HARMAN launches Alexa-enabled speaker Astra in partnership with Brightstar

HARMAN launches Alexa-enabled speaker Astra in partnership with Brightstar
HARMAN International of Samsung introduced the Harman Kardon Astra at MWC 2018 in Barcelona. This intelligent speaker with Amazon Alexa Voice Service, features an elegant design and 360-degree omni-directional sound field. The Astra is being launched in partnership with Brightstar.

By combining a superior audio quality with a sleek look, as well as Alexa’s smart voice technology, the Astra brings music lovers a rich listening experience. Incorporating three 1.75-inch full-range transducers, three 0.75-inch dome tweeters and two passive radiators, the Astra delivers full-bandwidth room filling sound. Whether placed in the kitchen to create a relaxing soundtrack while cooking or retrieving the latest news in a home office, Astra fills any room of the home with 360-degree Harman Kardon performance.

“The Harman Kardon Astra is the latest voice agent product from HARMAN and solidifies our leadership in the space,” said David Owens, Vice President Business Development at Harman. “Launching this as a Brightstar exclusive gives Harman the opportunity to reach new channels and customers around the globe.”

Astra’s hands-free voice commands enable users to listen to the latest podcast, receive an updated weather report, or control smart home enabled devices including lights, thermostats, and more. Its proprietary far-field voice technology allows the speaker to hear commands effortlessly whether at home, in a hotel or at the office, even in noisy environments. For enhanced music experience, its dual-band Wi-Fi supports 2.4 and 5 GHz networks with up to 96kHz/24bits of Wi-Fi audio to stream room-filling music from any mobile device via Bluetooth.

“We’re delighted to continue bringing exclusive and innovative products, such as the Harman Kardon Astra with Amazon Alexa,” said Khalid Zitouni, Vice President, Global Gear at Brightstar. “With our channel partners we’re reaching global markets and a large customer base expanding the HARMAN brand.”
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