HARMAN KARDON ALLURE MINI SPEAKER .
Powerful, 360-degree Harman Kardon sound
Powered by Amazon alexa voice service
Far-field voice recognition
Wireless Bluetooth streaming
360-degree lighting and elegant design
Allure and Alexa
Speaking of Alexa, assistant can hear thanks to an array of four microphones. Whether she’ll understand you or respond is a crapshoot, as always. Alexa isn’t as good at recognizing some requests or answering questions as Google’s Assistant, but it is compatible with far more smart home devices. If you already have smart thermostats, coffee makers, light bulbs, or appliances, chances are they will connect to Alexa. She can also give you the weather, flash news briefings, and connect to a growing number of apps with its Skills. Like some Alexa speakers, the Harmon Kardon Allure cannot yet make phone calls.
Personally, I tend to use smart speakers to play music. Thankfully, the Allure works well with Spotify, which is my service of choice, but it also works with Pandora, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, and SiriusXM. If you want to use anything else, you’ll need to connect to your phone via Bluetooth. You’ll have to really give the Bluetooth button on the back a whack to get it to work. I tried gently touching it in a myriad of ways for an embarrassingly long time before I figured out that I had to actually make the speaker move a little before the button would respond to touch. But once it does, it pairs with your phone just fine.