// Harman Kardon Soundsticks III
When PCs evolved from office workstations into entertainment centres, they turned from beige boxes into minor works of art. PC speaker designs are rarely as engaging, but one exception is the Harman Kardon Soundsticks III set.
This third-generation design isn’t particularly different to the original, which was developed in collaboration with Apple with an eye to making it blend in with the curvy first-generation iMac. Those iMacs look dated now, but the Soundsticks III speakers are as appealing as ever – an achievement for something that resembles a robo-jellyfish accompanied by a duo of see-through Subway sandwiches.
That’s due as much to the high-quality finish and superb attention to detail as the innovative concept. An LED bathes the subwoofer in a subtle white glow, while the accompanying cables are decked out in silver; even the internal wiring in the satellites looks smart. The touch-sensitive volume buttons maintain the sublime minimalism but aren’t practical, and we can’t believe that adding a headphone output would have spoiled the design.
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