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Harman Kardon Esquire

Portable Bluetooth® powered speaker (Black)

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by Ralph Graves
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Elegant and practical

The Harman Kardon Esquire makes a smart travel companion for the business traveler – or anyone who wants a portable Bluetooth speaker that looks a little grown up. The system features an attractive leather panel over an aluminum enclosure for a handsome appearance. And the Esquire sounds as good as it looks. Two high-performance drivers provide clear, detailed sound with a passive bass port to reinforce the low frequencies.

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A simple array of buttons lets you control the Esquire easily.

Quick pairing with NFC

The system uses Bluetooth and has NFC (Near Field Communication) built-in. Just swipe your NFC-compatible smartphone or tablet close to the Esquire to pair and start streaming music right away. You can also pair the Esquire with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a portable game console or laptop computer.

Versatile speakerphone

Further evidence that the Esquire was made for the business traveler: iside are two noise-canceling microphones. When the system's upright, a single microphone is activated when a call comes in on your paired smartphone. When the Esquire's laid flat on a table, both microphones are activated, making it an effective speakerphone hub — ideal for meetings.

Built to travel

The built-in rechargeable battery provides up to 8 hours of continuous operation. The USB wall adapter has three USB ports, so you can recharge your Esquire plus two additional portable devices from a single wall socket — a welcome feature in a hotel room! The system comes with a durable carry pouch which holds the Esquire, its charging cable and wall adapter.

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Highlights:

  • built-in Bluetooth with NFC (Near Field Communication)
  • two full-range drivers with passive bass radiator
  • 20 watts total system power (10 watts x 2)
  • dual built-in noise-canceling microphones for hands-free wireless speakerphone operation
  • stereo minijack input for portable devices
  • leather-paneled aluminum enclosure
  • AC power adapter with 3 USB ports to charge additional portables
  • USB charging cable
  • carrying pouch
  • built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery lasts up to 8 hours
  • 5-13/16"W x 5-13/16"H x 1-13/16"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Bluetooth portable speaker
  • AC power adapter/charger
  • European AC plug insert
  • 41" USB charging cable (w/ a male USB type-A connector on one end and a male microUSB type-B connector on other end
  • Carrying case
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features

Built-in Bluetooth: The Harman/Kardon Esquire powered speaker offers built-in Bluetooth technology for wireless audio streaming and hands-free communication from your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device; such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Blackberry, or laptop/computer.

  • Wireless Audio Streaming: The Harman/Kardon Esquire supports Bluetooth A2DP/AVRCP which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc.. You'll be able to stream stored music or music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device. You'll also be able to control basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device for advance music navigation and to view song/artist information.
  • Hands-Free Communication:  The H/K Esquire features dual custom-tuned microphones and noise cancellation technology for clear conference calls. You will carry on your side of the conversation through the dual-microphone system, while the other party is heard through the Esquire's two-way speakers. Whether conferencing with one person or with a group, the Esquire delivers quality sound and reliable connection from phone calls, Skype, Facetime, and more. You will continue to use your Bluetooth-enabled mobile device to view video calls, dial a phone number, and control advanced phone functions.

Simple Pairing w/ NFC: A single button press pairs your Bluetooth-enabled device with the Harman/Kardon Esquire. The speaker also supports NFC (Near-Field Communication) technology for pairing. Simply tap your NFC-enabled Android smartphone to the NFC tag on the top of the speaker for instant pairing with the Esquire; NFC is only available in select Android smartphones. Once paired, the Esquire will automatically re-connect to the last device used when in wireless range (30').

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the H/K Esquire.

Two-Way Speaker Design: The Harman/Kardon Esquire employs a two-way speaker system with a built-in 10W x 2Ch amplifier and bass port. The Esquire delivers clear highs, bright midrange clarity, and low bass frequencies for a well-balanced soundstage.

Quality Construction: This durable, portable speaker features aluminum construction, leather back-panel, and a patented grill design. Available in a black, white, and brown finish.

Aux Input: The H/K Esquire is fitted with a 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect virtually any portable audio device with a headphone output.

Rechargeable Battery: The Esquire's built-in rechargeable Lithium-Polymer battery provides up to 10 hours of music and/or conference-calling time. You can also plug the Bluetooth speaker into an AC wall outlet with the included AC power/USB charging adapter. The unit will operate on battery power unless AC power is utilized. The unit's battery is recharged while its connected to AC power (charging time is approximately 5 hours).

AC Power/USB Charging Adapter: The Esquire features a microUSB (type-B) port and includes an AC Power adapter with three USB (type-A) charging ports. The Esquire connects to one of these ports with the included 41" microUSB-to-USB cable. The other two USB charging ports can be used to connect your smartphone and/or tablet device in order to charge their battery.

Carrying Case: The H/K Esquire includes a carrying case that will keep the unit and its accessories safe as you travel or store it away.

 
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HK Esquire Rocks!

Written By smauigolf, NoVA on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Wow. This Bluetooth unit Rocks and is Stylish as well. Have not found anyone that has reviewed any of the new HK series of bluetooth products. But let me say this thing sounds great and is very functional as a speakerphone too. I have listened to a lot of bluetooth speakers and have a few that are favorites and this guy is quickly going to the top of the list. Got this yesterday along with my HK NOVAs which are amazing - see my review. Turned this speaker on - set bluetooth on speaker - set bluetooth on iPad/iPod/iPhone and bam! Great music coming from this little guy - has a nice rubberized foot if you play it vertical - sounds great. Has a leather backing and sounds great to lie on its back - more room filling vs uni-directional. Just depends on your preference. The documentation on this guy is small to non-existent - just a few pix and labels to show what the thing does. Seriously, you don't need no directions - just on - blu - and go... That simple... It also comes with a pretty nice case that you will want to not scuff the great looking speaker on travels. But the best part is the AC wall adapter - wow what a great surprise. This guy comes with foldable prong AC adapter that has 3 USB slots - 3!! Yep, and the best part is it shows which ones are the high-current ones to charge your iPad, this Esquire, and your iPhone/iPod (less power). Just a nice bonus from a great speaker mfgr. No more Bose with the proprietary cable. MicroUSB cable included.
Pros:
Bluetooth, Stylish, Great Build Quality, Power, Volume, Speaker Phone, Simple to Use, 5-lite LED battery life monitor, Carry Case, 3-port USB high current foldable prong AC Adapter!
Cons:
Price
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