Sony Details New Headphones and Wireless Speakers

Posted Fri Jan 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM PST by
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The company's newest mobile audio gear has been announced.

Sony has revealed the latest additions to its headphone and wireless speaker lineups. The collection includes the WF-SP700N, WI-SP600N, and WI-SP500 sports headphones, the MDR-1AM2 high-resolution headphones, and the SRS-XB41, SRS-XB31, and SRS-XB21 EXTRA BASS speakers.

The MDR-1AM2 are high-resolution around-ear headphones with a new 40mm HD driver unit, aluminum-coated liquid crystal polymer diaphragms, a Fibonacci-patterned grill, and silver-coated OFC (oxygen free copper). The device offers support for playback of frequencies up to 100 kHz, and features synthetic leather ear pads made of low-resilience polyurethane foam for extra comfort. The MDR-1AM2 headphones are set to launch in Spring 2018 for an MSRP of $299.99.

"At Sony, we are committed to bringing high quality sound to consumers," said Dunja LaRosa, Director, and Head of Mobile Audio Business, Home Entertainment and Sound at Sony Electronics, North America. "Reviving Sony's classic headphones, the MDR-1AM2 is testament to this commitment, playing back music as the artist intended and delivering consumers the ability to enjoy high quality music, regardless of their location."

In addition, Sony has detailed its new lineup of sports wireless headphones as well. The WF-SP700N truly wireless and WI-SP600N in-ear headphone models include wireless noise cancelation tech perfect for jogging and workout classes. Meanwhile, the WI-SP500 in-ear headphones offer up to eight hours of battery life on a full charge. Likewise, all three models are IPX4 rated for splash-proof use. The WF-SP700N will carry an MSRP of $179.99, the WI-SP600N model will be priced at an MSRP of $149.99, and the WI-SP500 model will be available for an MSRP of $79.99. The entire collection is set to launch in Spring 2018.

"Noise cancelling isn’t just for airplanes anymore. Now you can get in the zone with great quality sound – without the distractions – at a noisy gym or on a run," said Dunja LaRosa, Director, Head of Mobile Audio Business at Sony Electronics, North America. "Ready to jump into action when you are, the wireless noise cancelling WF-SP700N, WI-SP600N and standard WI-SP500 headphones will be every listeners’ favorite new work out buddy."

Finally, the company has also announced new EXTRA BASS wireless speaker models. The SRS-XB41SRS-XB31, and SRS-XB21 are all geared toward use as portable party speakers, and include a new LIVE SOUND mode thanks to their DSP (Digital Signal Processor) and angled speaker design. This feature enhances playback by spreading the sound vertically and horizontally. Likewise, the units all offer EXTRA BASS tech to emphasize low frequencies. Options for speaker and flashing strobe lighting effects and line light colors are integrated as well to add a visual element to playback (exact capabilities vary by model). In addition, the series includes wireless party chain support for connecting up to 100 compatible speakers together. The SRS-XB41 will carry an MSRP of $249.99, the SRS-XB31 will be available for an MSRP of $149.99, and the SRS-XB21 will be priced at an MSRP of $99.99. All three are set to be released in Spring 2018.

"We are excited to bring another round of Sony EXTRA BASS speakers to the party," said Dunja LaRosa, Director, and Head of Mobile Audio Business, Home Entertainment and Sound at Sony Electronics, North America. "The new models build on the EXTRA BASS family to provide users with the deep and punchy bass they love with an exciting synchronized light show to elevate any party scene."

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