Sony's SA-NS 500 AirPlay Speaker: Room-Filling Sound from a Lampshade

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Sony's new AirPlay-ready, lampshade-looking SA-NS 500 portable speaker looks like it's going to be pretty good. The SA-NS 500 has a four speaker array, a mid-range subwoofer, and gets 5-6 hours of battery life.

It also supports party streaming, which lets you play the same audio on multiple devices across multiple rooms—similar to a Sonos system—and can be controlled by Android and iPhone apps (no WP7 for now). It'll be available for $400—the same price as the Sonos Play:5—in October. [ThisIsMyNext]

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Dangit, until I saw the second picture, I was kind of hoping it was a model that would fit into a standard-sized lampshade top. Then I realized how stupid it was as I clicked the article, and now all I'm left with is this feeling of empty wistfulness.