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Harman Kardon Premium Recertified Bluetooth Over-Ear Headphones
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 215 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.6
Returned or considering to return: 10.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Range5.0   above average
Comfortable4.7   average
Wireless4.7   above average
Quality4.5   above average
Bluetooth4.3   average
Sound4.3   average
Price4.2   average
Design4.1   average
Fit4.0   average
Size4.0   average
Battery3.9   average
Volume3.6   average
Metal2.9   mediocre
Noise2.8   mediocre
Cable2.6   below average
Connection2.5   below average


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Battery

Battery:
"Then came the day the internal battery failed to hold a charge."
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"But eventually the port for charging the battery broke, so now bluetooth isn't an option."
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"Battery really does last 12 hours for me which isn't as good as some but will get you through a work day for sure."
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"The NC saves the day here, though it does degrade battery life (20 hrs w o NC, 15 hrs with N C)."
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"Will the battery fail in two months?"
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"Great sound, great battery life"
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"Great sound and pretty good battery life."
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"They sound fantastic, just wish the battery life was a little bit longer."
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"The battery life is a lot more than advertised as well."
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"the battery life is killer, the range is well enough I pretty much always near my source anyway."
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Bluetooth

Bluetooth:
"But eventually the port for charging the battery broke, so now bluetooth isn't an option."
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"Only complaint is the Bluetooth connection is a pain in the ass to reconnect to another device."
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"Issue is fixed when tethered with provided aux cable, but Bluetooth is a disappointment."
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"Weak bluetooth, adequate sound."
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"I think the biggest problem with these headphones is that they are reliant on bluetooth, which is terrible anyway."
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"I had hoped the problem with loosing the connection with the bluetooth that others have complained about had been fixed but it has not."
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"Deep driving bass, seem less melody in heavy treble , and clarity not only as use for studio monitor headsets but as a Bluetooth microphone call taker as well..."
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"It's still good enough with Bluetooth...just not quite the same."
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"Otherwise you will own really nice headphones that are not bluetooth."
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"Sound pretty good, probably the least comfortable bluetooth headphones I have owned."
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"These are great for serious listening, and the Bluetooth pairs up quickly and easily to my iPad."
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Cable

Cable:
"I lost this cable in July and have never been able to have it replaced by Harman Kardon."
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"If I plug the cable into the headphones and the phone or pad, these problems dissapear, but then the on-headphone controls do not work."
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"Only downside is choice of charging cable whish is propriatary rather than standard minu USB."
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"Issue is fixed when tethered with provided aux cable, but Bluetooth is a disappointment."
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"Inconvenient is that they can only be charged with their ' custom USB charge cord."
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"This is a problem since the headband funnels the cable between the phones, which in effect makes the headset unusable if this (plastic) link snaps."
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"The sound on these things is VERY good, especially when used with the cord."
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"So take good care of that cable."
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"otherwise i love not having dangling cables and they sound very good"
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"Excellent sound quality both wireless and with the supplied cable."
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"Try them, they are comfortable and sound great and with a micro usb charging cable."
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Charging

Charging:
"Then came the day the internal battery failed to hold a charge."
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"But eventually the port for charging the battery broke, so now bluetooth isn't an option."
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"Only downside is that they don't charge through micro USB, and that they don't work while charging."
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"Only downside is choice of charging cable whish is propriatary rather than standard minu USB."
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"Pros: good materials, good headband, good body strength, great sound, great looking, Blue Tooth signal reaches very far without cutting, Batery charge lasts a long timeCons: a bit heavy, ear pads aren't thick enough and get uncomfortable after a while, headphone charger uses a smaller audio jack,Overall I am enjoying these BT headphones."
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"Inconvenient is that they can only be charged with their ' custom USB charge cord."
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"-Great wirelss range in unobstructed spaces, a good 30ft-They hold a charge for at least 12 hours."
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"Try them, they are comfortable and sound great and with a micro usb charging cable."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"They cover my large ears and are pretty comfortable, but they are uncomfortable hanging around my neck (where my old headphones lived when not in use).Also, they don't pair seamlessly with all of the various devices that I use, which is a bit of a pain."
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"The second problem is that they are heavy, and while I still find them to be pretty comfortable, they are by no means the most comfy ones out there."
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"Sound pretty good, probably the least comfortable bluetooth headphones I have owned."
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"Extremely comfortable headphones & they sound really, really, great (for bluetooth)."
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"Still with the comfort and sound quality, still highly recommend."
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"Pretty comfortable unless you're over 5 hrs or so."
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"When it's cold out like now, they deliver perfect around the ear comfort without the need to adjust."
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Connection

