Hands on: Harman Kardon's Google-equipped Citation 100 smartspeaker

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Smartspeakers are not just proliferating rapidly, but becoming de facto in the high-end audio market, led by products like the HomePod, Sonos speakers, and the Google Home Max. Harman Kardon's $300 Citation 100 is another emblematic example, equipped with Google Assistant.

Harman Kardon Citation 100


Let's get one thing out of the way: Harman Kardon calls the Citation 100 the "smallest, smartest home speaker with powerful sound," but it's not nearly as compact as a HomePod or Sonos One. In fact it's nearly 11 inches tall and 7 inches wide, so you'd better have ample space.

As with other Assistant-ready products, basic setup is simple. The 100 should be detected automatically when you open the Google Home iOS app, which will then set about connecting the speaker to 2.4- or 5-gigahertz Wi-Fi and downloading any firmware updates.

Where things make take some time is if you haven't set up Google Assistant before -- you'll want to configure Voice Match to gain access to personalized content, and add any compatible music services and smarthome accessories. With or without those, you'll probably want to create "routines" -- think HomeKit-like scenes and automations.

Most of the time you'll probably end up playing content with voice commands. Any Google-supported music service should work, such as Spotify, Pandora, TuneIn, and of course Google's own. No Apple Music, unfortunately.

You're not stuck with Assistant's native options though. Any device can connect to the speaker via Bluetooth 4.2, and any app can push content if it supports Google Cast. There's no 3.5mm or optical input, which is a bit of a disappointment.

Harman Kardon Citation 100


We have much more listening to do, but so far the 100 sounds bright and loud with solid bass performance. It's no wonder -- it has a 102mm woofer, and delivers 50 watts of RMS power. If that's not enough, you can link it up with additional units.

Stay tuned to AppleInsider for our full review.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 8
    It is impressive to see how many third-party makers of speakers/audio products are increasingly integrating their products with Google and Alexa -- HK, Sonos, Sony, Bose to name just a few.

    Are there any (other than Apple itself) that integrate Siri?
    edited November 2018
  • Reply 2 of 8
    It is impressive to see how many third-party makers of speakers/audio products are increasingly integrating their products with Google and Alexa -- HK, Sonos, Sony, Bose to name just a few.

    Are there any (other than Apple itself) that integrate Siri?
    I think Sonos does. https://www.imore.com/how-use-siri-and-alexa-your-sonos-speaker
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 8
    Boring design...has kind of a cheap look to it despite the $300 price tag.
    jeffharriswatto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 8
    Given the astounding resources available at Harmon from all of their professional divisions this speaker is a joke. Harmon easily has the resources to make a HomePod competitor with their vast experience in audio and digital signal processing. To come up with a generic two-way speaker (woofer & tweeter) at this price range is insulting.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 8
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,573member
    It is impressive to see how many third-party makers of speakers/audio products are increasingly integrating their products with Google and Alexa -- HK, Sonos, Sony, Bose to name just a few.

    Are there any (other than Apple itself) that integrate Siri?
    Amazon even has an Alexa for your car that will debut for only $25. It might be a poor man's CarPlay, but for as well as Alexa works for playing Spotify and SiriusXM this seems like a great hands-free solution.
  • Reply 6 of 8
    Soli said:
    It is impressive to see how many third-party makers of speakers/audio products are increasingly integrating their products with Google and Alexa -- HK, Sonos, Sony, Bose to name just a few.

    Are there any (other than Apple itself) that integrate Siri?
    Amazon even has an Alexa for your car that will debut for only $25. It might be a poor man's CarPlay, but for as well as Alexa works for playing Spotify and SiriusXM this seems like a great hands-free solution.
    That is a great solution at a great price. 
  • Reply 7 of 8
    Given the astounding resources available at Harmon from all of their professional divisions this speaker is a joke. Harmon easily has the resources to make a HomePod competitor with their vast experience in audio and digital signal processing. To come up with a generic two-way speaker (woofer & tweeter) at this price range is insulting.
    HomePod is 2-way, even given the “astounding resources” at Apple (which dwarf those at Harmon).  The proof is in the pudding. Try listening for yourself before judging based solely on specs like speaker counts. 
    gatorguy
  • Reply 8 of 8
    bill42bill42 Posts: 125member
    Anyone else think that in the thumbnail, the glass lamp on the right was the original Apple Harman Kardon subwoofer?
    edited November 2018
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