Sony Electronics has introduced its new SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker in the U.S. market, which can be placed on your shoulders to provide sound and vibrations for films, concerts, and games.
"Sony continues to put forth innovative audio products that provide additional options for consumers looking to enhance their home entertainment experience while matching their lifestyle needs," says Michiko Araki Kelley, Vice President, New Business and Corporate Marketing Group, Sony Electronics North America. "For the consumer that wants to take their movie watching or gaming experience to the next level or for that individual who would like to hear their television content more clearly, the SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker provides a unique personal sound experience."
The speaker, which is being launched in the U.S. due to its popularity overseas and is scheduled to come to Canada some time in early 2020, provides sound that surrounds the ears. The unique design features speaker slots which, when combined with digital sound processing, create a sound field that surrounds the user. The ducts on the lower part of the speaker reduce excess resonance to keep sound quality clear. Equipped with specially developed 30mm-diameter, full-range speakers on both sides, the small vibration board provides high-register playback.
The speaker creates vibrations in the air that deliver a powerful sensory experience. The vibration intensity can also be adjusted to three different levels: High, Medium and Low. In order to ensure high-quality transmission of the audio signals, the WS1 speaker leverages 2.4Ghz RF wireless technology for low latency and a more responsive listening experience.
In situations or locations where a user needs to be mindful of neighbors, roommates or family members, the speaker keeps its intensity and provides high-quality sound even at low volumes. As the sound is centered around the wearer, rather than projected from a distance, the user is free to move around without any degradation in sound clarity and volume. Additionally, the unique design of the WS1 speaker does not isolate the user completely from their surroundings, allowing them to experience high-quality personalized sounds while still being connected to their environment. Without the need to use headphones, WS1 users can free their ears and avoid discomfort while binge watching favourite movies late into the night.
The WS1 speaker comes with a wireless transmitter that can be easily connected to a television using an optical cable or audio cable. Up to two WS1 speakers can be connected to a single transmitter, enabling family or friends to share the listening experience. Users can also connect to the audio ports of mobile devices, such as smartphones or handheld gaming consoles, to enjoy videos and music using the supplied cable. To charge the device, place the product on the charging stand. One charge takes approximately three hours and provides a maximum continuous usage time of up to seven hours.
The Sony WS1 speaker will be available in the U.S. starting in December 2019 with a suggested retail price of US$300. Sony Electronics will offer a special introductory price of US$250 on all orders of the WS1 from November 18, 2019 to December 1, 2019. It can be pre-ordered directly at https://direct.sony.com/WS1.