How good can a pair of ear buds really sound? Quite good in fact, provided the label on the box happens to say Harman Kardon. The long-renowned purveyor of audio gear scales down its acoustic technology for an in-ear experience that blends smooth sounds with sophisticated looks in the new AE headphones ($150).

Powered by dual 9mm drivers and offering a sound accentuated by the headphones’ metal outer casing, the AEs deliver the sort of rich bass and sharp acoustics you might expect from a similarly-priced over-ear model. They’re specifically designed for Apple products, with an inline remote and clean design that only looks better when paired up with your latest iThing.

Like what you see? Visit Harman Kardon to get a closer look, and head to Made Man’s Facebook page to win a pair in this week’s caption contest.