Sony continues to experiment with the form factor of headphones. After the company released its innovative donut-like LinkBuds, the Japanese tech giant has unveiled a new model called the Float Run to the public. This is a completely new type of wireless headphones designed for athletes and people with an active lifestyle.
Judging by the name, the company is promoting the term “out-of-the-ear” headphones. The new development received an unusual suspension design – the headphones are not inserted into the ear canal, but instead are held on a special mount with behind-the-ear temples. The headphones themselves are interconnected by a flexible jumper, and this whole system is somewhat reminiscent of glasses. Sony positions its new product as headphones for athletes and runners, since they do not fall out and do not interfere, they are as comfortable as possible to wear during sports.
In terms of technical details, the Float Run does not have Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). But there are unusually large 16mm drivers, which Sony claims provide “no compromise sound and more natural sound”. Headphones weigh only 33 grams, so they are almost not felt. Other features include support for the SBC / AAC codec, Bluetooth 5.0 and splash protection according to the IPX4 standard. The manufacturer promises up to 10 hours of battery life.
The Float Run headphones are currently only available in black and cost $130. You can order on the company’s website, the headphones will go on sale in February.