Harman to Collaborate with Pono and Neil Young to Bring Pono HD Music into the Car

LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--HARMAN, the premium global audio, visual, infotainment and enterprise

automation group (NYSE:HAR), and Pono Music shared with attendees at the

Consumer Electronics Show Perfect Spanking in Las Vegas their vision for offering the

highest quality music to the automobile market. Legendary recording

artist Neil Young and HARMAN Chairman and CEO Dinesh Paliwal discussed

solutions to offer the PonoMusic catalog and supreme, lossless HD

quality playback in vehicles.

"We are excited to collaborate with Mr. Young and the team at Pono Music

to expand their reach into the car and let people hear music as the

artist intended, a mission of ours at HARMAN," said Dinesh Paliwal,

Chairman and CEO, HARMAN. "HARMAN is a company of musicians and

engineers bonded together through our legacy of innovations developed

with one goal - to make music sound amazing from the studio to the stage

to the street and the car. By joining forces with Pono, we will leverage

our collective talents and assets to deliver the best in audio to those

who love music as much as we do."

On display at CES is HARMAN's new Harman Kardon® Omni HD-enabled

multi-room wireless speaker system, launched in Europe this fall and set

to ship in the U.S. in January 2015. Last year at CES, HARMAN revealed a

software-based solution called Clari-FiTM to enhance

digitally compressed music. This HARMAN technology today can be found in

a variety of automobiles, consumer electronics and mobile devices,

including the LexusTM NX, Hyundai ASLAN, JBL® Authentics and

the HTC One® (M8) Harman Kardon edition smartphone. Also announced at

CES, Clari-Fi has been ported to the Cirrus Logic Smart Codec platform.

"The PonoPlayer is not for audiophiles, it's for music lovers, who come

in all shapes and sizes. We want all of them to feel the power of true

HD quality sound," said Neil Young. "Our collaboration with HARMAN, the

leader in branded car audio, is an exciting step forward in our journey

to bring HD-quality music to people wherever they want to listen to it.

As the company that brought us Studer, Soundcraft and Mark Levinson,

HARMAN is the ideal partner for us."

"Music is about the feeling you get when you listen to it. Up to 90

percent of a song's nuances are lost in the digital compression

process," added Young. "I speak for many songwriters, performers,

producers, engineers and fans, including myself, when I say, we all

deserve better."


HARMAN (www.harman.com)

designs, manufactures and markets premier audio, visual, infotainment

and enterprise automation solutions for the automotive, consumer and

professional markets. With leading brands including AKG®, Harman

Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson ® and Revel®, the

Company is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment

venues where they perform. More than 25 million automobiles on the road

today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN

has a workforce of approximately 16,600 people across the Americas,

Europe, and Asia and reported sales of $5.6 billion for the 12 months

ended September 30, 2014. The Company's shares are traded on the New

York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

About Pono Music

PonoMusic (www.ponomusic.com)

was founded in 2012 by Neil Young, the legendary musician who has been

on a quest to revive the magic that has been squeezed out of digital

music due to the popularity of compressed formats. Today you no longer

have to choose between quality and convenience when listening to music -

you can have both with PonoMusic.

PonoMusic is the world's first end-to-end high-resolution music

ecosystem, including the highly anticipated hi-res online music store

officially launching at CES, the highly acclaimed and magical

PonoPlayer, and the PonoMusic World desktop software used to purchase,

download, and manage your music. The PonoPlayer is available for

preorders now on PonoMusic.com, and is on sale at a number of high-end

audio and record stores throughout the United States (http://retail.ponomusic.com).

PonoMusic is also proud to announce that the PonoPlayer will soon be on

sale at Fry's Electronics and other high-end retail chains.

HARMAN at CES 2015

The HARMAN showcase during CES 2015 offers demonstrations of the

company's full portfolio of infotainment and lifestyle audio systems

that enable the connected life. The HARMAN showcase is located at the

Hard Rock Hotel. Follow HARMAN online during CES 2015:

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