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  • Cheryl Tan

This Is The World’s First-Ever Dolby Atmos Wireless Neckband Speaker!

If you’re like me and you enjoy watching movies, action movies particularly, late at night, you might have faced the same problem I do. Gunfire, explosions, planes rushing by overhead are all super loud noises, and with my family at home, I definitely can’t be waking them up at midnight because I want to use my Dolby Atmos surround sound system

Well, that’s where the Sony SRS-NS7 neckband speaker comes in. Thanks to Sony for sponsoring this video, and letting us try out this cool product.

This is the world’s first Dolby-Atmos enabled neckband speaker, and you might be wondering, why not headphones? Why not earbuds? Well, if you’re watching a few movies back to back, or a particularly long movie, it’s just not as comfortable as a neckband speaker.

This weighs just 318 grams, which is pretty light for something resting on your shoulders, and the underside is made with silicone so it doesn’t rub or chafe against your skin and clothes. There are two X-Balanced speaker units inside, that increase sound pressure and reduce distortion, and they’re upward-firing, with one on either side to deliver clear sound directly to the wearer’s ears, and two passive radiators on the underside as well.

The neckband connects via Bluetooth, and you can definitely connect it to your phone for music listening if you want, but the beauty of this is when you hook it up to a Bravia XR TV with the transmitter that’s included in the box.

As for setup, rest assured that it’s incredibly easy, grab your phone and download the 360 Spatial Sound Personalizer app to capture your ear data, with the app analysing the shape of your ears to create the ideal arrangement of virtual Dolby Atmos speakers around you. After that, turn on the neckband. It will automatically pair, and you’ll get a popup on the TV for the 3D surround sound. And there you go! It’s as easy as that. If you need step by step visual instructions though, check out this link for an instruction video by Sony.

Moving on, if the set-up was done right, you’ll be able to see shows and movies with the Atmos tag, as evidenced here on Netflix. While watching a show, you’ll also be able to go to the Audio settings to check if it’s in Atmos. And my gosh, the audio sounds incredible with these speakers. Spatialisation is fantastic and it doesn’t sound closed-in like headphones or even like the speakers are below your ears. Furthermore, because the speakers are close to you, you won’t have to listen at a loud volume to get that immersive experience, meaning there’s no need to worry about disturbing your family members while you still get to enjoy Atmos. Of course though, if you’re using this while your significant other is sleeping on the bed next to you, it might still be audible!

As for music listening, this is great as well. You can pair them via Bluetooth to a phone, as I mentioned earlier, and with 360 Reality Audio tracks on Tidal, it’s a really nice listening experience. You won’t be using these for critical listening of course, but it’s a great way to take your music with you on the go while you’re cleaning the house or doing chores.

There’s up to 12 hours of battery life in these, and if you’re listening at max volume, which you shouldn’t by the way, to protect your hearing, you’ll get up to five hours. With 12 hours, it’s more than enough for 3, 4, even 5 movies back to back, as long as they’re not all as long as Avengers Endgame. But if you forget to charge the neckband in between movie sessions, or if it’s running out in the middle of a movie, a quick 10-minute charge will give you 60 minutes of playtime, which is perfect for a quick break to make some popcorn while waiting.

There’s also IPX4 water resistance here, so even if you accidentally splash some water on the neckband, they’ll be perfectly fine.

Another big selling point would be that, unlike headphones or earbuds, you’ll still be able to hear your environment while watching your movies. If you’ve got kids at home and you need to keep an ear out for them while watching your movies, this is a no-brainer.

At S$399, it’s a great device to have on hand for when you need it. If you have a Sony BRAVIA XR TV, the SRS-NS7 really is a must-have item for movie buffs, whether or not you have an Atmos surround system.

To learn more about the SONY SRS-NS7 visit the Sony Website here, and if you want to pick a pair of SRS-NS7 for yourself visit the SONY store here.

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