Speaker dock comes with an infrared remote, while Blu-ray writer ships with CyberLink software

Sony launches new home media duo

Sony has unveiled two new products – an Apple-compatible speaker dock and a new Blu-ray disc writer.

The RDP-X50iP is the latest addition to the vendor’s range of speaker docks for the current generation of iPods and the iPhone 3GS. Similar in appearance to the previous RDP-XF100iP and RDP-X80iP models, the RDP-X50iP contains a digital amplifier and long-stroke driver units.

According to Sony, the long-stroke speakers, plus a super-long duct and twin reflex ports give the RDP-X50iP a rich and powerful bass sound. Digital signal processing enhances mid-range and high frequency tones. The dock can charge the iPod or iPhone while simultaneously playing music, while the omni-directional infrared remote gives full menu control of music functions.

Elsewhere, the vendor has launched a new external Blu-ray disc writer, under its Sony Optiarc Europe subsidiary.

The BDX-S500U writes to Blu-ray disc at 6x speed, plays Blu-ray movies, DVDs and CDs, and can store up to 50GB of high definition video or data. The device also supports 3D playback, and has a slim, lightweight design.

According to Sony, the device is designed to replace the DVD player in consumers’ home cinema systems, and PC users can also use it to back up documents and media files.

The burner ships with CyberLink’s Media Suite 8, which includes a variety of programs such as PowerDVD, PowerDirector and PowerProducer, which can be used for authoring, editing, data writing and back up.

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