Good audio systems have gotten a fixture within the trendy house – however, fashions like the Harman Kardon Quotation 200 display that these hardworking units have their place within the backyard and on the transfer, too.
Now there’s one caveat with the Quotation 200 – the onboard Google Assistant solely works whenever you’re linked to the Wi-Fi, so you’ll be able to neglect any goals you had of utilizing it to show in your sensible thermostat on the park earlier than you get in your house.
As soon as house although, you’ve all of the performance of a Google Assistant speaker – and meaning you’ll be able to ask it questions, give it instructions, and manage your different sensible house units.
It seems to be nice within the house, too; with a classy cloth grille, luxurious leather-based carrying deal, and refined charging cradle, the Quotation 200 appears to be as trendy as the opposite audio system within the Quotation vary.
Regardless of it’s high-end seems to be, you’ll be able to take it exterior comfortably due to an IPX4 water-resistance ranking – hook it as much as your telephone by way of Bluetooth in case your Wi-Fi doesn’t prolong to your backyard.
Battery life is fairly good at eight hours – although that doesn’t beat its largest rival, the Sonos Transfer (saying that, the latter is way dearer).
That is true when it comes to audio efficiency, too. Sadly, the high sound quality doesn’t fairly measure Quotation 200’s attractiveness and sensible options; the bass is way too prolonged for our ears, and it tends to muddy the opposite frequencies.
We’re informed the bassy sound profile is meant to make the speaker sound good exterior. It admittedly works somewhat nicely for bass-driven music genres like dance and reggae – however, for rock, pop, and RnB, we discovered ourselves wishing for one thing extra finely balanced.
Harman Kardon Quotation 200 value and availability
- Obtainable now within the US and UK
- Australian availability TBC
- £299.99 / $299.95
The Harman Kardon Quotation 200 can be purchased now, having been first introduced at CES 2020 again in January. It’ll set you again £299.99 / $299.95, which works out at around AU$430 – although proper now, availability continues to be confirmed in Australia.
That value makes it dearer than the non-portable Quotation One. Nevertheless, it is cheaper than the Sonos Transfer, which at the moment sits on the high of our listing of one of the best portable audio systems you should buy in 2020.
With a carrying deal with and bucket-shaped construct, the Harman Kardon Quotation 200 is designed to be moved around your house, and if you wish to take it exterior, it is shielded from the weather due to an IPX4 water-resistance ranking. You will not be capable of taking it into the pool as you’ll be able to with a waterproof audio system; nevertheless, it ought to be capable of facing up to a spot of rain.
Whereas we love how it seems to be, the Quotation 200’s costly seems to be made us hesitant to take it outdoor at first; however, whereas not virtually the most rugged transportable speaker on the market, Harman Kardon does promise that its wool exterior is “grime repellent, flame retardant, and includes a particular coating for simple cleansing.”
Not like some audio system, it’s not a magnet for mud, fingerprints, or pet hair, which implies that it ought to keep wanting good irrespective of how much your house is craving a run around with the feather duster.
The management panel provides the option to ‘on/off,’ Bluetooth pairing, and quantity buttons in addition to a button to play/pause your music, cease timers and alarms and summon Google Assistant.
On the Quotation, 200 is a Wi-Fi indicator gentle, a USB-C charging port for when you might want to high up your battery on the go, and a bodily swap that permits you to flip off the inbuilt microphones.
The Quotation 200 comes with its personal smooth charging cradle that plugs into your mains – merely pop the speaker on high, and it’ll cost.
The Harman Kardon Quotation 200 is packing a 25mm tweeter and a 120mm woofer, the latter being far greater than the 89mm woofer discovered throughout the Quotation One.
And it reveals – the Quotation 200 boasts a strong sound, can reach excessive volumes, and sports activities an overly bassy presentation – which we discovered isn’t all the time an excellent factor.
Listening to Little Simz’s No Offense, we discovered the bass was a little bit too boomy and tended to overpower the opposite frequencies. We have been left craving a little extra element within the trebles, notably the percussion, and a richer high quality to the romantic string sections that sweep through the observe.
Listening to Fleet Foxes’ Wading In Waist-Excessive Water, the hushed vocals got here superbly, with the muffled guitar sounding heat and welcoming. Once more, the bass sounded excessive when the remainder of the devices kicked in, and we missed out on a number of the refined horn thrives that pepper the observe.
In fact, that bassy profile fits some music genres right down to the bone – Gorillaz’ Dracula sounded suitably spooky, with thumping bass traces, dissonant vocal melodies, and echoing reggae guitars.
We’re informed that the bassy presentation is designed to make the speaker sound good outdoor, the place there aren’t partitions for the sound to bounce off of – however for indoor use (which we daresay is the place most customers will probably be doing the vast majority of their listening), it’s an excessive amount of.
Like the remainder of the Quotation vary, you’ll be able to hook the 200 as much as its siblings (which embrace soundbars, freestanding towers, and Wi-Fi audio system) to create a multi-room audio setup; you may as well pair two Quotation 200s for stereo sound.
With Google Assistant built-in, the Harman Kardon Quotation 200 can double up as a management hub on your different sensible house units, out of your realistic lights to your linked thermostat.
Even when your house isn’t kitted out with tons of additional sensible units, having a voice assistant on board is tremendously useful. It means you’ll be able to ask Google Assistant normal questions like, “what’s the climate going to be like at this time?” or give it extra customized instructions like including occasions to your calendar.
You may summon Google Assistant hands-free by utilizing the ‘Hey Google’ or ‘OK Google’ wake phrases or by long-pressing the button on the speaker’s highest.
One drawback is that you may solely get entry to those sensible options whereas linked to Wi-Fi, in contrast to the Alexa-powered Bang & Olufsen Beosound A1 (2nd gen). Attempt summoning Google Assistant whereas linked to the speaker by way of Bluetooth. You’ll also be directed to attach the Quotation to your Wi-Fi community by way of the Google Dwelling app – although this can be a mercifully easy course.
Battery life and connectivity
Battery life is available in at eight hours, although you could discover this dips decrease if you play your music at excessive volumes – it is not fairly a lot because of the Sonos Transfer; nevertheless, it needs to be sufficient get you by. You may high up the battery by utilizing the accompanying charging cradle or USB-C cable, and it takes around three hours to succeed in full cost.
The Harman Kardon Quotation 200 comes with Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity – not the newest specification; nevertheless, it’s sufficient so that you can comfortably stream music wirelessly out of your telephone or pill when outdoor. If you happen to be utilizing the Quotation 200 indoors, you’ll be able to hook it as much as your house Wi-Fi community, which ought to provide a better high quality of Wi-Fi streaming, with Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay each supported.