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Onkyo launches new hi-fi and wireless headphones

Starting at the top, the A800 open-back over-ears (pictured) are geared towards home use. They feature 50mm drivers, and use Onkyo's Acoustically Open design architecture.

To give a more premium look and feel, Onkyo has opted for a leather headband and velvet and memory foam ear cushions. The A800s cost £320 and go on sale in July.

The H900Ms are a closed pair of over-ear cans and cost £230. Like the A800s, they also use 50mm drivers with aluminium housings.

Aimed at the portable market, there's an extra-wide headband for added comfort. They're finished in black and gold, a colour scheme that features across the entire new range.

The H500M (£130) on-ears feature 40mm drivers in a rigid aluminium housing and a claimed frequecy range of 7Hz to 40kHz. There's a an in-line mic and remote included as standard. Tempted? They're available to buy at Argos and Selfridges now.

The H500BTs (£170) feature a virtually identical construction, but with the addition of Bluetooth (including aptX). They're on sale now at Selfridges.

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At £320, the E900Ms sit right at the top of Onkyo's in-ear range and are a hybrid balanced armature design. Onkyo claims they're "one of the most advanced in-ear heapdhones available today". They feature a black and gold finsh and come with three different sizes of Comply ear tips. You'll have to wait until July for them to go on sale, but you can pre-order a pair now.

At £75, the E700Ms (pictured centre) sit much further down the price scale. On sale now, they're a semi-closed design and use custom-built 13.5mm drivers.

The E700BTs (£120, on sale March, pictured left)) are, as you can probably guess, the Bluetooth version of the E700M. A single wire running between left and right earbuds houses a battery and in-line remote.

The W800BTs (pictured right) aren't strictly a new arrival - they were actually first unveiled at IFA 2015 and caused quite a stir. They're a pair of completely wireless, Bluetooth in-ear headphones.

Once the buit-in batteries run out of juice, you can plug them into the supplied carry case, which doubles as a charger. Onkyo claims around 12 hours playback from a single charge.

At £230, they're not the cheapest pair of in-ears we've ever seen, but it could be a small price to pay for all that added convenience.

A selection of Onkyo's new headphones will be on display on the What Hi-Fi? stand at the Bristol Show, so be sure to drop by and have a listen.

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Andy Madden
Andy Madden

Andy is Deputy Editor of What Hi-Fi? and a consumer electronics journalist with nearly 20 years of experience writing news, reviews and features. Over the years he's also contributed to a number of other outlets, including The Sunday Times, the BBC, Stuff, and BA High Life Magazine. Premium wireless earbuds are his passion but he's also keen on car tech and in-car audio systems and can often be found cruising the countryside testing the latest set-ups. In his spare time Andy is a keen golfer and gamer.