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Harman Kardon GLA-55 Desktop Speakers Announced

Merging the latest in art and science, the GLA-55 loudspeaker system provides world-class Harman Kardon performance for computer and high-fidelity applications

Harman Kardon, Inc., today announced the introduction of the GLA-55 high-end two-piece speaker system for computer and home entertainment use. Offering versatility in its function, the Harman Kardon GLA-55 system is a stylized multimedia focal point, boasting breathtaking beauty, functionality and impeccable sonic performance. Combining numerous proprietary technologies, the GLA-55 system delivers clear and accurate high-impact sound with a large soundstage. Arguably the best 2.0 speaker system available today, it integrates beautifully with home and office decor, and is perfect for audio enthusiasts looking for an audiophile-quality sound experience.

From the tuned-port enclosure and custom chrome tubing to the powerful bass of its Atlas™ woofers and crystal-clear highs of its CMMD Lite tweeters, the GLA-55 system represents true audio luxury. It delivers with a powerfully tuned 100-watt bi-amplified digital amplifier coupled with DSP (digital signal processing) equalization to efficiently provide its transducers with efficient power. For added bass response, a subwoofer output is provided for connection to a variety of stand-alone subwoofers. And touch-sensitive volume controls make it easy to control: simply touch both volume controls simultaneously to mute the audio output, and touch again to unmute. From the chrome base to the fully visible audio engine and port, the clear glass-like design has every detail covered.

“From its inception, the Harman Kardon design and engineering teams worked in tandem to create the aesthetics for the GLA-55 system,” said Christopher M. Dragon, director of brand marketing for the Harman Consumer Mobile, Portable and Companion Products division. “Our goal was to create a system that truly brought high-performance audio to the computer, but also had stunning visual appeal. The GLA-55 system accomplishes just that by delivering pure Harman Kardon performance in a simple yet luxurious design.”

The GLA-55 features many proprietary technologies to provide the highest quality sound possible; they include:

  • Atlas AL and CMMD Lite Transducers — The CMMD Lite drivers provide accurate high frequencies, but are capable of low-frequency extension to four octaves; the Atlas AL drivers are capable of nearly 1″ peak-to-peak travel for tight, accurate bass reproduction. Their pairing provides a full, rich frequency response, from the lowest bass to highest highs.
  • Slipstream Port Design — The GLA-55 port minimizes boundary layer separation, providing high-output bass with low distortion.
  • COE (Computer-Optimized Equalization) — The system equalization is computer-optimized to provide a rich, complete soundstage over a wide range of listening positions.
  • OCT (Optimized Compression Topology) — The GLA-55 system utilizes a proprietary compression technology to ensure clean, accurate sound at high output levels.

Pricing and Availability
Available in clear with chrome accents, the Harman Kardon GLA-55 system is compatible with desktop computers (all platforms), laptops and MP3 and portable media players.

Limited quantity available for fall 2008, Amazon.com is accepting pre-orders starting today with a suggested retail price of $999.99.

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