Sony Announces CPF-IX001 Wireless Streaming Player
NEW YORK, July 18, 2006 - Sony Electronics today announced a wireless streaming music player and 2.1 channel home theater system. The CPF-IX001 wireless streaming music player is compact in size, offering high-powered micro-speakers and a subwoofer. The device can be easily networked with a PC and a wireless 802.11 b/g access point for direct playback of music stored on a hard drive.
Additionally, the unit is Sony's first to include a power line transmission technology transferring both power and audio signals over the same cable. The player is compatible with a variety of popular music download services.
The company also unveiled the DAV-X1V 2.1 front surround Platinum DVD Dream® System offering a five-disc DVD/CD/SA-CD changer and the latest in video upscaling technology. The unit also includes Digital Cinema Auto Calibration (DCAC), HDMI interface and Sony's S-Force® Front Stage Surround technology for realistic simulated surround sound.
"Digital music downloads are skyrocketing and not all consumers are organizing their music collection on their computers," said Jeff Goldstein, vice president of marketing for Sony Electronics' Home Products Division "Our wireless music streaming system lets you listen to content stored on your PC all over your house or apartment. The system is compact enough to fit in a kitchen or on a nightstand, yet still fills a room with powerful sound."
Wireless Streaming Music Player
Consumers can now enjoy Sony CONNECT™, iTunes, Windows Media Audio and other music file types stored on their PCs in the home, with the CPF-IX001 wireless streaming music system. After loading the supplied M-crew software, the product just needs power, an 802.11 bg access point, and an Ethernet connection, automatically configuring to a home network.
Once connected to the network, the device creates its own unique Internet Protocol (IP) address. Consequently, if multiple players are stationed around the house they can simultaneously stream music from the networked PC wirelessly. Additionally, the system automatically searches for music files when connected to a network for simple content navigation by disc, artist and genre. The player also provides play list creation that can be accessed via remote control. The wireless streaming music player is Sony's first to use a power line transmission technology. The process provides power to both the main unit and its subwoofer while transmitting audio signals to the subwoofer. As a result, the product was designed with a small footprint for placement almost anywhere in the home.
The system also features Sony's S-Master® digital amplifier providing superior sound from its compact speakers. Other features include an audio input and remote control. The wireless music system will be available in August for about $300.
Full Featured 2.1 Channel Surround System
The DAV-X1V Platinum DVD Dream System is a front surround sound system delivering the most advanced home theater experience from two speakers and a subwoofer. Capitalizing on the company's S-Force Pro Front Surround technology, the system reproduces a convincing sense of distance and space from a 2.1 channel speaker configuration, providing a true surround sound experience without the need for rear speakers. This five-disc DVDCD/SA-CD home theater system includes Sony's 32-bit S-Master digital amplifier for powerful sound and video upscaling to 720p/1080i using its HDMI interface and a compatible TV. Additionally, the system comes with connectivity for a portable audio player, a remote control, and newly designed speakers that add a refined tweeter providing for more accurate and powerful music reproduction.
The system is built for easy set-up and configuration. In addition to only needing a single-wire speaker connection and power cord, the system provides Sony's DCAC technology. DCAC automatically configures the speakers, ensuring optimal speaker settings for your living room, measuring, and then automatically adjusting for speaker placement, distance and delays using a supplied microphone. Coaxial and optical digital inputs, component output, two composite A/V inputs and single composite and S-Video outputs are also available on the unit. The Platinum DVD Dream System will be available in August for about $1,000.
Both products will be available for purchase online through sonystyle.com, at Sony Style retail stores, and at authorized dealers nationwide.