Sony unveils its latest wireless headphone lineup at IFA 2019

Sony WI-1000XM2
Sony WI-1000XM2 (Image credit: Sony)

What you need to know

  • Sony announced three new wireless headphones at IFA today.
  • The WI-1000XM2 neckband headphones come with a HD Hybrid Driver System featuring a 9mm dynamic driver and Balanced Armature driver.
  • Sony's new WF-H800 truly wireless earbuds come in five exciting two-tone color options, while the WH-H910N overband headphones feature Dual Noise Sensor technology.

The "compact" Xperia 5 wasn't the only impressive new product that Sony introduced today at IFA. It also introduced the WI-1000XM2 wireless neckband earbuds, WF-H800 truly wireless earbuds, and WH-H910N wireless overband headphones.

Sony WI-1000XM2 neckband headphones feature the company's proprietary QN1 processor with 32-bit audio signal processing, high quality digital to analogue conversation, and a built-in headphone amplifier. Sony's QN1 chip is also found in the company's excellent WH-1000XM3 noise-cancelling headphones as well as the WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds. Sony says the WI-1000XM2's angled earphone design, Dual Noise Sensor technology, and the Atmospheric Pressure Optimizing function also play an important role in effectively cancelling ambient noise.

Even though the neckband headphones are quite compact in terms of size, they are claimed to deliver premium sound, all thanks to the company's HD Hybrid Driver System. Each of the earbuds include a 9mm dynamic driver and a balanced armature driver to produce deep bass combined with clear highs.

The Sony WI-1000XM2 offers up to 10 hours of music playback on a single charge. Thanks to quick charging support, you can get 80 minutes of music playback time from just 10 minutes of charging. The neckband headphones include a built-in microphone as well for hands-free calling and support both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Sony's new WI-1000XM2 headphones will be available for approximately £300 ($370) starting January 2020.

Sony's new WF-H800 h.ear in 3 truly wireless earbuds come in five two-tone color combinations. Just like the WH-1000XM2, WF-H800 h.ear in 3 earbuds have Sony's DSEE HX digital sound enhancement engine and support both Google Assistant and Alexa. The truly wireless earbuds also come with a tri-hold structure for a secure fit, up to 16 hours of battery life with quick charging support, and 6mm driver units. They are slated to begin shipping in January next year for $349.95.

The Sony WH-H910N wireless overband headphones feature Dual Noise Sensor technology to cancel ambient noise. The headphones offer a Quick Attention mode feature as well, which lets users listen to announcements or people around them by simply holding their hand over the earcup. Some of the other key highlights of the headphones include an impressive 35 hours of battery life with quick charging function and support for voice assistants from Google and Amazon. The WH-H910N will be available from December in the UK for £250 ($308).

Sony WF-1000XM3 True Wireless Earbuds

Sony's WF-1000XM3 true wireless earbuds promise industry-leading noise cancellation thanks to the QN1e HD noise-cancelling processor and dual noise sensor technology. They also feature a Tri-hold structure for a great fit and promise up to 24 hours of music playback time.

Babu Mohan
News Writer