Harman Kardon Go + Play
High-end iPod dock with brilliant audio
- Great bass, detailed mid-range, rich sound, powerful remote, handle makes for great portability
- Dock placement is poor, slightly rolled-off low treble notes, no bass or treble controls
Harmon Kardon's Go + Play is a brilliant high-end iPod dock. Its audio is well balanced and almost flawless. The design has one niggling issue, but the large, sturdy handle certainly adds to the unit's portability
Price$ 549.95 (AUD)
Sitting in the upper echelons of the iPod dock category in terms of cost, Harmon Kardon's Go + Play joins units such as the B&W Zeppelin and the Bose SoundDock in providing a high quality audio solution for portable music players. It produces excellent audio, has a powerful remote control and it has some nifty design elements that make it extremely portable. There were a few niggling issues, and the price tag is quite hefty, but overall it is an impressive product.
As you'd expect from a brand with this kind of reputation, the audio output of the Go + Play was nothing short of stellar. It was one of the best portable music solutions we've ever listened to.
Right out of the box it produces rich, full and relatively well-balanced audio, which is a good thing because there aren't any audio controls for bass or treble. The bass was particularly noteworthy; it extended deeply and rumbled with plenty of power without being too strong or overpowering. It was quite slow, meaning the notes lingered for quite some time, but that only assisted in creating a rich, warm tapestry of sound.
The mid-range was quite pronounced, with a smooth, detailed sound and a fair bit of energy. Fast, complex tunes sounded great, which is a fairly impressive feat for a small system such as this. The Go + Play exhibited excellent separation between different instruments while still maintaining cohesion and had a nice visceral tone on some specific sounds (such as snare drums).
We found some of the lower treble notes were a little rolled off; they were far from inaudible but they didn't quite have the prominence we've heard on some other systems. This wasn't really a problem, however, and we were fairly impressed with the higher notes on the whole. They were detailed, sweet and extended nicely.
In our volume tests the Go + Play did an admirable job. It is more than capable of filling a medium-sized room at half volume and turning it up to full is sure to cause some ears to ring. There was no real distortion until the very highest volume levels; even then it was minimal.
The remote is pretty nifty. It has two modes: one that controls playback and one that controls the iPod menu. It is somewhat of a rarity to find a remote that allows full iPod menu navigation without touching the player itself, and it's certainly a welcome inclusion. Initially the controls can be a touch confusing but once you learn the basics it becomes quick and seamless. The fact that it operates via radio frequency is a boon, as line of sight and range aren't really issues.
Unfortunately, the remote's features are somewhat negated by a poor design choice: the iPod dock is flat on the top of the unit, rather than in the middle between the speakers. You can't get a look at the screen without actually leaning over the unit, so you may as well just use the iPod's controls to navigate manually. It is a pretty strange decision to not allow users to see the display from across the room.
Other than this, the design is sound. The Go + Play looks nice if a little plain. It is dominated by the arching silver handle, which allows you to easily carry the unit. This portability is one of its greatest assets, and it is backed up by the battery slot at the back (although it does require a whopping eight C batteries).
It sports a USB input for PC connection, S-Video for video output and an auxiliary jack for non-iPod players.
Join the PC World newsletter!
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Google Daydream VR headset
Lexar® Portable SSD
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Surface Pro 4
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- 2 ZTE Axon 7 review: Is ZTE dumping old stock on Australia?
- 3 Oppo R9s smartphone full review
- 4 Finally! LG OLED TV 2016 range review
- 5 Huawei Nova Plus smartphone review
Latest News Articles
- Apple's Q1: Record $US18.4 billion profit, but iPhone sales are slowing
- Sony shows latest high-end Walkman
- Sydney Airport lost property auction: you'll be amazed at what some people left behind
- The iPod classic plays its last
- Apple iPod Touch pricing slashed by up to 25 per cent in Australia
PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
- How to quit Pokemon Go (or to start enjoying it again)
- Huawei Mate 9 full in-depth smartphone review
- Time to ditch Foxtel and the iQ3: How to replace Foxtel packages with cheaper alternatives
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- TPe-Learning Developer (Captivate 8)VIC
- FTClient Delivery ManagerSA
- TPTechnical Report EditorQLD
- FTPMO Specialist - PermanentACT
- TPProduct Owner - Cloud SolutionsQLD
- CCGIS Developer - GeocortexWA
- FTSenior Dot Net Backend Orientated DeveloperNSW
- FTDynamics AX Functional Consultant (Sales & Marketing Modules)VIC
- TPProject Support OfficerQLD
- CCProject Support SpecialistVIC
- FTDevops EngineerVIC
- CCWindows AdministratorACT
- CCLevel 2 IT Service DeskQLD
- TPOracle Consultant - CC&BQLD
- TPSolution Architect - IntegrationQLD
- FT.Net DeveloperVIC
- CCArcSight Security Engineer - Contract - IT Services - SydneyNSW
- FTAnalyst Programmer (Natural/Adabas)SA
- CCUser ResearcherNSW
- CCDevOps/Senior Sys Admin - eCommerce - Contract - Sydney Northern BeachesNSW
- TPInstructional Designer | DETQLD
- CCTechnical Consultant - ITSM/HP Service ManagerVIC
- CCSenior Infrastructure EngineerNSW
- FTTechnical Consultant - SQL Server programming skillsACT
- TPICT Contracts Compliance ManagerWA