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Harman Kardon® Go + Play

Portable audio speaker system for iPod®

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Item #: 108GOPLAY
 

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by Ralph Graves

The sleek, futuristic lines of Harman Kardon's portable Go + Play catch the eye — and this iPod speaker system's high-performance sound catches the ear. The Go + Play features two tweeters to handle the highs, and two woofers for mids and lows. You'll enjoy full, spacious stereo sound with plenty of sonic detail and presence.

When connected to AC power, the Go + Play automatically recharges your iPod. Run a USB cable (available separately) from your computer to the system and conveniently sync your docked player. The Go + Play also lets you enjoy your iPod's photos and videos on any TV with an S-video input (cable not included).

Your docked iPod lies flat against the Go + Play, providing stable operation even when you're on the go. The system also features a sturdy stainless steel handle, and a storage compartment for the included remote control. Eight "D" batteries (available separately) power the system when you're out and about.

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Highlights:

  • compatible with all docking iPods, including iPod classics, iPod nanos, and iPod touches
  • compatible with portable devices and computers with minijack audio output
  • built-in iPod docking station with USB connection (cable not included)
  • charges docked iPod when connected to AC power
  • 30W x 2 for the tweeters + 30W x 2 for the woofers
  • frequency response: 40-20,000Hz
  • S-video output
  • minijack input
  • AC adapter
  • operates on 8 "D" batteries (not included)
  • remote control
  • weight: 3.9 lbs.
  • 18-7/8"W x 9-7/9"H x 8-13/16/"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Go+Play amplified speaker system/docking station for iPod
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR2032 Battery (installed)
  • 2 Remote control labels
  • 8 Plastic iPod dock adapters
  • AC adapter with a 70" DC output cord (18 volts/3.33 amps)
  • 6' AC power cable
  • 38" Audio cable (male 3.5mm stereo mini-jack on both ends)
  • 2 Rubber iPod inserts
  • Owner's manual
  • Remote manual
  • Warranty information

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Features

Overview: The Harman Kardon Go+Play is a powered, portable speaker system and iPod dock, designed for any iPod with the dock connector. When the unit is powered with the included AC adapter, it charges the iPod battery.

Note: The Go+Play will not charge 3rd generation iPods.

Amp: The speakers are bi-amplified; 30 watts x 2 for the woofers and 30 watts x 2 for the tweeters. Harman uses IEQ (Intelligent Equalization) technology to optimize sound quality for AC and battery power.

iPod Adapters: The Go+Play features a slot on the top of the unit with the proprietary iPod dock connector. Two rubber inserts are included for use with the smaller iPods; mini and nano. Eight plastic dock adapters accommodate a wide variety of iPods.

Controls: The only controls on the speaker system are volume (up/down) and power (on/off). A wireless RF remote control is also included which controls both the speaker system and your iPod. Although the remote only has six buttons, it has both music and iPod modes to offer more complete control. The controls on the iPod also work while connected to he Go+Play. There is a storage compartment for the remote on the back of the unit.

Note: The Go+Play volume controls must be used because the iPod's volume control only affects the headphone output.

Auxiliary Input: In addition to the iPod dock, there is a 3.5mm mini-jack input on the back of the Go+Play, making it compatible with any device with a line output. An audio cable is included with mini-jacks on both ends; if the source you connect has RCA outputs, an adapter cable is necessary.

USB: You can sync the iPod with your computer while docked with the Go+Play using the USB Type B connection on the back. A USB cable is not included.

Video: An S-video output on the back of the Go+Play sends the iPod photos or movies to your TV. Note: The video output is not compatible with iPod classic, third generation iPod nano (with video), iPod touch, or iPhone.

Power Supply: The unit is powered by the supplied AC adapter or eight D cell batteries. Fresh batteries will power the unit for approximately 24 hours at nominal volume.

Non-Slip Feet: The bottom of the Go+Play has four surface-gripping rubber feet to provide a stable platform on most surfaces.

 
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5 out of 5

Phenominal Sound

Written By Mary, Phoenix, AZ on Sunday, July 27, 2008
 
The quality of sound from the Harman Kardon Go + Play is phenominal! We
have a large backyard and the sound travels to all corners with exceptional
sound quality. It's easy to hook up and transport. I HIGHlY recommend it!
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5 out of 5

Great Boombox

Written By Jeff, Cleveland, OH on Monday, April 28, 2008
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I spent much time searching for a portable speaker system for my ipod classic. THIS IS IT !! Great sound with excellent bass (which is unusual for a boombox), mid range, & highs. My initial reaction when I got my HK was great sound but I wish it played even louder, then my wife reminded me that it is a $350 boombox, not the $10k system in our living room. We use the system in our enclosed porch & it sounds GREAT & plently loud enough.
I checked the Bose & other systems but they sounded like a tin can compared to the HK. The RF remote is non-directional & easy to use. I like the ipod laying flat as it is very secure. I would recommend the HK Go+Play to anyone who wants great, well balanced sound. Sure it costs $350 but you get what you pay for unlike the other higher end portable systems. It's a WINNER !!!
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