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Harman Kardon HKTS-18 5.1 Channel Speaker System
List Price: $899.00

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Features:
  • 200W amplifier power (RMS)
  • 10" woofer, bass-reflex enclosure
  • 8 ohm nominal impedence
  • 3/4" dome, video-shielded tweeter
  • Dual 3" drivers, video-shielded

Customer Reviews:

  • Wonderful speakers!
    I'll just confirm and add a little bit to what everyone else has said about these truly great speakers. They sound great, first and foremost. They feel very solid, like they are made entirely of metal (a good thing!). In fact, while many systems sport satellite speakers weighing around 2 pounds (USA), these weigh closer to 3 pounds.

    The image on the Amazon page for these speakers does not do them at all justice! The base speaker is very big, looks like a fine price of furniture, and could possible sub as a side-table (but don't do it...hehe)!

    I have mine connected to a Denon AVR-1908 receiver. I mention this because it took me a few days to figure the best setup for these speakers, and I want to mention some pointers. My receiver allows choosing between 'small' and 'large' when it comes to the front, back, and center speakers. For these speakers, set them all to 'small'.

    But, most importantly, be sure the sub-woofer is turned on on your receiver! I used the system for a couple of days before I realized the bass speaker was not on! That's because the front speakers were set to 'large', so they took up the task of filling in the missing bass (so it was hard to notice the bass wasn't on). I figured out how to turn the bass on in the receiver, and - WHOA! - the entire room shook!

    Which brings me to a special pointer - you can tell if the bass speaker is getting a signal by the COLOR of the light on top! If it is off, there is no power. If it is yellow, it is on, but no signal (or too low a signal to register if low volume). Blue means on and there is a signal!

    So, in conclusion, these speakers are awesome for the price! Speaking of which, the price of Amazon fluctuates for this item more than the stock market! I have seen it go up and down on the same day as much as fifty or even two hundred dollars! So monitor the price and strike when it is low (I got mine for LESS than four hundred dollars!)....more info
  • blew my receiver 2x's!!!!!
    Bought this speaker set as it seemed like a great value and surely beat the deals at my local retailers, the smaller dimensions of the speakers fit in the space I am using it in, and I had a great perception of the HK Brand Name! Overall, the system sounds 'OK'...HOWEVER!!!!!... After about a few weeks, my receiver quit powering the sub!...gave me a new receiver under warranty. A few weeks after using the new receiver...same issue as before...gave me a new receiver under warranty. My local retailer that I bought the receiver from testing both the receiver and sub this time (as they were covering the receiver under warranty)...only to find that the HK Sub was the culprit the whole time. Luckily, the local retailer I bought my receiver from is also the local HK warranty provider!!

    I'm not a huge sound buff, but i have noticed that the satellite speakers can't really push out any bass if I crank it up...sounds like it's way overpowered.

    If you're looking for a middle of the road system to have a better movie experience or for an OK music experience, this system is good (if your sub doesn't blow out the receiver twice!!). If you're looking for a top notch speaker system....LOOK FOR SOMETHING BETTER THAN THIS SYSTEM!!! Oh yeah, and now the sub has some sorta popping noise when changing scenes in movies, etc... consider putting out a few more bucks for a different system 8-)...more info
  • Incredible deal for the price. These are AWESOME!
    I was happy to find this 5.1 speaker set for my new family room. I expanded the set with the Harman Kardon HKS-9 Speaker pair to make it into a 7.1 setup.
    The mounting of the speakers takes a bit of time since I had to set into the wall using some molly anchors, but they sit solid as a rock and sound incredible!
    I even mounted two of them to the ceiling over the sitting area. I was a bit concerned at first about the mounting system being able to hold them stable of our heads, but the end result was better then anything I could have hoped for.
    Routing the speaker wire thru the mouunts, attaching the plate to hide the underside, and screwing the speaker to the mount was a bit of a hassle, but I finally decided to exclude the "cover plate" since you can tuck the wire up into the bottom of the speaker and they dont show anyway.
    The sub in GREAT! Nice size unit and provides nice deep bass sounds. I have yet to use with a DVD player or TV yet (only have Ipod hooked up to the new Yamaha Receiver) but I am definately impressed.
    I do wish the sub didnt have an acrylic black finish to it. It shows dust, smudges, and finger prints really well. :(
    Overall, I have to give this system a 9 out of 10! Well worth the money! I now have a 7.1 speaker sound setup for less then $600 total!...more info
  • Harman Kardon HKTS-18 5.1 Channel Speaker System
    I researched, looked at & listened to a several brands before I settled on the Harman Kardon HKTS-18. The Bose Acoustimass 10 was equal quality but priced ridiculously high ($999). The Bose Acoustimass 6 was certainly a step down, but amazingly still priced about double what I paid for the HKTS-18. The Harman Kardon speakers arrived in less than a week and in perfect condition. Without a doubt the best sounding setup I have ever had. I couldn't be happier....more info
  • love these speakers
    Great speakers. Box came a bit beat up, but the speakers work great. Hooking up was a breeze. Works well with our Sony Receiver and new LCD tv. Speakers are bigger than some competitors out there, but worth it for the sound.

