updated 02:13 pm EST, Wed January 8, 2014
Audio collection includes devices with Bluetooth streaming, AirPlay, DLNA support
Harman revealed a number of audio products at CES, headed up by the JBL Flip 2 portable wireless speaker. The JBL Synchros S400BT headphones and J46BT in-ear stereo headphones accompany the Flip, as well as the AKG Y55 DJ headphones, the Harman Kardon Aura home audio system, and the Harman Kardon BDS 580 and 280 3D Blu-ray players.
The Flip 2 offers a pair of 6-Watt drivers and a built-in bass port in a compact unit. Audio can be sourced through its auxiliary port or over Bluetooth, with its built-in microphones and SoundClear echo and noise cancellation allowing it to be used as a hands-free speaker. Its built-in 2000mAh battery is chargeable over its Micro USB connection. Shipping on the 18th of February, the JBL Flip 2 is priced at $130.
JBL Flip 2
The JBL Synchros S400BT are over-ear headphones that can be used through a headphone cable or over Bluetooth 3.0 with aptX. Using 40mm drivers and a collapsible steel headband, the S400BT includes a touch-sensor interface on the left earcup, one which allows for users to adjust the volume, switch tracks, or to accept incoming calls, with an LED light trail illuminating the area near the finger's position. It is priced at $300, and is expected to ship on February 25th.
JBL Synchros S400BT
Despite being in-ear versions, the J46BT are also capable of streaming audio over Bluetooth 4.0, with the cable connecting the silicone ear tip-clad earbuds including a three-button remote control. Using 6mm drivers, the batteries in the J46BT offer a talk time of 5.5 hours, or a music playing time of 2.5 hours. Harman is selling the J46BT now for $100.
The AKG Y55 DJ headphones feature a fold-flat design, rotatable earcups, a 3.5mm to 1/4-inch plug adapter, and a detachable cable, in order to make it more hard-wearing for an "on-the-go lifestyle." Offering a frequency range of 16Hz to 24kHz and an in-line universal remote and microphone, the headphones are also supplied in a choice of four colors and a satin-acrylic finish. The AKG Y55 headphones are priced at $130.
AKG Y55 DJ Headphones
The Aura, in the Harman Kardon range, is a wireless home speaker system that features a unique transparent design. Using six 1.5-inch mid and high-range drivers and a 4.5-inch 30W subwoofer, it offers omnidirectional sound, with other features including Bluetooth connectivity, AirPlay and DLNA support, and a customized Harman Kardon Remote app for more control options. The Aura is currently selling for $399.
Harman Kardon Aura
The BDS 580 and BDS 280 3D Blu-Ray players offer MHL input, support for AirPlay, DLNA over Wi-Fi, and connectivity with smartphones and tablets over NFC and Bluetooth. While both offer Dolby TrueHD, DTS Digital Surround decoding, and Dolby Volume, which can automatically even out volume between loud action scenes and quieter sections of dialog, the BDS 280 can deliver 65 Watts per channel to power a 2.1-channel audio system, while the BDS 580 ups the output to 65 Watts per channel to a 5.1-channel system. The 580 model is priced at $1,100 while the 280 is set at $510.
Harman Kardon BDS 580 3D Blu-ray player