October 22, 2008
| by Rachel Cericola
Now, even those living in the Arctic have speakers to pump up the volume in their igloos. Harman Kardon just introduced the GLA-55 speaker set, which looks like it was chipped out of the slide of a glacier.
It could also pass as something that was mined, but the treasure we seek is good sound—and HK doesn’t usually disappoint. This two-piece set is designed for pretty much any audio application (except portable), with Atlas woofers and CMMD Lite tweeters. Those drivers make low frequencies possible, with an extension to four octaves. Despite delivering low bass, though, you might want to add a subwoofer via the system’s included output.
Other features include COE (Computer-Optimized Equalization) for use with the computer, OCT (Optimized Compression Topology) to deliver proprietary compression, and a nice 100-watt bi-amplified digital amp with DSP processing and touch-sensitive controls.
Harman says that these babies will only be available in limited quantities, sometime this fall. Amazon is taking pre-orders now; expect to pay about $1,000.
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.