Yesterday, Harman, the company behind popular brands such as JBL, HarmanKardon, AKG and more released a plethora of products to wow consumers for the coming year 2018. Products ranging from Soundbars to Headphones were demoed on the show floor, and here’s a sneak peek on the products that will be gracing our local stores very soon.
For the Soundbars, it will be coming with a few variations, and sitting pretty on top of the pile is the JBL Bar 5.1. It comes with 5.1 Surround Sound with 510W of power, equipped with 8 Drivers and 3 Tweeters, as well as a 10-inch subwoofer. The battery of this wireless surround speaker is detachable, so you can just remove the battery component to charge your speakers without needing to remove the whole thing to charge it. It can last up to 10 hours, which should be enough to last you 3 to 4 movies. The JBL Boombox was also shown, a brand-new gigantic portable speaker with Bluetooth capability, up to 24 hours of playtime on a single charge, IPX7 rated, equipped with a 20,000 mAh battery, two dual charge outputs for you to charge your other devices, and can also act as a speakerphone for impromptu conference calls at the beach. It also features JBL Connect+, which allows you to link together other JBL wireless speakers of more than 100 devices!
Harman Kardon is also coming with some new iterations of their older products, such as a new Aura Studio 2 and a new Onyx Studio 4. The Onyx Studio 4 is a Wireless Home Bluetooth Speaker that can act as a functionable art décor at home. Simply connect to the device via Bluetooth and you can play your music wherever. It can last up to 8 hours, and with HK Connect+, you can connect more than 100 devices together. It also has a built-in microphone with noise and echo cancelling abilities for clear conference calls. You also have access to voice assistants such as Siri and Google Assistant.
For Headphones, JBL has their latest JBL E65BTNC, a wireless Bluetooth enabled headphone with Noise Cancelation capabilities, JBL Signature Sound, can last up to 24 hours while running only on Bluetooth, and can last 15 hours with Bluetooth and Active Noise Canceling on. It also has quick-charging, so all you need is 2 hours of charge, to last you 24 hours. AKG also has a new product for the Wireless series with the N60NC Wireless. It is wireless with Active Noise Canceling capabilities, and with aptX, you can expect high quality streaming. It can last you 15 hours with Bluetooth and ANC on, and 30 hours with just ANC on. It even comes bundled with a wired option for endless listening. Once done, simply fold it into the bag, and you can take it anywhere with you.
For their younger audience, JBL also launched a new JBL JR300 and JR300BT. As the name suggests, one is Bluetooth enabled, while the other is wired, so you can make a purchase for your younger ones, depending on their requirements. It comes with JBL Safe Sound to ensure that the volume will not be higher than 85dB, to ensure that listening is safe for your younger ones. For the JR300BT, it can last up to 12 hours, and with quick charge, 10 minutes of charging can give them 1 hour of listening time. Child friendly buttons can also be found on the headphones for easy access.
For in-ear goodness, the JBL Free is a wireless in-ear earbuds that has no need for wires. It comes with JBL Signature Sound, 4 + 20 hours of playback time, with 4 hours on the earbuds alone, and 20 additional hours from the charging case. To charge your earbuds, simply place them inside the charging case and you can charge wherever you are. 15 minutes of charging will yield you 1 hour of listening time. You can answer calls and talk in mono with a single earbud, or listen to stereo music when you plug in the second earbud.
AKG also has some new earphones to showcase, with the AKG N25 and AKG N40. The N25 is in-ear, comes with Hi-Res Audio, and powered with Dual Dynamic Drivers, and the cables are tangle-free to save you the hassle of untangling your cables. It comes bundled with a carrying case, a cleaning tool as well as a flight adaptor. As for the AKG N40, it is also in-ear, comes packaged for travel with a cleaning tool, straight cable and 3 replaceable ear sleeves. But to make it unique, AKG allows you to swap the sound filters, switching it for either a bass, mid or high frequency filter. The cable of the N40 is also detachable, allowing you to customise it as your very own.
At the moment of writing, pricing and availability are yet to be known, so stay tuned as we will update this page when we have the info.