New Headphones from AKG and Harman/Kardon
The K619 combined a powerful, well-extended bottom end with excellent midrange clarity and sweet, natural highs. They’re available in blue, red, and black, feature a tangle-resistant cable with an inline mic, and will be shipping soon.
Brenner also showed me Harman/Kardon’s BT ($249), a Bluetooth-equipped, over-the-ear design, which uses Harman’s patented “True Stream” technology, meant to deliver the best possible listening experience over wireless audio equipment. Without music playing, I tried on H/K’s NC noise-cancelling design ($349): Even in the extremely loud Las Vegas Convention Center, I could hardly hear conversations taking place right next to me. And when the music started, I noted a wonderfully tuneful bass and great overall clarity and space.
The latest offerings from AKG and Harman/Kardon seem exceptional. Keep an eye out for my review of the H/K CL ($199.95)the company’s “classic” on-ear designin our March issue.