Harman Kardon FLY ANC Review

Harman kardon is one of the famous audio brands in USA. The latest offering from the company is a wireless over-ear NC headphone Harman Kardon FLY ANC. This new offering is priced $265 and brings advanced cutting edge active noise cancellation. Moreover, there are 40mm dynamic drivers, improved battery life and much more. Thus, is this a good over-ear headphone to buy currently? Let’s check out the review.

Pros

  • Customisable sound quality
  • Multi-point connectivity
  • Beautiful design and great build quality
  • Built-in Google Assistant or Alexa

Cons

  • Charge via micro-USB
  • Small ear cup size
  • Clamping pressure may be a little too strong

Box Content

Harman Kardon FLY ANC
  • Harman kardon FLY ANC
  • Charging cable
  • Audio cable
  •  Flight Adapter
  • Carrying Pouch
  • Quick Start Guide / Safety Sheet (S / i)Warranty / Warning (W / !)

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Harman Kardon FLY ANC : Design and comfort

Harman Kardon FLY ANC

Harman Kardon FLY ANC headphone has a premium quality and created from refined materials. There leather headband and aluminium ear cap looks stylish, comfort and durable. Which is standard in over-ear headphone segment. Moreover, it folds flat and also folds inward. With that, it place very comfortably in carrying case. The right earpiece has a power switch that also doubles as the Bluetooth pairing button.

Talking about the touch control, the entire outer surface of the right earcup is touch-sensitive, with a number of controls. The USB-C charging port is on the left cup, along with a solitary button to trigger your native voice assistant. Tap and hold and you can cycle through Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Ambient aware app. Harman kardon headphone’s app provides some ways to customize those controls. Such as allocating built-in voice assistants – Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant. you can also apply the Ambient Aware mode to the button on the left earcup.

It does not offer a variety of color options. It has only one black color. But, it looks very stylish and fashioned among the colorful headphones of today. But it still works, so if you are not looking for something very clear it will fit properly.

The fit can be divisive because, unlike the headband, you have little shelter to adjust the earcups. They rotate, which helps to contour the shape of your head and ears, but if you don’t like thin pillows or how they fit, you can’t do much about it. Also, they get trapped in the heat. Despite the fact that we often do not suffocate enough to breathe.

Harman Kardon FLY ANC
For protection,

The carrying case that is included does a great job of protecting the headphones. Bu it does not feel the premium quality that he headphone themselves provide. Competitors like JBL Tour One and Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones offer a hard leather carrying case that goes well with the leather elements on the headphones.

While the headphones have excellent build quality, they have no protection against elements such as sweat resistance or IP rating for protection against dust and water. Which other competition like Samsung Galaxy Buds 2 provided.Thus this is strictly for light listening. It is not the ideal tool for your morning jog or your gym sessions. Plus, the leather earcups really do induce sweat and don’t mingle well with it either.

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Harman Kardon FLY ANC : Audio Quality

Harman Kardon FLY ANC

The sound quality of the Harman kardon FLY ANC is amazing. The bass is powerful but it will not rumble your cranium like Apple or Bose. Its frequency range is 16 Hz to 22 KHz with wireless and aux-in.

The Harman kardon FLY ANC comes with 44mm dynamic drivers. To provide you with excellent quality audio. In addition, to make sure that your music always sounds wireless is probably the best. Along with better drivers, it also offers a high-resolution audio certified option with supporting frequencies up to 40kHz.

Furthermore, this reliable and best quality sound also makes it ideal for talking calls on the go. In my opinion, you will love the receiving call on the headphone because it was so good and simple.

Noise cancellation is also very good but we felt that when you see competition like Boss it seems a bit inferior. It works great on a flight where the adaptive takes good control of the noise cancellation but in other situations, you won’t find it so good. Along with that, it comes with Ambient Aware option. So, you can hear environmental noises or chat fast.

You can choose between letting headphones automatically select the required volume of noise cancellation so as not to interrupt your music or call session. The microphones work perfectly well and most of the people I talked to didn’t even know I was using wireless headphones to talk to them. For them the audio quality was always as good as the phone if not better.

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Harman Kardon FLY ANC : Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, Harman kardon FLY ANC come with a Bluetooth 4.2 to connect with other devices easily. However, like Grado SR325x, it does not provide a Bluetooth audio codec like SBC, LDAC, AptX and ACC support.

Additionally, the most important features of this headphones is it come with Bluetooth multipoint support. Because of this, Harman kardon FLY ANC allows headphones and earbuds to connect and maintain multiple devices simultaneously. Multipoint permit users to faultless switch between devices such as computers and phones.

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Harman Kardon FLY ANC : Battery

The Harman kardon FLY ANC come with a Lithium Ion Polymer Battery ( 3.7v/ 700mah) battery. Moreover, 20 hour battery life and just 15 minutes of charging provide 2.5 hours of playtime. Precision engineered, these beautifully crafted over-ear headphones deliver up to 20 hours of disturbance-free listening, or up to 30 hours with noise-cancelling switched off.

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Conclusion

Buy them if…

You’re looking for simple, intuitive controls

We appreciated how effective the overall controls were. We’ve rarely taken a wrong step, and not every pair of over-ear headphones is always the case.

You want fun, sit sound

JBL is known for its fun sound signature and is no different. Take out the bass, and it punches with more thumps as it brings your music to life.

You need extra long battery life over-ear headphones

We easily get 28-30 hours of battery life on a single charge in a medium volume, making them the best travel companion for those who are always on the move.

Don’t buy them if…

Your ears get hot

If you’ve felt hotter than over-ear headphones in the past, you’ll want to avoid the Tour One.

You choose to take phone calls on your headphones

The JBL Tour One looks great, but unfortunately it doesn’t look the best to you. They may be useful if you call in quiet settings, but we would not recommend them if you are in a crowded office space or walking down the street.

You’re big on features like Ambient Aware and Adaptive ANC

It’s nice that the Tour One has active voice cancellation, but features like Ambient Aware and Adaptive ANC can use some more work.

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