CES 2013 – Onkyo debuts its first ever headphones range

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Japanese company Onkyo has always been big in home cinema and hi-fi and it has rustled up a pretty impressive iPhone dock or two.

Now it is having a crack at a new market – headphones. At CES it took the wraps off a new range designed to be paired up with smartphones and take personal listenting to a new level

Coming first in March are two closed-back on-ear models the £179 Onkyo ES-HF300 which features an audiophile-grade cable and the £149 Onkyo ES-FC300, which is available in three colour options and is packaged with a tangle-free flat profile elastomer cable

The phones sport two wide-range 40 mm titanium drivers and come with Onkyo’s unique ported bass sub-chambers, which apparently help define a deep, muscular bottom-end response. 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.

The ES-FC300 is available in three finishes: black with red cable, white with white cable, and violet with violet cable. It features an elastomer cable with a flattened cross-section to minimise tangles.

There are also aluminum in-ear models due in April – the £129.99 Onkyo IE-HF300 and £99 Onkyo IE-FC300. Powered by a 14.3 mm dynamic transducer, Onkyo claims that these in-ear headphones balance silky bass with an open and natural mid range. The IE-HF300 is packaged with the audiophile-grade 6N copper cable, while the IE-FC300 comes with red, violet, or white tangle-free elastomer cable.