Skip to main content

Sony introduces NFC-enabled speaker to audio line-up

Sony's been keeping busy this week, with a bevy of new product announcements. The Xperia Tablet S, Vaio Duo 11, and NEX-5R camera may be snagging the major headlines, but the multifaceted company also saw fit to add a few new audio products to its vast catalogue of consumer electronics products. Bluetooth and Apple's AirPlay wireless streaming technologies may be the staples of current wireless speaker systems, but Sony looks to introduce the underutilised NFC capability into some of its newest products.

Using a combination of NFC and Bluetooth wireless technologies, the SRS-BTM8 is aimed primarily at tablet and smartphone owners. Devices with both technologies baked in will enjoy an easy pairing process that requires only a single touch to the top of the speaker to begin wireless streaming. Those without NFC can still use the SRS-BTM8 as they would any other Bluetooth-only device. The speaker itself resembles a purse, with a curved handle on top for easy carrying.

Unlike many portable wireless speakers, which feature rechargeable batteries, the SRS-BTM8 is powered by four AA batteries or an included power adapter. The metal speaker grille hides dual 2-watt drivers, and the speaker can also function as a speakerphone for hands-free calling.

Joining the SRS-BTM8 is the new line of MDR-1 headphones. This high-end range of headphones includes noise-cancelling and Bluetooth wireless models, with closed-back and over-ear designs. The MDR-1RBT will feature the same one-touch pairing found in the SRS-BTM8 courtesy of built-in Bluetooth and NFC capability. The MDR-1RNC uses digital noise-cancelling to isolate your music from the distractions of the outside world. All headphones in the MDR-1 line will be powered by 40mm dome type drivers.

Last up are Sony's new ES Series speakers, which cater to consumers looking to build a complete home theatre system. The sound signature and design of the new ES Series is meant to build on the company's existing SS-AR1 Series of speakers. All speakers in the line will be constructed from birch wood, and ES Series includes standing speakers, bookshelf speakers, centre speakers, and a subwoofer unit. Each of the speakers also utilises Sony's I-ARRAY technology, which refers to its combination of three tweeters to achieve more natural high frequency reproduction.

There was no mention of exact pricing, availability, or release details for any of the above products, but stay tuned for updates.