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Harman Kardon Citation 500 - WiFi/Bluetooth Smart Speaker

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Main Features
Loudspeakers can communicate over several rooms and be controlled centrally (e.g. via smartphone).
Multi-room
Controller app for Apple iOS devices.
iOS App
Controller app for Android devices.
Android App
Compatible with the Google Assistant.
Google Assistant
This product has a hands-free communication function.
Hands-free Communication
IFTTT stands for "If This Then That" and is a service that allows you to link simple statements. Example: When I enter my house in the evening, all the lights should turn on.
IFTTT
This product is compatible with at least one music streaming service.
Music streaming
This product can communicate with other Bluetooth devices wirelessly.
Bluetooth
This product can communicate wirelessly with other devices over an existing WiFi network.
WiFi
You can set schedules for this product to operate and carry out actions and certain times.
Schedule
Easy Installation

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 is truly a smart speaker. Stream your favorite playlists via either WiFi or Bluetooth. And, with built-in Google Assistant and Google Chromecast, your entertainment options are now endless. The color display on the surface will always tell you which song is playing. Plug in for power, connect to the app on your smartphone and installation is done! Time for some music.


All advantages at a glance:

  • Expert on the bass
  • Color touch display
  • Embedded Google Assistant
  • Google Chromecast built-in
  • Preset your favorite commands

Expert Reviews
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Tested by tink expert
Richard

If you're looking for a high-end smart speaker with real stereo sound, then the Harman Kardon Citation 500 is a perfect choice. Harman Kardon has been around for over 65 years, gaining trust and delivering astounding sound. Packed into this gorgeously sturdy smart speaker are 2 25mm tweeters and 2 131mm woofers. At only 40% volume, this smart speaker can cover a large room. The Citation 500 also has a touchscreen panel to display song details and to control the music. The integrated Google Assistant and Chromecast connects your entire smart home to the Citation 500. It's not only a symphonic brilliance but also the control station for your connected home.

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  • Supreme bass levels: Designed for big rooms, the Harman Kardon Citation 500 produces distortion-free sound, even at max volume. It gets all the credit for its exceptional bass explosions, whilst still maintaining the vocals.
  • Central control display: Unlike other rival smart speakers on the market, the Citation 500 comes with a touch display panel. You can control your music, initiate Google Assistant, manage Bluetooth and turn on/off preset commands using this handy commnand panel.
  • Your Google Assistant: The Harman Kardon Citation series can help you control all your smart home devices. In other words, the Google Assistant is in your Citation 500. Ask it questions, command it to lock the doors or to turn the lights off in the kitchen. Set up Google Assistant routines so that just one phrase will set multiple devices in motion.
  • Integrated Google Chromecast: Google Chromecast brings you access to high-definition music, news, sports or podcasts from over 300 streaming services online. Simply cast your favorite shows or movies to your TV, hands-free.
  • Preset your favorite commands: The Citation 500 allows you to preset your most frequent voice commands on the display panel. With one touch, trigger a smart home device that's already connected to your Google Home app. The Citation series has automatic software updates for these features on all of their speakers.

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 in action

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 has a super simple set up process. Simply plug in for power in your preferred location, download the Harman Kardon app and link the device via WiFi. If you already have a Google Assistant ecosystem on the go, add the speaker to your Google Home app to access the smart assistant features. Pair two Citation 500's and feel the music flow through you!

Premium quality music everywhere

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 delivers on full-range, comprehensive music without compromising on design. The smart speaker is dressed for business with a divine wool-blend fabric cover. It's on the heavier range of smart speakers but that's due to its 2 25mm tweeters and 2 131mm woofers. Once you’ve set up Google Assistant routines by combining different smart devices, control them using the Citation 500. A simple “OK Google, I’m heading out” can be customized to lock your doors at a certain time, turn off all the lights and turn on your security cameras. So get creative and enjoy the convenience!

Harman Kardon is renowned for delivering on expert audio performance for the past 65 years. The Citation series is their line of smart home speakers where they have combined their musical proficiency with the Google Assistant. From the Citation ONE to bigger speakers like the Citation Surround or Citation Tower, there's a smart speaker to meet all your expectations for building the perfect smart home theatre. Combine other Citation speakers to the Citation 500, for full multi-room capability.

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Expert Reviews
8.9
Tested by tink expert
Richard
Installation 9

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 simply needs to be plugged in for power and it's ready to link to the Harman Kardon Remote app or the Google Home app.

Product Quality 9

The Citation 500 has an outer shell that's not quickly vulnerable to fire and dirt resistant.

App/Software 8

The Harman Kardon Controller app acts as the centrepiece for your entire Harman Kardon ecosystem. Control your music remotely, stream music or create new playlists from your smartphone or tablet.

Functionality 10

The Citation 500 can cover a large room with its powerful sound. Additionally, it can be the voice assistant to control your entire smart home.

Reliability 9

With a good WiFi connection, the Google Assistant on this speaker has an immediate response. The display panel has a slightly slow response rate to the touch.

Design 10

Harman Kardon's partnership with Kvadrat brings a strong wool-blended fabric cover to the speaker’s rectangular shape.

Data Protection 8

Ensure that your home WiFi network is encrypted with a strong password. Bluetooth is a secure transmission platform which works to standard regulations to ensure that your data is always kept safe.

Value for Money 8

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 definitely has a heavier price-tag, but as a trusted brand, it delivers on immersive sound along with its plethora of smart home features.

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 simply needs to be plugged in for power and it's ready to link to the Harman Kardon Remote app or the Google Home app.

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Technical details

Technical Details

Product dimensions14.72 x 8.35 x 6.77 in
Article weight16.8 lbs
ConnectivityWiFi standards: Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), WiFi Brands:2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Power source100-240V – 50/60Hz
Available ColorsBlack and Grey
Supported audio formatsHE-AAC, LC-AAC, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC, Opus
Bluetooth versionMon Feb 04 2019 00:00:00 GMT+0100 (MEZ)
Signal-to-noise ratio>80dB
Drivers2 x 0.98" / 25 mm Tweeters2 x 5.16" / 131 mm Woofers
In the boxCitation 500, Quick-start guide, Safety sheet, power cable (71in)
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FAQs
What is the frequency response of the Harman Kardon Citation 500?

The Harman Kardon Citation 500 has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20Khz.

What does it mean when the LED dots on the Citation 500 change color?

If the mic is muted, the LED dots turn red.

Is the Harman Kardon Citation 500 recording my conversations?

No. The Citation 500, nor any of the other Citation speakers, do not save any conversations. When you ask a question to the Google Assistant starting with “Hey Google” or "OK Google", it will listen for a few seconds and then delete the file.

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