Onkyo this morning announced the addition of two new headphones to its lineup — the ES-CTI300 on-ear and IE-CTI300 in-ear headphone — each of which looks a lot like its forebears, but for the addition of inline controls and microphones compatible with iOS devices.
Aside from the addition of the three button remote, which delivers play/pause, track selection, call accept/reject, and volume functionality — all included on a detachable, tangle-resistant cable with a gold-plated MMCX connector on one end and standard 3.5mm jack connection on the other, so you don’t have to scrap your investment entirely if (when) your cord breaks — the ES-CTI300 on-ear sports the same design as Onkyo’s ES-HF300 — the same aluminum construction, the same clean lines, the same solid build quality and portability. You’ll also have your choice of a couple of finishes: the ES-CTI300(SS), with a silver finish with leatherette earpads, and the ES-CTI300(BS) for those who prefer their headpones a little less flashy and a lot more black. Both of course feature 40mm titanium drivers “backed by high-capacity bass chambers encased in lightweight, non-resonant aluminum ear-cups,” according to the press release.
The IE-CTI300, as you might expect, doesn’t deviate from the look of the company’s existing IE-HF300, aside from the new controls. If you’re not familiar with Onkyo’s previous in-ear introductions, though, it’s worth noting that the company relies on 14.3 mm dynamic drivers, instead of the industry-standard 10 mm. Don’t assume that bigger necessarily means bassier, though. From what I’ve heard, Onkyo’s in-ear headphones are wonderfully balanced and neutral, and given the identical driver design, that should extend to the new IE-CTI300, as well.
Look for the ES-CTI300 and IE-CTI300 to hit your headphone retailer of choice this December, for a twenty-dollar premium over the existing, control-free models. The ES-CTI300 will carry a suggested retail price of $199, and the IE-CTI300 will carry a suggested retail price of $149.