Harman Kardon has launched a new range of headphones, made with iPhones and iPads in mind. The five new sets of headphones and earphones will be sold exclusively through Apple stores – for now at least – and have a design that claims to be inspired by the original iPhone.
The cheapest of the bunch are the in-ear models. There are two sets of ’em, a pair with 8mm dynamic drivers and 16Hz – 20,000Hz claimed frequency response called NI. These cost £89.99.
One step up are the Harman Kardon AE, which come with Comply foam tips and improved drivers, and sell for £129.99. Both sets of in-ear models use a remote control housing that doubles as an iPhone remote control.
Harman Kardon’s new basic on-ear headphones are called CL. They use 40mm dynamic drivers and are intended for portable use, able to fold flat when not in use. They are made from “sand-blasted” steel, and use a removable cable kitted-out with a handsfree housing.
The on-ear design is more striking than the in-ear models, with rectangular earcups that look rather retro. Or – to look at it another way – each cup looks a bit like an old curvy iPhone. And who wouldn’t want an iPhone clamped to each ear?
The Harman Kardon CL cost £169.99. If you’re willing to spend a little more, a wireless BT version of the CL on-ear pair will sell for £219.99. An internal battery offers 12 hours of playback, but they keep the cable for use when the battery’s run down.
Up at the top of the new range are the Harman Kardon NC. These use the same design as the BT on-ears, but pack-in noise cancelling too.