Wireless headphones often look clunky and unfashionable. Harman Kardon changes that with the Soho Wireless. As elegant as it is, the sound quality should not suffer.
Harman Kardon Soho Wireless
20Hz – 20kHz
AUX, bluetooth, NFC
Micro USB cable
White, black and brown7 Score 70
- wearing comfort
- Sound quality
The elegant design of the Harman Kardon Soho Wireless
Harman Kardon, if you know the brand you immediately know that it is about good looking audio products. That's how the Harman Kardon Soho Wireless looks again. An elegant, slim and small design appears as soon as you open the box.
The headphones are completely covered with smooth leather. The rotating elements to which the speakers are attached are made of aluminum. Contrary to what you may be used to, the speakers themselves are square instead of round or oval. They are therefore on-ear headphones, which means that the cushions of the speakers rest on your ears and do not fall over them.
Wireless and almost buttonless
The Harman Kardon Soho Wireless headphones have one button on the headphones: the bluetooth button. You will also find a connection for a 3.5mm AUX cable that is also included. If you don't have a battery, you can always continue to listen to your music wired. You also have a sealed input for the micro-USB cable to charge the headphones. In addition, the Soho Wireless also has NFC on board, so that you can easily connect with your mobile phone. Finally, there is also a microphone on the bottom of the headphones so that you can easily make phone calls.
You don't have to take the phone out of your pocket to control your music. With the touch-sensitive ear cups, you can pause your music, turn it up or down and switch songs. This works reasonably well, but only if you use the headphones in combination with Bluetooth. If you plug in the AUX cable, it won't work, so you still have to take your phone out of your pocket. So not very ideal. Fortunately, the battery lasts about eight hours and there is a good chance that you will get through the day with it.
As mentioned before, these are on-ear headphones. The shells are, as it were, on your ears. This ensures that the design remains modest, but also ensures that the headphones do not stay on your head as well. This is a bit of a shame though, because if you're planning to run with it this summer, you'll have a problem. During daily use, you should regularly place the Soho Wireless on your head so that it does not slip off. Not as ideal.
The sound quality could have been better
The sound quality is excellent. However, true audiophiles will miss something, especially in the middle segment. He has some difficulty in displaying all pitches clearly. Fortunately, the bass isn't overpowering and the treble is balanced, making it classy as good for most people. However, for a pair of headphones with a suggested retail price of €300, it is not a standout.
The Harman Kardon Soho Wireless are charming headphones that you certainly won't be fooled with. The design is beautiful and the finish with leather and aluminum makes the whole a picture to look at. Unfortunately, this also has some negative consequences. For example, the Soho Wireless from Harman Kardon does not stay in place and the sound quality is not a masterpiece.