Google Cast now supported by Harman Kardon speakers
Wireless audio has become a big market in the living room space and Harman Kardon has just announced some new models for its Omni range of speakers, which now support Google Cast. The new range is known as the Omni+ and features a three different sized speakers, a soundbar and an adapter to add wireless functionality to older speakers.
The range consists of the Omni 10+ ($199), 20+ ($299) and 50+ ($499) speakers, the OmniBar+ ($999) and the Adapt+ ($129). As well as audio beaming app support for Google Cast and Spotify Connect, the range has also seen its audio quality upgraded with support for 24-bit 192 kHz audio files, up from 24-bit 98 kHz. If you happen to care about that sort of thing.
As well as WiFi connectivity, the speakers also support Bluetooth, Ethernet and an aux input. It is also possible to build home 3.1 or 5.1 wireless surround sound setups using the range. The controller app can be used to configure the different speaker locations and is used to connect them together or alternatively manage them individually if you have speakers spread throughout your home.
With LG, Samsung, Sonos, and others all offering competing hardware, there is plenty of choice in the wireless home audio market. Although the $1000 soundbar may be quite excessive, the $129 Apapt+ is an interesting product if you want turn your old speakers into a wireless system. The Omni+ range will go on sale in Spring 2016.