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Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 Soundbar Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Apr 13, 2021 at 09:47 am
Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 Picture
7.3
Mixed Usage
7.8
Dialogue/TV Shows
7.5
Music
6.9
Movies
Channels
5.0

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is a 5.0 soundbar that's advertised to have 13 channels, but it really has a mix of 13 speakers and tweeters. We confirmed it's a 5.0 bar through our testing files, which send signals to specific channels to determine the true number of channels. It also comes with built-in Multibeam technology that's advertised to help create a more immersive surround sound experience. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds some extra punch to your audio, and there are even a few sound enhancement features available to help you customize its sound. However, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy music and action-packed movies. You can purchase a subwoofer separately, but we don't currently test for this.

Our Verdict

7.3 Mixed Usage

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is satisfactory for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds a little extra punch to the mix while still reproducing clear and accurate vocals and dialogue. There are a few sound enhancement features to help you customize its sound, though it still struggles to reproduce a rumbling low-bass, which can be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy genres. Also, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, and it doesn't offer a very immersive surrounds experience.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Bass adjustment feature.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos.
  • Lacks low-bass.
7.8 Dialogue/TV Shows

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is very good for dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Thanks to its dedicated center channel and balanced mid-range, it can reproduce vocals clearly and accurately. There's also a dialogue enhancement feature available to help make voices sound more clear and crisp. It gets pretty loud, too, and you can easily stream podcasts from your phone to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast built-in.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Dialogue enhancement feature.
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Chromecast built-in capabilities.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Apple AirPlay.
7.5 Music

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is good for music. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds a little extra punch and warmth to your audio. You can also use the bass adjustment feature as well as the EQ presets to help customize its sound more to your liking. Unfortunately, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like bass-heavy genres like EDM. However, you can purchase a dedicated subwoofer separately, though we don't test for this.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Bass adjustment feature.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
6.9 Movies

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is fair for movies. Out-of-the-box, it has a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that can still reproduce dialogue clearly thanks to its balanced mid-range. However, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, so you don't feel the deep rumbles in action-packed scenes. It doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, and it doesn't have dedicated surround speakers, so surround content doesn't sound as clear and real. On the upside, it does get pretty loud.

Pros
  • Gets loud.
  • Bass adjustment feature.
Cons
  • Doesn't support Dolby Atmos.
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • 7.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.8 Dialogue/TV Shows
  • 7.5 Music
  • 6.9 Movies
  1. Updated Apr 13, 2021: Updated 5.1 PCM via Full HDMI In to 'Yes'.
  2. Updated Apr 13, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Apr 08, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Market Context
Market Context
Market Context

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is a 5.0 soundbar released in 2018. It comes with Multibeam technology, which is advertised to create a more immersive surround sound by using front-firing woofers and side-firing horn tweets to "beam" sound to the side walls. With a mix of speakers and tweeters, it offers thirteen channels of sound and comes with three Full HDMI In ports so you can use it as a hub between different devices. You can also buy a subwoofer separately. Its main competitors include the Bose Soundbar 700, the Samsung HW-Q90R, and the Sonos Arc.

Design
Design
Style - Bar

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has a sleek design. There's a tight fabric covering on the front and most of the back of the bar, and the top and the sides have an aluminum feel. The bottom of the bar is made of plastic.

Design
Style - Subwoofer

This soundbar doesn't come with a subwoofer; however, you can purchase one separately.

Design
Style - Satellites
Design
Dimensions - Bar
Width 44.0" (111.8 cm)
Height 2.7" (6.9 cm)
Depth 4.9" (12.4 cm)

The Harman/Kardon 1300 is quite large, so it likely can't fit between the legs of your 55" TV. On the upside, it isn't very tall, so it shouldn't block your TV screen unless your TV sits flush on the table.

Design
Dimensions - Subwoofer
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Dimensions - Satellites
Width N/A
Height N/A
Depth N/A
Design
Back - Bar
Bar Mounting
Proprietary

On the back of the bar, there are a few openings for the inputs and the power cable. There are also proprietary mounts so you can mount it on your wall, and the brackets and screws are included.

