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Sony expands its neck-band speaker line with the new SRS-NS7

The new SRS-NS7. (Source: Sony)
The new SRS-NS7. (Source: Sony)
The SRS-NS7 is Sony's latest neck-band speaker. The Japanese giant touts this accessory as an alternative to headphones in a home-theater setting, with in-house speaker types and 360 Spatial Sound for immersive audio without the risk of headband fatigue. This latest offering also comes with a wireless transmitter for potentially reliable, low-latency connection to the TV in question.

Sony has just built on its recent foray into what might be called the wearable or 'neckband'-type speaker with the new SRS-NS7. Unlike the preceding SRS-NB10, this new unit is promoted as a home-theater accessory as much as one for remote working.

This newer model does indeed have a larger, flatter and apparently flexible form-factor, designed by Sony for increased comfort and wearability over time. To this end, it has a "soft-feel" treatment for the base of its silicone band and a fabric upper. Its IPX4 ingress-protection rating might help users feel more secure eating or leaning over sinks while still wearing this new neck-band.

The Sony SRS-NS7 contains 32ΦX33mm X-Balanced speakers along with passive radiators, augmented with Dolby Atmos. The neckband is also rated to support the OEM's 360 Spatial Sound, (possibly an easy feat given its form factor) which can also be adjusted to the user's preferences.

Sony is also shipping this model with its own WLA-NS7 wireless transmitter (priced at US$60 and also pitched at users of some headphones from the same brand) to maintain Bluetooth connection with an audio source such as a TV. On that note, the combo is rated for optimal latency reduction when connected with a BRAVIA XR-series TV.

Should the user want to do something besides consume content, the new Sony neckband is also equipped with "optimally"-placed mics for the purposes of voice or video calls. All in all, the SRS-NS7 might be an option for those looking for an escape from all-day headphone wear.

Then again, at a pre-order price of US$299.99, it might be a costly experiment in different personal audio solutions. Sony estimates that its latest neck-band will start to ship from October 20, 2021.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-10- 6 (Update: 2021-10- 6)