• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Strongly recommend against this product

    • Written by from Lancaster

    The good--the sound is wonderful.

    The bad--alternate strap was missing an essential piece and was unusable out of the box. The headphones came apart after less than a month of modest and gentle use. Harman Kardon does not apparently have any live human beings to deal with any issues, as I have been ignored for going on two weeks now from both the message window on their website and their facebook page. One public comment on facebook did lead to one response, telling me where to send a message. I did. Still silence. Defective product, with zero ability to remedy it if you wait longer than the 14 day refund here at the apple store. Blame is on harman kardon, not apple.

    I got suckered, I advocate you avoid getting suckered as well.

    4 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the cost

    • Written by from Duxbury

    I bought these 6 months ago and love them. The sound is great. Strong bass, clear highs, perfect balance. The battery powered NC feature is awesome. A single charge (1 hour or so) lasts days of typical use. When you do not use NC, they still sound great. Ive gone 6 weeks without using the NC, then still had a full charge waiting. This is huge. Headphone controls are funky, but you quickly adjust. The build is great. Buy these and you won't regret it.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Headphones

    • Written by from Maple

    I bought these headphones because I wanted something to update my beats by dre studios. I found the price tag on them to be better than a lot of other high end noise isolation headphones. Speaking about noise isolating, these did a very good job at it and much better than the noise isolation on the studios.
    The padding on the earcups were very soft and comfortable although I could not wear them for more than a few hours.
    Overall there design and build quality were very high end and well constructed.
    I'm not a sound fanatic but the differences I found between the studio beats and the harman kardon nc's were that the harman kardons had a much crisper and clearer sound and did a good job on the mids and highs, but since I listen to quite a bit of pop and rap, I like bass in my music and that is why I gave these headphones four stars. They could have increased the bass a bit to make it the perfect headphones. But that is just my type and how how I like my music. Other than that they were not that much different than the studios.
    I would definitely recommend these headphones for people who do not want that much bass in their headphones and for the price, these headphones are well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and look

    • Written by from Dublin

    Bought these at Christmas time 2012, and I have yet to find a complaint. I use these mainly at work for hours at a time and they are the most comfortable headphones I have tried. The noise cancelling works great, but I find I don't necessarily need them unless I'm on a plane or in open places. That being said even without the NC on these still sound great.
    I've had so many people come up and ask to try them out and no one has had anything bad to say, and then when I turn the NC on for them they are always blown away.
    I too found the Bose and B&W really nice, but I just really find these headphones so much more comfortable and they feel like they are a higher quality. And if you are spending your hard earned money on something like headphones I'd think you'd want something that's more than just nice.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These Are Amazing Headphones

    • Written by from FAR HILLS

    These are the best headphones that I have ever owned. I have owned Beats, Bose QC3s and 15s and these are the best. They are very comfortable, and even without NC you can barely hear anything around you. And NC completely obliterates the sound around you! It's amazing. I find myself commonly not using NC because I can't even hear anything around me because they are so insulted! But, when my computer's fan is running loud, or I'm on a plane, then I switch it on and I can't hear anything else.

    The audio quality is amazing. Everything is so precise, and everything just sounds amazing. I can't even put into words how amazing the audio quality is -- it is just amazing.

    I would certainly recommend these headphones! They sound amazing!!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Pleased

    • Written by from Columbus

    I did a great deal of research on the web + listening in person before dropping $300 on a pair of headphones. These outperformed all other headphones in the same price range by far. And the noise canceling is easily as good as the Bose...if not even better. Here are some quick observations after owning these HK's for about a month:

    *Very durable and well-crafted - no cheap plastic to be found
    *Extremely comfortable and offers a great snug fit
    *Amazing sound - very clear with rich bass
    *Unique looking - these stand out in a crowd
    *The NC feature works very well on a plane - all chatter / noises were drowned out

    Before you get sucked into the marketing hype of other brands, do yourself a favor and give these a listen. I think you will be amazed with the overall listening experience. 5 stars!

