Precision on-ear headphones with extended bass response

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The Harman Kardon® engineering team, which developed the world’s first stereo receiver, now introduces the first line of Harman Kardon headphones. The in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones achieve a harmonic blend of sophistication and simplicity. From high-quality materials to exceptional acoustic performance, the new headphones reflect the Harman Kardon commitment to innovative industrial design and uncompromising sound quality. A triumph of craftsmanship and audio engineering, Harman Kardon headphones are designed for those with an eye for style and an ear for sound. Drawing from a rich heritage of acoustic innovation, Harman Kardon CL headphones feature an exclusive acoustic system that integrates superb mechanical design, materials and electronics. User-exchangeable bows, self-adjusting housings, soft leather cups and slow-retention ear-cup foam ensure a comfortable fit and an optimal acoustic seal on the ear. Uniquely baffled 1-5/8-inch (40-millimeter) drivers enable the CL to outperform other headphones in extended bass response. Sandblasted steel frames and black matte housings create an iconic, modern aesthetic.

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  • 1 set of Harman Kardon CL headphones
  • 2 user-exchangeable headbands (small, large)
  • 1 4' 7" (1.4m) cable
  • 1 premium carrying case
  • Owner’s manual
  • Warranty card

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Harman Kardon CL headphones offer high-tech performance wrapped in an elegant package and interface. With its blend of sandblasted steel and black matte housings, the CLs’ design and function complement Apple products while reinforcing the sophisticated elegance of the Harman Kardon brand.

Harman Kardon CL headphones offer high-tech performance wrapped in an elegant package and interface. Available in black, the CLs’ design and function complement Apple products while reinforcing the sophisticated elegance of the Harman Kardon brand.

High-performance 1-5/8-inch (40-millimeter) drivers produce an excellent frequency response (16Hz – 20kHz) for a natural tone. The wide dynamic range reproduces music with realism. And a unique baffle creates air flow that extends low frequencies. As a result, CL headphones provide better bass response than other headphones in their class.

CL headphones incorporate a bass tube that functions like a tuned bass port. It boosts bass performance and helps the headphones produce exceptional bass response at any volume level.

The CLs’ acoustic engineering and passive noise reduction mean that you can hear music and other audio content clearly at low volume levels. So you can enjoy all the music definition without all the volume – and that’s safer for your ears.

To facilitate the optimal positioning of the ear cup on the head – and improve acoustic performance – CL headphones come with headband bows in two different sizes: small and large. Users can easily swap the headbands to determine which size maximizes comfort and fit.

The rugged steel hinges connecting the CL’s housings to its headband enable the housings to swivel in two dimensions. This structure maintains an ideal fit and acoustic seal on the ear, enhancing comfort and maximizing the rejection of outside noise for superior sound.

The pads on the CL headphones feature a soft, protein leather that rests comfortably on the ear for a luxurious feel. If necessary, you can remove the pads to clean or replace them. When attached to the housings, the pads are secured with industrial-strength magnets and PORON® foam.

Another factor contributing to the CL headphones’ excellent passive noise reduction and extended bass response is the slow-retention foam in the ear pads. The premium foam helps maintains an acoustic seal on the ear, which keeps outside noises out and also keeps the listener’s music from disturbing others.

Made specifically for use with iPhones and iPods, the CL’s streamlined remote offers familiar controls for audio playback controls and phone calls.

The CL ear cups fold flat when they’re not in use, making the headphones easier to transport and store.

The CL headphones’ cable is wrapped in tightly woven nylon fabric and includes highly finished 1/8-inch (3.5-millimeter) connectors on both ends. Flexible and durable, the heavy-gauge cable resists tangling, as does the cable’s single-side entry to the housing.

Beautiful sound is worth protecting. CL headphones come with a carrying case that reduces cable tangling. The flat-folding headphones and carrying case slip easily into bags or briefcases – which makes them especially convenient for travelers.

1-5/8" (40mm)
4' 7" (1.4m)
On-ear style
Frequency Response
16Hz - 20kHz

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CL is rated 4.05 out of 5 by 20.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product I have recently bought these head phones and work awesome. Very much satisfied with its sound experience.
Date published: 2014-12-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Holy amazing headphones Batman! Buy these now. Hands down the best headphones I've ever owned. In my opinion, they need a little more bass but the equalizer on whatever you're listening on fixes that. My only recommendation is to break them in overnight, plug them into a radio on low-mid volume and just let them go. In the morning they will blow you away!
Date published: 2014-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Terrific headphone for the price ! I was looking for a pair of headphones to be gifted to my brother and came across HK CL on sale and bought one. I have read good things about these head phones in various forums, and now I am assured all those good reviews are true. First thing first, the packaging. The phones came in a bomb proof package. It really shows how much they care about the product. The phone itself is very well built and has very plush and comfortable ear pads. It comes with replacement band. I was worried about the metal band as it could make the phones tight and make it uncomfortable to wear for long duration. But to my surprise, these headphones are incredibly comfortable. Now the sound quality. I am not an audiophile but own some good headphones(SONY MDRV6). The sound quality is pretty amazing(Way better than beats solo HD). I would really recommend this product and I am planning to get one for myself ;-)
Date published: 2014-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product Amazing sound, very confortable, little noise canceling without batteries or charges...I'm very satisfied
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Greatest Gift Ever These headphones are great, awesome I love them. But not more than God.... I love how they sound. Good gift everyone.
Date published: 2014-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every dollar, PERIOD! When I was young I thought nothing of buying the best. The first set of headphones I purchased was almost an entire months wages. I love music and I wanted the best. They lasted well into my 20’s. By then I was married with children and I no longer spent money on myself and that was a habit that carried on long after the kids were gone. Well, as of late I have been splurging a bit and this is one item I decided to splurge on. Best decision I have made in a long time. I should have done this years ago. I love music and am super glad I can listen to it the way it is supposed to sound. Some reviewers show concern over the sizing of the headphones. I wear XL hats and helmets and not only do I NOT have a problem with the sizing but the first night I had them I fell asleep with them on in my recliner. Woke up and did not know they were on my head and they have become more comfortable since I have broken them in. Simply put, an AWSOME set of headphones that I would recommend to anyone who appreciates music.
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice headset with great quality This head set look and build is awsome. Leather plush ear phone gives comfort. Uses daily for work outs. Nice bass ..
Date published: 2014-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loveit I love the sound in CL and model style. I'll buy next model.
Date published: 2014-09-20
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