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Weird Sony strikes again with new SRS-NB10 wearable shoulder speakers

Sony's can be quite quirky at times with its product design as its new Neckband Speaker show. (Image: Sony)
Sony's can be quite quirky at times with its product design as its new Neckband Speaker show. (Image: Sony)
Sony has launched its latest set of speakers, but they aren’t what you might expect. Its new SRS-NB10 is a wearable stereo speaker that sits on a user’s shoulders that have been targeted at the work from home market, but are also useful around the home more generally.

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Sony has been known to have a little bit of a weird streak, launching some truly unconventional products over the years among its more conventional mainstream hits. The latest oddity is its new SRS-NB10 Neckband Speaker which as its name suggests sits around a user’s neck by being mounted over their shoulders. It’s similar in approach to some of their Bluetooth headphones like the WI-C400, but where that model uses wired in-ear buds to deliver their sound to the wearer, the new SRS-NB10 model uses built-in speakers.

The Sony SRS-NB10 Neckband Speaker is being targeted at the emergent work from home market which often requires users to connect to meetings using headphones and a mic for the best experience. However, that can get a little tiresome if you have back-to-back meetings and that’s where the new Neckband Speaker hopes to find a niche. Naturally this means it has built-in beamforming microphones and Bluetooth connectivity in addition to the upward-facing speakers. Sony claims it is very comfortable to wear while it also has a built-in mute button for added convenience.

Sony says that the SRS-NB10 Neckband Speaker is good for 20 hours on a charge which is plenty for both a typical work day and for any casual use around the house. Quick charging over the USB-C port will give users 60 minutes of power from a 10-minute charge. They also support multi-point connectivity meaning that they can be simultaneously paired with two devices like a laptop and smartphone. The SRS-NB10 also picks up an IPX4 splash resistance rating.

The Sony SRS-NB10 Neckband Speaker comes in gray and white while it will retail for US$150 when it goes on sale in September.

Buy the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones from Amazon.

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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, 2021-07- 7 (Update: 2021-07- 7)