Sony didn’t pull any punches at this year’s CES as it unveiled a plethora of devices from 4K HDR TVs to its latest edition of its Action Cam. Here’s a list of what they announced.
4K HDR BRAVIA TVs
It’s all about HDR this year at CES as Sony has unveiled its latest line of LCD TVs. The X93D series of 4K BRAVIA adds HDR or High Dynamic Range to the feature set of its top-of-the-line TV series. This is done through three technologies the Sony has developed, namely, Slim Backlight Drive, X-tended Dynamic Range PRO, and TRILUMINOS Display that delivers the brighter highlights, deeper blacks, and more brilliant colors while still providing a slim TV design. This makes the X93D series of Sony BRAVIA TVs fully compatible with 4K HDR content when they become available.
Wireless Bass and More
In the audio department, Sony announced a number of audio devices such as an audio system that EDM will enjoy to wireless headphones that boasts up to 30 hours of battery life.
Bring the club scene to your home with the GTK-XB7 wireless speaker. The XB7 provides low-end punch from its two 16cm woofers. Turn on the Extra Bass feature and the built-in DSP adds even more bass without sacrificing sound quality. But sound is doesn’t a club scene make. The XB7 has 3-way line lights, strobe lights, and speaker light effects that interact with the music.
Still need more sound? You can attach another XB7 speaker via Bluetooth.
While the XB7 might be a bit hard to bring along everywhere, the SRS-XB3 and SRS-XB2 might be the way to go. These portable wireless speakers allow you to bring the music everywhere. With two 48mm full-range speakers on the XB3 and two 42mm full-range speakers on the XB2, both portable speakers still provide loud music without compromising on sound quality. And if you still need more bass, both the XB-3 and XB-2 offer Extra Bass. Scared of losing your tunes? Both the XB-3 and XB-2 will last you 12 hours of continuous music with just 4 hours of charging.
The era of poor quality Bluetooth audio is at an end with the arrival of the MDR-XB650BT headphones. The XB650BT offers One-touch Bluetooth connection via NFC and is compatible with AAC and aptX codex for high quality audio. Enjoy deep bass as well with Extra Bass and best of all, 30 hours of continuous playback and charging via USB.
When Sony says that the WS413/WS414 Walkman can be worn everywhere, they mean everywhere. The new Walkman has been designed to be worn even in the ocean as it is both salt waterproof and dustproof. Worried about your surrounding environment while wearing the new Walkman? Fear not, the Ambient Sound mode picks up voices and noises with its built-in microphone so you can still be aware of your surroundings while still listening to your favorite tunes.
The WS413 can carry up to 4GBs of music while the WS414 can carry up to 8GBs of music.
Update: The WS413 will be available in the Philippines this March for P4,999.
For truly high quality audio, this year’s CES introduces a new speaker and two new headphones to Sony’s h.ear family. All three devices use LDAC codec technology that allow for the transfer of high resolution audio quality wirelessly.
The h.ear go is the smallest portable high-resolution audio wireless speaker with its 35mm high-resolution full-range speaker. Despite its size, it still packs a punch with Extra Bass. It even supports Google Cast and Spotify Connect.
Get the full musical experience with the h.ear on wireless noise-cancelling headphones with its 40mm driver. You can listen on and on with its 20 hour battery life even with its AI Noise Cancelling turned on.
If you need something small and yet still want that high resolution audio quality, there is the h.ear in wireless Bluetooth headphones. Its 9mm driver still offers great sound quality despite its size. And if you connect your smartphone with the h.ear in, it will also act as a wireless headset with its built-in microphone and HD voice support.
As with every h.ear device, all three h.ear devices comes in five vibrant colors – Viridian Blue, Cinnabar Red, Charcoal Black, Lime Yellow and Bordeaux Pink. These new models will be available in select Asia Pacific countries this March.
Always Time for Action
Sony also unveiled its latest Action Cam, the HDR-AS50. It has an 11.1MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor that is paired with a Zeiss Tessar lens. The HDR-AS50 promises judder-free videos while recording fast motions such as motorsports or a bike ride down a trail. You can also attach the camera to a drone without fear of blurry footage because the camera’s stabilization system.
The Sony HDR-AS50 Action Cam will be available in select Asia Pacific countries in February 2016.