Design
Back - Subwoofer
Enclosure
No Subwoofer
Design
Back - Satellites
Mounting
No
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has an impressive build quality. The fabric covering the front and the back is tight and doesn't seem like it could rip easily. The top and the sides have an aluminum feel, which seems solid, but unfortunately is also prone to collecting fingerprints over time.

Design
In The Box
HDMI Cable Length
1.1 m (3.6 ft)
Digital Optical Cable Length
1.1 m (3.6 ft)

  • Manuals
  • Mounting template
  • Remote with 2xAA batteries
  • Mounting brackets and screws
  • AUX cable
  • Optical cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Power cable

Sound
7.1
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response
Tested Preset
Standard
Slope
-0.80
Std. Err.
3.21 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
54.2 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.3 kHz

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has a decent stereo frequency response. With its Automatic Multibeam Calibration room correction feature turned on, this soundbar has a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds a little extra punch and warmth to your mixes. However, it struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy music or action-packed movies. It also comes with a bass adjustment feature and several EQ presets to help you customize its sound more to your liking.

7.1
Sound
Stereo Frequency Response With Preliminary Calibration
Suggested Preset
Standard
Suggested Bass Setting
-4
Suggested Treble Setting
N/A
Slope
0.03
Std. Err.
2.70 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
57.4 Hz
High-Frequency Extension
19.3 kHz

With its room correction feature turned on and the bass adjustment set to -4, the Harman/Kardon 1300 has a decent stereo frequency response. It reproduces a very neutral sound profile that's suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. However, it still struggles to reproduce a deep, thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing if you like to feel the rumbles in bass-heavy music.

8.0
Sound
Stereo Soundstage
Crosstalk Error
2.18 dB

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has a great stereo soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived to be bigger than the table. Audio sounds a bit processed and mixed to make the soundstage seem bigger, but it doesn't sound too unnatural. It also has very good focus, so objects seem to come from an accurate, pinpoint location rather than a general area.

8.1
Sound
Stereo Dynamics
SPL @ Max Volume
93.6 dB SPL
DRC @ Max Volume
1.04 dB

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has a great stereo dynamics performance. It can get loud without a lot of compression at max volume, so it's suitable for listening to audio at parties and in large rooms.

7.1
Sound
Stereo Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.70
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.26

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300's stereo THD performance is decent. Distortion falls within good limits at normal listening volumes, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction. However, there's a jump in distortion when you play the bar at max volume. This may not be very noticeable with real-life content, though.

8.5
Sound
Center
Localization
Discrete
Slope
-0.01
Std. Err.
2.65 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.0 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
0.31
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
1.18

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has an excellent center channel performance. This 5.0 setup offers a discrete center channel, which helps to more clearly and accurately reproduce voices in dialogue-centric content like TV shows. Though it struggles to reproduce low-bass, this shouldn't be too noticeable, since there typically isn't a lot of low-bass in audio content played on the center channel.

6.4
Sound
Surround 5.1
Localization
Phantom (Front Firing and Side Firing, Bar)
Slope
-0.43
Std. Err.
3.05 dB
SPL @ Max Volume
92.7 dB SPL
Weighted THD @ 80dB
1.05
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
2.40
7.1 Rears
No

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has a passable surrounds performance. It uses its front and side-firing speakers to create phantom localization. Unfortunately, this doesn't sound as clear and real as discrete surround speakers, so objects in the soundstage like voices and footsteps may not be clearly and accurately represented. These objects are perceived as coming from in front of you, rather than from all around you.

0
Sound
Height (Atmos)
Localization
Not Supported
Slope
N/A
Std. Err.
N/A
SPL @ Max Volume
N/A
Weighted THD @ 80dB
N/A
Weighted THD @ Max Volume
N/A

For a soundbar that supports Atmos content, check out the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam.

6.1
Sound
Sound Enhancement Features
Room Correction
Yes
Dialogue Enhancement
Yes
Auto-Volume/Night Mode
Yes
Subwoofer Level Adjustment
No
Bass Adjustment
Yes
Treble Adjustment
No
EQ
Presets
Surround Level Adjustment
No
Rear Level Adjustment
No
Height Level Adjustment
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

This soundbar has a mediocre selection of sound enhancement features. It comes with a room correction feature called Automatic Multibeam Calibration, which automatically optimizes the audio reproduction based on the unique acoustic characteristics of the room you're listening in. It also offers five EQ presets to help you customize its sound: 'Standard', 'Music', 'Movie', 'Voice', and 'Personal'. The 'Personal' preset is a customizable preset, and you can store up to five different presets on the remote by adjusting the bass to your desired level. However, it lacks more robust sound customization features, such as a graphic EQ.

