In order to avoid their products going unnoticed in the face of other major announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 5th, companies usually announce a number of products in the days before the show. This is the case with LG’s Tone neckband speakers.
LG helped popularize the neckband design for speakers, but it seems that they are not satisfied at just releasing this device every few years with the same function. Instead, the company is trying to add more features and functions to their neckband speakers.
The company has unveiled two new neckband design, the Tone Studio, and Tone Free. The first device, the Tone Studio HBS-W120 neckband speaker does not feature any sort of earbuds at all, as its four speakers directly integrated into the neckband. It features two full range speakers found at the top of the neckband with two vibrating speakers at the bottom. It is capable of delivering a theater surround sound experience, as they have been designed in partnership with DTS. Users can even pair up two Tone Studio neckband speakers to play the same audio content.
The second device, the LG Tone Free does not deviate from the standard design and functionality of neckbands as much as the Tone Studio. Nonetheless, LG has also tried to push the envelope of this device as well. The Tone Free comes with wireless earbuds for which the neckband comes as a charging station. You won’t have to worry about forgetting to charge your earbuds, but the fact that you can easily lose them is a valid concern. Furthermore, the neckband vibrates when you receive notifications on your smartphones and it also comes with a more standard charging dock as a backup.
These two neckband speakers represent LG’s attempt in combining the freedom of movement provided by wireless earbuds with the functionality and quality of sound of more traditional headsets. If you want to test them out before deciding whether to buy them or not, all of LG’s products will be available on the showroom floor at CES. We will very likely learn more about the release date and the price of the neckband speakers next week.
What do you think of the Tone Studio neckband speakers?
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