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Harman Kardon Citation Bar

Powered sound bar with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in (Black)

Item # 532CTBARBK

There's a lot to love about Harman Kardon's Citation Bar, including plenty of premium touches like blended wool...

There's a lot to love about Harman Kardon's Citation Bar, including plenty of premium touches like blended wool...

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Item # 532CTBARBK

About the Harman Kardon Citation Bar

A smart and stylish sound bar

There's a lot to love about Harman Kardon's Citation Bar, including plenty of premium touches like blended wool Kvadrat fabric and a full-color LCD touchscreen on the top panel for accessing presets and controlling music playback.

A smart and stylish sound bar

There's a lot to love about Harman Kardon's Citation Bar, including plenty of premium touches like blended wool Kvadrat fabric and a full-color LCD touchscreen on the top panel for accessing presets and controlling music playback.

And, of course, there's the built-in Google Assistant. That means whether you want to play your favorite Spotify® playlist or just shuffle all your Pandora® stations, all you have to do is ask.

Harman Kardon Citation sound bar, towers, and sub in modern living room.

The Bar operates as a center channel speaker in an all-Citation wireless surround sound system.

“Hey Google, what's traffic like?”

Google Assistant can help you with more than music. Plan your day with weather and traffic updates. Create a shopping list, set reminders or alarms, and control connected smart home devices like lights and thermostats — all with your voice.

Not into voice control? Not a problem.

The Bar has Bluetooth® and Chromecast built-in, so you can wirelessly stream your favorite audio content right from your mobile device.

Wireless home theater

This sound bar is going to be a big improvement to your TV's audio on its own, but what I love is that you have the option to grow into a very robust home theater system as your space and budget allow.

Crave more bass? Pick up the sub. Add the surround speakers, too, and now you've got a completely wireless 5.1 system (okay, not completely wireless — each component requires AC power).

What if you also really love music? You can up your two-channel game with a pair of towers, and your home theater setup will get a boost, too. How? Well, this bar configures itself as your center channel — a rare feat for a sound bar — when you add Citation towers as your left and right speakers. 

Beyond the living room

This sound bar is also a great starting point for a wireless whole-home audio system. Harman Kardon's Citation line offers an option for every room in the house. Pick up a compact ONE or 100 for the den or bedroom. Want a bigger speaker for the kitchen/dining room? Try the 300 or the 500. Or better yet — get two of the same speaker to create a stereo pair. 


Product highlights:

  • premium blended wool cabinet wrap is dirt-repellent and flame-retardant
  • top surface has full-color LCD touch screen with preset options and playback controls
  • top-panel volume control buttons
  • Google Assistant voice control built-in
    • multi-color LEDs on front panel indicate current state of microphones
    • control music playback
    • select which sound bar or smart speakers to play
    • volume, play, pause, skip and repeat functions
    • access weather reports, create calendar reminders, generate to-do lists, issue smart home commands, and more
  • Google Home app
    • set up and control your Citation speaker with this free download from Apple App Store® and Google Play
    • support for online music services, including Spotify, Pandora, Deezer, TuneIn, and Google Play (subscriptions required for some services)
    • grow your multi-room system with additional Chromecast-enabled speakers
    • play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
  • expand your system with other Citation speakers (sold separately):
    • add wireless sub for more bass
    • add wireless surround speakers for rear effects
    • bar becomes center channel speaker when you add towers
  • Chromecast built-in for wireless music streaming over your Wi-Fi® network
  • built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
  • supported file formats: AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, FLAC, and Opus
  • 1 HDMI/ARC port
  • 3 HDMI inputs for connecting a game console, Blu-ray player, and more
  • optical digital audio input
  • 3.5mm aux input
  • requires AC power
  • wall-mountable
  • Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection is required to set up this bar
  • 45-1/16"W x 2-5/8"H x 4-3/4"D
  • weight: 9 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

No A/V receiver required.

