Sony Mobile Communications has today announced that the Xperia Ear Duo will be available in Australia from 28th of May 2018.

“The Xperia Ear Duo is the result of combining what we’ve learned from our extensive history within the audio and acoustics space, along with growing consumer interest in wearable technology,” said John Featherstone, Managing Director, Sony Mobile Oceania. “Ear Duo is the first wireless headset to deliver a breakthrough Dual Listening experience – the ability to enjoy your music, receive your notifications all whilst being able to hear what’s going on in the world around you.”

Xperia Ear Duo features Dual Listening technology, so you can listen to music and receive notifications, whilst simultaneously hearing environmental sound or conversation, be that during a workout, while in the office or on your commute.

The Spatial Acoustic Conductor, developed by Sony’s in-house technology incubator Future Lab Program, allows the sound generated behind the ear by the unit’s driver to be transmitted directly into the ear. The specially designed ring supporter surrounds the ear canal so your music can blend seamlessly with sounds from your environment.

The volume intelligently adjusts based on your surroundings and background noise, with Sony’s Clear Phase audio technology eliminating sound dispersion for crystal clear listening.

Driven by Sony’s ultra-low power consuming “CXD5602” chip and a sophisticated multi-sensor platform, the “Daily Assist” feature will recognise time, location and activities to offer relevant information throughout the day – reminding you what time your next meeting is when you reach the office or narrating the latest news headlines.

Xperia Ear Duo also responds to head gestures – the advanced sensors allow you to answer or decline incoming calls by shaking or nodding your head, or skip through music by shaking your head left and right. You can also control your music and volume by simply tapping and scrolling on the earpieces.

Voice control is also built in with flexible access to the personal assistants you use most, whether it’s Google or Siri. Quad microphone beam-forming isolates the sound of your voice, filtering out external noise to help you set reminders, send messages, make calls or launch an application, with ease.

Made from durable stainless steel and soft rubber, Xperia Ear Duo sits under the ear to avoid interference with glasses or accessories. The open-ring supporter comes in three different sizes, and IPX2 splash proofing means it’s comfortable enough to wear all day, every day.

You’ll be able to enjoy up to four hours listening on a single charge, and the innovative compact case doubles as a charger, providing up to three times more power when you’re on the move. What’s more, the case offers a fast charging feature, giving you one hour of listening with just seven minutes of charging when using the optional fast charger accessory (UCH12W).

Xperia Ear Duo will be available through JB Hi-Fi, and at Sony Kiosks and Online for RRP $399 AUD from the 28th of May in a sleek black design. The fast charger accessory, UCH12W can be purchased from Sony for RRP $49 AUD. The companion application for the Xperia Ear Duo is available for free download at the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.