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Harman Kardon NC

Noise-canceling headphones

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by David Brown
Harman Kardon

Don't let anybody mess with your music

Nothing's more annoying when you're trying to get deep into your music than when the outside world tries to interfere — whether it's the drone of an airplane engine, the chatter of train passengers, or the blaring TV in the next room. Let Harman Kardon's NC headphones ease your pain, and your tunes won't have to fight for your attention. These sharp-looking, iPhone®-friendly headphones fit completely around your ears and feature active noise-cancellation to block out all the stuff you don't want to hear. That way, you can focus on what's really important — your music. Tiny bass tubes on each earcup provide deep low-frequency extension, but not at the expense of crisp high frequencies. And the in-line remote and microphone are perfect for taking calls, skipping tracks and turning up the volume.

A dead battery won't end the fun

Noise-canceling headphones rely on battery power to pick up external noise and counteract it. And the NC is no exception, with a USB cable included to enable easy charging of the built-in battery from any computer, for up to 40 hours of listening. But while some noise-canceling headphones leave you high and dry if the battery is drained, the NC will work passively, so you can still listen to music even without noise-canceling. This makes the NC ideal for travel, especially those long plane trips where you don't want to be stuck with headphones you can't use.

Extra attention to comfort

These headphones are built for comfort and looks. The unique rectangular earcups will turn heads, while the soft memory foam pads provide comfort that lasts. And we were particularly impressed to see the inclusion of an additional headband. The NC comes with a small headband installed. But if it doesn't provide the comfort and security you need, you can swap it out with the included larger headband. With this level of attention to fit and comfort, the NC should look and feel at home on anyone.

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Highlights:

  • active noise-canceling circuitry minimizes external noise for distraction-free listening
  • 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, even without active noise-cancellation
  • passive listening available when battery is drained
  • includes 2 interchangeable headbands (small and large) for comfortable, secure fit
  • bass tube on each earcup provides enhanced bass response
  • removable memory foam earpads
  • fold-flat design for easy storage
  • 57" detachable cable
  • battery life: up to 40 hours
  • USB charging cable included
  • airline adapter included
  • carrying case included
  • frequency response: 16-20,000 Hz
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Closed
Noise-canceling
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Yes
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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11.4 ounces
Cord Length
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57"
Airline Adapter Included
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Yes
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?

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  • Over-ear noise-canceling headphones
  • Spare metal head band (large)
  • Leather carrying case
  • 57" Audio cable with in-line remote/microphone (3.5mm straight plug on one end and a 2.5mm straight plug on other end)
  • 57" Charging cable with 2.5mm straight plug on one end and a Type A USB on the other end)
  • Airline adapter
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty card
  • Attention! sheet
  • Remote instructions
  • How to Change the Size of your Headphones sheet
  • Environmental statement

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Features

Overview: The Harman Kardon NC over-ear noise-canceling headphones let you enjoy music from your smartphone, home stereo, or other devices, in peace and quiet. The NCs 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 NCs 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.

Noise Canceling Technology: The H/K NC headphones feature Harman's closed-loop, active digital noise-canceling technology, the same technology that was developed for acoustic installations in luxury cars. The noise-canceling circuit operates on a built-in rechargeable battery that lasts up to 40 hours. The battery charges in about 2 hours via the supplied USB cable. (Charging from a laptop computer may take longer.) When the battery is exhausted, you can continue to listen to your music by switching off the noise canceling feature, bypassing the circuit.

Audio Cable with In-line Remote/Microphone: The supplied 58" audio cable plugs into the left ear cup via a 2.5mm sub-miniplug, and is terminated with a durable straight 3.5mm plug. The cable has an in-line 3-button remote control and microphone, approximately 6" from the connection to the left ear cup. This places the microphone in close proximity to your mouth so your voice can be heard clearly during phone conversations. The controls allow 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

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.

Interchangeable Bows: The H/K NC 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" spare metal bow.

 

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5 out of 5

great head phones

Written By ram, michigan on Thursday, February 28, 2013
 
we can the best when we listen quality music.before i buy i compared other products.they are good but horman kordan NC is the best . even louder sounds also we can listen comfortable with max volume.
Pros:
quality . great feeling in max volume.
Cons:
some time i felt too tight for my head.
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