During the upcoming consumer Electronics show IFA 2018 which runs from August 31st to September 5th, 2018 in Berlin, audio hardware manufacturer Harman Kardon will be showcasing their new portable Google Assistant speaker. The Harman Kardon Citation 500 will be available to preorder throughout Europe at the end of September 2018 priced at $700 or £549 and will provide a fabric wrapped finish similar to that of the already available Google Home speakers.
The Citation 500Portable speaker system is equipped with 200W stereo speakers and is capable of supporting 24 bit/96Khz high-definition audio streaming. On the top Harman Kardon have equipped the portable speaker with a full-colour LCD touchscreen panel providing easy access to controls, although thanks to the Google Assistant integration voice controls are the predominant way of controlling the speaker.
Thanks to the inclusion of Google Assistant, the new speaker system can also be used as a smart home hub and can be connected to smart lights and other smart devices around your home. The Citation 500 is first “ luxury” speaker in the Harman Kardon smart speaker range and the third smart speaker created by the company. As more details are announced next week during IFA 2018 we will keep you up to speed as always.