SoundSticks Wireless • $ 229.00 • Harman Kardon I can't believe it was all the way back in 2000 when I purchased my first legit desktop audio speaker system, the now iconic Harman Kardon iSub 2000 Subwoofer and SoundSticks. The futuristic audio jellyfish design stayed with me for years until I dropped it in the process of moving; I was devastated I had cracked the Jonathan Ive designed subwoofer, a timeless classic that's now part of permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and was always a conversation starter when they graced my desk(s) throughout the years.
Harman Kardon has since moved on with three generations of the SoundSticks, further fine tuning the audio performance with the current 6" down-pointing subwoofer and eight full-range drivers powered by 40 watts of amplification, leaving the industrial design pretty much as I remember it. But there's been a notable upgrade: Bluetooth audio streaming. Now users can stream music from any iOS or even Android or Windows Bluetooth enabled device. Harman Kardon's TrueStream flavor of Bluetooth can accommodate for up to eight Bluetooth-equipped devices making it a capable centerpiece audio system in aesthetics, audio performance, and connectivity. And it still looks darn beautiful.