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CES 2013 Show Highlight: Harman/Kardon
I've been wanting to get my hands on these for a listen, but I guess I wasn't wanting it enough to get some sent to Montana. So I was glad to find them in the Harman booth, and doubly glad I could get at the connectors for a listen on my own portable rig. (You'd be surprised at how hard it is to get a listen to headphones at shows sometimes.)
I picked one up off its stand and plunked it on my head. Woah! Everything went eerily silent. Ah, the NC (noise canceling, $299) model. Then I played some familiar music...and it sounded damned good. Then I tried it without the active noise canceling...and it sounded pretty much the same. That's not common with most noise canceling headphones where the NC circuit usually messes with the sound. I was impressed.
Then I tried the Bluetooth headset (BT, $249) passively wired, and it sounded good, too. Hmm. Then the smaller on ear CL (on-ear, passive, $199) version, and it sounded good. Holy smoke, Harmon did a nice job on these headphones. How good these cans are I really can't tell under show conditions, but they're good enough to know I've got to get then here at home for an extended evaluation.
It heartens me to see someone like Harman/Kardon who should be able to make a good headphone actually do so. Nice!