Las Vegas – Harman International brought a trove of new home audio and aftermarket car audio products to its dealer showcase at the Hard Rock Hotel under the JBL, Infinity, Revel, Levinson, and AKG brands.
Key introductions include the first aftermarket car audio amplifiers, five each from Infinity and JBL, with proprietary Clari-Fi technology, which improves the sound quality of compressed music. The technology already appears in select OEM car audio systems and in an HTC smartphone.
The Infinity amps range in suggested price from $399 to $549, and the JBL amps are priced from $349 to $499.
Also for the car, the company launched its first JBL Concert Edition plug-and-play audio upgrade package, which is designed for installation in specific vehicle models. The first system will be available for the Ford F-150 in the U.S. and will be solid exclusively through Car Toys beginning in March. Packages for additional vehicles will be available by June.
The first package includes four speakers, a pair of 8-inch DVC subwoofers, and a DSP amplifier, all tuned to the vehicle’s interior. They are designed to integrate into the cabin of the vehicle to reduce install costs by making interior modifications unnecessary. The system also uses existing wiring harnesses and speaker locations. Pricing wasn’t released.
Other key introductions include:
--a $799-suggested Harman Kardon Omni home-theater soundbar that acts as another wireless speaker in a Harman wireless multiroom-audio system, which consists of $199 and $299 tabletop speakers and a wireless receiver that connects to legacy sound systems.
--the Mark Levinson № 536 mono power amp for home audio systems at a suggested $15,000 each.
--Revels’ Concerta2 series of six passive home speakers, including left-right, center and surround speakers as well as a powered sub.
Concerta2 prices top out at $2,000/pair for a 2.5-way floorstanding tower, with a $750 center channel and a $1,000/pair surround speaker also in the mix. They’re positioned as delivering “a significant leap forward in aesthetics, music and home theater reproduction at prices that make true high-end sound attainable for a wider range of listeners," said Jim Garrett, director of marketing and product management at Harman’s Luxury Audio Group
Other home-audio announcements include:
--the addition of five new streaming services to the Harman Kardon Omni wireless multiroom-audio system. They are Juke, Tidal, Qobuz, Rhapsody and TuneIn, joining Deezer and Mix Radio.
--JBL’s new Arena series of passive in-room speakers, which top out at $699/pair. The six-SKU series includes floorstanding and bookshelf speakers, a center channel, and a powered sub.
-- Multiple new JBL and AKG headphones.
--and ugrades to the Harman Kardon three-SKU 1x1s series of A/V receivers, which range from a suggested $299 to $499. The company added HDMI 2.0 connectors to two models and Spotify Connect to all three.
All three networked models continue to offer 4K and 3D passthrough over HDMI, MHL input, Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, vTuner Internet radio, and DLNA 1.5. They also feature the Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio decoding.