Panasonic takes on Apple with first True Wireless earbuds

posted on Thursday, 4th June 2020 by Steve May

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Panasonic hopes to take on Apple, with its first true wireless headphones. The RZ-S500W tops the new line and claims to have industry-leading noise cancelling, while the cheaper RZ-S300W is even more compact (just 17mm in diameter), and has best in class battery life.

The RZ-S500W boasts 6.5 hours of continuous playback with noise cancellation turned on, while the RZ-S300W offers 7.5 hours playtime.

The RZ-S500W uses high-performance MEMS microphones and an innovative labyrinth cabinet structure to suppress wind noise. Beamforming technology helps to pick up speech and suppress ambient noise for the clearest possible calls.

A new Bluetooth implementation has been designed to ensure exceptional connectivity, thanks to a unique antenna design integrated with the external touch sensor on each earbud. The Left-Right Independent Signalling System helps to improve stability yet further by forming individual connections to each earbud. This cutting-edge combination ensures uninterrupted listening. 

Panasonic True Wireless RZ-S500W And Charging Case

The RZ-S500W boasts Dual Hybrid Noise Cancelling technology, composed of Feedforward and Feedback Noise Cancelling, a technique more commonly found on larger over-ear noise cancelling headphones.

Panasonic says these are the first true travel true wireless headphones. Both models have IPX4-equivalent splash-proofing, and Voice Assistant compatibility with Siri and Google Assistant. Amazon Alexa is promised via a firmware update.

The RZ-S500W will sell for £169 when it goes on sale later this month. It’s available in black or white. The RZ-S300W is priced at £109 and is available in a choice of black, white or green.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology specialist who also writes for T3TechRadarHome Cinema Choice, Trusted Reviews and The Luxe Review.

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