Sony has unveiled a brand new headphone range inspired by
the skate culture of Tokyo and New York.
The PQ range has been designed by Rui Morisawa who, as well
as being a designer for the Japanese company, is a DJ and skater. He felt that ever since being a young ragamuffin skating on the streets of downtown Tokyo, his headphones were missing something
– “attention to detail; a bold style.”
The new PQ range is made up of four new headsets – the
inventively titled PQ1, PQ2, PQ3 and PQ5. What happened to the PQ4 is anyone’s
The PQ1 headphones sits at the top of the PQ range
and feature cushioned, leather earpads which have been designed to angle
inwards to fit more comfortably. A 40mm driver aims to provide “powerful bass
and loud volumes.”
Also included is a removable “tangle-free” cord and in
keeping with the skater theme, the headband has been made out of the same
material as your trainers so “the more it wears, the better it looks.”
Next in the range are the PQ2 headphones which not
only have cushioned earpads but also a cushioned headband for even more
comfort and make the PQ2 the “smoothest cans around” according to Sony.
You get a tangle-free, flat cord which has been coated to
make sure you don’t get in a tangle while skating and the headphones feature a
30mm driver for “a smooth bass line and excellent low, mid and high tones.”
The selling point of the PQ3s is that they will take
some hits so would be “ideal for any sport that involves taking a few knocks.”
We’re not sure how many sports involve you wearing headphones and taking a few
knocks, but should you find the need the PQ3s are obviously for you.
Finally the PQ5 in-ear headphones come with a gas-mask
design, through which a 13.5mm driver pushes “big bass.” The PQ5 headset will
come in a range of colours when they launch.
Speaking of which, we reached out to Sony regarding pricing and availability
and are waiting to hear back from it regarding pricing, but it assures us the
skater-inspired PQ range will be available very soon.