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Best travel NC headphones under $350

    • Written by from Roseville

    I wanted to buy new NC headphones because I travel a lot via airplane. I have had the Bose QC3 for the past 5 years and although I loved them dearly, they did start to hurt my ears after about 2.5 hours of continuous use (clearly not built for comfort on long flights). So I was in the market for a new pair of over the ear NC headphones. I didn't want to spend more than $350 and I was looking for sound quality first, then comfort, then NC capabilities. I looked extensively at Sennheiser PXC 450, Audio Technica ATH-ANC9, Monster Inspiration, Dre Beats Executive and Bose QC15. After reading all reviews, good and bad about them all... I went to local stores to try them out myself.
    * Sennheiser - Audio was just so, so. A little disappointing based on reviews so high. Nice big cans, but almost too big. NC was fine, not the best, but okay.
    * Audio Technica - Audio quality was okay, except it did sound a bit muffled. Comfort was great actually. NC was again, fine.
    * Monster Inspiration - Great audio quality, comfortable cans, but I was concerned about quality of product... if you pushed on the cans while on your head, you could hear a creaky noise in each ear cup. I went to three different stores and they all did it. Concerns over that. NC was also nice.
    * Dre Beats Executive - Audio great, nice bass... concerns over quality.
    * Bose QC15 - Audio was average, comfort very good, and NC the best.
    Bottom line... Harman Kardon had best of everything I was looking for in that order.. Audio, best of them all, comfort on par with the best, however, NC is just average, but with music on 50%, I couldn't hear anything else. I don't just listed to NC by itself. Harman/Kardon has best of everything I was looking for. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars is because NC could be better. (not a deal breaker though)

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great balance of superior audio, durable build, and amazing comfort w/ NC

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I finally found it! The headphones I want.
    I've tried multiple NC headphones from Bose QC15 to Monster Inspiration to Beats Executive. Each had its own strengths:
    Bose - comfort and the best noise canceling of the bunch, but falls short of the durable quality end
    Monster - extremely uncomfortable and mediocre sound quality
    Beats - the best build quality of the four, but annoying buzzing sound with noise canceling on... bass was too overbearing for me, but some may like it

    The Harman/Kardon NC Headphones are the perfect balance of all four with an added classy design. The designers at HK must have placed great care and effort in designing a superior product. When I first put the headphones on, I noticed how comfortable they were. They stayed comfortable for a LONG time. The sound quality blew me away. These sure don't feel like they're noise canceling. The muffled sound of most NC headphones is gone. Harman/Kardon stands up to its name for superior quality sound!

    On negative aspect... the case. For such a classy headphone the case that it comes with can be described by one word... bleh. H/K, if you're reading this, please update the case. The Beats Executive had the best case of the four.

    Look no further. Don't waste time trying to look for the perfect NC headphones! Go grab this while it's in stock!!!

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best headphones ever made

    • Written by from Newark

    Forget any Dr Dre headphones or anything else on the market because you will regret it. These headphones are the BEST I had ever used! Crisp across the whole range without being bass crazy and work fabulously with an iPod Classic 160GB and even better with the iPod Video because of the old style audio chip! The noise cancelling is unbelievable, stood in the apple store with them on quietly and I could have been sitting at home! Incredible.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best sound & no ear pressure

    • Written by from Bethlehem

    After comparing the Harman Kardon NC with the Bose QC15 in a side by side test, I was surprised by how small the Bose headphones sounded. The HK-NC headphones produced a very full sound while maintaining crisp highs. I thought the Bose QC15 was slightly better at noise cancellation, but put pressure on my ears as noise canceling typically does. Surprisingly, the HK-NCs do not. So with better sound, no ear pressure, rechargeable battery, and continued functionality without the NC circuits on, & only slightly reduced noise cancellation performance all at the same cost, I chose the Harman Kardon NC headphones & happily recommend them.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound but uncomfortable

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    I would give these 5 stars for sound reproduction and noise canceling. However, I would give them 2-3 stars for comfort. They feel fine for an hour but anything longer than that and they really start to hurt. I wanted to love these but I will be returning them. Maybe HK will get them right in the next design release.

