Sony unveils $300 RDP-X500iP speaker dock, gives your iPad some sonic assistance

Sony's churned out plenty of speaker docks for the smaller iDevices out there, but until now, it hadn't given the largest Apple handheld any love. It's a little late to the party, but the company finally jumped on the iPad bandwagon with its latest RDP-X500iP speaker dock. Sporting a built in subwoofer, magnetic fluid speakers and Sony's Clear Phase DSP sonic technology, this little gem purportedly packs a pretty good bass punch while delivering quality audio. Picking one up will leave your wallet $300 lighter when it's released next month, and you can reserve yours now by getting in on the pre-order over on Sony's website.

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Sony's #1 Selling Dock for iPod Also Revamped with Enhanced Features

San Diego, CA – September 14, 2011 - Sony today announced two new speaker docks, a premium, iPad® compatible model with built-in subwoofer (RDP-X500iP) and a successor to Sony's most popular speaker dock (ICF-CS15iP). Both offer premium sound quality, sleek design and easy-to-use functionality.

Made for most iPod®, iPhone® and iPad®, the RDP-X500iP speaker dock features a beautifully modern design while delivering innovative sound technologies. Its built-in subwoofer, Clear Phase™ DSP and groundbreaking magnetic fluid speakers work in concert to provide a superior audio experience. An auxiliary audio input facilitates connection to other sources for easy access to music, wherever it is stored. For a convenient listening experience, a full function remote control is also included.

The RDP-X500iP boasts Sony's state-of-the-art DMC technology, a combination of Dual Passive Radiators, Magnetic Fluid Speakers and Clear Phase DSP sound processing. In conjunction with its built-in subwoofer, dual passive radiators provide powerful bass response in a remarkably compact form factor. Rather than using conventional drivers, speakers with damperless magnetic fluid technology are employed, delivering higher sound pressure levels, clearer vocals, and less distortion. In addition, Sony's unique Clear Phase linear phase correction circuitry further reduces distortion and increases sound presence, making music sound crisp and clear.

With a luxurious design and stainless steel accents, the dock adds style to any home. Its unique speaker layout not only saves space and features a sophisticated design, but improves sound efficiency as well.

Sony's most popular speaker dock is now even better with the introduction of the ICF-CS15iP. Not only does it support charging and playback of the iPod and iPhone, it also delivers great stereo sound via its MEGA BASS and Mega Xpand sound modes. The MEGA BASS mode provides an option to enhance bass response, while the Mega Xpand mode expands the music sound field for a full, rich audio experience.

Dual alarm functionality allows users to set two independent wake-up alarms, while the 2-5-7 day alarm feature supports different settings for weekdays and weekends, all with the option of waking up to an iPod, iPhone, AM/FM radio, or buzzer. The new flexible dock connector is designed to accommodate docking and charging an iPod or iPhone without removing it from its case. A full function remote control gives users access to music on an iPod or iPhone from across the room.

Both speaker docks will be available October 2011 at Sony Stores including online at and other authorized retailers nationwide. Pre-orders are available now.