Go + Play Micro review

Harman Kardon’s Go + Play Micro is advertised as a portable system. However, we found the system to be a bit bulky: at 3.9kg, and at 50cm wide, 23cm deep, and 24cm tall, its footprint isn’t insignificant.

On the front-left of the unit’s angled top is a Power button and a pair of buttons for volume adjustment. These are the only onboard controls the Go + Play Micro provides – to skip tracks, navigate playlists, or pause playback, you’ll need to rely on your iPod or iPhone’s controls, or the Go + Play Micro’s included infrared remote.

The remote is tiny and its buttons feel very cramped. It includes iPod/iPhone menu-navigation buttons to scroll through lists and select items, along with Play/Pause, Back, Forward, Volume Up, Volume Down, and Mute buttons.

Bass presence was prominent enough to shake the table on which the system was seated

The cradle’s placement relative to the Go + Play Micro’s metal handle makes docking your iPhone or iPod quite difficult. When we first docked the iPhone, its ringer volume started decreasing to silent, as if we were pushing the volume rocker on its side. We weren’t, but the Go + Play’s dock cradle was. Fortunately, the cradle’s height is adjustable; raising it slightly alleviates the volume-button issue.

The Go + Play Micro can be powered by eight C-cell batteries. Harman Kardon advertises “up to 18 hours of continuous music playback” from one set of batteries – the system includes an energy-saving sleep mode that kicks in after a period of inactivity. The unit includes a AC adaptor, a 3.5mm audio line-in jack, an RCA composite-video output, and a USB port. The USB port is for connecting the Go + Play Micro to your computer for syncing your iPhone or iPod with iTunes.

The Go + Play’s audio components include two of Harman Kardon’s Odyssey midrange/high-frequency drivers. On the bottom sits an Atlas subwoofer. (The system provides 15W per channel for the left and right drivers, along with 30W for the subwoofer.)

To our ears, music sounds clean and rich, even when the Go + Play Micro’s volume is dialled up, and in our testing, bass presence was prominent enough to shake the table on which the system was seated

OUR VERDICT

The Go + Play Micro looks good, sounds good, and is easy to use. The unit’s bulk and cost are the two biggest factors to consider before you buy, but its sound and design won’t disappoint.

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