Sony Intros Noise-Canceling Walkmans

dell takes a slice at apple with super thin latitude z dellz closed

Sony Electronics today announced its new NW-S700F Walkman players, which integrate noise-canceling technology so music fans can have a high-quality listening experience in noisy environments like streets, busses, and trains without pummeling their eardrums.

“While Sony has offered noise canceling headphones, this is the first time that we’ve integrated the technology into the player itself,” said Koba Kobayashi, Sony Electronics’ general manager for personal audio, in a release. “We’ve created an entirely new category and are confident that even audiophiles will be pleased with this Walkman digital music player.”

The built-in noise canceling technology uses a microphone to detect environmental noise, then uses waveform interference to cancel out external frequencies in the 100Hz to 1KHz range—which is a band where a lot of music information typically resides, but also where most noise from cars, planes, trains, and streets hits. Like noise-canceling headphones from Sony (and other makers) the microphone the new Walkmans use to cancel outside sound is in the headphones, which means users will be locked into the Walkman’s earbuds to get the noise-canceling benefits. Sony emphasizes noise-canceling technology has to be experienced to be understood, and plans to offer demonstrations in stores across Japan (and in Sony Style stores) after October 12.

Otherwise, the new Walkman players are shaped like elongated teardrops, are available in a variety of fashionable colors including purple, pink, blue, white, black, and aqua, depending on model and capacity. The Walkmans sport a built-in FM tuner, three-line OLED display which supports cover art, and boast battery life of up to 50 hours of music playback on a single charge. In terms of tunes, the players support MP3, WAV, non-DRM AAC and WMA, and Sony’s ATRAC and ATRAC Lossless, which means these players can be used with music purchased from iTunes and other online music services—except Sony Connect, which offers music to Windows users in Sony’s ATRAC format.

Several models will be available: The NW-S703F will have a 1 GB capacity, be available in violet and pink, and be priced at $169. The NW705F will sport 2 GB, come in black, and carry a price of $199. Reports on a 4 GB model vary; Sony is showing it and news outlets report a possible price around $240, but Sony doesn’t mention it in their release or their product pages: it may be available in Japan only, at least initially. Sony will also sell NW-S600 series Walkmans in 1 abd 2 GB capacities for $126 and $167, although they will lack the FM tuner and noise canceling features.

To make matters more interesting, while unveiling the new S700 Walkmans, Sony Senior VP Hiroshi Yoshioka told a news conference in Tokyo that Sony is working on a Walkman product which “handles images,” but refused to go into more detail. A video-capable Walkman would put Sony into competition with Apple’s iPod as well as Microsoft’s Zune player, both of which offer video playback capability.

Product Review

Audio-Technica's M50xBT headphones bring signature studio sound to the streets

Audio pros may balk at cutting the cord on studio headphones, but it’s hard to argue with these results. Audio-Technica’s wireless ATH-M50xBT offer massive battery life and killer sound you can take anywhere.
Deals

The best Apple AirPods alternatives for Android, Windows, and iOS devices

Apple AirPods might be new and improved, but they aren't the only game in town. Other makers are offering their own truly wireless earbuds, with attractive features. These are the best AirPod alternatives on the market today.
Product Review

Simple and reliable, Apple's AirPods are among the best fully wireless earbuds

Apple’s AirPods wireless headphones have dominated the market essentially since they hit stores in December 2016. Though not without some faults, they cracked the connectivity code to rank among the best fully wireless earbuds you can…
Home Theater

The best Dolby Atmos movies for your home theater sound as good as they look

If you've got your hands on some sweet Dolby Atmos gear, the next step is to find films that take advantage of it. These are our picks in several genres for the best Dolby Atmos movies currently available on Blu-ray and streaming services.
Emerging Tech

A 3D printer the size of a small barn will produce entire homes in Saudi Arabia

If you’re looking for a 3D printer that can comfortably fit on the side of your desk… well, Danish company Cobod International’s enormous new 3D house printer probably isn’t for you.
Deals

Need a ride? Amazon is slashing prices on popular electric scooters

If you’re not much of a cyclist or if you’re looking for a lazier way to zip about town, an electric scooter should be right up your alley. Two of our favorites, the foldable Glion Dolly and the eco-friendly Razor scooter, are on sale…
Emerging Tech

Unexpected particle plumes discovered jetting out of asteroid Bennu

The OSIRIS-REx craft traveled to asteroid Bennu last year and won't return until 2023. But the mission is already throwing up unexpected findings, like plumes of particles which are being ejected from the surface of the asteroid.
Emerging Tech

Trip to Neptune’s moon, Triton, could inform search for extraterrestrial life

NASA has proposed sending a craft to Neptune to study its largest moon, Triton. Studying Triton could offer clues to how liquid water is maintained on planets, which may indicate what to look for when searching for life beyond our planet.
Emerging Tech

NASA’s Mars 2020 rover passes its tests with flying colors

The Mars 2020 rover team has been undertaking a series of tests to see if the craft will be able to launch, navigate, and land on the Red Planet. Called Systems Test 1, or ST1, these tests represent the first test drive of the new rover.
Outdoors

Light up the night! Here are the five best headlamps money can buy

Headlamps make all the difference when camping or walking the dog at night, especially when you're in need of both hands. From Petzl to Tikkid, here are some of the best headlamps on the market.
Emerging Tech

A hive of activity: Using honeybees to measure urban pollution

According to a new study from Vancouver, bees could help us understand urban pollution. Scientists have found an innovative way to measure the level of source of pollution in urban environments: by analyzing honey.
Emerging Tech

Spacewalk a success as astronauts upgrade batteries on the ISS

The International Space Station was treated to some new batteries on Friday, thanks to two NASA astronauts who took a spacewalk for nearly seven hours in order to complete the upgrades.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Emerging Tech

Asteroid Ryugu is porous, shaped like a spinning top, and is formed of rubble

The Japanese Space Agency has been exploring a distant asteroid named Ryugu with its probe, Hayabusa 2. Now the first results from study of the asteroid are in, with three new papers published.