Munich, Germany; March 15,  2018  – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer, and enterprise markets, is proud to announce that it has received a record-breaking 16 iF World Design Awards. Add to this three Plus X awards to further confirm HARMAN’s exceptional capacity for designing audio products that seamlessly combine innovation, quality, and aesthetics.

Considered one of the largest and most prestigious design competitions in the world, the iF World Design Awards are a highly respected seal of excellence in aesthetics, quality, and user-focused, ergonomic, and efficient design in all disciplines. This year, HARMAN was honored for the stunning design for 16 products from its Harman Kardon, JBL, and AKG family of brands.

As a testament to Harman Kardon’s dedication to delivering one-of-a-kind design, the brand received six iF awards for products such as the Harman Kardon Allure and Allure portable, the Harman Kardon Invoke and the Harman Kardon Astra voice controlled speakers. Additionally it received awards for two home audio products that will be introduced later this year.

The Harman Kardon Allure was recognized for its elegant, transparent design that blends into any interior and features glowing 360° ambient lighting that emanates from within, reacting to voice commands and echoing the rhythm of Harman Kardon’s uniquely immersive sound.

The Harman Kardon Allure Portable was recognized for its beautiful sound and iconic design featuring premium materials such as a steel speaker grill and a semi-transparent top cover. The Allure Portable combines spectacular sound to fill any room and sophisticated aesthetics to complement any setting.

The Harman Kardon Invoke was recognized for its sleek, modern design that enhances any home. Crafted from high-quality materials, Invoke’s striking metallic speaker cabinet delivers power with finesse, projecting Harman Kardon’s trademark beautiful sound in full 360° in a flawless blend of form and function.

JBL also received multiple awards for such products as the JBL GO 2, the JBL Boombox,  JBL Free and  JBL Reflect Contour 2 headphones, and others while AKG received accolades for two headphone products that will be introduced to the market later this year.

“Winning 16 iF World Design Awards is a tremendous achievement that testifies to our wholehearted dedication to delivering outstanding products with world-class design,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio for HARMAN. “Each of our brands has its own unique identity, and all of them offer an exceptional user experience in which design plays a vital role. I am exceedingly proud of our Design and Product teams for their unwavering commitment to excellence.”

HARMAN’s ability to bring uncommon innovative power to the Car Audio industry was also recently recognized with a series of Plus X Awards. The world’s largest innovation awards for technology, sports, and lifestyle, Plus X Awards recognize new and innovative technologies, extraordinary design, and intelligent, easy to use operating systems. SUMMIT Next, VOYAGER Next, and SoundSteer Technology all received multiple awards in the Innovation, High Quality, Ease of Use, and Functionality categories.

HARMAN is synonymous with innovative thinking and industry-leading design. These iF and Plus X awards are both a great honor and a clear validation of HARMAN’s longstanding commitment to delivering contemporary design and cutting-edge, integrated technology while staying true to its core value of offering consumers unmatched sound quality and a premium listening experience no matter where they enjoy their music and content.


HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

For further information please contact:

Carole Campbell
Director Lifestyle Communications
Phone: +49-171 867 4151


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