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JBL® Adds New Wireless Home Speaker: JBL Playlist with Chromecast™ Built-in Technology

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Jan 4 2017

The JBL Playlist wireless home speaker utilizes Wi-Fi to effortlessly cast music from favorite streaming apps in high quality sound

CES 2017, Las Vegas – January 4, 2017

ARMAN International Industries, Incorporated (NYSE:HAR), the premier connected technologies company for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, today unveiled JBL Playlist, a home speaker with Chromecast built-in and 96K/24 bit hi-resolution audio.

JBL Playlist gives music lovers the ability to instantly stream music, radio, or podcasts directly to the speakers with the touch of a button through the Chromecast built-in technology. Chromecast works over Wi-Fi and allows listeners to easily access favorite music from popular music services like Spotify and Pandora without pairing via Bluetooth—controlling speaker functions directly from a smartphone. When streaming over Wi-Fi, the need to be within a fixed proximity to connect to the speaker is eliminated.

With JBL Playlist, audiophiles can seamlessly listen to music by simply tapping the cast button from a favorite music service on their smartphone without any interruptions from phone calls or text messages. Additionally, multiple devices can be connected to the speaker at one time, giving everyone in the home a chance to play DJ.

For listening throughout the home, connect multiple JBL Playlists or other Chromecast built-in speakers with the Google Home app. The JBL Playlist can also work seamlessly with the Google Home voice activated speaker, allowing users to control music by voicing commands through Google Home, such as “OK Google, play some jazz on JBL Playlist.”

“JBL Playlist allows users to access millions of songs and podcast by casting from apps that they already love,” says Lou Schreurs, Vice President, Connected Home HARMAN. “With the JBL Playlist, music and tech enthusiasts can enjoy their favorite content without interruption.”

The JBL Playlist’s design features a wide-open surface for unrivaled sound quality and a metal passive radiator for class-leading bass performance. Its distinctive matte finish and grille fabric cover provides a sleek look that perfectly complements any room.

Features

• With Chromecast built-in, just tap the Cast button from your favorite mobile music apps to instantly start playing on the speakers
• Play Spotify through your speakers, laptop and TV, using the Spotify app as a remote. Use the “One Touch” Play feature on the Playlist speaker to play your favorite playlist instantly.
• 24bit/96kHz High quality sound, powered by the cloud
• Dual band Wi-Fi connection network support
• Music playback via Bluetooth or 3.5mm input

Pricing and Availability

The JBL Playlist is available at JBL.com and select retailers for $149.95 starting this Spring. The wireless home speaker is available in black, blue, and white. For more information visit JBL.com/CES.

About HARMAN

HARMAN (harman.com) designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and connected services. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company’s software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $7.0 billion during the 12 months ended September 30, 2016. The Company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

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