Connectivity
Connectivity
Physical Inputs - Bar
Optical Audio In
1
HDMI ARC
1 (shared)
HDMI Out
1 (shared)
Full HDMI In
3
Analog Audio In 3.5mm (Aux)
1
RCA In
No
USB for Files
1
Ethernet
No

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has several physical inputs, including three Full HDMI In ports that let you use the bar as a hub between different devices. There's also an AUX port, so you can wire older devices and smartphones to the bar to play audio.

6.1
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - ARC
eARC
No
Dolby Atmos
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
No
DTS:X (eARC only)
No
Dolby TrueHD (eARC only)
No
DTS-HD MA (eARC only)
No
5.1 PCM (eARC only)
No

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 Soundbar supports Dolby Digital via ARC, which is commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms. However, it doesn't support DTS. While sound was playing from the bar during our DTS tests, the bar displays that it's playing PCM content instead of DTS.

8.3
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Full HDMI In
Dolby Atmos
No
DTS:X
No
Dolby Digital
Yes
Dolby Digital Plus
No
DTS
Yes
Dolby TrueHD
No
DTS-HD MA
No
5.1 PCM
Yes

Update 04/13/2021: After retesting the bar with a different HDMI splitter, we confirmed that the bar supports 5.1 PCM.

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has satisfactory audio format support via Full HDMI In. It supports more common formats like Dolby Digital and DTS, which are found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms. However, it doesn't support more premium surround sound formats like Dolby Digital Plus and DTS:X.

10
Connectivity
Audio Format Support - Optical
Dolby Digital
Yes
DTS
Yes

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 supports both Dolby Digital and DTS content via Optical. These formats are commonly found on Blu-ray discs and streaming platforms.

8.8
Connectivity
Latency
ARC
50 ms
Optical
41 ms
Full HDMI In
9 ms

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has an amazing latency performance. It has low latency over its ARC, Optical, and Full HDMI In ports, so video and audio are in sync, making it suitable for watching videos and movies. However, some apps and some TVs compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience may vary.

9.0
Connectivity
Wireless Playback
Bluetooth
Yes
Wi-Fi
Yes
Chromecast built-in
Yes
Apple AirPlay
No

The Harman/Kardon 1300 has incredible wireless playback connectivity. You can wirelessly stream audio from your phone or your tablet to the bar over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, and it also supports Chromecast built-in. However, it doesn't support Apple AirPlay, which can be disappointing for listeners with Apple smartphones.

Connectivity
Other Input Specifications
4k @ 60 Hz Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 10 bit Passthrough
Yes
4k @ 60 Hz @ 4:4:4 Passthrough
Yes
HDR10 Passthrough
Yes

The Harman/Kardon 1300 can passthrough the highest quality signals. When connected between your PC and your TV, text on the screen looks clear and crisp.

Connectivity
Connectivity - Subwoofer
Sub Wireless
No
Connectivity
Connectivity - Satellites
Sat Wireless
No
Additional Features
Additional Features
Interface
Display
Yes

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 has a small display screen. It shows all the settings that you change, as well as the inputs and the volume level. You can also have it display the firmware version by pressing a sequence of buttons on the remote.

Additional Features
Bar Controls

On top of the bar, there are a few physical controls. You can use them to turn the bar on and off, adjust the volume, and change the inputs.

Additional Features
Remote
Universal Remote
No

This soundbar has a fairly simple remote that lets you control all of the bar's functions. You can use the Sound Mode button to switch between the five EQ presets: ' Standard', 'Music', 'Movie', 'Voice', and 'Personal'. The five preset buttons on the remote are for the Personal Presets, which you can program yourself by changing the bass adjustment to the desired level.

