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Harman Kardon NC Premium Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones - Wired by Review Summary ,  Jul 23, 2015

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Harman Kardon NC Premium Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Headphones - Wired
Report Date: 08/21/2015
Based on 126 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 12.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Quality4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Comfortable4.3   below average
Noise3.3   below average
Battery3.1   below average
Cable0.8   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"Pros:* Sound quality is amazing* headphones can be worn over 8 hours without sweating ears or discomfort* rechargeable battery lasts 30 hours* iphone controls work great* Looks super cool and different than any others."
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"The other selling point is that even with the battery dead I'm still able to listen in comfort."
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"However the USB cord to charge the HKNC is not a universal chord so you can't forget it on long trips but at least the headphones work while the battery is dead."
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"In addition I did not care for the Bose batteries as when the batteries are dead the headset does not work."
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"I like the idea of a rechargeable battery in the H K, but I always lose cables and would be scared to lose this special one-off cable."
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"Charging time is about 2 hours, and has very good battery life so far."
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"- Much better comfort- Replaceable battery."
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"The other selling point is that even with the battery dead I'm still able to listen in comfort."
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"Battery life's great, and you can still use it even when battery's out."
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Cable

Cable:
"The proprietary charging cable is also a problem because I wasn't able to find a replacement anywhere."
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"The nonstandard cable ends has me worried about losing or breaking it - replacement will no doubt be a hassle and expensive."
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"Felt very nice on my ears, but two major complaints:1) The proprietary cable was unnecessary and meant that I could not use with an android or BB phone (without an adapter)2) Fit on the port for the same cable was sloppy, meaning that I had to really fidget to get it goingAt the end of the day, these minor points made me return and start over...."
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"Problem #1:The volume control on the cord does not work, at all."
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"This means that if you lose or damage the rather flimsy charging cable, or the single audio cable they give you, then you are left to contacting Harman Kardon for a replacement, which wont be cheap."
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"The sound is great, but they are bulky even for over ear and the cord will scrape on the metal casing causing a rubbing noise you hear inside the headphone."
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"They come with a nice case and a charging cord."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"Edit: The lack noise coming from the left cup is still a slight problem but not bad, but the comfort for some reason has decreased."
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"The other selling point is that even with the battery dead I'm still able to listen in comfort."
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"The lack of comfort, poor case protection, and proprietary flimsy cables are why I will be swapping these for the Bose QC15."
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"These headphones are amazingly comfortable."
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"They look amazing and are fairly comfortable though I found with all day wear, there really isnt enough padding and the speaker part can touch your ear and become slightly sore."
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"These headphones are very comfortable and give great sound."
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"The over-the-ear muffs work very well and are comfortable over longer periods."
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"These headphones are comfortable and easy to use."
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Fit

Fit:
"I've only owned these a short while, but they are not a good fit for my head, regardless of which bow I use."
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"In conclusion, these sound wonderful, are built exceptionally well, but it takes some adjustment to make them sound right and fit well, as well as having not the best noise cancelling."
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"At first the leather cusion fits good but yet over time ten minutes in wearing them my head begins to feel as if it's being compressed in a vice gradually getting crushed resulting in a headache."
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"Between both sizes, you will likely find a comfortable fit."
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"They look good, and the noise cancellation is OK, but the fit is poor and their weight makes them slide down until they hang on the ears."
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"The two sizes of headbands that are included should fit most comfortably."
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"Many people say that these don't fit their head very well, and that can definitely happen with these."
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Noise

Noise:
"The noise canceling feature wasn't as good as I was hoping and I don't like how loud they are to other people around me."
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"Poor sound insulation - whatever touches the headphones (your shirt collar, the music cabel, the headrest of your airplane seat, ...) sends a nasty scratching noise right into your ear."
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"I've had these headphones for less than a week and the noise canceling already broke!"
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"Very disappointed with these: Noise Cancellation on off didn't see to make much of a difference."
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"noise cancelling not as good as bose."
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"The second problem is that it was able to improve air travel noise level, but could not eliminate it."
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"I'd say they reduce noise only half as good as the Bose headphones, that's just not sufficient."
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"When on calls though, I have to keep one headphone off my ear because the noise cancelation is that good."
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"It was a gift 6 months ago, and I still hear good thing about it, as in excellent sound quality, and excellent noise cancellation"
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"The NC is solid, removes white noise well and lasts a while."
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"Good noise canceling."
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Price

