Sony unveils its latest wireless headphone lineup at IFA 2019


All the three new headphones from Sony support both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants.

What you need to know

  • Sony has announced new WI-1000XM2 neckband headphones featuring the QN1 HD noise cancelling processor.
  • The neckband headphones come with a HD Hybrid Driver System featuring a 9mm dynamic driver and Balanced Armature driver.
  • Sony says the WI-1000XM2 will be available in January next year for £300 ($370).

The "compact" Xperia 5 wasn’t the only impressive new product that Sony introduced today at IFA. It also introduced the WI-1000XM2 wireless neckband earbuds, WF-H800 truly wireless earbuds, and WH-H910N wireless overband headphones.

Sony WI-1000XM2 neckband headphones feature the company’s proprietary QN1 processor with 32-bit audio signal processing, high quality digital to analogue conversation, and a built-in headphone amplifier. Sony’s QN1 chip is also found in the company’s excellent WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones as well as the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. Sony says the WI-1000XM2’s angled earphone design, Dual Noise Sensor technology, and the Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing function also play an important role in effectively cancelling ambient noise.

Even though the neckband headphones are quite compact in terms of size, they are claimed to deliver premium sound, all thanks to the company’s HD Hybrid Driver System. Each of the earbuds include a 9mm dynamic driver and a balanced armature driver to produce deep bass combined with clear highs.

The Sony WI-1000XM2 offers up to 10 hours of music playback on a single charge. Thanks to Quick Charging support, you can get 80 minutes of music playback time from just 10 minutes of charging. The neckband headphones include a built-in microphone as well for hands-free calling and supports both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Sony’s new WI-1000XM2 headphones will be available for approximately £300 ($370) starting January 2020.

Sony’s new WF-H800 h.ear in 3 truly wireless earbuds come in five two-tone color combinations. Just like the WH-1000XM2, WF-H800 h.ear in 3 earbuds have Sony’s DSEE HX digital sound enhancement engine and support both Google Assistant and Alexa. The truly wireless earbuds also come with a tri-hold structure for a secure fit, up to 16 hours of battery life with quick charging support, and 6mm driver units. They are slated to begin shipping in January next year for $349.95.

Sony also introduced new WH-H910N wireless overband headphones featuring Dual Noise Sensor technology to cancel ambient noise. The headphones offer a Quick Attention mode feature as well, which lets users listen to announcements or people around them by simply holding their hand over the earcup. Some of the other key highlights of the headphones include an impressive 35 hours of battery life with quick charging function and support for Google Assistant as well as Alexa. The WH-H910N will be available from December in the UK for £250 ($308).

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September 5, 2019 at 07:55AM