MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS 2015, BARCELONA – HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation group, announced today yet another step in its long-standing commitment to bringing world class audio to mobile devices. The new smartphone from Alcatel will deliver ground-breaking sound experiences to its users through JBL audio technology and solutions. The Alcatel Idol 3 phone is a high content entry for the markets providing excellent value to the customers.
The new Alcatel Idol 3 smartphone will be JBL-branded and will be equipped with two JBL front speakers with 1.2 Watt each. In addition the Idol 3 is equipped with HARMAN’s proprietary software solution Clari-Fi, which automatically analyzes and improves the audio quality of compressed, digitized music sources. To further enhance the JBL audio experience, the Idol 3 will be bundled with the JBL J22a headphones. The Idol 3 will be available in Europe, Africa, China, and North America.
“As more and more people listen to their favorite music on their smartphones, the quality of sound – or more precisely, the lack of it – is receiving more and more attention”, said Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, President, and CEO of HARMAN. “With the technology available through the smartphone, HARMAN brings music back to life the way the artist intended it to be, for a richer, uncompromised listening experience.”
Clari-Fi encompasses a proprietary predictive model that intelligently and accurately recreates the lost information based on the existing compressed content. It is superior to competitive solutions because it does not blindly add equalization, bass boost, or other effects that alter the intended listening experience. It also does not require any user intervention because it is designed to run in the background, automatically adjusting the amount of correction it applies based on the quality of the input signal. Clari-Fi works with audio files as well as streaming content, including YouTube, and does not affect the original source material.
Specifically, Clari-Fi restores the crisp detail and clarity of high frequency sounds like cymbals, which can be muddied in compressed sources; it sharpens dynamic sounds like percussion instruments, which can be smeared or dulled by compression; it takes a flat, compressed vocal and brings back the intimacy of the original performance; it rebuilds the stereo image that is often compromised by compression, creating a natural, wide soundstage; and it restores the musical depth that is lost when instruments and vocals are compressed to the same volume.
HARMAN (www.harman.com) designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon® , Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment 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 approximately 17,600 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.9 billion during the last 12 months ended December 31, 2014.