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conclusion:We like it

84 May 7th 2013 3:49 pm

Wireless headphones that sound as good as their wired counterparts are rare, and the Harman Kardon BT headphones might be close to joining that exclusive club, with sound that CNET calls "comparatively natural and accurate." Unfortunately, it's only close and not perfect, as Cult of Mac says the BT headphones offer "a degraded experience" and iLounge thinks Harman Kardon "really needs to improve its Bluetooth headphone technology." Not all is lost for audiophiles and casual listeners alike, though, as when the BT is connected by a cable, iLounge said it "sounds and works really well" and delivers "clean and fairly powerful sound." The reasons to pick these up over other Bluetooth, or even wired headphones might be the "robust" build quality, "distinct look," and "old-school design" that CNET admit "won't appeal to everyone," though Cult of Mac admits they are "extremely comfortable." If you like the design, and really need a set of over-ear Bluetooth headphones the BT is a good choice -- especially at that price point -- but audiophiles might want to sit this one out.

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CNET Apr 5, 2013

While its design may not be for everyone, the Harman Kardon BT is one of the best-sounding Bluetooth headphones available.

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PC Mag May 30, 2013

The cool design of the Harman Kardon BT is paired with excellent performance, making it a compelling addition to the crowded Bluetooth headphone field.

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Cult of Mac Sep 7, 2012

Harman / Kardon’s Bluetooth Over-The-Ear Headphones are beautifully designed and sound good, but sound better when you’re not using the one feature that truly sets them apart. That makes their $249 asking price a pickle when it comes to value.

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Gear Diary Aug 10, 2012

Good sound, comfortable, and they work as both wired and wireless headphones. That makes for a great pair of headphones.

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iLounge Jul 6, 2012

If the design strikes your fancy, and you’re looking for a headphone that you will primarily use with a cable or often use at great distances from your device, consider BT viable. Otherwise, you’ll find this model easy to skip.

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ChipChick Mar 21, 2013

Harman Kardon did an awesome job at building a set of headphones that appeal to today’s tech enthusiasts: distinguished design, Bluetooth with built-in audio controls and mic, long battery life with optional pass-through cable, and great sound.

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These headphones are a great choice if one is in the market for Bluetooth Headphones. The sound quality is great and and suits all types of music, from classical to hip hop and rock. My one gripe is the connectivity issue when my phone (iPhone 5) enters/exits service areas. I have to hit the...

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