Have you been eying the Google Home Max for some time, but still can’t convince yourself to shell over $300 to pick up the Google Assistant powered smart speaker? Well, there’s an alternative that you should know about that’ll save you the money without sacrificing much with everything else. The Harman Kardon Citation One is a robust and comparable speaker that costs $200, which still packs everything you want in a serious at home speaker.
Right away, the size of the Citation One indicates that it’s serious about the audio performance. Sporting a premium industrial design that actually doesn’t deviate all that much from the contemporary style that Google has gone after with its speakers, the Citation One features a wool fabric made by Kvadrat and wraps around the entire body. Not only does it give the speaker a natural look and feel, but the material is also dirt repellent and flame retardant. It’s a clean looking design for the most part, since there’s only a touch sensitive panel on its top for quick access to some functions – while LEDs are hidden just behind the wool fabric near the top. Underneath is where the power chord connects, in addition to a master reset button and a USB Type-C port for servicing.
As we mentioned at the beginning, the advantage of the Citation One over Google’s Home Max speaker is that it’s $100 less in price. Most people would be hesitant about pulling the trigger on a smart speaker at $300, but the $200 priced Citation One is an easier sell – one that doesn’t have any compromises either!