While Sonos has long had the multi-room market to itself, Sony is looking to change that with its new Sony SA-N510 network speaker. The brand will also be launching the smaller Sony SA-NS410 and Sony SA-NS310, with all three speakers sporting 360-degree sound. We went up close and personal with the new gadget at Sony's HQ in Tokyo.
Sony SA-NS510: Build
The unusual design of the flagship Sony SA-NS510 means that it offers 360-degree sound, so it can be placed anywhere in the room. The conical-shaped speaker sports a distinctive grille that spirals up to the top creating an unusual textured finish.
Sony SA-NS510: Features
Going head to head with the Sonos ZonePlayer S5, the SA-NS510 is well connected, packing Wi-Fi, DLNA and even AirPlay compatiblity, so that you can stream music from any iOS-toting device.
Sony SA-NS510: Apps
Sony has developed the Network Audio Remote to use with the SA-NS510, enabling you to select a music service to stream to the speaker. Apps will be available for both iOS and Android, and we saw them demoed on the Apple iPad 2 and the Sony Tablet S.
Sony SA-NS510: Sound quality
The Sony SA-NS510 offered a strong sound performance with plenty of punch and clarity and enough low-end response to cope with bass-heavy tracks.
Sony SA-NS510: Verdict
Although the retail version of the product has yet to be finalised, we were certainly impressed by the pre-production model that we saw in action. As a standalone speaker, the SA-NS510 brings a lot to the table, but as part of a multi-room system with its sibling speakers, it offers an even stronger proposition.
Sony SA-NS510 review: Hands-on
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The Sony SA-N510 networked speaker is set to take on Sonos in the multi-room music stakes, and it also boasts Apple iPad and Android tablet integration
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