Harman Kardon Soho-i Review
Design 9
Features 7
Performance 7

Looking for a small, lightweight and powerful headphone? Harman Kardon is what you need with the Soho! A blend of design, performance, and comfort

Summary 7.7 good

  • GOOD: The Harman Kardon Soho-I is a particularly compact and stylish headphone, landing directly on the ears and provides a very good comfort. It has a very good sound performance for a really small size that will seduce the most nomadic. Available in iPhone version with the Soho-I, or with a universal remote control with the Soho-A to make phone calls.
  • Negatives: The case is not very well done relative to the headphone, and the small size of headphones does not filter well outside noise.
  • In short: If you are looking for a compact headphone HK has a device that should delight you despite some flaws.

Harman Kardon Soho-I Review

Although the manufacturer is relatively new in the market for headphones. He has impressed us from the start with different CL models, BT (Bluetooth, wireless headphones) and NC (Noise-Canceling – Active Noise Reduction). They each have an innovative design, a very good audio quality and a comfort particularly suitable for long listening.

Harman Kardon Soho-I Review

Harman Kardon Soho-I Review

Harman Kardon Soho-I Design and Features Review

After reviewing these different models, I had many expectations after the announcement of a builder for the model Soho-I, proposing a version that could be called miniature of the Harman Kardon NC. The model we are going to review today is, therefore, a specific version for Apple devices under iOS, but note that there is also a Soho-A version for other Android devices. Each has a remote control on the cord and a microphone for phone calls.

Unlike other models, Harman Kardon sees things little with this new headphone while keeping its usual signature: square headphones with a strong vintage inspiration, and a metal arch adjustable to fit all morphologies. It is also noticeable that as these predecessors, the headphone uses quality materials, and proposes a beautiful finish that should make it last along the length; However, the headphone remains very light and comfortable. The pickers will be surprised by the small width of the arch which does not always offer the best possible hold if you carry out many movements. This is not really a problem either, I think, the Soho-I is not intended for sports practice. For this, we advise you rather consult our file dedicated to this type of product.

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Accessories with Harman Kardon Soho-i Headphone

The headphone is available in three colors: black, white and beige recalling undoubtedly the choice of Bowers & Wilkins and P3. Here we find the principle of the detachable square pads (they are positioned using magnets). By removing the cushion precisely, we find the connection to connect the cable of the headphone. It can easily be replaced if you damage it or lose it.

The box delivered with the Soho, which, for the price of the product, could really be improved. It is not practical, and I find it difficult to remove the headphone once positioned in its location. It is also not particularly compact compared to the headphone itself.

Design and Features of Harman Kardon Soho-i

Design and Features of Harman Kardon Soho-i

On the cord, we found a classic remote control to manage volume and playlists. A microphone to send and receive phone calls.

Audio Performance of Harmon Kardon Soho-i

While the Harman Kardon CL model had 40mm headphones, the Soho by its size embeds it a 30mm model delivering a superb sound quality. The sound is very well balanced, not accentuated especially in bass or treble, and offers a precise and dynamic quality. Compared to the Bowers & Wilkins P3, which were already performing well, I was more seduced by Harman Kardon’s helmet. In the idea, we find performances very similar to other models of the brand, just a little less rich.

The headset does not offer very great performance in regards to noise reduction headphone. It is rather understandable in view of its size and design. If you are looking for a very good insulation, go your way.

It is not necessarily the best when you see the current competition in the market if you are not looking for a headset specifically compact and lightweight.


I was really excited to review the new Harman Kardon Soho-I with my iPhone, offering a very promising design. The sound performance and comfort are very appreciable, and the headphone has quickly forgotten about the size thanks to its low weight. However, compared to some competitors in the same price range, many alternatives also offer superb performance and additional features like active noise reduction.

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