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Harman Kardon Allure review: Works in the same way as any other Echo speaker - just with more powerful, room-filing sound

You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker or as a voice controlled one.

, ET Bureau|
Jun 17, 2018, 12.44 AM IST
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You can speak to it across the room and the pulsing LED ring light functions in the same way as an Echo.
Harman Kardon Allure
Smart speaker with Amazon Alexa;
Get It For: Rs 22,499

Amazon's on a mission — to put the Alexa smart assistant into more speakers (and other devices). Harman Kardon's Allure is among the first in India — it looks like a work of art, thanks to the beautiful design with transparent top half and a soothing set of white/blue LEDs. At a rated output of 60 watts RMS, it is also significantly more powerful than any of the other speakers by Amazon. It has a 3.5-inch down firing subwoofer and a trio of 1.5-inch full-range drivers. The speaker drivers are arranged to give you 360-degree audio — which means they want you to place near the centre of the room where it can also be the centre of attraction.

You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker or as a voice controlled one. Setting it up for voice requires you to download the HK Alexa Setup app (Android or iOS) so that you can connect the speaker to your wi-fi network and then to your Amazon account. Once you do this, the Allure works in exactly the same way as any other Echo speaker - just with more powerful, room-filing sound. If you already have an Echo, the Allure inherits all the skills and smart home abilities you have already enabled. If the Allure if your first smart speaker, you get access to almost 15,000 skills.

You can speak to it across the room and the pulsing LED ring light functions in the same way as an Echo (red for mute, rotating ring when it's thinking and so on). Harman is known for high-quality audio products and the Allure doesn't disappoint. Thanks to the high excursion subwoofer, the Allure is a bass lover's delight. It also sounds great when its delivering your morning news briefing or weather forecast. Parting thoughts: this is for someone who wants better audio quality in a single piece speaker. It's priced significantly higher than the largest Echo and skips the smart home hub and the ability to make calls.


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