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OUR HISTORY AND BRANDS

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You may not have realized it, but our innovative brands and products touch your life every day. Our talented workforce creates rich experiences across a range of products. In cars, studios, stages, at home or on the go, you can count on our groundbreaking systems to bring you the best. Join us and become part of our legacy of exceptional work.

An Innovative History

2010s

Award

2010s

2014 was the year HARMAN won our 3rd Grammy. Then, in 2015, we won the Microsoft Partner of the Year award for our Intelligent Systems & Services (IoT). More awards came in 2017, when we were given nine CES Awards for product innovation. The biggest news was when HARMAN was acquired by Samsung in March, 2017.

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2000s

2000s

Three JBL engineers won Academy Awards in 2002. Then in 2004, HARMAN was the first company to enable Bluetooth wireless connectivity in a car.

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1990s

1990s

In 1998, HARMAN made road trips even easier when we created the first combination radio, CD and navigation system. Also, in 1999 the HK SoundSticks systems debuted in the MoMA.

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1980s

1980s

HARMAN’s technology changed the world a few times this decade. In 1983, George Lucas selected JBL to develop the first THX licensed theater audio system. Then, JBL premiered the first OEM branded car audio system in a Lincoln Town Car in 1984. Finally, in 1989 we created the DigiTech Whammy, the first foot-controlled pitch shifting guitar pedal.

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1970s

1970s

We had more breakthroughs in music in this decade. First, in 1970, JBL co-developed the “Wall of Sound” for the Grateful Dead. Then, in 1971, DBX created products that captured the realism of live performance in recorded music.

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1960s

1960s

Woodstock was where quite a few firsts happened. But in 1969, our company, JBL, powered that first historic concert.

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1950s

1950s

Here, we really got going. In 1953, Harman Kardon introduced the world to the FM tuner. Then, in 1956, Sidney Harman bought out Bernard Kardon and HARMAN International was created.

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1940s

1940s

This was the beginning of the work that we still do today. In 1948, we created the first ever in-car radio.

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1930s

1930s

Our innovations were recognized early. In 1937, MGM-Lansing won the first of two Academy Awards for their unique sound systems.

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1920s

1920s

In 1928, the world’s first talking movie featured HD loudspeakers by Lansing — the company that would eventually become HARMAN.

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HARMAN Facts

30,000 professionals worldwide

Offices in over 30 countries around the world

6,500+ patents and patents
pending

16+ legendary brands

80% of luxury cars contain
HARMAN systems

2 Academy Awards

Automotive SPICE
Certification
Level 1

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