Sony has launched the new Walkman WH Series with two headphones, the NWZ-WH505 and the NWZ-WH303. Each features a digital music player with built-in storage, an integrated battery for 20 hours of playback on a full charge (or an hour of music in return for a three minute quick top up), stereo “surround sound” speakers and dynamic dome type headphone drivers. They both also have LED Walkman logos.
The NWZ-WH505 model has 40 mm headphone drivers with a frequency range between 5 Hz and 25 kHz, 105 dB/mW sensitivity and 40 ohm impedance. The headphones sport 16 GB of solid state storage, which can be filled up with MP3, WMA, AAC-LC, and Linear PCM format files via USB.
Each earcup housing is home to playback control buttons, and a switch to opt for listening through the headphone drivers or via the speakers mounted on the arms of the headband. The latter are reported to create immersive listening thanks to a combination of Sony’s xLOUD and VPT speaker technologies.
The NWZ-WH303 headphones include 4 GB of storage, and 30 mm headphone drivers with a 30 Hz – 20 kHz frequency range, 107 dB/mW sensitivity and a 30 ohm impedance. The battery life is claimed the same as the more powerful Series siblings.
Either pair of headphones can also be used with a smartphone, tablet or dedicated music player via the supplied audio cable.
At the time of writing, we have no information on availability or price.