Harman Kardon One Review: In Today’s life, Portable Bluetooth speakers are growing increasingly popular, as more and more people are seeing the convenience of having the speaker that wirelessly connects to their smartphones and can be easily taken to wherever they go. Harmon Kardon and his sister company JBL have enjoyed a success in this segment and thanks to the wide range of the options that are available in every budget. Products of Harmon Kardon’s are a bit more premium, while the JBL tends to focus on the more affordable end of the range.
Harman Kardon One Review
Harmon Kardon One was launched internationally last year along with the HTC One M9 and in India it came a year later with the price at Rs. 14,990.
DESIGN and SPECIFICATIONS
The Harmon Kardon One supports HTC Connect, it means that a simple three-finger swipe form a compatible HTC device will quickly and fastly send audio from it to the speaker. We tested it with the HTC smartphone and it worked quite perfectly. As it is an ordinary Bluetooth speaker so it will work with any device that is capable of transmitting the audio over the Bluetooth.
As soon as the Harman Kardon One is paired with your device, then by simply switching on Bluetooth will automatically establish a connection with speaker and will start sending audio. NFC can be used for pairing, and this makes the Harman Kardon One an extremely easy speaker to set up and can be used with many kinds of devices.
The Harmon Kardon One is also liberally borrows design cues from the HTC’s One-series flagships. The most important is the all-metal body, which looks fantastic and also feels great. The shiny chamfered edges and patterned grille gives the speaker a sense of quality and sophistication, while the logo of Harman Kardon at the front adds to the simple but a sharp look. To help it stay steady on most of the surfaces there are smaller rubber legs on the bottom.
On the left of the One the buttons are neatly positioned and power in the middle with call handling, volume controls and Bluetooth surrounding it. on the right side there is a Micro-USB port for charging, 3.5mm socket, an LED indicator for the battery level and NFC sensor. There is also a microphone on the speaker it means that you can use it as a hands free device for calls also. The microphone works well and the sound is also clear. The sales package includes a charging cable, a hard carry case and a wall-socket adapter and it can charge the One fully in about three hours.
The Harmon Kardon One has the two 40mm drivers with power output each of 6W and a frequency response range of 100-20,000Hz. There is also the Bluetooth 3.0 compatibility with A2DP 1.3 profile. The speaker has a battery of 2000mAh which runs only for about 5-6 hours on the full charge and speaker weighs about 513g.
We used the Harmon Kardon One with the Android smartphone. Although in most of our testing we used the Bluetooth as the mode of audio transmission but we also tried it with the stereo auxiliary cable. The Focus tracks for the review were Nucleya’s Heer, Bonobo’s First Fire and SOHN’s Tremors.
– Firstly, we started with the Tremors and the result we got a clean sound and wide for a portable speaker.
– On the Heer, the vocals were sounded decent and resonated well.
- Supports NFC and HTC connect for the quick pairing
- Good imaging thanks to dual driver set-up
- Good build and design
- Fairly neutral tone
- Good sound through the range
- Non-existent sub-bass levels
- Weak bass response
- Weak battery life
Ratings (Out of 5):
- Performance: 3.5
- Design: 4
- Value for money: 3
- Overall: 3.5