Sony Electronics has announced a new brand to support its gaming universe. The Inzone line combines the company’s expertise in audio and visuals, launched with a 4K monitor and a pair of noise-canceling headphones.
“The market has grown with increased interest in gaming with the spread of esports tournaments and the advancement of gaming entertainment,” said Yukihiro Kitajima, head of gaming business and marketing office at Sony. “With Sony’s strong history of high-end audio and visual technology products, we believe this new range will provide even more options for those looking to upgrade their current gaming systems.”
The company has actually added five products to the Inzone lineup: two gaming monitors and three headsets. Of the two monitors, the M9 model is the most interesting.
This display offers 4K HDR resolution with a 144Hz refresh rate, features full local dimming for the promise of deep blacks and bright highlights, and boasts a 1ms gray-to-gray response time. Its height and tilt angle can be adjusted to suit the player’s comfort in the front, and rear lighting effects are also integrated.
The M9 is compatible with Nvidia G-Sync and HDMI 2.1 variable refresh rate for the elimination of screen tearing, stuttering or lag while gaming. A Game Picture mode optimizes brightness and contrast “to see clear opponents” while a black EQ brings out shadow detail. And it’s designed to work well with the PlayStation 5 console, with auto HDR tone mapping and auto genre picture mode.
Sony claims gamers can control two PCs from a single keyboard, mouse, and headset connected to the monitor. Connectivity takes shape with two HDMI 2.1 ports, plus DisplayPort 1.4, USB-C, USB Type-A and Type-B.
The Inzone M9 monitor will go on sale during the summer (northern hemisphere) for US$899.99. A Full HD display with up to 240Hz variable refresh rate called the M3 is expected to be available this year for $529.99.
So far, we’ve been very impressed with Sony’s wireless noise-canceling headphones, and we’ve got high hopes for the Inzone H9 closed-back, circumaural gaming cans, given that they’re built around the same technology. noise sensor doubles as the company’s acclaimed 1000X series. listeners.
There’s a 40mm dome-style dynamic driver in each earcup for an overall frequency response of 5Hz to 20kHz, while ducting around the earcups allows for optimal low-frequency sound reproduction.
The headphones support personalized 360-degree spatial audio enabled by Inzone Hub PC software for better awareness of what’s going on around you than your average stereo boxes will offer. Users can also modify the spatial experience to suit their own hearing profiles through an associated mobile app.
There’s a flip-up, two-way microphone boom with mute function for chatting with teammates, low-latency connection to a gaming rig is via 2.4GHz wireless, and there’s also Bluetooth 5.0 for simultaneous pairing to a smartphone.
Plush earpads and a wide, soft headband contribute to long-term comfort, and the built-in battery provides up to 32 hours of charge time per charge with noise-cancellation technology off or 20 hours with it on.
The Inzone H9 headphones are available for pre-order now and carry a suggested retail price of $299.99.
The $229.99 H7 earbuds are essentially the same as the H9, but don’t include noise cancellation, so battery life jumps to 40 hours per charge. And if you prefer wired, Sony also offers that option with the H3 headphones for $99.99.
Product pages: Inzone M9, M3, H9, H7, H3