There’s a lot of money to be made in the home audio market and Sony is looking to capitalize on what could be the big trend. Based on popular overseas sales, the electronics giant announced this week that the SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker would soon be available in the United States market in early December, just in time for the holidays.
The speakers, which will rival those to be released by Bose and JBL, are simply placed on the user’s shoulders, at which point they’re surrounded by sounds and vibrations that allow for an immersive, yet private, experience of films, concerts and video games, as if they were actually there. The sounds surrounds the ears, offering a real-life experience and when combined with digital sound processing, it creates a sound field – and there’s ducts underneath to reduce excess resonance and keep the sound quality clear. The vibrations created by the speaker deliver a powerful sensory experience, perfect for any explosion, shot or startling loud noise. And the vibration level can be adjusted, to ensure a quality transmission of whatever the user is hearing.
“For the consumer that wants to take their movie watching or gaming experience to the next level or for that individual who would like to hear their television content more clearly, the SRS-WS1 Immersive Wearable Speaker provides a unique personal sound experience,” said Michiko Araki Kelley, vice president, New Business and Corporate Marketing Group, Sony Electronics North America.”
The new speaker hits the market next month and will cost $299.99, though Sony will offer an introductory price of $249.99 on all orders placed before the end of the month.