Samsung-owned JBL and Harman Kardon have released a flood of products at this year's CES, collectively covering an extensive range of uses. From the new Google Assistant-equipped JBL Everest Bluetooth headphone line, to a literal pile of individually sport-optimized waterproof earbuds and Bluetooth speakers, all the way up to the $4,000 re-release of the 1970's JBL L100, the company has an almost comically massive lineup for the coming year.
The full list of new products by JBL/Harman (with a very quick summary and links to the press release for each) are:
- AKG N5005
- High-quality wired in-ear headphones (with included 8-hour Bluetooth dongle), 5 drivers, ceramic body, $999.95.
- Harman Kardon Allure Portable with Amazon Alexa
- Alexa-powered smart Bluetooth speaker, 10-hour battery life, charging cradle included, $199.
- JBL Clip 3
- Bluetooth IPX7 portable speaker with built-in carabiner and 10-hour battery, $59.95.
- JBL Endurance RUN
- IPX5 sweatproof Bluetooth wired headphones, "$19.99 – $89.99."
- JBL Endurance SPRINT
- Wireless IPX7 waterproof headphones, "$19.99 – $89.99."
- JBL Endurance JUMP
- Wireless IPX7 waterproof headphones with neckband and PowerHook buds, "$19.99 – $89.99."
- JBL Endurance DIVE
- Wireless IPX7 waterproof headphones with neckband, PowerHook, 1GB onboard MP3 storage, "$19.99 – $89.99."
- JBL Everest 710GA
- Google-Assistant powered around-ear Bluetooth headphones, $249.95.
- JBL Everest 310GA
- Google-Assistant powered on-ear Bluetooth headphones, $199.95.
- JBL Everest 110GA
- Google-Assistant powered in-ear Bluetooth headphones, $99.95.
- JBL Go 2
- Bluetooth IPX7 waterproof speaker, $39.95.
- JBL L100 Classic Loudspeaker
- $4,000 re-release of the JBL L100 loudspeakers
- JBL Reflect Contour 2
- Bluetooth IPX5 sweatproof headphones with 10-hour battery, 5.8mm driver, and reflective cable for night-time use, $99.95.
- JBL Reflect Mini 2
- Bluetooth IPX5 sweatproof headphones with 10-hour battery, 5.8mm driver, "Dual Lock Technology," and reflective cable for night-time use, $99.95.
- JBL Xtreme 2
- Waterproof Bluetooth speaker, 15-hour battery, USB charging port, $299.95
Most of these aren't too exciting, and the universal theme for JBL this year appears to be waterproofing. Of course, we see incremental improvements to headphones and Bluetooth speakers all the time, but a few of these products are riding the contemporary smart assistant wave, which makes them a bit more appealing.
Harman Kardon Allure Portable
The Harman Kardon Allure Portable with Amazon Alexa (quite a mouthful) is allegedly based on the Allure released at last year's IFA. Curiously enough, this new model is supposed to be a bit cheaper than the previous version, at just $199 compared to last year's $249. Harman somewhat confusingly claims that this new Alexa-powered version is entirely new, but from everything we can tell based on our own previous coverage of the company's announcements, that's not true. This new model appears to be almost entirely identical to the previous one, down to the tedious name. In any event, the company is claiming that it's new.
JBL Everest Elite (probably the 710GA) in various colors
The other personal assistant powered device to be announced by JBL are three new headphones, the around-ear Everest 710GA, on-ear Everest 310GA, and the in-ear Everest 110GA. In this case, "GA" almost assuredly stands for "Google Assistant," as each of these headphones features Google's smart assistant functionality. All three are Bluetooth 4.1, with varying specifications and different use cases.
The larger Everest 710GA will be $249.99, and it is advertised as having 25-hour battery life with JBL's ShareMe 2.0, which allows you to share audio with a friends' bluetooth headphones. The smaller Everest 310GA is a bit cheaper at $199.95, and with the difference in size comes a slightly shorter 20-hour battery life, but with most of the same features otherwise. Lastly, the in-ear Everest 110GA runs $99.95 and sports an 8-hour battery life.
Other vaguely noteworthy JBL/Harman products include the Xtreme 2 waterproof (IP7X) Bluetooth speaker, JBL's new Endurance series of headphones (the RUN, SPRING, JUMP, and DIVE, which are each optimized for different types of sports), JBL Go 2 waterproof (IPX7) Bluetooth speaker, and the slightly ridiculous JBL L100 re-release. Based on the original 3-way bookshelf loudspeaker from the 1970's, the JBL L100 Classic has the same funky vintage styling, but it also features updated performance and technologies. And it'll just cost you a mere $4,000 per pair.
Some of the (many) JBL Products being announced
Availability for every one of JBL's announced products is set for spring of 2018 (though at least one is already for sale) so there might be a short wait before you see these products appearing at your favorite retailers.
Typically, this is the part where we would include embedded press releases for each of these products, but in this case, there are just too many. So instead, I've chosen to link them up above where the products are individually listed, and they're cited in the same order just below.