Onyx 8, the new version of Harman’s flagship Bluetooth speaker is slowly evolving


The venerable Onyx from Harman/Kardon has not said its last word! The portable speaker from the American manufacturer is back in an eighth version, this time with an acoustic autocalibration function and a hands-free kit function, still for 300 €.

Still very much alive, the Onyx line from Harman/Kardon perpetuates its cycle of renewal which seems endless with this eighth iteration for the start of the 2022 school year. On the program, always a very slow evolution and therefore little to put in your mouth: the Onyx 8 remains a portable portable speaker, but undoubtedly sedentary, still limited by the lack of IP resistance certification and by its meager 8-hour battery life (burdened by a 5-hour recharge to refuel).

The Onyx 8 will arrive in mid-October for €299

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The first and only real major development is to be found in sound reproduction, more specifically in the processing of the speaker’s internal signal. The eighth iteration of the Onyx is now able to automatically adjust the sound reproduction thanks to its integrated acoustic autocalibration function. The microphones integrated for this also make it possible to offer a hands-free kit function, which is slowly reappearing on recent Bluetooth speakers. Looking at the technical sheet more closely, we also notice that the Onyx 8 now goes to two tweeters 20 mm, compared to 25 mm on the previous version, with once again the presence of a 120 mm bass/midrange speaker.

Onyx 8

Despite its acoustic configuration and its size, the Onyx 8 is clearly not shy and promises “stunning stereo sound”, while specifying that it is still possible to pair a second speaker wirelessly – which unfortunately must be strictly the same model – for a true stereo configuration. As for other features, multipoint support remains present, but there is still no software support and therefore no companion application.

Onyx 8

In terms of conception and design, this new model takes up the one inaugurated with the Onyx 7 and its large aluminum ring. Harman still wants to shine in the field of ecology by specifying that the Onyx 8 is adorned with a grid woven from recycled polyester yarn, that its packaging meets FSC certified standards and that it is printed with eco-friendly soy ink.

JBL Go 3 Eco

In the absence of offers discover

Will you do some greenwashing again? The Harman group has just announced the “Eco” version for “Ecological” of its ultra-portable flagship speakers, the JBL Go 3 and Clip 4. These models retain on paper the characteristics of the original models and the same launch price, but are now “made from 90% recycled plastic, with 100% recycled grid fabric” and “offered in more sustainable packaging”, like that of the Onyx 8.

Clip 4 Eco

The Go 3 Eco and Clip 4 Eco will arrive in December 2022 in three different colors: “forest green”, “ocean blue” and “cloud white”.

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