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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A small bluetooth speaker done right!

    Posted
    Stanman
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    The overall sound is pretty darn good. it was actually better than I thought after reading all the reviews here on BestBuy. I own the Bose SoundLink mini II which is good but has many flaws. If you like your music played 50% volume or lower the soundlink mini II might be the best overall sounding small bluetooth speaker out there, hands down! But if you like your music played louder over 50% volume, the sound quality take a dive real quick. its still clear & bright but the bass distorts and instruments no longer sound correct. I also have the Klipsch GiG which sounds awesome, but also has its limitations. at 50% volume and lower, its the only speaker that can hang toe to toe with the bose soundlink mini II and maintain sound quality throughout all instruments and has good punch! but when you go higher in volume the bass distorts more so than the bose. Now I have this Harmon Kardon Onyx mini speaker and i am pretty pleased. the highs aren't as bright as the soundlink mini II or the GiG, but the drivers are pretty clean. the mids are better than the soundlink mini II but not better than the GiG. I opened up my onyx mini and to my surprise, in the front there are 2 drivers and 1 passive bass radiator just like its big brother the Onyx Studio 3 (the onyx studio 3 has 2 tweeters in front that the onyx mini doesn't have). in the back there is also a passive bass radiator that moves with heavy beats & bass tones. I find it odd nobody mentioned the passive bass radiator in the front, its not even on the Harmon Kardon website or any reviews out there. the bass on this onyx mini is pretty good, not as tight as the GiG but more natural than the soundlink mini II. you won't get that over boosted bass like the bose on lower volumes but it's full sounding and it sounds good. where this speaker shines is at volumes over 50% and higher. on bose the bass disappears and there's too much processing that alters the music completely. and through all this, the bass gets weak & distorts. the onyx mini keeps up the strong full sound and maintains the bass punch. the highs & mids are clean but not overly bright like bose. put any of these 3 speakers in a corner of a room and they all sound great. but at louder volumes the bose & klipsch doesn't maintain the full overall sound like the onyx mini does. the sound is more true at higher volumes with good bass punch. i'm real happy with this purchase!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound at a an unbelievable price!

    Posted
    Njdecker
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    I happened to be driving past Best Buy and figured I would stop in to see if they had a set of speakers that would fit my needs and budget. Boy was I lucky to find these on sale. These little guys pack a punch and don't disappoint. They're Harmon Kardon, so you know they're good. The audio is loud, clear and the speakers give you the option to use the aux input or connect via Bluetooth. You can actually pair them to use for stereo sound which is awesome. The only draw back is when you use the Bluetooth function if connected to a home theater as there is a delay. The audio doesn't match the video. However, they work great if you're just listening to music. If you want to use them for your home theater (I have them as a left and right channel via an aux splitter), use the aux inputs and you won't have any issues. Best Buy was running a sale when I purchased them. They were originally $200 each, but were on sale for $50 each. Plus, when I got to checkout, they gave me an additional 30% off for buying 2. What?!? So, I just purchased 2 quality speakers for $70 when they normally retail for $400 a pair! Even if Best Buy doesn't offer the add'l 30% off for buying a pair, they're an absolute steal at $50 each. Buy a pair before they're gone!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Super Happy

    Posted
    RosRace
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    I'm so glad I read through the reviews for this unit. I've had several different bluetooth speakers in the past but this definitely takes the cake. For what I was looking for it delivers hands down. Sound is clear even at full volume. No distortion which is new to me. Fills a room with sound well. And to my surprise has good bass. I never know what to expect with these units. Even when you try them in store it's never the same until you get it to where you will actually use it. I love the design. I feel it's crafted well and I love the shape. Buttons are clean looking. Out of the box it was ready to use. Connectivity to my tablet was fast and easy. For what I paid and what I received I feel like I stole this unit. When I told the associate my price range he pointed me to mini. At normal price $199.99 I wasn't too thrilled but he said it was on sale for under $100. For the $37.99 this cost me I don't have a single complaint. Would highly recommend buying. And at the price I will most likely buy another before it goes back to normal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Just go for it...buy it...!!!

