HARMAN adds Harman Kardon Astra with Amazon Alexa to its voice controlled speakers lineup

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise market, introduced this week Harman Kardon Astra, its intelligent speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Service that features an elegant design and 360-degree omni-directional sound field. The Astra is being launched in partnership with Brightstar.

Harman Kardon Astra will connect to Alexa through dual-band Wi-Fi, just ask and Alexa will provide information, place an order, play music and more. It’s always getting smarter and adding new features with more than 20,000 Alexa skills. It offers far-field voice recognition with a built-in 4-microphone array with advanced noise cancellation technology allows for hands-free voice control from across the room.

With three x 1.75-inch drivers, three 0.75-inch tweeters, and 2 passive radiators, the Astra produces 360-degrees of beautiful sound that fills up every corner of the room. It also provides wireless Bluetooth streaming as its dual-band Wi-Fi supports 2.4 and 5 GHz networks with up to 96kHz/24bits of Wi-Fi audio to stream room-filling music from any mobile device via Bluetooth.

By combining a superior listening experience with a premium look and feel, as well as Alexa’s smart voice technology, the Astra brings music lovers a rich, first-class listening experience. Incorporating three 1.75” full-range transducers, three .75” dome tweeters and two passive radiators, the Astra delivers full-bandwidth room filling sound.

Whether placed in the kitchen to create a relaxing soundtrack while cooking or retrieving the latest news in a home office, Astra fills any room of the home with beautiful, 360-degree Harman Kardon performance.

“The Harman Kardon Astra is the latest voice agent product from HARMAN and solidifies our leadership in the space,” said David Owens, Vice President Business Development at Harman. “Launching this as a Brightstar exclusive gives Harman the opportunity to reach new channels and customers around the globe.”

For those looking to listen to the latest podcast, receive an updated weather report, or control smart home enabled devices including lights, thermostats, and more, the Astra’s hands-free voice commands are ideal. Proprietary far-field voice technology allows the speaker to hear commands effortlessly whether at home, in a hotel or at the office, even in noisy environments.

“We’re delighted to continue bringing exclusive and innovative products, such as the Harman Kardon Astra with Amazon Alexa,” said Khalid Zitouni, Vice President, Global Gear at Brightstar. “With our channel partners we’re reaching global markets and a large customer base expanding the HARMAN brand.”

 


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