These days, headphones are such a typical object that a lot of people take their headphones with them everywhere they go. Whether they’re going to work, the gym, or just meeting friends.
A few days ago I discovered the brand-new “Soho Wireless” headphones from Harman Kardon and immediately I was impressed. So impressed that I’ve been using them the last few days for almost non-stop.
To be honest, I’ve never tried a Harman Kardon headphone before. I know them from their speakers and audio receivers which have a very good reputation with audio lovers in general. It appears their headphones share the same qualities.
Design & Feel
These are available in 3 different colors: black, white and chocolate brown. I went for the standard black option.
The headphone has a simplistic design and looks very luxury thanks to the stainless steel highlights on the headband and around the earcups. Furthermore, the headband, earpads and the outside of the earcups are finished with quality leather. Which, of course, adds to the whole luxury touch and feeling.
Also they fold completely flat, which is a very positive thing for today’s commuters. However, there is one issue with the headband. It appears the battery is inside the headband, which creates a bit of a weight distribution problem. The problem is that the headphone wouldn’t stay on my head when I was looking up or down etc… So I wouldn’t use these for running or biking.
Functions & Sound Quality
Both NFC and Bluetooth functions make the Soho Wireless easy to connect with practically any device.
On the right earcup we have touch sensitive controls which are easy to use for controlling the volume and music as well as answering calls if you paired it with your mobile phone.
The Soho Wireless is equipped with 30mm drivers which deliver excellent sound quality. They are rated at 32 Ohms, making them very power efficient, so ideal for use with mobile devices. The AptX support should also improve sound quality when streaming over Bluetooth.
The Soho Wireless has a fairly neutral sound with decent bass, clean mids and accurate treble. However, I did notice some degree of sibilance, especially on songs of lower quality.
Fully charged, the Soho Wireless can play over 9 hours of music and this with a 2 hour recharge period. Not bad at all!
You get a standard 1m USB charging cable. A 1.2m audio cable so you can also use them wired. But the cool thing you get is this slim-line carrying pouch. So not some standard headphone bag. No, this pouch is carefully crafted and as luxury as the headphone itself. I like it a lot!
Price & Conclusion
The Soho Wireless is priced at $249 on Amazon which is pretty reasonable if you ask me. There are of course cheaper alternatives, but none have the quality & luxury finish of the Harman Kardon’s. Together with excellent sound quality and easy to use controls I can highly recommend them if you’re looking for a more luxury headphone.
Let me know what you think of these luxury headphones guys. Do you think style is important and would you pay extra for it?