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Sony extends Giga Juke range of multi-room Hi-Fi

High-capacity hard disk MP3 systems unveiled

Sony Giga Juke

Sony has launched its latest Giga Juke music servers – the Giga Juke NAS-SC500PK and NAS-E300HD – that allow you to play your music collection in different rooms of your home.

The 100W Giga Juke NAS-SC500PK features a 160GB hard disk drive, which Sony claims can store up to 1,300 hours of audio at a bit rate of 256 kbps, or 40,000 tracks of MP3 music.

The Sony SC500 also has a multi-room feature that uses up to five additional pairs of speakers or client players to listen to different music in each zone. A ‘Party mode’ features that plays the same music in each room.

Sony claims that the supplied Music Transfer software makes importing media easy, either via a wired or Wi-Fi connection to your PC or laptop. The specification for the Giga Juke players includes support for MP3, AAC, Linear PCM, WMA and ATRAC audio file formats. There’s also the facility to listen to internet radio on the device.

Giga Juke has multi-room mood music

The Sony Giga Juke NAS-SC500PK also attempts to classify your music collection into moods. The SensMe channels feature analyses your music files and sorts them into 27 different channels so that you can play the music that suits the mood.

‘From waking up in the morning to chilling out in the evening, the system intelligently compiles tracks of similar types for you to simply select the channel accordingly to what you feel like listening to at the moment,’ says Sony.

The SC500 has a dock to synchronise and charge compatible Sony Walkman portable music players, and an adaptor to allow an iPod to be docked. If you’ve another brand of MP3 player, it can be connected via the USB port.

Sony has also launched the smaller Giga Juke NAS-E300HD, with an 80GB hard drive and a 60W power output, plus a one-touch feature to record music to the hard drive direct from a CD. 

Which? tech expert Al Warman says: ‘There are a whole host of systems available for multi-room audio, but they can be over-complex or over-priced. Sony’s latest Giga Juke players could be a great solution if you already own a Sony portable music player such as the Which? Best Buy Sony NWZ-A829.’

For more MP3 music devices, check out our reviews of over 200 MP3 and MP4 players, the Philips Streamium NP2900 or MP3 speaker docks.

According to Sony, both the Giga Juke NAS-SC500PK and NAS-E300HD will be available from mid June, with pricing for the SC500 starting at around £300 for the basic unit, up to £850 for a multi-room system.

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