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[Best Buy] Harman Kardon Astra Bluetooth Speaker - Black - Open Box $49.99 (Brand New $429.99)

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[Best Buy] Harman Kardon Astra Bluetooth Speaker - Black - Open Box $49.99 (Brand New $429.99)

$50 seems like a good deal for a Harman Kardon bluetooth speaker. The speaker is also powered by Alexa.

https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ha ... 44&irgwc=1

A few things to consider before buying this speaker though:
- there's some mixed reviews (3 out of 5 stars on BB and Amazon):
https://www.bestbuy.ca/en-ca/product/ha ... gI4hvD_BwE
https://www.amazon.com/product-reviews/B07M6RJRV2
- Regular price at $429.99 seems way over inflated. There's been other sales where the speaker was selling for $100.
- There has been at least 1 Best Buy promotion where you buy a specific headphone, you get the speaker for free. People posted about it in the 2nd RFD thread below.

Old RFD threads about this speaker:
- best-buy-harman-kardon-astra-bluetooth- ... 9-2374377/

-best-buy-harman-kardon-astra-bluetooth- ... f-2370829/
Last edited by oj777 on Jul 8th, 2020 9:32 am, edited 3 times in total.
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I don't think I have seen a bluetooth speaker with worse reviews than this lol
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These things were basically free a few times at Best Buy.
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Jeez OP delete this thread you made it seem like such a good deal, the reviews are trash people are saying they wouldn’t even take this for free.

At least link the amazon reviews so people can decide for themselves
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I bought then read reviews, guess I'll have to cancel.
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moufasa wrote: people are saying they wouldn’t even take this for free.
I'd take it for free!!.... then throw it off my 12th floor balcony and let it smash into a million pieces! Harmon Kardon will never EVER get a penny from me again!! Bought an AMP from them, out of 6 years of owning it, it was in the shop being repaired 1 year in total.

Hard pass!!
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SammyDavis wrote: These things were basically free a few times at Best Buy.
Edit: $50 is the lowest selling price so far but there has been at least one Best Buy offer of: buy a specific headphone and get this speaker for free.

moufasa wrote: Jeez OP delete this thread you made it seem like such a good deal, the reviews are trash people are saying they wouldn’t even take this for free.

At least link the amazon reviews so people can decide for themselves
Done! I added the Amazon reviews link in my OP.
Last edited by oj777 on Jul 8th, 2020 9:24 am, edited 1 time in total.
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As I recall, this speaker was a bundle bonus of a $199 headphone about a year ago at bestbuy
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I bought these speakers when BestBuy was selling them for $99 and returned them since they are not worth that price. Considering $50 price now, they can be given a try (by someone who just needs a basic smart speaker) as this one will sound better than echo dot or Google home mini any day.
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KenAdams wrote: I'd take it for free!!.... then throw it off my 12th floor balcony and let it smash into a million pieces! Harmon Kardon will never EVER get a penny from me again!! Bought an AMP from them, out of 6 years of owning it, it was in the shop being repaired 1 year in total.

Hard pass!!
Do that and you may surpass the “Chair Girl” in popularity. High time we need a “Speaker Guy” for equal representation. Lol
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oj777 wrote: Really? When? I couldn't find any info online that showed Best Buy sold this speaker for "basically free" a few times in the past (unless $49.99 qualifies as basically free?).
I'm confused - your own link to the previous thread (2nd link) goes directly to @warpdrive's comment on getting this speaker new for free with a $70 headphone purchase at BestBuy?

This is from your OP and goes to their comment:
-best-buy-harman-kardon-astra-bluetooth- ... #p32452650

Several comments following on BestBuy giving them for free with other promos, and people saying they'd never use for music.
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This has been discussed many times here, it’s worth $50 brand new
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I have this unit. Yes, reviews are terrible and justifiably so because you have to use their HK software for the initial pairing and its pretty much broken on Android.

The workaround is that you set it up on a Apple Device FIRST. ( I set it up on my ipad ). Once its connected to your wifi network, it works just fine. Never had it drop connection. Excellent sound, I use it with spotify mainly. You can also mute it permanently with the touch controls on the unit so Alexa never turns on.
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TeriyakiJack wrote: I have this unit. Yes, reviews are terrible and justifiably so because you have to use their HK software for the initial pairing and its pretty much broken on Android.

The workaround is that you set it up on a Apple Device FIRST. ( I set it up on my ipad ). Once its connected to your wifi network, it works just fine. Never had it drop connection. Excellent sound, I use it with spotify mainly. You can also mute it permanently with the touch controls on the unit so Alexa never turns on.
So you can't use the Alexa app on this?

Bummer :(
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Oh, you can i'm pretty sure. I just don't want it on in my home.
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