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Harman Kardon Go + Play II

Portable iPod®/iPhone® powered speaker system

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Our take on the Harman Kardon Go + Play™ II

by Ralph Graves
Harman Kardon

The Harman Kardon Go + Play II doesn't look like your average portable iPod speaker system — so it's only logical that it wouldn't sound like one, either. The Go + Play II sports a sleek, sophisticated design with a sturdy stainless steel handle and decorative accents. And its sound technology is just as advanced.

Innovative sound
The rounded exterior of the Go + Play II isn't just for show — it positions the speakers slightly outward to create an expansive soundfield. The system features two tweeters for highs, and two woofers for mids and lows. Each speaker has its own amplifier to ensure it works with maximum efficiency and accuracy. You'll enjoy clear, full sound with nicely rounded bass.

Advanced circuitry senses whether the system is drawing power from its AC adapter or eight "D" cell batteries, and adjusts the EQ accordingly. So whether you're in your kitchen with the Go + Play II plugged in, or out at a tailgate party with the system perched on your car, you'll enjoy optimal sound.

Multiple entertainment options
The Go + Play II lets you enjoy photos and videos from your docked iPhone or iPod touch as well, via an S-video output you can connect to your compatible TV. And if you need to sync your player, no problem. A USB port lets you connect the Go+Play II to your computer to update your device while it's still docked.

And if a friend has an MP3 player other portable device, just have them use the system's auxiliary stereo minijack input and share their music.

Full remote control
The included remote gives you access to two handy system modes. Put it in Music mode, and you can adjust volume, skip songs, and even fast-forward or reverse through tracks. In Navigation mode, you get all the functionality of your iPhone or iPod so you can browse your device's library for a particular song, artist or album. You can also select playlists, slide shows and videos, too.

Highlights:

  • for docking iPods and iPhones
  • 2 tweeters, driven by 15 watts each
  • 2 woofers, driven by 30 watts each
  • USB port for pass-through syncing
  • automatically charges docked player
  • stereo minijack input for other portable devices
  • S-video output for connection to a TV
  • remote control
  • portable power with 8 "D" cell batteries (available separately)
  • AC power adapter
  • stainless steel handle and accents
  • 18-7/8"W x 9-5/8"H x 8-7/8"D
  • weight: 13.5 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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  • iPod/iPhone speaker dock
  • AC power Supply (with 5' DC cor)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • RF remote (with installed CR2025 battery)
  • iPhone/iPod touch cradle
  • iPhone/iPod touch adapter
  • iPod/iPhone adapter clips
  • Owner's Manual
  • RF Remote Control booklet
  • Remote button decals
  • Warranty Info

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Features

Portable Hi-Fi iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II is a portable hi-fi speaker dock designed for the Apple iPod or iPhone. The Go + Play will play music & video content from your iPod or iPhone device. The Go + Play II delivers tight, accurate bass from its high-excursion low-frequency drivers, while also providing distinct & crystal clear highs. The Go + Play II  is AC or battery operated, so it will go anywhere your iPod/iPhone goes.

Modern Industrial Design: From its arched stainless-steel handle to its iPod/iPhone docking cradle, the high-performance Harman Kardon Go + Play II loudspeaker combines high-minded utility with an understated, functional industrial design. Stylish yet not too flashy, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II has a black body with silver accents, designed to complement virtually any interior design scheme.

Two-Way Speaker Design: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II employs a two-way speaker system for clear, detailed highs & rich, deep bass. Two Atlas woofers produce extended bass performance with minimal distortion, while two Odyssey tweeters project powerful musical details over a wide listening area; giving the Harman Kardon Go + Play II exceptional range that most other portable loudspeakers cannot produce. The Harman Kardon Go + Play II has a frequency response of 40 Hz to 20,000 Hz.

Bi-Amplification: Using bi-amplification, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II's woofers & tweeters are independently amplified for exceptional richness & clarity of sound. By amplifying the woofers & tweeters separately, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II delivers the kind of sharp, efficient, optimal sound quality you expect from Harman Kardon. the Harman Kardon Go + Play II supplies 15W to each tweeter & 30W to each woofer.

Intelligent Equalization (EQ) Technology: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II system is computer-optimized to produce an all-encompassing, 360-degree soundstage. With intelligent equalization (EQ) technology in place to improve stereo imaging greatly, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II delivers a powerfully tuned digital audio path that ultimately leads to unsurpassed precision in terms of performance. With clean, compact digital amplification coupled with digital signal processing (DSP), the Harman Kardon Go + Play II employs one algorithm that optimizes system dynamics & bass impact in AC power mode; & another to minimize distortion during battery operation.

iPod/iPhone Dock: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II loudspeaker incorporates an integrated iPod/iPhone dock adapter, making it compatible with most iPod/iPhone models. The Go + Play II supports audio playback, video output, basic remote control playback functions, & charging of select iPod/iPhone devices. The Harman Kardon Go + Play II has been certified "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible & supports the following iPod/iPhone model functions (as of October 2011).

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type Charge
Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th N/A N N N N N N N
mini 1st N/A N N N N N N N
2nd N/A N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
3rd 4.35 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
4th 5.0 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
3G 4.2.1 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
3GS 4.3.5 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
4 5.0 Y S-video Y Y N N Y
4S 5.0 Y S-video Y Y N N Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until an newer software update is available.

