Sony's CES headphone lineup covers hi-res audio, sports earbuds and more

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Billy Steele
January 9, 2018 1:00 AM

Sony isn't just showing off its latest TVs and soundbars here at CES, the company usually reveals a lineup of headphones and Bluetooth speakers in Las Vegas. This year is no different. The company's group of products this time around covers a lot of bases, including hi-res audio, sports earbuds and mega bass. Here's what Sony is debuting in the desert.

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First up, the MDR-1AM2 is a revamped version of the MDR-1A that Sony debuted back in 2014. The company says the new model features improved audio. More specifically, the wired headphones are compatible with up to 100kHz frequencies and pack in a new 40mm HD driver. Aluminum-coated liquid crystal polymer diaphragms handle the fine details while design elements should help with high frequency ranges and prevent signal loss. The MDR-1AM2 will ship this spring for $300/£230.

If you prefer your headphones to able to handle a more active lifestyle, Sony has three wireless options it's showing off at CES. The $180/£190 WF-SP700N totally wireless and $150/£150 WI-SP600N in-ear models both offer active noise cancellation. In terms of battery life, you can expect three hours on a charge with the WF-SP700N and an additional two full charges from an included case for nine hours total. With the WI-SP600N, the company says you can expect up to six hours of playback on a charge. There's also an $80/£80 WI-SP500 model that touts up to eight hours of battery life. All three are IPX4-rated options, so you don't have to worry about sweating on them at the gym. What's more, all three are set to ship this spring.

In terms of Bluetooth speakers, Sony is adding three models to its Extra Bass line with the SRS-XB41, SRS-XB31 and SRS-XB21. All three have a Live Sound mode that creates what the company calls a 3D audio experience with a focus on bass -- in keeping the name of the product line, of course. The trio also pack in multi-color lights that change based on the music you're playing. Basically, Sony thinks these are ideal party companions, especially due to the fact you can pair up to 100 of them together. The SRS-XB41, SRS-XB31 and SRS-XB21 are priced at $250/£200, $150/£150 and $100/£100, respectively. And all of them are slated to arrive this spring.

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