CES 2022: Harman – music news

The CES (International Consumer Electronics Show) exhibition took place this year, despite “you know why”, but unfortunately without us. I remember how every year the editors went to Las Vegas to collect loot at the stands of various brands and write very good articles about new consumer electronics products. I hope that in 2023 you will not have to dress up in “cosmonaut” suits and use a special “potion” to visit the exhibition with a “multi-passport”.

There are some great CES 2022 notes released this week. You can read them at the links below.

From myself, I can add that ASUS this year was just in shock: I did not have time to read the press releases about the next heaped laptop. Offhand, ASUS showed about 6-7 devices with different chips: some are powerful, others are thin, others are equipped with additional screens, the fourth boasts folding displays a la Galaxy Z Fold and so on. True, the latter were shown only as an engineering sample, which looked, to put it mildly, strange.

By the way, Harman (let me remind you that this is a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics) this year also decided to roll out new music items. I would call them another upgrade. For example, the JBL brand has a Pulse 4 speaker model, and now the Pulse 5 appears with certain technical innovations.

Let’s talk about gadgets in more detail.

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Mark Levinson 5909

It would seem, what does the eminent American private company specializing in the development of Hi-End audio have to do with it? It turns out that back in 2017, the Mark Levinson brand became a subsidiary of Samsung.

However, this is not the first time for Mark Levinson: in 1980 the company was in a difficult financial position and was absorbed by Madrigal Audio Laboratories. And it was then that founder Mark Levinson left the company of the same name. Mark Levinson was later bought by Harman International Industries.

At CES 2022, Mark Levinson introduced the 5909 headphone model.

The body of the device is made from natural materials to ensure the high quality standard of turntables and amplifiers of the brand: leather headband and ear pads, anodized aluminum frame.

The headphones were equipped with 40 mm emitters, Bluetooth used the popular LDAC and aptX codecs to transmit high-quality sound.

In addition, the Mark Levinson 5909 is equipped with four microphones for Active Adaptive Noise Cancellation.

The device has already gone on sale in three colors: black, gray and red. The cost of the headphones is about USD 1,000.

Gaming JBL Quantum

Check out the JBL brand’s wired gaming headsets (2020 and 2021) reviews below:

This time JBL introduced wireless earbuds called Quantum TWS. They work with Active Adaptive Noise Cancellation. By the way, have you noticed that in 2021 the JBL brand has equipped almost all of its headphones with a “noise reduction”? Although back in 2020, ANC technology was the privilege of premium gadgets.

Also the Quantum headsets have been updated: now they bear the names “610”, “810” and the flagship – “910”. They are also equipped with “shumodavami”. Naturally, the new items were equipped with RGB lighting and controls directly on the device cases.

For headphones to work with a PC, a USB dongle is required to transmit audio losslessly and with minimal latency.

The Quantum 610 and Quantum 810 models have received CES 2022 Innovation Awards. Well, I don’t know, headsets are like headsets, but JBL often “catches” awards for various services “to the fatherland”.

Here are a few more words about the JBL Quantum Stream USB microphone:

“Quantum Stream supports high-resolution 24-bit 96 kHz voice recording and, thanks to two capsules, it can operate in different modes depending on the user’s tasks, cutting off all ambient sounds or broadcasting the external environment.”

According to information from the Web: Quantum 610 will cost $ 150, Quantum 810 – $ 200, Quantum 910 – $ 250, Quantum Stream microphone will be sold for $ 100, and Quantum TWS – for $ 150.

JBL Live Pro 2, JBL Live Free 2 и JBL Reflect Aero

Oh, this hard naming of JBL brand devices. It seems to be clear that this is another update, but for the average user it is a terrible mess in positioning.

The Live Pro 2 features an 11mm audio driver, IPx5 protection and ANC technology (3 microphones per earphone). They work up to 10 hours on a single charge, which is very good. Headphone shape in the form of “stalks”.

Next novelty JBL Live Free 2 won the Best of Innovation Honoree in the Headphones & Personal Audio category.

The device is equipped with a 10 mm driver and works up to 7 hours.

For active sports enthusiasts, JBL has introduced the new Reflect Aero line of TWS headphones. Frankly speaking, I don’t really understand for what purpose a new Reflect Aero direction is being created, if there is already Reflect Flow. The bottom line is the same: protected “plugs” according to the IP68 standard with stops for the auricle.

JBL Reflect Aero have a small driver size – only 6.8 mm – and work up to 8 hours on a single charge.

These gadgets will appear in April 2022 at a price of around $ 150.

JBL PartyBox

This is a line of speaker systems for parties, that is, large, powerful, bright. PartyBox has expanded this year with two devices – Essential and Encore Essential.

Interestingly, both gadgets are cube-shaped, which is somewhat unusual for this class of devices and the JBL brand as a whole.

Output power – 100W, branded light show, up to 6 hours of music, IPx4 protection, Bluetooth 5, music playback from USB media and AUX input, microphone input and multi-audio connection.

The difference between the models is that the Encore Essential comes with two wireless microphones and brighter lighting effects.

Original cubes, compact size, impressive power and lighting effects. It is very interesting to test these devices.

As I understand it, the JBL PartyBox Encore Essential version is worth waiting for this March for about $ 300. The date of the appearance of acoustics in Russia is unknown, it seems to me that this will be the end of the second quarter of 2022.

JBL Pulse 5

A long-awaited update to the popular portable color music speaker that other brands have copied.

I have been using the fourth version for a long time: cool play of light, several animation modes, great design, good sound. I can see it in video reviews in the background or in photos along with other devices. In fact, it is used as a beautiful and bright accessory in the interior.

The main change in Pulse 5 is the additional speaker that will reproduce the high frequencies – the tweeter. In addition, the power has been slightly increased.

This thing is also interesting in that it has an IP67 protection class. That is, it is quite possible to take it to nature without fear, for example, of rain or sand on the beach.

The Pulse 5 speaker allows you to connect several of these devices into one audio system thanks to Bluetooth 5.3 and PartyBoost technology.

According to the manufacturer, the JBL Pulse 5 works for about 12 hours on a single charge.

By the way, please pay attention to the fact that you can find JBL Pulse 5 on Avito or AliExpress, but it will be a replica! Sales of the original acoustics have not yet started.

There is no data on the date of appearance and cost yet. But you can read the Pulse 4 review at the link below:


Quite a good update to the already cool JBL brand devices. With great trepidation, I look forward to reviewing the leather headphones for 1,000 bucks – Mark Levinson 5909. I am happy to tell you about the innovations of Pulse 5: how much has the sound changed, whether the operating time has increased, how much more original the LEDs in the translucent bulb of the gadget body shimmer.

The Quantum series is not for everybody. Probably, gamblers will like the new devices.

PartyBox cubes are cool but will probably be expensive.

The rest of the devices with minor updates will be of interest to those who did not buy JBL last year.

By the way, what acoustics did you buy in 2021 (speakers, headphones) and why?

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