- Harman Kardon - Stylish and Premium Audio
- Harman Kardon's Philosophy
- Harman Kardon's Products
- Harman Kardon SoundSticks
- Harman Kardon Portable Speakers
Whoever said great audio has to look bad? Harman Kardon (or stylistically Harman/Kardon) produces home and car audio equipment that not only sound amazing, but have very iconic designs that stands the test of time. The company was founded in 1953 by Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon – their last names forming the company.
Both Sidney Harman and Bernard Kardon founded the company with an investment of $5000 each in 1953. They both resigned from the company due to some management changes and decided to form the Harman Kardon Company, focusing on audio products. Harman Kardon's high fidelity audio products helped to push the Hi-Fi business in the 1950s as well.
They pushed integrated audio receivers early on, providing the market with the capability to enjoy high fidelity audio in a single audio equipment unit. From there, they developed many integrated receivers, including the world's first AM/FM integrated receiver, which would be the precursor to the modern day receiver. Harman Kardon has been a leader in high fidelity audio products for many years; when Bernard Kardon retired, Sidney Harman would reform the company into Harman International.
Harman International today is a large electronics company that oversees over twenty brands of electronic products worldwide, including Harman Kardon, AKG, and JBL. The many brands products and services include connected car systems, audio and visual products, and enterprise automation.
There are many audio equipment manufacturers out there that provide with a lot of different audio products. Some brands target fashionable lifestyles, while others try to cram in as much features as they can. Harman Kardon, on the other hand, is to provide the best possible design quality that they can for the price of the product. This philosophy is best described as producing excellent products that do their basic tasks best rather than to fill it up with unnecessary features.
Harman Kardon's audio products are not aimed towards the lifestyle or fashion market, nor are they aimed towards the people who wish for the most features packed into a single device. Harman Kardon's audio products are aimed towards those who wish for the best possible performance they can acquire for the price they pay.
Unlike most high fidelity audio products that are sold in very specialized stores, Harman Kardon's audio are available in common electric stores. This allows for the general consumer market to be able to acquire high fidelity audio products easier, which in turn exposes the world to better audio experiences.
Harman Kardon's headphones and speakers may be a little on the expensive side, but the saying goes "you get what you pay for". Every purchase of a Harman Kardon product is sure to be enjoyable as each of the products have the best possible performance under its price tag.
The Harman Kardon SoundSticks speaker is probably one of the most recognizable speakers in the world today. Its translucent body, silver cables, and light on the subwoofer leaves an impression everywhere its placed. It's an impressive speaker to behold, and is its sound is as equally impressive, if not better.
The Harman Kardon Soundsticks speaker was first introduced in 2000. The speaker is a result of a partnership between Harman Kardon and Apple, with Apple doing the industrial design to match their then transparent Mac computers. The speaker's unique and great design was given the Gold Industrial Design Excellence Awards, and a unit has been placed in the New York City's Museum of Modern Art as a permanent collection.
The SoundSticks have retained its timeless design for over 15 years, but has succeeded in improvements to its technology, such as the inclusion of Bluetooth in the latest Soundsticks III Wireless model. Other speakers based on the SoundSticks have also been released, such as the Harman Kardon Aura Wireless Speakers.
Harman Kardon also produces wireless Bluetooth speakers for all your portable audio needs. These Harman Kardon portable speakers are great for traveling or just lounging at the park. The great designs of the speakers such as the Onyx Studio 2 or the Esquire Mini also makes everything classy while it gives out impressive sounds. The Esquire Mini is also no bigger than your purse, which makes it easy to carry and keep in pockets or bags.
It is without a doubt that if you want really high quality consumer friendly audio products, Harman Kardon's the brand to go to. Even though their philosophy places a strong emphasis on giving the best performance, their products are still able to have really great looking designs – as evident with the SoundSticks III speaker.