The way a wireless speaker is designed is more important than one would think for two reasons; the most obvious reason being that it looks good and then there’s the question of how durable the speaker is. Harman Kardon’s ‘Aura’ won in the former department for us the moment we laid our eyes upon it; with its transparent dome and fabric coated body, we really can’t think of why anyone wouldn’t want it. The dome of the Aura serves a very important purpose other than making it look good; it circulates air to its 4.5” Subwoofer and the surrounding six 1.5” high-mid drivers for a more open sound. Harman Kardon calls this feature the 360 degrees Omni sound system which allows it to project sound to every corner of the room, which we think is very impressive for such a small speaker.
The Harmon Kardon Aura is a very well designed speaker by anyone’s standards but what we liked most about it was its performance; the sound on this wireless speaker is just superb and easily out sings many more expensive models available in the market. It has a DSP system that allows it to blast music at very large stereo volumes without making it sound all sculpted like is the case with many speakers with a DSP sound system. Furthermore, the Aura connects over all wireless protocols including Airplay, DLNA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, in addition to AUX and USB.
To conclude, we’re really pleased with the aesthetics and performance of the Aura. However, we should mention that this speaker may be on the expensive side for many of us. One thing we wish the Aura had more of is durability; if you drop it from a height, it could get visibly damaged.