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harman/kardon - Onyx Mini Portable Wireless Speaker - Blue-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 1686 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Impressive Sound + Excellent Speakerphone

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    IMApisces
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    This little speaker will surprise you! Lots of benefits. It has big, deep sound and clarity, and excellent speakerphone capability with noise & echo canceling technology. It's also very portable around the home with about 10 hours of battery life. Harmon Kardon literally has the advantage on the market for portability, sound, and speakerphone quality on its blue tooth speakers (3 total so far). I tested 3 different brands, including Sony, JBL, and Cambridge, which paled in comparison on the speakerphone quality. That was an instant deal breaker for me. I needed a good bedside speaker that duels as a quality speakerphone - the Onyx Mini surprised the heck out of me. I temporarily owned the Onyx 3 (the bigger brother) and returned it due to how large it was on my bedside table, its lack of portability, and limited battery life (although the quality was incredible). The pros out-weigh the cons for this speaker. Comparing the Onyx 3, the Mini stands up impressively well with only 2 small limitations (to be expected on this type of comparison): for those who like very high volume and crisper highs (treble), go with Onyx 3. The Onyx Mini will lose clarity and quality when volume is too high, but don't get me wrong - this little guy gets comfortably loud and still sounds amazing, especially for its size. It suits my needs well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very clear sound but not balanced for my liking

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    Brooks
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    Let me start off by saying I am indeed a sound snob. I needed a good sounding small Bluetooth speaker for outdoor use/desktop use. Aesthetically, the speaker is superb. I like how loud it is with the volume up including little to no distortion. However, this speaker doesn't seem balanced. The acoustics are fabulous, but the Onyx Mini lacks the bass to support these frequencies when played at higher volume levels. Because the bass doesn't quite match the higher frequencies, some songs' acoustics will actually sound piercing to the the ears. Long story short, I decided to fork out more cash in order to purchase the Bose Soundlink Color II and compared the two speakers. I will be returning the Onyx Mini. For my purposes, the more balanced Bose sound coupled with the durability of the splash proof design outweighs the extra money. Onyx Mini is great for background music as well as a stationary desktop speaker. It is not portable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good sound, work well with phones but not with PC

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    iptel
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    Bought this item after reading review. it has good enough sound production from a small speaker such as this. Loud enough to fill a medium size room. Really like the small size, rechargable battery ... really help when travelling as it use the common micro usb. Unfortunately it will not function as speakerphone when connected to PC - tested this with Windows 10 on two laptops. Onyx mini will register as bluetooth speakers and play sound that way. But PC will not catch any voice when it is configured as microphone. So beware for those that thinking to use this as speakerphone for PC (ie for Skype, Google hangouts, etc) ... it will NOT work this way. Emailed HK for support on this, will update if we get an update.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Incredible sound for a small speaker

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    azgeorgiabelle
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    I purchased this speaker to play music from my ipad at social events. The sound quality is amazing - very crisp and clear. I was looking at other brands when I asked the Best Buy representative and another customer what their opinions were on brand. They both said hands down this brand was the best. I would fully agree. It was incredibly easy to sync with my ipad. The only negative I have about the speaker is that the round shape makes it a bit difficult to grip tightly within 1 hand if you are moving it to a different location. A box shape would have been preferred or maybe an accessory with a handle to carry it in would solve the issue.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sounds clean

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    Mannydog
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    Ok. I also bought the Harman Kardon Onyx 3, so this review is sort of a comparison of a few things. The Onyx mini sounds really good. We compared it to JBL and a few other more durable and portable speakers, since this was a gift for our teenage son. We preferred the sound of this speaker but would have chosen one of the others if he had wanted to bring it to soccer or football practice. Battery life is good and was so easy to set up. Obviously it is not as much bass as the Onyx 3, but still sounded good and got loud enough for our son. For rap music it lacks, but so did all the other tested speakers. Price at Best Buy was awesome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, but I think you get what you pay for

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    BrigitteMora
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    None of the good quality bluetooth speakers are inexpensive, so I thought I would like one from a company with a good reputation. What really sold me on the product was the ability to network several Harman bluetooth speakers together to ideally create a "whole home" audio network. That's the feature that sold me on it, as I can connect this to two other Onyx 3 speakers that are in other rooms, and I keep this one in my office on my desk to hear the music, and for handsfree phone calls. So far, it works great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great little speaker for the price

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    Meami
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    We picked up a couple of these on a flash sale. Blue tooth connection was a snap with both ios and android. They are really portable which makes them nice if you need to move them around frequently. They sound quality at mid-range volume is good. A higher volumes, it starts to deteriorate but considering the size and the price, that's not surprising. For what we needed, music on the back patio (without driving the neighbors crazy) or in a room without some sort of sound system, they are great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

