The Harman Kardon Citation 200 speaker is looking to mix it with Sonos and Bose

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03 September 2020 / 11:03BST

A bit like owning a Volvo, Jeff Stelling on a Saturday lunchtime or watching Boris Johnson have his backside handed to him at Prime Minister’s Questions, there’s something reassuringly reliable about a Harman Kardon wireless speaker, and its new Citation 200 (£280) may well have the minerals to compete with the Sonos Move and Bose Portable Smart Speaker. It’s a got carry handle (solid start), it’ll stream music in HD quality over Wi-Fi or switch to Bluetooth should you dare move further afield, there’s a 1in tweeter, a 5in midrange and two passive bass radiators for balanced sound, and fully charged it’s good for an eight-hour shift. Indoors it’s got a compact charging cradle, while outdoors there’s a USB-C port for a swift juice boost. It’s got a pleasant grey or black design wrapped in obligatory blended wool Kvadrat acoustic fabric – this time with a special coating for easy cleaning and an IPX4 splashproof rating, should afternoon tea get out of hand. Google Assistant is on board, as is Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay. The only thing that’s unreliable? A launch date. Harman says Q4 onwards so fingers crossed we see it before Christmas, but in the meantime keep an eye on Stuff and the Harman website for updates.

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