Smart RF Remote: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II system offers you complete control by including a smart RF remote for two-way communication & superior signal reception. The remote lets you adjust volume, change tracks, & fast-forward or reverse through songs from across the room (up to 29' away). You also still get full iPod or iPhone functionality (via the clickwheel or touchscreen), which allows you to browse by song, artist, or album; as well as select playlists, slide shows, & videos.

Note: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II system is equipped with a storage compartment on the back of the unit. Simply press the top of the compartment to open it & store the RF remote.

Automatic iPod/iPhone Charging: To prevent the loss of battery power in your iPod or iPhone device, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II conveniently acts as a charging station when it's plugged into a wall outlet. Whether your iPod or iPhone device is set to Shuffle mode or to a playlist with hundreds of songs, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II will never drain its battery life. Instead, when connected to an electrical outlet, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II can keep your iPod or iPhone battery as strong as it was when you started or stronger.

S-Video Output: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II is fitted with a S-Video output for high-quality iPod/iPhone photo & video playback on a connected television. S-video cable sold separately.

Note: The video output does not display metadata (artist/song information).

USB Port: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II can sync your docked iPod or iPhone up to the iTunes music store using a USB cable (sold separately), allowing you to expand your music library - even as you're listening to the library's songs.

Stereo Minijack Input: A stereo minijack connection gives you the added freedom of enjoying high-quality audio from a variety of other sources; such as your MP3 player, CD player, desktop computer, or laptop. Stereo audio minijack cable sold separately.

Convenient Touch Controls: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II loudspeaker dock integrates the latest touch-control technology. On the user-friendly control panel, one touch increases or decreases volume. Another touch mutes or un-mutes the system (No turning or twisting of knobs is required).

AC or Battery Power: Whether you're at home or on the move, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II works with battery power (8 type-D alkaline batteries, not included) or with AC power if you simply plug it into a wall outlet. When in AC mode, the Harman Kardon Go + Play II never uses battery power & it keeps your iPod or iPhone device charged. The battery-power feature offers you the convenience of taking your Harman Kardon Go + Play II with you, without relying on electricity. A fresh set of batteries provides up to 10 hours of playback time.

Note: The Harman Kardon Go + Play II remembers all your previous settings when the system is powered Off & On.

 
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4 out of 5

Harman Kardon Go + Play™ II

Written By Anonymous, albuquerque, NM on Sunday, December 02, 2012
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incredible sound for a small unit!
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5 out of 5

Harman Kardon Go + Play™ II

Written By eel, morristown, nj on Sunday, March 18, 2012
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simply superb
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5 out of 5

Believe it. Five Stars

Written By JustSumGuyInNC, New Bern, NC on Friday, March 16, 2012
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Research this unit on the web and you will find a lot of customer five-star ratings. My unit just got delivered, and when I fired it up...well, I can't write what I said exactly, but it was a two-word form of 'Yikes, this is amazing!'' I recently had reason to audition the Bose Wave Radio, the Cambridge Soundworks i765, and the Sangean DDR-63 units, all of which were radio-CD-iPod capable units. To my ears, the overall sound from this unit blows them all away. Yes, it is iPod only, so there is not a direct comparison, but sound wise, this is what I was looking for. LOTs of bass punch, maybe a little too bass heavy, even using the Flat setting on the iPod. Playing with the EQ setting on my iPod Touch would allow me to find a suitable setting for most any song. You can call this a boom box if you want, but it is so much better than that, and for the price it should be. Definitely a keeper.
Pros:
Lots of clean bass punch, plenty of volume, good overall sound. Feels sturdy yet easy to carry.
Cons:
Remote takes some getting used to. Why they chose to restrict themselves to just six buttons for everything I do not know. Also, the existence of a power brick is less than optimal.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Love this I Pod Player

Written By Bruce, Jackson, Tennessee on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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I don't think you could find anything to make a MP-3 sound better. The music really fills the room. I have a Bose radio that has a cd player in it. The Harmon Kardon Go and Play makes MP-3 music sound better than CD's in the Bose.
Pros:
You get what you pay for with this unit. It cost alot and it's worth it.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Best Portable IPod Player

Written By JanA, Albany, NY on Saturday, January 21, 2012
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The sound is amazing, worth every penny and worth the extra weight. I have not been disappointed with battery life. I would recommend this to anyone seeking a quality player.
Pros:
Best sound, great sleek modern styling (almost like a piece of modern art)
Cons:
None in my world
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5 out of 5

Always a crowd pleaser!!

Written By TriniZZ, New York on Saturday, January 14, 2012
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Dont let the size of this small unit fool you, this thing booms!! I take it with me for small overnight trips, parties etc, and ALWAYS-- I never regret taking it with me. The highs are crisp, and the bass has a resounding, pleasing quality. I even hook it up to my TV in my room, for great theater sound--without the clutter of a huge system. I had originally wanted to purchase the similar BOSE iPod dock, but one listen to this and the decision was easy. I played the harman/kardon unit against the BOSE Acoustic Wave system: the bass from the harman/kardon was unparallelled and that system is almost 600 dollars more!! To be objective, the harman/kardon doesnt have a long battery life, but honestly you shouldnt buy this unit for that function. Its a superb portable ipod sound dock for the price. Definitely recommend this product to any audiophile out there.
Pros:
Sound quality, portability.
Cons:
Battery life
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4 out of 5

Harman Kardon Go + Play™ II

Written By andy, mountain top, pa. on Wednesday, December 07, 2011
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This is a nice compact box that sounds great, the battery life sucks, it only lasts around 4 hrs or so. It takes 8 batteries.
Pros:
sounds good
Cons:
battery life
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