At CES 2014 Harman International whose
products are distributed by Convoy unveiled new JBL speakers and a Harman
Kardon networked speaker, networked Blu-ray HTiBs, and networked stereo
Harman Kardon also launched its second
tabletop speaker that uses Bluetooth, Apple AirPlay, DLNA, and Wi-Fi to stream
music direct from any mobile device.
The Aura Wireless Omnidirectional Home
Audio System, can also be used with a Harman Kardon Remote app for iOS and
Android mobile devices to stream music stored anywhere on a home network to an
Aura speaker anywhere in the house, the company said.
The Aura, which is set to be launched in
Australia shortly features an LED-illuminated transparent dome with woofer port
that fires up. Six 1.5-inch mid/high drivers work with a 4.5-inch woofer in the
metal base to deliver omnidirectional sound enhanced by Harman Kardon DSP
Also set to be introduced are two new
Blu-ray receivers, both incorporating 3D Blu-ray receiver like their two-year
old predecessors. Like before, one is a 5.1-channel model, and the other is a
The new models, however, add built-in Wi-Fi,
AirPlay, DLNA 1.5, Bluetooth, NFC, and access to such Cloud services as Picasa,
AccuWeather, and others.
JBL has expanded its soundbar selection to
three with the addition of the SB400, which is JBL's first networked soundbar
and first soundbar with HDMI. The bar, features three HDMI inputs, an HDMI
output with audio return channel, and Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1 decoding. It
also features Wi-Fi, AirPlay, and DLNA.
Also in JBL products, the company refreshed
the top-end speaker series in its mainstream consumer line-up. The JBL Studio 2
speakers, which replace the Studio 1 series, consist of three floor standing
speakers, a bookshelf speaker, and centre channel.