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Harman Kardon CL

On-ear headphones with in-line remote and microphone

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  • Harman Kardon CL

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  • Harman Kardon CL

    Earpads fold flat for easy storage

  • Harman Kardon CL

    Includes two sizes of interchangeable headbands

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Our take on the Harman Kardon CL

by David Brown
Harman Kardon


Harman Kardon CL on-ear headphones

Modern-looking headphones with "classic" sound

The CL in Harman Kardon's CL headphones stands for "classic." That's because great sound never goes out of style, and the CL headphones bring it right to your ears in a comfortable, modern package. The black matte housings and steel headband give these on-ear headphones a striking designer look — but not at the expense of sound quality. The CL's bass response is augmented by tubes in the earpieces that function similarly to the port in a speaker cabinet, as well as a unique driver baffle designed to extend low frequency response. So you'll hear all the dynamics and details of your music, from the bass guitar's bottom end to the sizzle of the cymbals.

Extra attention to comfort and fit

Harman Kardon went the extra mile to ensure the CL headphones fit just about everyone. The soft memory foam earpads rest snugly against your ears for comfort that lasts. Durable steel hinges allow the earcups to swivel in two directions and automatically adjust to the shape of your head. The CL even comes with a second larger metal headband bow, which allows you to swap out the preinstalled bow if it's too small to provide the comfort and security you need.

In-line remote and mic for iPhone® and iPod®

The CL headphones feature a three-button remote for track and volume control with Apple devices. Skipping songs and cranking them 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 the CL headphones into your iPhone and you're ready for great-sounding music and clear calls wherever you go.

From our Harman Kardon CL and BT headphones review:

While up-front, the bass was tight and nicely defined, not loose or boomy. It felt more natural, just emphasized. The CL's midrange that impressed me the most. It's smooth, natural-sounding, and not at all recessed. Vocals sound beautiful and stand out nicely.

— David Brown, Crutchfield A/V Writer

Highlights:

  • 3-button in-line remote for use with iPod, iPhone and iPad®
  • built-in microphone for taking calls on an iPhone
  • closed-back design helps block out external noise
  • bass tube on each earcup provides enhanced bass response
  • includes 2 interchangeable headbands (small and large) for comfortable, secure fit
  • 57-inch tangle-resistant cable
  • removable memory foam earpads
  • fold-flat design for easy storage
  • leather carrying case
  • frequency response: 16-20,000 Hz
  • weight: 7.4 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

Hands-on research from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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On-ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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16-20k Hz
Sensitivity
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Not Given
Impedance
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Not Given
Weight
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7.4 ounces
Cord Length
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57"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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Yes
Volume Control
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Yes
Built-in Microphone
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Yes
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • On-ear headphones
  • 57" Cable with in-line remote/microphone (2.5mm plug on one end and 3.5mm plug on other end)
  • Spare metal head band (large)
  • Leather carrying case
  • Warranty card
  • Attention! sheet
  • Remote instructions
  • How to Change the Size of your Headphones sheet
  • FCC compliance sheet
  • Environmental statement

Our Product Research Team

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Features

Overview: The Harman Kardon CL on-ear headphones are made of high-quality materials to provide an exceptional acoustic performance. The headphones have 40mm drivers and a unique baffle design for clear highs and extended bass response. The CLs have interchangeable parts that let you custom fit the headphones to your head. The ear cups swivel to lay flat for easy storage in the supplied leather case.

Design: The headphones have a closed back design and slow-retention premium foam ear pads to keep outside noise out and keep your music and phone conversations from leaking out. The ear cups swivel in two directions to maintain the acoustic seal around your ear.

Cable: The included heavy duty cable plugs into the left ear cup via a 2.5mm sub-miniplug, and is terminated with a durable straight 3.5mm plug. The in-line remote/microphone is positioned only 6" from the ear, 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

Interchangeable Bows: The H/K CL headphones come assembled on a "small" metal headband bow. If you need or desire a larger fit, you can remove the ear cups and padded from the original bow and attach them onto the supplied "large" metal bow.

 

Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs (what are the Labs?)

Harman Kardon CL and BT headphones review

Harman Kardon CL and BT headphones review

by David Brown
2/5/2013
 
Harman Kardon CL and BT headphones review

Harman Kardon's new on-ear and Bluetooth® headphones share a unique design, yet have very different sound signatures. David Brown auditioned each to see how they measure up.

 
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3 out of 5

Harman Kardon CL

Written By Steve, Boston, MA on Thursday, March 06, 2014
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I bought these based on overall good reviews I had read. While they sounded very good and isolation was decent, they just weren't very comfortable to me. My ears quickly go hot and sore. I returned them for a pair of Bose AE2W's and love them.
Pros:
Great sound and isolation
Cons:
Not comfortable
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4 out of 5

Harman Kardon CL Head Phones

Written By C E, Chicago on Thursday, January 09, 2014
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Great looking headphones, and are well built. The reason I returned them was there was not a lot of bass, I now understand that I am a Bass head and must have head phones that are designed for more base.

Very nice med tones and high tones are not harsh, and the bass is there just not low or powerfull. I really liked the look and how they are not huge with big cans, very sleek...
Pros:
Look and good overall sound.
Cons:
Bass is good just not what a Bass Head like wants
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5 out of 5

great gear giveaway

Written By kevin, saint regis falls ny on Sunday, December 15, 2013
 
I am disabled, I cannot walk, so T V and music means a lot to me.The headphone''s I buy must be comfortable,,sound great,,,and look good. I owned the Dr.dre phone,s and they worked well, but the Harman Kardon headphones truly do deliver a beautiful sound!! My choice hands down via sound ,cost ,and all around quality are the H .K head phones, thanks and happy listening.
Pros:
sound comfort and quality
Cons:
none that I can think of
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5 out of 5

Amazing head phones

Written By Anonymous, Canyon country ca on Tuesday, September 17, 2013
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After doing some research I purchased these head phones and they work great sound quality design and everything are amazing . I use them to go to the gym and I love them . I also have pair of dre beat studies that sound great but don't come close to the over all sound quality of the CL I love them .
Pros:
You get two size head frames to fit all head sizes they are very light and feel great while running or heavy lifting at the gym sound quality great with deep bass tones
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

HARMAN KARDON HEADPHONES

Written By MASSIMOB, NEW YORK, NY on Thursday, May 16, 2013
 
Amazing sound! Best heaphones i ever bought ! Used with my iphone4 everyday to stream music from worldwide radio stations while commuting 40 miles via bus from nj to manhattan. Love them!
Pros:
Best sounding headphones i could try on at the store, they also come in a nice leather bag and fold nicely into it.
Cons:
NOTHING
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