Back in the late 1950s, Harman Kardon (which was then an American company) launched the Citation I and Citation II. A feature-laden preamplifier and valve-driven power amplifier respectively, they established the Harman Kardon brand as a force to be reckoned with – at least, in what passed for home entertainment in those days. Fast-forward 60-odd years and Harman Kardon is but a cog in the Samsung Global Domination Machine. The company obviously considers it an important and prestigious cog, mind you – that’s why it’s been more-or-less left to its own devices since the Korean company took over nearly three years ago. That’s why its new range of wireless multi-room/surround-sound speakers is called ‘Citation’. The biggest (and most expensive) Citation speaker of the lot is this, the Citation Tower. A pair of Citation Towers is supposed to be suitable for every application: as a stereo pair, as the front left/right channels of a home cinema system (there’s a Citation Bar to sit between them), as part of a multi-room set-up. Price and availability The Harman Kardon Citation Towers are available to buy as a pair for $2499 / £2199, which works out at around AU$3600. However, the Citation range is still to be launched in Australia, with the Harman Kardon website saying that it’s “coming soon”. Design At 45 inches tall and 13.7 inches in diameter (they’re a broadly conical shape and so taper towards the top), the Citation Towers are fairly imposing. Harman Kardon has attempted to alleviate the… [Read full story]
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