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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 Bluetooth Wireless Speaker Onyx5 Black

Last Updated: 10 Apr 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.2
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/10
Total Reviews
69
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Review Summary - 61 recent, verified reviews

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Sound Quality
 27
bose, onyx studio 5, studio 4, sound quality, sound
+96%
-4%
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" ...  The sound quality is so clear and crisp way better than any JBL I’ve bought.  ...  "
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" ...  They work and sound great when linked.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Audio snobs could find things to complain about but .  ...  "
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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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" ...  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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" ...  I heard a friends music with this speaker. ... The sound was so awesome i looked it up. ... Speaker has awesome clear sound quality.  ...  "
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" ...  This is truly an AMAZING speaker.  ...  "
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Bass
 21
speaker, bose, midrange, frequencies, crisp
+100%
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" ...  The bass and sound from this speaker is better than any speaker iv heard.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the bass.  ...  "
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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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" ...  I have spent days looking through forums for a speaker to deliver appropriate bass and sound clarity and I found it on my own.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the sound and has a lot of bass . ... en my personal opinion I really like to hear the music with lot of bass. ... if you are looking for a Bluetooth speaker with an excellent sound with a lot bass this speaker is indicated and definitely I am going to buy the second speaker!  ...  "
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" ...  bass is great.  ...  "
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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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" ...  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.  ...  "
Volume
 13
volume, perceived, louder, graph, bose
+92%
-8%
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" ...  I heard a friends music with this speaker. ... Speaker has awesome clear sound quality.  ...  "
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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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" ...  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 love my speaker!  ...  "
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" ...  I absolutely love the sound of this speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  The volume is mighty and can fill out a large room easily.  ...  "
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" ...  I love my speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  Buy the studio 4, if you need a speaker.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 10
speaker, best, believe, amazing, volume
+90%
-10%
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" ...  Connects to cell phone super easy after charging speaker.  ...  "
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" ...  Great sound and easy to pair with cell phone.  ...  "
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" ...  The bluetooth pairs easily and works very well.  ...  "
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" ...  The best Bluetooth speaker that I bought .  ...  "
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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!  ...  "
Size
 9
size, portable, portability, heavy, also
+100%
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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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" ...  It's not too heavy and is convenient.  ...  "
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" ...  Really THUMPS for its size and stature. ... something this size you pair with a phone?  ...  "
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" ...  The speaker is portable, though leaning toward heavy - around 3 kg./ 6.5 pounds.  ...  "
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" ...  Powerful little handbag look alike speaker, I love it and it makes my day better listening from it.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s extremely lightweight and super portable.  ...  "
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" ...  I like they ditched the legs as well so it's more portable.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the style n I use it everywhere  ...  "
Price
 8
+100%
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" ...  A great buy for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought mine for $119.00 awesome price. ... Although i would have paid full price.  ...  "
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" ...  Very reasonable price for what is being sold.  ...  "
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" ...  At this price level it's a steal!  ...  "
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" ...  A good bang for your buck  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Battery Life
 6
life, speaker, say, last, sound
+83%
-17%
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" ...  Great sound, very good battery life.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Frequencies
 4
midrange, highs, bass, vocals, studio
+100%
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" ...  The overall clarity/mid-range and trebles leave something to be desired.  ...  "
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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!  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 4
system, phone, pair, mac, iphone
+100%
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" ...  Great sound and easy to pair with cell phone.  ...  "
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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?  ...  "
Design
 3
design, sound quality
+100%
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" ...  What does the ‘curve’ look like? ... On the Studio 5, HK changed it up and went to a design that now looks more like a woman’s handbag, having a full handle on top.  ...  "

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Connectivity
Bluetooth:  Yes