In December 2017, I had the opportunity to visit and tour the Harman Experience Center. I’ve always been an audiophile and having the opportunity to learn more about the Harman Kardon and JBL product lines was a really cool experience for me! But what was even cooler was seeing the passion behind each of the products – the engineers who spend their days creating incredible technology so that they can constantly be raising the bar for the audio industry. From home speakers to headphones to luxury car audio – the enthusiasm in each of these areas made me geek out!
Harman Experience Center
I wanted to share this experience with you all – as I know many of you are just as passionate about audio as I am – because ultimately the products that allow us to consume our favorite artists, films, TV series, etc… those products are what allows for us to have an immersive experience and truly get lost in the story that our favorite series is telling or the emotion that an artist is trying to convey. Sound has a profound effect on our senses. We can feel it, we can hear it, we can almost taste it and smell it – it paints a picture we can see and it can even facilitate time travel for us – taking us to another time and place entirely – and that truly is magic. Alright, enough audiophile geeking out from me! Take a look at this rather incredible experience below.
Pretty cool right? And if you’re wondering about the drums – I’ve never played them before in my life and it was a bucket list thing for me! Sadly, I wasn’t good at all when it got to hitting more than two drums at the same time… hence my help you saw in the lower left corner of the video. Still. Getting the chance to sit down with a drum set was pretty magical for me – and really… I just think I need more time with a set. #WorkHardPlayHard
I still get chills thinking about some of the experiences I had on this trip. I honestly left California with an even greater appreciation for sound. I’ve always been a fan of the Harman Kardon and JBL product lines – but after getting to see everything that goes into making these products – I understand and appreciate them on a whole new level. I’m thrilled I got to experience their passion and enthusiasm!
Also, on a side note, the JBL Pulse 3 also totally made me geek out. I was lucky enough to win one of them in a contest at this event, but I think realistically I need this entire tree.
I also have to say, getting a glimpse at some of the technology to come… That also floored me. Technology is my #1 passion, and seeing what’s to come for not only consumers but also in the hotel space – and in the retail space – and in the lighting space – I’m so excited to see these products enter the market and allow for us to live, travel and consume more efficiently with more customized experiences.
I have to thank Harman Kardon International for a truly amazing experience – and KIA Motors for giving me yet another experience with the KIA Stinger. That car you guys… I don’t even have words. But I can tell you there’s absolutely nothing like driving down Hollywood Boulevard with your girlfriends with the sunroof open and your favorite song playing – and being able to truly experience it the way it’s meant to be experienced.
Harman Kardon provided me with an all-expense trip to LA to attend this event. No other compensation was exchanged. All opinions above are my own.