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Harman Kardon CL Precision On-Ear Headphones with Extended Bass by Review Summary ,  Jul 23, 2015

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Harman Kardon CL Precision On-Ear Headphones with Extended Bass
Report Date: 08/21/2015
Based on 688 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 4.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Value5.0   average
iPhone4.7   above average
Noise4.6   above average
Packaging4.6   above average
Quality4.6   above average
Comfortable4.5   average
Design4.4   above average
Sound4.4   average
Audio4.3   average
Response4.3   average
Size4.2   above average
Price4.1   average
Fit4.0   below average
Music4.0   average
Treble4.0   average
Control3.9   average
Volume3.9   average
Travel3.8   below average
Speaker3.7   above average
Listening3.5   below average
Cable3.4   average
Metal3.1   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"Sounds great to me (not an audiophile) looks great and the price was fantastic (60 something on Amazon) not the most comfortable but not uncomfortable (like a review suggest) with the larger accompanied band."
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"For the price amazon is offering these (I paid $65), these are not a great deal, these are a MUST BUY!"
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"For the first time, I am disappointed in AMAZON."
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"I actually got it as used liked new from Amazon warehouse deals for less though."
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"These are not designed for travel, they are noisy when you move about, they aren't for the stereotypical teenager because they lack bass (must turn up sound to hear it more clearly, PS I bought the regular CL and couldn't find it on amazon so I'm writing a review for these), but they are amazing non the less."
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"Work fairly well, got it as an Amazon Daily Deal, use them as backups to my other cans in the studio (radio)"
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"From Amazon: try Sennheiser 380 or Audio-Technica ATH-M50xBL for quality sound at a reasonable price both of which I have purchased from Amazon."
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"Sounds great to me (not an audiophile) looks great and the price was fantastic (60 something on Amazon) not the most comfortable but not uncomfortable (like a review suggest) with the larger accompanied band."
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Cable

Cable:
"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"The cable is not that great, since it's a 2.5mm to 3.5mm type... not particularly easy to replace, although it is possible, but will take some searching about."
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"The only complaint is there is only one cable in the box and I can't seem to find a replacement for it on the internet."
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"The only downside I'd say is that the detachable cord isn't a 3.5mm-to-3.5mm."
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"Mic is clear and is attached to the removable cord - which is indeed nice especially in user error situations - cat chewing on it, sliced through it w. office chair - etc etc.. just snap another cord and presto."
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"Durable,although the design of the protein leather inner headband,concealing and leading the cable to the right earpiece,by allowing cable movement, may cause damage to the cable after long term use."
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"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"They are tight fitting on my head, ear pieces fall off of the unit easily, the cord is too short and with all of that they were simply overpriced."
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"The detachable cord is fantastic, it means you don't need to pay $200 for a replacement!"
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"The removable cord is also great, I know that it is fairly standard on better cans these days, and wish it has become standard in the seventies, I may well still be using that sublime set of Pioneers if they had a removable cord."
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"The built in remote has been okay and the detachable cable is nice."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"The comfort is not as good"
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"They aren't the most comfortable but they're pretty good and of course, being headphones, can't compare to a high-end full stereo system."
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"I did not think they were very comfortable and the sound was not that great for the price."
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"headband feels flimsy and cheep, but it's lite and comfortable."
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"I found their sound was fine, and they were somewhat comfortable but not really as good as I had hoped from the brand."
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"These seem to go on sale every 6 months or so, and for the sale price they are OK. My main complaint is that they are not comfortable, and what's the point in wearing uncomfortable headphones regardless of sound price."
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"Don't get me wrong, I love the construction and comfort of my Bowers P7, but I honestly haven't used it in months because, compared to Harmon CL, the Bowers sound like mud!"
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"SUMMARY- The Harman Kardon CL are a very good pair of headphones with great sound quality but they lack the comfort required for long durations of use."
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"awesome headphones, comfortable, great sound."
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"Good sound and comfortable on the ears."
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"They are comfortable, maybe clamping force is too great for some most but to me I can handle it."
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Control

Control:
"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"a lot of static, volume control doesn't work up or down, and a little uncomfortable on the ear."
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"However, they are simply not comfortable, and the wire controls do not work with my galaxy S4 or Note 12.2."
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"If I had to find a fault it would be the controls for sound on the cable only work with an Apple Product, however, so what."
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"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"The sound quality is amazing and the controls work for android too, not just iPhone."
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"As I'm using an iPhone, I feel very comfortable to control my phone through the headphones."
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"The sound quality is fantastic, and the Apple button works perfectly with Spotify Music any other Apple controls you're already doing."
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"They also slip off easily your head easily; the inline controls can't be seen with the headphones on, and are really cheesy.."
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Design

