San Diego — A quartet of iPod- and iPhone-docking audio products due this month and next from Sony include an iPod-docking CD-boombox, the company’s first iTunes-tagging tabletop HD Radio and a docking speaker system.
The company’s audio selection already includes iPod-docking A/V receivers, home theater in a box systems and stereo shelf systems.
All four models, including a new docking clock radio, are designated by Apple as “Works with iPhone,” the company said. The designation means RF shielding in the devices enable the iPhone’s cellular radio to remain on when docked without generating interference when iPhone music is played back. When a call comes in, the music automatically mutes.
The ZS-S4iP boombox will be available in October at an everyday retail of about $100 in black and white. The ICF-CD3iP CD clock radio will be available in September at about $100. The XDR-S10HDiP HD table radio, shown at January’s International CES, is due in September at about $180 along with the SRS-GU10iP Sony iPhone/iPod docking speaker at around $150.
The boombox features embedded dock with removable cover; 20 FM and 10 AM radio presets; and a wireless remote that delivers full menu control of the CD transport, radio and music functions of a docked iPod and iPhone.
The compact docking speaker system features AC/DC operation, piano-black wood finish and, unlike most docking speakers for iPods, is compatible with the iPhone 3G, the company said. The system also features remote and auxiliary input. Batteries aren’t included.
The clock radio is Sony’s first CD clock radio with a hidden dock for iPods and iPhones. Users can wake up or go to sleep to music from an iPhone, iPod, CD or radio. It comes with a large LCD display, a remote that provides full access to music functions, a vertical “floating” design to hide the docking station, CD-R/RW playback and AM/FM digital tuning.
Sony’s first tabletop HD Radio with iTunes tagging lets users tag songs heard over an HD Radio station. When the docked iPod is brought to a PC for syncing, the tagged song can be quickly downloaded from iTunes. Other features include auxiliary input and 20 AM and FM radio presets.
All four products will be available online at www.sonystyle.com, at military base exchanges and at authorized dealers nationwide. All but the tabletop HD Radio will also be available at Sony Style stores.