• 1953

    Auspicious beginnings

    Harman Kardon produces its first product

  • 1954

    Why didn't someone think of this before?

    The Festival D1000 is the world's first product that combines a tuner and an amplifier in one device - effectively inventing the 'receiver'

  • 1958

    Another first

    The Festival TA230 is the world's first stereo receiver.

  • 1959

    Let's go wider

    The world's first ultrawide bandwidth tube amplifier. The Citation II remains a classic collectors' item today.

  • 1963

    Easy service

    Harman Kardon's Citation A and B are the first solid-state products with replaceable circuit boards for easy service.

  • 1970

    Reducing the noise

    Harman Kardon introduces the CAD5, the world's first casette deck with Dolby B-type noise reduction.

  • 1980

    Current events

    We introduce the first high-current capability amplifier: the Citation XX.

  • 1999

    The need for speed

    Our CDR-2 becomes the world's first CD audio recorder with 4x dub speed

  • 1999

    Art meets science

    Harman Kardon Soundsticks are the first computer speaker to win design awards.

  • 2000

    Lot's of Logic

    Our AVR 7000 is the first A/V Receiver with onboard Logic7, VMAx and HDCD processing

  • 2007

    High-Performance Portable Loudspeaker Dock for iPod

    From its flat iPod cradle and smart radio-frequency remote control to its arching stainless-steel handle, this is the loudspeaker dock that only Harman Kardon engineers could build.

  • 2009

    Merging Art and Science

    No desktop audio system has merged art and science so beautifully and so functionally as the GLA-55. Every detail, from the facets of its bass-reflex enclosures to its custom chrome tubing, has been designed to complement its astonishingly high sonic quality.

  • 2009

    Handsome and compact

    The MS 100 is a complete high-performance audio system. With a CD player, FM tuner, dock for an iPod, integrated loudspeakers, and auxiliary inputs for other audio products, it's a handsome, compact component that is perfect for the home or office - or almost anywhere else.

  • 2011

    Beauty. In Its Finest Key.

    Jennifer Lopez and Harman Kardon present the new BDS home audio entertainment system with 3D Blu-ray™ Disk playback and wireless streaming technology

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