Design:
"The audio is pretty decent HOWEVER there's a problem with design or manufacture wherein the wire connecting the LEFT earpiece from the unit itself, not the audio in connector, appears stressed to the limit."
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"The way the headphones attached to the headband was not well designed for durability."
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"overpriced even for $65 offer... the quality is good, the packing is amazing... but the sound isn't so great... the design and size hurt my ears had to sell them."
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"The On-Ear design is nice, though I could see it getting uncomfortable for longer sessions, say over two hours."
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"Very annoying, I don't know why they were designed this way."
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"Unfortunately these buttons are not designed to work with Nokia Lumia."
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"The audio is pretty decent HOWEVER there's a problem with design or manufacture wherein the wire connecting the LEFT earpiece from the unit itself, not the audio in connector, appears stressed to the limit."
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"DESIGN & COMFORT- The aesthetic design looks very elegant and the matte finish accentuates the looks."
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"The sound quality is great as well as the slick design."
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"That means that the comfort issue is legitimate, it is something that is inherent to the design of quality headphones."
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Fit

Fit:
"Loudly great, clear sound, but not a comfortable fit for those with bigger than average heads."
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"Not a comfortable fit."
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"Not a wonderful fit, even with the included larger headband."
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"Right away I was very disappointed with the fit, however within the clever packaging is another steel band for bigger fits."
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"But the fit is not perfect."
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"I felt my Sennheiser Momentums provided better range and clarity, but the sound could've been soured by the general discomfort of the fitting."
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"I love the fact that you can take the speakers off to be better fit into a small carry on bag or briefcase."
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"Great sound...comfortable fit..."
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"Lots of reviews criticize the shape and fit of these phones, and they are not wrong."
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"Fits wide heads best."
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"They fit comfortably - initially sore after long periods of wear, but the foam pads have since molded to my ears and I could wear them indefinitely."
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Heavy

Heavy:
"Bought this at a heavy discount price but returned it as it is very uncomfortable."
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"The headphone is too heavy and the elastic band is uncomfortable after a short while."
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"They aren't great for bass heavy music like rap r&b; but they are really great for rock."
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"Sound quality is good but too tight and heavy to wear it on head."
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"I would give them a perfect five if they weren't a tad heavy and uncomfy around the ears gmhead (I have a biggest head)."
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"Over all are good, only a little bit heavy because it's made in metal material."
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"Volume output of this headphones is great compared to any other same level or even higher end headphones (different brands).Comfort wise - its OK - the metallic frame is heavy, hurts the ears after 20-25 mins of usage (cushions can be improved), wraps all over your head pretty tight to provide the noise isolation."
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"They're very good for electronic music and stuff with heavy bass."
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Listening

Listening:
"The one complaint I hear repeatedly about these is that after a couple of hours of listening they get uncomfortable if you wear glasses, and it is true."
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"After 1-2 hours of listening ears get warm and uncomfortable."
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"They have good bass but listening to hip hop isn't the best in these."
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"also it hurts your ears after using it for some time, so not recommended for extended listening to music."
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"if you bump the aluminum part of the headset to anything it creates annoying noise while listening to music."
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"The Good:- Great Sound- Easy integration to Apple Products- replaceable chord- Comfortable on-ear cupsThe Bad:- Headband can pop cups off with enough force- Headband is a little tight pushing the cups tightly to you eat which can be uncomfortable for long listening periodsOverall I would recommend these."
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"I think it is the fact that these headphones are really designed to be portable and mobile yet provide sound good enough to be perfectly adequate for a person listening at home who is fairly particular about audio quality."
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"Some over emphasis on mid-bass and treble roll-off resulting in an easy listening sound in exchange of some detail."
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"Clarity is nice, expecially if you are listening to good quality sounding songs."
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"So very clear, I love listening to music with these! "
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"The Good:- Great Sound- Easy integration to Apple Products- replaceable chord- Comfortable on-ear cupsThe Bad:- Headband can pop cups off with enough force- Headband is a little tight pushing the cups tightly to you eat which can be uncomfortable for long listening periodsOverall I would recommend these."
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Loud

