Harman Kardon has released a new line of portable and sumptuous headphones named Soho ($199.95). The aforementioned is available in two models the Soho-I and Soho-A. The former interacts with compatible Apple iOS devices via a three-button remote (i.e., volume controls plus the ability to interact with Siri, answer/end phones calls, play/pause, and fast forward/rewind) featuring a built-in microphone, while the latter features a universal one-button remote.
This author reviewed the black Soho-I that is packaged in a rectangular, hard clamshell carrying case (approximately 16 cm long x 13 cm wide x 2.5 cm tall). The carrying case was made of a durable plastic that did not easily deform and provided a fair amount of protection. The inside of the case is lined with felt and perfectly houses the Soho headphones while the lid also features a pocket for the included cables (i.e., two are included: the iOS remote cable and a traditional audio cable, each approximately 4 ft long).
The composition of the Soho is available in either white or black and incorporate splendid materials, such as a matching color leather-stitched headband, stainless steel hinges and sides. Moreover, the compact nature of the headphones is derived from the ear cups that fold approximately 180 degrees into the headband as well as the adjustable sides sliding into the petite headband.
Of interest, the well-padded and comfortable ear pads are magnetically held in place on the ear cups. With a moderate amount of force, the ear pads are pulled free and the user is able to add or remove one of the included cables. Harmon Kardon has implemented a simple, yet, refined mechanism to conserve space and conceal the cable connection within each cup.
The Soho headphones incorporate an impressive 30 mm driver per ear cup that has a frequency response of 16Hz-20kHz . While determining which audio products are “better” can be subjective, it is objectively clear that these Harman Kardon headphones obliterate the standard Apple earbuds. Thus, the Soho-I headphones truly embody Harman Kardon’s dedication to elegant designs, superb acoustics and superior construction, while also adding extreme portability and being lightweight (4.5 oz). With Christmas a few days away, theses headphones should be on practically everyone’s list for Santa, as a quality accessory to obtain crisp audio with great bass from Apple iOS devices.
Of note, utilizing these headphones with this author’s sizeable cranium (i.e., requiring a hat size of 7 7/8 or XXL) produced a rather tight fit; thus, for anyone with a similarly sized head, the author would recommend Harman Kardon’s NC headphones with the larger bow.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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