Sony reckons its latest headphone range is the best it has ever produced - and it's offering a money-back guarantee to prove it.
To say Sony is proud of its new Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphone range is something of an understatement.
According to Sony Australia's training manager Nicholas Villani: "they're the greatest headphones you are ever going to hear."
The Sony representative made these bold claims at the company's hardware showcase today, where guests were invited to check out the latest Sony products. Despite the impressive range of products unveiled (including the Sony Xperia S smartphone and a 4K projector), the company opted to save its headphones for last.
Sony XBA-4 Balanced Armature headphones (ear studs sold separately).
The headphones have micro-size BA drivers with the ability to combine full-range, woofer, tweeter and super-woofer units.
Sony's new micro-size BA drivers are a quarter of the size of conventional 13.5mm dynamic drivers but have a similar level of sensitivity, providing a deeper and richer audio over a broader sound range.
There are 11 new models in all, ranging from the entry-level Sony XBA-1 (which uses one single balanced armature driver per side) to the Sony XBA-S65 (a sports-flavored model that is water-resistant and washable). You can check out the full range in the graph at the bottom of this article.
"We are so convinced people are going to love these headphones that we are – for the first time – offering a moneyback guarantee on them," Villani said. "So if you buy them and are not completely convinced, we will give you your money back."
We were given a brief demo of the new headphones in action during today's Sony Sessions event, and can attest to their supurb audio quality. Naturally, pricing is pretty premium, with the cheapest model retailing for just under $100.
The Sony Balanced Armature (BA) in-ear headphone range will be available from March, with prices ranging between $99.95 and $549.95. Stay tuned for a proper review, coming soon.