Onkyo has entered a new product category with the introduction of headphones at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show. The company has focused its engineering talent on producing a range of headphones. Onkyo’s research and development team committed to extracting the best dynamic performance from an all-new titanium driver design. They all include detachable and replaceable cables to economically resolve user mishaps.
Two closed-back on-ear models will be first to hit stores–the ES-HF300, and the ES-FC300. These folding on-ear headphones feature two wide-range 40 mm titanium drivers and Onkyo’s unique ported bass sub-chambers. The aluminum driver housing (shaped to resemble the volume control on Onkyo’s hi-fi and A/V components) and single aluminum hanger presents a clean, understated profile.
Onkyo is offering the ES-HF300 with a 6N oxygen-free copper cable encased in clear elastomer and gold-plated MMCX connectors and mini-stereo plug.
The ES-FC300 is available in three finishes: black with a red cable, white with a white cable, and violet with a violet cable. It features an elastomer cable with a flattened cross-section to minimize tangles.
Two aluminum in-ear models–the IE-HF300 and IE-FC300–are scheduled for release over the coming months. A 14.3 mm dynamic transducer powers these in-ear headphones. The IE-HF300 is packaged with audiophile-grade 6N copper cable, while the IE-FC300 comes with red, violet, or white tangle-free elastomer cable.
Also in the development pipeline is a headphone equalizer app for smartphone and tablet, allowing users to adjust frequency response to suit their personal taste. The app is designed to partner Onkyo’s headphone line.
The Onkyo ES-HF300 and ES-FC300 will have suggested retail prices of $179 and $149 respectively, and IE-HF300 and IE-FC300 will have suggested retail prices of $129 and $99. They will be available in the first quarter of 2013.