Harman at CEDIA: First 9.1.6 AVR, One Brand New Category, One ‘Super-Exciting’ In-Ceiling Speaker

At CEDIA Expo 2019, Harman Luxury Audio will announce over two dozen new audio products across Arcam, JBL, Mark Levinson, Lexicon and Revel brands. Which one is Jim Garrett “super-excited” about?

Harman at CEDIA: First 9.1.6 AVR, One Brand New Category, One ‘Super-Exciting’ In-Ceiling Speaker

Harman Luxury Audio at CEDIA Expo 2019: Find out what new JBL speaker Jim Garrett is "super-excited about."

CEDIA Expo 2019 could be the biggest showing for Harman Luxury Audio … Ever.

The group is launching more than two dozen new products across its six big audio brands: Arcam, JBL Synthesis, Mark Levinson, Lexicon and Revel.

Don’t expect one mega-high-end $100,000+ demo room at CEDIA Expo this year, though. Instead, the Harman group will present its wares in three spaces featuring audio systems in the $15,000 to $75,000 range.

One demo room will feature a 9.1.6-channel theater setup, and two will showcase 7.1.4 systems. Harman is introducing two new 16-channel solutions, including a processor and the company’s first-ever AVR with that many channels.

In the video above, Harman’s Jim Garrett explains all the goodies being introduced and featured at Expo, including one brand new audio category for the company, and some new wizardry around JBL’s popular SCL-3 in-ceiling speakers.

“There is not an in-ceiling speaker in the market that can do what this one does,” Garrett says of the new SCL-3 design. “I’m super-excited about that product.”

There will also be some overlap between Harman and its parent company Samsung, located at a CEDIA booth next door.


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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson