Harman Kardon VS Bose VS Klipsch

Robert Johnson
Mar 15, 2019 · 5 min read

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If you’re reading this article, chances are, you’re currently going through reviews to determine which brand you’d opt for once you make the purchase for your own sound system. That’s okay, it’s pretty standard for us now to scour the Internet for other users’ experiences with products. That way, we can choose which best fits our conditions and be made aware of the problems that some models may have in the process. A single comment can make or break an item.

For today, we’ll be tackling three brands which you’ve probably already heard of before: Harman Kardon, Bose and Klipsch. The opinions can be overwhelming, and if you’re new to buying for your entertainment system, it can be easy to believe the most expensive option around is also the best. On paper, they all sound great, and there’s some truth to that — they all have their advantages. But there are different factors in play, depending on the type of system you need and where you intend to use it. Let’s check it out:

Harman Kardon

Harman Kardon has a long history of creating both home and automotive sound equipment. Founded by namesakes Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon in 1953, it now functions as a subsidiary for Samsung Electronics. Despite being under a different management, the quality of its speakers are not to be undermined. It is also known for its excellent service to previous customers.

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Harmon Kardon has a reputation for sounding great, especially in smaller rooms. You do not have to pump it all the way up to fill the space with sound; at even half the full volume the sound it emits is clear. Bass levels could be an issue, but it outperforms many options, especially portable ones. But here’s the catch: it is not your best bet when portability is a great consideration as models are pretty limited. By design, speakers from the brand are better when put in one place, as in when installed in your home or your car. For the few choices that are relatively light enough to carry though, the brand delivers. The speakers come with few buttons which means there are less things to interfere with the sound, and the design is often futuristic. Older customers also benefit from its Adapt system, which gives previous models wireless capabilities.

Best for: small spaces, such as rooms in the house or your car

Reason to pass: often heavy and not portable

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Here’s a brand you’ve probably known even before your quest for the perfect speakers. Just like Harman Kardon, Bose has time as one of its advantages, selling speakers since 1964. Established by Amar Bose, the company sells worldwide and continues to gain satisfied customers for the exceptional sound and design of its home and professional audio systems as well as headphones.

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Many laud Bose speakers and headphones for their audio. The sound is full and crisp regardless of genre: pop, rock and soul all are great in Bose systems. The music is clear enough that you can pick up sounds from different instruments, and that is the case even with its noise-cancelling headphones. The bass is powerful regardless of the environment, and there are even models specifically designed for use outdoors where there are many sounds that can interfere.

The options you have are plentiful, regardless if you want it stationary or on the go. For home equipment, Bose offers an option to control speakers in different rooms through a single, central equipment. The brand affords convenience in more ways than one, but what puts off most people is the price. Although the dollars you have to spare vary, Bose systems are generally on the higher end of the spectrum. If money is a consideration, you can be on the lookout for discount codes.

Best for: clear, crisp, full sound which is true for different audios

Reason to pass: often more expensive than its competitors

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Klipsch is another American company serving audiophiles even longer than both Harman Kandor and Bose. Founded in 1946, the brand came to be in Arkansas with the intention of providing homes with an entertainment system that everyone in the family would enjoy. It continues to do so this day, and its home theater packages remain as one of the most recommended when starting an entertainment center. For its products, Klipsch has earned accolades such as a CES Innovations Award in 2010.

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One thing that distinguishes the brand from the two previous companies selling audio equipment is design. They come in more colors and forms, and when you are particular with having a sound system that does not look out of place with your home’s interiors, then it is highly likely you would find something satisfying in Klipsch. The focus on aesthetics does not mean that the brand is compromising on sound quality, as the consensus on the brand is that the sound coming from its equipment is smooth, crisp and clear. Its AptX technology for some models is a welcome feature as it makes distance a non-issue for its wireless speakers. What’s more, for those who find both Harman Kandor and Bose expensive, Klipsch offers cheaper alternatives.

The drawback may be the systems’ being less durable than counterparts, but with proper care, Klipsch is worth every dollar. Some models are also thought to suffer from being too bright, and that can be irritating after a while.

Best for: more design options without sacrificing sound quality

Reason to pass: systems can be less sturdy than its competitors

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