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Sony Expands AirPlay, Bluetooth Speakers

1/30/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

LAS VEGAS — Sony jumped on the AirPlay bandwagon
in a big way at CES.

The company added AirPlay to two more wirelessnetwork
HomeShare speakers, bringing the AirPlayequipped
selection of HomeShare speakers to three.
Sony also added AirPlay to an iPod-docking speaker
and expanded its selection of iPod-docking speakers
equipped with embedded stereo Bluetooth.

The HomeShare line gets the new SA-N310 and
larger, higher powered SA-N410, both with 360-degree
sound dispersion and HomeShare control from
Sony apps loaded onto Android phones and Apple’s
iOS devices. The 410 adds built-in subwoofer.
They’re due in the summer. Pricing was unavailable.

Like all HomeShare speakers, the new models incorporate
built-in Wi-Fi to stream music from DLNAcertified
PCs and NAS drives, from a wireless iPod
dock, from select networked Blu-ray players, and
from select AV receivers and iPod-docking HTiBs.

For these models, Sony’s apps let consumers
use their Android or Apple iOS device to select the
songs they want to stream from a DLNA-certified PC
to up to seven HomeShare speakers throughout the
house, each playing back a different song.

In iPod-docking speaker systems, Sony launched
three models, which also dock with and charge
iPhones and iPads. One features AirPlay, and two
others feature stereo Bluetooth. All three are due in
March.

The lowest priced model of the trio is the RDP-
200i with Bluetooth, expected to retail at an everyday
$199. It comes with two-way speakers and fullfunction
IR remote.

The $249 RDP-XF300iP speaker with Bluetooth
adds built-in rechargeable battery, FM tuner, and
retractable docking mechanism. The $399 RDPXA700iP
lacks Bluetooth but adds AirPlay. It also
adds built-in subwoofer.