Sony on Tuesday announced the European-only NAS-Z200iR and CMT-Z100iR all-in-one iPod speakers, which feature a built-in iPod dock, slot-loading CD player, AM/FM radio, analogue audio input port and USB port compatible with a Sony Walkman or any other MP3 player.
The higher-end NAS-Z200iR also includes additional network streaming functionality, including PC streaming and Internet radio via Wi-Fi.
What really makes the NAS-Z200iR stand out, though, is its remote, an iPod-esque device with an 89mm (3.5-inch) LCD display. Sporting what looks like a slightly modified version of Sony's XMB interface, the rechargeable remote promises to let you control every aspect of the system from the comfort of your couch. While it may seem like overkill, it should certainly make browsing giant music libraries or extensive Internet radio lists easier. We wouldn't want to lose the remote, though, as the base unit's minimalist design is virtually devoid of any buttons.
The pricing of the unit definitely borrows more from the remote's excess than the speaker's minimalism. The NAS-Z200iR, which will land in Europe in September, will cost around €700 (£600), according to a German press release. Specific UK pricing and availability haven't yet been announced. No details of UK availability and pricing for the CMT-Z100iR have been revealed either, but it will be released in Europe in July for around €350 (£300).
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