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Onkyo plunges into audiophile headphones

Onkyo plunges into audiophile headphones
Audiophile cables are arty

Onkyo is a familiar name to hi-fi fans, so the news that the Japanese company is moving into heapdhones may well attract interest.

Citing the rocketing sales of smarpthones, Onkyo is looking to capture a slice of a very lucrative headphone market with its high-end offering.

It's starting out with four sets of headphones, two closed back on-ear - the ES-HF300 and ES-FC300 priced at £179/$290/$AU27 and £149/$242/$AU230 respectively when they arrrive in March, and two in-ear sets, the IE-HF300 (£129/$209/$AU199) and IE-FC300 (£99/$161/$AU153) set for April.

Phonics

The on-ear sets fold down and feature 40mm titanium drivers, and as a nice touch, Onkyo's driver housing is shaped to resemble its volume control on its hi-fi products.

The ES-HF300 will come with a oxygen-free copper cable encased in clear elastomer and complete with gold plugs - which should at least remove any doubt about how much your cable is destroying your Speed Metal.

The ES-FC300 will come in three finishes - with red cable, white with white cable and violet with, wait for it, violet cable.

The in-ears have a 14.3mm dynamic transducer with the IE-HF300 packaged with the audiophile-grade 6N copper cable, while the IE-FC300 comes with red, violet, or white tangle-free elastomer cable.

Patrick Goss

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