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.
Sophisticated, modern design
Harman Kardon NCheadphones offer high-tech performance wrapped in an elegant package andinterface. With its blend of sandblasted steel and black matte housings, the NCs’design and function complement Apple products while reinforcing thesophisticated elegance of the Harman Kardon brand.
Proprietary closed-loop, active digital noise-cancellationtechnology
NC headphonesadapt the proprietary closed-loop, active digital noise-cancellation technologydeveloped by HARMAN for luxury automobile sound installations. This technologyanalyzes and optimizes the audio signal before it reaches the listener’s ears.NC headphones incorporate a microphone inside the ear cup to provide the mostaccurate noise cancellation. The active digital noise cancellation combineswith the NCs’ superior passive noise-cancelling features to create the bestpossible listening experience.
Passive playback mode
With other noise-cancellingheadphones, the music ends when the battery dies. Not so with NC modelheadphones. By connecting the headphones to the playback device using asupplied bypass cable, you can enjoy continuous playback (minus the activedigital noise-cancelling) even when the battery is dead.
Optimized driver system
High-performance1-5/8-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.
NC headphonesincorporate a bass tube that functions like a tuned bass port. It boosts bassperformance and helps the headphones produce exceptional bass response at anyvolume level.
Sonic clarity and accuracy even at lowvolume levels
The NCs’acoustic engineering and passive noise reduction mean that you can hear musicand other audio content clearly at low volume levels. So you can enjoy all themusic definition without all the volume – and that’s safer for your ears.
User-exchangeable metal bows
To facilitatethe optimal positioning of the ear cup on the head – and improve acousticperformance – NC headphones come with headband bows in two different sizes:small and large. You can easily swap the bows to determine which size maximizescomfort and fit.
The rugged steelhinges connecting the NC’s housings to its headband enable the housings toswivel in two dimensions. This structure maintains an ideal fit and acousticseal on the ear, enhancing comfort and maximizing the rejection of outsidenoise for superior sound.
User-detachable, soft leather ear pads
The pads on the NCheadphones feature a soft, protein leather that rests comfortably on the earfor a luxurious feel. If necessary, you can remove the pads to clean or replacethem. When attached to the housings, the pads are secured withindustrial-strength magnets and PORON® foam.
Slow-retention premium foam
Another factorcontributing to the NC headphones’ excellent passive noise reduction andextended bass response is the slow-retention foam in the ear pads. The premiumfoam 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 cancharge the headphones on the go with a supplied USB cord, which eliminates theneed for batteries or an extra charger.
2D folding mechanism
The NC ear cupsfold flat when they’re not in use, making the headphones easier to transportand store.
Detachable cable with metal connectors
The NCheadphones’ cable is wrapped in tightly woven nylon fabric and includes highlyfinished 1/8-inch (3.5-millimeter) connectors on both ends. Flexible anddurable, the heavy-gauge cable resists tangling, as does the cable’ssingle-side entry to the housing.
Premium carrying case
Beautiful soundis worth protecting. NC headphones come with a carrying case that reduces cabletangling. The flat-folding headphones and carrying case slip easily into bagsor briefcases – which makes them especially convenient for travelers.