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The subwoofer is a plastic barrel topped with a phase inverter’s port. The bottom of the barrel is occupied by a 6” low-frequency diffuser – the bass volume control is found near the connectors. You also find a cable with the standard stereophonic connector here – it attaches to the audio source. The manufacturer used a combined block-connector for attaching the satellites.


The connections panel


The subwoofer of the SoundSticks II system
looks like a kitchen juicer

The acoustic enclosure of the subwoofer is interesting as it is. From the snapshot above you can see that the biggest space of the subwoofer is occupied by the acoustic chamber whose center goes through the resonance bass port. The plastic parts of the barrel are united with the help of soft-rubber insertions, so the casing cannot vibrate at all. The subwoofer stands on four rubber-soled legs, about one centimeter above the surface of the desk/floor. The barrel has a purely decorative element inside: a blue highlighting lamp. I should confess it looks most spectacular in the dark. I tried to make a snapshot of it:


This is how the subwoofer looks like in the dark

Now, to the tests. The system is powerful, like any set of this class should be. It easily reproduced high and middle frequencies as the following frequency response diagram shows:


The frequency response of the SoundSticks II system

The maximum sound pressure level this system achieved was 104.9dB. Even at the highest volume levels, the SoundSticks II set sounds pure and transparent, without any noise. I should only note the narrow and undeveloped stereo panorama, which usually occurs with systems with tiny satellite diffusers. The bass is saturated, with a foundation. The plastic casing of the subwoofer case doesn’t vibrate at all. My tests confirmed the authenticity of the manufacturer-specified parameters.

Listening to various music compositions, I marked the melodiousness (you may call it team-work) of this system as well as a good and wide dynamic range. Overall, this speaker set can be used not only to create a musical background, but to reproduce complex musical compositions. The system doesn’t practically add any distortions into the voice of the instruments and is more careful about the choice of the genre than the Creature II set.

Highs:

  • Powerful;
  • Transparent and pure sound;
  • Easy-to-use sensor controls;
  • Original acoustic enclosure of the sub-woofer.

Lows:

  • High price;
  • No additional headphones output.

Conclusion

I guess all the admirers of the iMac will like these speaker systems. They would also make a nice and expensive gift for the boss. I think the sets owe their high price to their complex and well-thought design – any wooden model from Microlab or Genius may look like a cheap kennel in comparison. By the way, unlike many manufacturers of speaker systems, Harman Multimedia specifies the real technical characteristics, without fabricating any of them. Overall, I was left very pleased with the quality of sound as delivered by these sets. If their price doesn’t worry you, they may please you, too!

 
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