Previewed at last year's show – when we noted their similarity to the crystal skulls in the latest Indiana Jones movie – Harman Kardon's GLA-55 speakers are finally becoming a retail reality.
Since making their IFA 2008 debut, Harman Kardon has slightly modified the design of the active desktop speakers to optimise the sonic performance without affecting their transparent looks.
“From its inception, the Harman Kardon design and engineering teams worked in tandem to create the aesthetics for the GLA-55 system,” explains Laurant Rault, International Brand Manager - Multimedia & Headphones at Harman Consumer.
“Our goal was to create a system that truly brought high-performance audio to the computer, but also had stunning visual appeal. The GLA-55 system accomplishes just that by delivering pure Harman Kardon performance in a simple yet luxurious design.”
The speakers – which will hook up to your computer, iPod or anything else with a 3.5mm output – feature 100W of digital amplification (56 watts per satellite), DSP equalisation, and patented CMMD tweeters and Atlas drivers.
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They also boast touch-sensitive volume controls, a subwoofer output and a chrome base. Each GLA-55 speaker measures 14x27cm and weighs 1.2Kg.
The Harman Kardon GLA-55 will cost an ice-cool £799 per pair, and will be available via suitably high-end retailers – including Harrods - later this year. We hope to review the beauties shortly.