updated 11:59 pm EDT, Thu September 5, 2013
Three models cover Bluetooth, noise cancelling, and wired markets
Sony has introduced its next evolution of premium headband-type MDR-10 headphones. Available in digital noise-canceling, Bluetooth wireless with Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, and standard wired versions, the new MDR-10 headphone line is claimed to offer music lovers a premium audio experience in a more lightweight and portable design than previous models by Sony.
Sony engineers and Sony Music artists identified the critical 30-40Hz sub-bass region that is the signature of today's music styles, and developed an enhanced Beat Response Control design for the new MDR-10 headphones, featuring a closed back for maximum isolation and exceptional bass response. Enlarged air vents at the back of each driver force a quicker low frequency response.
Featuring a dedicated 40mm HD driver unit, the MDR-10 headphones deliver a wide frequency range with a balanced reproduction of vocals, mid-range details, as well as powerful lows and extended highs, the company says. The high-definition driver delivers ultra-wideband audio performance matching today's high resolution music sources.
By pressing Sony's Automatic Intelligence Noise Canceling technology button, the new MDR-10RNC headphones automatically activates one of three optimal noise-canceling modes based on an analysis of ambient noise. Sony's digital signal processing technology reduces up to 99.4 percent of ambient noise, according to the company. The MDR-10RNC offers about 20 hours of battery life between complete charges.
The MDR-10RBT Bluetooth headset incorporates NFC technology, allowing users to tap an NFC-enabled smartphone or tablet to the MDR-10RBT Bluetooth headset to instantly stream music or phone calls via Bluetooth. These new headphones also stream music wirelessly from iPhones and iPads as well as Android smartphones and tablets that are not NFC equipped, once paired through traditional Bluetooth pairing methods. The MDR-10RBT headphone offers up to 17 hours of battery life between charges.
The wired MDR-10R standard headphone has a frequency range of 5Hz to 40kHz, and is available in black and white versions. The coiled cable provides an design that eliminates friction between cable surfaces and reduces the incidence of tangles.
The MDR-10R standard headphones and MDR-10RNC digital noise canceling headphones will be available in October, while the MDR-10RBT Bluetooth wireless headphones will be available in November. The MDR-10RNC retails for $270, the MDR-10RBT for $250 and the wired MDR-10R for $200.