Sony has already got a strong foot in the iPod speaker dock market, but so far their systems have not been the most compatible with the Apple iPad, something that is about to change with the announcement of the Sony RDP-X500iP and Sony ICF-CS15iP iPad compatible speaker docks.
Sony RDP-X500iP speaker dock
In my opinion one of the more high-end looking Sony speaker docks i have come across in recent years, with its pyramid style shape and black cloth finish with brushed stainless steel accents. Perhaps it is this finish that makes it feel a bit more in the category of the likes of Philips Fidelio speaker dock systems etc. The docking station itself is still situated at the middle bottom, but they have made it so that you can easily dock your iPad as well as your other iOS/iPod devices.
The specifications of the RDP-X500iP is quite strong as well as Sony have added things like S-Master digital amplification, Clear Phase technology, as well as dual passive radiators, built-in subwoofer and damperless magnetic fluid speakers that are said to deliver higher sound pressure and less distortion. Overall the power output is around 60W RMS (15w x 15w x 30w).
The Sony RDP-X500iP is currently listed for pre-order on the US site at a price of $299.95. No information as of yet on UK price and release date.
Sony ICF-CS15iP speaker dock
The design of the ICF-CS15iP is more in line with what we are used to from Sony speaker docks, available in silver and black, with a front and bottom situated docking station that also features a LCD display providing time and other information. This is more of a bedside/kitchen unit featuring dual alarm clock functionality, including a dedicated app to enhance the functionality.
Power output from the Sony ICF-CS15iP is around 7W (3.5W x 3.5w) fueling dual 2 1/4-inch drivers. MEGA Bass and MEGA Xpand technology ensures enhanced bass and room-filling sound reproduction. As well as docking your iOS device, the system also features digital FM/AM radio.
The Sony ICF-CS15iP speaker dock is listed on their US site at $99.95 for pre-orders. No information as of yet on UK price and release date.
We will be back with more information on both systems as soon as they become available. In the meantime you can check out more iPad speaker docks here.
[source: Sony US]