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h.ear series from Sony gets new compact style and colour refresh

Press release   •   Aug 31, 2017 13:15 CEST

  • Available in three different styles in the 2017 headphone series including; new compact on-ear, around-ear and behind-the-neck
  • All in five trendy themed tones
  • High quality wireless sound
  • Designed to pair with new Walkman® in matching colour variations

Sony announces three new wireless h.ear[1] headphones and matching Walkman® to suit the music loving, style conscious millennial. While maintaining a simple stunning design, colours are refreshed and specially curated with influences from the latest fashions, the five new shades are named: Horizon Green, Twilight Red, Grayish Black, Pale Gold and Moonlit Blue. With different mid hues, these colours were designed to fit harmoniously to your lifestyle and express your own taste.

The new NW-A40 Series Walkman are available with the same colours so you can enjoy High Resolution Audio with a stylish combination.

h.ear is engineered for maximum comfort while remaining stylish, these wireless BLUETOOTH® headphones have a high sound quality, for perfect listening while making you the envy of your friends and fellow commuters

The new Sony | Headphones Connect app available for h.ear headphones gives you more control for what and how you listen, and the equaliser will play in the style you want to hear. The already installed sound effects let you choose from Arena, Club, Concert Hall or Outdoor Stage so that you can feel the sound as if you were in a live venue.

Minimal size, maximum quality

The compact design of the h.ear on 2 Mini Wireless (WH-H800) mean these cute comfortable on-ear wireless headphones are minimalistic and lightweight, perfect for switching on as you head out and then fitting neatly in your bag when you get to your destination.

High quality wireless sound with LDAC™ or DSEE HX and Hi-Res Audio capability with cable, the h.ear on 2 Mini Wireless headphones are small and light but definitely mighty. And they certainly do not compromise on battery life as you can keep these on for up to 24 hours without needing to charge them again. Or get 90 minutes power from plugging in for just 10 minutes with Quick Charging.

Cancel out the noise and head out in style

The h.ear on 2 Wireless NC (WH-H900N) bring wireless noise-cancelling technology with touch control in the around-ear style. Ambient Sound and Quick Attention modes are a smart way to control your listening experience on the move.

Battery life is key here too as the h.ear on 2 Wireless NC has 28 hours of battery life and Quick Charging for just 10 minutes to get 65 minutes more life in these Hi-Res compatible headphones, giving you the best in audio quality all day long.

Bringing comfort to every call

Perfect for listening to music, taking calls and so much more, the h.ear in 2 Wireless (WI-H700) are the wireless behind-the-neck style option of the series. With a magnet clip to secure at the ends, this pair takes away the hassle with wires and benefits with a handy call vibration to notify you of incoming calls. With 8 hours of battery life in such a compact the h.ear in 2 Wireless fits seamlessly into your everyday life.

The perfect music player for your new headphones

The NW-A40 series Walkman is classy, compact and a complete colour match with the 2nd generation h.ear series.

It is compatible with Hi-Res Audio and has an S-Master HX™ digital amplifier built in, with DSEE HX™it will upscale your existing library of music while also being able to play DSD files[2], and it works as a USB DAC for your PC music files. This digital music player is also compatible with MQA™[3] file format.

Ambient Sound and Noise Cancelling mode are available when you use the headphones included in box with NW-A45HN[4], this Walkman® can easily adapt to your surroundings to provide the best sound experience.

Wireless connectivity by BLUETOOTH® technology offers an alternative way to use it out and about. In addition to that, being LDAC™ and Qualcomm® aptX™ HD audio[5] compatible give you options for how you use it[6].

The A40 series is smartly designed with a small 3.1 inch touchscreen for a simple to use graphic interface with easy navigation, as it has less layer screen options. Boasting up to a huge 45 hours of battery life[7], you can take this Walkman with you all day and night without worrying about running out of battery.

WH-H900N will be available from September 2017 priced at approximately £250/€300.

WH-H800 will be available from September 2017 priced at approximately £200/€220.

WI-H700 will be available from September 2017 priced at approximately £150/€180.

Pricing will vary by retailer.

NW-A45HN will be available from beginning of 2018 in 16GB in Grayish Black/Twilight Red/Moonlit Blue.

NW-A45 will be available from beginning of 2018 in 16GB in Horizon Green, Twilight Red, Grayish Black, Pale Gold and Moonlit Blue.

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[1]h.ear (pronounced hear)

[2] Though converted to PCM

[3] Manufactured under licence from MQA Limited. The MQA logo is a trade mark of MQA Limited.

[4] IER-NW500N/NE

[5] Qualcomm aptX is a product of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries, used with permission. aptX is a trademark of Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd., registered in the United States and other countries, used with permission.

[6] by firmware update after November 2017

[7] 45 hours using MP3 128kpbs file, 39 hours using High-Resolution Audio FLAC (92kHz/24bit) files 

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