Thread DetailsLast Edited by lodit April 25, 2013 at 05:30 AM
Best Buy In-Store Clearance has these Harman Kardon HARKAR-BT Wireless Bluetooth Headphones on sale for $125, a 50% savings from their MSRP of $250.
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Amazon Link Here - currently $185
Apple Store reference link for Iphone aficionados - $249.99
These are my thoughts on the product after purchase:
1. Bluetooth Wireless - no need to be corded into your source, mobility is awesome, single charge lasted me over 10 hours before I decided to recharge, though they would have lasted longer I didn't try to use them until the battery died, and I walked away from my desk about 30 ft before any sort of communication issues or loss of signal.
2. Sound quality via BT - great, once you EQ the output to your tastes. Even straight out of the box with no EQ-ing, the response seems fairly flat (a good thing before you EQ) throughout, bass is actually quite decent without sounding too boomy or overly exaggerated, mids and highs are balanced, not much artificial augmentation of any specific frequency was noticed prior to tweaking the sound to my liking
3. Sound quality via cable - stronger and better sounding signal than BT, and as good, if not better than many other headphones around the price point (yes, even better than the $200 - $300 celebrity-endorsed ones (think Beats by Dre, Soul by Ludacris) and perhaps even some Sennheisers or Audio-Technica that were on sale recently. I admit I bought a few of those to try, but either sold or returned most of them)
4. Portability - headphones rotate flat, fit into a sleek vinyl/leather sleeve, packs into your laptop bag or travel case easily because of the flat profile
5. Comfort - depending on the size of your noggin, there are two included headbands, though these appear to fit smaller melons better than larger ones, and though the square design of the earcups is different than the norm, for me they sealed fairly well, such that I even felt a little moisture on the earcups after wearing them for a half hour or more. They did make their presence known after extended periods, could be the snugness of using the smaller headband, but otherwise, it was not readily apparent to me that I was wearing them (people caught me singing out loud at times in the office...lol)
6. Functionality - audio playback, can also use these for BT phone calls as there's a built-in mic on the headset, volume and remote control ability on the left earcup (independent of your mp3 player controls), sound isolation is ok (if you turn up the volume, it does well enough to block out exterior noise without disturbing those around you), but these are not noise-cancelling (that's another model, the HARKAR-NC, but those don't have BT and cost more). Also, the earcup foam grilles are removeable (like speaker grilles), as they are attached via magnets to the frame, a nice consideration for replacement if they ever get damaged.
1. Look - styling is subjective, so these may not float your boat. Perhaps not street-cred worthy, low bling factor (no flashing lights, chrome or celebrity endorsements) but definitely great for office or home use if portable sound quality is important to you (using BT there's no wires to connect, did I mention the freedom of movement without worrying about tangles, accidental disconnections or hitting the cord awkwardly that results in your mp3 device hitting the floor?).
2. Charging cable - USB to proprietary jack, instead of a typical mini or micro-USB, and no included wall charging USB adapter. Not a huge deal, just gotta carry the charging cable with you in the sleeve. And the battery lasts quite long, so charging between use will occur less frequently.
3. Annoyances - very minor - accidentally touching or knocking the headband resonates in the earcups, an included hard case for travel protection would have been nicer than the sleeve, the seal caused some moisture build up on the foam pads (good and bad, I guess)
Overall, for what you get, I think it's a great deal. Quality sound reproduction (via included BT or cable), freedom of movement, plenty of features and functionality for everyday use, and doesn't punch a hole in your wallet that will result in buyer's remorse.
Disclaimer: I'm not an audiophile, and do not claim to be a headphone expert. These are just my opinions and experience provided for reference. But I like them. A lot. Even though I am not overly enamored with the design, I cannot argue against the sonic bliss for the price. Are there better headphones out there? Yes, absolutely, but not currently at the same price point having the same features as this model. If you give them a try, please comment back here with your thoughts. It would be great for me and fellow SDers to know what you think about them.
p.s. There are also the HARKAR-CL on clearance for $99.99, but I would forego those in a heartbeat and step up to the HARKAR-BT for the extra $25. Try them out at the store and you'll understand why.