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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 2 Review




Harman Kardon first came out with the Onyx Studio a few years back and what we have now is the update to that model. What can the Onyx Studio 2 offer its users? Read our full review and find out.

Design and Construction

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The Onyx Studio 2 possesses a circular form factor with its face equipped with four (4) 15-watt speaker drivers hidden under the woven mesh that appears to have similarity with the top part of a microphone. The speaker is slanted backwards since it leans on its dual stand that’s only seen when you turn the Onyx around.

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The stands support the entire speaker and angles it in a way that it throws sound slightly upwards. They are colored in bronze that gives a two-tone color approach and are ended with black tips for added accent.

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The company’s logo is embedded in the middle area of the speakers’ face which adds a simple yet classy touch to the overall aesthetics of the device.

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Located at the upper right spot, along the strip of rubber that surrounds the Onyx Studio 2, is the power button that you have to long press in order to turn it on or off.

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On the opposite side of the arch, we have the Bluetooth and Answer buttons for taking calls since it also doubles as a speakerphone best used for group meetings and the like.

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At the back we have the single bass radiator to keep the lows thumping. It follows the color implementation and has another branding slapped on it.

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Tucked under are the connectivity ports like the 3.5mm audio jack for AUX function and a microUSB port for firmware updates. The first Onyx Studio didn’t have the AUX output. so it’s a good thing the company decided to include this useful feature for the updated model.

In terms of weight, the speaker is a bit on the bulky side, but carrying it isn’t too much of a burden. It’s not that heavy and is even designed to have an easy-to-carry handle at the back so you could easily bring it from one corner of the house to another.

In its entirety, you wouldn’t find a lot of fancy markings on the Onyx Studio 2 — it dives on the simplicity of its design and we would say it works that way as it effortlessly blends with any furniture and looks good as an additional piece in the living room.

Features

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We were able to partially mention some of the features of the Onyx Studio 2 but below are the main ones and what they precisely do:

Bluetooth Wireless Connection with Social Mode – Users can connect up to 2 devices to the speaker via Bluetooth and take turns playing music.

Built-in rechargeable battery – The company claims up to 5 hours of playtime allowing you to play your music anywhere.

Built-in Speakerphone – Enables crystal clear conference calls with Harman VoiceLogic echo and noise cancellation system.

 

Continued on next page: Sound Performance, Battery Life, and Conclusion

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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1 Response

  1. do young says:

    highs that have us wanting for more is perhaps Harman’s signature sound. even most JBLs, may it be home-fi, theater sound, or pro audio, they stick to that not so trebly sound yet still nice to listen to. i guess they do that for the ff. reasons:

    1. to emphasize more on the details and warmth of the mids as a trebly sound can overpower mids at times

    2. to keep the experience sweet and free from listening fatigue even for prolonged hours

    3. consistency on their products, maintaining that signature flat and clean sound

    btw, nice reviews from Yugatech. long live Yugatech. an avid reader here. :)

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