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Harman/Kardon Soho review
Posted on 31-Mar-2015 14:20 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Reviews.

I have been using the Harman/Kardon headphones for a few weeks now. It is a sleek, comfortable pair of headphones combining good performance and good looks.

The first thing you notice is the presentation. The Harman/Kardon Soho comes in a presentation box. Inside you find the headphones plus a pair of cables (a straight cable and an option of iPhone or universal remote/microphone cable).

The headphones themselves are beautifuly done. The stainless steel headband is very flexible and yet strong. It is quite comfortable, without pressing the sides of your head as I've noticed with other headphones. Also it's covered with stiteched leather (available in black or brown), the same material also used to cover the ear cups.

The ear cups are foldable and rotate to make it flat for transport and storage.

When unboxing you can decide which cable (straight or microphone) to wear. The internal side of the ear cups are covered with fabric and kept in place with strong magnets. Removing those covers will reveal the jacks used to plug the cables. These are actually held in place by their L-shape, making the connections resistent to strong pulls.

The 30mm drivers provide responses in the 16 - 20 kHz frequency. The sound is really nice and easy but because of the ear cup size external sound is not completely blocked. This means it's a great accessory for walks, runs and even bus rides but will not work as effectively to block white noise you get inside an aeroplane for example.

A small thing but the L - R markings are engraved on stainless steel, making them clearly visible, a pet peeve of mine when using headphones with plastic arms or ear cups. One small thing though is that instead of the rubber cables Harman could have gone the way competitors have gone and ship these with non-tangle fabric cables instead.

It provides great distinction between sounds and if you have a HD-enabled handset you will notice how clear voice calls are when talking to someone using another HD-enabled device - usually this needs to be over the same mobile network as I am not aware at the moment of HD voice interconnects between New Zealand operators.

All in all a beautiful accessory with good sound, comfortable wear and nice luxury touches.

You can find the Harman/Kardon Soho on Amazon and a couple of New Zealand Harman/Kardon retailers.

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