Product: Harman Kardon GLA-55 2.0 Speakers
Rating: Strong Recommend**
Connect to: Computer, iPad, 3.5 mm Connector
There are only a few items we've reviewed that we'd categorize as true conversation starters, products that invite unsolicited opinions and curious inquiry. The diamond-cut design Harman Kardon GLA-55 offers an aesthetic presence which splits opinions strongly between love and hate, with few falling inbetween (you can
put us in the "love" demographic, but that's partially because they look so naturally at home in our home office). What isn't obvious until you connect the pair to an audio source is their impressive audio capabilities, proving the system offers more than looks.
The first true audiophile-quality sound system for computers, iPod players and other audio devices, the GLA-55 features more than 110 watts of onboard power, muscular Atlas™ AL woofers in a Slipstream-port design for high-output, low distortion bass and CMMD® tweeters for high-frequency sound as distinct and transparent as the speakers themselves.
Multimedia audio has never sounded more realistic - or looked more refined. Visit your Harman Kardon retailer and discover technology that entertains beautifully.
From the facets of the bass reflex enclosure and custom copper tubing, to the powerful bass of its Atlas woofers and crystal-clear highs of the CMMD tweeters, the GLA-55 is an expert in both beauty and sound. The system delivers with a powerfully tuned digital audio path; the clean and compact digital amplification coupled with DSP (digital signal processing) equalization efficiently provides the systems transducers with cool-running power. For added bass response, the subwoofer output allows connection to most standalone subwoofer systems. Touch-sensitive volume controls provides an easy user experience; touch both volume controls simultaneously to mute the audio output and touch again to un-mute. From the chrome base to the fully visible audio engine and port, the clear diamond like design leaves no detail unrefined. Slipstream Port Design – The GLA-55 port minimizes boundary layer separation providing high output bass with low distortion, for all to see and hear.Atlas AL and CMMD Transducers – The CMMD drivers provide accurate high frequencies while capable of low frequency extension to four octaves compared with traditional powered tweeters. The Atlas AL driver is capable of nearly 1” peak-to-peak travel for tight, accurate bass reproduction. This desktop pairing provides a full rich frequency response from the lowest bass to highest highs.The Harman Kardon GLA-55 has a suggested retail price of $999.99 US.