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    Rufustoad
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    I really like the sound of this speaker, 1)Has a really good mic for cell calls 2)Connects blue tooth quickly 3)Has a great base level 4)It also has a high end volume Cons= 1)It has no case to carry 2)It is a bit bulky 3)I don't think the battery is as long as they state (but not a deal breaker) 4)If it flips over in my brief case it is extremely easy for the power button to be pushed and the speaker will come on unwanted. Yes I would buy it again but only at the sale price I gave.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound for how small it is

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    VRWRX
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    I have the larger HK Onyx 2 but I had been wanting a smaller bluetooth speaker that was more portable. This came up on one of the Best Buy flash sales for $50 so I jumped on it, based only on how much I like my big Onyx 2. I'm not disappointed. For the size (about the size of a softball) it sounds great. I've heard other small bluetooth speakers and to me the sound from this is much better. And the battery life so far is great. I recommend it if you're looking for a small portable speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Harman Kardon - onyx mini speaker

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    504inberryland
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    I didn't read any reviews before I made my purchase. I had HK brand speakers in my car so I already knew they would be excellent sound quality.. I have heard good things about Bose so I bought the Bose color soundeave speakers to compare the two. I returned the Bose speakers and kept the HK onyx mini's. only drawback: I am having difficulty pairing the two speakers, so I can have a louder sound. They are easy to pair to Bluetooth, just not together. This occurred with Bose, too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good sound and volume

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    DonQuijote
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    I had the HK One before my girlfriend confiscated it so I got this unit as a replacement. I feel the sound for this unit is pretty good quality, but perhaps not as good as the HK One. Like the HK One the sound quality is better at higher volumes. It can get pretty loud. I also miss the WiFi option of the HK One. On the other hand, this unit can be paired with a second unit for stereo sound. The HK One did not have that option.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An excellent value

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    Josh
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    This speaker is well made and sounds very good, much better than expected. I chose this one based on cost over the bose soundlink 2. The battery life is so far better than I expected and I would recommend this product. The only feature I would wish for in addition is the dock charger of the bose model, for coveinience more than anything else. The Bluetooth connection has a good range and works very well

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice sound from a small package

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    Stopdrpnro
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    Researched a few speakers before picking this one up. Narrowed it down to the offerings of Harmon/JBL. Played around with a few in store. Preferred the heavier bass of the charge 3 , but the sale price on this made it a no brainer. Well built speaker with great sound . Can even be synced with another for stereo sound. Only giving 4 stars because the MSRP is outrageous, luckily it's on sale regularly.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great but not excellent

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    poulanman
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    These are great speakers. I really like the sub ported out of the back of the speaker. You can pair two speakers together for stereo sound which helps. The highs start to go away the louder you play them but still a quality sound. Purchased these on a flash sale. For $49.99 each it was a great deal. At regular price of $199.99 the Bose option would have been the better choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use, sleek design

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    Graham
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    I admit, I got this speaker at a highly reduced price, so my review is biased by that. Either way though, I bought two and I'm very happy with them. They sync to my phone and to each other automatically and produce great sound for the size. One drawback is if you're trying to watch video there's a decent lag between the video and audio, so that's a no-go. Great for music though.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent speaker

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    Lisajosh
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    We love this HK speaker! While there's not a ton of bass and mild distortion (barely) at times when the volume is as high as possible, it's perfect for us. We use it in the yard and garden. We also use this on our pontoon boat and it's wonderful. I would definitely buy it again. I paid 50.00 for it on a flash sale online and it's worth every penny. HK is one of the best!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Battery beast and love the sound!

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    Hbomb17
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    I got this product for 4hour rush deal and it's worth a try. I love the sound quality like bose and battery is not bad. I used this mainly indoor speaker in my small apartment and it delivers good quality sounds than my previous sony bluetooth speaker. The only drawback is the shape and not ideal for carrying outdoor because it occupies space in my messenger bag.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good

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    Merkidemis
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    Overall a pretty good speaker! Descent high and low end, though it is missing a bit in the mid-range. Nor would I recommend it for bass heavy genres. Compared to others in this price range (and even more when it was 50% off like when I got it) it stands up really well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Blew me away with big sound

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    Hottubliving
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    Blew me away with big sound, I was under the impression it was going to be the bigger unit that goes for 149. So when this mini came I was already very upset that I had to return it. When I pulled it out connected my iPhone to it via Bluetooth it blew me away. I was not expecting such an amazing sound from such a little device truly. So I am keeping and happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Deal!

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    ps4gamer123
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    I couldn't believe that this speaker was on sale almost 75% off. I was in a market for bluetooth speaker. I ran across this ones. And I only bought one at the time i came across it. I got home and on the box it said i can dual sync..bought another one..having two of these speakers fills up my living room. not too bad of speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend