A Marriage of Technologies
It comes as no surprise that Apple's clever design team worked with Harman on the unique look of SoundSticks. The first product from this duo was the built-in sound system that comes in every iMac with a slot-load CD or DVD drive. Then came the iSub, on which the SoundStick's woofer module is based.
The SoundSticks system is designed for any Mac with USB ports. The manufacturer says the system should also be compatible with many PCs that support USB but won't guarantee it'll work on all models.
To achieve its rich sound, each desktop unit contains four one-inch speakers. The speakers use Harman's Odyssey system, a technology that the manufacturer claims will deliver higher-quality audio from a smaller package. The satellite speakers are optimized for midrange and high frequencies, and they easily tilt on their bases for the best positioning and sound. The woofer is six inches, typical for this sort of product.
Setup and Sound
Installation is a snap: Plug in the desktop speakers to the woofer module, then connect the woofer to the transparent power supply, which plugs into the wall outlet. There's no on/off switch, and the only adjustment on the system is for woofer level.