Bangalore and Stamford, CT – HARMAN, the leading global provider of audio and infotainment solutions (NYSE:HAR) and Reliance Digital, India’s largest consumer electronics retailer, today announced a new strategic product development collaboration. HARMAN and Reliance Digital will work together to create customized audio solutions for Reliance’s line of Reconnect-branded electronics.
The first product of the Harman-Reliance Digital collaboration to hit the market will be the new 107cm ( 42-inch ) Reconnect Full HD LED television featuring four razor-thin, Harman Kardon™ speakers embedded in the TV’s bezel. The new LED Televisions are available for sale in select Reliance Digital stores across India.
These Harman Kardon speakers feature patented technology that produce audio quality that is louder and more clear than other speakers of the same size while still retaining the ultra-slim design of Reconnect LED Televisions. Harman’s engineers optimized the acoustic range of the speakers, then custom designed the enclosures for each display and tuned the system for maximum frequency response and output without distortion.
"We are thrilled and pleased to be working with Reliance Digital to help bring a new degree of audio performance to their excellent product line,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman’s Chairman, President, and CEO. “Our Harman Kardon brand promises to accurately reproduce crystal clear sound that is faithful to the original source, with equal attention to beautiful design. I look forward to delivering on that promise for Reconnect, and to many new products to come.”
Mr. Brian Bade, Chief Executive Officer, Reliance Digital said “Our aim is to ensure that our customers derive maximum satisfaction at our stores and from our products. The “Reconnect” product range has been introduced across all our stores in India with this as the key objective in mind. We believe in building long-term relationships with our customers and partners, and our collaboration with Harman and its Harman Kardon brand is an excellent example of our commitment to bringing the best quality to our customers. We are launching this state of the art, Full HD LED Televisions on the auspicious occasion of Diwali, and I’m sure this would bring great ‘Happiness’ to our consumers”.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets — supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® and Mark Levinson®. The Company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 13,400 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported net sales of $4.4 billion for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.