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Sony Announces iPod Music Systems


Sony introduced several new music systems and a clock radio that work with iPod and iPhone™ devices for ultimate connectivity. With the latest technology and sleek designs, these products are both fashion-forward and multi-functional.

“We are committed to evolving our personal audio offerings to reflect consumer listening habits,” said Andrew Sivori, director in the Audio Products Division at Sony Electronics. “With the addition of iPod docks and ports in a variety of platforms, there’s something for just about everyone.”

iPods Get Hooked Up
For music aficionados, the company unveiled a new “Made for iPod” compact stereo system – the CMT-LX20i. This new compact music system is the first Sony iPod-ready stereo to feature a stylish vertical design, following the trend toward slimmer, smaller music playback devices.

Designed to fit just about any lifestyle and decor, the CMT-LX20i system has a single disc CD player that supports CD-R, CD-RW and MP3 Playback, along with an audio-in jack to connect your digital music player or PC. This new system also reads ID3 tags, displaying artist and album information on a vivid florescent display. An AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets completes the package. The iPod menu and system features – including easy-to-use charge, play, and control functions with convenient clock/alarm feature – can all be accessed with the included remote control.

The CMT-LX20i micro shelf system will be available in March for about $100.

Take Control
For digital music enthusiasts seeking elite sound and features, the new Sony MHC-EC99i mini HiFi system offers a powerful audio experience in an innovative design. This new music system integrates both an iPod dock and dedicated iPod button – with charge, play and control functions – into its design, providing the ability to broadcast your music the way artists intended it to be heard.

A single disc CD player supporting CD-R, CD-RW and MP3 playback with an audio-in to connect other MP3 players or a PC, plus an AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets, offers the ultimate in music listening versatility. Clock, alarm and sleep timer functions round out its capabilities.
With its two front speakers and a dedicated subwoofer, all powered by a 530 watt (RMS) amplifier, the MHC-EC99i delivers maximum sound performance. The system will be available in March for about $200.

The Party Has Arrived
Sony is also introducing the LBT-ZX66i and LBT-ZX99i systems, the latest additions to its Muteki™ (pronounced “moo-techy”) line of audio shelf systems. These new systems, which are “Made for iPod,” will have no trouble getting any party started. Shying away from the recent trend of slimmer and smaller, they deliver music with full intensity and rich bass in a refreshingly bold design.

The LBT-ZX66i, with 560 watts (RMS), delivers impressive sound performance through its two separate three-way bass reflex speakers that each include 7-inch dual hybrid subwoofers and a 1-inch horn tweeter.

In addition to its iPod-ready features including charge, play and control functions, the five-disc CD changer with Play Exchange supports CD-R, CD-RW and MP3 playback. The LBT-ZX66i also features Game Sync Mixing for an immersive video gaming experience. And the large, vivid display and remote control with full iPod menu control make the system simple to use.

The LBT-ZX99i music system is a higher end option that features four separate two-way bass reflex speakers each with a 9-inch subwoofer and two 2-inch tweeters. Total system power output is 720 watts (RMS) and with its multi-speaker system, the LBT-ZX99i delivers premium room filling sound.

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Upgraded versions of their predecessors, these systems provide premium playback versatility with iPod compatibility. The LBT-ZX66i and LBT-ZX99i shelf systems will be available in March for about $450 and $650 respectively.

Rise and Shine
Sony is expanding its iPod/iPhone clock radio compatible line-up with the introduction of the iPhone certified ICF-C7iP clock radio with a hidden sliding dock tray for iPod and iPhone devices. It gives users multi-function flexibility that enables them to listen, wake and fall asleep to their iPhone, iPod or radio without taking up a lot of space on the nightstand.
Featuring a large, highly visible liquid crystal display, this clock radio charges both iPod and iPhone via 5V power supply. It also includes a remote control that provides full access to the iPod and iPhone’s menu of music functions. Handy features include dual alarms with a choice of everyday, weekday or weekend settings, as well as automatic time set and automatic daylight savings time adjustment, making it easy to set up and maintain the correct time.

The ICFC7iP clock radio will be available in April for about $70.

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