June 12th 2012 5:47 pm

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conclusion:We like it

86 February 4th 2013 2:02 pm

Harman Kardon enters the headphone market with the CLs, which have a striking design, are well-built, and include a mic and controls for your iOS device. In the words of What HI-Fi, the over-the-ear headphones are "very impressive and there’s a lot to like about the sound quality." They are, according to What Hi-Fi, "a likeable addition to the burgeoning headphone market." Pocket Lint also likes them, calling the design "industrial yet elegant." They offer, according to Pocket Lint, "balanced audio" and "eye-grabbing aesthetics," though the site warns that they may not be comfortable for "long periods of wear." Buy them for the sound (and the design), but if you can, try them on before you buy.

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$139.99

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Critic reviews

8.5
7 reviews
  • Sound quality
    8.6
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Comfort
    8.1
  • Noise isolation
    8.8
  • Durability
    8.3

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User reviews

9.4
7 reviews
8.0
PC Mag Jul 26, 2012

Harman Kardon's CL headphones sound as good as they looks, but they have serious competition in the $200 price range.

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8.0
CNET Aug 15, 2012

The Harman Kardon Classic on-ear headphones combine impressive design and excellent sound quality to create a very enticing headphone set for a comparatively fair price.

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9.0
Reviewed.com Headphones Mar 4, 2013

It’s very well-engineered, and attractive to boot. However, it should be noted that these are meant for casual music listening, and not for studio mixing or production. Just keep that in mind, and you’ll enjoy these headphones if they sound like they’d suit your needs.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 31, 2012

Harman Kardon is a well known brand, and the CL over-ear headphones are testament as to why. It's all about quality: right from the eye-grabbing aesthetics through to the ear-cushioned audio experience.

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10
What Hi-Fi Jul 6, 2012

These are Harman-Kardon’s first headphones and the CLs should be applauded. They’re a likeable addition to the burgeoning headphone market.

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8.0
T3 Aug 17, 2012

The audio is absolutely brilliant, the comfort is high, and although the price is relatively salty, these are quality audio tools. That said, the styling will polarise buyers, and the finish detailing might not measure up to everyones expectation of a premium product.

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10
smortensen smortensen

For two hundred bucks, you're not going to find a better pair of headphones. I LOVE the P5 by Bowers & Wilkins, but the difference being $100... I'd say if they were the same price it'd be a toss-up, but for these to be a hundred bucks less, I'll take these every single time. And did. The...

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10
alistaire alistaire

I went to the shop wanting to get the aiaiai capital, and ended up getting these instead. It's just so comfortable and the sound is crystal clear. Try it on in the shop and you can hear it yourself.

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9.0
marcasmacd marcasmacd

I love these headphones, they both look and sound great, although they can be a bit too tight if you use the small headband and the large headband is too loose.

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10
Joshbosh Joshbosh

I have just paid £79.95 for these at Richer Sounds, and for that money I honestly believe there is nothing else that can compete ! I had a pair of Bose AE2's , which are dreadful compared to these.

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8.0
The127 The127

This is definitely a design product; from the package to the combination of parts. Not only in style, but also in its engineering and technics. CL is not for those who like Monster Beats, but I can say it may be preferable to any Sennheiser. It is successful in low ends as well as in the high...

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9.0
nydubber nydubber

Always on the look for a good deal, I was wondering around Best Buy the other day with little to no aim to my consumer compass. Meandering up one aisle and down another, picking up this and that, no general purpose to my actions, when I see a floor clerk (whatever they're called) heading my way....

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