The family Citation by Harman Kardon is already several years old (and in fact we were “there” when its first models were presented at the IFA Berlin), having become synonymous with premium construction and aesthetics, but also high technology. Two new Citation models arrived at our offices for testing recently and one of them was the Citation 200, a high-end smart speaker for every modern home!
The Citation 200 is one of the many “members” of today Citation family and is among the “little ones” in it. Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person 3 Kg and dimensions 178 x 219 x 172mm, so it is not λι dwarf. The leather handle at the top it makes it very easy to move from room to room but also to transfer outdoors, since you can easily use it on a picnic or take it with you to the office, if you want.
The design and materials used fit perfectly in almost any space. In the living room, on the kitchen counter, in the dining room, in the room. Fabric lining hides LEDs and speakers, while the top is metallic with curves and a discreet finish. We had the Citation 200 at our disposal in Grey color and it really is very attractive, but also discreet. At the bottom of the back are the Type-C port, the Wi-Fi button and a small “mute” switch, which allows you to turn off the speaker microphone in one go when you want it to stop “listening” to your voice. At the top of the front side they are hidden 4 LEDs showing the charging and operating status. Finally, at the top, very discreetly unless you get close, they are two microphones, 5 LEDs, two volume keys, Bluetooth key, ON / OFF key and a central assistant key and other functions.
Here we note that the Citation 200 “sits” on its special dock with POGO pins to charge it, but you can lift it from the handle at any time, the base stays in place. Replacement is very easy without having to “mark” much. In terms of audio performance, the Citation 200 is powerful 50W RMS, which very comfortably fills your room and will be heard everywhere, even one large living room, for example, but also outdoors. Includes 1 tweeter of 25mm and 1 subwoofer of 120mm, which is responsible for the deep bass that the device delivers. Overall, great sound quality to enjoy your music, podcasts or audio from a video that you see on your mobile or tablet, for example.
The magic of a smart speaker, however, lies in its smart functions. The Harman Kardon speaker supports Google Assistant, Apple Siri, Google Home και Apple Airplay, while it also has built-in ChromeCast. So you can access all of them audio streaming your platforms but also to control the rest of your home appliances comfortably, through simple voice commands. The Citation 200 can to “catch” your voice from a distance of several meters, if you want to request information or give an order.
Additionally, you can connect wirelessly two Citation 200 for overall performance 100W RMS and stereo sound high grade. The speaker supports Wi-Fi 2.4 / 5GHz and BT 4.2 for connecting to other devices and the network. To emphasize how it is and splashproof based on the IPX4 standard so even if it gets slightly wet, do not worry!
We close with its autonomy that reaches up to 8 hours of continuous playback, thanks to their battery 4.800mAh. Fully recharges on Three hours via dock or Type-C charger 10W and lasts several days in standby mode.
The Harman Kardon Citation 200 is a smart speaker that will easily find its place in modern smarthome, offering high quality and volume sound, but also smart features that will allow you to put aside your cell phone and give voice commands for every function of the house! It has high aesthetics and quality construction and if you live with it for a few days, you will hardly return to life without a smart speaker… You will find it in the big chains of technology stores for €269, in black and gray colour.
Source: Digital Life! by www.digitallife.gr.
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