In addition to the three new smartphones that Sony launched at CES 2018 yesterday, the company also revealed a lineup of headphones and Bluetooth speakers. These are the Sony WI-SP500, WI-SP600N, and WF-SP700N – its new in-ear sports headphones with splash-proof designs.
The new headphones are a part of Sony’s ever-expanding personal audio range. Recently, Sony launched the flagship WH-1000MX2 and WH-H900N in India, and these new headphones build on the range, to further assert Sony’s dominance over the Bluetooth headphone space.
Sony claims that the WF-SP700N is the world’s first truly wireless noise cancelling headset and is IPX4-rated for splash and sweat resistance. Sony promises a strong bass performance and says the battery can last up to three hours. It also comes with a “one-touch open” case that holds two additional charges for a total of 9 hours before you need to charge it again. Sony is making the in-ears available in four colors – pink, yellow, black, and white.
The WI-SP600N by Sony is a neckbud-style headset that offers noise cancellation and comes with the same IPX4 splash-proof rating. The neckbud is not exactly wireless and hence comes with a better battery life when compared to WF-SP700N. It’s also available in multiple color options.
The WI-SP500 has an open-type driver unit for detecting ambient sounds, as well as an IPX4 rating. The WI-SP500 offers 8 hours of battery life.
Price and availability
All three products support NFC pairing. In terms of pricing, the WF-SP700N costs $179.99 (Rs 11,400 approximately), the WI-SP600N model, on the other hand, is priced at $149.99 (Rs 9,500 approximately). The WI-SP500 model will retail at $79.99 (Rs 5,000 approximately) and is also the cheapest of the lot. The products will be available starting Spring 2018. Sony also promises Google Assistant integration for all the three models in the future. The support will be added via a firmware update.
Sony has also launched an around-ear model, the MDR-1AM2. The Sony MDR-1AM2 headphones are a premium model and the successor to Sony MDR-1A. The headphones boast 40mm HD drivers and up to 100kHz frequency support. According to Sony, that grill pattern supports ultra-high frequency ranges. Sony says it has used silver-coated oxygen-free copper, which helps reduce transmission signal loss. Sony has used a polyurethane foam with a low resilience, plus synthetic leather ear pads with an around-the-ear fit. Buyers also get a standard audio cable and a 4.4mm option. The MDR-1AM2 will be available to purchase some time this spring for $299.99 (Rs 19,000 approximately).