Smart column Harman Kardon Citation 500 will be shown on IFA 2018: The company Harman Kardon plans to introduce a clever column Citation 500, which supports Google Assistant. The device will be shown for the first time to the public at the IFA 2018 conference, and for pre-order in Europe, the column will be available at the end of September.
Harman Kardon Citation 500 will be shipped with grey and black fabric braid, so there is some similarity with the Google Home Max column. But, significantly different price – a solution from Harman Kardon will cost $ 300 more expensive. The cost of the novelty will be about 700 dollars. Thus, it is one of the most expensive smart speakers equipped with Google Assistant (the leadership of Bang & Olufsen Beosound for 1,750 dollars).
Smart column Citation 500 is equipped with stereo speakers at 200 watts and supports streaming audio playback with a high definition 24 bit / 96 kHz. To control playback, a special touchpad is provided from the top, but voice commands are also supported with Google Assistant. Also, the device can be used to control light in the house, heating and other smart appliances.
Citation 500 – already the third smart column of the Harman Kardon brand, but the first in this price segment. While the company belongs to Samsung, there has not been released any smart speakers working with the help of Bixby. Previous models received Alexa and Cortana.