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Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 Review

In the modern home decoration style, simple is undoubtedly a very popular trend. To achieve this goal, people naturally also attach great importance to the design when choosing household products. This selection trend is also more common in speaker products. And Harman Kardon onyx studio 5 Bluetooth speaker is one of them.

You may want to try to choose wireless Bluetooth speakers, especially Bluetooth speakers designed in Nordic style, which can eliminate the shackles of cables and add a different temperament to the home environment. Today I bring you a Bluetooth speaker with equal emphasis on design and sound quality-the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio5.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 speaker

Onyx Studio 5 is the fifth generation of the Harman Kardon Onyx series. Harman Kardon has released Onyx Studio 6 and Onyx Studio 7. The sixth generation has an ipx7 waterproof feature than the fifth generation. The Onyx Studio 7 adopts a different renovative design.

Luxury audio company Harman Kardon launched a new Harman Kardon ONYX STUDIO5 music Bluetooth speaker, redefining the elegant style with a unique shell-shaped design. The extraordinary and the pure classic sound quality shows full and delicate sound in-depth, breaking through the traditional shackles and creating a high-quality, stylish home audio life experience for you.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 Bluetooth Speaker

Harman Kardon has always presented beautiful sounds to the world with its highly creative design, great artistic style, innovative freedom ideas. As a result, it delivers consumers elegant appearance and perfect sound quality and has won many high-end consumers.

The audiophiles favor them. The Harman/Kardon ONYX STUDIO5 music Bluetooth speaker will allow you to experience the elegance, freedom, and innovation from Harman Kardon again.


As a home-style multifunctional Bluetooth speaker manufacturer, the Harman Kardon Onyx series takes the elegant and concise seashell shape as the design prototype. In addition, this series provides three color finishes that are both classic and fashionable, which can fit different styles of indoor environments.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 Bluetooth Speaker review

The portable matte aluminum handle design allows everyone to take it to any house area to listen to music. Of course, the overall weight of Harman Kardon onyx studio 5 is 2980g, which is easy for the user to carry around.

The control buttons of Harman Kardon onyx studio 5 are located below the ring of the speaker and keep the same color as the fabric on the surface of the speaker. As a result, the color matching appears to be very harmonious.

The five buttons are all designed with a “bulge” design to facilitate the user’s operation to meet everyone’s needs for blind control at night. There will be a corresponding signal light below the button.

Onyx Studio 5

Speaking of the highlights of Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5, in addition to its unique shape, there is also its elegant fabric design. While bringing a simple appearance and comfortable touch experience, it is also dust-proof and anti-fouling, demonstrating users’ quality of life. In addition, there is a “Harman/Kardon” logo on the gold bottom directly below the box.

If it is not easy for everyone to see the innovation in the design of this speaker from the front, the visual effect on the side will be even more stunning. Not only is the product more three-dimensional, but it also gives people a sense of visual art. That is also the unique feature of the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5, and the overall design is also very harmonious.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5

Onyx Studio 5 speaker has a built-in 3283mAh lithium-ion battery, supporting up to 8 hours of continuous playback time, which can meet the needs of going out for entertainment.

The charging port of the speaker is located on the back of the speaker. According to the official website, this speaker has an output power of up to 50W powered by DC. Therefore, even if you listen to songs in a relatively large space, the sound can still maintain a clear and translucent effect.

On both sides of the speaker charging port, there are AUX and “SERVICE” ports. The “SERVICE” port can be used to upgrade the speaker’s firmware to meet future needs.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 Portable Bluetooth Speaker

The whole base of Onyx studio 5 is covered with a rubber material so that it will be stable on a smooth table. In addition, the rubber material at the bottom will not be exposed, so it will not affect the overall effect.

Sound Performance

In terms of the speaker units, Harman Kardon onyx studio 5 is equipped with a dual speaker system composed of 25MM tweeter and 120MM bass, which can bring up to 50W RMS power balanced and incredible sound.

At the same time, Onyx studio 5 is streaming through wireless Bluetooth 4.2, which can support two devices to play music in turn. In addition, its wireless dual-channel technology supports the wireless connection of two ONYX STUDIO 5, bringing beautiful sounds that linger in the entire space and enhance the user’s listening experience.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 speaker review

When I listen to “when you believe”, the theme song of the movie “The Prince of Egypt“. You can find that the human vocals are behaving reasonably well, and there is no exceptional beautification. The bass of this song is not heavy, and the sound is just right. However, I think the music has too heavy bass but is not so pleasing to hear.

Listening to this familiar music through ONYX STUDIO 5 is aurally very special. I feel that the separation of high and low sounds is a bit obvious, and the crossover point seems to be a little bit high. But, of course, this has to do with everyone’s preferences. I think it’s a bit high personally, so it sounds a bit uncomfortable.

The music performance was better after listening to it for a while. The accent is not so turbid. It’s a bit more analytical. The treble is not as sharp, and the overall combination is perfect. Although the bass is a bit heavy, I think it is very suitable to buy at this price. Especially young people like to have more accents, so it’s more appropriate.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 review

There are also a few additional notes:

1. The speaker is directional, so the placement position is critical. For example, the position away from the wall or the height of the listening will affect the listening experience.

2. The resolution is better when plugged in.

Onyx Studio 5 Bluetooth Speaker

3. The appearance is gorgeous. The whole is also very textured. So it is OK if you set it as a decoration for your home.

4. The bass is a bit heavy, so large-scale music is very suitable and sounds very majestic. However, songs with rich vocals or music may feel uncomfortable if the bass is too much.


As a multifunctional Bluetooth speaker, the design of ONYX STUDIO 5 is still one of its highlights. Both fashion and simplicity make the speaker itself more artistic and better integrate into the modern home scene. It also allows users to move the speakers more easily.

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Of course, the sound quality of the Harman Kardon onyx studio 5 is also amazing. Even in a small space, it can also bring a wide range of music enjoyment, and the sound quality is also very clear and natural.

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 5 Specifications

  • Maximum music playing time (hrs): 8
  • Output power (W): 50
  • Frequency Range Hz (-10 dB): 50Hz – 20kHz (-6dB)
  • Bluetooth profiles: A2DP 1.3, AVRCP 1.6
  • Bluetooth frequency: 2402MHz – 2480MHz
  • Bluetooth transmitted modulation: GFSK, π/4 DQPSK, 8DPSK
  • Bluetooth transmitter power: 0 – 9dBm
  • Battery capacity (mAh): 3283
  • Charging time (hrs): 5
  • 3.5 mm audio cable Input: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions (cm): 28.4 x 29.1 x 12.8
  • Weight (kgs): 2.98