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We keep on testing multimedia speaker systems available in the market and today we have two exciting sets from Harman Multimedia. This company, a subdivision of Harman International Industries, is involved into production of hi-fi speaker systems under the brands JBL, Infinity and Harman Kardon (if you are versed in car acoustics, the JBL brand should be familiar to you).

For those who are not in the know and have never heard anything about Harman Multimedia, I can say, though somewhat peremptorily, that the produce of this manufacturer is always prominent in the market. This is mostly due to the company’s engineers who pay meticulous attention to the exterior of the products as well as to the development of a unique acoustic enclosure, electronic amplifier circuit and other most important “little things”. Speaker systems from Harman Multimedia are the real high-end – I say this to prepare you somewhat to the rather high cost of the sets I’m going to review today. They are JBL Creature II and SoundSticks II.

As usual, we will first examine the technical characteristics of the models. Designed in the sci-fi style, these sets are going to change your opinion about the ways and looks of a computer speaker system.


Technical characteristics

Model

SoundSticks II

JBL Creature II

Frequency range

44-20,000Hz

45-20,000Hz

SNR

No data

>70dB

Crossover frequency

No data

180Hz

Input impedance

No data

5-10kOhm

Power consumption

4W in idle mode
65W max.

120W max

Controls

Sensor volume control,
bass regulator

Sensor volume control,
two timbre regulators

Interface

Analogue, 3.5mm (mini-jack)

Analogue, 3.5mm (mini-jack)

Satellites

Diffuser diameter

4x1”

1”

Output amplifier power

10W per channel (RMS)

9W per channel (RMS)

Dimensions

50.8mm (2”) x 254mm (10”)

75mm x 75mm x 75mm

Weight

0.67kg

No data

Subwoofer

Diffuser diameter

6”

4.5”

Output amplifier power

20W (RMS)

27W (RMS)

Dimensions

232mm (9.15”) x 258mm (10.16”)

225mm x 225mm x 225mm

Weight

2.24kg

No data

Approximate price

$200

$100

 
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