In partnership with Gibson Innovations, Onkyo of Japan just unveiled the Onkyo W800BT, which claim to be one of the world’s first True Wireless in-ear headphones. With absolutely no cables, the left and right earpieces work independently and connect wirelessly to a user’s smart device and each other.
Each of the W800BT earpieces incorporates an Ø8.6mm high-powered driver that delivers a balanced sound across a frequency range of 6Hz – 22kHz. The closed acoustic architecture results in a clear and accurate audio experience with passive noise isolation. The right earpiece includes a microphone to enable hands-free calls and can be used with any Bluetooth-enabled device. The W800BT also features a charging case to store headphones with its own internal battery, giving consumers the added convenience of four recharges.
The downside of such wireless ear buds is that you have to remember to recharge them, and I suspect it’s probably easy to lose one or both of them.
Onkyo W800BT Acoustic information:
- Ø8.6mm neodymium drivers
- Closed acoustic architecture
- 6Hz – 22kHz
- Sensitivity –107dB
- Impedance – 16Ω
Other key features:
- True wireless independent in-ear headphones
- Charging case included for 4 recharges
- 40 hours standby time
- Microphone included in right earpiece
Price and Availability
The Onkyo W800BT in-ear wireless headphones will be available in North America for $299.99 from March 2016.