Along with the in-ear NI and AE, Harman Kardon also launches three on-ear/over ear headphones. The on-ear CL model and over-ear BT and NC models are framed by a lightweight sand-blasted steel outer band that comes in two sizes so users can swap for the correct fit. Other than steel frame, all of them have steel hinges and leather earpads, which are detachable and connected by industrial-strength magnets to remove for cleaning or replacement. The CL, BT and NC all come in rectangular shape that, according to Harman, reflects iPhone’s iconic design.
All these headphones use 40mm drivers and come with bass tube to boost bass performance. The CL is a classic on-ear headphone with slow-retention foam ear pads for excellent seal, providing passive noise cancellation and privacy, while the BT is a Bluetooth headphones with an integrated microphone and a playback button on the side of one ear cup for easy music control. The BT works in passive meaning you can use the include audio cable for wired playback if the battery runs out.
The over-ear NC is the most expensive model among five. It features Harman’s digital active noise-cancelling technology to reduce background noise and deliver clear sound. Like the CL, the NC use slow-retention foam in the ear pads to create a comfortable fit and improve passive noise cancellation by creating an acoustic seal. It has a 30-hour battery life and is recharged via USB. The headphones can continue to play, without active noise cancelling, when the battery runs dry.
These headphones are foldable and come with a detachable cable and a carry case. The prices are $199 for CL, $249 for BT and $299 for NC. The CL and BT are available at Apple Store.