    Posted
    Avinash
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    Harman/kardon - Onyx mini exceeded all my expectations. It is smaller than I imagined, but this bluetooth speaker puts out big music sound. In keeping with Harman Kardon sound this bluetooth speaker is very clean and crisp in the sound it emits and can get quite loud in relation to its size. The bass is tight and not boomy with the nice separation of the lows where bass guitar notes are clear as well as the bass drum in music. The bass is definitely there and can be felt, but not overpowering and boomy like my JBL Charge 2+( which I like quite a bit as well). I would say the frequency response is more on the flat side and not boosted on the lows or highs, just a clean crisp all around great small speaker. Oh, and it pairs perfectly with an Amazon Echo Dot. If you plug the speaker in (it uses a standard micro-USB connector, and comes with the appropriate USB cord and wall unit charger), it will remain on and ready to talk to you Echo--no time-outs. At higher volumes, you can easily fill a room with sound. And, as I mentioned, you can push the speaker up to full volume and it's still pleasant to listen to, which is the exception, not the rule, with portable bluetooth speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall Sound Quality Beats Competitors

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    mishael53
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    I went through the JBL Flip 2, Sony SRSXB3, Bose Soundtouch, and finally tried this Onyx at the end and it won out. The sound quality is in the order I went through the various tests. Both the JBL and Sony's still sounded very tin-like, with the JBL's having the weakest bass. For me the worst thing is when the speakers make the sound emit like it's stuck in the speaker box, versus being a part of the ambience. The Bose was okay, but the sound quality was not worth the price tag is the issue. Yes it has awesome other features like the channels and remote control, but that just isn't worth an extra $100. One of the workers suggested Onyx, which I'd never used before and though obviously they aren't as great as a larger high quality speaker system, they are very balanced. The Bose did have a stronger bass sound, but in turn, it also was muffled and sounded "wongy" versus the Onyx whose bass was a bit weaker, but the overall sound was crisper without having a high treble or midi. It also did what I was hoping, which was having the music not sound like it was coming from a tiny box. I tested pop, hip hop, ballads, and classical. Great job, Onyx.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Sound!

    Posted
    Danny
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    I am an audio fanatic. I did a lot of research on which Mini wireless speaker to buy. I listened to all the samples at the store and I thought this speaker sounded very similar to the Bose Soundlink ($130). I also thought the Sony XB20 sounded similar but the Sony had more bass. The Onyx is a well balanced sound, great mid's and high's and low's are decent, good for its size though. I bought the Onyx Mini when it was only $50 on a deal of the day and i couldn't be happier. My regret is i didn't buy a second pair so i could pair the speakers. The charge holds for a long time and the sound quality sounds great. To improve the sound quality of the speaker don't forget to adjust your audio device Equalizer, it will make a world of difference. I would totally purchase this product under $100. I feel like this speaker is designed more for indoor or well protected outdoor use. The one complaint that i have, which very minimal is carrying the speaker because of the rear driver. I feel like you have to grip it weird without pushing on the driver. Other then that it is great. would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall Great Sound Quality

    Posted
    VinViral
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    This HK Onyx mini exceeded all my expectations. It is perfect size- not too small or big like Onyx Studio 2/3, but this bluetooth speaker puts out big music sound. In keeping with Harman Kardon sound this bluetooth speaker is very clean and crisp in the sound it emits and can get quite loud in relation to its size. The bass is tight and not boomy with the nice separation of the lows where bass guitar notes are clear as well as the bass drum in music. The bass is definitely there and can be felt, but not overpowering and boomy like my JBL Charge 2+( which I like quite a bit as well). I would say the frequency response is more on the flat side and not boosted on the lows or highs, just a clean crisp all around great small speaker. The shape kind of makes it a little hard for traveling purposes, but my intentions were for an all around house and yard speaker and for that this thing more than fits the bill. It's small enough to grab and go, I have no problems palming this speaker, but it may not pack so well with the round shape. All in all a great speaker at a great price(50$ on Sale unbeatable).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Got this speaker for a steal !

