JBL & Harmon Kardon – New Entrants to SS market

JBL & Harmon Kardon – New Entrants to Smart Speakers market

JBL and Harmon Kardon have become new entrants into the smart speaker market. Harmon Kardon the parent brand of JBL have both grown to become well-known households brand for audio devices among many other devices. The growth has allowed them to expand and explore the world of smart speakers. JBL & HK and now making a name for themselves in the smart speaker’s worlds soon competing with big brands in Smart speaker world such as Google and Amazon.

About Harman Kardon & JBL

Harman Kardon is a division of Harman International, that manufactures high-quality consumer-grade audio equipment and devices, such as headphones, speakers, and soundbars. It also manufactures car audio equipment.

Harman Kardon is now one of Samsung’s owned subsidiaries, as of March 11 2017, for approximately 8 billion US dollars. Originally, Harman Kardon was founded in 1953 by Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon, in Stamford, United States.

On top of all the audio equipment that carries the company’s original name of Harman Kardon (often styled as Harman / Kardon), the parent company – Harman International – also makes and sells other well-known audio brands such as JBL (bought by Harman Kardon in 1969), AKG, Mark Levinson, Infinity, and Crown Amplifiers.

Introducing the Smart Speakers

The Harman Kardon Citation ONE is a next-generation smart speaker with rich sound and an all-in-one compact design. Easy to use, Citation ONE blends innovation in home audio with attention to detail in design, allowing for sophisticated looks and surprising sound in a compact design. Music lovers will love the room-filling sound and access to over 300 music services and high-definition streaming through Chromecast built-in. 

The Chromecast built-in is how it can become a smart speaker. All you need to do is download the Google Home app and there you have it you smart speaker is connected. It falls under the range of smart speakers from well-known brands such as Amazon and Google.

The Harman Kardon smart speaker features:

  • Premium industrial design
  • Sound quality with sophistication
  • Music everywhere
  • Hands-free help with your voice, powered by the Google Assistant
  • Play and control your music with your voice
  • Over 300 music streaming services available with Wi-Fi streaming
  • Privacy please settings
  • Always the best
  • Simple setup with the Google Home app on iOS and Android
  • Wireless Bluetooth® streaming


Compact in size and loaded with sophisticated features, this JBL Link Music Bluetooth speaker can take your wireless audio experience to the next level. It features a full-range transducer and advanced digital amp to deliver 360-degree sound with crystal clear sound quality. This smart wireless speaker has Google Assistant built-in for hands-free control.

From your kitchen to your living room, JBL Link Music delivers bold, dynamic JBL 360-Degree Pro Sound. With the Google Assistant, play and control your favourite music, access Spotify, YouTube Music and Apple Music and listen without interruptions. Just say “Hey Google” to get started. Pick the JBL Link Music that is perfect for you.

Some of the JBL LINK Music speakers features:

  • JBL 360-Degree Pro Sound
  • Wireless streaming via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth
  • Hands-free help from the Google Assistant
  • Style and substance
  • Easy, no fuss set-up

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Harman Kardon and JBL have become well known for releasing high-quality sound from their speakers. Google and Amazon have become well-known brands for smart speakers but keep an eye out for Harman Kardon and JBL for their smart speakers because you are getting the best of sound and design while having the smart speaker voice-activated features.