Sony might still be battling Apple with its increasingly classy Walkmans. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t got time for the iPod when it comes to its hi-fi offerings. And three of its four new stereos are designed to play nice with Jobs’ jukeboxes.
Top of the pile is the snappily-named Sony CMT-MX550i, rocking the same ‘monolithic’ design as the latest Bravia boxes. It packs in a slew of features including USB playback, iPod docking, DAB radio and CD support. Then there’s the small matter of a hearty 60w of power to give your Apple-shackled tunes the noisy love they deserve.
Lower down the pecking order is the CMT-BX77DBi, a smaller system with 50w power and iPod dock. Then there’s the CMT-FX250 micro hi-fi, with a more modest 10w, plus CD, DAB and USB playback. Last up is the CMT-FX350i, which rocks the same skills as the FX250, but with an iPod dock thrown in.
As ever, Sony’s not offering up official prices, although the top end CMT-MX550i is expected to come in at around £200. All systems are due to land on these shores in July.