Items tagged with Harman Kardon

Digital assistants are everywhere these days—maybe you routinely summon Siri on your iPhone to set a reminder or ask for directions, or perhaps you call on Alexa to fire up your playlist on your Echo speaker (or tell jokes through Jimmy Fallon). What about Cortana? Microsoft is still fleshing out its own digital assistant, and it appears Cortana is learning a new trick—support for multiple users. Where this makes the most sense is on the Xbox One, a game console at its core, but also a home entertainment hub. Microsoft has long promoted the Xbox as more than just a gaming machine—they're gateways to streaming video platforms like Netflix and Hulu, and can be used to browse the... Read more...
While companies like Amazon and Google are angling to put more devices into your living spaces to create a smart home revolution with the Amazon Echo and Google Home Mini, Microsoft is looking to counterpunch with its own Cortana service. A new report indicates that Microsoft has added a new "Connected Home" section to the Cortana Notebook. This new integration was first reported by Windows Central, which says that Connected Home allows users to tap into five services at the moment: Wink, Insteon, Nest, SmartThings and Hue. Of course, you will need to sign-in to each respective service to enable voice control functionality with your various smart devices. Connected Home is coming online just... Read more...
Amazon and Google are duking it out in the smart home speaker market, the former with its Alexa-enabled Echo products and the latter with its Google Home device, but this is not a two-horse race. As the market grows, so does the competition. Harman Kardon has taken notice and is partnering with Microsoft to offer a smart speaker of its own, one that is powered by Cortana. According to a new teaser page on Harman Kardon's website, it will introduce its Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana sometime this fall. The voice-controller speaker will work similarly to the competition, allowing users to bark out commands to play music, make hands-free calls, and get answers to burning questions such... Read more...
The market for ultra-wide monitors is exploding, and all of the usual players are rushing to bring great-looking products to the market for consumers. ASUS is expanding its ultra-wide portfolio with the introduction of the Designo Curve MX34VQ, which aims to stand out from the crowd with a 34-inch, 3440x1440 display. As its name implies, the MX34VQ features a gentle curve (1800R to be exact), which should give customers a more immersive experience when viewing content. It also helps that the curved design just looks so damn cool as well. The VA panel has viewing angles of 178 degrees (horizontal and vertical), response times are listed at 4s (gray to gray), brightness is rated at 300 cd/㎡ and... Read more...
If sharing is caring, then Amazon cares an awful lot about Lenovo, the Chinese electronics manufacturer that is building a version of Echo...with Amazon's blessing. Lenovo is calling its Echo clone Smart Assistant and like Echo it is powered by Amazon's Alexa digital assistant. That means users will be able to do all the same things they already can with Echo, but with a competing smart speaker that adds a bit of style to the Echo's cylindrical design. Obviously Lenovo and Amazon came to some kind of licensing agreement here, one that Amazon feels is worth the risk of cannibalizing sales of its own Echo. Or perhaps Amazon is not sweating the prospect too much considering that recent data pegs... Read more...
First there was Amazon Echo, then came along Google Home. Now it looks as though Microsoft is looking to get in on the digital AI assistant/speaker movement with the help of Harman Kardon — a brand that is about to be tucked under Samsung’s wing with the acquisition of Harman. Although the device doesn’t have an official name at this point, it would be the first third-party device to integrate Cortana AI with speaker hardware. Although we can’t see the full product, it looks similar in design to the Amazon Echo with a towering cylindrical shape. Where it differs, however, is with what appears to be some sort of LCD display at the top which responds by lighting up and creates the familiar blue... Read more...
Luxury audio has always demanded a hefty price premium, and Harman Kardon has consistently been a major audio player in the upper-end of the conventional mid-range. For the average consumer H/K equipment is rather expensive, but there's obviously far more expensive gear out there if you go searching. At any rate, the company's new MAS 102 mini stereo system is easily one of the pricier options we've seen, but it's also extremely classy and highly styled. Those familiar with the brand will probably recognize the motif right away. It's a tapletop system with two stereo speakers a 2x65-watt amplifier, CD player, FM radio tuner and a host of analog and digital inputs to playback music from external... Read more...
Is the surround sound system dead? Not quite, but it's not nearly as necessary as it was just five years ago. At that point, running miles of speaker cable around your den was a dreadful requirement to get legitimate surround sound, but audio technologies have evolved quite substantially in the span of just a few years. Sound bars in particular offer a great balance; there's the compromise of not actually having 5, 6 or 7 independent speakers, but the size and ease of installation usually makes up for that. Harman Industries are today introducing the new Harman Kardon SB 16 2.1-channel soundbar home theater speaker system. This system is designed for those seeking great surround sound, but aren't... Read more...
We've said it before and we'll say it again -- the netbook market isn't going anywhere, tablet PCs be damned. In fact, the netbook sector grew by two models today, courtesy of Toshiba, which just released the Mini NB500 and NB520. The more exciting of the bunch is the NB520, which features "the world's smallest Harman/Kardon speakers on a laptop embedded in a slim an stylish casing," according to Toshiba. It's pretty rare for us to get excited over notebook audio, particularly in netbooks, so any time a company hits up a company like Harman/Kardon to handle audio chores, we're all for it. Other specs include an Intel Atom N550 processor, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, up to a 250GB hard drive, 10.1-inch... Read more...
What's this? Some arms race to produce the wildest, most alien-approved set of speakers ever? In the same month that JBL issued the third generation of its completely wild Creature speakers, yet another trusted name in sound has stepped forward with a pair of PC speakers that could very well blast off at any moment. Harman Kardon's GLA-55 speakers "merge the latest in art and science," and while the two-piece setup won't deliver pounding bass, it'll certainly provide the basics while upping your style points.The speakers are housed in clear enclosures and designed to work with PCs, MP3 players and home audio systems (or pretty much any source with an analog output), and they're built around Atlas... Read more...
The world hardly needs another Blu-ray player that only a few in a hundred can afford, but that's exactly what we're getting with Harman Kardon's latest. Granted, this one's aimed directly at the high-end market, so we'll certainly cut it some slack there. The BDP-10 is a Blu-ray / DVD player that can also play back multimedia via USB, and the built-in BD-Live feature ensures that users will be able to take advantage of the latest interactive features on films.As expected, the deck -- which is H/K's first Blu-ray unit -- boasts an HDMI output, support for LPCM/MP3/Dolby TrueHD/DTS-HA Master Audio audio formats, an Ethernet socket, IR-remote in/out jacks, a front-panel USB port, optical and coaxial... Read more...