With launch of JBL headphones.
Harman has made its first foray into the gaming category with the JBL Quantum gaming headphones making their debut at CES with global availability, including Australia, from April 2020. Within the range, there will be the first gaming headphones with active noise cancelling.
At the Harman booth, JBL replicated the cage concept (pictured below) used in the development process for the headphones, wherein gamers were invited to participate in sound testing inside the cage which had 24 speakers playing volumes at varying levels to understand sound depth and sound direction as sound is the critical aspect when gaming.
The range of headphones, which consists of seven models, includes wired and wireless variants designed for casual gamers and competitive gamers with prices expected to start from $59.95 with the most premium model sitting at around $399.
The key feature in the headphones is JBL QuantumSurround sound technology designed to add wider, more realistic spatial sound for improved game immersion. The flagship headset, Quantum One, also has built in JBL QuantumSphere 360 technology with proprietary algorithms and integrated head tracking sensors for gamers to detect sounds and movements around them.
All headphones have multi-platform capabilities for connection to PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, mobile and VR. The JBL Quantum 100, 200, 300 and 400 models have PU leather-wrapped memory foam ear cushions, while the JBL Quantum 600, 800 and One models have premium leather-wrapped memory foam ear cushions.