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Sony reveals new high-end wireless headphones and earbuds

Sony has revealed three new wireless audio products at IFA 2017 in Berlin, including a new wireless noise-canceling headphone and more.

Published onJanuary 23, 2018

Sony announced a bunch of new tech products today at the IFA 2017 trade show in Berlin. Audiophiles will be happy to learn that the company will be releasing three new wireless headphones and earbuds soon. One of them is the WH-1000XM2, a new version of Sony’s MDR-1000X wireless over-the-ear headphones.

Like the older model, the new WH-1000XM2 will offer the same excellent noise-canceling technology, along with features such as ambient sound mode, custom noise cancellation settings and more. However, the new model will have a much longer battery life at 30 hours on a single charge, compared to just 20 hours with the older MDR-1000X. Also, the new WH-1000XM2 will be able get about an hour of use with just 10 minutes of charging.

A close up of a phone screen showing an illustrated version of how ANC affects external noise.
Some apps let you adjust how much ANC you have.

Owners of the new headphones will also be able to use the Sony Headphones Connect App for even more features, such as controlling ambient sound and more. The Sony MDR-1000X will go on sale in September for $350.

Sony has also revealed a new behind-the-neck wireless headphone product, the WI-1000X, for people who want a better audio experience from their smartphone while driving or doing other activites without covering their ears. The new product will vibrate if you get a call and will last up to 10 hours on a single charge. It will be priced at $250 and will also go on sale in September.

Finally, Sony will launch a new wireless earbud product, the WF-1000X, next month as well. For $200, you can place these devices in your ears and get up to 3 hours of use per charge and they also use Sony’s noise-canceling technology. The included carrying case for the earbuds can also act as a charging base. It’s designed to charge the earbuds twice with its own stand alone battery.