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  • Harman Kardon HKTS 20BQ

Harmon Kardon has been making great audio equipment for decades. Recently, the company came out with a surround sound system that has been gaining a lot of positive press. The HKTS 20BQ (bad name for a great system) delivers excellent sound, an attractive price, and style wrapped into one luxury speaker set.

Those who are currently shopping for a surround sound system (or looking for a chance to upgrade) that doesn’t sound tinny will enjoy all that this new Harman Kardon system has to offer. Amazingly, this system also comes with a price tag that will please most consumers and gain a nod of approval from most audiophiles.

What the 20BQ Includes

The 20BQ is a 5.1 speaker system that includes a 200-watt, 8-inch subwoofer, four two-way satellites, and a two-way center channel. As a nice added touch, this system also comes with swivel wall-mounts that allow users to angle speakers perfectly.

Harmon Kardon has included speaker wire with this system, so this is one less thing that users have to purchase.

It is important to note that the 20BQ only accepts bare wires. This means that you can’t use banana wires with this particular Harmon Kardon system. This is one minor drawback to a system that really stands apart from the crowd.

Sound Capability

No matter how great a surround sound system looks, no system is worth its salt unless the sound coming from it is impressive. Here, Harmon Kardon doesn’t disappoint. The speakers that come with the system are capable of displaying deep sounds and clear notes. When tested, these speakers sounded great when listening to a movie and when turning up the volume on certain music tracks.

For the average consumers, this system will work great in any living room setting. Not only does the 20BQ look great, come with swivel mounts, and sound impressive, it is also one of the least expensive systems in its class (at the time of this writing).

Price Considerations

Harmon Kardon systems are undoubtedly luxury systems. That said, this particular Harmon Kardon system is not as expensive as other comparable systems on the market. At the time of this writing, it was possible to purchase the 20BQ online for around $470. Other systems in its class range from $400 to more than $700.

Even though the price of this system may be higher than some consumers want to pay, there’s no denying that this particular system is one of the sleekest available. If style is important to you (and considering that a surround sound system is usually placed in plain sight, why would it be important?), the 20BQ is a great buy.

If you’re looking for a system that has a bit more bass (some may find this bass a bit weak), you may want to check out competitor systems. This reviewer recommends taking a look at the Boston Acoustics Soundware and the Energy Take Classics systems. All three of these systems are sure to impress anyone seeking a great home surround sound system.