Full range en­twined

Onkyo E700M

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by Ian Chee

It’s been a while since a pair of in-ear head­phones was dropped on our desks, so you can imag­ine that we were fairly amused when we see one when it showed up. More in­ter­est­ingly, it was an Onkyo E700M, and it sup­ports High-Res­o­lu­tion Au­dio.

Now, head­phones with sup­port for Hi-Res Au­dio are get­ting more and more com­mon, but this is likely the first that we’ve tested in this form fac­tor. And Onkyo went the ex­tra mile to give us the good stuff – the larger-thanusual 13.5mm driv­ers, and an IEM-es­que 1.2m twisted ca­ble with an in­line mi­cro­phone. Un­for­tu­nately, this is where we find the first blem­ish on the other­wise pretty sparkling E700M – where you usu­ally find in­line con­trols con­sist­ing of three but­tons, you only get one here. While you can cer­tainly live with the omis­sion of vol­ume con­trols, it does take awhile to get used to – es­pe­cially af­ter us­ing so many that have them.

Like most in-ear head­phones, you get ex­tra sil­i­cone caps of dif­fer­ent sizes, as well as a sin­gle pair of foam tips. We’d have thought these would have al­ready gone out of style con­sid­er­ing the speed at which they de­grade, but it does pro­vide a level of com­fort that you just don’t get with sil­i­cone, so at least the op­tion is there for those who pre­fer it.

Putting the Onkyo E700M in ac­tion, it’s pretty clear that it’s an all-rounder per­former. It does very well through­out the range, whereby the lows, mids and highs don’t over­whelm­ing one another. This is likely what you want if you lis­ten to a wide va­ri­ety of mu­sic, un­less you’re will­ing to spend on more than one pair of head­phones for each type of mu­sic you lis­ten to.

The usual first on our list was ‘NY Rush’ by Yoko Kanno and the Seat­belts. The wide range of in­stru­ments was clearly heard with great de­tail, with good res­o­nance on each as well. The same goes for Joanna Wang’s ‘The Best Mis­take I’ve Ever Made’ and John Mayer’s ‘Why Ge­or­gia’ – the res­o­nance on the gui­tars were great and the vo­cals were clear. It per­formed well on our fi­nal test track, ATB’s ‘In Love with the DJ’, but here we re­al­ized that while the bass had a good and pre­cise punch, it doesn’t punch as hard as we were used to from an in-ear pair.

All in all, the Onkyo E700M is a bril­liant pair of in-ear head­phones, with odd quirks of its own that give it char­ac­ter. That said, at its price point, it does face some

CON­CLU­SION The Onkyo E700M has a few quirks that need get­ting used to, but other­wise it looks good and sounds good, so it’s easy to rec­om­mend.

stiff com­pe­ti­tion, so while we could rec­om­mend this to you, we could also do the same for oth­ers of equal price and qual­ity.

There’s also a nice pouch for you to carry the E700M around.

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