Sony has released a new set of headphones it claims are the first wireless 9.1 channel surround sound headphones to have come on the market.
The MDR-HW700DS headphones might not have the catchiest name, but they promise to offer an acoustic experience with full 3D sound, and they certainly catch the eye. The wireless nature of the headphones shouldn’t compromise sound quality – with dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies and HDMI connectivity, music should be completely degradation-free up to 30 metres away. Sony says they can handle any uncompressed audio up to 192KHz/24-bit.
Many headphones offer 5.1 channel surround sound, but 9.1 channel ups the ante with two virtual-surround front- and back-end high speakers, so the listener feels as if they are surrounded by noise. This innovation was created with the help of Academy Award-winning sound editor Tom McCarthy, who aimed to duplicate the experience of sitting in a movie theatre.
The gadget also features 50mm bass, which is powered by an internal rechargeable battery. Sony says this battery should last for up to 12 hours. The headphones should remain comfortable after half a day’s use, as well – the MDR-HW700DS features luxurious ear cushions to take the pressure off.
The headphones are not just designed for music – there are a number of different sound modes built into them, including gaming, voice and cinema. This provides listeners with an immersive experience no matter what the audio is.
For a true cinema experience, users can even pass native 4K videos through the headphones to a 4K projector or TV, and listen to surround sound audio quality while watching full 4K movies. The MDR-HW700DS should become available in Europe this month.
But the retail price of the headphones is estimated at £450, and for that amount of money, you’d surely expect something amazing in your headphones!
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