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Sony Launches World’s First Wireless Splash-Proof Headphone With Active Noise Cancelling In India

| April 17 , 2018 , 13:42 IST

Sony has unveiled its new lineup of audio products in India to solidify its position in the personal audio segment. As the market is moving towards wireless headphones, Sony has embraced the phenomenon head-on with six new wireless headphones and three Bluetooth speakers. Sony announced new products in its headphone and Extra Bass wireless speaker segment for India on Monday.

This new range of Sony headphones includes six models namely WI-C300, WH-CH400, WI-SP500, WH-CH500, WI-SP600N, and WF-SP700N. All of these headphones come with Bluetooth connectivity, NFC and optimized for use with Google Assistant.

The SP700N is top-of-the-line and is world’s first wireless splash-proof headphone with noise cancellation. The SP700N sports earbuds with active noise cancellation, ambient noise, Sony Extra Bass sound and support for Google Assistant. Sony has also designed a smartphone app for accessing equalizer settings. These headphones come with a battery life of 3 hours and also come with an open charging case which extends the battery backup up to 9 hours. The earbuds are splash proof, placed in a charging case. The Price of this headphone is Rs 12990.

The WI-SP600N has digital noise cancelling, IPX4 splash-proof rating and up to 6 hours battery life. It boasts the same set of features in a different design. This headphone is Priced at Rs 9,990.

The WI-SP600N and the WI-SP500 are sports headphones with their earpieces connected by a neckband.

The WI-SP500 has a battery life of up to eight hours. Sony WH-CH400 (on the ear design) and WH-CH500 (over the ear design) offer up to 20 hours of backup while the WH-CH300 (neckband design) has up to 8 hours of battery life. 

Along with the sports range, Sony has also launched an affordable wireless range with a starting price of Rs 2,990. 

The WI-CS300 is a behind-the-neck headphone with in-line remote and voice control for Google Assistant and Siri. Weighing 15 gram, this in-ear headphone has been priced at Rs 2,990 and offers 8 hours of battery backup.

The WH-CH400 is an on-ear headphone, comes with an in-line mic for hands-free calling, support for Google Assistant and up to 20 hours of battery backup. The CH-400 has been priced at Rs 3,790.

The WH-CH500 for Rs 4,490, along with the features on the CH400, has a swivel design that makes it convenient to carry.

Sony has also introduced three new wireless speakers - SRS-XB41, SRS-XB31, and SRS-XB21 - which are IP687 certified that makes them waterproof and dustproof. Sony claims that these speakers can be washed as well. All the three speakers can be used to connect up to three devices at the same time, which makes switching between the playlist easy.

These wireless speakers can be paired with up to 100 speakers over Bluetooth for creating a wireless party chain. Of the three variants, the XB41 and XB31 can be used as a power bank to charge the smartphone battery as well. The SR-XB21 is priced at Rs 7,990, SRS-XB31 at Rs 9,990 and SRS-XB41 at Rs 13,990.

The removal of the headphone jack in the new flagship range and the convenience of using the wireless headphones are contributing towards the growth of the wireless audio category.