Harman Kardon Go + Play Micro


The Harman Kardon Go + Play Micro is a portable stereo loudspeaker dock for your iPod or iPhone that can be AC- or battery operated. You can use the 3.5mm auxiliary audio input to connect an iPod shuffle, iPad, CD player, or computer to enjoy the rich sound. When not plugged into an electrical outlet, the unit runs on eight C batteries. So, you can share your music anywhere.

The futuristic St. Louis arch-like design doubles as a stainless steel carrying handle. The Go + Play Micro is available in black and measures 20 x 9 x 9.5 inches (L x W x H) and weighs 8.6 lb (without batteries). The included IR remote directs basic system operations and most iPod/iPhone functions from up to 15 feet away. The universal dock sits atop the midpoint between the stereo speakers. A small external power supply is attached to the power cord.

The model also has an S-Video output for passing through video or photo slideshow stored on a docked iPod or iPhone to your TV and a USB port for linking the docked iPod or iPhone to your computer for synching to iTunes.

The Go + Play Micro takes its Harman Kardon loudspeaker heritage for fine audio reproduction seriously. A digital signal processor provides computer-optimized equalization to improve system dynamics and ensure clear, low-distortion sound even at high output levels. With bi-amplification, the woofer and tweeters are independently amplified for exceptional richness and clarity of sound.

For drivers, there are four Odyssey transducers and an Atlas transducer. The Atlas woofer produces extended bass performance with minimal distortion and the Odyssey tweeters project musical details over a wide listening area. The tweeters are 2 x 15 watts @ 1% THD and the woofer, 1 x 30 watts @ 1% THD. The frequency response is 70Hz -20kHz; input impedance, >10k ohms; and signal-to-noise ratio, >85dB.

Given all that power and quality, the Go + Play Micro is a sound place to park your iPod or iPhone for indoor or outdoor entertaining. Charging up your player while it's in the dock is a fringe benefit.

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Interesting, but 300.00 for a 15 watt system seems a little out of balance, even if it is Harmon Kardin.