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Sony’s latest audio product offerings show that form and function can exist side by side

Sony has just unveiled its latest range of audio devices, which elevates the bar when portable audio listening pleasure is concerned. This range includes three noise cancelling headsets and a High-Resolution Audio Walkman with specifications good enough for any serious audiophile to go crazy about.

Aside from technical specifications, what will first interest you are the eye catching bright colours this range offers. All three headsets and High-Resolution Audio Walkman come in six distinctive colours, Viridian Blue, Cinnabar Red, Charcoal Black, Silver Bordeaux Pink and Lime Yellow.

Headphones (h.ear on / h.ear in /h.ear in NC)

With noise cancelling abilities, bid goodbye to being annoyed by crying babies during a long haul flight, loud unpleasant phone conversations on the bus home or even persistent drilling from the construction happening next door.

h.ear on is a collapsible around the ear headphone that fits quite snuggly when worn – it doesn’t press on your ear making it comfortable to be worn over longer periods of time. Combined with High-Resolution Audio compatiability, the h.ear on also boasts impressive specifications of 40mm dynamic driver unit, 103dB/mW and frequency response of 5-60 000Hz just to name a few. The h.ear on weighs just 220g and comes with a 1.2m detachable cable that has a remote and mic. What makes this headphone standout from the other two headphones aside from its form, its diaphragms have been coated with titanium to rid unnecessary vibrations for clearer music.

Both h.ear in models as its name suggests are in-ear headphones that provide a really clear music without being bulky.

Main difference between the two h.ear in models would be the Digital Noise Cancelling feature the h.ear in NC has. A small rectangular box the length of your thumb, connected between the earpiece and the Walkman helps cancels out the noise. Coupled with dual noise sensor technology and automatic AI Noise Cancelling technology, this h.ear in NC headphone can block out unwanted noises for up to 16 hours on a single charge. Making this particular model is the world’s first Digital Noise Cancelling High-resolution Audio compatible in-ear headphones.

The h.ear in NC headphones have specifications of a 9mm dynamic driver unit, 100dB/mW (when Digital Noise Cancelling is turned on) and frequency response of 5- 40 000Hz. The regular h.ear in headphones on the other hand have similar specifications expect for its sensitivity at 105dB/mW.


High-Resolution Audio Walkman (NW-A25 / NW-A26HN)

Not every music player is built to be the same, more so for High-resolution Audio devices. For those who are new to High-Resolution Audio players, these are specially designed gadgets that preserve the music file by having a higher sampling frequency in this case 24bit, without losing any data in the encoding process due to compression of files.

Measuring 43.6x109x8.7mm, weighing 66g and with a 2.2” QVGA screen makes this Sony Walkman is one of the most portable and not to mention sleek portable High-Resolution Audio gadgets around. File formats are not a problem, the Walkman supports eight common file types, MP3, WAV, AIFF, WMA, AAC, HE-AAC, FLAC and ALAC files - allowing you to pick and play your favourite songs without any hassle.

To support more music on-the-go, the Walkman also has an expandable memory slot that can provide an additional up to an additional 128GB with a microSD card. Both models also have a relatively long battery life that provide up to 30 hours of High-Resolution Audio enjoyment anywhere and whenever you please.

The main difference between the two models would be that the NW-A26HN comes with an optional Digital Noise Cancelling headphones bundle and has a larger in-built memory capacity of 64GB – the NW-A25 has a 32GB in-built memory.


Availability and Pricing

The entire range comes in six distinctive colours, Viridian Blue, Cinnabar Red, Charcoal Black, Silver Bordeaux Pink and Lime Yellow. The Lime Yellow range is exclusive only to official Sony Stores and Sony Centres. Prices for Sony’s headphones start from US$98 (SG$139) while prices for the Walkman start at US$212 (SG$299) and will be available in the next couple of weeks.



By Geralyne Kaye / October 8, 2015 17:00PM GMT+8 Singapore


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