Harman International Industries (http://www.HarmanKardon.com) has announced a new line of Harman Kardon headphones.

They include five options: two sound-isolating in-ear models tailored specifically for iPhone use and three on-ear and over-ear styles — including a wireless Bluetooth and noise-canceling mode. According to Dinesh Paliwal, chairman, president and CEO of Harman, the three on-ear/over-ear models are framed by a lightweight sand-blasted steel outer band that comes in two sizes so users can swap for the correct fit, while a leather inner band rests on the wearer’s head for comfort.

Steel hinges accentuate the rugged feel of the headphone frame, which doesn’t include plastic. Leather ear pads float in an enclosed steel frame, with only soft leather touching the listener’s ears. The detachable ear pads are connected by magnets to remove for cleaning or replacement. The headphones include 40mm drivers and have detachable cables. Theyfold flat to slip easily into a briefcase or bag, a storage feature that will appeal to travelers. Each model includes a premium carrying case.
Both in-ear styles were designed for passive noise cancellation so users clearly hear music and other audio content at lower volume levels which is healthier for the ears, says Paliwal. Multiple earphone sleeve options allow users to find the right fit while blocking exterior noise from disturbing the clarity of the audio content. Each model includes a three-button Apple-specified remote to make and receive phone calls while controlling volume and playback features.

Pricing ranges from US$99 to $299. Go to the Harman web site for details.