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February 23, 2015

Sony release four new Bluetooth headphones

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Sony – Feb 23, 2015 07:00 GMTWireless freedom, now with High Quality Audio and Digital Noise Cancelling

  • MDR-1ABT: High quality wireless listening with swipe control
  • MDR-ZX770BN: Digital Noise Cancelling plus Bluetooth® freedom
  • MDR-ZX330BT: Balanced comfort for everyday listening with Bluetooth®
  • MDR-AS600BT: Splash-proof with Bluetooth® for active sports

Fresh additions to Sony’s headphone line-up bring you thrilling sound and effortless style while you’re out and about – without the tangle of wires to slow you down.

Brand-new headphone models for spring offer the freedom and convenience of Bluetooth® wireless listening. Just touch your NFC-enabled Walkman®, MP3 player or smartphone against the headphone to make an instant wireless connection. Then settle back and enjoy music as you’ve always hoped it would sound – with rich, controlled bass and detailed, crystalline highs.

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MDR-1ABT

Joining the acclaimed MDR-1A, the luxurious MDR-1ABT brings you wireless, high quality audio. It’s Sony’s first reference-quality headphone featuring LDAC™, a new audio technology from Sony that enables high quality wireless listening via Bluetooth®. Transmitting three times the data of ordinary Bluetooth links, this efficient new codec lets you stream pristine, lag-free high-quality audio wirelessly from compatible devices like the premium High-Resolution Audio music player NW-ZX2 Walkman.

From sonorous bass to uncoloured mids and ultra-highs, you’ll enjoy extended full-bandwidth sound from the 40mm HD driver units – with every musical nuance reproduced precisely thanks to aluminium-coated Liquid Crystal Polymer Film diaphragms. Your absolute comfort comes first, with ergonomic ear pads and an advanced enfolding structure that fits snuggly around the ear.

Even if you’re listening to your MP3 music library, Sony DSEE technology delivers a more natural sound experience, restoring high-frequency information and subtle reverb tails that get lost in heavily-compressed audio files.

Another exciting innovation is the addition of a touch sensor on the side of the headphone. Skip tracks, take phone calls or adjust volume with simple, intuitive fingertip gestures: now there’s even less to distract you from the music. What’s more the 30 hours battery life and input for a 3.5mm cable means you’ll always have your music with you.

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MDR-ZX770BN

Travel in style – and blissful silence – with Sony’s latest Digital Noise Cancelling Bluetooth headphones. With a comfortable around-the-ear design for extra comfort on long journeys, the MDR-ZX770BN cuts cabin noise and other background sounds using Sony’s powerful DNC software engine.

Connect wirelessly with a single touch to your phone or Bluetooth®-enabled MP3 player, then while away the longest trip – or just a fraught day in the office – with soothing, pristine audio. The headphone’s handy swivel design stows away easily, saving space in a bag or suitcase while you’re travelling. A generous music playback time of 13 hours (with NC on) between battery charges lets you enjoy lengthy plane or train journeys without interruption. For even more play time simply plug in the supplied 3.5mm cable for 24 hours NC playback time.

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MDR-ZX330BT

Everyday Bluetooth wireless listening is made supremely simple and convenient with the MDR-ZX330BT. Slip on the light, comfortable over-ear headphones and hook up to your phone or MP3 player with easy One-touch connection. You’re assured powerful, well-balanced sound by 30mm driver units, while 30-hour battery life for wireless listening means you won’t run out of juice during the daily commute or overnight trip. And, the quick charge function means that you won’t have to wait long to get going, a 1 hour charge allows for 10 hours playback.

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MDR-AS600BT

In tune with your active life, the MDR-AS600BT brings the convenience of Bluetooth listening to the toughest workout – or just a gentle jog round the park.

The splash-proof design wards off rain and perspiration during gruelling training sessions. And with the built-in mic it’s easy to take phone calls at the touch of a button without missing a beat while you’re on the treadmill.

The new MDR-1ABT, MDR-ZX770BN, MDR-ZX330BT headphones from Sony will be on sale in UK from May and the MDR-AS600BT from April. Priced at £70 for MDR-ZX33BT, £70 for the MDR-AS600BT, £130 for the MDR-ZX770BN and £300 for the MDR-1ABT.

Also just for the UK, an exclusive demonstration of the MDR-1ABT will be available at Selfridges for consumers to get a first look and trial of the product.
Technical specifications

Model Name MDR-1ABT MDR-ZX770BN MDR-ZX330BT MDR-AS600BT
Type Closed, Dynamic Closed, Dynamic Closed, Dynamic Closed, Dynamic
Wearing style Headband (Circum-aural type) Headband (Circum-aural type) Headband (Supra-aural type) In-ear
Driver Unit Φ40 mm, Dome type (HD units) Φ40 mm, Dome type Φ30 mm, Dome type Φ9 mm, Dome type
Sensitivity 98dB/mW (Passive operation) NC ON: 98 dB/mW (Wired) NC OFF: 100 dB/mW (Wired)
Frequency characteristics 4Hz – 100KHz (Passive operation) 20Hz – 40KHz (A2DP Sampling frequency LDAC 96 kHz, 990 kbps) 20Hz – 20KHz (A2DP Sampling frequency 44.1 kHz) 8 Hz – 22,000 Hz (Passive operation) 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz (A2DP: 44.1kHz Sampling) 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz (A2DP: 44.1kHz Sampling) 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz (A2DP: 44.1kHz Sampling)
Impedance 24 Ω (1 kHz) (Passive operation) 23 Ω (1 kHz) (NC ON / Wired ) 50Ω(1kHz) (NC OFF/ Wired)
Maximum input 100 mW (Passive operation) 100 mW (Passive operation)
Passive operation Yes ( supplied headphone cable) Yes ( supplied headphone cable) No No
Battery life 30 hours 13.5 hours (BT +NC) 24 hours (NC) 30 hours 8.5 hours
Supplied Accessories Micro-USB cable (approx. 50 cm) (1) Headphone cable (approx. 1.2 m) (1) Carrying pouch (1) Micro-USB cable (approx. 50 cm) (1)Headphone cable (approx. 1.2 m) (1)Carrying pouch (1) Micro-USB cable (approx. 50 cm) (1) Micro-USB cable (approx. 50 cm) (1)Long Hybrid silicone rubber earbuds (SS/S/M/L 2 each)Arc supporters (S/M/L 2 each)

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini