Excerpt: We are living in a golden age for headphones. New models and even types of headphones are announced, and a month or two later, there’s another deluge. The waves of entry-level, midrange, and high-end models never let up. But even in the midst of headphone mania, Onkyo’s ES-HF300 distinguishes itself on a number of counts.
Conclusion: The Onkyo ES-HF300 impresses in a number of ways. As a design they avoid shamelessly copying what is perceived to be popular at the time and instead have chosen to implement some interesting technology that isn’t generally seen elsewhere. The result is a very well built, handsome and comfortable pair of headphones that have a speed and clarity that is quite unlike most of the competition.
Pros: Clear, fast and detailed sound, Lovely build quality, Handsome deign
Cons: Fiddly cable with no remote or mic, Will not flatter poor recordings, Slightly uneven handover from lower bass to mid bass
Excerpt: The headphone market market hit a high of £226 million in the UK last year and 2013 is the year when hi-fi companies are really taking things seriously and the arrival of the the Onkyo ES-HF300 is clear proof of that.
Excerpt: Onkyo has a long history of producing great kit. So it’s something of a surprise that the Onkyo ES-HF300 cans are its first-ever pair of headphones. No pressure there, then… Let’s get straight into it. We conducted two tests in one with these Onkyo headphones: an out-of-the-box assessment and a post-running-in assessment.
Pros: Detailed midrange and treble, Easy to listen to for long sessions, Nice design and build, Comfy
Conclusion: Good-looking, well-made and more keenly-priced than most of the better-known competition, the Onkyo ES-HF300 headphones are a smart and successful entry to the buzzing headphone market for Onkyo. However, they do focus a little too much on the low-end to be considered true hi-fi headphones, and aren’t much use as recording monitors. If you’re after a classier kind of bassy headphone, this is a great bet. But they’re not for the most anal of audiophiles.
Pros: Good-looking, Great mids and treble, Removable cable
Excerpt: Onkyo is a brand that's very much known for being good value. It certainly changed AV receivers, offering a lot more features than most, at bargain prices. What's more, its cheaper receivers have always performed brilliantly, meaning that you don't have to spend the big bucks to get a nice-sounding receiver. This is a rarity in home cinema.
Pros: Look great, sound fantastic, well priced considering their performance
Cons: Expensive replacement cable, headphone cable too short for hi-fi and TV listening at home
Excerpt: Home cinema champions Onkyo turn their attentions to the increasingly-competitive headphone market, launching the premium ES-HF300 over-ear cans. Do they live up to the brand's respected home cinema pedigree? Read our full review to find out!