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Sony Xperia Ear Duo

Xperia Ear Duo launches from Spring 2018 to reimagine the wireless headset
  • Xperia Ear Duo, the highly anticipated wireless “open-ear” stereo headset rolls out to select markets from Spring 2018
  • Revolutionary “Dual Listening” experience brings capability to hear music and environmental sound simultaneously 
  • Intelligent “Daily Assist” feature recognises time, location and activities to offer relevant information throughout the day
  • Available in Black and Gold, compatible with Android and iOS
26th February 2018, Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today announced that Xperia Acclaimed concept to commercial product: Xperia Ear Duo is built to reimagine the wireless headset

Xperia Ear Duo features Dual Listening technology, so you can listen to music and receive notifications, whilst simultaneously hearing environmental sound or conversation. Whether you’re listening to music during a workout or commute, it’s an unparalleled ambient experience.

The Spatial Acoustic Conductor, developed by Sony’s in-house technology incubator Future Lab Program, allows the sound generated behind the ear by the unit´s driver to be transmitted directly into the ear. The specially designed ring supporter surrounds the ear canal so your music can blend seamlessly with sounds from your environment.

The volume intelligently adjusts based on your surroundings and background noise, with Sony’s Clear PhaseTM audio technology eliminating sound dispersion for crystal clear listening.

Smart assistance when you need it

Driven by Sony’s ultra-low power consuming “CXD5602” chip and a sophisticated multi-sensor platform, the “Daily Assist” feature will recognise time, location and activities to offer relevant information throughout the day - reminding you what time your next meeting is when you reach the office or narrating the latest news headlines.

Xperia Ear Duo also responds to head gestures – the advanced sensors allow you to answer or decline incoming calls by shaking or nodding your head, or skip through music by shaking your head left and right. You can also control your music and volume by simply tapping and scrolling on the device.

Voice control is also built in with flexible access to the personal assistants you use most, whether it’s Google Assistant or Siri. Quad microphone beam-forming isolates the sound of your voice, filtering out external noise to help you set reminders, send messages, make calls or launch an application, all freely and easily.

Designed to feel free

Made from durable stainless steel and soft rubber, Xperia Ear Duo sits under the ear to avoid interference with glasses or accessories. The open-ring supporter comes in three different sizes, and IPX2 splash proofing means it’s comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.

You’ll be able to enjoy up to four hours listening on a single charge, and the innovative compact case doubles as a charger, providing up to three times more power when you’re on the move. What’s more, the case offers a fast charging feature, giving you one hour of listening with just seven minutes of charging.

Xperia Ear Duo rolls out from Spring 2018 in sleek Black and Gold styles - the companion application will be available for free download at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.  Pricing will be $279.99 USD, and 229 GBP.


While this is more meant to be used for a smartphone for hands free use and as an assistant, I feel t his could be an interesting pair of headphones for the Walkman brand. It is unfortunate that Sony stuck with bluetooth 4.2, but I doubt any BT 5.0 chips were available at the time this was designed?  Bone conduction is an interesting concept and perhaps this technology will trickle down to less expensive models in the near future.

Listening time is 4 hours, up to 16 hours recharging with the case.  A 7 min charge provides up to 1 hour of use.

Here are some hands on:


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