MOSCOW, Russia – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE: HAR), today announced that the AKG Quincy Jones Signature Line Series Q 701 premium headphones received Russia’s National Award as Product of the Year in the audio-video category.

The National Awards have been held in Russia since 2004, and identifies the most innovative products and solutions in the Russian marketplace for the following categories: photos, audio, video, mobile and computer technology.

“It is an enormous honor for HARMAN’s AKG Q 701 headphones to be named Product of the Year by such a prestigious organization and panel,” said Dinesh Paliwal, HARMAN Chairman, President, and CEO. “This award is a reminder of what has always pushed HARMAN as a company forward: the ongoing passion and vision to consistently introduce world-class, premium, game-changing products and solutions here in Russia, and around the world.”

In total, the category of audio-video equipment received 14 nominations and the deciding jury included editors of leading consumer electronics publications throughout Russia, including Digital Photo, DVD Expert, IT Expert, PC Magazine, Publish, Stuff, Total DVD, AudioMagazin, PC World and more. In addition to having leading journalists on the judging panel, the jury also included independent experts in the audio, video, photo, computer, mobile and portable equipment market throughout Russia.

The official award ceremony was held April 14 at the Moscow International Exhibition Center, during the 2011 Consumer Electronics & Photo Expo. To learn more about the award, visit

The Quincy Jones Signature Line premium headphone collection represents a milestone partnership between AKG and Quincy Jones, one of the most accomplished musicians of the 20th century. The Quincy Jones Signature Line includes three models: the Q 701 reference-class premium over-ears, the Q 460 high-performance portable on-ear mini headphones, and the Q 350 in-ear headphones that boast distinctive AKG-built quality and unrivaled audio engineering in an elegant, portable design. AKG's award winning heritage includes recognition by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with a technical GRAMMY Award in 2010.

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HARMAN ( 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 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 11,800 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $3.5 billion for the 12 months ended Dec. 31, 2010. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.