These aluminium in-ears with microphone make a good value choice for trips, but don’t expect longevity
What do you look for in earphones? Something that will last forever and give you the finest sound quality possible? Or, knowing that you’ll probably drop them in an airport/leave them in a hotel room/crush them by accident, do you always choose cheap-and-cheerful earphones? Onkyo’s E700M are pitched more towards the latter type of traveller, but nevertheless impress for the money.
Onkyo E700M earphones review: design
A Japanese audio brand, Onkyo has been heading down-market for some time, and the E700M are, in fact, manufactured under licence by Gibson rather than by Onkyo itself. Fitted with a 1.2m long twisted cable, the E700M feature an in-line control for volume and track-skipping, but that’s also where you’ll find the microphone for hands-free calling. It all works well. They ship with three pairs of silicone caps, a pair of Comply foam tips, and a small carry case.
Onkyo E700M earphones review: sound quality
The speakers themselves are comfortable, and their inner 13.5mm high power drivers are capable of delivering a versatile soundstage. From acoustic to rock and back again, the E700M’s delivered crisp audio with plenty of mid-range and low frequency in a very balanced sound.
Onkyo E700M earphones review: conclusion
Weighing a mere 18g, the 132x225x44mm Onkoy E700M’s are perfect for coiling-up and placing in a top shirt pocket ready for a flight. Will they last forever? No – they’re probably too flimsy for that – but they’re very comfortable and sound quality is plenty good enough for a year or two on the road.
Price as reviewed: UK £75