Samsung buys Harman in a massive $8 billion deal, gets access to Harman-Kardon and JBL brands


Samsung is buying Harman International Industries, one of the largest providers of connected technologies for the car, but also known for its audio systems and infotainment solutions.

The deal is one of the largest in tech recently: Samsung will spend nearly $8 billion on the acquisition, paying $112.00 per share in cash. This values Harman at 28% more than the value of its shares as of the Friday closing price.


This will also give Samsung access to the JBL, Harman Kardon, Mark Levinson, AKG, Lexicon, Infinity, and Revel brands. Harman also licenses Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen brands for automotive business.

While automotive is clearly the big focus of this deal, Harman will also bring a lot of audio know-how that could combine well with Samsung's consumer electronics focus. Reverberations will be felt both on the consumer and professional products sides.

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18 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Hopefully this could mean the end for the crappy speakers they put in their phones.

2. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

They don't put crappy speakers in phone because they can't make good ones, they put them because they take up way too much space for the little benefit offered. I don't think that's going to change since Samsung is moving towards bezelless phones. I think this is going to help their accessories though, like wireless speakers and headphones.

3. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

I think you are confusing speaker's quality with speaker's loudness. how loud the speaker is mainly depends on the size of the driver. However, the quality of the sound coming from the speaker depends on the diaphragm, the material response voltage, and many other aspects. Take for example the iPhone 7, it has a good speaker yet it maintains a very thin body. Samsung has good speakers, but for what the competition is offering, for the same price as Samsung's flagships, it is lacking behind almost everyone in the highend market. Sorry for the long post and any language mistake you will find in the post.

4. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

No, I am not confusing speaker loudness and quality. You don't need a very big driver for a loud speaker. In fact, most of the phones with mediocre speakers like the Oneplus 3 are one of the loudest. Also if you look at pre-S7 era, phones like the Note 4 and S6 had one of the loudest speakers. Look at the width of the speaker on iPhone 7. Now look at the width of the grill on the s7. You get my point? The iPhone 7 has a lot more room for these things than the S7( HUGE bezels on the iPhone being the primary reason). Quality of treble and bass are inherently related to the diameter of the membrane. That's why diameter of the membrane is one of the most important spec on a speaker or high-end headphone.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are aware that waterproofing a speaker muffles the sound quality? Because you are comparing the S7 to the S6 or older Samsung's which don't have water-proofed speakers. Which is why he says, you must be confused with quality vs loudness. I agree with him. Your own comparisons shows you are confused. Louder speakers don't mean better sound. Its just a louder speaker with terrible cracking noisy sound. A water-proofed speaker is hard to push quality, because he water-proofing seals up the places where air would need to flow to improve sound. The single speaker just needs to be good enough to hear the phone rings and notification tones. I rather they make the quality of headphones and their TV;s better.

17. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

I am not confused at all. If you don't even understand now what I was trying to say, you are really dense. First of all, I never compared S7 to S6. Your English must be really poor to infer that. What he said was that louder speakers require bigger drivers, while better quality ones don't. I said it's quite the opposite. S6 and note 4 had super small speaker modules and had loud sound. Hence proving my point. Your comment doesn't even make any sense. I never implied that S6 had amazing sounding speaker.

10. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

How dare you question a Lannister!

13. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Why? It is not allowed?

12. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Are they the best for sure, but they are not the worst either. I do hope they will come out with better.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off, Samsung phones sound way batter than most. Its onl;y after water-proofing them and muffling the sound, that make them sound not as loud. How loud do they need to be? They are plenty loud and clear to hear notifications and phone calls. The speakers werent meant for typical music listening. Anyone who uses a phone speaker to listen to music, even if its a dual setup; is an idiot. That si what the headphones are for. I'd rather they make the headphone sound better and hopefully put a DAC inside phones or a better set of audio chips.

5. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Wow, Mark Levinson

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Your dad bro??

6. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

interesting

8. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I just WOW

9. RocKO03

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 18, 2014

Moto Z has the highest sound quality given the fact that the phone is only 5.2mm thin check the rating in reviews here in phonearena and gsmarena and any other site.

11. liviaemily_6

Posts: 25; Member since: Aug 15, 2016

I have the new LG wireless with harman kardon and sound wise they are nothing to brag about.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

8 Billion. Looks like Samsung has PLENTY of money. This was a better buy then Apple buying Beats. HK makes very good quality speakers. HP moved to B&O in their laptops and its sounds way better than Beats Audio, and this is coming from a guy who use to like Beats

18. tsp38

Posts: 38; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

"Harman also licenses Bowers & Wilkins and Bang & Olufsen brands for automotive business." what does this mean??

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