Test: Harman Kardon Omni 50+ review

Harman Kardon Omni 50+ review

A ready-to-go bass game

Battery and weather protection makes it possible to bring along, but the format is large.

  • Battery operation and weather protection. Supports HD audio. Powerful bass reproduction.
  • No networking contact as a little brother.

HK Omni 50+ has the same nice round shape as a little brother, but a more oval format. It also has battery operation and weather protection so you can take it out on the porch or picnic. Being a portable speaker is a bit big and heavy, so we can not help asking why it’s not the smaller speaker that’s so flexible. It is also strange that Harman has removed the network connection.

The app connects to the speaker and can transfer the mobile network settings, which makes the installation smooth. We still miss the ability to name grouped speakers because, as it is now, it’s confusing to choose recipients for playback.

When we hear the sound of Omni 50+, we suddenly understand how 10+ was supposed to sound, but it did not quite have the space or resources to achieve. The passive bass speaker instead gives a real puff to the rhythm bass, which gives an impressive sound in terms of size. We might have wished for some more openness and dynamism, but it’s not bad at all.

Conclusion

Harman’s larger Omni speaker sounds significantly better than his little brother. Here you understand what they intended with the passive bass speaker that adds an extra boost to the heavy bass. On the other hand, it is more unclear why it is the largest speaker that has been powered by battery and weather protection, because it is also the most inconvenient to bring along. The Omni 50+ probably fits home, but then the possibility of using a network cable was welcome.

Harman Kardon Omni 50+ Characteristics

  • Output power: 4 x 25 watts
  • Connections: Wifi, BT, Aux
  • Streaming: Spotify Connect, Chromecast
  • Other: 5 hour battery, IPX5 weather protection
  • Dimensions / Weight: 33 x 18 x 22 cm / 3.3 kg
  • Web: eu.harmankardon.com
  • Price: $680, –

Harman Kardon Omni 50+ test sound



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