Featuring 80s-style monster cans and wireless receivers, Harman Kardon chooses Chennai to make a debut
ABOUT eight years ago, when Danish superbrand, Bang & Olufsen, opened a store in Chennai, it was cause for celebration. After the Bose showroom, this was where a lot of enthusiasts headed for their high-end audio fix. B&O said they chose Chennai for its audiophiles and because it afforded a good testing ground before setting shop elsewhere in the country. It’s a different matter that the store no longer exists in the city.
And now we have another luxe sound company, Harman Kardon, making its Indian debut in Chennai. Sahil International, Harman’s exclusive distributor in the country, launched the ‘sound lounge’ at Bergamo in Khader Nawaz Khan a couple of weeks ago, but have not shared why this city was selected. Suffice to say, if you are a fan of HK Soundsticks, receivers and home theatre systems, you know exactly where to go splurge. The compact store has all the best sellers. Plus customers get a Diamond Club loyalty card, offering special customer service and rewards. As for the our pick of the shiny new gadgets, here goes:
HK Soho headphones
The Harman Kardon Sohos are easy on the eye, especially the brown option, and a neat companion on long-haul flights. The compact retro on-ear model folds up and offers a good audio performance. The headphone cord is detachable and it can be used to make calls as well. It comes with a slim case, perfect for travel. Rs. 14,990
A good on-the-road accessory, this Bluetooth speaker is a slim block in aluminium and leather. It also serves as a portable conference system and comes with the uncompromising Harman Kardon sound. With 10 hours of battery, this baby’s made for your holidays and the boardroom. There is a noise-canceling mic and three USB ports too. Rs. 19,990
Echoing the iconic Go & Play design, with a built-in battery, this portable speaker comes with a leathered back and a convenient carry-handle. With controls at the top of the speaker that light up when touched, it delivers a punchy bass and makes quite a home décor statement. `39,990. Meanwhile, the store also has its much-in-demand amplifiers, 3D player with built-in amp, and the beautiful Aura wireless speaker system. The Sound Bar with woofers, at Rs. 99,990, is just what you need if you detest clutter and favour something light (4.8 kg) for your home theatre.
The Harman Kardon sound lounge, at Bergamo, Khader Nawaz Khan Road, is open from 10.30 am to 8.30 pm.