Additional Features
Voice Assistants Support
Amazon Alexa
No
Google Assistant
No
Apple Siri
No
Additional Features
App
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
Acts As A Remote
No
Controls Soundbar's Settings
No
Casts Device Files
No

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 doesn't have a dedicated companion app. However, you can use the Google Home app to set up the bar and connect it to Wi-Fi. The Google Home app also lets you complete firmware updates, cast to the bar with Chromecast built-in, and adjust the bar's volume level.

Additional Features
Other Features
Power Saving
Standby
HDMI CEC (TV Remote Control)
Yes

This soundbar goes into standby mode after ten minutes of inactivity. It also supports HDMI CEC, so you can use your TV remote to control some of the bar's basic functions.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Harman/Kardon 1300 Soundbar comes in 'Graphite', and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Soundbars

The Harman/Kardon 1300 Soundbar is a 5.0 setup that you can upgrade by purchasing a subwoofer separately. It has built-in Multibeam technology that's advertised to help create a more immersive surround sound. However, it lacks dedicated surround speakers, so it doesn't sound as clear and real as some of the other setups we've tested. It also has a room correction feature that automatically optimizes its audio reproduction based on the room you're listening in.

See also the best soundbars, the best soundbars for music, and the best soundbars for movies.

Sonos Arc

The Sonos Arc is better soundbar than the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300. The Sonos has a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box with a more extended low-bass. It also supports Dolby Atmos, unlike the Harman/Kardon. That said, the Harman/Kardon offers more wireless playback options and comes with three Full HDMI In ports, and it also supports high-quality passthrough. You can also upgrade both setups with a subwoofer, and you can also see the results for the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers.

Bose Smart Soundbar 700

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is a slightly better soundbar than the Bose Smart Soundbar 700. The Harman/Kardon offers a better surrounds performance and more sound enhancement features. It also comes with three Full HDMI In ports, and it supports high-quality passthrough. However, the Bose is better-built, and its default sound profile is more neutral. You can also upgrade both bars with a subwoofer, and you can also see the results for the Bose Smart Soundbar 700 with Speakers + Bass Module.

JBL Bar 9.1

The JBL Bar 9.1 is a better soundbar than the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300. The JBL comes with a dedicated sub and satellite speakers, and it reproduces a more extended low-bass. It has a better surround performance, and unlike the Harman/Kardon, it supports Dolby Atmos content. It also supports more wireless playback options.

Samsung HW-Q950A

The Samsung HW-Q950A is better than the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300. The Samsung comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. Unlike the Harman/Kardon, it supports Atmos content and has built-in voice assistant capabilities. It also has a better surrounds performance and a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the Harman/Kardon is better-built with a better stereo soundstage.

Sonos Beam

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 and the Sonos Beam have similar overall performances, so depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Harman/Kardon offers a better surrounds performance, and it comes with EQ presets for sound customization. It also has three Full HDMI In ports and more wireless playback options. You can also use it for high-quality passthrough. However, some users may prefer the Sonos' more compact design, voice assistant support, and more neutral default sound profile. It also comes with an app, unlike the Harman/Kardon.

Samsung HW-Q800A

The Samsung HW-Q800A is better than the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300. The Samsung comes with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended-low bass. Unlike the Harman/Kardon, it has built-in voice assistant capabilities and it supports Dolby Atmos content. Also, it comes with a graphic EQ to help you customize its sound. That said, the 5.0 Harman/Kardon has better soundstage and surround performances, as well as a room correction feature.

JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 or the JBL Bar 5.0 MultiBeam. The Harman/Kardon has a better soundstage performance, and it gets louder. However, the JBL supports Atmos content, and it also has more wireless playback options.

Samsung HW-Q950T

The Samsung HW-Q950T is better than the Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300. The Samsung is a 9.1.4 setup with a dedicated sub that helps reproduce a more extended low-bass. It supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has a better surrounds performance. It also gets louder, and it has a graphic EQ and built-in voice assistant support. That said, the 5.0 Harman/Kardon is better-built with room correction. It also has a better soundstage.

Sonos Playbar

The Harman/Kardon Enchant 1300 is a slightly better soundbar overall than the Sonos Playbar. The Harman/Kardon offers a better surrounds performance, and it comes with EQ presets for sound customization. It also has three Full HDMI In ports and supports more wireless playback options. You can also use it for high-quality passthrough.

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