Sony has just launched two new additions to the Giga Juke family: Both systems will rip your CD collections to their internal hard drives, will stream content from PCs hooked up to your home network, and hopefully sound pretty good too. But there's much more Japanese jiggery-pokery going on behind the scenes.
Firstly, the NAS-SC55PKE. It's the mothership of the Giga Juke range, and it looks wholly different from the NAS-50HDE we gave a score of 8 out of 10 to last year. It's a system that comprises two units: the central hard drive-enabled CD-loving hi-fi, and an all-in-one wireless hi-fi that streams from the main system. Should you want music in more than one extra room, the main unit will stream to up to four more simultaneously.
In addition to all this wireless jukebox stuff is an integrated Internet radio function, audio streaming from networked PCs, FM and DAB radio (DAB is U.K.-only), and some quirky auto-DJ playlists similar to those in last year's Giga Juke. The SC55PKE also boasts a pair of 100-watt speakers that, if Sony's previous hi-fi systems are anything to go by, will sound powerful, with bass that and triggers London Blitz flashbacks in your favorite grandparents. So good times to be had by all. Except the .
The other new system is the NAS-E35HD, which features the same basic functionality of the SC55PKE--CD ripping, network streaming, DAB radio--but in a more affordable package, with 60-watt speakers.
No prices have been announced, and Sony wouldn't give us any estimates.