Harman Kardon, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of home and car audio & video products, has introduced its first ever headphones lineup. The premium headphones collection comprises of four new models that range from over-ear, in-ear and Bluetooth-enabled over-ear designs. Over-ear headbands come in two sizes and are crafted to maximize user comfort, helping listeners avoid the common pushing and pulling that comes with finding the perfect fit. The rectangular housing of the in-ear models complements the exterior styling of elegant handhelds like the iPhone 4/4S and the iPod touch.
The in-ear model NI ($99.95) features 9mm drivers to provide a wide-dynamic range and high sound-pressure levels. This ultra-light model has a rectangular black housing – shaped like the back of an iPhone – and a 3-button remote with a built-in microphone for calls. Three sizes of silicon sleeves offer a comfortable fit and noise isolation.
The in-ear model AE ($149.95) acoustically enhanced headphones isolate noise and is enclosed by a silver-toned aluminum casing for superior acoustic dampening to provide true low-frequency reproduction. The headphones include premium 9mm drivers optimized to work with the metal housing to deliver extended bass response. A 3-button remote with a built-in microphone is included, while foam sleeves are offered along with three sizes of silicon sleeves.
The on-ear model CL ($199) are defined by precision with metal hinges, a sand-blasted metal finish and rectangular ear cups that reflect the iPhone’s iconic design. The 40mm drivers are uniquely baffled to create an air flow that extends the low frequencies – bass – better than other models in its class. The detachable cables feature highly finished metal connectors while the cables are made of a tightly woven fabric to enhance feel as well as durability and flexibility.
The over-ear model BT ($249) Bluetooth headphones include an integrated microphone so users don’t have to remove them for a call. Built-in playback buttons sit along the side of one earcup for easy music controls. These high-performance wireless headphones are charged via included USB cable, but also work in passive mode. That means if the battery – which lasts 12 hours – is dead users can attach the fabric-covered headphone cable for wired playback from an iPhone, iPod or iPad. Competitive Bluetooth headphones do not offer passive playback.
You can order these headphones at the online Apple Store in Canada.