Connection:
"Only complaint is the Bluetooth connection is a pain in the ass to reconnect to another device."
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"one of the leather strap hinge connection was broken.... i fixed it."
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"It gets very annoying and will require you to reboot the connection."
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"I had hoped the problem with loosing the connection with the bluetooth that others have complained about had been fixed but it has not."
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"The TV bluetooth connection says paired and connected but the phones are dead."
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"No bluetooth drop-offs once it is connected and the sound quality is quite good."
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"The HK's connection are pretty darn stable."
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"But the BT connectivity works well."
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"The headphones are pretty great at connecting to my year-old macbook pro or my galaxy s5."
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"Great sound quality, the bluetooth connectivity is dreadful however."
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Control

Control:
"If I plug the cable into the headphones and the phone or pad, these problems dissapear, but then the on-headphone controls do not work."
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"BT controls occasionally hard to use due to location and sensitivity issues, i. e. multiple presses needed sometimes."
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"My item had 2 small head bands and no XL head band, very disappointed with quality control and customer service."
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"I've since gotten the Jabra REVO Wireless Headphones and they're amazingly sturdy, sound incredible and feature some great tech like NFC and touch control for volume."
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"No problems with bluetooth and easy controls."
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"Remote control works great."
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"BT control buttons were very responsive, precise, and easy to use."
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"The BT controls are good in some ways - one touch on off pause link with battery level aural indicator, but bad in others."
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Design

Design:
"The headphones don't fit as well as my old pair this needs to be designed better."
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"However, their minimalist design compromises some basic features that you'd expect from high-end anything."
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"These headphones offer amazing sound, but they're not the best designed or the sturdiest."
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"Decent design and coworkers commented that they liked the style but these offered average sound at best."
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"Great sound, work great fit great well designed I love them !"
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"Nice, compact design."
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"The remote design is also pretty shabby with a power button that is begging to get jammed or just stop working."
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"This headset has a lot to offer: great sound, great battery life, good-looking design (though you have to have the taste for it), and plenty of features."
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Fit

Fit:
"The headphones don't fit as well as my old pair this needs to be designed better."
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"They have a visually appealing rectangular shape, but because of this they don't fit naturally over the ear and indeed become painful after just a few hours of continuous use."
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"I went from putting it down after an hour to fatigue not being an issue), isolates a decent amount of sound and does not slip off your head-Easy to take out headband and swap in a bigger oneCons:-Fit: for some the pain will be annoying and may occur after short listening periods."
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"I have a fairly tall head which I think added to the problem with the fit."
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"Very good fit with very little fatigue."
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"Great sound, work great fit great well designed I love them !"
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"I wear them with the smallest band and I have pretty fluffy hair and it is still a loose fit that cannot be tightened."
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"I have a slightly larger than normal head and the small band fits perfectly."
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"They have a visually appealing rectangular shape, but because of this they don't fit naturally over the ear and indeed become painful after just a few hours of continuous use."
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Metal

