Convenient carrying handle
Good sound quality
In addition to Bluetooth 4.1, there are Aux and USB
No NFC, WLAN and aptX
Short battery life
Poor value for money
Harman/Kardon Go+Play test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
7 out of 36
- Value for money: 67
- Sound quality (50%): 84.8
- Equipment (30%): 91.7
- Mobility (20%): 51.5
Even if the battery life of this gadget is less than that of competitors, its name reflects the essence of the device well: for transportation, the Bluetooth speaker has a stainless steel handle.
Functions, features, sound and battery
To play music, the Harman/Kardon Go+Play has an Aux jack and a USB port in addition to Bluetooth 4.1. The speaker does not support such functionality as connecting to an audio source via NFC or WLAN, as well as data transfer via the aptX protocol.
Due to its size, the Go+Play offers space inside not only for two fairly large speakers, but also for two batteries. According to the manufacturer, their capacity is 3000 mAh and they should allow the device to work without interruption for up to 8 hours.
Measurements in our test lab, however, show that these Bluetooth speakers only last 4 hours and 2 minutes of battery life. However, before the battery gives up, the speakers play nicely balanced and dynamic. Only the low frequency range deserves criticism: the Harman/Kardon Go+Play are somewhat intrusive here.
Harman/ Kardon Go+Play alternative
In terms of value for money, the Harman/Kardon Go+Play are not very convincing. In particular, at the time of testing, the manufacturer estimated this device as much as 15,000 rubles.
That being said, for significantly less money, you can get Libratone Too. These Danish speakers are comfortable, compact, natural-sounding and loud, placing them higher than the Harman/Kardon Go+Play in our respective rankings. Currently, this model costs from 10,000 rubles.
Sound quality (50%)
Harman/Kardon’s new Go+Play speakers are solid and resonant. These Bluetooth speakers gain rating points primarily due to their dynamism and excellent surround sound. Problem: Not only is the bag relatively heavy, but it stops playing after just a few hours of battery life.
Harman/Kardon Go+Play features and test results
|Line input (AUX)|
|Connecting multiple phones|
|Multiroom (via app)|
|Multiroom (via WLAN or proprietary)|
|Pairing speakers into a stereo pair|
|Source select button|
|Volume control via app|
|Volume control for connected devices|
|Max. playing time|
|Power bank function|
|Package contents: USB cable|
|Package contents: charger|
|Package contents: case|
|Package contents: remote control|