Sony Electronics Provides Wireless Listening On the Go with Walkman® NWZ-WS613 and Bluetooth® Headsets

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 3, 2014 — (PRNewswire) — Sony Electronics today introduced four new Bluetooth wireless audio products.


Motivate yourself with the waterproof wearable Walkman NWZ-WS613 and create the ultimate workout playlist. Indulge your passion for bottomless bass with the MDR-XB950BT headset. Turn up the soundtrack to that rainy morning run with the splash-proof, sport-focused headset MDR-AS800BT. Or lose yourself in pure, undiluted music with the noise canceling headset MDR-ZX550BN.

All these models offer Bluetooth technology and One-touch connection to easily and seamlessly connect via NFC for ultimate convenience. These models also feature a built-in microphone, letting you take calls and chat hands-free with clear digital sound quality while your smartphone stays in your pocket or bag.

These new wireless personal audio devices provide flexible connectivity for a convenient wireless listening experience on the go.

Walkman NWZ-WS613

Sports lovers can energize with the perfect soundtrack as they run, bench-press or swim with the new Walkman WS613 with Bluetooth – complete with its own handy ring-type remote commander.

Sony's latest-generation waterproof[1], wearable MP3 player is designed for a comfortable, wrap around, secure fit while pounding the track or the streets – with no wires to slow you down. Cleverly-designed earbuds offer snug wear and crisp sound during that morning pool session or post-workout shower.

The handy ring-type remote commander controls music playback and lets users accept calls while on the move. The low-power wireless technology of this user-friendly remote commander enables extended use without ever having to worry about charging the battery.

For the first time, Walkman WS613 doubles as a wearable Bluetooth headset, giving users extra choice for their tunes by wirelessly listening to their music straight from a smartphone while jogging or working out.

The choice is yours: listen to music stored in Walkman's memory, or stream sound wirelessly from Internet services like Music Unlimited, Spotify, and YouTube via your smartphone. No need to miss any notifications from your fitness apps or any other notices from your smartphone while you are exercising, the SoundMix function cleverly blends music listening with the audio from your smartphone's apps.

The Walkman WS613 devices include the SongPal app functionality, allowing easy and intuitive control of compatible Sony audio devices. It can even access, select and playback the music files stored on the mobile device. Simply install the app on a mobile phone and take control of music playback, including device settings and more – all through one app. With built-in AAC and apt-X® codec support, users will benefit from maximized signal quality when streaming music wirelessly.

Bluetooth Headsets

The MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset, MDR-AS800BT Active Sports Bluetooth Headset and MDR-ZX550BN Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headset offer wireless listening on the go. All headsets are also compatible with hands-free calling via Bluetooth.

The MDR-XB950BT Bluetooth offers wireless freedom, nestle comfort, and unmistakable bass response, adding up to an unforgettable audio experience. The 40mm driver units with the Electro Bass Booster function will add punch and accentuates lows to club-like levels to one's favorite tracks.  Connect via Bluetooth with NFC and let music loose for up to 20 hours anytime anywhere. When battery has run out, connect with the included headphone cable for wired headphone use.

The small and lightweight splash-proof[1] MDR-AS800BT Bluetooth allows sports lovers to wirelessly listen on the go or at the gym. It can be worn conventionally, or flipped for an even more secure-fitting with the cable wrapped neatly behind your ear. Hands tied while at the gym? Experience the ease of one button operation while on the move.

The MDR-ZX550BN Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headset features built-in noise canceling and convenient audio streaming for the best valued audio experience. The Noise Canceling function reduces 90% of ambient noise and boasts long lasting battery life[2]. The headphone's swivel design folds away neatly for space-saving storage while you're on the go.

Pricing and Availability

The waterproof wearable Walkman NWZ-WS613 with Bluetooth will be available from October 2014 for a suggested retail price of $159.99 at Sony stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.

MDR-XB950BT Extra Bass Bluetooth Headset will be available mid-September 2014 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 at Sony stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.

MDR-AS800BT Active Sports Bluetooth Headset will be available mid-September 2014 for a suggested retail price of $149.99 at Sony stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.

MDR-ZX550BN Bluetooth Noise Canceling Headset will be available end of September 2014 for a suggested retail price of $129.99 at Sony stores and other authorized dealers nationwide.

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[1] JIS/IEC IP code (IPX4) equivalent.
Product was tested submerged in water of 2.0m depth for 30 minutes; no complications occurred. Salt water is corrosive, do not use in salt water conditions. Not meant to be immersed or come in continuous contact with water (IPX5 rated), IPX5/8 for the Walkman NWZ-WS613, IPX5 for the remote commander.

[2] Up to 29 hours when Noise Canceling function is turned off; up to 25 hours when Noise Canceling function is turned on. 

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