Every new hi-fi seems to have an iPod dock these days, but it won’t be long before the manufacturers look to cut out the middleman and get you ripping your CDs to a hard drive inside your stereo. It’s not a new idea, but it’s on the rise.
Sony has just announced three new models in its Net Juke range. The NAS-D55HD, NAS-M75HD and NAS-M95HD come in 80GB or 250GB flavours, with the main difference being that the D55HD comes with a digital amplifier, while the other two come with a “full digital S-Master” amp. Your guess is as good as mine.
They also have LCD screens, USB ports and Ethernet ports for connectivity, and will also connect to Sony’s new NAS-C5 wireless hub product. The three hi-fis will all be on sale in Japan by 10th November for ¥60,000-¥120,000 (about £260-£520). No, there’s no news on a possible UK release yet.