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JBL and Harman Kardon announce a deluge of personal and home audio gadgets

By Liu Hongzuo - on 31 Aug 2022, 2:18pm

JBL and Harman Kardon announce a deluge of personal and home audio gadgets

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 8.

Harman International, a U.S.-based, Samsung-owned audio label held its Harman ExPLORE press event in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 31 August 2022 (Singapore Time), where it launched nine new home and personal audio products for its JBL and Harman Kardon brands. It’s plenty to go through, so we’ll dive right into them.

Should these products come to Singapore, we’ll update this piece with local pricing and availability.

 

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 8

Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 8.

Harman Kardon’s Onyx Studio 8 is a supposedly stylish, semi-portable, wireless home speaker. It’s made from recycled materials – with a plastic body and woven polyester yarn for its speaker grille. It packs a 120mm woofer with twin 20mm tweeters and Bluetooth for audio. 

It’s semi-portable, so you can expect the Onyx Studio 8’s built-in battery to last eight hours when playing about the house. It comes with an anodised aluminium handle for extra portability.

It also offers far-field voice support via its dual-microphone setup, so you can take a call from any corner of the room the Onyx Studio 8 is in.

The Harman Kardon Onyx Studio 8 retails in Europe at €299, starting from mid-October 2022. It comes in three colours (Black, Champagne, and Dark Blue).

 

JBL Bar 1000 (and the other soundbars)

JBL Bar 1000 soundbar.

The JBL Bar 1000 is a 7.1.4-channel soundbar with Dolby Atmos, and DTS:X 3D surround sound support. It also has four up-firing drivers to create acoustic height, making this soundbar package a true home cinema audio solution.

The entire setup comes with two detachable, battery-powered wireless surround speakers and a 10-inch wireless subwoofer, which really minimises the number of cables and power outlets you’ll need. It has a total power output of 880W.

In Europe, the JBL Bar 1000 retails at €1149 starting from October 2022.

If the JBL Bar 1000 is too much for you, the brand has non-flagship options that might better suit your needs. Bar 800 (€899, October 2022) has 5.1.2-channels, doing away with two of its up-firing drivers and multi-beam support. Bar 500 (€649, September 2022) has no detachable rear channels (5.1 only), while Bar 300 (€399, September 2022) has 5.1-channels but it moves its external subwoofer into the soundbar itself, making it an all-in-one option.

 

JBL Go 3 and JBL Clip 4 Eco

JBL Go 3 Eco.

The new JBL Go 3 Eco and Clip 4 Eco are ultra-portable personal speakers that are made with 90% post-consumer recycled plastic and 100% recycled fabric on their speaker grilles.

JBL Go 3 Eco is pocket-sized, has IP67 water and dust resistance rating, with five hours of playback. In Europe, it retails at €39.99 starting from December 2022 onwards.

JBL Clip 4 Eco.

JBL Clip 4 Eco can be hooked onto backpacks or bicycles, offering up to 10 hours of playback on the go. In Europe, it retails at €59.99 from December 2022 onwards. 

 

JBL Tour One M2 headphones

JBL Tour One M2.

The JBL Tour One M2 is a closed-back, over-ear headphone with JBL’s True Adaptive ANC (active noise cancelling) and ambient sound. Its four microphones have advanced voice recognition to tell your voice apart from others, so the headphones can automatically pause tracks when speaking.

It offers 50 hours of playback (30 hours if ANC is enabled), and a 10-minute charge can get you five hours of playback. Wireless audio is supported via Bluetooth 5.3. For extra portability, the headphones can be folded when kept.

JBL Tour One M2 retails at €299 in Europe, starting from January 2023 onwards.

 

JBL Tour Pro 2 true wireless earbuds (TWS)

JBL Tour Pro 2.

JBL Tour Pro 2 isn’t just another pair of true wireless earbuds. According to Harman International, it has the world’s first “smart charging case”. 

Said case has a 1.45-inch LED touch display on the charging case to manage music, customise settings, accept and reject calls, and check for phone notifications.

The buds are packed with components too, since it has 10mm drivers per side and a six-microphone setup for voice clarity and ANC (active noise cancellation) support. It offers a total of 40 hours of playback – 10 on its own, and additional 30 hours from the “smart charging case”.

JBL Tour Pro 2 retails at €249 in Europe, starting from January 2023 onwards.

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