Hear the Truth with Harman


Attended a special bloggers event last week hosted by IMS Marketing, the Singapore distributor of leading audio brands, JBL, Harman Kardon and AKG ^.^

I definitely learnt lots of interesting facts about the three brands and most importantly, how to select the perfect audio device that will complement our very different lifestyles and usages in just a few hours. Let's see what are the unique selling points of these three distinctive audio brands:

AKG Acoustics

"They’re amazing, and I love how transparent they sound, reproducing the recordings perfectly.”
- Steve Pageot

AKG is one of the biggest players in the world of sound, and it is no surprise that even someone like me is acquainted with the brand since AKG is synonymous with excellence in providing the highest quality of sound for more than 60 years. The newest Y50 was not only awarded the Product of the Year, but also the winner of Red Dot Design Award in 2015. You can find out more on their Facebook page here.

My experience trying on the up-and-coming AKG N90Q that is inspired and designed by Grammy Award winning producer Quicy Jones was also nothing short of splendid. Not only does it features the ultimate Active Noise Cancelling technology and reproduces sound with precision, it also recognises that no pair of ears is the same and thus allows auto-calibration for personalisation of sound signatures.

Typical of a Scandinavian brand, the products of AKG are associated to minimalism, functionality and attractiveness. If you are a fan of simplicity and everything that is gloriously Scandinavian, AKG is the consummate brand for you.


"Harman Kardon delivers beautiful sound by combining unmatched audio quality and iconic design to create a work of both art and sound."

If the most accurate and honest sound with no brightening or whatsoever editing is what you are looking for, you will never go wrong with Harman Kardon. The brand invest heavily in research and development as well as testing procedures to produce the exact sound the artist intended to be heard and ensure the highest quality of products amongst any competition. Visit their Facebook page here to find out more.

During the short introduction to the brand, I was impressed by the superior audio standard and listening experience Harman Kardon delivers through its sleek and simple-to-use products. It is no wonder why Harman Kardon is THE audio equipment supplier to a variety of vehicle manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and many more!

Design has always been a crucial factor in the development of all Harman Kardon products, which are devised to outline advanced craftsmanship, elegance, sophistication and style. Just how does the ultra-slim wireless, portable speaker and conferencing system, Esquire Mini look on me?


"Hear the truth from your favorite artists with high-performance drivers that generate outstanding frequency response and pure bass that is deep, powerful and accurate."

JBL is a prominent brand in the sound industry and has been the reason behind the precise and naturally articulated sound found in many of the world's most pretigious concert halls, recording studios, cinemas and other public venues. Having created various audio equipments with superb clarity for more than 60 years, JBL is simply the brand that both audio professionals and consumers trust and rely on. Like JBL on their Facebook page here.

JBL audio equipments are characterised by its playful and enthusiastic nature, something that is fun, young, adventurous and synonymous to the acronym #YOLO. As such, they are designed to be hardy, ultra-powerful, splash-proof, portable and even... sociable? Read on to find out why!

During the talk, we discovered that most audio brands provide consumers variety in terms of size i.e. small, medium and large device with no difference in features. This gap was quickly noticed by JBL, who took no time in launching the following devices that cater to the contrasting needs of different users to attain product-user compatibility like no other. Check out how these equipments can complement our varied lifestyle and usages:

JBL Clip+ | The Ultra-Portable
Clip this to your backpack and take your music wherever you go.

JBL Go | The Perfect Companion
Brings JBL quality sound in compact size everywhere you go.

JBL Flip 3 | The Award-Winning Ultra-Powerful
The all-terrain party you can carry in the palm of your hand.

JBL Charge 2+ | The Ultra-Big Battery
Take the party everywhere with the revamped Charge 2+.

You can also trade off as DJs with your friends to share everyone’s favorite tunes with the Social Mode by connecting up to 3 music sources to the speaker and taking turns playing music from your respective mobile phones, tablets and laptop playlists on the same portable speaker!

And if you need reassurance to how durable these portable speakers are, you should know that the presenter actually dropped these speakers down the table onto the floor and even poured water on them to prove that they are indeed splash-proof, and also to demonstrate a special "raindrops" effect (see video). I guess that is how confident JBL is with their products after the most stringent of all tests they have conducted!

Okay, I know the presenter is very charming, but please don't be distracted lol.

JBL Pulse | The Ultimate Stereo Punch
Turn any space into a party place with this fusion of LED-pulsed rhythms and JBL-quality sound.

Now that we have a fundamental knowledge of the three brands and some of their products, we need to identify our own needs in order to find the one device that will fit us best. For me, most of the time I listen to music is when I am on the train or when I am catching the music chords to various songs so I need something that is youthful and vibrant to suit my age and lifestyle, sturdy and manageable so it can be easily managed even on the squeeziest of all trains, and provides crystal clear sound with an extra powerful bass.. so guess what I have received?

JBL Flip 2 in Red
Love how JBL brings out the enthusiasm in us with these punchy colours!

JBL Synchros Reflect-I Headphone in Reflective Blue
Looks like I no longer have any excuse to skip working out.

Super grateful for the JBL Flip 2 and JBL Synchros Reflect-I Headphone that were specially hand-selected for me. I can now be playing my music everywhere I go, from my own room, to workplace, or even out in picnics and gatherings. Furthermore, I just discovered another benefit for the brightly-reflective and sweat-proof cord that is said to be perfect for night-time runners - the earpiece can be easily found anywhere! You see, I usually have a hard time locating my messy earpiece and separating them from the other cables I dump into my bag altogehter, so imagine my excitement when I opened my bag yesterday and THERE, my new earpiece was glowing in the darkness of my bag and I could retrieve with ease because it just doesn't tangle up with the others!

Not only that, the JBL Synchros Reflect-I Headphone also features:

- Built-in remote and microphone to adjust volume and answer calls.
- Magnetic ear buds to adjust and keep cables securely stowed.
- 3 sets of angled ergonomic ear-tips in sizes S, M, L to stay in the ear during intense workouts.
- Extension cable for "just the right length" i.e. no more loose cables.
- Groundbreaking JBL-quality sound.

Feels like a surround sound system ^.^

Thank you IMS Marketing for showing us how impressive yet affordable Harman technology and products are, and to Harman for all the research, development and effort you have put in to design the perfect piece of device for the end-users. It is definitely time for me to put away the free earpieces that usually irritates me till no end, and start appreciating sound that amplifies life.

Loving my new babies,

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