Harman Kardon unveils its priciest smart speaker yet, and no, this doesn't support Bixby either

Harman Kardon unveils its priciest smart speaker yet, and no, this doesn't support Bixby either
If Apple hasn’t exactly hit it out of the park with HomePod sales numbers yet, we can probably all agree the price tag attached to the Siri-controlled smart speaker is at least partly at fault.
But if you thought $349 was a little too much to ask for an Amazon Echo and Google Home rival, wait until you hear what Harman Kardon plans to charge for its next Google Assistant device.

The Citation 500 is technically the premium audio brand’s very first smart speaker powered by the search giant’s growingly popular (and intelligent) virtual assistant, although Harman International Industries also owns the JBL name.

Ironically, both US companies are in turn owned by Samsung, which hasn’t been able to commercially release a Bixby-controlled Echo or HomePod killer yet. What's even more ironic is that Harman previously rolled out smart speakers with both Cortana and Alexa functionality.

But the Harman Kardon Citation 500 is significantly costlier than both the $100 Invoke and $200 Allure, reportedly heading for the UK soon at a recommended price of £549. That roughly equates to $700, although if the ultra-high-end smart speaker is ever to be expected stateside, it will probably fetch no more than $599.95. 

Keep in mind that many found the Google Home Max hard to swallow at $399, although for what it’s worth, the Citation 500 is still a whole lot cheaper than Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound 1 and 2 with Google Assistant.

Slated for a complete presentation at the IFA trade show in Berlin in just a few days, this bad boy is pretty massive, loud, and powerful, with 200W stereo sound, support for 24 bit/96 Khz HD audio streaming, and a full-color LCD touch panel for playback control in addition to your typical Google Assistant voice capabilities. You’ll apparently be able to choose between gray and black wool designs starting late next month, at least in a number of select European markets to be fully detailed at IFA Berlin.

source: The Verge



1. antroid

Posts: 392; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Looks great, but it will make a whole in my banking account :P

2. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

HopePod for the win as its integration with my apple products are amazing.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

HopePod? lol. Don't know what keyboard you have, but the m isn't even close to the p.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

He's hoping it one day works as anything more than a speaker...

5. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol. Exactly my thoughts.

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Instead of buying stuff, he should invest in some elementary school English. Siri is smarter than he is and we all know, she's not that smart.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.