Pros: Portable, easy storage, low power requirements - perfect for mobile devices, Warm, easygoing sound for music, Bass delivers but thankfully not too overboard, At $179 one of the best buys in personal hi-fi
Cons: While not "noise cancelling", closed-back design's acoustic isolation could be troubling while on a walk, Bass can be overwhelming if you're not inclined to enjoy a bit of boom, Over ear design fits snugly, the large headed among us might find them too tight
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.
Excerpt: Anyone familiar with Onkyo products will recognize the design. With an on-ear design, the headphone is inspired by the knobs on Onkyo's hardware – sleek, sturdy, and dare I say, sexy. Aesthetically, they have a luxurious look, a far cry from the glossy plastic look that's popular these days. A brushed and burnished aluminum and PET housing and band with impact-resistant qualities protect your investment. The headband is padded and adjustable.
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
Summary: Onkyo’s first foray into headphones is a great success. Sounding and looking beautiful, all that’s missing from the package is an in-line remote for mobile playback control. A well balanced tuning, they’ll compliment many different genres of music, and look cool while you listen. They’re not cheap, and it may be worth giving the lower-end ES-FC300s a try if you’re counting the pennies, but splurging the extra cash here won’t leave you disappointed.