High-definition wireless streaming is the future.
If you’ve been searching for a high-end speaker capable of accessing Google Assistant and also streaming your music wirelessly, look no further. This week at IFA 2018 in Berlin, Harmon Kardon is set to unveil its Citation 500 smart speaker.
Premiering at a regular price of £549 (roughly $700 USD), this will be one of the most expensive Google Assistant-enabled devices to date, offering 200W stereo speakers and the ability to support 24Bit/96Khz High Definition audio streaming. On top sits an LCD control panel which displays the current track being played along with album art, pause/play buttons, and more.
While you can press its LCD touchscreen to switch to the next song, you could also just ask Google Assistant to change it for you. With that in mind, you could also use it to control other smart home products from smart bulbs to smart plugs that are connected to your home Wi-Fi network.
Harmon Kardon says this speaker should become available for pre-order during late September with the opportunity to choose between grey and black wool covered models. If you don’t want to wait, you could consider Bang & Olufsen’s updated BeoSound 1 and 2 speakers which are even pricier, or grab a Google Home Mini which should hold you over until the Citation 500 sees its release.
August 27, 2018 at 10:57AM