Wednesday, December 2nd 2009

Harman Kardon Unveils the Coolest Speakers Ever Made

Harman Kardon's breathtakingly beautiful new GLA-55 high-end speaker system is now available to purchase in the UK. After much hype and expectation, the ice-cool speaker system has finally arrived, just in time to provide the ultimate gift for Christmas.

This eagerly-anticipated two-piece speaker system provides the perfect mix of cutting-edge style and impeccable sonic performance. Whilst boasting striking good looks in the form of a stylised clear glass design, the GLA-55 also packs a high-impact audio punch. Crisp soundscapes are delivered through the system's powerful Atlas woofers and crystal-clear CMMD tweeters. The GLA-55 speaker system combines art and science to deliver the ultimate audio solution for desktop computers, laptops and portable media players.

The GLA-55 is arguably now the best 2.0 speaker system available and excitement has been mounting since the concept was first unveiled at IFA. The design and sonic performance of the speakers have been tweaked to perfection to deliver the ultimate audio experience.

The GLA-55 system has a retail price of £749.99 and can be purchased from Apple in the UK.

The GLA-55 features many proprietary technologies to provide the highest quality sound possible; including:
  • Atlas AL and CMMD Transducers - The CMMD drivers provide accurate high frequencies, but are capable of low-frequency extension to four octaves; the Atlas AL drivers are capable of nearly 2,5 cm peak-to-peak travel for tight, accurate bass reproduction. Their pairing provides a full, rich frequency response, from the lowest bass to highest highs.
  • Slipstream Port Design - The GLA-55 port minimizes boundary layer separation, providing high-output bass with low distortion.
  • COE (Computer-Optimized Equalization) - The system equalization is computer-optimized to provide a rich, complete soundstage over a wide range of listening positions.
  • OCT (Optimized Compression Topology) - The GLA-55 system utilizes a proprietary compression technology to ensure clean, accurate sound at high output levels.
  • The Harman Kardon GLA-55 system is compatible with desktop computers (all platforms), laptops and MP3 and portable media players. In clear with chrome accents.
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41 Comments on Harman Kardon Unveils the Coolest Speakers Ever Made

#1
gumpty
£750 for two speakers.

:eek: :eek: :eek:


Wow. :twitch:

You best have some high-quality audio files to play through these! They are beautiful though. If you are into that sort of thing.
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#2
Triprift
Harman Kardon trying to take on Bang and Oluffsen with the complete over the top gear award
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#3
HalfAHertz
by: Triprift
Harman Kardon trying to take on Bang and Oluffsen with the complete over the top gear award
We have a B&O store downtown and there is nothing even remotely close to this jewel, except for the price of course :D
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#4
Triprift
For some reason they look to me like fancy irons.
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#5
DaC
Nice... but.... will it blend ?!?!?! :laugh:
Ok, now.... how this brand compares to B & W and stuff ?
Seems to me that it might be overpriced because of the design
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#6
Triprift
The fact its completly overpriced might have something to do with my comparison. :slap:
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#7
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Triprift
For some reason they look to me like fancy irons.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks exactly that.
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#8
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
They should have just gone all out and made them out of Baccarat crystal and sold them for about $1200 per speaker.
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#9
pantherx12
Harman Kardon do make some shite lol
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#10
ArkanHell
Those speakers doesnt look cool at all!!!!!!

PS: Speakers are not meant to be cool, they are meant to sound cool.
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#11
pantherx12
Have you seen Harman Kardon sound sticks people?

Costs £86 for a 2.1 sound system with horrible sound quality and more silly see-throughness : /

I just don't understand why people buy from this brand.
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#12
Mussels
Moderprator
listen to music from your ipod while ironing your clothes...
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#13
pantherx12
Odd thing is,as speakers I wouldn't buy this, but if an Iron did, I'd be all over it :D

Hot steam from something that looks like ice D:
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#14
theubersmurf
fugly imo. I still like wooden cabinet speakers myself.
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#15
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Harmon Kardon is a good top name in speakers and makes some nice ones. However Creative, Klipsch, Logitech, and Bose have supplanted it.
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#16
MRCL
This reminds me of that Ipod Zeppelin speaker which sells for a thousand bucks here...


Not really great speakers + "fancy" design" = heavily overpriced. My 20$ Labtec PC speakers do their job just fine.
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#17
pantherx12
by: WarEagleAU
Harmon Kardon is a good top name in speakers
I'd say only in the same way that Ipod are a good name in mp3 players, which isn't necessarily good :laugh:
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#18
Mussels
Moderprator
by: pantherx12
I'd say only in the same way that Ipod are a good name in mp3 players, which isn't necessarily good :laugh:
exactly.

'good enough' is the better term.
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#19
Jizzler
Meh. I'll just keep these made-for-Dell Harmon Kardon that a friend gave me.

Now if they were crystal skulls...
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#20
caleb
It will be so breathtakingly finger printed and dusted after a week :)
Its one of those things that look so nice on a picture and yet so shitty in reality.
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#21
pantherx12
This would look good in one of those bars made of ice atleast.
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#22
Jakl
wow sick lookin speakers. Love the Glass Crystal Look...

Imagin if it was 2.1 with a Sub. The Sub would look like a brick of ice lol

I would get it if it was 2.1 :(
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#23
laszlo
didn't glass break at certain freq. ?
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#24
pantherx12
by: laszlo
didn't glass break at certain freq. ?
No any frequency the speakers would make.

unless the engineers are actually stupid.

Engineers tend not to be luckily XD
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#25
PP Mguire
I wish their sister brand JBL would make PC speakers like they do PA gear =( I absolutely love JBL PA gear and would drop any kind of coin for that same kinda quality in PC speakers with say, 5.1 flavor?
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