CNET First Look
Harman Kardon Soho Wireless headphone: swanky looks and soundHK's compact Bluetooth headphone is one of the better sounding on-ear wireless models, with nifty touch controls.
[MUSIC] I'm David Carnoy, and this is the Harmon Kardon Soho Wireless on air bluetooth headphone; which carries the list of price of $250. At first glance this looks very similar to its wired sibling, but Harmon has made some small design improvements, including moving from cloth covered ear pads to this leather covering. I also much prefer the new lightweight carrying case that comes with these headphones which fold flat and are very travel friendly. As you can see, they have a swanky, premium feel to them, though their small, square ear cup design may not appeal to everyone's aesthetic taste. I found them comfortable to wear, though they will jostle around a little bit if you move your head from side to side quickly. That said, they do offer reasonably good noise isolation despite their small size. As far as features go, you get NFC tap to pair technology for devices that support it, as well as aptX support. Can also listen to these in wired mode if your battery dies. And there's a built-in microphone for making cell phone calls. I'm not sure what the battery rating is. But it seems to be well over 10 hours, because I didn't have to recharge after a week of using them on my commute to and from work. The big extra feature is the touch sensor built into the right ear cup. It allows you to advance tracks forward and back and raise and lower volume by simply swiping your finger across the ear cup. You can also tap once to pause or answer calls. Until now this is a feature found on even higher end headphones like the Parrot [UNKNOWN]. I sometimes had to swipe a couple of times to advance tracks but overall the touch controls worked well for me and I really liked having them on board. The sound is also quite good for a Bluetooth headphone. And by that I mean the headphone sounds pretty natural with clean fairly balanced sound. There's a decent amount of bass but it's not overpowering and the clarity is good. I'm not sure the sound's quite on par with Bose's Soundlink on your Bluetooth headphone, which also costs $250, but it's close. In the end, I came away liking this wireless version of Soho a lot more than the wired version. Its fit and style may not be for everybody, but it's a very good on-ear Bluetooth headphone. I'm David Conaway. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]