Sony makes cinematic audio private with Dolby Atmos neckband speaker

A number of months in the past, Sony unveiled a wi-fi neckband speaker aimed toward people working from dwelling. Now that system has a brand new sibling that works with a transmitter plugged into the corporate’s Bravia XR TVs to immerse the wearer in Dolby Atmos encompass sound.

To develop into immersed in cinematic encompass sound whereas carrying audio system round your neck, there are a number of items of the puzzle that must fall into place. And it does sound mighty difficult, however may arguably be much less of a ache than organising ground audio system across the room.

You will want a Bravia XR tv, which you may then must cable as much as the setup’s WLA-NS7 transmitter. The transmitter connects with the SRS-NS7 neckband speaker over Bluetooth, after which Sony’s Spatial Sound Personalizer app might want to be part of the celebration to optimize the expertise. This includes the consumer snapping a photograph of their ears to be analyzed by the app so it will probably estimate the ear’s three-dimensional form after which create a customized digital Dolby Atmos speaker association across the consumer’s head.

Sony says that this setup ought to nip wi-fi lag within the bud in order that the onscreen motion is not out of sync with the audio playback. And you will get a number of blockbusters in earlier than needing to prime up the neckband speaker’s battery, with as much as 12 hours of use per cost at round half quantity, or 5 hours at max. A ten-minute fast cost does supply as much as 60 minutes of play time in the event you’re caught quick although.

The SRS-NS7 gives a 12-hour per-charge battery life, is IPX4 splashproof, and options an upfiring X-Balanced Speaker Unit with passive radiator


The SRS-NS7 options an up-firing speaker unit and passive bass radiator that ship “crisp sound on to the consumer,” and as with July’s NB10 mannequin, Sony reckons you can get away with listening to audio with out disturbing these round you. Certainly, the brand new the unit can carry out comparable work-from-home duties to the NB10 too, facilitating hands-free name taking with echo canceling onboard to attenuate annoying suggestions, and as much as two supply gadgets will be related concurrently.

If customers fancy listening to some music as a substitute of watching films, Sony says that they’ll expertise its 360 Actuality Audio immersive music by way of appropriate streaming companies like Deezer and Tidal.

Oddly, a firmware replace for the Bravia XR TV fashions is required to ensure that all of this immersive cinematic magic to work, however that will not be obtainable for obtain till January 2022. The SRS-NS7 neckband speaker and WLA-NS7 package deal is obtainable now although for US$299.99.

The WLA-NS7 transmitter can also be obtainable by itself for a $59.99 price ticket, for people who need to faucet into the corporate’s 360 Actuality Audio listening expertise utilizing choose Sony headphones, together with the superb WH1000XM4 wi-fi ANC cans we reviewed again in October final 12 months.

Product pages: SRS-NS7 (with WLA-NS7), WLA-NS7 (by itself)

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