JBL and Harman Kardon are well known audio brands who tend to deliver some of the best devices on the market. If you don’t know, Samsung recently picked up the company but has left it alone to continue with business as usual. That is not a bad thing at all. With IFA 2018 in full swing, both JBL and Harman Kardon have announced a handful of new and interesting devices. Check out the rundown below!
Harman Kardon Citation Series
First up is the Citation Series of speakers which are made up of eight different SKUs: the Citation ONE, Citation 100, Citation 300, Citation 500, Citation
The speakers feature the brand’s signature industrial design accented with thoughtful elements, including aluminum detailing. Bringing the refined and sleek look together is the Winter Gray or Classic Black wool fabric from Kvadrat, the European leader in acoustic textiles, that are dirt-repellant and flame-retardant. The company says that this “timeless” design marries Harman Kardon’s expertise in sound engineering and technology with the style and sleekness of Kvadrat.
The Citation Series brings a flexible listening experience with the ability to use the speakers alone or by pairing them and building a 5.1 channel surround system. Their multi-room capabilities allow for the control of sound from any room, either playing from one music source or playing different tracks in different rooms.
To round out the incredible audio performance and extraordinary design, Citation also features Google Assistant. Streaming the newest or most popular music is now quick and efficient with Google’s intelligent voice-activation. Smart voice control also makes tackling tasks as simple as saying “Hey Google,” to create calendar reminders, generate to-do lists, get the latest forecast, control smart home devices* and more. Commands like “Hey Google, play some jazz” or “Hey Google, dim the lights,” perfectly regulates the ambiance in any room of the home.
“Consumers increasingly look to their home entertainment systems to do more than just play music,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio at HARMAN. “While features like voice control and multi-room streaming are becoming standard, the Harman Kardon Citation Series is anything but. The pairing of our unprecedented audio legacy and premium design with smart features and ease of use gives Citation speakers the opportunity to truly transform the listening experience.”
Additionally, Harman Kardon Citation speakers have Chromecast built-in, allowing over 300 audio and video streaming services to be easily accessed in HD quality. Once connected on the same Wi-Fi network as a Citation speaker, a smartphone, tablet or laptop can “cast” the latest chart-topping release or playlist from Chromecast-compatible apps.
The Citation speaker lineup consists of various options to meet every listening need, including multiple countertop speaker options, a soundbar, powered subwoofer and a pair of tower speakers.
The Harman Kardon Citation series is up for pre-order on the company’s website. Prices are as follows:
- Citation One: $232USD
- Citation 100: $349USD
- Citation 300: $465USD
- Citation 500: $757USD
- Citation BAR: $1049USD
- Citation SUB: $932USD
- Citation Tower: $2914USD
- Citation Surround: $524USD
Harman Kardon Enchant Soundbar Series
The Enchant Soundbar Series is the company’s home entertainment offering which looks really promising. The Enchant Series has three SKU’s the Enchant 800, Enchant 1300 and the Enchant SUB. Chromecast is also built-in giving you the ability to have multiple speakers work together.
Harman Kardon’s proprietary MultiBeam technology utilizes a digital processing algorithm (DSP), which allows Enchant soundbars to provide a surround sound experience without additional speakers. The DSP, in conjunction with
side-firingtransducers, forms a sharp decoded audio pattern, beaming sound off the walls on all sides of the room to create an exciting, immersive surround sound experience. All-new Automatic MultiBeam Calibration (AMC) wirelessly adjusts to the unique dimensions of the room instead of an old-school remote microphone. Enchant soundbars are available in 13 and 8 channel versions, the Enchant 1300 and Enchant 800, to fit any size television. An optional Enchant wireless subwoofer is also available for consumers that are looking to amplify the bass in their favorite programming.
“The Enchant series represents a breakthrough for consumers, offering sophisticated technology that delivers fantastic surround sound without the need for additional equipment or wires,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio at HARMAN. “Listeners can enjoy rich sound for music, movies
andgaming while enjoying spectacular Harman Kardon design.”
The Enchant 1300 and 800 have a sleek silhouette that features side-firing tweeters to enable the immersive surround sound experience, alongside its angled drivers and bass ports to provide superior audio. This unique technology enables the all-in-one bars to deliver deep, rich bass without a subwoofer—whether watching a movie, playing a game, or listening to music. Available in two thoughtfully designed models to complement televisions of all sizes, the Enchant series elevates the entertainment experience and embodies the premium, classic aesthetic of Harman Kardon.
The Enchant series will be available this fall on Harman Kardon’s website and the pricing is below.
- Enchant 800: $813USD
- Enchant 1300: $1163USD
- Enchant SUB: $813USD
JBL Party Box Speakers
The JBL side of the brand is a little more playful than the sleek HK side. That can be seen in the new JBL Party Box series. There are two SKU’s on this series. The Party Box 200 and the Party Box 300. The idea here is to bring your sound anywhere at
The Party Box series both have vivid lighting effects built-in for those nighttime dance parties. Or you can plug in your own mic and instrument to rock the night and be your own music star. Here’s a rundown of the features of the Party Box series.
- JBL Signature Sound – At home or at a party, enjoy an immersive audio experience that only JBL sound can provide
- Light shows – There’s a light mode for every mood: Meter, Pulse
,and Party mode
- Portable with rechargeable battery – Plug into a 12V DC source or use the built-in 10,000mAh battery for 18 hours of playtime (only for the PartyBox 300)
- Mic and guitar inputs – Plug in your mic or guitar and take the stage
- Wireless Bluetooth Streaming – Wirelessly stream high-quality sound from your smartphone or tablet
- USB playback – Pre-program your party or event with your favorite playlist from a USB thumb drive!
- TWS and RCA – Connect compatible speakers wirelessly via TWS (True Wireless Stereo using Bluetooth connection up to 2 party speakers) or wired via one RCA output to another
Both the Party Box 200 and Party Box 300 will be available in October on JBL’s website priced at $441USD and $523USD respectively.
JBL Charge 4
Finally, there’s the Charge 4. I really love JBL’s Charge series. It’s one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market. This guy is waterproof with 20-hours of battery life. You can also charge your phone with this speaker using it as an external battery. The Charge will have ten color options: Desert Sand, Mustard Yellow, Dusty Pink, Grey Stone, River Teal, Fiesta Red, Ocean Blue, Midnight Black, Steel White, and Forest Green.
- Lasts as long as you do: all on one charge, it even charges smartphones and tablets via USB (thanks to its Built-in rechargeable Li-ion battery that lasts up to 20 hours)
- It’s wireless: and you can Bluetooth connect two devices at the same time
- IPX7 waterproof: great for beach trips and or even a good sing-song in the shower
- JBL Connect+: yes, you can take the party to epic levels by wirelessly connecting more than 100 JBL Connect+ enabled speakers
The JBL Charge 4 will be available in October with an MSRP of $208USD.