Berlin, Germany – Harman Kardon is renowned for the contemporary design of its products and at IFA 2013, this year’s generation of audio style icons have been unveiled. These objects of desire span headphones, multimedia and home audio – each delivering performance that is in harmony with the stunning design.
Harman Kardon Soho
The Harman Kardon Soho headphones perfectly combine high style and good sound quality in one distinct design; perfect for home or on-the-go use. Available in white, black and beige, the headphones feature a leather headband and ear cups and stainless steel construction giving a premium finish. Folding flat to less than 1.25 inches (about 30 mm), the Harman Kardon Soho headphones fit inside their own sophisticated travel pouch. The generous shape of the cups is comfortable and kind to the ears during extended listening. For convenience in taking phone calls, Harman Kardon Soho is available in a choice of remote control straight microphone cables: a universal remote/mic for Android users, or an Apple iOS-compatible remote/mic for users of iPhone.
Availability: October 2013
Harman Kardon Esquire
Perfect for the stylish traveller, the Harman Kardon Esquire doubles up as a high quality wireless loudspeaker and teleconferencing system . Available in white, black and beige, the Harman Kardon Esquire wireless speaker takes stylish portability to a new level.
Custom-tuned microphones with noise-cancellation technology ensure crystal-clear hands-free conference calls from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, tablet or computer. For music enjoyment in downtime, dual performance-tuned drivers and a built-in bass port deliver rich sound.
The Harman Kardon Esquire is supplied with a USB hub that enables three devices to be charged simultaneously, so you can power the speaker a phone and a tablet all at the same time. For lengthy usage, the speaker also features a 10-hour rechargeable battery to keep you connected at any location.
Availability: October 2013
Harman Kardon Sabre SB 35
The Harman Kardon Sabre SB 35 soundbar redefines what a home entertainment system should be across modern form, function and design. The 8.1 system is ultra-thin. The soundbar perfectly complements any flat TV, measuring just 1.25” in depth while the wireless subwoofer is also extremely slender at just 3.5” so it won’t encroach on living space and could even easily slip behind or underneath a sofa. As a centerpiece, the system boasts a striking look featuring premium aluminium finish in a combination that makes bulky audio equipment look and sound passé.
A powerful performer, the soundbar houses eight independent channels of performance-tuned 1.75” drivers and 1” tweeters for rich sound clarity, with the subwoofer delivering 100W bass response.
With custom developed Harman Kardon drivers tuned to perfection and maximum processing power for the latest high definition Dolby and DTS audio technologies, the Harman Kardon Sabre SB 35 doesn’t just look the part – it sounds it as well. Enjoy a rich, multi-channel listening experience for your home entertainment system while, with one quick and easy install via HDMI, the new Harman Kardon Sabre SB 35 upgrades your entire home theatre experience to the level of cutting-edge.
Extensive connectivity options allow multiple devices to be connected simultaneously courtesy of the three HDMI inputs, optical digital and stereo analogue audio inputs and also Bluetooth® wireless connectivity.
Availability: Begin November 2013
Harman Kardon Onyx
The Harman Kardon Onyx is a wireless speaker system that makes a stunning contemporary design statement. It packs all this great sound technology in a sophisticated, sculptural enclosure with a distinctive shape, an elegant finish, and luxurious appointments, including real leather and a stainless steel handle.
Four channels of amplification provide a total of 60-Watts RMS of power through four matched speakers. Dual aluminum passive radiators and Digital Signal Processing enhance the sound, blending clear highs with warm mid-ranges and rich low frequencies.
Being able to reproduce great sound is only half the story of a great wireless speaker system. Install the Harman Kardon Remote app on your iPhone, iPod, tablet or smartphone and you’re connected and in control. NFC makes Bluetooth setup as easy as a single tap. Or join your Wi-Fi network with AirPlay® for Apple, or DLNA for Windows, Android, and other devices in the Harman Kardon ecosystem. And for devices that demand a wired connection, the Harman Kardon Onyx features a 3.5 mm auxiliary mini-jack and a USB port that simplifies setup and charges your phone or tablet while it plays. The Harman Kardon Onyx represents quality sound married to total ease of use, in an elegant portable enclosure with its own 6-hour rechargeable battery.
Download the Harman Kardon Remote app for your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone to stream your music collection from anywhere on your network to the Harman Kardon Onyx. The app also simplifies product setup and gives you control of product specific features for full wireless control.
Availability: October 2013
Harman Kardon BDS Range
Harman Kardon builds on its BDS range with the introduction of five new models which combine award-winning speaker packages with state-of-the-art electronics. The range comprises of three 5.1-channel systems based around the BDS 580 A/V receiver and two 2.1-channel systems which have the BDS 280 at the heart.
As well as supporting playback of 3D Blu-ray, DVD and CD formats, the new BDS range offers a multitude of wireless connectivity options, enabling video and audio content from other devices to be streamed and enjoyed through the systems.
Built-in Bluetooth is enhanced with TrueStream technology, which guarantees the best possible streaming audio clarity, while NFC provides one-touch connection to your Bluetooth enabled devices.
Integrated Wi-Fi offers support for AirPlay, DLNA and vTuner internet radio as well as access to networked services such as YouTube, Picasa and AccuWeather™ to mention a few.
Owners of iOS and Android smartphones can also turn their mobile into a remote control courtesy of the Harman Kardon remote app, ensuring full control is always in the palm of your hand.
Availability: September 2013
BDS 280 2.1-channel BD-receiver: €899
BDS 580 5.1-channel BD-receiver: €999
BDS 380 2.1-channel BD-system: €1,149
BDS 480 2.1-channel BD-system: €1,299 (available in black and white)
BDS 680 5.1-channel BD-system: €1,249
BDS 780 5.1-channel BD-system: €1,549
BDS 880 5.1-channel BD-system: €1,749
HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies. 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 14,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $4.3 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR. Please visit www.harman.com for more information.