First up are the HS-HF300, which benefit from an audiophile-grade 6N oxygen-free copper cable, cased in clear elastomer, and with gold-plated connectors. The top end of the range, Onkyo have stated you’ll get near-perfect conductivity and next to no noise.
Next on the list are the HS-FC300 model, with a flattened elastomer cable to prevent tangling, and will come in black, white and purple colours.
Each model uses a folding, closed-back design for easier portability and minimal sound leakage, employing 40mm titanium drivers. “Muscular bottom-end response” is delivered through sub-bass chambers, while each model’s cabling is detachable, making for easy replacements should you damage the leads.
You’re looking at $179 for the HF300 and $149 for the FC300 when the launch stateside before the Spring, but we’ve yet to hear word on UK pricing or release info.
If you prefer in-ear headphones, Onkyo will also be offering the IE-HF300 and IE-FC300 models. They again offer a choice between audiophile or tangle-free cabling, and use a 14.3mm dynamic transducer. They cost $129 and $99 respectively, with the same US release schedule.
Onkyo are also putting out an equaliser app for the new headphones, expected to land alongside the release of the new cans.
By Gerald Lynch | January 7th, 2013