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Harman Kardon Precision CL

alaTest has collected and analyzed 47 reviews of Harman Kardon Precision CL. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People really like the bass quality and comfort. The design and sound are also mentioned favorably. There are some negative opinions about the mids quality and noise isolation. There are some mixed comments about the reliability and portability.

sound, design, comfort, bass quality

usability, noise isolation, mids quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Harman Kardon Precision CL is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Harman Kardon Precision CL from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on People really like the sound, whereas many are critical about the price. There are some mixed opinions about the comfort.



100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Harman Kardon CL Premium On-Ear Earphones with Microphone and Apple iPhone Controls

Mar, 2015

Expert review by: Rossi Fernandes (

Harman Kardon CL Headphones Review


The brand Harman Kardon comes to mind when you think home theatres and high-end audio systems. They aren't really known for making headphones, but the Harman International Industries already has a brand called AKG under its belt that specialises in the...

If you’re looking for a pair of high-performance headphones, then you’ll find the Harman Kardon CL to be decent, although we think you can find headphones that offer better performance for this kind of price. The Harman Kardon CL headphones sell for...

Oct, 2012


Expert review by: Ryan Waniata (

Harman Kardon CL


Audio design giant Harman/Kardon is no stranger to premium sound. Established in 1953, the Connecticut company was one of the founders of the hi-fidelity industry. It holds credit for several milestones in audio innovation, including the world's first...

Exceptional detail ; Outstanding balance ; Taught, defined low end ; Elegant, ergonomic design

Midrange a little bright ; Slight lack of depth ; Little passive noise isolation

For those looking for a great fit, fantastic sound, and a handsome design, we highly recommend taking the Harman/Kardon CL for a test drive.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by: Tim Gideon (

Harman Kardon CL


Harman Kardon's CL headphones sound as good as they look, but they have serious competition in the $200 price range.

Strong audio performance with rich bass and crisp highs. Includes removable headbands in various sizes for secure fit. Integrated controls for iOS devices. Detachable, replaceable cable. Classy carrying pouch

Earcups can be slightly uncomfortable over long listening periods. Very minor distortion on some deep bass tracks at top volume

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: (

Harman Kardon CL Review


Everything about the Harman Kardon CL exudes understated class - the packaging, the pleather carrying case, the old-school design, and finally the matter black housing with steel trimming - it's all pure visual delight. Put them on and you're...

Rich audio, Well defined bass, Tangle resistant detachable cable, Comfortable

Wee bit lacking on the soundstaging front

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Chip Chick (

Harman Kardon CL On-Ear Headphones Review


The Harman Kardon CL Headphones are a classic addition to any headphone collection. It won't break the bank too much, and for a change, you get a pair of headphones that actually look a lot more expensive than what they cost. Now that is a switch! For...

Rich acoustics. Sounds amazing when listening to Jazz, easily listening, or instrumentals. Solid design that looks expensive. Ear cups are very comfortable and only get more-so over time

Headband starts to squeeze your head after a several hours of listening

Feb, 2013

Expert review by: Nir Schneider (

Harman Kardon CL Classic Headphones Review


Harman Kardon, a successful and sought-after name in the audio industry to say the least. The company is better known for having AKG and JBL under its audio belt as well as for its magnitude of outstanding household and desktop speakers, most notably...


Aug, 2012

Expert review by: John Nemerovski (

Harman Kardon CL Headphones


That's a good start. What about the other attributes of Harman Kardon's new premium on ear CL headphones, sold exclusively at Apple?

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Method is behind the CL's radical styling


Harman Kardon's CLs tick all the right boxes for a pair of on-the-go headphones. All audio - be it music, movies or audiobooks - are played with gusto, while the design keeps extraneous perversions out and your music private. The cups do sit too snug...

Proficient sound, Excellent design, Inline controls for Apple devices

Tight on ears

Aug, 2014

Expert review by: Mike Lowe (

Harman Kardon CL over-ear headphones review


We first saw Harman Kardon's swanky-looking "industrial chic" over-ear CL headphones in the middle months of 2012. Classic by name, are these cans able to deliver as classic a listening experience?

Quality construction, cool and simple industrial style, integrated Apple controller, decent and rounded audio quality, won't drown you in bass

Uncomfortable for long periods of wear, not adjustable in traditional sense, industrial style won't suit all, neutral listen lacks top-end sparkle

It's not often we get to say things like "industrial chic", but the Harman Kardon headphones sure do ooze that certain style. Impressive looks are met with impressive audio, which, while certainly grand, just lacks the long-wear comfort and...

Dec, 2012

Expert review by: (

Harman Kardon CL review


The Harman Kardon CL headphones square up to their rivals by offering top quality audio teamed with an unusual design that's set to split opinion

Audio quality ; Industrial design cues

Sharp edges ; Portability ; Budget case

The audio is absolutely brilliant, the comfort is high, and although the price is relatively salty, these are quality audio tools. That said, the styling will polarise buyers, and the finish detailing might not measure up to everyones expectation of a...

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications


Active Noise Cancellation: No
Display: No
Dolby PL / AC3: No
Earclip: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
LCD Display: No
Mute Control: No
Neckband: No
Sound System:STEREO
Volume Control: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:3.5 mm Plug / ONE 3.5 mm Plug

General Features

Compatibility:for 4 and more brands
Ear Canal Headphone:Not Applicable
Form factor:Headband Headset
Product Type:Headband Headset / Headphones
Signal Connection:Wired
Type:Headband Headset