Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2 Review
If you are looking for an exciting and intriguing design for your speakers, then Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2 is a perfect choice. The designer made sure its shape is unique, looks like a glass cloche, but on the other hand, it is not just a decorative piece for your home but an excellent speaker as well. Without a doubt, its design could be nothing less than iconic.
- Very Creative design
- Quality Build
- Tonally Balanced
- Room-Filling Sound
- Loose Bass
- App Lacks Features
- No Dedicated Remote
- Lack Details
The Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2 will undoubtedly impact anyone who sees its design. A funneling glass tunnel that connects to the speaker’s center turbine is indeed eye-catching. It is a unique piece of a speaker on the market with its unconventional exterior. The white ambient light helps the design and visually accompanies the audio, emphasizing the music you enjoy to listen. Besides the white light that glows from the center turbine, there is also the animated ring of LEDs on the inner base of the Aura Studio 2.
What is the difference between Aura Studio 2 and Aura Studio?
You probably would expect a significant change, but the truth is there is a slight difference between Aura Studio 2 and Aura Studio. With Aura Studio 2, the Bluetooth Social mode is no longer there, but instead, there is white animated light that provides a nice touch. Apart from that, everything else remains practically the same between the two speakers (the new model and the predecessor).
The excellent sound experience is pretty much due to the powerful 4.5″ subwoofer, which delivers 360 degrees of omnidirectional audio. Because it doesn’t run on a battery and needs to connect to electricity, this speaker is not portable. But it has Bluetooth connectivity and can make hands-free calls to answer and end calls while your phone stays connected to the speaker. It can also connect with other devices with an auxiliary cable or micro USB cable, depending on the device you want to connect.
If you want, you can also link two Harman Kardon Aura Studio 2 speakers together through this speaker’s Wireless Dual Sound feature and make a stereo that will allow you to enjoy the music in a completely new and different way.
The option of changing settings with touch buttons that eliminate clicking noises gives something extra to the luxurious feel. That means you get to adjust the volume or to turn features on and off without any annoying clicks.
When you think of a new model release, it is slightly disappointing that the only difference is the white light’s addition compared with the previous model.
And it is just white light, where there could have been different color choices. Of course, there is a touch button that you can turn off the light during the day or in case you don’t like it at all.
But at the end of the day, it is a matter of preference if you want it to make the atmosphere a bit cozier, especially while playing at night, after a long day at work or having friendly company over a glass of wine or nice dinner.
There is no doubt the design is unique and looks intriguing, but the glass tube can collect lots of dust and be quite frustrating. It would be best if you didn’t try to disassemble the speaker; otherwise, be sure that you will not be able to assemble it back. And that is a considerable risk to take for such an expensive speaker. The best way is to clean it with a rubber attachment to the vacuum cleaner hose, but being careful not to damage the speaker because that can quickly happen.
That is why I suggest prevention to keep your speaker clean and safe. It would be best if you considered covering the speaker with something while not using it to prevent objects from falling in or something as simple as dust. Especially when you have kids in the house. They may find it an exciting spot to put their toys, gums, or similar rubbish inside, which will be quite frustrating and preventing you from enjoying the audio experience you have paid for.
Although Aura Studio 2 is not the best speaker globally, it is undoubtedly one of the most eye-pleasing speakers that provide an excellent audio experience.
It is up to you to decide if you prefer the speaker’s aesthetics over the process of its maintenance over the period.
If you are more interested in a portable wireless speaker, you should also check out the Zipp speakers from Libratone.