20 September 2018
Harman Kardon has launched a suite of Google Assistant speakers called the Citation range at IFA 2018. In addition to this new series, the company has also launched a couple of Enchant sound bars.
Talking first about the Citation series, Harman Kardon claims it to be “the next generation of home speakers”.
The Citation range includes a total of eight product – four smart wireless speakers, a pair of smart floor standing speakers, two surround speakers, a smart soundbar and a subwoofer. For a voice-activated and Google Assistant integration, Harman Kardon has cooperated with StreamUnlimited. According to Harman Kardon, the StreamSDK software has helped the company to achieve a smooth implementation.
This speakers range includes the Citation 100, Citation 300, and the Citation 500. The Citation 300 and 500 also have an LCD touch control. All Citation speakers feature Google Assistant voice control, multi-room streaming and hi-res audio playback up to 24-bit/96kHz thanks to Chromecast built-in.
Talking about the Enchant series, it includes the Enchant 1300 which is a 13-channel soundbar with three HDMI inputs, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. Similarly, the smaller Enchant 800 soundbar features eight channels and one HDMI input, while the Enchant Subwoofer packs 400W of power.
These soundbars feature Chromecast built-in, HDMI ARC outputs, and support multi-room streaming, 4K, and HDR10 passthrough. Also, they feature Harman Kardon’s MultiBeam technology: a digital processing algorithm that delivers a surround sound experience without needing extra speakers.
The price tags of the products are as follows –
- Citation One - £180 - 40W wireless speaker (mono) with touch control
- Citation 100 - £280 - 50W wireless speaker (mono) with touch control
- Citation 300 - £350 - 100W wireless speaker (stereo) with color LCD touch control
- Citation 500 - £580 - 200W wireless speaker (stereo) with color LCD touch control
- Citation Tower - £2200 - floor standing speakers (2x200W) with color LCD touch control
- Citation Bar - £800 - 150W soundbar with three HDMI inputs with 4K support
- Citation Surround - £400 - surround speakers (2x50W)
- Citation Sub - £700 - 200W subwoofer
The Enchant 1300 and Enchant 800 soundbars will be available in Autumn 2018. They cost £900 and £620 respectively, while the subwoofer costs an additional £620.