Pros: Wide dynamic range, natural tone, fidelity, handsome casing, durable, class-leading
Cons: midrange can be too bright at times
When a name like Harmon Kardon announce a line of headphones, most people listen very carefully.
I'm on a tablet computerand don't have time for a full review, but these are great, and mark a very strong début for H/K into the saturated headphone market. I bought these on a whim (solely because I noticed they were H/Ks lol) but i dont regret it at all. The bass is very present and enveloping, though it never overpowers anything else. Lots of resolution and detail in the highs, a warm and clear middle section. Vocals really shine with the CLs. They are built entirely with metal and feature a very stylish and time-honored look. The memory foam ear pads are attached magnetically and can be removed for whatever reason and they're pretty comfortable... though the smaller optional headband can clamp harder than the larger size. (yes, they give you a choice in headbands)
Bottom line: For the price, these are great headphones for listening to on the bus or in the studio hooked up to a nice DAC. They have the stylistic allure of Beats with the aural performance and durability of a nice pair of Sennheisers... witnout their characteristic 'dark' sound.
I dont see how they've been overlooked as much as they have. These are serious headphones.
Check these out, whatever you do.