Harman Kardon Soundsticks 1???

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by thegoldenmackid, Feb 26, 2007.

  1. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    usually i dont have a problem when it comes to speakers, but recently i started to wondered why the Harman Kardon Soundsticks are HK Soundsticks II, i tried to find if there were HK Soundsticks 1s, i know there has been many other Harman Kardon products including HK products for :apple: like the iSub...

  2. MisterEd macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2006
    Yes there was a 'first generation' of the HK soundsticks. They are Mac only, and use a USB connection rather than the jack connection of the Soundsticks II. I think this is the only real visible difference between the two models - The actual speakers look pretty much the same.

  3. thegoldenmackid thread starter macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    could i use an adapter and still run these through a regular audio out...
  4. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    No, I don't think so. And they are not Mac only, they do work with XP.

  5. estragon07 macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2008
    So ? I've got a macbook (macintel) and use windows XP (bootcamp). When I boot on mac OS X it works, but when I boot on windows, no mean to make it work. So, what's wrong with me ?
  6. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    ya ive got the soundsticks 1 and they are usb and won't work with the pc

    still sound great on my mac though!
  7. thegoldenmackid thread starter macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    this seems odd, most people say that they work with XP
  8. RHD macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2008
    I've got HK soundsticks 1 and mine don't work with anything.

    It seemed to be a software problem.
    They were fine but they went cranky after an Apple OS update and fizzled altogether after a couple more.
    Apple said they were out of warrenty and HK didn't deign to reply to my emails.
    Last time I buy HK.
  9. estragon07 macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2008
    Are you sure that "most people" are speakig about HK soundsticks 1 (USB) ?
    And if "most people", in this case, could help me, I would sure enjoy...:)
  10. RHD macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2008
    Which Mac and what OS are you using? Cheers.
  11. dsnort macrumors 68000


    Jan 28, 2006
    In persona non grata
    I seem to remember reading somewhere that the HK Sound Sticks 1 (USB) work well with PPC macs, but not so much with Intel models.

    Don't remember why.
  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I've had HK soundsticks 1 (with USB) for several years now. They worked extremely well with my PPC macs (G4s and G5s running tiger), and work exactly the same with my intel macs (core duo and core 2 duo running leopard). They also work flawlessly when I'm booted in to XP on my macbook.
  13. RHD macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2008
    Hum. Maybe the problem with mine is hardware related after all.
    I figured if sound came out of them they worked. The problem was that no actual music came out for longer than about 30 seconds and then I got static. Re boot and same thing, 30 seconds or less of music then static.
  14. JeffT macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2012
    Still playing strong

    I am a bit out-of-date for this thread, but since many people seem to have experienced different problems with their SoundSticks over time, I wanted to give another story.

    I got the “first generation” HK SoundSticks, bought somewhere in 2000, 2001 and they still play great as of today.

    They have been connected to many different Apple computers over this decade, each time playing without any glitch:

    Power Mac G4 running OS 9.1
    Power Mac G4 running OS 10.2.8
    iMac 24" 2.16 running OS 10.4.7
    iMac 24" 2.16 running OS 10.6.8

    And for the last month to a new Mac Pro running OS 10.8.2. Sound is as good as the first day I got them. That is why I'm so surprised about the comments posted here. My HKSS are the best computer speakers I have ever had.

    For those who said they couldn't have their HKSS play after an OS upgrade, have you take the basic precaution of selecting the HKSS in the Sound Control Panel after the upgrade?:)
  15. JeffT macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2012
    Forgot to say...

    ...that you must plug the SoundSticks directly into the computer's USB port. If you plug them into a USB hub, it won't work. Don't know why, but I have tested it and it does not work this way. Take one USB port of the computer.
  16. Braniff747SP macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2010
    Los Angeles, California, USA
    I've used my first-generation SoundSticks for several years, and my father for several years before that. They work perfectly fine in Mountain Lion; no problems at all. The newer ones have slight design changes and some quality upgrades, but the first generation ones are great.
  17. macgabe macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2012
    I bought my USB Soundsticks (1) soon after they first came out - I don't know how long ago that is but maybe nearly ten years?

    They've worked great since day one. Only the translucent cables have started to yellow slightly.

    I've just got a new iMac with Mountain Lion, and was really pleased to see they still work perfectly and were immediately recognised. That's the third generation of computer I've tried them with.

    I've thought about replacing them for Airplay speakers, but they sound so good, still look good, use such little space and you can move and point them easily, that I've stuck with them.
  18. Lizardo macrumors newbie

    Sep 27, 2014
    Yeah, Soundsticks 1st gen work great with Apple and XP in my experience. XP didn't recognize them at first but after awhile it "found" them. Weird...but has worked since.
  19. orestes1984 macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2005
    These originally came out with the G4s and multi-coloured iMac G3s, I'm surprised they're still making them actually. I had the white/aluminium coned ones which came with my iMac G4, I don't remember them being all that spectacular.
  20. JERKSON macrumors newbie


    Jan 21, 2017
    I actually use them as my current speakers with my windows 10 gaming pc.
  21. Jim G. macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2017
    Sadly my late 2012 27" iMac running os 10.10.5 doesn't recognize the sound sticks 1 as an option. HKSS does not appear in the sound output window even when they are plugged directly into a USB port. An upgrade path would be nice...
  22. kge420 macrumors member


    Dec 16, 2008
    Can I get an opinion on HKSS vs Apple pro speakers? This is for a20" iMac G4 10.4.11
  23. Azure76, Jun 6, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017

    Azure76 macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2017
    Also discovered the HKSS 1 wouldn't work on my iMac 5k (Yosemite). But when I connected to my MacBook Pro 2014 Retina 15"(El Capitan), it came to life! It may just be the OS... I'll try it on my Mac Pro trashcan at work...

    UPDATE: I decided to reconnect the the Soundsticks to the iMac 5K. and it worked! Strange it didn't work on the first attempt...

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