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Sony launches new ULT POWER SOUND line of new speakers, headphones

Four new products hit the scene.

Published onApril 11, 2024

A photo of the button control cluster of the Sony ULT WEAR.
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  • Sony is succeeding older products with the new ULT POWER SOUND brand.
  • The company released a tower speaker, two Bluetooth speakers, and a pair of headphones.
  • Each product features an “ULT” button to control bass enhancement.

Today Sony launched a brand new line of personal audio products, entitled ULT Power Sound. Headlining this release are four new products: three speakers, and a set of headphones

In an effort to make its branding a little more accessible, each model released under the ULT Power Sound branding supersedes older products with much-maligned incomprehensible product names. Specifically, the SRS-XE200 is succeeded by the ULT TOWER, the SRS-XG500 line becomes the ULT FIELD, and the ULT WEAR replaces the WH-XB910N.

The Sony ULT WEAR headphones

A photo of the Sony ULT WEAR headphones, foleded up atop a desk.
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The Sony ULT WEAR headphones fold up for easier storage.

As the product that will get the most attention out of this group, the Sony ULT WEAR headphones are first up in this recap. These headphones are built around a 40mm driver, and sport some of the tech of the Sony WH-1000XM5 under the hood. This includes a V1 processor to handle ANC, and screened mic assemblies similar to the ones found on Sony’s top-of-the-line ANC headphones.

The Sony ULT WEAR also is host to some of Sony’s more technically-advanced features as well, such as 360 Reality Audio with head tracking, microphone wind reduction, LDAC and LC3 support (after an OTA update). Additionally, the headphones support Multipoint via the Bluetooth 5.2 stack.

A photo of the ports of the Sony ULT WEAR.
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You can connect your Sony headphones to a source via TRS, or Bluetooth.

On the side of the controls is a large button that simply reads: “ULT.” This toggles a quick EQ change that allows users to select normal bass, “deep” bass, or “more powerful” bass. A representative from Sony confirmed that this isn’t merely a shelf filter, but a more complicated enhancement.

The Sony ULT FIELD series

A manufacturer image of the Sony ULT FIELD
The larger Sony ULT FIELD can be played vertically or horizontally.

Next up are two portable speakers, the ULT FIELD 7 and ULT FIELD 1. Though both are of the same line, the ULT FIELD 7 is a replacement for the SRS-XG500, while the ULT FIELD 1 replaces the SRS-XE200. Both speakers have an ingress protection rating of IP67, and are rustproof.

The ULT FIELD 7 portable speaker is the more fully-featured option of the two, with a 7-band equalizer, “ULT” button, lighting, touch controls,, 3.5mm and 6.3mm inputs. Said inputs can be used to amplify a guitar or microphone for performances, which is an interesting touch. Additionally, the ULT FIELD 7 can be used vertically or horizontally, as internal sensors can detect its orientation and alter its output accordingly.

A photo of a hand holding the Sony ULT FIELD 1.
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The smallest of the three speakers, the Sony ULT FIELD 1 is both shock and rust proof.

The ULT FIELD 1 is quite a bit smaller and less expensive, but what it lacks in features it makes up for in toughness. The only speaker in the lineup that is shockproof, this model is made to withstand the elements. However, it is the only product listed here that doesn’t support LDAC.

The Sony ULT TOWER 10

The Sony ULT TOWER 10 is a lot of speaker in a gargantuan case. Weighing in at 64 lbs, it’s no wonder that the wheels and handle are necessary for users to cart this behemoth around.

A manufacturer's image of the Sony ULT TOWER 10.
The ULT TOWER 10 aims to blast sound out in all directions equally well.

Under the hood, the ULT TOWER 10 sports multiple drivers pointed outward in all directions for omnidirectional output. The large tower speaker is lit with LED accent lighting, and sports a top control panel with an “ULT” button, touch controls, and a 7-band EQ (software). The ULT TOWER 10 has a 6.3mm jack for mics and guitars, and also includes a wireless mic for impromptu karaoke.

All these products are available now, with the ULT TOWER 10 coming in at $1,199, the ULT FIELD at $499.99, the ULT FIELD 1 at $129.99, and the ULT WEAR at $199.99.

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