03 January 2018
Alexa-powered speakers have become extremely popular in recent times and while many may only know of the Amazon Echo as being an Alexa powered speaker, there are actually quite a few. IFA 2017 definitely saw plenty of it including a few from of the biggest names in the business. The ones which really stood out were from DTS and Harman which happens to be a parent company of JBL.
The Harman Kardon Allure will be launching this winter for $249.99. Similar to the Amazon Echo, it has a 360-degree audio. This makes it perfect for placing it at the centre of a room. It gets even better as the Kardon Allure has 4 built-in microphones with advanced noise cancellation. The top portion of the speaker is actually an ambient light which will change in accordance to the music being played. So what happens if you want to play something which isn’t available to Alexa? Well, you could simply use it as a Bluetooth speaker to play any music your heart desires.
Here’s what Steve Rabuchin, VP Amazon Alexa had to say about the Harmon Kardon Allure speaker:
This is a great benefit for customers who love quality music and want a voice service in their home. Customers can just ask Alexa to play great sounding music, control their smart home, get news or weather, play games, order food, and more.
The Phorus PS10 by DTS bears a striking resemblance to the Amazon Echo as both have a cylindrical shape and stand upright. However, the slant on the Phorus PS 10 is what differentiates it in terms of appearance. It has a 30-watt Class D amplifier and DTS sound processing for providing the best audio experience. In addition to this, it also has dual passive resistors to ensure powerful bass. The speaker will start shipping by the end of September or the beginning of October for a price tag of $249.