Re­view: Har­man/Kar­don Esquire

Oh look! A por­ta­ble wire­less speaker

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS -

$349, har­mankar­don.com/en_au

There’s no need to roll your eyes at the ar­rival of yet an­other Blue­tooth speaker. Har­man/Kar­don’s Esquire de­liv­ers in the sound depart­ment and it’s rather easy on the eyes, too.

love Im­pres­sively loud and clear for its size. Looks as good as it sounds. 10-hour bat­tery hate It’s not cheap. Chis­elled edge eas­ily scuffed T3 says One of the best Blue­tooth speak­ers we’ve ever had the op­por­tu­nity to lay our, er, ears on fre­quency

Power Con­nec­tiv­ity quoted Bat­tery

Di­men­sions

Har­man/Kar­don has a long-held and well-de­served rep­u­ta­tion of sound ex­per­tise. It’s had six decades to learn a thing or two on the sub­ject and, per­haps un­sur­pris­ingly, this re­fined Blue­tooth speaker tick­les the ears in ways that few can match.

Re­mark­ably loud for a Blue­tooth speaker, the Esquire is de­signed as much for the of­fice as for the home. Its clear, high-qual­ity au­dio is just as happy tack­ling con­fer­ence calls as blar­ing what­ever tunes you choose to an­noy your col­leagues with. It’s cer­tainly in an­other league from the sub-$200 speak­ers that come through the T3 of­fice on a weekly ba­sis.

The Esquire also looks out­stand­ing, with Har­man/ Kar­don ap­pear­ing to have taken some tips from Ap­ple’s de­signs. A chis­elled edge echoes the de­sign of the iPhone 5S and the speaker is re­as­sur­ingly heavy, but not to the point that it might be­come an in­con­ve­nience.

The 10-hour bat­tery and hand­some carry case top it all off very nicely in­deed.

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