Loud:
"My biggest complaint would come from anything touching the metal portions of the headphones creates a loud and annoying muffled thud (Think tapping on the fishtank from Finding Nemo)."
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"Not the best for public places unless you turn the sound up a lot, but don't really recommend it, although they are usable and hearable in loud environments."
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"Sound is clear on s4 but not loud like as on macbook."
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"Good sound loud bass , trep for I phone 6"
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"Audio sounds great, not to bore the readers with technical analysis, but the basic three ranges are evenly delivered, lows, mids, and highs, unlike some of the other brands that are curved for more bass and or mids to fool the listeners into thinking their sound is great and loud."
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"At loud volume, the midrange is clear and forward, but music is more than just midrange."
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"As others have said my only complaints are that the mid range appears to be slightly forward in certain rock and alternative songs and the bass, while accurate and tight, doesn't quite get loud enough for my tastes in certain rap and pop songs."
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Metal

Metal:
"Unfortunately, turns out my least favorite part the metal headband broke very easily."
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"They worked really well and still work, however the band is broken where it connects to the metal bar."
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"The clanking of the metal part of the headsets is annoying."
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"The only complaint is that the metal components tend to creak a little when I wear them while walking."
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"The first headphones were broken where they attach to the headband as the metal clasps were not closing properly."
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"Last night the metal that holds the left headphone to the outer metal band snapped and broke away."
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"Unfortunately, turns out my least favorite part the metal headband broke very easily."
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"I bought these Oct 2014, I've had these headphones for a few months now:Pros: Pretty comfortable, great sound quality, amazing bass....Cons: the metal rim of the headphones can be constantly heard while you move your head or change position that you are sitting in, and it is probably the worst thing about these headphones."
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"Stick to JBLs or another pair because the metal band will ruin the experience for you as well, even with how good these are... the metal grinding sound you can hear when something brushes against the band is terrible."
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"Really nice headphones - the bass is nice and clear, and it's easy to replace the metal top piece is it's not to your liking - the box comes with a larger metal piece."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"The controls and microphone don't work on non-Apple devices so I am unable to rate them."
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"I prefer my Sennheiser HD 360 Pro headset for comfort, but the built in mic in this set makes it more versatile, and the sound quality is comparable."
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"The microphone also works well on my Android phone."
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"Mic is clear and is attached to the removable cord - which is indeed nice especially in user error situations - cat chewing on it, sliced through it w. office chair - etc etc.. just snap another cord and presto."
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"The mic is clear."
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"The only issue I've experienced was a defective cable - which HK replaced at no charge (two emails from my registered account at HK went unanswered, but a call to the support center produced immediate service with an email confirmation).I have several more expensive headphones, however I find myself reaching for these more often than not for casual listening with my iPhone or iPad - they are easy to drive, and the inline mic makes it easy to take calls with positive, tactile controls."
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Music

Music:
"also it hurts your ears after using it for some time, so not recommended for extended listening to music."
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"if you bump the aluminum part of the headset to anything it creates annoying noise while listening to music."
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"I felt a a little discomfort at the first song I played on my music player but it just got better."
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"Cons:- Not comfortable for long hours of music."
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"I think it is because all of the sounds in that kind of music you really can't fully appreciate them unless you have a good set of speakers."
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"Sound is great - I am not an audiophile but I do love my music and I have yet to complain about the quality."
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"Sound quality is nice abroad, it works especially great for electronic, rock, and classical music (in my opinion)."
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"Great sounding headphones, perfect to enjoy music."
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"But, I love quality music and quality sound."
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"The sound quality is fantastic, and the Apple button works perfectly with Spotify Music any other Apple controls you're already doing."
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"Even though my head fits the small headband, but trust me u will want to switch to the bigger one as it is way more comfortable and literally gave me 3 hours of music straight without causing strains."
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Noise

Noise:
"Only problem: the metallic arch is quite noisy whenever anything gets in contact with it."
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"if you bump the aluminum part of the headset to anything it creates annoying noise while listening to music."
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"when you led in a bed or wearing a high collar cloth this would be annoying : the earpad frame, ear band and the audio cable make a lot of noise when it touches anything, the sound is good."
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"Detachable cableCons:Not noise cancellingI ended up selling them to a friend, he loves them! "
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"They sounded great in a quite environment, but I wanted noise cancelling."
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"The best thing I liked in CL is, though it is not given that it has noise cancellation, it reduces most of the external sound especially while travelling in a flight."
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"Also terrific noise isolation."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"Right away I was very disappointed with the fit, however within the clever packaging is another steel band for bigger fits."
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"Very high quality, very nicely packaged, very much worth whatever the current price is."
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"The accessories that come in the package are great, the carry bag is sort of ugly and unattractive, but it is very well made, durable and protective."
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"Right away I was very disappointed with the fit, however within the clever packaging is another steel band for bigger fits."
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"I liked the packaging, looks very stylish and expensive, like Apple."
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"The sound quality is not bad .Packaging is amazing."
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Portable

