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Harman Kardon BT

Bluetooth® around-the-ear headphones

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Overview

Our take on the Harman Kardon BT

Go hands-free and wireless with your music and phone calls with Harman Kardon's BT headphones. Bluetooth connectivity means you can conduct clear conversations without touching your phone. Clever controls on the earcup let you answer calls, hang up, and adjust the volume as you talk, with no dangling cables to get in your way. You can also enjoy music wirelessly from Bluetooth smarthphones, tablets and audio players. The BT's AAC and aptX® encoding provides the finest streaming sound quality available when using compatible devices. Once your music reaches the headphones, you can be sure it will sound detailed and bold. Harman Kardon's design includes bass tubes that function like tuned bass ports, providing extra low-frequency "oomph" to complement the BT's high-frequency clarity.

Great sound, clear calls and cutting-edge design, without the wires

Go hands-free and wireless with your music and phone calls with Harman Kardon's BT headphones. Bluetooth connectivity means you can conduct clear conversations without touching your phone. Clever controls on the earcup let you answer calls, hang up, and adjust the volume as you talk, with no dangling cables to get in your way. You can also enjoy music wirelessly from Bluetooth smarthphones, tablets and audio players. The BT's AAC and aptX® encoding provides the finest streaming sound quality available when using compatible devices. Once your music reaches the headphones, you can be sure it will sound detailed and bold. Harman Kardon's design includes bass tubes that function like tuned bass ports, providing extra low-frequency "oomph" to complement the BT's high-frequency clarity.

Harman Kardon BT Bluetooth headphones

The Harman Kardon BT headphones come with an optional miniplug cable for passive listening, even when your battery is drained.

Listen even without a charged battery

Bluetooth headphones rely on battery power for wireless streaming. And the BT is no exception, with a USB cable included to enable easy charging from any computer for up to 12 hours of listening. But while some Bluetooth headphones leave you high and dry if the battery is drained, the BT comes with an optional cable for passive listening. So even if you can't charge the battery, you can still plug in and keep the music going. This makes the BT ideal for travel, especially those long plane trips where you don't want to be stuck with headphones you can't use.

Going the extra mile for 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 BT 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 BT should look and feel at home on anyone.

From our Harman Kardon CL and BT headphones review:

The earcup track and volume controls are extremely easy to use without fumbling around trying to figure out which button is which. I must admit, there is something magical about moving about wearing headphones with no cable. If Bluetooth is a priority, the BT is a great choice, particularly if you own an aptX-compatible device.

— David Brown, Crutchfield A/V Writer

Excellent quality, cool desing, not to comfortable

Jaileop, Miami

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What's in the Box:

  • Black/silver over-ear Bluetooth headphones
  • 57" USB charging cable (with Type A USB on one end and a 2.5mm sub-mini plug on the other end)
  • 57" Cable with 2.5mm plug on one end and 3.5mm plug on other end
  • Spare metal head band (large)
  • Leather carrying case
  • Owner's Manual
  • Warranty card
  • Attention! sheet
  • Remote instructions
  • How to Change the Size of your Headphones sheet
  • Environmental statement

Product Highlights:

  • Bluetooth wireless connectivity for streaming calls and music from compatible smartphones
  • AAC and aptX encoding provide high-quality music streaming from compatible devices
  • earcup controls and built-in microphone for music playback and phone calls
  • passive listening with supplied cable for use when battery is drained
  • closed-back design helps block out external noise
  • 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
  • includes 57" cable for wired use
  • battery life: up to 12 hours
  • includes USB charging cable
  • leather carrying case
  • 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 Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Closed
Earcup Width x Height 2.75" x 3.785"
Noise-canceling No
Mic For Taking Calls Yes
iPhone Control ---
Lightning Connector No
Android Control ---
Frequency Response 16-20k Hz
Sensitivity Not Given
Impedance Not Given
Weight 10 ounces
Cord Length 57"
1/4-inch Adapter Included No
Volume Control Yes
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Features

Overview: The Harman Kardon BT over-ear Bluetooth headphones let you enjoy music from your smartphone or other Bluetooth devices wirelessly. The BTs 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 BTs 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.

Bluetooth Technology: The H/K BT wireless headphones supports Bluetooth 2.1+EDR with A2DP (v1.2), AVRCP (v1.0), HSP (v1.2) and HFP (v1.5) protocols. In addition they employ AAC and aptX coding to give you the best wireless audio performance available. The Bluetooth operating range is approximately 26 feet.

Rechargeable Battery: The headphones are powered by a 3.7-volt rechargeable battery. The battery charges in approximately 2 hours via USB, using the supplied USB charging cable. (Charging from a laptop computer may take longer.) Typical battery life is approximately 12 hours.

Cable: When the battery becomes exhausted, you can still enjoy music playback from your device via the supplied bypass cable. The 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.

Built-in Remote/Microphone: The BT headphones have a built-in microphone on the front of the left ear cup for carrying on phone conversations. Also, there is a 3-button control panel on the back of the left ear cup. The controls allow you to raise and lower the volume with the top and bottom 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 BT 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.

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4 questions already asked

I have not tried it on a Samsung Smart TV although I own one bit I doubt it because I do not believe that it has a Bluetooth connection. If your receiver does than you should be able to connect utilizing that. There is an included cord to connect directly to an output but that defeats the purpose of using Bluetooth. [ Rich  Feb 03, 2015 ]
Yes [ Khurt  Feb 03, 2015 ]
I have not had to replace it. It's proprietary but the cable itself is simple. You cam make your own. Do a Google search for "harman kardon bt charging cable techneiq" [ Khurt  Oct 23, 2014 ]
No but I have not really looked for one. Looking at the cord I figure they made it so you would have to get on from them. With a schematic of the cord you could probably make one but I have not had the need to look for that either. Not sure a 3rd party would make a specialty item like that as the demand would be low. [ Ralph  Oct 23, 2014 ]
I'm sure replacements will be available, but you may need to take it to a certified service center. You can contact their parts department to and see if replacement batteries and ear pads are available directly to consumers. [ Krissy  Jan 21, 2014 ]  Staff
The headphones are powered by a 3.7-volt rechargeable battery. The battery charges in approximately 2 hours via USB, using the supplied USB charging cable. (Charging from a laptop computer may take longer.) Typical battery life is approximately 12 hours. [ Krissy  Jan 20, 2014 ]  Staff
You will find the bluetooth button under the ear cups of the headphones , press it until it flashes blue quickly and search for the headphones on your other device [ Ahmed  Jan 17, 2014 ]
push hold little botton on bottom [ AL  Jan 15, 2014 ]
1. Press the BT button on the headphones till it flashes rapidly. 2. Turn on Bluetooth on your device. 3. Select harmonBT on your device. Use passcode 0000, if needed. [ SamJam  Jan 09, 2014 ]
Hold down the bt button on the left ear muffle. hold until you hear the power up tone and three consecutive beeps, bluetooth should now be discoverable. [ BARET  Jan 09, 2014 ]
Press the button on the bottom of the left ear cup until it starts to blink. You can then connect to the headphones via your iPhone/iPad or other bluetooth enabled device. [ Khurt  Jan 09, 2014 ]
Merely press and hold a small button on the bottom left ear piece for 4 secs, let go and you will see a blue flash letting you now its ready to pair. [ Christopher  Jan 09, 2014 ]
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