Philips Reveals Solar-Charging A6219 On-Ear Sports Headphones

The A6219 On-Ear Sports Headphones can charge using either indoor or outdoor light. (From: Philips)
The A6219 On-Ear Sports Headphones can charge using either indoor or outdoor light. (From: Philips)

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Plus, two more new headphone models.

Philips expands its audio lineup with the A6219 on-ear GO sports headphones, featuring Powerfoyle’s solar-cell technology. This technology, previously seen in Urbanista and Adidas headphones, enables the A6219 to self-charge using both indoor artificial light and outdoor sunlight for a ‘virtually endless battery life’.

The release is part of Philips’ latest push into environmentally sustainable audio solutions, as explained in the recent TP Vision launch in Barcelona.

This is accompanied by the release of two other models: the A6709 open-ear sports earbuds and the H6509 over-ear Bluetooth headphones.

The A6219 On-Ear Sports Headphones’ Features

The A6219 headphones are designed to cater to the needs of environmentally conscious consumers and audio enthusiasts alike.

The key feature is the Powerfoyle solar-cell technology. This uses light to provide continuous charging and effectively eliminates the worry of battery depletion during use. It provides the headphones with 80 hours of playing time, reducing the need to connect to a grid.

Users can track the charging progress through the Philips Headphone App.

The solar cells are also produced using 100% renewable energy in Exeger-owned factories. These are claimed to emit no toxic emissions, playing up to Philips’ eco-friendly approach​​.

The Philips A6219 headphones are made with recycled materials.
The Philips A6219 headphones are made with recycled materials.

In terms of construction, the A6219 incorporate 35% Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) plastics. And, the headphone packaging uses 90-100% recycled cardboard and soya-based ink, reducing the overall volume and environmental impact​​.

Despite these sustainable features, the A6219 do not compromise on performance or comfort.

The headphones maintain a lightweight design and are equipped with an IP55 rating, making them resistant to water, sweat, and dust. Plus, comfort for users is ensured by soft, washable, breathable fabric covers for the ear cups, which are also gel-filled to keep ears cool during extended use​​.

Inside the A6219 headphones' ear cups. (From: Philips)
Inside the A6219 headphones’ ear cups. (From: Philips)

From an audio perspective, the A6219 boast the Philips natural sound profile, first featured in the Fidelio range. This profile is recreated with newly developed 40mm drivers and a switchable dynamic bass boost feature.

The headphones also feature an AI-equipped microphone for clear call clarity.

About the Two Other Cans: A6709 Earbuds and H6509 Headphones

Aside from the A6219, Philips has also added two new models to its headphone lineup: the A6709 and H6509. Each of these models comes with its own set of features designed to meet specific user needs.

Philips A6709 open-ear earbuds

A close look at the Philips A6709 open-ear earbuds (From: Philips)
A close look at the Philips A6709 open-ear earbuds (From: Philips)

The Philips A6709 headphones are designed for the active and sporty user, offering the combined benefits of open headphones and True Wireless Stereo (TWS) technology.

This design choice allows the headphones to maintain an open acoustic structure, allowing sound from the environment to blend with the audio from the headphones, while keeping the ear canal unobstructed.

Key features of the A6709 include:

  • An open-ear form factor for environmental awareness.
  • A rubberized build for durability, especially during active use.
  • An IP55 sweat-proof rating, indicating resistance to sweat and other elements.
  • Precision ports and an innovative dipole design to direct sound into the ear and minimize sound leakage​​.
  • Two AI-equipped microphones, featuring noise-canceling capabilities to filter out background noise.
  • 28 hours of playtime (7 hours from the headphones plus an additional 21 hours from the charging case).
  • A quick 15-minute charge provides an hour of playback.

Philips H6509 headphones

A close look at the Philips H6509 headphones (From: Philips)
A close look at the Philips H6509 headphones (From: Philips)

The H6509 headphones are designed for users seeking reliable connectivity and long-lasting battery life. These headphones, as part of Philips’ mid-range lineup, offer a lightweight over-ear design and are equipped with new 40mm drivers, enhancing the overall sound quality.

Philips recognizes the growing trend of using headphones for TV listening at home, whether to avoid disturbing others or to enhance the immersive experience. So, the H6509 address common issues such as Bluetooth connectivity challenges and latency.

Key features of the H6509 include:

  • Automatic pairing with Philips’ new Titan-equipped TVs for wireless Bluetooth listening.
  • A low latency of 100ms or less, so you won’t have to worry about audio-video sync issues.
  • Bluetooth multipoint support to connect to multiple devices.
  • Customizable EQ via the Philips Headphone App.
  • Hybrid Noise Cancelling Pro system
  • A substantial battery life of 60 hours, or 40 hours with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) turned on​​.

Availability and Pricing

As of now, Philips has not announced specific details regarding the pricing and availability of their new range of headphones.

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