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Harman Kardon Adds Non-Portable Bluetooth Speaker.

Stamford, Conn. — Harman International launched its first Harman Kardon-brand AC-only Bluetooth speaker system, which joins two Harman Kardon-brand AC/DC Bluetooth speakers unveiled in September. 11/05/2013 06:45:00 AM Eastern

Stamford, Conn. — Harman International launched its first Harman Kardon-brand AC-only Bluetooth speaker system, which joins two Harman Kardon-brand AC/DC Bluetooth speakers unveiled in September.

The new Nova Wireless speaker system, priced at a suggested $299, consists of two left-right two-way speakers with transparent spherical enclosures. The system doubles as a speaker system for TVs, Roku streaming devices, Apple TV and the like via its analog and optical digital inputs. The Bluetooth pair features nearfield communication (NFC), 2x20-watt amplification, biamplification, 1.25-inch tweeter, 2.5-inch midrange/woofer, and passive radiator to extend bass response.

The system is said to deliver 70Hz to 20kHz frequency response and use Harman DSP to improve imaging and sound-stage depth.

Michael Mauser, president of the Harman Lifestyle business segment, described the orbs as an “object of art” that was also designed to deliver “serious audio reproduction.”

The brand’s AC/DC Bluetooth speakers include the flat, square Esquire at $249 with NFC. It’s targeted to the business traveler and doubles as a phone-conference speaker with omnidirectional microphone. The brand’s other AC/DC Bluetooth speaker, the $499 Onyx, is a spherical tabletop speaker that also incorporates Bluetooth, AirPlay, Wi-Fi and DLNA. It also features NFC.