    Got a great price just under $400....more info
  • Harman Kardon HKTS-18
    I Harman Kardon Speakers are very nice looking and the workmanship appears to be very good. For the price I paid they are a good speaker. The tweeter sound is not as crisp as I would like to see. The surround speakers are very good looking book shelf speakers and very solid built for small speakers....more info
  • Awesome
    I ordered these on a friday night, and got them the following thursday. Can't beat 4 day shipping.

    These look very aesthetically pleasing. High gloss paint job, modern.

    As for the sound, well they sound great, especially for what you're paying. The Sub works great, and the speakers produce pretty accurate sound in my opinion.

    I did not try the wall mounting, i got the floor stands. I've heard the wall mounting kit that comes with this isn't so great.

    Over all, I'm glad i made this purchase, awesome sound. If this is the first time you're going to have a 5.1 system you're going to be blown away. Sometimes when I'm watching movies i actually look over my shoulder because i think someone's talking to me. Feels great!

    Also, another brand with good satellite speakers: JBL

    ...more info
  • Rob
    All I can truly say is these jems are unbelievalbe.. Very impressed with the quality and the sound with movies as well as live and recorded music. I matched these speakers with a Sony STR-DG820 7.1 channel surround AV receiver. For now I have just bought the 5.1 surround system from Harman Kardon, but i can always buy 2 more of these babies later for about 100 bucks and have a full blown 7.1 surround system.. You most definitly can not go wrong with these speakers. Buy and enjoy !!!!...more info
  • Great value speaker system
    I bought these speakers to pair with my new Onkyo 705 and they sound great. When I'm ready to upgrade the quality of my speakers, these will make a great set for a second room.

    Note: they come with wall mounts, but I was looking to put them on stands. The Harman stands are great looking, but expensive. The stands I purchased with "universal" mounts were difficult to install, but did eventually work....more info
  • Fabulous Sound and Looks
    The HKTS 18 speaker system has been producing magnificent sound in my living room since I installed it about a month ago. It is the most important element among the components I selected after much research to go with the Pioneer PDP-4272HD TV I bought last year. Here's what I've learned from the shopping experience, the set-up and the audio results.

    1. Don't skimp on speakers!! Originally I looked at Home Theater in a Box systems, did my homework, and fortunately decided on the HKTS-18s. In a 15'X15' room they sound simply magnificent. These speakers would easily fill a room 20'X20', and perhaps much larger, with distortion-free, crystal-clear sound. The subwoofer will shake any room you put it in when those movie jet aircraft on your DVD fly over. In addition, the surround speakers are artfully shaped, beautifully constructed and perfectly sized. The black finish perfectly matches the TV. The center speaker sits unobtrusively in front of the TV on the television stand. The color-coded speaker wire makes set-up easy and the speaker brackets make wall mounting a breeze where you don't choose to use the supplied leather pads under the speakers on a table or a shelf. To repeat, you can make a BIG difference in the sound of your system by purchasing the BEST speakers you can possibly afford. If you buy cheap or inadequate speakers there is nothing your receiver or DVD player can do to improve the sound. You can't do better for the money than the Harman Kardon HKTS-18s.

    2. For your receiver and DVD player (or changer), look for features and price (in light of what your budget will allow after selecting the best speakers you can afford). I selected the SONY STR-DG910 and the Onkyo DV-CP704. Both are performing flawlessly. In my experience, the Amazon reviews of both provided very accurate, helpful information that has been born out in my experience.

