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Harman Kardon launches iPhone headphone line

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Harman Kardon launches iPhone headphone line
While you can pick up a headset for your iPhone just about anywhere from a plethora of manufacturers, Harman Kardon’s latest lineup does grab our attention. The 5 new headphones promise to deliver traditional Harman Kardon performance and beautiful sound, yet feature a sleek, sophisticated style that looks to be inspired by the iPhone itself.

First off we have 2 in-ear models – the NI and the AE. Both feature 9mm drivers, passive noise cancellation, silicone sleeves, and a three-button remote with built-in microphone. The AE also features additional foam sleeves and an aluminum casing that delivers better acoustic dampening and low-frequency reproduction. The NI retails for $99.99 while the AE costs $149.99.

Next we have 3 on-ear/over-ear models – the CL, BT, and NC. All three sport 40mm drivers, detachable cables, foldable design, premium carry case, detachable ear pads, and steel outer bands that come in two sizes to get just the right fit. The CL is the on-ear model that features metal hinges, a sand-blasted metal finish, and rectangular ear cups “that reflect the iPhone’s iconic design.” It retails for $199.

The BT and NC are over-ear models. The BT is, as you may have guessed, a Bluetooth headphone that features an integrated microphone, built-in playback buttons on the side of the ear cup, and 12 hours of battery life. It also comes with cables, so even if your battery dies, you can switch back to wired mode. The BT can be had for $249.

Last but not least, the NC isn’t available yet, but will retail for $299 later this summer. It is a noise-cancelling headphone that “includes HARMAN's proprietary digital active noise-cancelling technology the company developed for acoustic installations in premium automobiles.” The NC also features Bluetooth connectivity and it boasts a 30-hour battery life. Just like the BT, it can also be used with cables so the music never stops.

All of the models with the exception of the NC are available now, exclusively at Apple Retail Stores and Apple.com.

Harman Kardon launches iPhone headphone line
Harman Kardon launches iPhone headphone line
Harman Kardon launches iPhone headphone line
Harman Kardon launches iPhone headphone line

source: Engadget

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posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:04 5

1. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Wow... Another "line of headphones" for the iPhone.
Zzzzz... how exciting... yawn.

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:54

3. raphael007 (Posts: 43; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)

Iphone hunnnnhhhhhh, how amazing, next we need the new headphones for the new iphone plzzzzzzz (sarcasm)

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 01:19

6. thelegend6657 (unregistered)

But I think you can use it on your non iPhone too
It uses 3.5 mm jack right ?

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 18:07

2. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

When you look at the price of these it impresses me even more that current htc android phones the one v,one s, and one x coming bundled with free beats headphones. They admittingly are the in ear ibeats but these retail around 100 bucks so its a good deal

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 23:21

5. whothisperson (Posts: 102; Member since: 06 May 2012)

Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe HTC no longer offer ibeats earphones bundled with their phones. Anyhow, Beats line of products are not up to par with their price point, better earphones/iem or headphones can be had at their selling point. Yes, the ibeats are better than any of the stock earphones phone usually come with but its definitely not $100 dollars worth of goods.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 03:03

7. andro. (Posts: 1999; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)

Depending on your location,we still get them week in,week out bundled with beats. You really can't go wrong with a 250 euro non contract one v bundled with beats,the value is great there

posted on 12 Jun 2012, 19:12

4. SleepingOz (unregistered)

My $60 Klipsh Image S4 PWN them all!

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 15:44

10. firestormbravo (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

I have Klipsch Image S4 headphones as well, but my computer speakers are Harman/Kardon Soundsticks III. I know Harman/Kardon makes awesome speakers, so I am very intrigued by these new headphones.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 08:24

8. Fallout09 (Posts: 421; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

I guess because they avoided the lawsuit by being Apple only. Black rectangle with rounded corners.... Ultimately just a set of real ugly headphones, no thanks.

posted on 13 Jun 2012, 20:20

9. imaseein (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Jun 2012)

Will never buy anything that said it is "designed for iDevices". Shameless products.

posted on 02 Jul 2012, 15:48

11. firestormbravo (Posts: 2; Member since: 02 Jul 2012)

Nowhere on Harmna/Kardon's website does it say "designed for iDevices" or anything of the sort. The article gives a false impression. Just because a manufacturer tries to make their product have awesome aesthetics, does not mean that they make "shameless products". In fact I have Harman/Kardon Soundsticks III and never have I owned better computer speakers. H/K makes great products, and for the quality these are not overpriced (like Beats).

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