This is Sony’s newest Airplay compatible speaker, the SA-NS500 Wireless HomeShare Speaker. According to The Verge it kicks out a fair bit of bass and out performs Jawbone’s Jambox by leaps and bounds. However, it does weigh almost 10lbs, where as the Jambox is a mere 12oz, so it’s sort of like comparing a heavy weight boxer’s punch against a featherweight’s.
Inside the almost alien looking device are four drivers, a subwoofer, and a built-in 5-6 hour battery. It produce 360 degrees of sound, so it’s ideal for a party, or at the very least a part on the go, provided you place it in the center of the room. We’re not sure if that battery spec is based on wireless streaming, but since that’s the mainstay of this product, we can only assume it’s within reason to that number.
Sony has plans, or has already built a set of Android and iPhone compatible apps. The latter device will of course stream over Airplay and Android should run over DLNA, or in the case of Sony HomeShare.
The Sony SA-NS500 Wireless HomeShare Speaker will be available this October for $399.