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Inside Sprint's exclusive HTC One M8 Harman Kardon (pictures)

The exclusive carrier edition with the bizarre name is designed to bring better audio to HTC's gorgeous flagship phone.

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Perk your ears

Sprint's exclusive edition of the HTC One M8, called Harman Kardon edition, is all about amping up your ears. A new software treatment boosts audio quality by playing uncompressed files.

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Harman hardware inside

Hardware also enters the equation, including a pair of Harman’s in-ear headphones.

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Speakers of the house

HTC phones are already known for their great audio, especially thanks to the large speaker grilles on the top and bottom of the phone's face.

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Black and gold

In addition, the HTC One M8 Harman Kardon gets a new color scheme -- a black finish dressed up with champagne gold accents.

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Side view

From the side, this black HTC One M8 looks darker and more mysterious than the other, lighter shades.

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Formed to fit

This new edition for Sprint features the same rounded backing that fits snugly into palms.

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All about audio

HD audio is the name of the game. In addition to the Harman elements, Sprint's deal with Spotify, and a plan to roll out HD Voice add up to giving audiophiles another reason to love both Sprint and HTC.

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