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Harman Kardon Soho-I headphones: compact and swankyThe Soho-I is a $200 on-ear model that delivers very good sound but has a few small shortcomings.
Hi. I'm David Carnoy, and I'm here with the Harman Kardon Soho-I headphones. This is an on-ear model, and it is a smallish on-ear model, and that "I" stands for iPhone. So, this is an iPhone-friendly headphone that does have an integrated remote with a microphone so you can make cell phone calls with it. Like Harman Kardon's other headphone models, this does have square ear cups and this has kind of a retro design to it. It's very sturdy built. The headphones do fold up, and they are pretty comfortable to wear. They are relatively light-weight. I would say the headband is slightly small. They-- I wouldn't call them the most secure headphones on your head, but they are comfortable, and they're good for someone who doesn't want to carry around a large headphone and have big headphones sticking off their head. Their sound isn't quite as good as some of Harman Kardon's other headphones. These have a nice, well-balanced sound, pretty good detail, pretty decent bass, but they're not quite up to the level refinement of some of the bigger headphones that Harman Kardon makes. And these really don't necessarily sound like $200 headphones. They're more like $120 headphones. So, you just don't get the premium sound from these headphones. But it's pretty good sound. Harman and Kardon has been a little bit influenced by Bowers & Wilkins. These are a little bit similar to the Bowers & Wilkins P3 headphones. Those also cost $200. They're same in the sense that these do have removable ear pads, they adhere magnetically, and you can access the cord and actually detach the cord from inside of the headphone. I do think these sound slightly better than the P3s. They offer a little slightly more clarity. The only other gripe I had about these headphones is the carrying case that come with it is kind of hard clamshell design. It can shut on your fingers, and it's a little bit of a pain to put the headphones in and wrap the cords up, and it's just not the best case. I would rather seen a softer case because these are already small headphone, and they would be much better served being any smaller case that's easier to handle. Aside from that, I did like their styling, I did like the comfort level, and I did like their sound, though I do think Harman Kardon's other headphones sound better. I'm David Carnoy, and those are the Harman Kardon Soho-I headphones. Thnks for watching.