Now that we’re in the post-Chromecast Audio world, it’s been a while since a company has introduced an entire range of multiroom speakers. So, here comes Harman Kardon with pants-loads of smart speakers!
We got a look at the kinda nutty Citation 500 earlier in the week, and now it’s followed by everything from an affordable kitchen counter speaker to crazy-high-end stereo speakers. Something for everyone, then!
The company is offering two different ranges — the Citation smart speakers, and the Enchant Chromecast built-in-only sound bars.
In what might be a little bit — OK, a lot — of Sonos-baiting, the first Harman Kardon product is the same price and name as the multiroom music pioneer’s entry-level product: the One (at $199). The Harman Kardon One is also a smart speaker featuring Google Assistant and comes with Chromecast built-in for music streaming. Like the rest of the Citation range, it supports music up to 24-bit/96kHz and will also allow Bluetooth streams.
The other speakers include the Citation 100 ($300), Citation 300 ($400) and the aforementioned Citation 500. Similar to the 500, the 300 also has a LCD touch control.
For the home theater enthusiasts, you have the 3.0-channel Harman Kardon Bar ($1,000), which also includes a touchscreen. It boasts three HDMI inputs with support for 4K HDR video and it is a single sound bar to which you can add a matching wireless sub for $800.
If you’re feeling especially thrifty, the company also makes the Harman Kardon Citation Tower for $2,500. It’s a 2.2 system, which presumably means that each tower has a built-in subwoofer. It has a touchscreen, too!