    Posted
    SamuelC
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    I was originally looking to get a Bluetooth speaker and my first thoughts were JBL and Bose both within the $100-$150 range. I try to test out the Soundlink Mini II and the JBL Charge 3 but neither display worked at my local best buy. I was forced to purchase them and test them out at home in order to see which one sounded better out of the two. Out of the corner of my eye as I'm leaving the speaker aisle, I see this Onyx mini 3 priced at $49.99 which I instantly knew was a mistake because Harman/Kardon are quite expensive. I bought the sound link mini II and the onyx mini to test them out and at higher, volume the onyx surpasses the Soundlink mini II and was able to purchase it at a 70% lower price than what was listed on Best Buy. I guess their mistake ended up being my gain because I ended up buying 2 onyx minis for my living room and boy does it fill up the room with rich sound. I know nobody will find it at the price I was able to purchase it at, unless their local BestBuy also messed up, but it truly sounds like a speaker worth $150-$200.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Small speaker BIG sound

    Posted
    TheAnonymousGuru

    So I was browsing on Best Buy's website and came across this speaker which was on sale so I immediately thought I must pick it up! I didnt realize it was somewhat small when i saw it but I just thought "what the heck I'll take it!" Once i got home, I set it up and was blown away with how good it sounds for its size! It sounds much better than my Bose soundlink mini. It's obviously not as good as my onyx 3 but it's definitely still a good little speaker! This has a good amount of bass for the size and not overpowering. The highs are pretty clean especially compared to Bose. Don't get me wrong, I like bose but i prefer harman/kardan. I would recommend this over its rival (soundlink mini) anyday!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speaker

    Posted
    SkylerL
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    I had no intention of purchasing a speaker when i made this particular trip to best buy.. i walk around occasionally to burn time! Anyways, i just so happened to turn down the bluetooth speaker aisle and looked down and it said $49.99 "save $150" i JUMPED on it!! Being an HK i was absolutely stoked! I bought the 2 year coverage for 10 dollars. I got home and the packaging was flawless and its exactly what you would expect being a luxury speaker. It had no problem connecting to my phone. You can charge it using any old android charger, it also connects via AUX. it was so loud the bass hits much harder than you would expect. If you listen to hip hop or dubstep its for you.. its great for metal too! It has a sub on the back side so it CAN be difficult to carry because of the sub but it has a nice sleek, and solid design.. doesnt wobble. I set mine on the floor below me when i game for amaaaaaazing quality listening. Buy this speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good for a mini!

    Posted
    Onnie
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    I've been wanting to buy a wireless speaker for a while now just to use to listen to music at home. I was eyeing the Bose Soundlink II Mini after reading the reviews, but I held it off because it was a little too pricey for me. I was browsing at the Best Buy store today trying to look for the cheapest speaker for the time being, until I decide to buy the Bose. I came across this Onyx Mini. It was priced as $49.99 (originally $199.99). I quickly searched for reviews for this particular speaker and it got 4.7 stars. I decided to just go for it since it was only $50. While checking out, the sales associate even said these speakers were pretty good quality. I'm so glad I got these instead of the Bose - the quality is pretty good for such a mini speaker!! No complaints so far. And I'm glad I bought it at the Best Buy store, because their site had it marked for $99.99. Not too shabby for a $50 Mini wireless speaker.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great little speaker!

    Posted
    Lizzzybeth
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    I went in to my local Best Buy to look at portable Bluetooth speakers. I already own a Bose Mini Soundlink but was looking for something cheaper to take to work with me that wouldn't concern me if it was stolen. The Harmon Kardons were on sale and the sales girl recommended them to me as unbeatable for their current price. While I was looking at the package several more employees recommended them to me and mentioning that they owned one and loved it blah blah. I decided to take the plunge and purchase the last one they had at the sale price and I am glad that I did!! It is an incredible speaker considering I spent about $50.00 for it as it was on sale! However, I would say that if I was spending full price for something, I think I prefer my Bose Mini Soundlink. However my brother thought this little Harmon Karden sounded better! So probably just personal preference

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best speaker I have tested so far.