Metal:
"The only real problems I can see are how sound transfers through the metal band."
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"There is a leather band under the metal band that expands (the metal never touches your head) but it was just not as comfortable to me as the bands on most headphones."
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"I guess it is alright for sound the only thing i did not like is that the wire got wedged between the metal joints and damaged it I have to send it back to the manufacture I wish I could of gotten the SOLO bluetooth headphone but there are not out yet."
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"The only problem is that the metal band sometimes makes some noise I think not everyone would tolerate."
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"Edit: The post on the left smaller metal band broke."
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"Pros: Great Sound, Good looking headphonesCons: Heavy, hurts ears after 30 mins of usage, the non adjustable metal presses against the skullBottomline: Great product that needs to be redesigned for regular use"
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"If you put these on, extend the leather strap into place, and still have room between the strap and the metal head piece, then you're good with the small version."
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"It also comes with 2 size metal bend which is great."
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"Now on to what I didn't like: Even though it is a clever idea I did not like the metal interchangeable small and large head bands."
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"It could have easily been solved with some rubber bushings to isolate the metal frame from the plastic ear cups."
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Music

Music:
"On all devices (including a Mac and I'm guessing PC) getting the headphones started can be annoying for videos, music will play properly after a second."
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"The music sounded so good I could not believe that they are bluetooth, this is because I also have a plantronics bluetooth headset that I used previously to these and the music sounded good, but not as great as these."
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"The sound quality is good, the music isn't tinny as I've found other Bluetooth devices to be."
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"Had a small mishap as I didn't know what to expect, Music pumped through this crystal clear but needs a quiet surrounding."
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"Good sound for music, poor sound for phone calls."
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"It obviously has some background noise like most BT headsets, but what makes me give it a 4 instead of a 3 is that the music actually sound pleasant and enjoyable to me."
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"Strangely, these are at their best listening to quite piano music on the subway, where the bass bloat is less noticeable and the NC and isolation give the music center stage in a noisy environment."
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Noise

Noise:
"They are really good at blocking obnoxious office noise but I wear glasses and these just don't work well with glasses."
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"Due to the metal structure they transmit a lot of outside physical noise through them making them not the best for some types of exercising such as fast walking and running."
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"I really wanted to keep them but I knew I would not be able to live with that one noise issue."
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"Mediocre bass and noise cancellation."
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"I'm getting all kinds of weird noise that my old BT headphones did not have."
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"The only problem is that the metal band sometimes makes some noise I think not everyone would tolerate."
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"No buzz or chirp, and great noise isolation."
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"So, for sitting around in a noisy place, these are great."
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"The good news is that these have very nice sound, they block out a lot of noise, and I like the industrial design."
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"Relatively good passive insolation (I work carpentry with very noisy tools!"
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"Has noise cancelling feature that is a nice feature at this price point."
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Price

Price:
"Cables are fine, carrying pouch is cheap and nasty looking."
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"Very frustrating for new headphones at a not insignificant price point."
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"its very annoying and the plastic feels very cheap to me and hollow."
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"Total disappointment and waste of money."
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"It is absolutely absurd to be charged nearly 25% of the purchase price for an expensive item simply for having opened the box."
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"I got these for a little over $100, and for that price, they're fantastic."
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"Bought the recertified version, cheap and good!"
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"Great product for the price."
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"These are good sounding headphones and I got them at a good price."
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"Best headphones I've had, great price."
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Quality

Quality:
"I am also disappointed by the sound quality."
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"Terrible build quality."
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"At first if I swapped my old headphones out with these the sound quality difference wasn't spectacular but after weeks of sticking with the BTs, going back the difference was very noticeable-Wireless is very convenient, if you get caught with no battery left you can plug it in with the included cable."
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"Overall impression is of mediocre build quality with snap hinge frame being main point of concern."
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"My item had 2 small head bands and no XL head band, very disappointed with quality control and customer service."
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"But once they're on your ears the only thing that matters is sound quality and HK sounds just OK, not great."
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"No bluetooth drop-offs once it is connected and the sound quality is quite good."
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"The sound quality, the wireless range, all excellent."
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"Sound quality is very good but headphones seem bulky and little unsightly but are comfortable enough."
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"Love it, great sound quality."
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"the sound quality is excellent, but the buttons are bad placed and uneasy to understand use."
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Range

