Harman Kardon AE

In-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone

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  • Harman Kardon AE


  • Harman Kardon AE

    Choose from the included ear tips for optimum comfort and sound

  • Harman Kardon AE

    Three-button in-line remote and microphone

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Our take on the Harman Kardon AE

by David Brown
Harman Kardon

AE is for "Acoustically Enhanced"

Harman Kardon designed their AE in-ear headphones for low distortion and extended bass response. These 'phones feature earpieces made of aluminum, which reduces vibration and resonance for clearer, more detailed sound. The aluminum housing also provides sturdy protection for the 9mm drivers, which are optimized to deliver low, accurate bass as well as crisp highs and balanced mids. The drivers and enclosures work together to keep your music sounding dynamic and alive rather than muddy. And the included assortment of silicone and foam ear tips lets you find the right fit for long-lasting comfort and proper noise isolation.

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Remote and microphone for Apple devices

It may seem like overkill to have a remote for a device that is always so close by. But once you have it, you'll never want to go without. The AE headphones feature a three-button remote for track and volume control of your Apple® devices. Skipping songs and turning it up are easier than ever, even when your iPhone® is in your pocket. And the remote's built-in microphone gives you the freedom of hands-free phone conversations. Plug these elegant headphones into your iPhone and you're ready for great-sounding music and clear calls everywhere you go.


  • aluminum housings for durability and superior acoustic damping
  • 3-button in-line remote for use with iPod®, iPhone and iPad®
  • built-in microphone for taking calls on an iPhone
  • 4-foot tangle-resistant cable
  • 3 pairs of silicone and 1 pair of foam ear tips to ensure comfortable fit and proper noise isolation
  • storage case
  • frequency response: 16-20,000 Hz
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Fit Style In-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Frequency Response 16-20k Hz
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 0.7 ounces
Cord Length 48"
Airline Adapter Included No
iPod Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Built-in Microphone Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
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What's in the box?

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  • In-ear headphones with attached 48" cable and in-line remote/microphone (3.5mm plug)
  • Pair of medium silicone ear tips (installed)
  • Pair of large silicone ear tips
  • Pair of small silicone ear tips
  • Pair of Comply Foam ear tips
  • Storage box
  • Warranty card
  • Comply Foam Tips info sheet
  • Attention! sheet
  • FCC compliance sheet
  • Environmental statement

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Overview: The Harman Kardon AE (acoustically enhanced) in-ear headphones feature premium 9mm drivers in an aluminum-alloy housing to deliver high quality sound with extended bass response. Three pairs of silicone ear tips and a pair of Comply Foam ear tips are included, so you'll be able to get the best fit. The 4' cable has an in-line remote/microphone that is compatible with iPod, iPhone, and iPad. The headphones can be stored in the supplied hard case.

Cable: The attached heavy duty cable is terminated with a durable straight 3.5mm plug. Its elastomer coating helps keep the cable from getting tangled. The in-line remote/microphone is positioned only 6" from the right ear bud, making it easy to find, and making sure your voice is heard clearly by your caller.

Remote/Microphone: The 3-button remote/microphone allows you to raise and lower the volume with the outer buttons, while the center button can control your phone calls or music. The remote control is "Made for iPod, iPhone, and iPad", which means that it is certified to meet Apple performance standards. During music playback and phone calls, the control function is determined by the number of center button presses:

  • One Press: Pause/Play; Answer/Hang Up
  • Two Presses: Skip to next track
  • Three Presses: Skip to previous track
  • Press and Hold: "Voice Over" feature (such as the iPhone's Siri), if available

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