When you think of speakers, you think of devices that are embedded into a TV, sitting on top of a desk next to your computer, sitting on a stand next to your TV, and so on. When it comes to headphones, you might imagine a device cupping around your ears while being worn on your head.
Sony seems to have created a bit of a hybrid by launching the SRS-NS7, a pair of wearable speakers that sit around your neck, but stopping short of actually resting on your ears.
To be fair, this isn’t Sony’s first rodeo with these types of devices, nor are they the first company to create such a device, but we suppose it has its appeal. According to Sony, this device can offer users an “immersive home theater experience” without the need for more expensive surround sound speaker systems.
It features support for Dolby Atmos, but you’ll need a Sony Bravia XR TV along with the WLA-NS7 wireless transmitter. After that, users can then use the accompanying 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer app that takes a photo of your ear and then tries to optimize the sound based on it.
The SRS-NS7 will also work with non-TV devices. Sony says that you can pair with a smartphone and enjoy 360 Reality Audio from streaming services like Deezer and Tidal, and also link it up to PCs or tablets. In terms of pricing, we’re looking at $300 for the speakers and $60 for the transmitter.