Updated 3 Aug 2017

Harmon Kardon

AE

Snapshot: The Harmon Kardon AE wired in-ear headphones have built-in cable player controls and doesn't work with virtual assistants (such as Siri). But how do they sound?

AE
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$224

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Test results

Overall score
45
Sound
?/10
Comfort
?/10
Durability
?/10
Classical
?/10

Good points

  • Good durability.
  • Has player controls.
  • Light weight.

But

  • Just OK sound.
  • Poor comfort.

How we test

Noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:

Sound (50%)
Comfort (30%)
Noise-cancelling (10%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

Non-noise-cancelling models

Overall score includes:
Sound (60%)
Comfort (30%)
Durability (10%)

Other scores don’t count towards the overall score.

For our test, we get 5 expert testers to wear each pair of headphones for an extended period while listening to a range of content from various audio sources. Each set’s sound quality was also tested using a reference ear, a device with an acoustic input impedance resembling that of an average human ear. This was also done for noise-cancelling if applicable. The scores from the testers and reference ear are then averaged into the final sound quality score.

The same 5 testers allocate the comfort score. Finding the headphone type that’s most comfortable for you can take time, because everyone’s ears are different. Earbuds often come with different-sized rubber nibs to help fit into your ear. Over-ear headphones tend to be bigger and heavier, so you may need to adjust the headband to get the fit right.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$224
Earcup type
In-ear

More test results (/10)

Jazz
4.3
Rock/Pop
4.1
Voice
4.5
Sound leaking
7.0

Specifications

Weight (g)
18
Cable length (cm)
120
Wired
Wireless
No
Battery
×
Functions when battery runs out

Features

Noise cancelling
No
Supports mobile assistant (Siri, Google, etc.)
×
Controls on cable
Controls on earpiece
×
Foldable earphone
×
Remote for Apple
×
Remote for Android
×
Travel case
USB charging cable
×
Extra earbuds
×