Headphones offer a lot, especially in the sound department but when it comes to looking unique it can be quite a struggle when you want to be able to walk through the streets with them on your head. The Harman Kardon CL headphones though look to be unique without putting you off and still offer high quality sound.
In a market though that offers so much competition it’s questionable how much of an impact they can make but in their stylish and surprisingly fashionable way the Harman Kardon CL headphone may have an edge. Fighting against the B&W PS3s, Beats and Philips Fidelio L1s though they will have quite a battle to see who comes out on top.
The first thing you will notice about the design is that the ear cups are actually square which is fairly unique. Taking what the designers call an “iPod” shape they are definitely trying to push a message, which is quite bold. These are headphones with a retro look but still with a modern edge.
One of the downfall of the headphones though is that they do feel a bit uncomfortable at times and the metallic areas are quite harsh on the head, this may put off listening to music for too long. It may be a case though that this is just a minor hindrance and something that you can get used to.
Although the metallic parts can be quite harsh the ear cans are very comfortable, which of course are the most important part when it comes to comfort. The cans use memory foam to fit themselves to your ears as comfortable as possible and feel the same every time you put them on your head. Durability wise they can be easily taken apart to clean and the cabling is removable so can be replaced if anything goes wrong (this is often a weakness in headphones).
Of course with any headphones after comfort the actual sound they produce is the important thing. Harmon Kardon are known for their quality in this area and they don’t let us down here with superior sound quality and plenty of bass to keep you happy. Even with low quality source material the sound is rich and a pleasure to listen to. Marketed for the iPhone market these headphones really fulfil the task they are designed for, even down to the iPod shaped ear cans.
Although some parts of the headphones are a little harsh on the head they do deliver comfort where it matters and more importantly offer rich and good quality sound which is of course where it matters. They may not offer much competition to the other more upper market headphones but their unique look will make people take notice. The case provided may look budget in design but the headphones they contain most definitely are not and deliver where it matters, in the ears.