New Harman Kardon Allure voice activated speaker works with Amazon Alexa, combines voice control

HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise market, introduced Thursday the Harman Kardon Allure. An intelligent speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Service, the Allure complements any home space with its design and 360-degree Harman Kardon sound.

Harman Kardon Allure is hands free and controlled by voice commands. Just ask Alexa to play music, read the news, control a smart home, make purchases from Amazon Prime, and more.

Even in noisy environments, proprietary far-field voice technology allows the speaker to hear commands from a far distance. Alexa is always getting smarter and customers can enable more than 20,000 skills, which makes using Harman Kardon Allure a truly personal experience.

The transparent design of Allure blends into any interior with a subtle touch of delicacy and ease. Place it anywhere and the speaker will be able to fill any space with the 360-degree Harman Kardon sound. Its 360-degree ambient lighting design glows from within. The ambient light will react to the voice commands and move along with the rhythm of the music.

By pairing Harman Kardon’s audio performance with Alexa’s intuitive voice technology, Allure brings discerning music-lovers a premium listening experience, anywhere anytime, around the home.

Harman Kardon Allure can connect to Alexa through dual-band Wi-Fi, just ask and Alexa will provide information, place an order, play music, and more. It is always getting smarter and adding new features with more than 20,000 Alexa skills. Coming with a built-in 4-microphone array with advanced noise cancellation technology that allows for hands-free voice control from across the room, the speaker also provides 360-degree sound. Transducers and built-in subwoofer produce 360-degrees of rich and powerful sound that fills up every corner of the room with 360-degree, multicolored and responsive lighting in an iconic design to elevate and enhance any décor.

The speaker also offers wireless Bluetooth streaming to deliver music wirelessly from mobile devices via Bluetooth.

“We’re excited, to integrate with Amazon Alexa to deliver a beautiful speaker with astounding audio coupled with all the intelligent features of Alexa,” said Michael Mauser, President, Lifestyle Audio Division at HARMAN. “Research shows the number one use of digital voice services is music streaming and Allure with its premium sound quality, iconic design, and exceptional voice-enabled technology, will produce a spectacular sound experience while delivering on our promise of elevating a connected life through smart technology.”

“The Allure smart speaker will bring Harman Kardon’s premium audio and the 20,000+ skills available for Amazon Alexa to even more customers,” said Steve Rabuchin, VP Amazon Alexa. “This is a great benefit for customers who love quality music and want a voice service in their home. Customers can just ask Alexa to play great sounding music, control their smart home, get news or weather, play games, order food, and more.”

Harman Kardon Allure with Amazon Alexa will be available for purchase starting later this year at a price of around US$249.95.

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