Scheduled to be released on December 6, these wireless earbuds are designed to be compatible with Sony’s new generation console, but can be used as regular Bluetooth headphones as well. In the practical review, CNET He calls it a “revolution”, and notes that while it’s unsurprisingly excellent for gaming, it’s also exceptional for listening to music in general.
The article asserts that in terms of sound quality, they compete with the Japanese giant’s WF-1000XM5 earbuds, which retail for around $300. Considering that the stand holder is flogging the Pulse Explore Earbuds for around $200, this is a surprising result.
The review says: “I found they sounded clearer and clearer than Sony’s flagship WF-1000XM5 earbuds, with strong, tight bass. That’s not necessarily to say they sound better than the XM5s, which sound a little fuller. But I didn’t expect them to compete at all with XM5s for listening to music.
The review goes on to explain why they sound so good, and that is due to the use of planar magnetic drivers, which are generally used in high-end studio headphones. The review notes that “planar magnetic drivers are highly regarded for their sonic accuracy and being less prone to distortion.” “They are typically larger than the standard dynamic drivers found in most headphones, and they are also harder to drive.”
While she notes that the earbuds are a bit bulky to compensate for this technology, she notes that they are comfortable to wear. The article stresses that this is a fairly barebones accessory overall — there’s no noise cancellation, for example, and they can’t detect when you remove the earbuds from your ears — but overall the excellent sound quality seems to make up for the shortcomings.
And when you consider that a couple of years ago, a pair of earphones with planar magnetic drivers sold for over $1,000, it seems like Sony has done an exceptional job of lowering the price of this product. Are you planning to pick up a pair? Sound off in the comments section below.
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