In the eighties, a large number of Gulf returnees used to descend on the Indian soil with three key items in their baggage—a two-in-one, dry fruits and some amount of gold. Among these, a radio and cassette player-cum-recorder was a must-have; people used to listen to news and their choice of music on these portable audio systems. Mind you, we are talking about the pre-satellite television days when Doordarshan and All India Radio were the chief sources of entertainment and the once-in-a-week Chitrahaar and weekend Hindi movies used to be high on the priority list of viewers.
The Harman Kardon Go+Wireless wireless speaker will ship you back to that era; its big stainless steel handle bears a striking resemblance to the two-in-ones of those times. But in terms of performance and technology inside, this innovation from Harman International is vastly superior. It is a high performance, wireless speaker designed to work with a slew of Apple devices— iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPhone 5, iPod touch (5th generation) or iPod nano (7th generation)—as well as Bluetooth-equipped mobile phones, laptops and tablets. It is definitely not cheap at R24,990, but the sound reproduction makes it worthwhile.
Harman International is an American audio and infotainment equipment company. It designs, manufactures and markets audio and infotainment products for the car, the home, theatres and venues, as well as electronics for audio professionals. Harman International’s consumer group makes loudspeakers, CD and DVD players, CD recorders, and amplifiers under several brand names such as Crown, Harman Kardon, JBL, Lexicon, Infinity and Selenium.
Harman Kardon has been making the Go+Play speakers for a number of years and their latest device is geared up for the mobile age with wireless connectivity. Out of the box, the portable Harman Kardon Go+Play Wireless is definitely not small, like those tiny wireless speakers populating the marketplace these days. It measures 27.6 x 55.9 x 28.9 cm in body dimensions and will occupy a decent amount of space on your table or sideboard. At 4.3 kg, the product’s weight could be a problem for those fond of super-thin devices.
The Go+Play speakers are renowned for their looks and the latest wireless version stands out in the crowd with its curved base and a long curved handle running across the top of the speaker. There are two identical grilles on the front and back of the speaker, housing a woofer and tweeter array. On the