Excerpt: The brand Harman Kardon comes to mind when you think home theatres and high-end audio systems. They aren't really known for making headphones, but the Harman International Industries already has a brand called AKG under its belt that specialises in the field. So it’s a little odd to see a product such as the Harman Kardon CL being launched here in India, especially when it’s priced high up in the price bracket.
Summary: The Harman Kardon CL Headphones are a classic addition to any headphone collection. It won’t break the bank too much, and for a change, you get a pair of headphones that actually look a lot more expensive than what they cost. Now that is a switch! For those that have a much more sophisticated ear and like their Jazz straight-up with a side of Billie Holiday, than the CL’s are perfect for you.
Pros: Rich acoustics. Sounds amazing when listening to Jazz, easily listening, or instrumentals. Solid design that looks expensive. Ear cups are very comfortable and only get more-so over time.
Cons: Headband starts to squeeze your head after a several hours of listening.
Conclusion: The Harman/Kardon CL is an extremely well-designed headset that had us hooked from the start. Keeping one foot in the past, and one in the future, it’s classic-yet-modern styling is perfectly complimented by its outstanding sonic performance and comfort. We took very minor issue with a lack of depth and bright midrange response.
Excerpt: Harman Kardon, a successful and sought-after name in the audio industry to say the least. The company is better known for having AKG and JBL under its audio belt as well as for its magnitude of outstanding household and desktop speakers, most notably the SoundSticks speakers which are one of the most iconic set of computer speakers ever to be made at a reasonable price. Harman Kardon has recently released it's first ever line of headphones under the Harman/Kardon name.
Conclusion: Harman Kardon's CL headphones sound as good as they look, but they have serious competition in the $200 price range.
Pros: Strong audio performance with rich bass and crisp highs. Includes removable headbands in various sizes for secure fit. Integrated controls for iOS devices. Detachable, replaceable cable. Classy carrying pouch.
Cons: Earcups can be slightly uncomfortable over long listening periods. Very minor distortion on some deep bass tracks at top volume.
Excerpt: Harman Kardon has fired the first salvo in what is unlikely to be the last of a series of headphone assaults on the mainstream. The high-end audio brand obviously feels that it’s time to snap up some of that Beats market, and these Harman Kardon CL on-ear headphones are aimed squarely at that segment, along with the B&W P3 s and Philips Fidelio L1 s.
Conclusion: Harman Kardon has produced a good looking and great sounding pair of headphones here. Bass, mids and highs are handled with aplomb, all without any real distortion evident (save for at maximum ear-blasting volume, but even then it’s very rare). The smartly designed carry pouch and removable headbands are definite bonuses, the only real niggle being on the comfort front when it comes to longer listening sessions. Published under license from Ziff Davis, Inc.
Pros: Great audio, rich bass, crisp highs, Integrated controls for iOS devices, Detachable, replaceable cable, Smart carry case and removable headbands
Cons: Earcup comfort could be improved a bit, Rare cases of distortion at top volume
Excerpt: Harman-Kardon wants a bit of the profitable headphone action, hence the launch of its first ever line of headphones . This, the Harman-Kardon CL (Classic) , is the first model we’ve had a chance to hear. It's easy to see why HK wants to get in on the act. Headphones have never been more popular.
Pros: Comfortable on the ear, Good inline mic, Relatively light, Open presentation, Clear midrange
Cons: Lack the last ounce of sonic subtlety and agility of the very best in class, Not the most defined listen
Excerpt: W ostatnim czasie słuchawki postanowiły zaproponować firmy takie jak H/K, B&W czy Focal i wszystkie celują w podobny segment. Mało tego. Kto z Państwa nie widzi podobieństwa między opisywanymi właśnie CL-kami a Bowersami P5, wliczając w to opakowanie i wyposażenie?