It’s the mission of HARMAN products to enhance life experiences. Every summer adventure calls for mountain hikes, or long afternoons by the pool, and our portable speakers are built to last as long as you. We’ve compiled a guide which includes some of our favorite summer adventures, the songs we love to bring with us, and the best speaker for the occasion.
Fire on the Mountain: Jackson, Wyoming
Delta Lake sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountain’s most breathtaking mountain ranges: The Grand Tetons. An intermediate hike leads to a crystal clear lake where swimming and lake fun may ensue. The JBL Xtreme 2’s Li-ion battery allows for 15 hours of music—enough for the hike there and back, and for blasting music while swimming. The Xtreme 2 also has 2 USB ports so you can charge your phone or GoPro, and built in hooks mean you can use a strap to sling it over your shoulder like a daypack.
Swimming Pools: Miami, Florida
Miami has a certain feel that has to be experienced firsthand it’s evident in the flashy cars, the spicy food, and the vibe of Little Havana. Bright colors and warm air greet you and it’s great to escape the humidity in the pool. The JBL Boombox brings life to your pool party: it’s loud enough to be heard of splashes and laughs, and an inadvertently large cannonball is no big deal because it’s waterproof.
Let Me Ride: Boulder, Colorado
One of the most cyclist friendly cities in America is Boulder, Colorado. Head to the Bo to enjoy a more laid back pace of life, great hiking, natural beauty, and mountain air. While biking around, enjoy your music with a JBL Charge: it fits perfectly into the water bottle holder of a bike. The JBL Charge can also be with you should you go mountain biking, because it’s shock proof and waterproof thanks to IPX7 waterproofing, and its 6000 mAH battery ensures that your quads will be out of juice far sooner than your Charge.
Chi-City: Chicago, Illinois
When the wind dies down Chicago becomes a special place, and there are plenty of fun summer activities in the city. Grant Park is home to Lollapalooza, or for a more low-key day bring your towel to Lake Michigan and lay out by the beach. But the lifeblood of Chicago is its people and the best way to immerse yourself is to explore Chi-Town’s neighborhoods like The West Loop, Wrigleyville, and Lincoln Park. For your urban adventure we recommend the JBL E55 BT, which will seclude you from the loud L train, while still looking sharp and feeling comfortable.
Walking on Sunshine: Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs is the closest city to Joshua Tree National Park, home to some beautiful hiking trails. Given its proximity to Palm Springs and greater Los Angeles, it’s the perfect spot for a day hike. Pack your daypack, make some sandwiches, lace up your sneakers and clip on your JBL Clip 3. A light hike is always best with some music, and your friends will be grateful!
Who Says You Can’t Go Home: Stamford, CT
Portability of HARMAN products has two goals: the first, which our tour around the country made clear was that they enable new experiences and foster discovery. But freedom from wires also makes everyday tasks easier, and so do voice activated assistants. The Harman Kardon Allure is the best example of that because it can be moved from room to room and it’s activated by Alexa: you can start playing music even while you’re preparing a salad or washing off your last summer adventure. The Allure highlights summer’s best characteristic: relaxation.