    Posted
    Wutcanithert
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    The sound quality on the speaker is the best that I have heard so far. Great low to mid range audio. When speaker is at max, the sound does not get distorted. Sound is clear and crisp. Sound frequencies do not overpower eachother. Speaker is portable enough to put it in your backpack but the rear of the woofer is exposed and there is some worry about damaging the speaker. You should be fine though because the cone is made of durable parts. My only gripe about this speaker is the lack of some sort of pouch to carry the speaker in. Purchased the speaker while it was on sale, would have purchased at full price earlier if I have had a display present. I have already recommended this product to friends and family and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking at getting a portable speaker with great battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best in class sound

    Posted
    MrYou
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    I did research into a Bluetooth speaker. Criteria: Portable, Good Battery life, Good Sound Quality in low and high range. Looked into a few, heard a few. Sony X-55 sounded hollow and artificial. Bose soundlink mini was ok but was not great. Marshals was excellent at higher volumes was a wash at lower volumes. UE Boom etc, did not like the sound. Read about HK Onyx and went to listen in at BB. This sounded the best at low and high volume levels. Was portable enough and with a 10H battery life was a plus. My son has been using for last 1 month and simply loves it. The sound coming from his room is pretty rich and I go in and listen to some times. Looking for Onyx Studio 3 for myself now. That sounded fantastic at BB. That one for myself, in next couple of months.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best small speaker out there

    Posted
    BumpermanKC
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    Absolutely love this gem of a speaker. Love it so much I've bought two for myself, you can pair two from one iPhone, and one for my daughter. I've also bought a form fitting hard case designed specifically for this speaker to take on the go. I tried several speakers including the small Bose and the Mini absolutely has the best sound. clear highs and full mids with good bass. I also own the large Onyx and the mini almost sounds as good as the big brother without the booming bass. The Mini will definitely fill a room with great sound. You will be amazed! I was.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound - watch for sales

    Posted
    TonyB3
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    This small speaker has a great, large sound with deep bass and good range of tone. Pairs easily. It feels well made, but with the active flexible bass port, it remains to be seen how durable this is in the long run. At full price, this speaker is in the price/performance range of Bose and the other top-shelf retail speakers and holds its own. Unfortunately, those other brands rarely go on sale for very much. This one can be found on sale occasionally; I was able to buy this at less than half price, an amazing value. At full price the performance is good, but you may want to compare to Bose for some of its portability trade offs. It's better as a speaker to fit in a small space than for high portability, like packing in a carry on.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive

    Posted
    thesonofbatman
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    Got it for real cheap (less than $70) before my rewards credit and it's well worth it. The sound is much better than Bose color which cost me more than this. I wanted something compact to take to work without sacrificing the sound. I used to take the Bose color but discovered something missing when playing certain music and started looking for replacement, then this came out. I have the bigger version and very pleased with it but a little too big to take to work and I'm very happy they came out with a smaller version. The only thing is a little awkward to carry. I wish they had put a slot for a handle like the big one. Other than that it's great. Not worth losing a star over it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speaker!!

    Posted
    Mike
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    The Sound quality from the harman/kardon - Onyx Mini Portable Wireless Speaker is excellent. the battery life for the speaker lasts as advertised. The base quality from these little speakers is phenomenal, had placed it on the floor which was carpeted and when I activated the speaker was wondering where the vibration was coming from and then realized, duh it's the speaker....didn't think a speaker of this size could generate the base quality...boy was I so wrong....Have one in Black and one in Grey....this is a definite must have if you want A+ sound quality from a mini portable speaker!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great bedside table speaker!

    Posted
    JayFromLA
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    If you have an Amazon Echo Dot and were looking for a great speaker to pair it with, look no further than the Onyx Mini. I used to have my Dot paired with a JBL Flip 2 but the sound from the Mini is much better. Given the dimensions of the Mini you won't fill the room with lots of bass but most music is crisp and clear. The Bluetooth works well and it never turns off when paired with the Dot. I can always count on Alexa to play the music I want and it'll sound great coming out of the Onyx Mini. Right now I have it positioned across from the foot of my bed and the sound on the Mini is still quite powerful. You should buy one today!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Phenomenal speaker at this price point

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    BDP2535
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    I read several reviews before making my selection. Others were very complimentary of the sound produced, the size of the speaker, its connectivity and its appearance. I have to agree; this HK speaker gets high marks on all categories. It's small but has relatively good highs and lows. The music fills our room though is barley noticeable on the shelf. It paired immediately and had enough power on its initial charge to last several hours right out of the box. The same price (less than $43) was simply too irresistible...so I bought two. We have them paired with echos in separate rooms. Great speakers, esp for the price paid.

    I would recommend this to a friend