Harman Multimedia is introducing a slew of music-related products at this week's Apple event.
These include black versions of the company's existing On Tour speakers; a European version of the Drive + Play auto iPod integration system; the JBL On Stage II; its Creature II speakers in new colours; and 'The Bridge', which is an iPod docking station that works with Harman Kardon receivers, allowing users to control their iPods from a TV or video display and remote control.
Coloured Creature II
Harman's new Creature II Red and Creature II Aluminum speakers will begin shipping in October, 2005, in limited quantities. The new red and aluminum-clad versions of its 2.1 speaker system for systems equipped with a headphone jack now come in white, black and grey. The Creature II system carries a suggested retail price of $99.95.
The On Tour is a "portable music box" speaker system that uses two Odyssey transducers that are protected underneath a hard, sliding cover. It accepts power from a wall outlet or from four AA batteries, which Harman claims last more than 24 hours. The On Tour works with any system equipped with a headphone or 3.5mm line-out jack. The system was introduced in 2004 in a white and chrome finish, and will soon come in a high-gloss black finish that will be available in November.
iPod On Stage
The On Stage II is specifically designed for the iPod and iPod mini. It's a desktop speaker system featuring a round design and four transducers, and touts a dock connector on its front. The On Stage II has been improved over the original with a radio frequency (RF)-based remote control. It's coming in February.
Drive by sighting
Harman's Drive + Play system is an integrated iPod docking system for cars. It offers both a five-button navigation control unit that can be mounted anywhere in the car and a backlit LCD screen that shows five lines of text. When the iPod is connected, the Drive + Play will charge the battery, display customized user menus like playlists and more. The "brain" of the system can be hard-wired to your vehicle's auxiliary input, if so equipped - the European version also features a wired FM transmitter, to route signals directly to the FM radio if there's no other way to listen. The company expects to ship the European version of the Drive + Play in November, 2005.
Harman takes it to the bridge
The Bridge connects the iPod to a Harman Kardon AVR 40 Series A/V receiver in the home. The Bridge provides an audio and control link between the iPod and the receiver, enabling you to display on-screen menus on the front panel of the AVR 40. What's more, if you have a TV or video display connected to your AVR 40, you can navigate the iPod's contents from there. Harman expects to begin shipping The Bridge in Europe in October, 2005 for about $121.