Harman Kardon Allure smart speaker Review

Harman Kardon has long been a respected name in audio, best known for its high-end car and home speaker systems. Of course, the company has also been in the Bluetooth speaker market for a long time, but it was only recently when it stepped into smart speaker territory. The Harman Kardon Allure is the company’s latest smart speaker, offering Wi-Fi music streaming and Alexa integration. It has some sexy looks and promises even more attractive sound, but at a price of $250, is it a speaker worth getting?

Design and Controls

The Harman/Kardon Allure is indeed quite alluring. The thick …

Deal: Grab the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Microsoft's Cortana at half price

It looks like both Harman Kardon and Microsoft are looking to get rid of the relatively new Invoke smart speaker powered by Cortana. The device made its debut on the market late last year, but it has already been the subject of some deep price drops.

Back in November, the Invoke went on sale for half off, even though it was launched on the market less than a month prior to that. If you missed the opportunity to grab the smart speaker when its price was reduced by 50%, you’ll be pleased to know the same deal is available once again.

Harman Cardon’s Invoke smart speaker is on sale at …

Harman Kardon announces the exquisite Allure Portable smart speaker with Alexa

Harman Kardon, a well-known company that dabbles in the audio and visual technology, has just announced yet another premium product, a follow-up to the Allure smart speaker that was announced at IFA 2017, only this one is portable.

The new Harman Kardon Allure Portable will be available for purchase starting this spring for $199, $50 cheaper than its regular brother. Customers will be able to get one via Amazon or Harman Kardon’s online store.

It’s powered by Alexa, which features more than 20,000 skills, but since Amazon is adding new ones every month, it’s probably going to have …

Deal: Buy Microsoft's Harman Kardon Invoke speaker with Cortana at half price

Microsoft fans rejoice, as the company is running a great promotion on the recently launched Harman Kardon Cortana-enabled speaker, the Invoke.

Although previous rumors suggested the speaker may be available on the market for no more than $150, the Invoke hit the shelves weeks ago for no less than $200.

The good news is Microsoft now offers the Harman Kardon Invoke speaker at half price. It’s now available on Microsoft’s online store for just $99.95, exactly $100 cheaper than the retail price.

Also, customers get to choose between Graphite and Pearl …

Microsoft's Harman Kardon Invoke speaker expected to arrive in late October for $150

Microsoft’s Cortana-enabled speaker built by Harman Kardon, the Invoke, was confirmed to launch on the market sometime this fall, but no details about the device’s exact release date and price emerged until now.

Well, it looks like if you’ve been waiting for the Cortana-enabled speaker you won’t have to wait too long now. According to a new report, the Invoke will be launched on the market in the third week of October. As mentioned earlier, the speaker was confirmed to hit the shelves this fall, but this is the first time that we have information about a …

Harman Kardon's Cortana-enabled speaker, the Invoke, makes its way through FCC

The Invoke, a Cortana-enabled Bluetooth speaker by Harman Kardon, has stopped by the FCC leaving us with some new pictures, details on specs, and the user’s manual. Previous leaks have revealed the setup process for Android, as well as what appeared to be Windows 10, offering us insight into what information Cortana will have access to and which apps will have built-in support. The speakers latest stop at the FCC lends us the most details we’ve seen yet, however.

According to the Invokes user manual, the device supports playback for AAC, MP3, Vorbis, …

Harman Kardon and Microsoft's Invoke smart speaker is coming too late to endanger Amazon

Not letting Amazon whisk all the attention away with the Echo Show, Harman Kardon formally announced the Invoke. This is a Microsoft Cortana-integrated smart speaker that’s not going to hit the market until Fall at the earliest. Being a HK product, the Invoke has a predictably pleasant look with a metal chassis, pretty much ready to fit any modern room. In the brand’s good name, Harmon is aiming for high quality sound as well. But we all know the acoustic properties of such a speaker are too constrained to deliver the kind of hi-fi audio that melts your soul.

The …

Microsoft's Cortana powered Harman Kardon smart speaker is called the Invoke?

One of the most innovative new products of the last few years has been the Amazon Echo. This is a smart speaker that features cloud based personal assistant Alexa. The Echo led Google to come up with Google Home, which features Google Assistant inside. Last year, we told you that Microsoft was going to make its own smart speaker that would come with Cortana playing the role of virtual assistant. A Harman Kardon speaker will bring outstanding sound quality to the device.

Two months ago, the product received its Wi-Fi Alliance certification, and now we might have a name for the smart speaker. …

Samsung closes on its $8 billion purchase of Harman International

Samsung announced early today that it has closed on the purchase of technology company Harman for a total of $8 billion. The deal was originally announced back in November and under the final terms, Harman stockholders will receive $112 a share. Harman produces plenty of products for the auto industry, but also owns several well known consumer audio brands such as Harman Kardon and JBL.

Both Harman Kardon and JBL have had their name on certain smartphones and accessories. A JBL speaker is available as a Moto Mod modular accessory for the Moto Z series. Meanwhile, HTC had offered a special …

Harman Kardon speaker powered by Microsoft's Cortana gets certified

Google Home and Amazon Echo are among the most popular voice-activated speakers, but there’s enough room for other companies to join this relatively fresh market.

Microsoft is another major player that’s likely to adhere the fray, as the Redmond-based company plans to lend its Cortana personal digital assistant to Harman.

The information was confirmed by Harman back in December when the company published a video teaser of an upcoming voice-activated speaker. The new product by Harman Kardon would be powered by Microsoft’s Cortana.

Since the device …