Question about Harman Kardon Go + Play Portable Speaker System for Apple iPod - Matte Black

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Only 3 speakers work!

I docked my IPOD and only 1 front and 1 rear speaker worked. I reseated the IPOD and both front speakers and 1 rewar speaker work. No matter what I do, I can not seam to get the 4th speaker to work. Any suggestions before I return it and buy a Bose?

Thanks for the help.
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  • saskwatched Dec 28, 2008

    Hi Fficarra. Yes, we've had a similar experience with the rear "speakers" on my wife's go + play. However, I'm not sure it's a problem. From what I can tell by looking through them under a bright light, & from reading a bit about H/K's "Slipstream port" technology, the matching speaker grills on the back of the unit  do not house separate speakers. That is, the unit's 2 woofers & 2 tweeters are under the grills on the front of the system (you can plainly see this by looking under those grills), & the grills on the back merely port some of the sound from the back of the speakers to the exterior. I think the left rear port (to the right channel/speaker) throws more sound than the right rear port (for the left channel) b/c there's some kind of dampening device (a plastic insert with slits cut in a diamond pattern) over the right rear port just under the grill. The port under the left rear grill is wide open, which allows for most of the bass coming off the back of the right channel's woofer to escape. Because the cones can travel as much as an inch back, the bass flying out of the right channel's front & rear grills actually creates a wind. If you listen closely, you'll hear that some sound does come out the other rear port but it's more muted. I'm calling Harman/Kardon's support line on Monday just to be sure. I'll post whatever I find out. In the meantime, hold back on your plan to return this for a Bose. I've compared Bose & H/K side by side & the H/K delivers a fuller range of the sound & clear, undistorted music at much higher volumes than the Bose is capable of reaching.

  • hopeful09 Jan 12, 2009

    Any news saskwatched ?

    I have the same problem. With mine, only the 2 front speakers work... :-(

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I took the bottom off my go play to have a look inside, the internal port is connected to one rear speaker grill and the other is blanked off, so no sound will come out of that one.

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One of the rear bass ports on the go+play is a passive speaker. It does not give out any sound and this is why you dont hear any. It simply helps to boost the bass, similar to what you see on subwoofers with holes on the side.

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Guys, I experienced the same. The front speakers worked and rear not. BUT please remember, that this was on batteries. As soon as I plugged in the normal electricity (adapter), all speakers, rear and front, worked like a charm.

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  • Stary kocur Feb 23, 2013

    Guys, I experienced the same. The front speakers worked and rear not. BUT please remember, that this was on batteries. As soon as I plugged in the normal electricity (adapter), all speakers, rear and front, worked like a charm.

  • Stary kocur Feb 23, 2013

    So it is not a bug, it is a feature

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    Andrey Adzhiev Apr 13, 2014

    It's impossible. All you have on rear side is phase inverter and plastic cover behind aluminium grill. Check this:http://i-lak.ru/image/data/akustika/gopl...

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