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Sony’s wearable speaker is the best or worst idea ever

The Sony SRS-W1 Immersive Wearable Speaker is a home cinema audio system that you wear on your shoulders and over your neck, which — what? I’m sorry but I can’t really wrap this around my head other than literally putting it on.

Here is how Sony claims this weird product works: “By simply placing the wireless speaker on their shoulders, users will be surrounded by sound and vibrations that allow them to experience films, concerts and games as if they were actually there.“ 

Sony is trying to put a home cinema system right next to your ears without blocking them like headphones would do. They are probably more comfortable to wear that headphones. Sony claims that it provides an immersive surround sound experience thanks to “30mm-diameter full-range speakers on both sides,” which also makes sense.

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The company says that the neck speaker produces a “powerful sensory experience” in which “every explosion, every jump, every shot has a more realistic feedback,” with three vibration intensity levels. OK, sure. The device uses an RF transmission system because Sony claims it provides with better sound due to lower latency and better responsiveness than Bluetooth. The battery life, Sony claims, is seven continuous hours. The device charges on a charging stand.

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