Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - —TEXT BY NANDAGOPAL RA­JAN

There are very few head­phones that are dras­ti­cally dif­fer­ent in de­sign from the rest of the pack. The harman/kar­don CL is among the ones with rare squar­ish ear cups and a full alu­minum head­band.

But the de­sign while be­ing mod­ern is very prac­ti­cal too. The leather band un­der the metal is elas­tic and holds the en­tire thing in place – ac­tu­ally, ev­ery­thing sort of strives for the per­fect fit. Since the metal band is also tight on your ears, it is able to keep out most ex­ter­nal noises. The ear cups can also fold flat, which is good for peo­ple who carry their mu­sic wher­ever they go. There is an ex­tra pair of metal head­bands in case this one doesn’t fit you.

We feared the tight on-ear cups will have you sweat­ing and fum­ing near the ears in a few min­utes, but the soft re­ten­tion foam used in the cups in­creases your com­fort level sub­stan­tially. Within min­utes you feel as if the head­phone is no longer there, and this we think is the mea­sure of a good de­vice. Then, the CL does not have wires hang­ing down from both sides, there is just a sin­gle cord and that is much more con­ve­nient than a Y-type de­sign.

The sound qual­ity is really good and ro­bust, and we think that is due to the large 40mm drivers. The bass is really good, bet­ter than most other units in this range. The voice clar­ity also comes out well. The au­dio range on the de­vice is good enough to sat­isfy most users. There are some good­ies for those who would yoke this to Ap­ple prod­ucts as there is a re­mote with mi­cro­phone. And, be­cause of the mic, the re­mote on the cord is po­si­tion al­most at the level of your mouth, which is an awk­ward po­si­tion if you want to ad­just the vol­ume. This gives you great vol­ume pre­ci­sion.


Great mu­sic, por­ta­ble

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