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Hands-on: Sony NS-510 wireless speaker

Sony NS-series speakers

NS-series kick-starts Sony's entrance into multi-room audio streaming

Multi-room audio systems were once reserved exclusively for high-end setups that cost several thousands of pounds, but that looks set to change this year when Sony launches its NS-series wireless speaker range.

With three models in the line-up covering a range of prices, there should be something to suit every budget, although official prices have yet to be confirmed. The entry-level NS310 is a single speaker with built-in Wi-Fi for easy audio streaming over a local network. The more expensive NS410 adds a subwoofer, and the top end NS510 adds extra speakers to create a 360-degree sound experience and a rechargeable battery, removing the need for a power cable.

Sony expects the NS510 to last between five and six hours of use on battery power, and obviously you’ll need to keep it in range of your wireless network to continue streaming, so you might not be able to bring your music into the garden, but it can otherwise move freely about the house.

We were impressed with the sound quality from each speaker, with the NS510 being a clear winner, during our brief time with each unit, but we were most impressed with the incredibly simple setup and control. Android and iOS users will be able to download an app to add each new speaker to their existing network, and another to send content.

Using Sony’s own tablet P or S devices, you will be able to send audio directly to an NS-series speaker, or multiple speakers on the same network using Party Play mode.

All three speakers are expected to go on sale later this year, with pricing to be confirmed. We’ll let you know when we’ve been able to take a closer look.

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