Harman has introduced a bevy of new products slated to ship in the October-November time frame in three of its signature brands – Harman Kardon (H/K), JBL and AKG.
The official announcements coincide in the U.S. with the products’ IFA Show debuts in Berlin this week, and are in the most popular audio categories; they include headphones, wireless products and an ultra-thin aluminum-finish soundbar system – the $999 Harman Kardon Sabre – whose eight-driver complement is said by the company to be the world’s thinnest, at just 33mm (about 1.3 inches). It is HDMI-ready with three inputs, and it is paired with a thin wireless 100-watt powered subwoofer (7L). Harman’s Wave surround-mode DSP technology is built-in, as is Dolby TrueHD decoding. An IR repeater is featured for setups where the soundbar is blocking the TV’s IR receiver, and the system can be set up to be worked through a TV, satellite or cable remote. Harman product specialist Jeremy Brenner remarked that the system fills a $699-to-$1,199 price-point vacuum in the marketplace.
Many of the products are compatible with the iOS- and Android-compatible Harman Kardon Remote App, which can access the same content on multiple devices as well as track battery life.