SONY WS623 SPORTS WALK­MAN

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Sony has re­leased its wa­ter­proof wear­able WS623 Walk­man, which has Blue­tooth Wire­less Tech­nol­ogy2 with NFC. The in­clu­sion of Blue­tooth means that in ad­di­tion to play­ing back mu­sic stored in the WS623’s 4GB of on-board me­mory, you can also stream mu­sic to it from your smart­phone. The in­clu­sion of Sony’s ‘Am­bi­ent Sound Mode’ means you can choose to block out ex­ter­nal sounds or choose be­tween three set­tings that en­able you to be aware of ex­ter­nal sounds. This func­tion uses in-built mi­cro­phones to pick up ex­ter­nal voices and sounds.

The WS623s have an IP65/IP68 rating which Sony says means you can swim with them on for 30 min­utes at depths of up to two me­tres—and you can use them in salt wa­ter provided that you wash the head­phones in fresh wa­ter im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing im­mer­sion. (Sony also help­fully ad­vises that Blue­tooth doesn’t work while you’re un­der­wa­ter.) The WS623s can op­er­ate over a wide range of tem­per­a­tures (from –5°C to +45°C), so they’re suit­able for most ex­treme sports.

The WS623’s built-in bat­ter­ies are rated for 12 hours use when fully charged, while a quickcharge fea­ture means you can get one hour of play­back time after just a three-minute charge. Avail­able now, the WS623 Walk­man sells for $199 (RRP)

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact Sony Aus­tralia on 1300 720 071 or visit www.sony.com.au

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