Got my Harman Kardon Soundsticks!

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by calyxman, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. calyxman macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    They're very nice. I attached a picture of my temporary setup. I might put the sub woofer on the floor.

    Audio quality is very clear. That satellite speakers do emit a slight hiss, but I think that's normal.

    Who else has these speakers?

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  2. Laser47 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2004
    Nice, im thinking about getting these speakers for x-mas.
  3. YS2003 macrumors 68020


    Dec 24, 2004
    Finally I have arrived.....
    I have hooked up my 15" PB with Sound Stick. I don't think satellite speakers are supposed to make a hissing sound (mine does not). Its wires are electro-magnetic-sheild protected and should not trigger interferance. If there is a hissing sound, maybe some of the connections are not attached properly to main speaker unit or Mac's audio out port.
  4. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I have them. I got them as refurb from HK's store. Mine don't hiss, but I wish I could #1) plug headphones into them like you can with logitech and creative #2) turn them off from the speakers and not the sub.
  5. doucy2 macrumors 65816


    Jul 7, 2005
    i love the sound sticks
    mine dont hiss either (mine are soundsticks I usb version)
    i dont think the hissing is normal

    put the sub on the floor it will sound greatt down there (thats where mine)
  6. calyxman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    Well, with regards to the hissing, it's not audible. I mean you literally have to put your ear in front of one of the speakers in order to hear the slight feedback sound. When you touch the +/- to mute the system, it goes away. I think that's normal.

    At any rate, one of the managers at work has the soundsticks. I'm going to go check them out and see if they emit the slight hiss.
  7. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds
    I thought about getting those last saturday. They were standing next to JBL creatures II speakers and deciding took quite a long time. I bought the JBL ones in the end, since I like the look of both and the JBL were 1/2 the price of the Harman Kardon. Sound is really impressive. Would never go back to the cheap 10 € speakers I had before. Anyway I'm sure you're happy with your choice and I wish you many nice hours listening to music.;)
  8. ksz macrumors 68000

    Oct 28, 2003
    San Jose, CA
    Count me among those who own and love the SoundSticks II. No hissing from mine either. You might have a noisy power line, a cable TV input, or some other electrical problem. Try a power line conditioner or test the SS-IIs in a different outlet in another room.

    I am surprised by just how good the SS-IIs sound. Much better than any Altec Lansing, Creative, Polk, or other computer speaker I've auditioned. There may well be better units out there, but the SS-IIs are just worth every penny to me.
  9. jpeeters macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2005
    I did make the decision to not buy them, because I already have a nice sound system. But I shure would if I didn't had great speakers already. The soundsticks have both amazing sound quality and slick looks. I love them!

    PS: You might consider buying a few Cableyoyo's for the audio cables ;)
  10. alangyssler macrumors member


    Mar 5, 2005
    Buffalo Grove, IL

    I've been using the SoundSticks for about four years now, and have never had any issues with them. I have the version with just a USB connection, so it does steal one USB port, and isn't able to hook up with my iPod directly. I don't mind it so much. If I want to listed to my iPod, I either a: use headphones, or b: hook it up to my big stereo system.

    I might add that I've never heard any hiss from them. I do wish there were some means of turning off (at least temporarily) the blue LED light, as it's pretty bright at night time, but I make do by just turning off the power supply at the wall, and that takes care of it.

    Overall, a fantastic set of speakers. Lots of high end clarity, and plenty of bass without getting farty. The sub is best is an area in which the sound can reflect off as many surfaces as possible. I really like the adjustability of the sticks, as my listening environments often change. Next to an old 15" flat Studio display, they are a dead on match.

    Here's a link to my setup: (find: alangyssler)
  11. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    I would love to get SoundStick but I wish HK updates it with optical digital input.
  12. calyxman thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Apr 17, 2005
    I just checked out the soundsticks that one of my managers has at work and his also gives the slight hissing feedback sound when you put your ear close to it.

    Anyway, I love the speakers and I hope they last for a long time. I'm not a major audiophile, so I plan on keeping these things for a while.
  13. ieani macrumors 6502a


    Jan 3, 2006
    the states for now
    The hissing is due to them being analog. I have a set of expensive surround sound speakers in my home theater setup that will hiss very slightly as you have mentioned when I have an analog source on.

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