    3. The HKTS-18 is a 5.1 channel speaker system. I immediately turned it into a 6.1 system by retaining one of my "old" Bose 301 Series IV speakers as the sixth rear speaker. (I decided not to use the other Bose speaker to create a 7.1 system, but that remains an option, though I'm absolutely delighted with the rich surround sound I have with the 6.1 set-up.) The SONY STR-DG910 receiver does a marvelous job of driving the 6.1 surround-sound system in my living-room while simultaneously driving a pair of speakers on the "B" channel wired into my kitchen.

    4. A bit of advice on set-up. If you use HDMI cables, be sure to read thoroughly ALL of the instructions for the receiver and the DVD player. You'll need to go through the proper set-up programming to get the HDMI to function properly. A minor problem with the STR-DG910 receiver is the close quarters of the speaker-wire attachment points. Keep this in mind as you plan the sequence of what you attach when in the process and try to avoid making these attachments in close quarters. Poking the speaker wires into those little holes and turning the fittings down tight may try your patience. In regard to the Onkyo DV-CP704, my only temporary difficulty was getting it to play JPG images because I kept getting a "Bad Disc" message when trying to load the discs I had burned. You will get a "Bad Disc" message not ONLY when the disc is dirty (per the manual), but ALSO if the disc is not properly burned per the manual instructions (e.g., folder and file structure) and has been finalized properly using a burn program like Roxio.

    5. Finally, Amazon delivery is simply amazing. I had all of my system components within three days of ordering them. ...more info
  • AMAZING........BUT!
    I have these speakers paired with the ONKYO TX-SR606B AV RECEIVER.This combination has took my home theater sound to another level.I here sounds that I've never heard with my other speakers.If you have a small to med room you may have to turn the bass down some.The only complaint I have is,the spring loaded speaker terminals are very flimsy.Be careful when you insert speaker wire,especially big gauge wire.I just don't understand why they would make such cheap terminals on these great sounding speakers.I would have given them a 5 if it wasn't for the terminals....more info
  • Great sound system
    I connected these Harman Kardon speakers to my Harman Kardon AV240 receiver and it was simple. Sound is great. The four outboard speakers are 10" high and weigh about 3 lbs. The bass is maybe 30 lbs. and is 14" square on the top and 19" high. It has enough power to rattle the windows. At a little over $400 + shipping---a good deal....more info
  • Simply amazing
    I actually own two sets of the HKTS-18s, but am only using two of the satellites and the extra sub driven by a Harman/Kardon AVR 645. Although the sensitivity is relatively low at 86db, they are extremely clear. They outshine my old Bose Acoustimass 10 series VI setup in every aspect and at half the price. Since purchasing the HKTS-18s I now agree with the "No highs, no lows, must be Bose" adage.

    If you don't mind the set in silver, you can pick up a set of HKTS-14s directly from Harman/Kardon's ebay store (harmanaudio) for under $200 (including shipping). The HKTS-14s are exactly the same except it uses a 12" driver in the subwoofer instead of a 10"....more info
  • Excellent speaker system!
    One of the best home theater speaker systems, comparable to Polk RM 905, JBL CS6100BG, but at a considerably lower price. Excellent frequency range, 20-20kHz, bringing out elements of music that were barely audible before. Easy setup with wall/book shelf mount or with sleek HK speaker stands. Overall, couldn't be happier with the set.

    Matched them with Sony STR DG920 receiver, and Sony WDL 40'' LCD TV. Altogether $2k, but worth every buck. ...more info
  • Harmon Kardon 5.1 channel speaker system
    I feel it is only fair to take the time to write a review for this product since other reviews played a big part in my decision to purchase one. The HKTS-18 speaker system met all my expectations and even surpassed them on some points. The unit sounds as good as it looks, which is to say it looks of quality and has the sound to match. It was a straight forward installation and depending on how anal one is regarding snaking & fishing speaker wire, the time spent can vary (I spent the better part of a day). One point of potental difficulty is that the speakers have a bit of weight to them - quality of design - and the included wall mounts attach at only one end of the speaker. This looks good but can be a tricky support on drywall. If one is planning to wallmount these speakers, I would strongly suggest screwing directly into a stud if possible....more info
  • Harman Kardon STS Speakers
    I bought these speakers for my dad and thought that they would be pretty good speakers since they kept getting good reviews....Once I hooked them up for him, all I thought was Oh My God....these speakers were amazing.

