We’re going to assume that since the weather is warmer, you’re spending at least a little time outdoors. Hopefully, you’re not forgetting that summer soundtrack. Whether working out, working on the lawn or working on a tan, Harman Kardon has a pair of headphones for you.
The company just introduced five headphone options, including two sound-isolating in-ear models and three on-ear and over-ear styles. Some of the features sprinkled throughout the line include iPhone integration, Bluetooth support and noise-cancelling features.
The two in-ear models are the NI ($99.95) and the AE ($149.95). Designed for passive noise cancellation, both models have multiple earphone sleeve options and a three-button Apple-specified remote with a built-in mic for calls and volume control.
That NI has 9mm drivers and a rectangular black housing, so it’s sort of shaped like the back of the iPhone. The AE also has 9mm drivers, but boasts noise isolation and silver-toned aluminum casing for acoustic dampening and awesome low frequencies.
Harman’s on-ear/over-ear models have steel hinges and detachable leather ear pads for comfort and cleaning. Each one also comes with two sizes of steel outer bands, 40mm drivers, detachable cables, and a carrying case.
The CL on-ear model ($199) has a sand-blasted metal finish and rectangular ear cups to match the iPhone. The over-the-ear BT model ($249) includes wireless Bluetooth support, an integrated microphone and music controls right on the ear cup. Harman says that this model has a passive mode, or you can get 12 hours’ worth of wireless playtime when charged up via the included USB cable.
Finally, the over-ear NC is the cream of the crop, at $299. Available later this summer, this model has Harman’s proprietary digital active noise-cancelling technology. Other features include slow-retention foam for a comfy fit and 30 hours of battery life, which can get charged up with the included USB cable.
“These headphones are enhanced by several audio technologies developed by Harman yet also reflect the brand’s commitment to innovative industrial design,” said Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman, president and CEO of Harman. “People who truly appreciate beautiful sound—whether it is on the go or in the living room—should not compromise when it comes to performance. These refined and distinctive headphones are built with the precision that has always defined Harman Kardon’s high-fidelity products.”
Harman Kardon is selling all five headphone models now, exclusively through Apple retail stores and Apple.com.
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