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.