Sony has unveiled not one, however two new pairs of wi-fi headphones. As predicted, the WF-C500 wireless earbuds are price range wi-fi buds for the health club, whereas the WH-XB910N on-ears boast ANC (energetic noise-cancelling) and “club-like bass”.
Let’s begin with the buds (above). The WF-C500 are billed as “small and lightweight”, with an IPX4 water resistant design that will not be concerned by the odd drop of sweat or rain. Sony’s designers appear to have primarily based the rounded form on the corporate’s a lot pricier WF-1000XM4 buds, which isn’t any unhealthy factor.
Regardless of costing solely £89 (round $130 / AU$170), Sony says the WF-C500 pump out “genuine” sound because of the corporate’s DSEE know-how (which upscales digital music information to close hi-res high quality). You may also decide to make use of one earbud with out the opposite, which is useful when sleeping.
Battery life is a claimed 10 hours with DSEE switched off, whereas the snazzy translucent charging case provides an extra 10 hours’ cost. In a rush? A 10-minute cost ought to present an hour’s playback.
Like Sony new WH-XB910N over-ear headphones (under), the brand new buds assist Sony 360 Reality Audio, which delivers 360-degree encompass audio. There’s additionally Multipoint, which helps you to pair your headphones with two Bluetooth gadgets concurrently.
As for smarts, each the brand new fashions characteristic contact controls and hands-free voice assistant capabilities (the buds are suitable with Google Assistant and Siri; the on-ears play good with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa).
The WH-XB910N promise “club-like bass” to move you to your “favorite venue” – assuming that your favorite venue has a speaker stack the dimensions of a London bus.
The brand new cans are additionally stated to boast “improved” noise-cancelling in comparison with their predecessors, the 2019 WH-XB900N. New Twin Noise Sensor know-how makes use of two feedforward and suggestions mics to cancel out ambient sound, making it simpler than ever to close out the world.
The brand new on-ears additionally characteristic DSEE (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) and the choice to tweak the equaliser settings by way of Sony’s Headphones Join app. Helpful if you wish to tone down a few of that party-starting bass.
On paper, battery life appears to be like spectacular. You stand up to 30 hours playback per cost, sufficient for many highway journeys or weekends away. Operating low? A 10-minute cost by way of the non-obligatory AC mains charger offers a whopping 4.5 hours’ value of playback. Spectacular.
Final however not least the WH-XB910N have pinched a few the high-end options discovered on Sony’s flagship WH-1000XM4 over-ears. Adaptive Sound Management recognises the places you steadily go to and tailors the sound accordingly, whether or not it is a noisy health club or a rumbling practice carriage. You may also take heed to what’s occurring round you just by inserting your hand over an ear cup.
Tempted? The WH-XB910N will probably be accessible in black and blue from October, priced a £179 (round $250 / AU$340). The WF-C500 wi-fi buds will probably be accessible in black, white, ice inexperienced and coral, additionally from October.
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