HK Ci­ta­tion multiroom

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Back in the day, har­man-kar­don used the Ci­ta­tion name for some se­ri­ous am­pli­fi­ca­tion, but now it’s to be­come the ban­ner un­der which the com­pany is launch­ing an am­bi­tious and wide-rang­ing set of multiroom au­dio prod­ucts, us­ing Chrome­cast as their kick­ing-off point for wire­less con­nec­tions. While they start with the stand­alone wire­less speak­ers and sound­bars that you’d ex­pect from a multiroom range, they top out with the im­pres­sive Tower model, a full-size floor­stand­ing de­sign car­ry­ing 2 × 200W of power, ca­pa­ble of 24-bit/96kHz stream­ing, and in­cor­po­rat­ing both Google Chrome­cast and Voice As­sis­tant. It also uses the clever WiSA wire­less tech­nol­ogy which aims to sim­plify set-up, room place­ment and ex­pan­sion — through­out the range there are op­tions to use the speak­ers in­di­vid­u­ally or build a sys­tem up to 5.1-chan­nel sur­round.

Link­ing the de­signs is the use of alu­minium de­tail­ing with a dirt-re­pel­lant and flame-re­tar­dant wool fab­ric in Winter Gray or Clas­sic Black — the Kvadrat fab­ric uses New Zealand wool, we were told by Har­man’s Michael Sher­man at IFA, though Kvadrat it­self is a Dan­ish firm. We have Euro pric­ing for the stand­alone speak­ers, which are the table­top One (€199), 100 (€299), 300 (€399) and 500 (€649, pic­tured be­low), all with both Google As­sis­tant and Chrome­cast built in, and with use­ful high-qual­ity dis­plays. The Bar (€899) has three 4K-com­pat­i­ble HDMI in­puts in ad­di­tion to WiSA, Chrome­cast and Google As­sis­tant. A Ci­ta­tion sub­woofer, again with WiSA, will be avail­able at €799. Fi­nally there’s that tall Tower (€2499) and a Sur­round model also us­ing WiSA, at €449. The Sub and the Sur­round don’t have their own Chrome­cast, since they work in con­junc­tion with ei­ther the Tower or the Bar. More in­for­ma­tion as it hap­pens, lo­cal pric­ing etc., from www.har­mankar­

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