It’s important to note that all of the observations regarding audio quality apply to music that’s being delivered via Chromecast. As elsewhere in the Citation range, the equivalent Bluetooth performance sounds relatively bloodless by comparison – the Harman Kardon has a slight, but definite, talent for draining much of the animation from music when it’s introduced via Bluetooth.
Obviously a wireless speaker costing just shy of £600, even one as competent as this, isn’t going to represent the state of any traditional hi-fi art. But what the Citation 500 does get close to representing is the state of the (relatively) affordable, (relatively) compact wireless loudspeaker art. Which is as much as we are entitled to hope for at the price.
Driver complement: 2 × 25mm tweeter, 2 × 131mm mid/bass driver
Frequency response: not specified
Crossover frequencies: not specified
Impedance (ohms): 6
Sensitivity (dB/w/m): not specified
Dimensions (hwd, cm): 21 × 37 × 17
Weight (kg): 7.6
Finishes: Grey, black
Manufacturer: Harman Audio
Distributor: Harman Kardon
Tel: +44(0)161 222 3325