After seven decades of acoustic excellence, the Harman Kardon brand continues to inspire the next generation with the promise of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary through new and exciting products
Amsterdam, August 15, 2023 /3BL/– HARMAN Internationalfocused on connected products and technologies for the automotive, consumer and business markets, proudly celebrating its 70th anniversarye anniversary of the audio brand Harman Kardon, whose rich legacy has made its name synonymous with acoustic and aesthetic excellence. Over the past 70 years, the Harman Kardon brand has merged form and function, combining beautiful award-winning design with rich, multi-layered sonic performance that adds depth and dimension to every moment – transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Harman Kardon’s story is also one of groundbreaking innovation; Many Harman Kardon technologies have become standard in the audio industry.
A BEAUTIFUL LEGACY
The Harman Kardon adventure began in 1953, when Dr. Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon founded their own company based on a shared passion for music and art, helping to create a whole new hi-fi audio industry. Their very first product, the Harman Kardon Festival D1000, was the world’s first compact AM/FM hi-fi receiver. The unique combination of groundbreaking technology and stylish design made the Harman Kardon Festival D1000 an instant success and set the tone for what would become a legacy of developing top quality products known for their unparalleled performance, ease of use and elegant industrial design. design. In 1958, another breakthrough was achieved with the introduction of the very first stereo receiver, the Harman Kardon Festival TA230. A year later, the Harman Kardon Citation II, the world’s first tube amplifier with ultra-wide bandwidth, followed. In 1970, the Harman Kardon CAD5 was introduced, the world’s first hi-fi cassette recorder with Dolby noise reduction. In 1992, the Harman Kardon brand made its automotive sound system debut in the Land Rover Range Rover, laying the foundation for a rich and rewarding history of collaboration with numerous automakers including BMW, Mini, Subaru, Volvo, Polestar, VW , Renault and more.
“Harman Kardon has a truly exceptional history that has had a lasting impact on the entire audio industry,” said Carsten Olesen, President of Consumer Audio at HARMAN. “When listeners choose a Harman Kardon product, they reap the rewards of 70 years of unparalleled expertise in both technological innovation and award-winning design. Harman Kardon’s deep commitment to beauty is truly the star of the brand and the reason Harman Kardon products are so stunning, both in appearance and audio quality.’”
AWARD-WINNING ICONIC DESIGN
The Harman Kardon brand continues to introduce groundbreaking products that further enhance the listening experience as it continues to influence the shape of sound. Harman Kardon’s acoustic engineers use the latest technologies, such as noise cancellation, high-speed dubbing, surround sound and voice control, while paying meticulous attention to design details, winning hundreds of design and technology awards. These include an iF Design Award for its digital path receivers and an Industrial Design Excellence Gold Award award for its SoundSticks. As a result of an exceptional collaboration with iMac designer Jonathan Ive, the SoundSticks not only received multiple awards, but were also added to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York in 1999 for their exceptional design.
THE LEGACY CONTINUES…
As the latest Harman Kardon products demonstrate, the deep commitment to beautiful sound and design remains as steadfast as ever; the new Harman Kardon Aura studio 4 Wireless Bluetooth speaker features the iconic soft silhouette of the Harman Kardon Aura family, with a striking transparent dome, presented in a 360 degree layout for an omnidirectional light and sound experience; the Harman Kardon Go + play 3 portable speaker with premium craftsmanship and an iconic design, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a built-in rechargeable battery for a superior sonic experience anywhere in the user’s home; the Harman Kardon Luna portable speaker offers an iconic silhouette combined with high-quality materials, packing remarkable acoustic performance into a compact and portable form factor.
A PROMISING FUTURE BUILT ON AN EXCEPTIONAL PAST
Harman Kardon products have always had the rare ability to stand out, both acoustically and aesthetically. A unified vision of design excellence is based on four key characteristics, resulting in the signature Harman Kardon style: iconic silhouettes and elegant shapes, the use of high-quality and multi-sensory materials, refined details and refined elements, and minimalist and refined user experience. interfaces. All Harman Kardon products are designed as holistic, timeless pieces that stimulate emotions, both through their unique artistic beauty and their beautiful sound. Today, the Harman Kardon brand proudly looks back on seven decades of leading the way in both sound and design, driven by a deep passion for music. With a profound influence on the audio industry for 70 years, Harman Kardon’s mission remains unchanged: harnessing the power of beauty and technology so people can better discover and enjoy their passion for music and entertainment.
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ABOUT HARMAN KARDON
Harman Kardon creates beautiful sound that adds depth to every moment. For 70 years, the world-renowned audio brand has seamlessly combined function and form with the highest quality sound, elegant design and meticulous attention to detail. The iconic Harman Kardon SoundSticks confirm the brand’s design status and are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Harman Kardon also partners with the world’s top automotive brands to create listening experiences that enrich every minute behind the wheel.
HARMAN International (harman.com) designs and develops connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products and business automation solutions; and services that support the Internet of Things. With leading brands such as AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 50 million cars on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secured across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people in North and South America, Europe and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.
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