Harman and its subsidiary brands consistently deliver some of the best audio products on the market. Whether it be headphones, wireless speakers, home audio, or portable audio, there’s something for everyone. Some of the latest audio products we have to look forward to this year from Harman brands include the new Mark Levinson No. 5909 wireless headphones and new headphones, speakers, and a gaming microphone from JBL.
Years ago, Judie and I spent some time with Harman, where we had the opportunity to hear a $35,000 Mark Levinson home audio system. It was truly the best-sounding audio system I’ve ever heard. If that system is any indication, the new Mark Levinson No. 5909 wireless over-ear headphones promise to deliver some of the best sound ever.
The No. 5909 comes in Pearl Black, Ice Pewter, and Radiant Red; they feature expertly turned to the Harman Curve 40mm Beryllium-coated drivers designed by the same sound engineers behind Mark Levinson’s renowned amplifiers, turntables, and streaming players.
The headphones come feature-packed with Bluetooth 5.1 technology with LDAC, AAC, and aptX, a four-microphone array with Smart Wind Adaption, Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation with three modes for premium sound isolation, and Ambient Aware for situational awareness in one’s surroundings.
On top of great sound, the Mark Levinson No. 5909 was crafted with luxury and comfort in mind. The headphones are made with core aluminum components, a premium leather headband, and replaceable leather ear cushions to ensure they last for many years. The headphone package includes a hard-shell carrying case that also holds the included cables and an airplane adaptor.
The $999 Mark Levinson No. 5909 is the brand’s first portable offering. With the adaptive noise cancelation turned on, you can expect up to 30 hours of playback time from these headphones or 34 hours of non-ANC playback time.
Judie and Zek looked forward to hearing them at CES this year, but unfortunately, they won’t have the opportunity to see them in person. Thanks, Covid. 🙁
Still, we can safely assume they are impressive; the Mark Levinson No. 5909 wireless headphones will be available at select retailers starting today.
JBL True Wireless Portfolio
JBL was early to the true wireless earphones game, and each successive generation has shown improvements that reflect the seriousness with which JBL takes this relatively new market. This year, the company is expanding its offerings to include the JBL LIVE Pro 2, JBL LIVE Free 2, and JBL Reflect Aero.
All of JBL’s new TWE have True Adaptive Noise Cancelling with smart ambient features, deliver JBL’s Signature Sound, feature improved battery life, and have six microphones so you’ll get the best voice call quality possible.
All three of the new JBL TWE will be available in Spring 2022, and they will sell for $149.95 each.
JBL’s Quantum Gaming Series
JBL Quantum Stream
The JBL Quantum Stream is new to the brand’s Quantum Gaming Series. The Quantum Stream has a dual-condenser USB microphone that “is perfect for coordinating with teammates, bringing crystal-clear communication to the center of the action as a standalone solution.”
In addition to the Quantum Stream, Quantum series announcements include the JBL Quantum TWS, the company’s first true wireless gaming headset. Rounding out the new additions to the Quantum Gaming Series headphones are the new JBL Quantum 910, JBL Quantum 810, and JBL Quantum 610. We hope to take a closer look at them soon.
JBL Pulse 5
The JBL Pulse has always been one of our favorite portable speakers. It delivers great sound with onboard lighting that lets you see, hear, and feel your music. The new Pulse portable speaker has JBL’s Original Pro Sound and has built-in LED lights, delivering a true 360° immersive sound experience.
With the LED lights, you can create an electrifying ambient light show during which “the vibrant lights in perfect sync with music adds a new, mesmerizing dimension to any listening experience.”
Rounding out the changes is a newly upgraded sleek housing that looks better than ever. The JBL Pulse 5 arrives this summer for an MSRP of $249.95
JBL Partybox Encore Essential
The JBL Partybox Encore Essential is a compact PartyBox speaker. While it may be small, the Partybox Encore Essential still boasts 100W of output and features the signature JBL PartyBox light show that syncs to music. The JBL PartyBox Encore Essential was built to be a “go everywhere” speaker, so it is no surprise it has an ultra-comfortable handle and rugged design for the ultimate portable sound anywhere you want to enjoy it.
The system gets up to 6 hours of playback per charge, and it has an IPX4 splash-proof design, so you don’t have to treat it with kid gloves. As you look ahead to summer 2022, the JBL PartyBox Encore Essential promises to make quite a splash. It will sell for $299.95 when it arrives in March.
JBL Boombox 3
The JBL Boombox 3 brings enormous sound thanks to a new 3-way speaker system consisting of a powerful racetrack-shaped subwoofer, two mid-range drivers, and two tweeters. The speaker design provides deeper bass and more powerful sound than its predecessors while maintaining the audio clarity for which JBL is known.
Additional features include up to 24 hours of playback per charge, JBL Original Pro Sound can, and an IP67 rating. That means the speaker is water and dustproof and can handle most weather conditions. The JBL Boombox 3 arrives this summer for $499.95
JBL Wind 3
The JBL Wind 3 is a small, portable speaker designed for scooters and bicycles. The Wind 3 lets you take your music anywhere you go, and it isn’t just a Bluetooth speaker; it also has an FM Radio, a Micro SD slot, and Aux-in capabilities, so you can plug your phone right into the speaker the next time you go out for a ride.