Harman Kardon touts $1,000 speaker system

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Harman Kardon has introduced a "high-end," two piece speaker system that would make even the Great Gatsby blush.

According to Harman, the $1,000 GLA-55 is a "stylized" multimedia focal point that boasts "breathtaking beauty," impeccable sound technology and advanced functionality.

"Combining numerous proprietary technologies to provide the highest audio quality, GLA-55 delivers with astonishing bass and clear accurate sound in any direction," the company claimed in a statement. ??

Harman Kardon touts $1,000 speaker system

"From the facets of the bass reflex enclosure and custom copper tubing, to the powerful bass of its Atlas woofers and crystal-clear highs of the CMMD tweeters, the GLA-55 is an expert in both beauty and sound."

Harman spokesperson Christopher M. Dragon noted that the GLA-55 delivered a "powerfully tuned" digital audio path.

"The clean and compact digital amplification coupled with DSP (digital signal processing) equalization efficiently provides the systems transducers with cool-running power," explained Dragon.

Harman Kardon GLA-55

"For added bass response, the subwoofer output allows connection to most standalone subwoofer systems. Touch-sensitive volume controls provides an easy user experience, touch both volume controls simultaneously to mute the audio output and touch again to un-mute."

He added that Harman's design and engineering team had worked "in tandem" to create the the aesthetics for the GLA-55.

"Our goal was to create a high-end product that not only has stunning sound and visual appeal, but versatility in its use as well. GLA-55 does just that by delivering pure Harman sound while displaying simplicity and class."

GLA-55 Harman Kardon

Additional specs include:

  • Atlas AL and CMMD Transducers – The CMMD drivers provide accurate
    high frequencies and are also capable of low frequency extension to four
    octaves compared with traditional powered tweeters. Meanwhile, the Atlas AL achieves nearly 1" peak-to-peak travel for tight, accurate bass
    reproduction.?
  • Slipstream Port Design – The GLA-55 port minimizes boundary layer separation, providing high output bass with low distortion.?
  • COE (Computer Optimized Equalization) – The GLA-55 system equalization is computer optimized to provide a rich, complete sound stage over a wide range of listening positions.
  • OCT (Optimized Compression Topology) – The speakers utilize a proprietary compression technology to ensure clean accurate sound at high output levels.