Eight Breakthrough Audio and Software Products from HARMAN Win 2014 CES Innovation Awards

HARMAN’s JBL, Harman Kardon, AKG, Infinity, and Aha brands receive accolades for outstanding design and engineering

HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, the award-winning maker of outstanding audio and entertainment solutions, announced today that eight new products have been named CES Innovation Award winners for 2014. The awards were presented by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®), producer of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow. Products from HARMAN‘s JBL, Harman Kardon, Infinity, AKG, and Aha brands were recognized for

Harman Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

Harman Logo. (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics.

HARMAN designs, manufactures, and markets a wide range of infotainment and audio solutions for the automotive, consumer, and professional markets. It is a recognized world leader across its customer segments with premium brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, and Mark Levinson® and leading-edge connectivity, safety and audio technologies.

Four JBL products received awards for home and multimedia audio systems incorporating wireless Bluetooth connectivity, enabled by Near Field Communications (NFC) technology, including:

JBL Authentics L8 home entertainment sound system, which offers a wide range of options for effortlessly streaming music from portable devices, including DLNA for Android and Apple’s AirPlay for iOS devices;

JBL Flip2 portable speaker system, providing room-filling sound from a compact cylindrical enclosure small enough and lightweight enough to carry in your hand;

JBL Synchros SB400BT Bluetooth headphones, which deliver peerless sound with matched speakers in over-the-ear cushioned cups, without the encumbrance of wires; and

JBL J46BT ultra-light and ultra-comfortable in-ear Bluetooth headphones, which, though connected to each other with a tangle-free cable, need no physical connection to the audio system.

The Harman Kardon Esquire portable Bluetooth audio and speakerphone system also received a 2014 CES Innovation Award. The Harman Kardon Esquire is designed with business travelers in mind, with an upscale geometric enclosure, compact to travel well in luggage or carry-on.

HARMAN’s AKG brand was recognized for the new AKG K845 BT wireless headphones, which combine the superb noise isolation of a closed-back design with the spacious sound and feel of open-back headphones. These headphones are destined to be standard-setters, with multi-dimensional sound and full bass produced by AKG’s largest 50 mm drivers. Continue reading

Harman International Industries, Incorporated Releases its New Fall 2013 Additions to the AKG, JBL AND Harman Kardon Family Brands

New AKG K323 XS Ultra-Small In-Ear Headphones Feature Studio-Quality Sound

Premium headphone sound in earphones so small, light, and comfortable, you won’t want to put them down

The new AKG K323 XS (Available at www.akg.com, MSRP $39.00 – $59.00) in-ear headphones from AKG by Harman represent a breakthrough in studio-quality sound in a compact package. Despite their miniature size, the AKG K323 XS comes in 4 fashionable colors, as well as black and white; boasts the sound quality and extreme comfort of an in-ear headphone more than twice its size (but without the extra bulk or weight) and adhere to uncompromising AKG standards for sound quality, comfort, versatility, and functionality.

Harman Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

Harman Logo. (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

The secret of the AKG K323 XS’s listening experience is in its innovative ear-tip technology. The tip is shaped to maximize the fit between the headphone and your ear, creating (noise-vancelling) sound isolation that makes for an immersive listening experience. Add to that the extreme comfort that comes with your choice of four sizes (XS, S, M, and L) of ear sleeves, and you’ll discover a snug fit with studio-quality sound that’s comfortable enough to wear all day without fatigue.

The AKG K323 XS comes with a lightweight straight cable. But because you’ll need to do other things while you’re wearing them (because you won’t want to take them off), the AKG K323 XS headphones give you options. Choose a one-button in-line control microphone, for Android users, or a 3-button control mic cable compatible with Apple iOS devices. You’ll be able to take calls and control the music without removing your headphones.

AKG K323XS.  (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

AKG K323XS. (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

Our new AKG K323 XS headphones are living proof that you don’t need huge size to get huge sound over a wide frequency response range,” said Michael Mauser, President of HARMAN Lifestyle. “Specially-selected 5.6 mm drivers and an enclosed back design, plus AKG audio engineering savvy, all work together to deliver precision audio with the sound quality AKG products have made famous for over 65 years.”

New Harman Kardon® SOHO Folding Stereo Headphones Achieve a New Benchmark in Portable Sound

Harman Kardon SOHO headphones combines best-in-class audio with best-in-looks aesthetics, in a travel-friendly design

HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated, has unveiled the Harman Kardon SOHO Folding Stereo Headphones (MSRP $199 at http://www.harmankardon.com) featuring a distinctive new look. Combining premium style in black, white or camel with a heritage of high-frequency clarity and stunning bass, Harman Kardon SOHO Headphones are designed to appeal to the designer, as well as the audiophile, in everyone.

Harman Kardon SOHO headphones are markedly different, even at first glance. Their genuine leather and stainless steel appointments and distinctive, oblong rectangular shape set them apart as a statement in timeless functional design. But, as a style statement, Harman Kardon SOHO Folding Stereo headphones sacrifice nothing in the way of convenience. These headphones don’t just fold; they fold flat down to less than 1.25 inches (about 30 mm) to fit inside their own sophisticated travel pouch.

Harman Kardon SOHO.  (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

Harman Kardon SOHO. (PRNewsFoto/HARMAN International Industries, Incorporated)

The richness of the Harman Kardon SOHO Folding headphones exterior is equally matched with rich sound. Specially selected 30 mm drivers and neodymium transducers deliver precision Harman Kardon sound quality across all frequencies. The generous shape of the cups is comfortable and kind to the ears during extended listening. For convenience in taking phone calls, Harman Kardon SOHO is available in a choice of remote control straight microphone cables: a universal remote/mic for Android users, or an Apple iOS-compatible remote/mic for users of iPhone. Continue reading

2013 INTERNATIONAL CES REPORT: PORSCHE SHOWCASES NEW AHA™ INTEGRATION AT CES

YOUR FAVORITE CONTENT FROM THE WEB NOW AVAILABLE IN YOUR PORSCHE

PORSCHE now offers Aha™ (from Harman International Industries) as part of a new ONLINE SERVICES option, available across its entire product line. Aha is a free service that seamlessly organizes and integrates your favorite content from the web between your phone and car, so you can easily access it wherever you go, including in your Porsche.  The new feature is available on vehicles equipped with the latest generation of the PORSCHE COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT (PCM) SYSTEM, which offers a variety of additional entertainment, navigation and information options.

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

Porsche Cars North America, Inc. Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Porsche Cars North America, Inc.)

A PORSCHE CAYENNE GTS equipped with Online Services and Aha will be available for demonstrations to media at the 2013 INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW (CES) in Las Vegas from January 8-11, 2013 at the AHA BY HARMAN tent at the Central Plaza (# CP-13) at the LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER.

PORSCHE CARS NORTH AMERICA, INC. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of PORSCHE SPORTS CARS, the CAYENNE SUV and PANAMERA SPORTS SEDAN. At the core of this success is Porsche’s proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of PORSCHE AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 191 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand’s 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency. Continue reading