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Futuristic Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones up for pre-order, ship May 25

Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones will ship May 31. (Source: Sony)
Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones will ship May 31. (Source: Sony)
Sony's futuristic Xperia Ear Duo headphones are now up for pre-order in the US. The headphones allow listeners to hear both music or voice overs at the same time as being able to hear ambient sounds around them.
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Sony’s futuristic Xperia Ear Duo headphones have gone up for pre-order in the US. The headphones are unique on the market for being designed to deliberately combine both piped audio as well as external ambient sounds from the listener’s environment. It can also add an audio layer of augmented reality that delivers users with timely information about their environment and what they are looking at.

The Xperia Ear Duo features some neat custom tech that Sony specializes in. Like Apple’s AirPods, the Xperia Ear Duo also features a piece of custom Sony silicon – in this instance, it is an ultra-low power consuming CXD5602 chip designed to help improve battery life. Its Sony-designed Spatial Acoustic Conductor, which sits behind the wearer’s ear, allows sound generated behind the ear by the unit’s driver to be transmitted directly into the ear. The specially designed ring supporter surrounds the ear canal so music can be blended seamlessly with sounds from the environment.

The Ear Duo works with both head gestures as well as responding to voice control and physical input. Users can accept or decline phone calls with the nod or shake of the head, or turn left or right to skip through tracks. A quad beam-forming mic arrangement also isolates voice, while filtering out noise to allow users to set reminders, send messages, make calls or launch an application. Its Daily Assist technology, which works with both Google and Siri, utilizes multiple sensors to recognize a user’s activities, time and location to understand what information is needed and when.

The Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones are available in either Gold or Black, and will ship on May 25 for US$280.

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones are now up for pre-order through Amazon. (Source: Sony)
Sony Xperia Ear Duo headphones are now up for pre-order through Amazon. (Source: Sony)
They allow listeners to hear both piped audio and ambient sound simultaneously. (Source: Sony)
They allow listeners to hear both piped audio and ambient sound simultaneously. (Source: Sony)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-05- 2 (Update: 2018-05- 3)