Update. It wasn’t enough to have one super weird Sony immersive wearable speaker. Now comes the the a sleeker version of weird that looks like a cross between a nunchuck and those bean bag warmer collars you heat in the microwave. Or maybe like wearing Maleficent’s horns upside down around your neck.
Sony says it designed with remote workers in mind. Set to cost $150 when it goes on sale later this year, the NB10 promises up to 20 hours of audio playback “optimized for your ears alone” with drivers that are angled upward. So apparently you can cook and work at the same time.
As long as you’re listening to something at a relatively low volume, Sony says you “don’t need to worry about distracting colleagues, roommates or family.” Umm. Ok.
Unlike it’s predecessor, it is Bluetooth compatible and designed in theory for voice and video calls. Thanks to two beamforming microphones and its built-in voice processing technology, Sony claims the NB10 will make it easy for people on the other end of a call to hear you. The “open-ear” design makes it so that you can hear what’s going on around you. The NB10 can connect to two Bluetooth-capable devices simultaneously, allowing you to switch between them as needed.
Inexplicably they are also IPX4-certified water-resistant–for working from inside the pool? And thanks to USB-C charging, you can get an additional hour of playback after 10 minutes at the outlet.
The SRS-NB10 will be available in two colors — charcoal grey and white — when it goes on sale in September.
November 2019 — The Sony Immersive Wearable Speaker (SRS-WS1) launched in Japan back in 2017 (and was previewed during SXSW they year before). Now it’s going to be here in time to be a stocking stuffer. Preorder by December 1st at $250, and $300 afterwards.
It’s not just weird looking. The Sony Immersive Wearable Speaker is also not Bluetooth compatible. It manually plugs into its wireless receiver via 3.5mm or optical cables. Minimal playback controls include volume adjustment, vibration controls (for low-end) and power. It will also plug into a tablet or device via USB-C.
Sony wants you to connect to your TV for late night viewing. But headsets work much better for that than wearing a vibrating soundbar around your neck that everyone else in the room/house can hear. Speaking of vibrating…