Listening to ambient sound during music playback (Ambient Sound Mode)

You can hear ambient sound through the microphones embedded in the left and right units of the headset while enjoying music.

To activate the Ambient Sound Mode

Tap the touch sensor on the left unit while the noise canceling function is on.

To change the setting of the Ambient Sound Mode

You can change the settings of the Ambient Sound Mode (Normal mode/Voice mode) by connecting the smartphone (with the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app installed) and the headset via Bluetooth connection.

Normal mode: While enjoying music, you can hear the surrounding sound as if you were not wearing the headset.

Voice mode: While enjoying music, you can pick up the sound (such as announcements in the train) that you want to hear.

To turn off the Ambient Sound Mode

Tap the touch sensor on the left unit to turn off the Ambient Sound Mode.

Each time you tap, the function switches as follows.


Noise canceling function: ON

You will hear the voice guidance say, “Noise canceling”.

Ambient Sound Mode: ON

You will hear the voice guidance say, “Ambient sound”.

About the instruction manual video

Watch the video to find out how to use the Ambient Sound Mode.

https://rd1.sony.net/help/mdr/mov0023/h_zz/

Hint

  • Ambient Sound Mode settings changed with the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app are stored in the headset. You can enjoy music with the stored settings of the Ambient Sound Mode even when the headset is connected to other devices which do not have the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app installed.
  • You can select one of the following on the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app to set how you want the functions to change when you tap the left unit of the headset.
    • Noise canceling function: ON Ambient Sound Mode: ON Noise canceling function: OFF/Ambient Sound Mode: OFF
    • Noise canceling function: ON Ambient Sound Mode: ON
    • Ambient Sound Mode: ON Noise canceling function: OFF/Ambient Sound Mode: OFF
    • Noise canceling function: ON Noise canceling function: OFF/Ambient Sound Mode: OFF

Note

  • Depending on the ambient condition and the type/volume of audio playback, the ambient sound may not be heard even when using the Ambient Sound Mode. Do not use the headset in places where it would be dangerous if you are unable to hear ambient sounds such as on a road with car and bicycle traffic.
  • Depending on the surrounding environment, wind noise may increase when the Ambient Sound Mode is turned on. In that case, change the settings from Normal mode to Voice mode using the “Sony | Headphones Connect” app. If the wind noise is still significant, turn off the Ambient Sound Mode.
  • If the headset is not worn properly, the Ambient Sound Mode may not work correctly. Twist the headset to put it into your ears properly.
  • Do not cover the microphones on the left and right units of the headset with your hands. If they are covered, the effect of noise canceling function or Ambient Sound Mode may not perform properly, or a beeping sound (feedback) may occur. If any of this is the case, remove your hands, etc. from the left and right microphones.
    This headset is equipped with the function to detect a beeping sound (feedback) and cancel the sound in a short time.
    In rare cases, the noise canceling function or the Ambient Sound Mode may temporarily stop in reaction to a high note such as an alarm or an electronic sound, but the noise canceling function or the Ambient Sound Mode will automatically return in about a second.
  • If the Ambient Sound Mode is enabled in a rather noisy environment, a noise may be heard. This is not a malfunction. In this case, set the noise canceling function to ON or set the noise canceling function and the Ambient Sound Mode to OFF.