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Onkyo to bring purity and precision to speakers and headphones at IFA 2015

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HONG KONG – In partnership with Gibson Innovations, Onkyo of Japan today unveiled three highlights from its debut high fidelity headphone and speaker range. The X9 HRA speaker, H500M HRA on-ear headphones and E700M HRA in-ear headphones incorporate advanced audio technologies to achieve High Resolution Audio reproduction[1]. The full Onkyo speaker and headphone range will be shown for the first time at IFA Berlin on September 3. 

“With the Onkyo range of speakers and headphones we strive to achieve an optimum balance between the ideal acoustic design and a deep understanding of how we, as humans, interact with technology,” said Matthew Dore, sound and acoustics engineering lead for Onkyo products at Gibson Innovations. “Music tastes evolve and new technologies present new opportunities for innovation. Our commitment to sound harmony – to achieve a holistic balance between technology, sound and design – remains our constant guide.”

Onkyo has been responsible for many innovations in sound since its creation in 1946. Today, the company is committed to the development of High Resolution Audio. Onkyo is the largest retailer of High Resolution Audio downloads in Japan through its e-Onkyo Music store, which in 2015 has launched in the US, UK and Germany. The company’s popular Onkyo HF Player app has become the gateway for many first-time experiences of the clarity and precision of High Resolution Audio.

The products unveiled today are:

X9 High Resolution Audio speaker

Four Ø50mm mid-bass drivers and two Ø19mm High Resolution Audio tweeters combine with dual opposing passive radiators to recreate sound across an extended frequency range of 57Hz-40kHz. Designed for listening in and around your living space, the X9 is the first High Resolution Audio portable speaker. Its rechargeable battery, Bluetooth and wired connectivity and High Resolution Audio capabilities are encased in an acoustically tuned aluminium housing.

H500M High Resolution Audio on-ear headphones

The Ø40mm optimized high power drivers provide detailed sound quality for High Resolution Audio playback across a frequency range of 7Hz-40kHz. The acoustically closed architecture limits ambient noise whilst the rigid aluminium housing prevents extraneous vibrations to ensure sound clarity. The headphones include an in-line remote with built-in microphone to control music playback and manage hands-free calls. The soft ear cushions provide an ergonomic fit.

E700M High Resolution Audio in-ear headphones

Precision Ø13.5mm high power drivers and oval sound tubes for High Resolution Audio playback across a frequency range of 6Hz-40KHz. The in-house developed drivers are holistically tuned as part of the complete acoustic system that includes a semi-closed acoustic architecture to limit ambient noise. An ergonomic design that disperses pressure in the ear. Includes both ultra-sound silicone tips and Comply™ Foam Tips and lightweight aluminium housing for comfort.

Feature summary:

X9 High Resolution Audio speaker

  • 4 x Ø50mm mid-bass drivers
  • 2 x Ø19mm High Resolution Audio tweeters
  • 2 x passive radiators
  • 57Hz-40kHz frequency range
  • Advanced Digital Signal Processing for High Resolution Audio file formats
  • Opposing force-cancelling dual passive radiators minimize extraneous vibrations
  • 4 x 10W amplifier power output with less than 1% Total Harmonic Distortion
  • Optimal Balance feature optimizes sound balance and minimizes distortion at all volumes
  • Bluetooth, USB and audio inputs to connect to almost any device
  • Built-in microphone for hands-free calls
  • Multipair Technology enables Bluetooth connection for up to 4 different users
  • Dedicated High Resolution Audio headphone output
  • 10-hour rechargeable battery life
  • Premium design in aluminum
  • Available in a silver finish 

H500M HRA on-ear headphones

  • Ø40mm optimized high power drivers provide detailed sound quality for High Resolution Audio playback
  • Acoustically closed architecture limits ambient noise
  • Soft cushions provide a comfortable, ergonomic fit
  • Low impedance High Resolution Audio-capable 1.2m detachable twisted cable
  • Available in black and white finishes
  • 7Hz-40kHz frequency range
  • 108dB sensitivity
  • 32Ω impedance
  • In-line remote with built-in microphone to control music playback and manage hands-free calls

E700M HRA in-ear headphones

  • Precision Ø13.5mm high power drivers and oval sound tubes for High Resolution Audio playback
  • 6Hz-40KHz frequency range
  • 108dB sensitivity
  • 32Ω impedance
  • Onkyo-developed drivers tuned holistically as part of the complete acoustic system
  • Semi-closed acoustic architecture limits ambient noise
  • Ergonomic design for optimal fit whilst dispersing pressure
  • Ultra-soft silicone tips and Comply™ Foam Tips included for custom fit and passive noise isolation
  • Lightweight aluminum housing with brushed finish
  • In-line remote with built-in microphone to control music playback and manage hands-free calls
  • Available in black and white finishes

The X9 (€349.99 / £249.99) and H500M (€179.99 / £129.99) and E700M (€99.99 / £74.99) will be available in Europe from autumn 2015. 

About Onkyo’s partnership with Gibson Innovations

In Japanese, Onkyo means ‘Sound Harmony’ and this has been the company’s guide since it was founded in 1946. Today, with its heritage of innovation in high-quality sound experiences, Onkyo is pioneering high resolution audio. Onkyo and Gibson Innovations have partnered to realize the companies’ shared ambition to pursue perfection in sound quality in connected speakers and headphones. Onkyo: Pure sound. Since 1946.

About Gibson Innovations

We’re Gibson Innovations, and we love music. We combine innovation, great sound and sophisticated design to create music and entertainment products across a dynamic portfolio of brands: Philips, Philips Fidelio, GoGear, Onkyo and Trainer. We’re part of Gibson Brands, Inc., one of the fastest-growing music lifestyle companies in the world, with a portfolio of brands that spans the full journey of music: creation, performance and experience. For our latest news go to www.gibsoninnovations.com/news.

[1] The products all conform to the rigorous standards for High Resolution Audio systems set out by the Japan Audio Society and the US Consumer Electronics Association.