What's in the box:

  • Active soundbar speaker
  • 6' AC power cable
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 4' HDMI cable
  • 42" IR repeater cable
  • 2 Wall-brackets
  • 2 Thumb-screws
  • 4 Wood screws
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Wall-Mount Template

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Features & specs

Design Bar
Amplification Self-powered
Separate Subwoofer Optional
Wireless Surrounds No
Number Of Channels 3.0
Surround Formats
Dolby Digital Yes
Dolby Atmos No
Audio Enhancements
Dialogue Enhancement No
Auto Volume No
Virtual Surround Virtual Surround
Audio Connections
Optical Digital Inputs 1
Coaxial Digital Inputs None
HDMI ARC Input Yes
HDMI eARC Input No
3.5mm Stereo Analog Inputs 1
RCA Stereo Analog Inputs None
USB Type-A Input No
Subwoofer Output Wireless
Audio Specs
Tweeter 0.75" Dome (3)
Midrange None
Woofer 4"x2" Cone (6)
Subwoofer Driver None
Enclosure Bass Reflex
System Frequency Response Not Given
Sound Bar RMS Power 150
Subwoofer RMS Power N/A
Video Connections
HDMI Inputs 3
HDMI Outputs 1
Video Specs
HDMI Video Pass-through Resolution 4K
HDR Video Compatible No
Includes Remote Yes
Voice Control Google Assistant built-in
Control by App No
Remote IR Passthrough No
Learns TV Remote Yes
Audio Streaming
Bluetooth Connectivity Built-in 4.2
Apple AirPlay AirPlay 2
Chromecast built-in Yes
Files on Your Network No
Wi-Fi Networking
Built-in Wi-Fi Version 802.11 b/g/n/ac
Bands 2.4, 5.0 GHz
Other Info
Wall-mountable Yes
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Sound Bar Size (inches) 2-5/8H x45-1/16W x 4-3/4D
Sound Bar Weight 9 lbs
Subwoofer Size (inches) No Subwoofer
Subwoofer Weight N/A
Speaker Parts Warranty 1 Year
Speaker Labor Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Parts Warranty 1 Year
Amplifier Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Active Soundbar Speaker
Wireless Audio Integration

Active Soundbar Speaker

Premium Sound & Design: For over 65 years Harman/Kardon has been dedicated to delivering a luxurious audio experience that allows you to feel the music and immerse yourself in the moment. The H/K Citation Bar is a 3-channel active soundbar speaker with one 0.75" dome tweeter and two 4"x2" race-track cone drivers for each channel - all powered by a built-in 150 watt (RMS) amplifier for dynamic, room-filling sound. The drivers are housed in a bass reflex enclosure with two rear-firing port for greater efficiency and better bass response. The Citation Bar combines its luxurious audio with a sophisticated and beautiful design. Its premium blended wool fabric, made by Kvadrat, is dirt repellent and flame retardant.

Optional Wireless Surround Sound: Get the full home theater experience by adding the optional Citation wireless powered subwoofer and optional Citation wireless rear speakers (all sold separately) to the Citation Bar for 5.1-channel surround sound.

Virtual Surround w/ Sound Presets: You can activate a Virtual Surround mode and choose between 5 Sound Mode Presets - Standard, Music, Movie, News, and Night. Night Mode reduces the soundbar's dynamic range of Dolby Digital soundtracks for late-night listening. There is also an Audio Sync function that lets you decrease or increase the audio sync delay if the video and audio synchronization is not correct. In addition, you can increased or decrease the soundbar's Bass output level.

HDMI 2.0 Connectivity: The Harman/Kardon Citation Bar is equipped with three HDMI inputs and one HDMI ARC output. The HDMI inputs and output support the HDMI 2.0 specification with ultra high-definition 4K video pass-through, HDCP 2.2 compatibility, ARC, & Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch).

  • 4K Pass-Through: The H/K soundbar lets you maintain 4K quality from source to screen by allowing 4K video to "pass through" and be displayed on a 4K TV or projector, without compromising image quality. Giving you the pure 4K experience makes this soundbar the perfect partner for 4K-capable TVs and Ultra-HD Blu-ray players. 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p video signal are also supported.
  • HDCP 2.2: HDCP 2.2 is supported by all of the soundbar's HDMI jacks. HDCP 2.2 is short for "High bandwidth Digital Content Protection" and is used for 4K video copyright protection for compatibility with Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 4K Satellite/Cable providers.
  • ARC (Audio Return Channel): This feature of the soundbar speaker system's HDMI output allows audio to be sent from your compatible HDTV to the soundbar speaker through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your HDTV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television.
Note: The ARC-enabled HDMI input of many televisions only sends an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

Digital & Analog Audio Input: In addition to HDMI connectivity, the Citation Bar soundbar features a optical (toslink) digital input and a stereo minijack (3.5mm) analog audio input. The optical digital input will support 2ch PCM and Dolby Digital (up to 5.1ch).

