Sony just released the newest version of their neckband speakers and it could be the perfect companion for remote workers. The company announced last Tuesday the new SRS-NB10, a wireless neckband speaker giving much convenience to remote workers for conference calls. Aside from that, it may also be totally useful for listening to music and others.
There has been an increased demand for technologies like web cameras, headphones, and others as workers transition from office work to a remote set up. Also, companies have been improving and creating more devices to make your work easier for you. And Sony is offering the perfect work-from-home companion. Here are the details of this newest neckband speaker.
One of the unexpected and interesting product designs is the neckband speakers. It looks like a headphone, functions like a speaker, and is in your neck. Quite different. The company has been known to release quite unique designs such as The Rolly, released in 2008. Another unique design started with Sony’s product release of SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker way back in 2019.
Sony is not the first company to try this unique design. Companies like Bose with their Bose Soundwear Companion and JBL’s Soundgear have similarities with the neckband speaker. However, according to Sony, what’s unique about the SRS-NB10 is it’s designed specifically for remote workers.
What’s Unique About This?
You might be wondering how much convenience can this device offer? First, the neckband speaker promises up to 20 hours of playback “optimized for your ears alone”. In case of a critical call, just charge the device for 10 minutes for an additional 1 hour of playback. It is also compatible with USB Type-C®.
The company explains that users “don’t need to worry about distracting colleagues, roommates or family.” For as long as you use the speakers in a relatively low volume, the audio will be for your consumption only. This is also because of the drivers angled upward.
As mentioned, aside from it being a speaker, it is also for conference calls. As remote workers spend most of the time talking to colleagues, having virtual meetings and all that. You can also use this neckband speaker for voice and video calls using its two beamforming microphones and its built-in voice processing technology. Users are said to experience crystal clear audio quality due to minimal feedback and echo.
You can connect your Sony neckband speakers to two Bluetooth-capable devices simultaneously for an easier switching. As usual remote workers multi-task in between household chores and conference calls, users do not need to worry about water splashes. The device is IPX4-certified water-resistant in case you are washing the dishes while working.
Lastly, it also brings comfort through its lightweight design for all-day wearing. Also, it has a flexible band to make sure that the device fits perfectly on users’ back. It was reported to cost $149.99 on sale later this year with two available colors to choose from – charcoal grey and white.