Range:
"The sound quality, the wireless range, all excellent."
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"the battery life is killer, the range is well enough I pretty much always near my source anyway."
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"Decent range on the Bluetooth, but make sure you have some open space."
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"Harman Kardon's CL headphones sound as good as they look, but they have serious competition in the price range."
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"75% of wonderful is very good :)Plus, they are more comfortable and have a better BT Range than the Fidelio (which is a reason why I was tempted to keep them."
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Size

Size:
"Small headband came broken."
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"Not really great for activities like exercise because of weight & size but reasonably comfortable and the sound is superb for bluetooth."
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"But, both sizes of head band failed to work so we returned it for a different brand."
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"The only thing missing from the original packaging was a small piece of tape which closed the top of the box."
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"The structure is nice, but it was too tight with both size headpieces, made my ears hurt and sweat."
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"I have a slightly larger than normal head and the small band fits perfectly."
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"So, I'll start with the obvious:Pros -- Impressive sound for bluetooth- Bluetooth connection is stable even at a good distance of 30 feet, given there are no big obstructions, I've been able to go into another office and still hear my playlist from my macbook just fine- aux connectivity if you run out of juice for your batteries- Pretty solid build, durableCons -- Not the most comfortable headphones, it's not terrible, but it comes with only two sizes (large and small), large fits me just fine, but it's a little tight around the ears."
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"If you put these on, extend the leather strap into place, and still have room between the strap and the metal head piece, then you're good with the small version."
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Sound

Sound:
"This one has great sound and has as the only downside that it looks ugly."
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"The problems I experience are:the sound does not sync to any video, be it games or movies."
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"The only real problems I can see are how sound transfers through the metal band."
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"That make a nasty $5 headphone sound."
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"I really liked the sound of HK's but broke very quickly."
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"I tried using them even though they had broke, but the sound was just not the same."
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"Great sound and amazing tech, but it creaks when walking."
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"No bluetooth drop-offs once it is connected and the sound quality is quite good."
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"The sound quality, the wireless range, all excellent."
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"Sound quality is very good but headphones seem bulky and little unsightly but are comfortable enough."
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"The sound on these things is VERY good, especially when used with the cord."
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Volume

Volume:
"I am left with an over-priced, mediocre sounding, low volume, wired head phone (as long as the cheap cord adapter lasts)."
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"Nonetheless, it is sufficient, as too high a volume is not recommended."
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"Boses downside is volume and beats are too heavy on bass."
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"In my book, the HK was a frustrating failure which has significant potential if HK can fix the volume level and flexing frame."
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"When my husband tried them out, the maximum volume on the headphones was so low that he was very disappointed with them."
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"They don't distort on higher volume, the bass is tight and clear, and if you search a bass boosted song on youtube you can feel the power on this headphones."
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"The audio quality is fantastic at mid to high levels of volume, but is lacking at the lower decibel levels."
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"The bluetooth works well, but the volume cannot compared to a direct wired connection, which has much higher signal strength."
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"The Creative in comparison isolates well, has ample volume, rarely creaks, and is much better in audio quality than the MP."
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"The volume issue may well be HK's tacit admission that their driver sounds good only at a certain maximal volume and breaks up after that."
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Wireless

Wireless:
"They also produce very good mid and high frequencies but the highs are not quite as good as the Bose Wireless Over Ear Headphones."
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"The sound quality, the wireless range, all excellent."
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"Excellent sound quality both wireless and with the supplied cable."
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"I previously owned the Creative Sound Blaster World of Warcraft Wireless Headset for about 4 years."
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"I've since gotten the Jabra REVO Wireless Headphones and they're amazingly sturdy, sound incredible and feature some great tech like NFC and touch control for volume."
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"But for my ears, the sound is great, especially since they are a wireless headset."
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