You can get Sony's H.ear On headphone ($200, £150, AU$300) in standard "charcoal" black, but what makes it stand out is the vibrant, eye-catching colors it comes in, including cinnabar red, lime yellow, Bordeaux pink or the viridian blue pictured here, which has a lot of green in it.
I'm not sure how -- or why -- Sony came up with the "H.ear On" moniker, but this over-ear headphone's model number is the MDR-100A. Attractively designed, lightweight (8 ounces or 227g) and very comfortable to wear, it folds up to fit in a simple but stylish nylon carrying pouch.
Sony calls it a "premium Hi-Res" headphone, which implies that to get the most out of it you'll need a Hi-Res Audio-compatible portable music player, such as Sony's NW-A25, which costs around $220 online.or the newer and more affordable
In the past we've tried more modestly priced high-resolution audio headphones and come away a bit underwhelmed. In other words, just because you put the Hi-Res Audio label on a box doesn't make the headphone a truly high-resolution headphone. At $250,is the cheapest true high-fidelity headphone we've tested. (We use the term "high-fidelity" to describe highly transparent headphones. Hi-Res is merely a marketing term).
But Sony says the H.ear On MDR-100AAP has Hi-Res Audio chops, with 40mm HD drivers that reproduce sounds up to 60 kHz, augmented bass that's "complemented by lightweight CCAW voice coils which yield high-linearity responses in high-pitched sounds" and domes of the acoustic diaphragms have been titanium-coated to minimize unwanted vibrations.
On a more mundane level, the detachable headphone cable has a one-button in-line remote and microphone that's suitable for making calls with Apple iOS, Android or Windows mobile devices. However, it lacks volume controls.