Sony has just announced a series of noise canceling headphones as well as a new special edition Meb Keflezighi NWZ-W262 Walkman MP3 player.
The MDR-NC200D headphones offer digital noise canceling technology in a compact, over-the-head design. Sony's digital signal processing technology reduces up to 98.2% of ambient noise. And because there are different types of noise in these types of settings, Sony's Artificial Intelligence Noise Canceling technology automatically selects the appropriate noise cancellation with the press of a button. Peace and quiet can also be achieved without music and movies as users can remove the detachable cord and still enjoy the noise canceling feature. And since the headphones are both active and passive, users can also listen to music without the noise canceling feature.
The two-way folding design makes for a very compact solution, easily fitting into your carry-on luggage or purse, while the AAA battery life of up to 22 hours.
The MDR-NC200D headphones utilize 40mm driver units for wide frequency response, while the monitor switch allows the user to hear what's going on around them. Users can also enjoy the noise canceling feature without music or movies. They come with a digital equalizer with full digital amplification as well as a semi-hard carrying case, an in-flight plug adaptor, AAA battery and a detachable cord. The MDR-NC200D retails for about $200.
The MDR-NC100D headphones offer digital noise canceling technology in an in-ear design. This ultra-compact model produces noise cancellation of ambient noise up to 98.2%, while high-quality audio quality is achieved with 13.5mm drivers. Much like the MDR-NC200D, the MDR-NC100D analyzes surrounding ambient noise using Artificial Intelligence Noise Canceling and selects the best noise canceling mode based on the environment. Users can choose from three sizes of Noise Isolation Earbuds. Also included is a carrying pouch, in-flight plug adaptor, cord adjuster and an AAA battery supplying up 22 hours of active noise canceling. The MDR-NC100D retails for about $150.
Sony also unveiled two new Smartphone headsets (DR-EX14VP and DR-XB23VP), which allow users to experience sound reproduction and control of their smartphone via an in-line remote control, featuring volume control, play/pause, call answer/end, and a microphone. Out of the box, the headset is compatible with most smartphones, including phones with Android OS, iPhone and Blackberry devices while a supplied extension cable adds compatibility to most Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and others.
The EX14VP offers the more traditional in-ear solution style, while the DR-XB23VP features powerful bass reproduction with an angled earbud structure. Both include three sizes of hybrid silicone earbuds for a fine-tuned fit. The DR-EX14VP comes in three colors, black, violet and pink, and retails for about $40, while the DR-XB23VP retails for about $ $60.
Sony is also introducing three new headsets for iPhone users (DR-XB22iP, DR-EX61iP, DR-ZX701iP). All three models feature an in-line remote with microphone, as well as controls for play/pause, volume, and track control - all for the listening to music and taking and making calls on the go. All three models offer iPod, iPhone and iPad compatibility and VoiceOver mode (on enabled devices), where with a press of a button the iPod states the name of the currently playing song or playlist. The DR-EX61ip offers a fresh design, while the DR-XB22iP in-ear style headset marries deep bass performance with a hybrid silicone earbud and an angled earbud structure. The DR-EX61iP retails for about $40, while theDR-XB22iP is approximately $60.
The DR-ZX701iP over-the-head headset delivers dynamic frequency response for deep bass and clear treble performance, featuring 50 mm drivers. It accepts high-power input, up to 2,000mW, and the noise isolating earpads provide a secure and comfortable fit. The DR-ZX701iP retails for about $150.
The new digital noise canceling models will be available in September, while the headset models will be available in October.
Sony Walkman W-Series Meb Keflezighi Special Edition
Runners can rejoice as Sony today announced a new special edition Meb Keflezighi NWZ-W262 Walkman MP3 player, offering the same lightweight, water-resistant design as the W260 models with additional content from the U.S. Olympic medalist and 2009 ING New York City Marathon Champion.
The special edition model, which features a custom Energy Orange trim over black design, will come pre-loaded with 24 minutes of audio running tips from Meb. Also included is a running booklet with information on getting started, nutrition, stretching, race strategy and Meb's favorite runners' playlist.
The Sony Walkman W260 Series is designed to withstand sweat from intense workouts in any weather condition.
The W-series Walkman player comes with Content Transfer software that allows users to drag and drop music files from iTunes for Windows, Windows Media Player or Windows Explorer (DRM free content only). With 2 GB of storage, the special edition model can hold approximately 470 songs.
The NWZ-W260 series Walkman player also offers a quick-charge function. With only three minutes of charge time, the player can run for up to 60 minutes and full battery life is up to 8 hours.
The special edition Meb Keflezighi Walkman W-Series will be available October 2011 for about $59 at Sony Stores including online at http://store.sony.com and other authorized retailers.