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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Onyx5 Black

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2019 (Refresh Now)
7.2
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
34
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
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Review Summary - 28 recent, verified reviews

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Sound Quality
 14
bose, onyx studio 5, studio 4, sound quality, onyx studio
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" ...  Great sound -- This is my 4th Harman Kardon speaker and I keep going back to them. ... One of the most impressive speakers I've ever heard.  ...  "
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" ...  Sound quality is so awesome  ...  "
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" ...  I love my speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a great speaker, if you didn't already own the studio 4. ... Buy the studio 4, if you need a speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  While this device has the size the be a portable speaker the battery life is horrible and it is better used as a speaker around the home. ... Sound quality is 8/10 but I'm still breaking the speaking in so that could go up dramatically it's a decent size it is perfect for my needs.  ...  "
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" ...  I am in love with this Bluetooth speaker because the sound quality is amazing! ... I prefer a 2.1 stereo or a 5.1 surround system, but despite it being a mono speaker, it sounds very full and room filling for for its size. ... It boasts a compact and very stylish form factor making it easy to take it on the go, yet produces sound in a quality and volume of a speaker two to three times its size.  ...  "
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" ...  This is truly an AMAZING speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s amazing how much sound comes out of this thing!  ...  "
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Bass
 9
speaker, midrange, bose, frequencies, treble
+100%
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" ...  My preference is a curve that is high on the ends (Bass and Treble) and low in the middle (Midrange). ... Strong bass and treble, and a flat midrange. ... The Bose is definitely last place in the bass frequencies. ... HK’s switch to the larger woofer in the 5 makes a notable difference, specifically when testing for sub frequencies.  ...  "
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" ...  This thing has a monster bass and clear highs!  ...  "
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" ...  The BASS is amazing! ... It makes my JBL boombox and extreme 2 sound like they have no bass at all.  ...  "
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" ...  If you are a BASS lover like me, you will LOVE this speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  This is the best speaker on the market hands down for being Bluetooth and portable with this much power loudness and bass is incredible.  ...  "
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" ...  Even though I give this 5 stars I've actually decided to send the speaker back because the bass is so incredibly potent that it's difficult to listen to music with this speaker unless you live alone and far away from others. ... In other words, the bass is so crisp and cutting that I can't really use this speaker at the volumes I like without worrying about offending neighbors on the other side of the wall, etc. ... It's truly astounding that HK achieved this much bass while maintaining a great level of crispness and clarity to the overall sound of the music.  ...  "
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" ...  So loud, so clear and full of BASS! ... But one of my biggest problems with it was that it had those annoying legs and it's great amount of bass caused it to literally walk off surfaces lol(well it's really not funny because it eventually took too much damage).  ...  "
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" ...  The sound, the BASS that comes out of this speaker?  ...  "
Volume
 7
speaker, perceived, graph, bose, louder
+100%
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" ...  Buy the studio 4, if you need a speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  I love my speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  This graph is how I perceived their volume at given frequencies. ... Worth noting on this volume graph… There was essentially no perceived volume at 16kHz. ... And none of the speakers are crystal clear at their max volume. ... - I found it interesting that while the Bose wasn’t as loud at lower volumes (a percentage of total volume adjustment), ultimately the Bose did play louder than the Onyx 5. ... If someone is paying attention, the graph would seem to run counter to my claim that the Bose was overall louder at max volume. ... So the Bose effectively has a volume adjustment of 0-100 when done manually at the speaker. ... And it’s my favorite sounding speaker!  ...  "
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" ...  I prefer a 2.1 stereo or a 5.1 surround system, but despite it being a mono speaker, it sounds very full and room filling for for its size.  ...  "
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" ...  The speaker is truly amazing I love it!  ...  "
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" ...  Great sound -- This is my 4th Harman Kardon speaker and I keep going back to them.  ...  "
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" ...  This is truly an AMAZING speaker.  ...  "
Size
 6
portability, also, speaker, phone, convenient
+100%
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" ...  It's not too heavy and is convenient.  ...  "
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" ...  - The Bose Soundlink Revolve+ definitely wins in the portability category. ... It also has the smallest footprint. ... Apparently, you are going to pay for the Bose name and portability.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s extremely lightweight and super portable.  ...  "
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" ...  It boasts a compact and very stylish form factor making it easy to take it on the go, yet produces sound in a quality and volume of a speaker two to three times its size.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the style n I use it everywhere  ...  "
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" ...  Really THUMPS for its size and stature. ... something this size you pair with a phone?  ...  "
Bluetooth
 4
speaker, believe, amazing, sound quality, musical
+100%
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" ...  All speakers were connected via Bluetooth to an iPhone XS. ... From this testing, I also believe that once you push Bluetooth past about 80%, the BT itself becomes the primary source of distortion, not the speaker & its amplifier.  ...  "
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" ...  This speaker is by far the best Bluetooth speaker for under $1000.00  ...  "
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" ...  I am in love with this Bluetooth speaker because the sound quality is amazing!  ...  "
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" ...  Do NOT let the size of this compact Bluetooth speaker fool you!  ...  "
Frequencies
 3
midrange, highs, bass, vocals, studio
+100%
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" ...  My preference is a curve that is high on the ends (Bass and Treble) and low in the middle (Midrange). ... Strong bass and treble, and a flat midrange. ... The Studio 5 also managed to have better overall staging and ever-so-slightly better vocals and treble. ... The Bose also did very well, but the vocals weren’t quite as forward on the stage. ... This is completely unscientific because higher frequencies will seem louder than lower ones.  ...  "
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" ...  This thing has a monster bass and clear highs!  ...  "
Price
 3
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" ...  Donovan – Beat Café  ...  "
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" ...  The price might hear you but buy it just me when I say you get what you pay for.  ...  "
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" ...  I was really nervous because of the price but overally worth it.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 3
speaker, iphone, connect, size, phone
+100%
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" ...  All speakers were connected via Bluetooth to an iPhone XS. ... - The Bose and HKs are able to wirelessly connect to similar units. ... I hooked up the speaker to my Windows 10 system and it recognized it without issue.  ...  "
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" ...  something this size you pair with a phone?  ...  "
Battery Life
 3
speaker, say, battery, even
+100%
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" ...  I will say that the Bose clearly speaks its battery capacity when you turn it on. ... And possibly the battery life or other features I didn’t cover.  ...  "
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" ...  While I don't know about the battery life as of yet what I can say is that the deep base provides such rich tones and the speaker covers our 1st story (approximately 1600sf) very well when put in the right spot on the floor.  ...  "
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" ...  Even on battery mode it packs a punch and when plugged in it’s an even more incredible experience.  ...  "

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Specifications

Connectivity
Bluetooth:  Yes