Note: The digital optical output terminals of most newer flat-panel TVs only send an audio signal in 5.1ch when receiving Dolby Digital surround sound from the TV's built-in tuner, network connection, or connected USB device; and will output only 2ch stereo from sources connected to the TV via HDMI, or RCA (like your Blue-ray/DVD player or satellite/cable box).

IR Remote w/ IR Repeater: The H/K Citation Bar comes with an IR remote for wireless control of the soundbar speaker, as well as basic playback control of Chromecast & Bluetooth audio devices. In addition, the Citation Bar can respond to Volume Up/Down commands from most Samsung, Sony, LG, and Vizio TV remote controls automatically (no programming required). If the soundbar blocks your TV's IR sensor, the unit's IR repeater output and cable allow the remote signal to pass through the soundbar speaker to your TV.

Color Touchscreen Display: Get complementary song/artist information (including album art) from your audio content or control your music with your fingertips using the Citation Bar's intuitive touch-panel color display located on top of the speaker.

Mounting Options: The Harman/Kardon Citation Bar can simply be placed on a table-top or wall mounted (wall-mount brackets, hardware, & template are included). The soundbar speaker should be centered above or below your TV screen.

AC Power: The H/K Citation Bar comes with a detachable AC power cord which plugs into the back of the soundbar and into an AC power outlet or surge protector (sold separately).

Wireless Audio Integration

Citation Series: The Citation Bar is part of the Harman/Kardon Citation series of WiFi & Bluetooth enabled audio speakers with Chromecast built-in, allowing you to create a whole-house multiroom audio system. The Citation speaker lineup consists of various speaker options to meet practically every listening need - including multiple countertop speaker options, a pair of tower speakers, surround speakers, soundbars, and a powered subwoofer (all sold separately).

Wireless or Wired Network Connection: To enjoy Chromecast built-in music apps and voice control via the Google Assistant, you will need to connect the Harman/Kardon Citation Bar to your wireless home network. The Citation Bar is equipped with dual-band (2.4GHz/5GHz) WiFi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) for a high-performance wireless network connection. There is also an Ethernet jack if you prefer a hardwired network connection.

Google Home App: Use the Google Home app (for Apple iOS 10.+ and Android OS 4.4+) to connect the Harman/Kardon Citation Bar speaker to your home's wireless WiFi network, as well as setup the Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in from your compatible Apple iOS or Android device. You can also configure compatible apps within the Google Home App, plus adjust other various settings. 

Chromecast built-in: Thanks to Chromecast built-in you have access to 300 online music streaming services, internet radio, and podcasts. Chromecast built-in streams audio directly from the cloud, so you get the 24-bit/96kHz sound quality and the ability to enjoy crystal clear sound exactly the way the artist intended. Simply tap the Cast button from a Chromecast built-in compatible music app on your Apple iOS or Android OS device to start streaming to the Citation Bar speaker. You can search, browse, play, skip, and turn up the volume directly from the music apps you know and love on your compatible smartphone or tablet. Chromecast built-in supports FLAC, WAV, AAC, and MP3 music files. While you cast your music, you can still use your phone to answer a phone call, play a game, send a text, and even leave the room - all without interrupting what's playing on the Citation Bar speaker.

