Even an Arachnophobe Will Love the Harman Sound Spider

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I had a meeting at the Harman International flagship store in Manhattan yesterday. I arrived early, so I spent some time checking out the store. While there, I helped sell a pair of JBL S400BT wireless headphones, and I took a closer look at the Harman Sound Spider; it lets you listen to headphones before you buy.

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The 9-legged Sound Spider shows off some of the key headphones from Harman Kardon, JBL and AKG. On display were the Harman Kardon Soho wired headphones Judie reviewed (read it), the JBL Synchros S700 headphones I posted on last fall (read it) and the JBL Synchros S400BT we took a look at here. While there, a woman came in and said she needed to pick up a pair of on-ear Bluetooth headphones. I pointed her to the S400BTs and told her about my experience with them. Thanks to the Harman Sound Spider, she was able to take a listen to all nine of the headphones on display. Ultimately she bought the S400BTs!

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The Sound Spider isn’t just a headphone display. Instead, thanks to the touch panels beneath each of the nine pair of headphones, it is an interactive demo that lets you enjoy a variety of genres of music so you can really get to know the various headphones. Since each person’s taste in music is different, the Sound Spider lets you hear YOUR style of music and determine if the headphones present it the way you most enjoy listening. The display also lets you learn about Harman International and the various companies that are part of the powerhouse company.

A Closer Look at the Harman Sound Spider


You can check out the Harman Sound Spider yourself next time you are in Manhattan by simply dropping by the Harman Flagship Store.

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About the Author

Dan Cohen
Having a father who was heavily involved in early laser and fiber-optical research, Dan grew up surrounded by technology and gadgets. Dan’s father brought home one of the very first video games when he was young and Dan remembers seeing a “pre-release” touchtone phone. (When he asked his father what the “#” and “*” buttons were his dad said, “Some day, far in the future, we’ll have some use for them.”) Technology seemed to be in Dan’s blood but at some point he took a different path and ended up in the clergy. His passion for technology and gadgets never left him. Dan is married to Raina Goldberg who is also an avid user of Apple products. They live in New Jersey with their golden doodle Nava.