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Sony announces new TWS earphones with EXTRA BASS

The new Sony WF-XB700s. (Source: Sony)
The new Sony WF-XB700s. (Source: Sony)
Sony has released the WF-XB700 earphones: TWS devices designed to incorporate this OEM's EXTRA BASS technology. They also have an IP4 rating against sweat and water-splashes and ergonomics that may help them stay in the user's ear. These new accessories will become available during April 2020.

Sony has applied its EXTRA BASS know-how to new wireless audio products. The WF-XB700s are touted as capable of delivering "precise, punchy rhythms", as well as the "vocal clarity" needed for an all-round musical experience. They are also equipped with the ability to wake and interact with a vocal assistant and hands-free calling.

These devices technically fall into the truly wireless earbud category, although their maker describes them as "TWS headphones". Considering their apparent size on their product-page models, this is a quite reasonable moniker; however, they are also designed with "Ergonomic Tri-hold", which (hopefully) should keep them in place during use.

On that note, these new earphones are likely not intended as successors to the popular WF-1000XM3s. Their appearance is slightly less premium, and appear more specifically directed at fitness- or activity-related use cases. Then again, they are rated for up to 9 hours of battery life, or up to 18 in their charging case.

The WF-XB700s will be available in blue or black on their April 2020 release. They have a recommended price of US$129.99, and will be sold through electronics or audio retailers in the US.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-04- 1 (Update: 2020-04- 1)