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CES 2012: Four new Sony iPod speaker docks offer AirPlay and Bluetooth

Sony RDP-XA900iP

Sony has announced four new speaker docks in its X-Series range with support for wireless streaming via AirPlay and Bluetooth.

Made for iPod, iPhone and iPad, the new docks are led by the flagship RDP-XA900iP, with 200w of power and a 2.1-channel output. It will sell for £500 and hit stores in March.

It supports wireless audio via A2DP Bluetooth and Apple AirPlay. Next in line is the RDP-XA700iP (£400, due March), which drops the power output and loses the Bluetooth support but stil has AirPlay.

If you're after a portable option, the RDP-X280iP (£250, due June) has a battery good for six hours of playback, 2x20w of power from a stereo speaker configuration system and Bluetooth support.

Last but not least is the RDP-X200iP (£180, due June), which offers a similar spec to the '280 including Bluetooth wireless playback, but is mains-power-only.

The two top of the range Sony X-Series docks use DMC Technology, Sony's proprietary speaker technology with dual passive radiators and clear DSP sound processing.

Pricing and release dates to follow.

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Joe Cox
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Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).