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fits right, works well.

    • Written by from Leonardtown

    I recently bought these headphones after purchasing the BT model for my boyfriend.

    When I first looked at these headphones, I was somewhat off-put by their larger size. When I put them on my head, however, my opinion changed. Because the cup is square and lined with super squishy/comfy leather, my entire ear was sealed from the outside. Without even turning on the noise canceling, outside noise was noticeably reduced. No wonder these things work so great!

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Harman Kardon NC Review

    • Written by from Budd Lake

    I was debating whether or not to purchase this pair of headphones or the Bose Quiet Comfort 3. Apple was extremely helpful, informing me that they had a special policy for the holiday that a customer can purchase and or return the product if they are unhappy with it (whether or not it was opened or not, it just cannot be broken). So I purchased the Harman Kardon NC, opened it right in the store and listened to songs for about 30 minutes to make sure I liked them. The noise canceling feature (on/off switch) blocked out the holiday festive apple store and mall altogether; also, these headphones were able to block out noise without the noise canceling switch on. These headphones, being a around-the-ear headphone, really separates your music from unwanted noise.

    As for the build, they look great. They are made out of aluminum, leather and a minimal amount of plastic (the wire, if that). There is no adjustable headband; however, Harman Kardon designed this pair of headphones with two metal headbands, one of which is surrounded with leather and stretches very well to fit your head. The headphones come with an extra metal headband for those with slightly larger heads.

    For sound quality, I am 100% satisfied with the sound, coming from a Bose Quiet Comfort 2. I don't ever think I would buy Bose after listening to this brand or even Bowers and Wilkins. The mids and hi's are extremely clear and crisp which are complimented extremely well with a non-overpowering bass that is vivid, crisp and punchy at the same time. This is because of Harman Kardon's implemented "bass tube" that allows these characteristics.

    Pros: compatible with all my apple products (iphone, ipod and laptop)
    sound is fantastic
    looks great

    Cons: not as portable as I would have liked (heavy/bulky)
    not as comfortable as hoped, very tight for me and I have a smaller head (Bose QC3 or Bowers and Wilkins P5 were more comfortable)

    Note: This pair is rechargeable BUT if the battery dies, the headphones will still work and play music. The internal rechargeable battery is for when you want to switch on the noise canceling feature.

    81 of 84 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Valley Village

    I travel for a living, I'm on dozens of jets every few months- regularly on flights exceeding 14 hours. I've been doing this for almost 6 years so I consider myself quite experienced with all renditions of noise-cancelling/isolating headphones. I have used the obligatory Bose QC 3 and 15's and while I don't really have complaints I was just never impressed with them. I gave up Bose to try the new Beats, they were good as well - but definitely not my style and not built for the type of music I listen to (alternative). I moved on the B&W P5's forgoing active noise cancellation for more stylish, compact and better fitting headphones. I like them, well...I want to like them - but in the end they were a little flat for me and made my ears sore after 5 or so hours. The H/K NC headphones are perfect. The noise canceling is great, the bass, mids and highs are well balanced and they fit very comfortably for long periods. The built in chargeable battery lasts a long time and they are infinitely more stylish than many other competitors. The build quality is exceptional and the travel case fits perfect in any carry-on. You will absolutely love these - there aren't a lot of reviews out there so I took a chance, and thank goodness I did.

    101 of 105 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Sounding

    • Written by from Resevoir

    Highly recommended.

    Most of the other noise canceling headphones i've tried (Beats and Bose) affect the sound quality when you turn the noise canceling function on. I found that these headphones do a great job whatever the setting.

    54 of 59 people found this useful