    The clarity was crystal clear, the base was nice and clean and extremely deep. When I watch a movie, it feels like your actually part of the movie b/c of the life like clarity.

    I never thought these little speakers would be as nice as my Infinity Floor standing speakers with 15" of woofer plus my JBL surrounds....but they are. So, when I buy a flat panel TV, I will definitely be purchasing a set of these for myself to replace the speakers I have....And to think, my speakers ran me about $1800 and these were purchased for $400....wow!...more info
  • Nice System
    Pros: HKTS-18 is really one good system. It sounds very clear and bass is really powerful. I use it to watch movie, listen to music, and play games. They are all sound good in this speaker.

    Cons: There's one minor cons, the subwoofer will have a small explosion sounding like when you turn your amp on....more info
  • Excellent sound quality and Elegant look.
    This is an outstanding product and I love to be part of my home.
    It has fulfilled my expectation in terms of sound quality and its shape.
    It took few months of research time for me to conclude, half of that time was to compare it with Boss acoustimassr 10 speaker systems. Finally decided to go for this HKTS-18; I believe I took a wise decision by doing so. Without compromising the sound quality I have save a couple of hundred dollars. I connected the speaker system with Yamaha HTR-6160BL it deliver great sound.

    The only reason that I could not give 5 star rating for the product is because of its poorly designed wall mounting unit for the satellite speaker.

    Pros:
    Excellent sound quality
    Elegant look
    Powerful subwoofer.

    Cons:
    The supplied wall mound unit for the satellite speaker is not good enough to place on drywall sheet. You may have to think of some alternative arrangement to wall mount unless your wall is wooden or something similar.
    ...more info
  • Step a side Bose
    Making this choice was not easy for me. After months of listening and cranking up systems at various stores (yes, that's me trying to blow the speakers, I love it when the salesmen comes over and is trying to say something but you can't hear him. I like to give them that Blueman Group stare),I found what I was looking for. A sexy looking system, crisp sound, room thundering lows and easy on the pocket. While I was considering a Bose system the price kept turning me off--sounds great, price sucks. The HKTS-18 offers a great sounding system at a realistic price. Thanks to Bose's pricing, it kept me in the game a little longer. Long enough to find this gem from Harman Kardon. Very satisfied. Plus shipping from Amazon was amazing. Received the speakers in two days on standard shipping. Nice surprise....more info
  • Excellent sound quality and Elegant look.
    This is an outstanding product and I love to be part of my home.
    It has fulfilled my expectation in terms of sound quality and its shape.
    It took few months of research time for me to conclude, half of that time was to compare it with Boss acoustimassr 10 speaker systems. Finally decided to go for this HKTS-18; I believe I took a wise decision by doing so. Without compromising the sound quality I have save a couple of hundred dollars. I connected the speaker system with Yamaha HTR-6160BL it deliver great sound.

    The only reason that I could not give 5 star rating for the product is because of its poorly designed wall mounting unit for the satellite speaker.

    Pros:
    Excellent sound quality
    Elegant look
    Powerful subwoofer.

    Cons:
    The supplied wall mound unit for the satellite speaker is not good enough to place on drywall sheet. You may have to think of some alternative arrangement to wall mount unless your wall is wooden or something similar.
    ...more info
  • Excellent speaker system!
    One of the best home theater speaker systems, comparable to Polk RM 905, JBL CS6100BG, but at a considerably lower price. Excellent frequency range, 20-20kHz, bringing out elements of music that were barely audible before. Easy setup with wall/book shelf mount or with sleek HK speaker stands. Overall, couldn't be happier with the set.

    Matched them with Sony STR DG920 receiver, and Sony WDL 40'' LCD TV. Altogether $2k, but worth every buck. ...more info
  • Great brand, amazing product!!!
    This is the third system that I've installed, and I'm still amazed at the quality of this system. I installed the latest set with a Rotel amp, and I'll put this system up against a Bose cube system any day. My customer is extreemly happy, and everyone comments on the sound quality and appearence of the speakers. I'll definately recommend to my next customer....more info