  • Music, Radio, & Podcasts: Chromecast built-in lets you play music from popular music services and search by artist, song, genre, album playlist, mood, or activity. You can also listen to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts. Compatible music and internet radio apps include Tidal, Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, GooglePlay Music, iHeart Radio, and more (subscriptions and fees will apply). You'll also be able to stream your favorite music, playlists, podcasts, and more that are stored on your Android (OS 4.4.2+) device to the Citation Bar speaker. You cannot stream stored content on an Apple iOS device using Chromecast built-in. If you're on your laptop or computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome web browser to the speaker.
  • Multiroom Audio: The Citation Bar delivers multiroom audio capability by adding additional Harman/Kardon Citation and Chromecast built-in speakers (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) to create a whole house audio experience. You can play the same Chromecast built-in compatible music app (like Tidal, Spotify, or Pandora) on all speakers or groups of speakers in different rooms of your home. You'll be able control the multiroom audio system from the Google Home app on your Apple iOS or Android device, or using the built-in Google Assistant and your voice.
Note: Chromecast built-in currently supports a single account per user (up to 6) and streaming service. Click here for a complete list of Chromecast built-in compatible apps.

Dual Microphone Array w/ Google Assistant: An integrated dual microphone array and the built-in Google Assistant brings convenient voice control to the Citation Bar. Use the Google Assistant and your voice to access Chromecast built-in music apps and then select a specific station or song to wirelessly stream to the Citation Bar speaker. You'll also have voice control over Play, Pause, Skip, & Volume. In addition, use you'll be able to use your voice to control Google Home compatible smart home products like lights, cameras, thermostats, locks, and more. You can even use the Google Assistant to get weather updates, new reports, sports scores, calendar dates and more. The Google Assistant has the ability to recognize up to six different users. So when you ask the Google Assistant for help, it can distinguish your voice from your spouse or kids, and you'll be able to hear your own personal playlists, your own commute time, your own schedule and more.

  • Smart Home Automation: The Citation Bar with Google Assistant lets you control devices around your home from Google Home compatible smart home automation partners - like Philips Hue, Samsung SmartThings, Belkin Wemo, Nest, Honeywell, and more. You can even create your own voice commands for the Google Assistant on your Apple iOS or Android device using IFTTT (If This, Then That).
  • News, Weather & Sports: With the built-in Google Assistant, you can ask about top headlines, get the latest on a certain category of news (like world, weather, business, tech, etc.), or ask about a specific news item. With Google Assistant, you can even stay up-to-date on your favorite sports, teams, and games using just your voice.
  • Manage Tasks & Plan Your Day: Ask the Citation Bar with Google Assistant about your day and hear the information you need without going online or opening your Google Calendar. Also, use voice commands to set alarms and timers for things you need to do.
  • Get Answers: The Citation Bar's built-in Google Assistant helps you find answers for many of your daily questions through the Google search engine - including calculations, translations, unit conversions, nutrition, dictionary, finances, facts, and more.
Note: For additional security and privacy, the Citation Bar's microphones can be switched off. Multi-color LED indicators show the current state of these microphones. Click here for Google Home's FAQ site.

Apple AirPlay 2 (requires available firmware update): Apple AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the H/K Citation speaker and other compatible AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the H/K Citation speaker. You can even watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the Harman/Kardon Citation Series speaker.


  • Check out this Apple AirPlay 2 article from Crutchfield.
  • Click here for Apple AirPlay 2 support page.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: In addition to support for Chromecast built-in the Citation Bar offers built-in Bluetooth 4.2 with support for wireless audio streaming (A2DP) and control (AVRCP). You can stream stored music, music apps, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, or computer) to the Citation Bar. You'll also be able to operate Play & Pause functions from the speaker's top-panel controls. Multiple devices can be paired with the speaker, but only one device can be used to stream music at a time. Once paired, the unit will automatically re-connect with paired devices when in wireless range (up to 33').

Note: The Citation Bar does not support Bluetooth hands-free phone communication (HFP) for making or answering phone calls. Bluetooth audio cannot be controlled via the Google Assistant and your voice.

Automatic Firmware Updates: Automatic firmware updates will be handled through the Google Home app (for Apple iOS and Android OS) over a WiFi network connection.

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2 questions already asked

May I know the power is in 110v?it is 220v in my country
[ Lui  May 21, 2020 ]
1 answer
According to the specifications in the manual, the bar will work on 100-240V 50/60Hz power supplies. The bar we carry comes with a power cord meant for the 120V power grid as it's meant for use in the USA. You might check with Harman Kardon on 800-422-8027 to see if a version of this bar is sold with the power cord you will need
[ Paul  Jun 14, 2020 ]  Staff

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