Harman Kardon regularly releases products that are one part beauty and one part audio brilliance. The new Nova Wireless, which are vaguely reminiscent of the old Apple Pro speakers that shipped with the original flat-panel iMac, combine crystal clear design with modern connection options, including a trio of inputs.
Two by Two
Each of the Nova’s powered, spherical satellites combines a 2.5″ driver and 1.25″ tweeter, while the vortex-shaped woofer enclosure and porting provide an additional punch of bass performance to the speakers. The system features a total of 40W (20W for each speaker) and utilizes Harman Kardon’s proprietary DSP to create an enhanced soundstage. Like other Harman Kardon systems we’ve reviewed here at AppleTell, you’ll likely get the company’s signature clarity and accuracy in reproduction, all from a pair of speakers you’ll actually want to see sitting on your desk.
No Missed Connections
Unlike the Apple Pro Speakers, which featured a proprietary mini connector that only worked with the iMac, the new Nova speakers are happy to connect to virtually any device. Analog and optical audio inputs mean you can plug in virtually any source from a MacBook Pro to an Apple TV, while Bluetooth provides wireless connectivity for iPhones, iPads, or even Macs. The Harman Kardon Remote app also lets you connect to and control the Nova system, and is specially designed to simplify the wireless setup and pairing process.
You can find full details and buy the Nova wireless speakers at Harman Kardon’s website. Available in either white or black, the Nova goes for $299.95.