Harman Kardon’s Iconic Soundsticks Go Wireless, JBL Launches New Bluetooth Speaker Lineup

Widely praised for their iconic design, Harman Kardon‘s Soundsticks speakers were originally introduced at the July 2000 Apple’s WWDC and were designed and manufactured by Harman in collaboration with Apple. Since then, the product has received a few aesthetic updates in its various iterations and now, the Harman Kardon engineers have upgraded that same work of art into a wireless incarnation, the SoundSticks Wireless.

The SoundSticks Wireless speakers ($229) feature a six-inch (160-mm) subwoofer, eight full-range drivers, 40 watts of amplification, touch controls for volume and muting, and a 1/8-inch (3.5-millimeter) audio connection for compatibility to various devices, in addition to fully integrated Bluetooth technology for wireless Airplay through all iPhone, iPod and iPad devices.

Meanwhile, Harman’s other consumer audio brand JBL has also launched a new wireless speaker line up, that ranges from pocket-sized mini speakers to full-fledged cinema surround.

JBL OnBeat aWake ($139)

Bluetooth -enabled speaker dock that lets you wake up to the audio from your iPad, iPhone and iPod.

– Wirelessly stream music from your tablet, smartphone and other devices

– Customize alarm settings, check the weather and access your calendar with the free JBL ArmUp app

– Dock your iPad, iPhone or iPod so it’s charged and ready for the day

JBL Flip ($99)

Rechargeable Bluetooth-enabled loudspeaker featuring true JBL sound and a built-in microphone.

– Wirelessly connect to smartphones, tablets, laptops and more

– Use its built-in mic for hands-free calls, Skype and FaceTime

– Hear the truth with great JBL sound from dual drivers and DSP

JBL Micro Wireless ($59)

Pocket-sized, Bluetooth-enabled speaker that delivers big sound from your portable audio devices.

– Wirelessly stream audio from your portable devices like smartphones and tablets

– Experience loud and clear JBL sound from a compact speaker with a tuned bass port

– Get up to five hours of uninterrupted audio from its rechargeable battery

JBL OnBeat Venue ($199)

Bluetooth -enabled speaker dock lets you play music, watch videos and FaceTime with friends – all with big JBL sound.

– Wirelessly stream music from your tablet, smartphone and other devices

– Create customized playlists, edit mixes and browse album artwork with the JBL MusicFlow app

– Dock your iPad, iPhone or iPod so it’s always charged and ready to go

JBL Cinema SB200 ($299)

Bluetooth-enabled sound bar that delivers room-filling sound and thunderous bass.

– Hear big bass that eliminates the need for an external subwoofer

– Wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet and other devices

– Experience room-filling, 3D sound from a single, stylish speaker

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  • It’s a shame the new Soundsticks use Bluetooth for the wireless audio and not AirPlay. From my experience, the audio quality of Bluetooth wireless is awful, whereas AirPlay audio quality is fantastic.