Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3 2020 Updated Review
We’re about to review the Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3. Harman Kardon is a well-known European manufacturer but might be unfamiliar to some American consumers. Nonetheless, they have a longstanding reputation for building quality, well-engineered speakers.
About Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3
The first thing we noticed about Aura Studio 3 is its unusual design. Most Bluetooth speakers look like, well, speakers. They have a faceplate with a grill or screen, just like traditional wired speakers. Even 360-degree speakers that look like Coke cans still look like speakers, albeit unorthodox ones.
On the other hand, Aura Studio 3 looks more like a humidifier than a speaker. It’s all black, with a round, solid base and a smoky bubble lid that arches over the top. If you’ve ever played the board game “Trouble”, you’ll be tempted to press down on the lid.
The art of beautiful sound. With a domed design, premium materials, and ambient light effects, the iconic Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3 makes a modern statement in your home. Style and substance. Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3 speakers emit exceptional 360-degree audio. Enjoy more dynamic sound thanks to a powerful subwoofer for a truly immersive listening experience.
- Distinctive, elegant design
- Exceptional 360-degree sound
- Ambient lighting
- Wireless streaming with Bluetooth
- Included Components: 1X Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3,1X Power Cable,1X Quick Start Guide,1X Safety Sheet,1X Warranty Card
- Power Source Type: Corded Electric
- Slick, modern design.
- Attractive ambient lighting.
- Excellent sound quality.
- Corded power only.
- Bluetooth or 3.5mm audio only.
Bluetooth version – 4.2
Support – A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6
Transducers – Mid-high range
Rated Power – 2 x 15W RMS + 1 x 100W RMS
Frequency response – 45Hz – 20KHz (-6dB)
Signal to noise ratio – 80dB at 15W (Mid-high range); 80dB at 100W (Subwoofer)
Power supply – 100-240V – 50/60Hz
Bluetooth transmitter power – 0 – 9dBm
Bluetooth transmitter frequency range – 2.402 – 2.480GHz
Dimension (H x W x D) – 283.6 x 232 x 232 (mm) \ 11.2″ x 9.1″ x 9.1″
Bluetooth transmitter modulation – GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
Weight – 3.6kg (7.9lb)
What the Aura Studio 3 lacks in connection options, it more than makes up for in sound quality. To begin with, this is a true 360-degree speaker. It projects sound throughout the room, and does so evenly on all sides.
Obviously, this isn’t a significant benefit if the speaker is positioned on a shelf or entertainment center. But if it’s on a table in the middle of the room, it will fill the room from corner to corner without any issues.
This feature is accentuated by the Aura Studio 3’s capacity for very high volumes. In fact, it can produce clear, distortion-free sound at volumes as high as 100dB. This is very loud for a mid-sized Bluetooth speaker.
You can easily hear 100dB music on the other end of the house, even if the house is fairly loud. For most people, you’re never going to actually want to use the maximum volume. But that’s a good thing. You can crank up the volume enough for just about any purpose, and not have to worry about audio quality.
Another defining feature of the Aura Studio 3’s sound quality is the clarity across all frequencies. Highs are clean and clear, whether you’re listening to strings, cymbals, or synths. Mids are similarly clear, without any distortion or crossover from the highs and the bass.
Finally, the bass is also very clear. It’s also well-equalized. If you’re listening to dance music or metal, you’re going to feel the thumb of the bass. This sets the Aura Studio 3 a cut above some other Bluetooth speakers, which still sound a bit hollow. The soundstage is also very wide. There’s plenty of separation between all frequencies, without any crossover or interference.
The Harman Kardon Aura Studio 3 is a bit of a unique animal. This is obvious from the moment you open the box. It just doesn’t look like your typical Bluetooth speaker. If it’s turned off, your friends might even ask you what it is.
But the LED lighting makes it an attractive accent for just about any room. Whether you’re relaxing to Beethoven or playing Cardi B at a party, the lights will complement the music. Not only that, but the bottom-heavy design ensures that the speaker won’t easily get knocked over.
The connection and power options are some of the Aura Studio 3’s weakest points. Without a battery, you’re limited to corded power only. And without USB support, you won’t be able to play music from a flash drive. That said, most people buy a Bluetooth speaker because they want Bluetooth.
The Aura Studio 3 performs marvellously in that regard. Moreover, the sound quality is some of the best on the market. It’s very powerful, with enough volume potential to knock your socks off. Not only that, but it performs well at all frequencies, so it’s suitable for any genre of music.