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Harman Kardon Aura

Wireless speaker with Bluetooth® and Apple® AirPlay® (Black)

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Our take on the Harman Kardon Aura

by Ralph Graves
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Bold, innovative design

With the  Harman Kardon Aura, sophisticated visual design meets high-performance sound. The Aura's attention-grabbing clear acoustic chamber isn't there just for show — it radiates a spacious, detailed 360° soundfield. The system features six 1-1/2" drivers that produce clear, accurate mids and highs. At the center of the array is a 4-1/2" down-firing woofer to deliver the bass. Harman's proprietary digital signal processing ensures accurate, lifelike reproduction of your music.

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The striking, see-through chamber channels the sound and spreads it across the room.

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Bluetooth and Wi-Fi®

The system's built-in Bluetooth lets you wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or any other Bluetooth-compatible portable. Whether it's stored music, music services like Pandora® or Spotify, or even video and game soundtracks — if you can hear it through your portable device, you can stream it via Bluetooth to the Aura.

The speaker system also has built-in Wi-Fi, and is DLNA-certified. So you can use your DLNA-compatible Android smartphone, tablet, computer, or other component to stream music and audio to the Aura.

Apple AirPlay

If you own Apple portables, good news. That Wi-Fi connectivity also lets you use Apple AirPlay through your home network. Apple AirPlay gives you additional options when you use iTunes® on your computer. Just open iTunes, select the Aura in the AirPlay menu and start streaming music to the system. Use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch® to control the iTunes menu on your computer. From your Apple hand-held device, you can stream stored music, video and game soundtracks, and even online music services like Pandora and Spotify.

Plays well with others

An optical digital input lets you connect your flat-panel TV or receiver to create a compact entertainment system. For most other sources, there's a simple analog stereo minijack input. Use the Harman Kardon remote app to control the system through your Android or Apple smartphone or tablet.

Highlights:

  • wireless connection options:
    • Bluetooth works with most smartphones, tablets, computers, and more
    • Apple AirPlay® for Apple portable devices or iTunes on your computer
    • DLNA for Android™ smartphones and compatible PCs
  • six 1-1/2" drivers for highs and mids, plus a 4-1/2" woofer for bass
  • curved, see-through acoustic chamber
  • frequency response 50-20,000Hz
  • stereo minijack input for connecting an audio source
  • optical digital input
  • compatible with Harman Kardon free remote app (available from Google Play and Apple iTunes® App store)
  • USB charging port
  • AC power adapter
  • speaker dimensions: 8-3/4" diameter x 10-7/8"H
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

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  • Wireless active speaker system
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 5' DC cord)
  • 39" AC power cord
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions

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Features

 360º Room-Filling Sound: The Harman/Kardon Aura features a unique speaker & enclosure design which produces 360º room-filling. Six high/midrange drivers join together with its down-firing 4.5" subwoofer to deliver a powerful, detailed soundstage which maintains absolute clarity from any angle in the room. The wireless speaker system utilizes Harman's stereo-widening DSP technology to deliver a balanced sound with enhanced equalization to create a full and more realistic audio experience.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: The Harman/Kardon Aura supports Bluetooth A2DP wireless audio streaming. This allows you to stream stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled device (such as your Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/table, or computer/laptop) to the Aura speaker system. You will continue to navigate your music and view song/artist information from your Bluetooth-enabled device. This unit pairs with your Bluetooth-enabled device with a single press of a button. Once paired, the Aura will automatically re-connect with your device when in wireless range (up to 33').

Note: Due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features when used with the H/K Aura.

AirPlay Compatible: AirPlay lets you stream music directly from your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad, or from your iTunes library on your PC or Mac to the Denon Aura, over your wireless home network connection. By downloading Apple's free Remote App onto your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad you don't even need to be in the same room as the Aura or your computer to play, pause, skip, and stop the songs in your iTunes music library. To use the AirPlay feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes (10.1 or later) connected to your wireless home network. Your iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad must have iOS 4.3 or later installed and connected to the same wireless home network.

DLNA Certified: The H/K Aura is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified. This means it's easier for you to access and enjoy digital music stored on your Windows PC, DLNA server, or DLNA-compliant Android device. You'll be able to wirelessly stream your stored music library on your compatible DLNA device to the Aura speaker. The Aura supports playback of a variety of music files via DLNA.

Analog + Digital Inputs: The Harman/Kardon Aura is fitted with a analog minijack (3.5mm) input and a digital optical (toslink) input for connecting external devices with analog or digital outputs, but don't offer wireless connectivity.

Headphone Output: The Aura features a 3.5mm headphone output to connect a set of headphones for private listening. The Aura's speakers will be muted while headphones are connected.

H/K Remote App: Downloading the free Harman/Kardon Remote app from the iTunes App store onto your Apple iOS (5.0+) device or from the Google Play Store onto your Android (2.2+) device lets you control the Aura speaker system from your smartphone or tablet device. You'll also be able to control your Apple iOS or Android device's stored music from the Harman/Kardon Remote app.

  • Volume Control: You have control of the speaker system's volume level through the Harman/Kardon Remote app and your Apple iOS/Android device.
  • Music Control: You can control all the music you have stored on your compatible Apple iOS/Android device through the H/K Remote app. You'll be able to search your music by Song, Artist, Album, Playlist, and Genre. You also get basic playback functions such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, Fast Forward/Rewind, and Repeat/Random. To access music apps, you'll need to exit the H/K Remote app and select your desired music app on your iOS or Android device.

AC Power: The Harman/Kardon Aura operates off of standard household current using the included AC power adapter and cord.

 
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5 out of 5

Excellent Sound

Written By GM, Long Sland, N.Y. on Friday, September 12, 2014
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Great harmonic range, plenty of bass and volume. I use it with AirPlay but it also supports Bluetooth.
Pros:
All aspects of sound and design.
Cons:
Set-up a bit tricky but Crutchfield will walk you through it if necessary.
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5 out of 5

Extreme Satisfaction

Written By DKizzle, Baltimore on Wednesday, May 14, 2014
 
After reviewing the Bose WiFi systems and SoNos, this appeared to be the only item that bundles bluetooth and WiFi in the same package. The mobile app isnt great, but the speaker fills my room perfectly. I am using this in a 1950s record player that I refurbished, and I wanted something that I easily switch between AUX/WiFi/Bluetooth. Perfect match for what I was looking for! Now I just need to put the new record player into the unit!
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1 question already asked

Curious about this speaker, how it's sound compares to other similarly priced AirPlay speakers like the Libratone, Bose, etc. Anyone compares the Aura to others in it's category? [ Jazzman  Sep 10, 2014 ]
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  • I actually own the B&W Z1 along with this speaker. In my opinion, this speaker has a much broader bottom-end and fills a room better. However, I would not recommend buying this. Mine no longer works. I've had it about 3 months. Now, it is a useless item. I barely used it before it stopped working. Line in will still work, but BT and WIFI do not. [ NICHOLAS H   Sep 13, 2014 ]
  • Don't know how it compares to the others but it processes Apple Airplay (superior to Bluetooth, although it can do that too) and sounds great (no distortion, great harmonic range, plenty of volume and bass). Strongly recommend. [ Glenn   Sep 11, 2014 ]

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