Sony Announces Three New Bluetooth Headphones

Ahead of the reveal of the iPhone 7, which is largely expected to usher in a new era of user interest in wireless headphones thanks to the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack, Sony recently unveiled three new wireless headphone options for its customers (via SlashGear). Each of the three Bluetooth headphones couple together high-quality sound with Sony’s “Extra Bass” technology, along with high-rated resistance to the elements for sports-related activities on two of the models.

The first, most expensive set is the XB80BS Sports In-ear Headphones ($149.99), which come with a splash-proof IPX5 design that allows users to wear them in heavy rain and even clean them in water. In addition to being the most waterproofed of Sony’s new headphones, the XB80BS also packs in the highest quality sound with “high fidelity wireless streaming” thanks to Bluetooth and LDAC technology for up to seven hours of music listening.

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From left to right: the $150, $100, and $80 models of Sony’s new Bluetooth headphones

The mid-range, XB70BT Bluetooth In-ear Headphones ($99.99) are a slight step down in comparison, with an overall lack of waterproofing and high-quality music streaming, that’s compensated for with a focus on smartphone interactivity. Thanks to in-line remote controls with phone call and music playback functionality (lacking on the other headphones), along with 9 hours of battery life, Sony’s XB70BT headphones are aimed more at daily casual users who don’t need an emphasis on sports-related resistance.

Lastly, the company’s cheapest new headphones, the XB50BS Sports Bluetooth In-ear Headphones ($79.99), brings all of the same Extra Bass technology and wireless connectivity with a splash-proof IPX4 rating. Sony says this will let users keep a workout going “even in light rain,” so water submersion capabilities of the XB80BS aren’t the focus of the cheaper model. The battery on the XB50BS lasts 8.5 hours.

sony-headphones-2-800x403The $150 and $80 models come in three colors, including black, red, and blue, while the $100 version is only available in black. All three can be purchased through Sony’s websiteand Amazon, although each listing on Amazon marks the headphones as temporarily out of stock. The company also announced three new wired headphones along with the trio of Bluetooth options.