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(Open Back Headphones Review) ONKYO A800: One of the best headphones produced by the Japanese audio industry

ONKYO A800

ONKYO A800

 

 

Disclaimer

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  • People who value consistency of sound image
  • People who value original sound fidelity
  • People who are looking for excellent listening headphones
  • People who care about sound localization

 

Overview of ONKYO A800

This review will give an overview of ONKYO A800. A complete review of this product can be found here.

 

audio-sound Score

  • Total Score: 8.8 / 10.0
  • Package: 7.5 / 10.0
  • Build quality: 8.5 / 10.0
  • Fitment: 8.5 / 10.0
  • High range: 9.5 / 10.0
  • Mid range: 9.5 / 10.0
  • Low range: 8.5 / 10.0
  • Less distortion: 8.0 / 10.0
  • Cost Performance Bonus: 10.5 / 10.0

 

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Basic Specifications
  • Frequency response: 4Hz to 40kHz
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Sensitivity: 100dB/mW

 

Features

  • Equipped with a 50 mm hyperdriver with multi-layer diaphragm that smoothes out high frequency bands for clean, clear and accurate reproduction of musical information
  • Open-back acoustic structure for excellent separation and precise sound field reproduction
  • Proprietary low-impedance OFC ribbon cable design for improved audio signal transmission
  • 70mm thick headband for comfortable, long-lasting wear
  • High-quality, highly breathable, soft material with low-resilience foam is used for ear pads. The earpads fit the shape of the side of the head, enhance heat dissipation, and provide a comfortable fit.

 

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package

Package meets price standard.

 

Package contents
  • ONKYO A800
  • Manual

 

ONKYO A800

 

Build quality

Build quality meets the price level.

 

ONKYO A800

ONKYO A800
ONKYO A800
ONKYO A800
ONKYO A800

ONKYO A800

ONKYO A800
ONKYO A800

ONKYO A800


Fit

It is a unique design. The fit is not bad, but it may be a little heavy for some people.

 

ONKYO A800

ONKYO A800
ONKYO A800
ONKYO A800

 

Sound quality

The following review was tested with a FiiO M15.

 

The ONKYO A800 has a very reasonable sound signature, extending the high frequencies of the Harman Target OE curve. At least in my evaluation scheme, this adjustment has a higher rating than the Harman Target curve.

 

So, the A800's sound balance can be expected to be very good for many people, it is worthy of the high end in terms of resolution and low distortion, and in general it has the ability to be spoken of as one of the best Japanese headphones ever made.

 

Please see here for detailed reviews on sound quality.

 

Sound quality general comment
  • Original Sound Fidelity: A+
  • Recommendation: S
  • Personal preference: S

 

The ONKYO A800 is a very good headphone overall, meeting the standards of a true high-end product.

 

Considering the excellence of the SE-MASTER1 from the same headphone brand, Pioneer, there is no doubt that ONKYO's (or Gibson's) technical capabilities and tuning sense were extremely superior. It is truly sad to see such an outstanding "Isaoshi (achievement)" of the Japanese audio industry, which is not at all inferior to, but even superior to, the best overseas manufacturers, disappear without a successor model.

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ONKYO A800

 

Sound quality features

Pros
  • Excellent original sound fidelity
  • Good resolution
  • High sound image consistency
  • Near perfect speaker sound reproduction
  • Excellent localization
  • Good sound balance
  • Adequate high-frequency extension

 

Cons
  • Lacks low-frequency depth
  • Midrange could be improved a bit more

 

General comment

I will never forget the shock I felt when I first heard the sound of the ONKYO A800 in a store. It was installed for listening to ONKYO digital audio players. When I heard the sound, I was surprised and thought, "ONKYO's DAPs, even the entry-level, inexpensive ones, have a terribly well-defined, beautiful sound and are powerful and amazing," and then I listened with my own earphones and thought, "What?" Then I reconnected the A800 to my Walkman and was astonished at the sound. It was the A800 that sounded very good.

 

ONKYO A800

ONKYO A800