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Harman Kardon NC

alaTest has collected and analyzed 192 reviews of Harman Kardon NC. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Opinions about the price and design are generally positive. The comfort and noise isolation also get good reviews. Some have doubts about the portability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Harman Kardon NC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Harman Kardon NC

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Harman Kardon NC from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.co.uk. Views about the reliability and noise isolation are generally positive. The comfort and design also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the price and portability. Opinions about the usability and size are mixed.

sound, design, comfort, noise isolation, reliability

portability, price

62% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Harman Kardon NC

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 user reviews of Harman Kardon NC from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on Amazon.com. Reviews about the price and design are overall positive. The noise isolation and comfort are also mentioned favorably, whereas comments are divided on the usability. There are some less positive reviews about the portability.

sound, comfort, noise isolation, design, price

portability

74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Jul, 2019

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Harman Kardon NC noise-canceling headphones review

 

Last year I reviewed the Harman Kardon Classic (CL), an on-ear headphone model that has a very distinct design, with a modern take on an old-school double headband and square earcups that harken back a little to the Bowers & Wilkins P3 and P5...

Unique design; excellent fit and finish; impressive sound quality for a noise-canceling headphones; built-in rechargeable battery to power the noise cancellation; fold flat (a nice carrying case is included); work without the noise cancellation on...

Fairly pricey; the inline remote and microphone won't work with many non-Apple smartphones and tablets; the battery charging cable is not a standard Micro-USB cable.

While they may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's ultrapopular QC 15 headphones, the Harman Kardon NCs offer slightly better sound and have a built-in rechargeable battery to power the active noise-cancellation circuitry.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : Michael Calore (wired.com)

Review: Harman Audio AKG K495 NC

 

If you demand near-absolute silence from your noise-canceling headphones, these are the ones for you. The AKG K495 NCs get closer to dead silence than...

Handsome design. Strong noise canceling with only a dribble of audio artifacts. Two lengths of detachable braided cable, one with an in-line remote. Fantastic sound in passive mode, too

On-ear design leads to fatigue after a couple of hours, and plastic parts inside the earcups can dig into your ears. Metal headband is sharp and snaggy. They don’t stay on your head as well as over-the-ears

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com)

AKG K495 NC Acoustics (Black) review

 

For 2012 AKG has two new pairs of stylish noise-canceling headphones, the $349.95 K495 NC and $249.95 K490 NC .

The AKG K495 NCs are stylish, well-built headphones with excellent fit and finish. They sound good, offer effective noise cancellation, and are rechargeable via USB. They also fold flat and come with a nice carrying case and can play without the noise...

At $350, they're pricey--and should sound even more refined; a little light on the bass.

The AKG K495 NCs aren't as comfortable and don't sound quite as good as the Bose QC 15s, but they're built better, offer very good noise-cancellation, and recharge via USB.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Sam Vafaei , Marc Henney (rtings.com)

Harman/Kardon NC Noise-Cancelling Premium HEADPHONES

 

The Harman/Kardon NC are well-crafted, well-rounded headphones that sound great, deliver decent noise isolation in noisy environments and are comfortable enough to have on the head for hours. They will not disappoint, even though they struggle a little...

Above average audio reproduction. ; Sturdy metal build. ; Very comfortable design.

Sub-par treble reproduction. ; Large ear cups susceptible to damage.

Mar, 2016

Expert review by : gadgetmac.com (gadgetmac.com)

Harman Kardon NC Headphones Review

 

When Harman Kardon introduced its first line of consumer headphones last year we marveled their high-end, unparalleled aesthetics and appreciated the fine audio quality that came with it all. In many ways Harman Kardon's CL Classic headphones were and...

Apr, 2013

Expert review by : Chris Thomas (reviewed.com)

Harman Kardon NC

 

The Harman Kardon NCs are great isolators with style.

Fantastic Active Noise-Cancelling headphones.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by (whathifi.com)

Harman-Kardon NC

 

Harman Kardon joins the noise-cancelling fray

Good detail ; Bass not overbearing ; Lovely styling

Sounds a bit lean ; Noise-cancelling could be better

Harman Kardon NC headphones: sound quality We have mixed feelings about their sound. On one hand, they’re more explicit with detail than the QuietComfort 15s and don’t over-egg their bass, but with that comes a slight brittleness to the treble and a...

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.com.au)

Harman Kardon NC headphones: A noise-canceling model that doesn't sound like one

 

HK's $300 noise-canceling model gives the Bose QuietComfort 15 a run for its money.

Unique design; excellent fit and finish; impressive sound quality for a noise-canceling headphones; built-in rechargeable battery to power the noise cancellation; fold flat (a nice carrying case is included); work without the noise cancellation on...

Fairly pricey; the inline remote and microphone won't work with many non-Apple smartphones and tablets; the battery charging cable is not a standard Micro-USB cable.

While they may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's ultrapopular QC 15 headphones, the Harman Kardon NCs offer slightly better sound and have a built-in rechargeable battery to power the active noise-cancellation circuitry.

Mar, 2014

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

Harman Kardon NC headphones: A noise-canceling model that doesn't sound like one

 

HK's $300 noise-canceling model gives the Bose QuietComfort 15 a run for its money.

Unique design; excellent fit and finish; impressive sound quality for a noise-canceling headphones; built-in rechargeable battery to power the noise cancellation; fold flat (a nice carrying case is included); work without the noise cancellation on...

Fairly pricey; the inline remote and microphone won't work with many non-Apple smartphones and tablets; the battery charging cable is not a standard Micro-USB cable.

While they may not be quite as comfortable as Bose's ultrapopular QC 15 headphones, the Harman Kardon NCs offer slightly better sound and have a built-in rechargeable battery to power the active noise-cancellation circuitry.

Mar, 2013

Expert review by : David Carnoy (cnet.co.uk)

AKG K495 NC Acoustics (Black) review

 

For 2012 AKG has two new pairs of stylish noise-canceling headphones, the $349.95 K495 NC and $249.95 K490 NC .

The AKG K495 NCs are stylish, well-built headphones with excellent fit and finish. They sound good, offer effective noise cancellation, and are rechargeable via USB. They also fold flat and come with a nice carrying case and can play without the noise...

At $350, they're pricey--and should sound even more refined; a little light on the bass.

The AKG K495 NCs aren't as comfortable and don't sound quite as good as the Bose QC 15s, but they're built better, offer very good noise-cancellation, and recharge via USB.

Feb, 2012
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