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Sony SRS-NS7 Review : Wearable, Wireless Music | Tech Reviews

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Sony SRS-NS7 Review : Wearable, Wireless Music | Tech Reviews

 

 

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The TWS systems have been betting on the “ambient mode”, a function that allows us not to lose the sound context of the street or the surrounding noise, while we consume content from the smartphone . An interesting bet is that of Sony , which has promoted its SRS-NS7 as a “neck speaker” that allows us to listen to music without having to put something in our ears. Is this SRS-NS7 speaker worth it? This is Fadvices review.

Sony SRS-NS7: Technical specifications

SONY SRS-NS7
SIZE AND WEIGHT 24.4 x 5.3 x 18.5cm | 319 grams
MATERIAL Silicone and plastic with fabric coating | IPX4 protection
DRIVER 2 x 1.3 x 1.3″ / 3.2 x 3.3 cm | Passive radiator
INPUT USB-C for charging at 7.5W
CONNECTIVITY Bluetooth 5.0 | A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP, SPP
CODECS AAC, LDAC, SBC
MICROPHONE Noise Cancellation

 

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This is the packaging, and here comes the NS7

Sony SRS-NS7: Here’s what you need to know

It is not the first system I use. For years, I’ve been using Bose Soundwear, a piece of equipment similar in concept to this “neck speaker” from Sony. This concept aims to be a short-field personal entertainment system, and with speakers configured to offer an immersive experience without using headphones.

It is a speaker that goes on the neck and rests on the shoulders
It is a speaker that goes on the neck and rests on the shoulders
This Sony NS7 competes against devices like the Bose Soundwear
This Sony NS7 competes against devices like the Bose Soundwear
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Comfort. It is the first sensation that this Sony NS7 leaves me, only in contact with the soft plastic and the silicone finishes on the neck. Unlike the Bose Soundwear, the NS7 doesn’t have a protective case, but it does have IPX4 protection so the speaker won’t be damaged by sweat. On the speakers, we have a synthetic fabric cover.

MUTE and power button on the right side
MUTE and power button on the right side
Volume control and play/pause/skip on the left
Volume control and play/pause/skip on the left

Easy use of controls. In this case, we have interaction buttons on both sides of the device. On the left side we have the volume control surrounding the pause and skip track button, while on the right the power or pairing button is housed next to the microphone MUTE, an entry that is located right next to it.

We have speakers that come into direct contact with our body
We have speakers that come into direct contact with our body
The smaller speakers are covered in fabric
The smaller speakers are covered in fabric
Audio on both sides. The fabric mesh protects the speakers from mid and high frequencies, directing the content towards the user’s ear when the equipment is on the shoulders. By placing them, the bass output is placed in direct contact with our body, accentuating these frequencies while listening to music. The stereo is tremendous.
Es compatible con Google Fast Pair
Its compatible with Google Fast Pair

Simple installation. For a while now, Google Fast Pair has become extremely useful as it adds connection history to our regular devices. When turning on the equipment, I have had the chance to pair them with a single touch from tablets and phones under my Android account. Of course, it is recommended to download the Sony app for your audio equipment, and thus configure the necessary parameters.

For best results and updates, you should download the Sony Headphones app
For best results and updates, you should download the Sony Headphones
Compatible with televisions. This is a differential advantage for those who are looking for a personal audio system that does not increase the volume of a TV on the other side of the room, and that can have a faithful output a few centimeters from the ear. In the package is added a dongle that integrates an input for optical cable – the speaker charging cable, charging cable for the dongle and optical cable are included in the package – which must be spliced ​​with the optical output of our system or TV. 
This way you will avoid making the pairing with the TV software and you only have to activate the accessory. Any device with an optical output can be configured this way. A pity that it is not directly compatible with the PlayStation 5, although you could “bypass” the connection by taking the audio from the TV while you play, but that generates latency.
This is the USB-C dongle that is added to the package
This is the USB-C dongle that is added to the package
Next to the USB-C charging port, an optical cable input port is incorporated
Next to the USB-C charging port, an optical cable input port is incorporated
Remarkable audio quality. It’s tremendous. To begin with, the panning and depth work when we are watching movies or playing on the smartphone is very well done, with fluid scenes and surround sound virtualization. Avengers Endgame is brutal with this. Now, in terms of music, I have been able to have a good bass and midrange response, but it tends to lose the mix a bit when we walk and move our heads a lot to the sides, like when crossing a street, for example. That balance is lost a bit, but it’s not serious.
Audio quality is very good, but the volume is very loud
Audio quality is very good, but the volume is very loud

The audio quality surprised me, but the volume is not that subtle. The change between 40 and 50% in the volume level is very abrupt, compared to 30 and 40%. In addition, in 60% the sound can be perceived from a distance of 1.5 meters without problems. We have a microphone test in this note, in case you are considering this system for video calls.

The charging port is protected to prevent splashes
The charging port is protected to prevent splashes

Just over 10 hours. Note that it is a very good figure for a system of this size, although my use was below the average promise of 12 hours from Sony. In just over 2 hours we have a full charge, although we do not have an obvious notification for charging cycles – it would be good to add it to the phone app and receive a push notification as soon as the speaker is charged -. Of course, 10 minutes of charging allows us to have up to an hour of playback.

For video calls or entertainment, it is ideal
For video calls or entertainment, it is ideal
It’s worth it? Let’s take it easy. It is not a priority equipment, but I think it could be a great complement to your TWS and speakers at home. It is a tremendous device for music and video consumption, as well as being a practical communication system for video calls. 

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However, I would not tell you to go for it if you are looking for something more immersive, and there the Japanese firm’s WF-1000XM4 are the best option. This is a complementary piece of equipment to what you already have, and a tremendous solution for short-field entertainment. I’d trade my Bose Soundwear for these NS7s for battery life, audio quality, LDAC compatibility, and USB-C.

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