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Sprint Product Ambassadors: Personal audiophile experience

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If music is important to you then you'll want to listen up.

HTC and Sprint have partnered up to offer an exclusive Android device designed for the audiophile, or anyone who really enjoys great music with a great listening experience. The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition smartphone is truly elegant in design, fit, finish and sound.

The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition is fantastic when paired with the Harman Kardon Onyx Studio or other audiophile quality speakers, as long as you're stationary. If you're on the go and need to be more mobile, then HTC and Harman Kardon has your ears covered, or at least filled, with studio-quality sound.

The One M8 HK comes packaged with AE-S audiophile level in-ear headphones designed by Harman Kardon sound engineers in Austria. These in-ear headphones are identical to the Harman Kardon AE (Acoustically Enhanced) headphones offered by HK for $149. The 'S' designation is Sprint exclusive with the aluminum alloy sound chambers and buttons having a champagne color to match and compliment the HK edition One (M8).

The AE-S headphones are not the 'freebie' earbuds that get tossed in with a lot of devices. The AE-S in-ear headphone sound and design is in line with the HTC One M8 device in terms of solid build, elegant shape, top rated materials and unparalleled fit, finish and performance.


• Sophisticated, modern design

• Optimized driver system

• Aluminum alloy housing

• Sonic clarity and accuracy even at low volume levels

• Three-button remote with built-in microphone

• Heavy cable and durable plug


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Other highlights and features:

• Included: 3 pairs of silicone sleeves (small, medium, large) to fit any ear and block ambient sound

LONG 4 ft (1.2m) cable with inline 3-button remote with mic

• Type: In-ear canal style

• High-performance driver: 3/8" (9mm)

• Frequency response: 16Hz – 20kHz


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PC Magazine reviewed the HK AE headphones with 4/5 stars and an Editor Rating: EXCELLENT.

PC Magazine also reviewed the HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition smartphone, exclusive to Sprint, with 4.5/5 stars and an Editor Rating: EXCELLENT!

"The phone comes with Harman Kardon's Clari-Fi technology, which it claims restores the quality of compressed audio. It does this using algorithms that expand the dynamic range of the music, adding back the highs and lows in real time. The other setting, LiveStage, is supposed to make music sound as if it's coming from across a stage, rather than one channel. ...and when used in combination with Clari-Fi, really does make most tracks sound wider and more alive."

The review goes on to point out the HARDWARE differences of the HK edition vs original One (M8):

"The real reason audiophiles should consider this phone isn't a software trick, but a digital-to-analog converter [DAC] that offers lossless audio playback to 24-bit/192kHz. This means you can listen to music that has been digitized in 24-bit audio sampled at 192kHz (for comparison, CDs are 16-bit/44.1kHz). It's the same audio format supported by Neil Young's forthcoming PonoPlayer, but the beauty is that you don't need to buy a dedicated audio player when you can just use your phone. ...This is in contrast to other HTC Ones (including the original model released last year), which support up to 24-bit/96kHz FLAC."

If music and great audio are important than the choice is easy. The HTC One (M8) Harman Kardon edition device delivers excellent performance with studio-quality sound and top-notch in-ear headphones to get the most from your music while you're on the go.

Until next time,

Your Sprint Product Ambassadors

Disclaimer: The Product Ambassadors are Sprint employees from many different parts of the company that love technology. They volunteer to test out all sorts of Sprint devices and offer opinions freely to the Community. Each Product Ambassador shares their own opinions of these devices, therefore the information in this post does not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprint. The PA's do not represent the company in an official way, and should not be expected to respond to Community members in an official capacity.