Adding Bite to Bluetooth Headphones
Initially, Harman Kardon’s rectangular over-the-ear headphones may seem old-fashioned, but most wearers will find them as comfortable as an old shoe. Even the odd sizing method--two different swappable head bands rather than a sliding adjustableband--works remarkably well, although some female reviewers have complained that the smaller insert is still too big.
Among the competition, Harman Kardon’s BT headphones have the best voicing. In other words, they deliver the most balanced, well-rounded audio reproduction, which will appeal to a variety of serious music listeners. They are equally at home playing Buddy Guy or Buddy Rich. Of course, nobody’s perfect. The BT’s do tend to shave a touch off the high end, which sensitive ears will appreciate, but those who have subjected their hearing to one too many Foo Fighters’ concerts may find dull.
The BT’s support the superior sounding aptX codec, have a built-in mic for making calls, and a 12-hour rechargeable battery. Two criticisms: they fold flat but remain bulky travel companions, and charging requires a special USB cable rather and a standard micro USB cable (so dealers should stock up on this replacement item).
Nokia Purity Pro by Monster, $350
Perhaps still smarting from the Dr. Dre breakup, these Monster headphones more than any other in this category are aimed at stealing the Beats thunder. But rather than going for the same audience, the Nokia partnership is targeting well-heeledcustomers looking for more features.