Today, we’re writing our Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review to discuss this interesting yet quality portable speaker. The Citation Oasis DAB is packed with notable features. And, Harman Kardon crammed a clock, wireless charging, and an FM receiver to their speaker.
The speaker is considered a ”Smart Speaker” since it comes packed with Google Assistant, Apple AirPlay, and Chromecast support.
If you’re interested in this product and want to know more about it, just continue reading our review. You’ll get a variety of information about the speaker which will help you determine if it’s something you really want.
Like our other reviews, we’ll begin our Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review by checking its packaging. It arrived in a regular-looking cardboard box with some details about the product on it.
The front showcases an image of the Citation Oasis DAB while its name is written above it. The lower corner displays some of its features while the opposite has ”Ok Google” written.
The sides and rear portion of the box display some extra information about the speaker. You can check those for additional details about the Citation Oasis DAB.
Inside, the speaker comes with extra items like a 1.8m power cable, plus a quick start guide. Then, there’s a warranty sheet and a safety sheet included too.
Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review – Design and Functionality
While creating our Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review, we noticed how the speaker looked. It appears like a mix of electronic watches and modern acoustics from the early 2000’s.
The Citation Oasis DAB comes in two shades and you can choose between a light grey shade or a dark grey finish. Each part of the speaker is fitted properly including its plastic on top and its fabric on the side.
Above, you’ll find its wireless charging that supports all devices that have Qi protocols. You’ll also find a number of touch buttons here, except for play/snooze which is a regular button. Just to note, the snooze helps you pause the alarm.
For the volume touch buttons, you can find this on either side of the play/snooze button. You can actually feel these buttons but interestingly, they don’t make a sound or confirmation when pressed.
The rear portion of the product features three buttons. These work by switching off the mic, adjusting backlight, and switching off WiFi. Other than these, you’ll find a USB connector in addition to wireless charging, which means wired charging is possible.
There’s also another 3.5mm jack available which is pretty convenient.
Around the front area, you’ll find a huge white LED display. Although it isn’t touchscreen, it can display the time and date, as well as what current function is being utilised. When we say huge, it still isn’t big enough for you to see numbers from the far-end of a room.
Inside the Citation Oasis DAB, you’ll see two 44mm 6W speakers. These have adequately-ranged volume to provide sounds even for a large apartment. And aside from having ideal volume levels, it also produces traditionally high-quality sounds which make it even better.
Connectivity of the Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB
This Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review lets you listen and enjoy music in all its forms. It comes with an integrated AM/FM radio with its antennae socket along the rear. Then, it has four presets which let you save your favourite stations.
You can plug its antenna into the connectors along the rear panel. This will allow you to listen to FM radio stations of your choice. Plus, it’s also a great option if you want some tunes but are left without the internet.
Another way to play music is via Bluetooth.
The Citation Oasis DAB supports AirPlay 2, streaming services, and Chromecast. If you’re subscribed to Spotify, Google Music, and the like, you can easily and directly set-up playback. With this, you can readily stream any of your favourite tunes from your mobile phone, no matter the model.
You can try connecting it to Google Home and it’ll only take you a minute to do so. Additionally, you can even create a multiroom system especially when you have numerous Citation Oasis DAB units.
Key Features of the Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB
Superior Audio Quality
The Citation Oasis DAB is the first premium product of its kind. It comes with state-of-the-art audio of Harman Kardon, your source of high-fidelity audio products for more than 65 years. While testing the product for this Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB review, it really delivered superior audio quality.
This speaker combines home audio innovation with a classy design. It features premium, dirt repellent and flame retardant blended wool fabric made by Kvadrat.
Convenient Wireless Charging Anywhere
Do you have a Qi-enabled phone? Place it on the Citation Oasis’ built-in wireless charging pad for convenient cable-free charging. It also has a USB port so you can charge other devices.
Quickly Set Alarms
There’s no need to press multiple buttons when setting an alarm. The Harman Kardon lets you set multiple alarms just with your voice. Also, you can choose radio stations or playlists to wake you up, or choose different audio for each day.
Easily Disable WiFi
The Citation Oasis’ dedicated night WiFi switch disables WiFi from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. for undisturbed sleep.
Instantly Access to Favourite Stations
The four preset buttons of the Citation Oasis DAB lets you instantly access your preferred DAB/DAB+ radio stations instantly.
Complete Home Audio Experience
If you have Citation speakers, you can add these to your Citation Oasis. With that, you can play a single track in your whole home or play different songs in each room. What makes this home audio great is you can control it from your smartphone or tablet.
Hands-free Assistance with Google
Talk to Google via the Citation Oasis DAB to play your favourite songs. Simply start by saying “Hey Google”.
The Harman Kardon Citation Oasis features two 44mm transducers. Its output power is 2 x 6W RMS and has 80 dB signal-to-noise ratio. For the unit itself, it measures 21.8 x 6.6 x 14.8 cm and weighs a total of 1.2kg.
Audio and Connectivity Specifications
Let’s also focus on the audio and connectivity specs in this Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review. Here, its 2.4G WiFi transmitter frequency ranges from 2,412 to 2,472MHz. Then, its WiFi transmitter power is over 20dBm.
For its 5G WiFi transmitter power, it goes over 23dBm while its frequency range is 5.15 to 5.35GHz. It also ranges from 5.470 to 5.725GHz and 5.725 to 5.825GHz. Speaking of its supported audio formats, these include LC-AAC, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV (LPCM), Vorbis, Opus, and FLAC.
The Citation Oasis DAB uses Bluetooth version 4.2 its frequency range is from 2,402 to 2,480 MHz. It has more than 10dBm transmitter power. For wireless networks, it connects using 2.4GHz/5GHz WiFi.
Hands-on with the Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB
Of course, we used the speaker to test it for our Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review. Here, we realised that it doesn’t blast out music as loud as other speakers do. That’s fine since we really didn’t need it to fill an entire room with sounds.
And since it’s a clock speaker, we placed it in the bedroom. The sound quality and volumes it gave us were brilliant and more than enough to enjoy the tunes we played.
The Citation Oasis DAB provides a good amount of balanced bass that doesn’t sound muddied or flat. The treble and mids were surprisingly clear without being too harsh on the ears. This thing is punching way above its weight.
We also tried listening to a variety of talk shows and those sounded great. Speaking voices, as well as conversations, were clear and easy to understand and we enjoyed every show we listened to.
The wireless charger that is included worked great and was able to easily and conveniently charge our phone for us.
After using the Citation Oasis DAB for this Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review, we liked the results we got. It’s good for listening to a wide array tunes and was great for use in smaller spaces like the bedroom.
Harman Kardon Citation Oasis DAB Review Summary
The Citation Oasis DAB from Harman Kardon is a great product. For its affordable price, you get a modernised classic gadget with a cool design and extensive features. It’s a digital clock radio that can connect with a speaker network, a music player, and a wireless charger.
This speaker’s audio quality is so much better than it has any right being, considering its size this thing packs a punch. It’s great for playing music in your home and for listening to the radio. As mentioned, it has a lot of functions that make it an excellent addition to smart homes.