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 the Content Director for What Hi-Fi? and Future’s Product Testing, having previously been the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across the print magazine and website for almost 20 years, writing news, reviews and features on everything from turntables to TVs, headphones to hi-fi separates. 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 written for sites such as the BBC, Stuff, and the Guardian. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his vinyl collection and cycling (not at the same time).