Portable:
"PROS:+ Excellent sound quality+ Great sound reduction (these are not noise cancelling headphones, but I used them in a plane and didn't hear a thing)+ Portable+ LightweightCONS- Uncomfortable after long (>3hrs) periods of time"
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"i've been in the market for a good pair of portable travel headphone for awhile, and this was my 2nd attempt at success in this venture."
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"I think it is the fact that these headphones are really designed to be portable and mobile yet provide sound good enough to be perfectly adequate for a person listening at home who is fairly particular about audio quality."
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"My other headphones are AKG 240 Studio headphones, which are excellent quality but they aren't very portable (especially since they need a headphone amp to really reach their potential)."
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"The cable is nice and short the way a portable headphone should be."
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"They are very portable and comfortable to wear."
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"I was looking for a stylish, yet adult looking, portable headphone with decent sound."
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Price

Price:
"Major flaw, one might expect this problem in a $9.99 headphones however why spend this kind of money to end up with probably a broken wire."
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"Sigh, I hate wasting money."
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"They are made of cheap plastic, and mine broke after 4 months of usage even though the headphones have been handled with the utmost care."
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"I mean its extended bass is not super great but based on the price, only 80 dollars, its really good."
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"For this price point, these headphones are hard to beat."
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"Bought these as a damaged box item for about $40 and would have been satisfied at $150 price point."
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"I got these Headphones when they were on Sale and they are good for the money."
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"Great for price."
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"Not top of the line but spectacular for the price."
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"I love these headphones, and can't believe the price I paid for them."
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"Great sound quality and was a great price"
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Quality

Quality:
"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"I honestly thought I was getting a quality item, but I wear headphones daily and these are terrible."
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"Sound quality is really good but kind of little uncomfortable for longer duration."
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"good sound quality but not comfortable to wear it."
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"Good quality sound but uncomfortable."
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"The sound quality is there, but I am surprised that is is one of the most uncomfortable headphone I had try in a long time."
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"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"Great quality!"
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"Harmon Kardon CL are a fantastic headphone, with studio (analytic) quality clarity."
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"Sound quality is good but too tight and heavy to wear it on head."
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"AUDIO QUALITY- They have an amazing sound clarity and have a pretty accurate and precise response."
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Size

Size:
"The sound is terrible -- the base overwhelms everything else, but worse: there is terrible, terrible distortion at life size volume."
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"overpriced even for $65 offer... the quality is good, the packing is amazing... but the sound isn't so great... the design and size hurt my ears had to sell them."
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"Uncomfortable, and a hassle having to remove the small headband that it comes with and replacing it with the larger headband in the box."
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"I start with small head band, unfortunately, I wear them within an hour, they started squeezing my ears so bad!"
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"The biggest negative with these headphones are the size and weight."
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"I have average size ears and my ears are not comfortable more than 2 hours of usage (-1 star) so I am changing my HK headphone (thanks God, I have 2 more different brands!"
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"The large and small headband is also nice."
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"GREAT sound for the size and price."
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"The inclusion of a small and large headband is nice, but I found the former to be overly so."
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"I have a fairly small head, so I don't have any problem with them, feel pretty comfortable for a few hours."
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"Great sound, about the same if not a little better as the Bose OE, great fit, comes with two size head band things."
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Sound

Sound:
"For doing video and sound editing, not being super comfortable does encourage me to take frequent breaks so that I don't being sound blind."
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"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"they are not the most comfortable headphone out there and the sound is pretty good and accurate but not stellar."
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"Loudly great, clear sound, but not a comfortable fit for those with bigger than average heads."
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"Loved these, great sound, comfy, they broke after a few months!"
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"Stick to JBLs or another pair because the metal band will ruin the experience for you as well, even with how good these are... the metal grinding sound you can hear when something brushes against the band is terrible."
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"But they do sound really nice."
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"These are really nice sounding headphones for not a heck of a lot of money."
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"Sounds great but they start to hurt my hears after more than a couple hours."
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"Great Headphones love the high quality sound... but the controls on the cord are unresponsive after a few months."
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"Perfect sounds!"
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I have no idea why but one of the speakers stopped working 4 days in... A little bit uncomfortable too but the sound was great, before you know the left speaker died."
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"The earpads have scratchy mesh over the speakers that presses against your ears; after several minutes it irritates the ears."
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"I think it is because all of the sounds in that kind of music you really can't fully appreciate them unless you have a good set of speakers."
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"However, maybe it is just me, but because there is a lot of metal on the square speaker and metal as well on the headband, it was annoying to me when it rubs against anything."
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"I love the fact that you can take the speakers off to be better fit into a small carry on bag or briefcase."
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"The joints where the speakers attach to the headband are very clever, bus also a little bit delicate."
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"I have no idea why but one of the speakers stopped working 4 days in... A little bit uncomfortable too but the sound was great, before you know the left speaker died."
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"Also, they work just as well (as speakers, and for phone calls) on my cheap Samsung phone, so don't worry that they'll only work with Apple products."
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"I also have their desktop speaker system which is excellent."
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Stylish

