Samsung closes on its $8 billion purchase of Harman International

Samsung closes on its $8 billion purchase of Harman International
Samsung announced early today that it has closed on the purchase of technology company Harman for a total of $8 billion. The deal was originally announced back in November and under the final terms, Harman stockholders will receive $112 a share. Harman produces plenty of products for the auto industry, but also owns several well known consumer audio brands such as Harman Kardon and JBL.

Both Harman Kardon and JBL have had their name on certain smartphones and accessories. A JBL speaker is available as a Moto Mod modular accessory for the Moto Z series. Meanwhile, HTC had offered a special Harmon Kardon edition of the HTC One (M8). In addition, Microsoft plans on making a Harmon Kardon powered smart speaker similar to Amazon's Echo device. Instead of Alexa, Cortana will provide the cloud based answers.

Harman's shares which closed Friday at $111.50, will be delisted before Monday's opening on U.S. stock markets.

source: Samsung



1. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

I hope this audio-tech makes it to Galaxy S9(2018). It's too late for S8 anyway. Maybe Note 8 would get it but chances are slim. Plus, I'd LOVE to have front-firing dual speakers on future flagships EVEN at the cost of having a li'l bigger bezels. And please, don't repeat the say thing over and over that mobile speakers cannot be good as the real deal but, when you're alone in your apartment, on a saturday night, watching something on your phone in the comfort of your bed, you know you'd want to NOT plug the headphones and listen from the front speakers (that is, if you have a girlfriend, unlike me, in which case I'd suggest you better listen to her, and PLUG you JACK to listen to her mesmerizing moans. LOL

2. Subie

Posts: 2415; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Current flagships like the Blackberry Dtek60 already have dual front firing speakers using Harman's JBL speaker tech. Though once this deal goes through, who knows if Samsung may or may not licence their speaker tech to companies such as TCL.

4. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Stop with this 'front-firing speakers' BS already. LOL Time to learn about acoustic.

5. Mixkhata1

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

It's NOT BS if it's true. Ever heard how good HTC M8 and M9 were in audio department? No? Go check it out. There is a reason HTC is famous among audiophiles.

12. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Must be why HTC sells so great too /s

6. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Stop talking like everyone should have the same opinion as you. Time to learn about subjectivity.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not BS just because you say so. I've used both, and FFS is the way to go.

9. dazed1

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

shut it noob, stereo speakers are amazing.

3. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Nice to see Samsung finalising this deal, as I hope it'll significantly increase the quality of Smthe speakers in Samsung's smartphones... especially the flagships.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Maybe some FFS with a really high end DAC in the Note 8? Come on, Samsung, I've asked nicely for years.

10. ElenaSandy

Posts: 12; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

The union of two kings, love it!


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Way better than those crappie Beats!

13. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

If ffs come, they need to hide them some how. I don't want the front of my phone to be messed up with speaker grills.

14. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

stereo speakers on phomes is dumb. because the speakers are not farenkugh apart to get the full effect. also thr speakers are ao small the music is never going be clear. but if they put a real DAC and a high quality sound processor and include somw really nice headphones; then it will be great. the speakers on the original Tab S are cbriap and clear and pretty loud. the sound appears tp have surround and it sometimes sounds ro be around you. FFS om a phone is a complete waste of time. this phone and anything similar is a complete waste of money.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

LG VX9200 was the first phone i can think of tat had dual front facing speakers. loud but they y sounded terrible.

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