as it does. It is well worth the ...
Summary: It looks like a boombox and plays like my home theater. It doesn't seem possible that it can sound as good as it does. It is well worth the price of admission. However all is not perfect. The instructions are pretty useless. It took me an hour to figure out that they head mislabeled the docking adapters and that they just did not have one that would fit my wife's Ipod Nano. As long as I keep the kid away from it I don't think that the bad fit will be much of a problem. This unit blows away the competition.
- Manufacturer: Harman
- Part number: HKGOPLAY5BLK
- Description: Understated, sublimely functional industrial design. Unsurpassed performance and ease of use. From its flat, protective iPod cradle and smart RF remote to its arching stainless-steel handle, this is the portable loudspeaker dock that only Harman Kardon could build. Harman Kardon Go + Play delivers tight, thunderous bass from high-excursion low-frequency drivers. Just as important, the highs are distinct and crystal clear. Go + Play is AC- or battery-operated, so it will go anywhere your iPod or other music player goes - and make your favorite music sound better when it arrives. And as a multimedia entertainment center, it even sends your iPod photos and video to a TV monitor. But however and wherever you use it, it's the sound that sets Go + Play apart.
- Product type Audio Dock
- Dimensions (WxDxH) 9 in x 20 in x 9.5 in
- Weight 4 lbs
- Amplification type Active
- Response bandwidth 40 - 20000 Hz
- Input impedance 10 KOhm
- Signal-To-Noise ratio 85 dB
- Audio amplifier Integrated
- Connectivity Wired
- Connector type 1 x Audio line-in ( Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ),
1 x S-Video output,
1 x IPod docking
- Driver details 1 x Woofer driver - Atlas,
1 x Tweeter driver - Ridge
Compatibility | Accessories
- MP3 | Smartphone | Tablet compatibility iPod (4G),
iPod with video (5G),
iPod with color display
- Included accessories Remote control
- Remote control type Remote control