Tuesday, 24 January 2023 21:32

Sony announces new Float Run no-pressure headphones for runners and athletes


Sony has announced a new model of headphones, designed with runners in mind - the Sony Float Run. It comes in a novel headphone style that positions the speaker near, but not touching, the ear canal, and without slipping while in motion.

Sony's new design leaves the ear safely uncovered while still delivering a rich sound experience, and without any pressure or sweating or chafing. Runners can enjoy their workouts for longer without disruption.

The Float Run headphones focus on the runner's form, providing a comfortable and stable experience without compromising on sound quality. It is lightweight with a flexible neckband, coming in at only 33 grams.

Sony has tested the Float Run headphones on a wide range of head shapes and hairstyles and assures the headphones will stay with the runner, even if hats and sunglasses are worn too.

The headphones include 16mm drivers and precise tuning and combined with the off-ear style deliver a natural and wide sound, while also eliminating the echo of the sounds made by footsteps, chewing, or heavy breathing during exercise.

Importantly, while the sound can fill the user's ears, they don't cover them and thus the athlete is still aware of their surroundings.

The headphones are IPX4 water-resistant so there's no risk of damage from sweat or rain. The battery life provides for up to 10 hours of playtime and can be charged to an hour of playtime with only 10 minutes of charge. The headphones charge using USB-C and come with a carrying pouch to keep the headphones and cable together.

Users can control playback and use their smartphone voice assistant through the headphone's built-in controls. Naturally, voice control requires a microphone, and sure enough, you can also use the headphones for clear, crisp voice calls with its high-quality built-in mike, thus making it as ideal for productivity as it is for fitness.

The Sony Float Run headphones will be available from April 2023 for a recommended price of $259.95.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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