Walkman thumbs its nose at noise

If you really must travel by public transport – and sometimes there is no other choice – the least you can do is protect your delicate, vi

If you really must travel by public transport – and sometimes there is no other choice – the least you can do is protect your delicate, virginal ears from the sort of filth that emanates from commoners’ mouths, like swearing and football scores.Simply don the NW-S700’s fetching earphones and a combination of microphones do the rest, examining ambient noise and cancelling it out with devilish frequency manipulation. Sony claims the S700 can cut out up to 75 percent of background noise without any need to alter volume.Three Li-Ions on my shirtNaturally, you’d expect this tech to come at the expense of battery life. But you’d be wrong. Because the S700’s Li-Ion cell is good for no less than 50 hours of playback and enjoys a 3-minute charge/3-hour playback feature, so you can give it a quick ‘power juice’ before you nip out for the day.And as well as promising functionality, the style-conscious consumer also gets a Sony-shaped nod in the form of three colours: violet, black or pink.We’d buy one. But like any journalists with their heads screwed on, we’ll endeavour to blag one for free.

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