HARMAN International Industries, the premium global audio and infotainment group recently opened it’s first retail location in the USA with a flagship store in New York City. Located at 527 Madison Avenue the new location will showcase it’s various brands such as JBL™, harman/kardon™ and AKG™.
The new store from HARMAN features multiple experience areas for customers to interact with the brands the offer. The first of which is the Sound Spider (pictured left, image via Business Wire) that customers can test a full range of HARMAN headphones by listening to preselected HARMAN artist songs or by simply plugging in their own music players and hearing the music of their choice.
Next is the Sound Cube! If you have ever wanted to experience of being in a music studio, the HARMAN Sound Cube will help you get as close to that experience as possible. You can actually can bring in your own existing headphones (or select products from competing brands) and compare them directly to HARMAN products in this state of the art soundproof chamber.
The next area to check out is the HARMAN Sound Check! The HARMAN Sound Check series will bring the professional level concert experience to a smaller retail environment. The Sound Check features HARMAN’s professional concert and music studio equipment, which as part of a series will play host to musical performances and special events in HARMANs intimate setting.
The last, but certainly not least, of these experience areas is the Concierge Table. (Photo to the right by Retail Customer Experience) The Concierge Table will deliver to you a personalized experience by matching the likes and interests of your lifestyle to specific products that would best fit. All of this is done by just asking you a handful of basic questions in order to understand your personal needs.
So to help celebrate the opening of this new flagship we are going to take a look at a few suggested products to show you what some of what they will carry and what I already use:
First up is the JBL Micro Wireless Speaker! This little speaker packs a punch! Available in six different colors this speaker delivers full-range JBL® sound with a pretty amazing bass. It’s small enough that you can just throw it in (or clip it onto) your bag, but not so small that you get distorted sound. You can stream audio to the speaker from any Bluetooth-equipped compatible device, or you can always use the included 3.5 audio cable to connect the speaker to your music source. The JBL Micro Wireless Speaker retails for $59.95 through the HARMAN website.
Next up I recommend checking out the JBL Flip! What we like about this compact little speaker is the full range of sound that it supplies. The Flip’s output is well balanced and has that extra bass that rounds out the sound! It makes a great speaker for on the go or to pull out at a party to supply the tunes! The speaker comes with its own carrying case and is available in 6 different colors to choose from. The Flip retails for $99.95 through the HARMAN website.
Last, but certainly not least, in my portable speaker recommendations is the JBL Charge. When it comes to portable speakers this one is hard to beat. This beast of a speaker comes with a 12 hour battery life with its built-in 6000mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery, and to boot it does double duty as a charging pack! That’s right, when your device is running low you can plug it into the Charges USB port to juice up! This speaker is powerhouse with its sound and an exceptional bass that is hard to beat. What really is astounding with this speaker is the price compared to its competition in the same class. The Charge retails for $149.95
One more recommendation we would like to make is to check out is AKG‘s closed back, over ear bluetooth headset know as the K845BT. All I can say is whoa…. Ok, maybe I can say a few more words ;-). This headset truly does deliver studio quality sound in a super comfortable form factor. The K845BT connects with your music source in three different ways, Bluetooth, NFC, or old school 3.5 audio cable that comes included. It was so easy to pair these headphones both with Bluetooth and NFC, and you are up and listening to your music in no time! It’s sleek and stylish look is bound to be a head turner to all your friends, and when your friends see you jamming out, without the cord, you are bound to be the coolest kid on the playground, or the office. 😉 The K845BT retails for $299.95 on the HARMAN website.
Disclosure: I was given devices for review by HARMAN, and was not compensated additionally. All thoughts and opinions are my own.