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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 NC 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. The NC model employs the proprietary HARMAN closed-loop, active digital noise-cancelling technology developed for acoustic installations in luxury cars. The USB-rechargeable NC headphones have a battery that lasts up to 40 hours. Even when the battery dies, the headphones will still work when connected by the supplied bypass cable to a playback device. No other noise-cancelling headphones offer this passive playback mode.

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

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General Specifications

4' 7" (1.4m)
Over-ear style

Audio Specifications

Frequency Response
16Hz - 20kHz


Sophisticated, modern design

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

Proprietary closed-loop, active digital noise-cancellation technology

NC headphones adapt the proprietary closed-loop, active digital noise-cancellation technology developed by HARMAN for luxury automobile sound installations. This technology analyzes and optimizes the audio signal before it reaches the listener’s ears. NC headphones incorporate a microphone inside the ear cup to provide the most accurate noise cancellation. The active digital noise cancellation combines with the NCs’ superior passive noise-cancelling features to create the best possible listening experience.

Passive playback mode

With other noise-cancelling headphones, the music ends when the battery dies. Not so with NC model headphones. By connecting the headphones to the playback device using a supplied bypass cable, you can enjoy continuous playback (minus the active digital noise-cancelling) even when the battery is dead.

Optimized driver system

High-performance 1-5/8-inch (40-millimeter) drivers produce an excellent frequency response (16Hz – 20kHz), wide dynamic range and high sound-pressure levels. As a result, NC headphones deliver accurate sound and extended bass response

Bass tube

NC 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.

Sonic clarity and accuracy even at low volume levels

The NCs’ 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.

User-exchangeable metal bows

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

Self-adjusting housings

The rugged steel hinges connecting the NC’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.

User-detachable, soft leather ear pads

The pads on the NC 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.

Slow-retention premium foam

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


NC users can charge the headphones on the go with a supplied USB cord, which eliminates the need for batteries or an extra charger.

2D folding mechanism

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

Detachable cable with metal connectors

The NC 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.

Premium carrying case

Beautiful sound is worth protecting. NC 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.

Reddot Design Award Winner

The Red Dot is the prize for high design quality. The international jury only awards this sought-after seal of quality to projects that set themselves apart significantly from comparable projects thanks to their excellent design.

Warranty 1 Year Electronic

Products purchased online or from an authorized local retailer and under warranty may qualify for an exchange with a valid receipt.

Purchases made from an unauthorized dealer will not be elibible for exchange.

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NC is rated 4.3103 out of 5 by 29.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Sound and Battery Life, But a Bit Heavy I bought these a couple months back, and they sound amazing! The noise cancelling works extremely well, and the battery lasts an almost unbelievable amount of time. I've only charged it about 3 times since when I got it 6 months ago. It does work without battery, but it cuts out the bass, when noise cancelling is on, it brings it right back though. They are surprisingly comfortable considering the shape, but they are quite heavy. After an hour or two of use my ears start to hurt, which is a shame because the sound from these is truly amazing. I just wish they came with more wire options such as Audio Technica, but that isn't such a big deal. Pros - Amazing sound, comfortable if not worn for long, extremely long battery life, unique design Cons - Quite heavy, only one cable apart from charging
Date published: 2015-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just perfect I bought this headphone las year , it has got a great NC(doesn't make any noticeable change in the music) , and its very comfortable for a heavy headphone.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound, build quality, and features! I've only had a few weeks to try these out but so far I'm extremely impressed. The sound quality blows away Beats, Sol Republic, or Bose headphones I've used in the past. So often nowadays headphone manufacturers love to throw in ridiculous amounts of bass without taking into account that listeners may want more than a reproduction of an 8" subwoofer blowing out their eardrums. The Harman/Kardon NC headphones do a wonderful job at keeping the bass tight and boomy, but not sacrificing the minute details of each track. It's truly a joy to listen to these and experience sounds I've never heard before in my music. The noise canceling is great too; haven't used them on a plane yet but vacuuming and other loud household noises are severely suppressed. My only "complaint" is that the sound quality without the noise cancelling feature engaged is not the same, as you lose a little bass/mid-range quality. Honestly though, with a rechargeable battery and not having to worry about replacing AAs, you can safely always listen with the NC feature engaged without a care in the world. I shouldn't even be complaining though as being able to listen to these without NC active is a big bonus and further sets these apart from other headphones. Build quality is excellent as usual, and I actually like the heavy feel (like a door on a fine German automobile!). All in all I'd highly recommend these even if you don't plan on needing them for a plane ride, etc. Simply engaging the noise cancelling feature while lounging at home will give you an experience you'll rarely get with another pair of headphones. Oh yeah, and the NC "static noise" that others might complain about is virtually undetectable while the NC is active. Wouldn't have expected anything less than awesome from Harman/Kardon!
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good stuff Good headphones. Go ahead you will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice Headphone I bought this two weeks ago, and the shipping was very quickly. It makes me feel like real, such as go to the concert. Nice sound, especially alto voice.
Date published: 2014-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Buy it without second thoughts!!!! The best Noise Cancellation headphones I have ever tried. Music quality is so pure and pleasant to hear unlike other over-rated brands. Best thing I love about the headphones is that it can work without NC when it runs out of battery. Lot better when compared to QC15 and other so called top models. One disadvanage is that the connecting cable has a jack on one side which is not universal. Other than that no complaints...
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing headphones! I am so happy I bought these at the time I did they were on sale for 165$ down from 300$ and I absolutely love them. Their noise canceling is superb and the sound is great. The build quality is where is shows it is high quality and comfortable.
Date published: 2014-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these! I fly frequently and these are fantastic! They are terrific at noise cancelling.
Date published: 2014-10-17
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