Stylish:
"Very stylish product but does not have a good sound for this mark."
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"I liked the packaging, looks very stylish and expensive, like Apple."
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"For sub $100 headphones, it sounds amazing and is very comfortable and stylish."
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"If you love stylish cans with a metal build, you'll love these."
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"they are so stylish and good sounding headphones... better then many headphones in market"
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"The rectangular shape makes it much more comfortable and stylish."
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Travel

Travel:
"The wire insulation is some kinda plastic coating that everytime u move the ruffling sound will travel to the headphones and into your ears its very irritating."
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"However, I do get a little worried when I pack it whilst I travel as the the ear pieces are detachable to allow customers to change the size of the headband (it comes with 2 sizes for you).Leaving it hung around your neck however is not too comfortable when you are on for long rides in a plane or bus."
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"i've been in the market for a good pair of portable travel headphone for awhile, and this was my 2nd attempt at success in this venture."
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"I do a lot of travel international and this product was perfect for me."
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"Great for travel as that they don't take up too much space, but they pack a serious punch when it comes to sound."
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"The fact that the cans fold sideways is key to there durability if you look to travel with them often, the slim profile works perfectly for my backpack and messenger bag without any fear of damage."
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"The travel case is nice and the fold-flat feature fits nicely in my laptop bag."
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"Great for travel."
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Treble

Treble:
"I happen to like this style quite a lot since I hate sibilant treble... if you're not like me steer clear from AKG and harman, the sound is similar and in my opinion quite spectacular."
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"That said, when running the treble booster, and for the ridiculous price that these are going for, you'd be a fool not to buy them!"
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"Weak treble, and over-the-moon vocals but other than that, it makes a good musical sound with strong bass."
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"Sound is good, but the treble is pretty high."
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"Some over emphasis on mid-bass and treble roll-off resulting in an easy listening sound in exchange of some detail."
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"I happen to like this style quite a lot since I hate sibilant treble... if you're not like me steer clear from AKG and harman, the sound is similar and in my opinion quite spectacular."
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"Midrange and treble seem fine, and the bass isn't terrible, it's just not tight."
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"Excellent base, mids, the treble rolls off just a bit on top which makes them very non-fatiguing for long listening sessions."
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Value

Value:
"I own lots of headphone and I find these one of the best option for people who value style,and portability."
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"I would highly recommend to anyone who values good electronics."
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"Excellent quality and value! "
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"Excellent quality sound n value for money."
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"Overall, the headphones were a good value considering what I paid for them."
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Volume

Volume:
"The sound is terrible -- the base overwhelms everything else, but worse: there is terrible, terrible distortion at life size volume."
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"a lot of static, volume control doesn't work up or down, and a little uncomfortable on the ear."
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"At low or medium volume, the sound is so flat and weak at extremes (low and high frequencies) it's not even worth discussing further."
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"These HK headphones sound terrible at low to medium volumes (which is what most people listen at)."
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"I'd put them with Bose in terms of sound reproduction, clarity, volume, and accuracy of reproduction."
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"I am easily able to wear them with the smaller headband, and I LOVE the sound quality at low volume, as well as the noise-canceling quality."
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"At loud volume, the midrange is clear and forward, but music is more than just midrange."
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"In order to make them sound HALF WAY decent, you have to crank up the volume high."
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"Low volumes, high volumes, these headphones perform very well."
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iPhone

iPhone:
"Audio controls work great on my iphone and ipad and macbook, but sometimes its hard to feel what button you're pressing, so i look down to see it."
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"The sound quality is amazing and the controls work for android too, not just iPhone."
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"As I'm using an iPhone, I feel very comfortable to control my phone through the headphones."
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"Audio controls work great on my iphone and ipad and macbook, but sometimes its hard to feel what button you're pressing, so i look down to see it."
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"Work great with my iPhone 5c."
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"Sharp metal edges on the head band can easily scratch up your - desk, computer, ipod, iphone, car - but so can your car keys."
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