Price:
"I thought I could expect more from Harmon Kardon, especially at the prices being charged, but I was wrong."
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"I want something I put my money into, once broken in, to sound good over the life of the product."
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"I thought these would make my workday more pleasant, but I'm beyond disappointed, due to the amount of money I spent on these."
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"The harman Kardons are stylish, but save your money, can't recommend these"
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"For the price, these should be spectacular."
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"Anyone thinking to get Bose - I cannot speak for their quality; I know I have had a great experience with them in the past - but for the price, I would go with H K."
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"I thought I was buying something different, saving some money and buying great sound."
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"I want something I put my money into, once broken in, to sound good over the life of the product."
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"The sound was decent but there are many other that sound better at this price range or less."
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Quality

Quality:
"Good noise cancelling and sound quality... Only problem is the locking hinge can be easily dislodge as it is a clip type and the headband size is a bit smaller even I'm using L size..."
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"Have had them less than one year and have used them a maybe a dozen times- VERY DISAPPOINTED QUALITY."
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"Harman Kardon NC: - Good noise cancelling and isolation but not as good as the bose qc15Build Quality:Bose QC15 - Made of plastic and fake leather, dont seem like they will last very long, dont seem like they are worth $330Harman Kardon NC - Made of steel, leather, memory foam pads, very good build quality."
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"The heft of the headphones give it a sense of high quality construction, but I don't enjoy the weight."
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"Sound quality isn't good enough for a $200 headphone and can be beaten by much cheaper ordinary headphones."
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"I am hoping to get a refund but I will definitely not be keeping the 3rd pair....The Harman Kardon NC's gets two stars because of the amazing sound quality but they are not worth the purchase due to the quality control issues.... Two failures in three months is completely unacceptable."
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"It was a gift 6 months ago, and I still hear good thing about it, as in excellent sound quality, and excellent noise cancellation"
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"Great quality, the lows were not as present as I would like, but everything else was sounding so much better."
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"Best headphones for quality sound, NC function is good enough for my 4x a year travel."
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"The sound quality is superior to most and worth the warehouse deal I bought them for."
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"These are good quality NC headphones; mine are refurbished."
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Size

Size:
"Please know that there are 2 head bands provided, Large and Small, Unfortunately there is no medium (I contact HJ suport to ask) For me the big on e is way to big, but the small it is just perfect."
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"Changing the headphones to adjust for larger heads or smaller heads is a manual strap replacement, so cannot easily go from one persons head size to another."
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"The headset's band are non adjustable and it feel rather uncomfortable to wear as there are only two size to replace."
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"(It comes with both sizes).A great design feature is that the ear cushion pads are easily replaceable."
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"Please know that there are 2 head bands provided, Large and Small, Unfortunately there is no medium (I contact HJ suport to ask) For me the big on e is way to big, but the small it is just perfect."
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"Having to carry around the usb adapter to be able to charge them is a small annoyance as they charge thru the headphone jack on the headset."
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"Good noise cancelling and sound quality... Only problem is the locking hinge can be easily dislodge as it is a clip type and the headband size is a bit smaller even I'm using L size..."
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"Between both sizes, you will likely find a comfortable fit."
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Sound

Sound:
"Cons: Missing the low end sounds."
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"Good noise cancelling and sound quality... Only problem is the locking hinge can be easily dislodge as it is a clip type and the headband size is a bit smaller even I'm using L size..."
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"After only days the sound started to get very blurry and unbearable to listen to."
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"But from what I've heard NC headphones never sound as good as their non NC counterparts."
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"I want something I put my money into, once broken in, to sound good over the life of the product."
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"I returned those and quickly received a new pair, but the same problem exists (not quite as extreme)-- the sound is not equal, volume-wise, on both sides so you always feel off-balance when listening."
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"The sound is great."
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"It was a gift 6 months ago, and I still hear good thing about it, as in excellent sound quality, and excellent noise cancellation"
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"These headphones are very comfortable and give great sound."
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"Best headphones for quality sound, NC function is good enough for my 4x a year travel."
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"The sound quality is superior to most and worth the warehouse deal I bought them for."
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Weight

Weight:
"I do understand that these phones weigh more than most of their competitors, but I do not find it adds any discomfort to the experience."
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"I thought that these headphones would be uncomfortable and heavy when I read they are about double the weight of the bose headphones."
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"The heft of the headphones give it a sense of high quality construction, but I don't enjoy the weight."
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"They mold well to your head, and, if not for the weight of the phones, you might be likely not to notice you were wearing anything at all."
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"They look good, and the noise cancellation is OK, but the fit is poor and their weight makes them slide down until they hang on the ears."
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"If you are looking for a $300 paper weight than I highly recommend these."
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"I don't have a problem with them if I'm just wearing them, but I get the sense that the weight does contribute to the headache."
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"I was hesitant to toss them in my bag because of the bulk and weight, whereas the Bose are small enough where you can easily bring them with you.4."
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