Harman Kardon Soho Wireless Headphones Review

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Harman Kardan Soho Wireless

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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!

Harman Kardon Soho Wireless


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!

Soho Extras

Price & Conclusion

Prices and availability can be checked on Amazon. 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?

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12 thoughts on “Harman Kardon Soho Wireless Headphones Review”

  1. judithshaw20@gmail.com

    These headphones sound like they’d offer a great sound. I also really like the design.

    But I would be hesitant about using something like that for so many hours on my head. It sounds like a bluetooth sort of thing (which some have health concerns about related to cell phones) and I wonder about the possible health consequences.

    Do you have any idea if there is any research into possible health affects or if anyone has raised health concerns? I certainly might be totally off with this concern.

    1. Hey Judith,

      That’s an excellent question! The answer is that opinions are divided. Just like with cell phone radiation you can find frightening stories about the health consequences. Some say Bluetooth radiation is even worse than from a cell phone. Others try to nuance the Bluetooth radiation, saying that Wifi radiation is much more harmful.

      So as you can see, it’s not easy to understand the health consequences of using Bluetooth or any other wireless technology. Let’s hope future studies can give some more clarity on this.

      All the best,


  2. Hey there,

    Great review, all of the important stats are there and your ability for describing the feel and sound of these headphones gives me the ability to imagine how I would feel about them myself. So nice job painting that picture.

    I will say that the shiftiness of the headphones due to the battery placement would deter me personally but I also am already not a huge fan of a lot of wireless products for the fact that I often forget to charge them and then they are of no use to me when I want to use them.

    How would you say the sound compares to some other higher end headphones? (Different Bose models, Beats Studio, Yamaha…)

    Maybe a short comparison section would be something to incorporate into some future reviews.

    1. Hey Zach,

      The Bose models generally sound warmer. Meaning they have softer treble and a warmer bass. Can’t tell about the Beats Studio, but compared to the Solo 2, I find the Harman Kardon’s providing a richer sound.

      Great idea about a comparison section. It’s on my todo list and I’m looking into ways on how to implement that. I was thinking about comparison charts.

      All the best,


  3. I have a soft spot for headphones, not only good quality ones but well designed ones as well.

    What I like about this Harman is it’s square shape which makes it distinctive and being wireless is great too. I don’t usually use headphones though, unfortunately, mostly due to the fact that I wear glasses most of the time and it’s just too stuffy.

    But after I get my eye surgery I definitely want a good pair of headphones. I am thinking about the Beats by Dr Dree. I see many people have different opinions about them, I love their beats and elegance though. What do you think?

    1. Hey Anh, I have no problem with Beats as a Lifestyle headphone. However for some critical home listening I cannot recommend them. I have my Sennheiser HD 650 for that 🙂 Now the Beats Solo 2 is a big improvement over the first model, which was almost unlistenable. The Solo 2 actually has a decent sound.

  4. The Harman Kardon headphones seem to be of great quality.I like the design, I think they’re simply cool looking headphones. I think the long lasting battery life is also a great advantage. I thought the video in the review helped a lot to illustrate your points. If I had the money I’d definitely try out a pair.

  5. Hey Jurgen,

    Since these are over the ear headphones how comfortable are these for prolonged use (like 3 – 4 hours)

    Harmon Kardon is a very reputed and a well known brand and is known for it’s quality, however in my experience using over the ear headphones is that it can get very uncomfortable after using it for more than an hr at one go.

    1. Hey Josh,

      These are on-ears so the earcups don’t go over your ear. The general problem with on-ears is that because the earpads press on your ears, it can cause discomfort after a longer period of time. Since everyone has a different size of ears, it not the same for everyone.

      I didn’t experience any issue, but that doesn’t mean other people don’t.

      All the best,


  6. Jurgen,
    The Harman Kardon SoHo Wireless Headphones look like a good deal. How much is the weight problem while riding a bike, will it work when wearing a bike helmet? I do a lot of bike riding and lawn mowing. I like to listen to music when outside. Do they keep out the noise from the outside very well?
    Is the battery replaceable when it no longer holds a charge? I have an old set of wireless headphones that just sit there because the battery cannot be replaced.

    1. Hey John,

      I don’t recommend them for biking and especially not over your helmet. The problem is when there is too much movement, these do not stay on your head. The headband tends to shift forward or backward.

      The noise isolation is decent but not enough to keep out the noise of a lawn mower. For this, I suggest an over-ear headphone.

      I didn’t see any way to replace the battery. I guess you would need to send it in for service if something happens with that. Still you can use the audio cable to listen to these.

      All the best,


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