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Sony RDP-X500IP

Powered speaker system for iPod®/iPhone®/iPad®

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Item #: 158RDPX500
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Flexible dock for all Apple players

Whether you have an iPod, iPhone, or iPad, you can enjoy great sound from it with the Sony RDP-X500IP. This powered speaker system features a flexible dock that provides stable support for handheld iPhones and iPods, and larger iPads. It even accommodates players in protective cases. The system's velvety black cloth covering and stainless steel accents make a stylish home for your player.

Sony RDP-X500IP

Detailed sound and solid bass

Sony went the extra mile to make this modestly sized speaker deliver big, room-filling sound. Sophisticated Clear Phase™ circuitry helps reduce distortion and give your music presence. A pair of uniquely designed 1-15/16" damperless "Magnetic Fluid" speakers produce clean highs and full midrange. A forward-firing 3-5/8" woofer and two passive radiators crank out firm, full-sounding bass.

Sony RDP-X500IP

The system features front-firing speakers, and a woofer
with rear-facing passive radiators for stronger bass.

Free app gives you more control options

The system comes with its own remote for basic controls such as play, pause, off/on and skip track. But with Sony's D-Sappli app (available as free download from iTunes®), you can enjoy more options. Select from different preset EQ curves, or engage a customizable graphic equalizer to adjust the sound to your tastes. Or turn your docked player and RDP-X500IP into a digital clock radio. The app gives you a choice of clock faces for your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad and lets you program multiple alarms. You can also set sleep timers, as well as what music you want to awaken to.

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Highlights:

  • for docking iPods, iPhones, and iPads
  • two 1-15/16" speakers plus 3-5/8" woofers with two passive radiators
  • 15 watts x 2 for speakers, plus 30 watts for woofer
  • free D-Sappli app (available in iTunes®)
    • selectable EQ
    • select clock display for docked player
    • set sleep/awake timer and multiple alarms
  • stereo minijack input for connection to other portable music players (stereo minijack-to-stereo minijack cable included)
  • automatically charges docked player
  • remote
  • AC power adapter
  • 15-3/4"W x 6-15/16"H x 8-1/8"D
  • weight: 6 lbs. 15 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • iPod/iPhone speaker dock
  • AC power adapter (with attached 67" DC cord)
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • Reference Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Startup Guide (En/Fr/Sp)
  • Warranty sheet

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Features

Personal Audio Docking System: The Sony RDP-X500iP is a personal audio docking system for your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. Wrapped in a beautiful modern finish, featuring brushed stainless steel accents and a velvety cloth covering, this speaker dock adds a sophisticated look to your living space while delivering innovative Sony sound technologies for amazing audio. The built-in subwoofer and damperless speakers work in concert to provide a powerful performance of crisp, clear sound and robust bass. Designed to work with your iPod, iPhone, or iPad, you can charge your device while playing back music and videos without removing its case (no adaptors required).

Sony's Free D-Sappli App: By downloading Sony's D-Sappli app (free of charge), you can make the Sony RDP-X500iP even more useful. 

  • D-Sappli automatically synchs date/time information from your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad so you don't have to.
  • Choose from 7 uniquely attractive clock display designs.
  • D-Sappli can memorize up to 10 alarms with your choice of the time, dates, and alarm tones.
  • Use its Music Play Timer functionality to set your music to automatically start and stop whenever you'd like.
  • Fall asleep to your favorite nighttime playlist without the annoyance of waking up to it the next morning by setting Sleep Timer to turn it off after you've fallen asleep.
    D-Sappli helps you manage preset stations by showing the preset list with editing the name, sorting orders, and changing the frequency on screen.
  • D-Sappli lets you enjoy the music of your choice with several EQ settings (Rock/Classic/Jazz/Pop/Dance), Off (Flat), or customizable graphic EQ (120Hz, 330Hz, 1kHz, 3kHz, 9kHz).

    Note: The D-Sappli app is compatible with the iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad; running iOS 3.1.3 or later.

S-Master Digital Amplification: The Sony RDP-X500iP is equipped with a S-Master Digital Amplifier that offers high performance audio output.

  • Power Rating: 15W x 15W x 30W (at no more than 10% THD)
  • Frequency Response: 100-10,000Hz

DMC Technology: The RDP-X500iP features Sony's DMC Technology; which stands for Dual Passive Radiators, Magnetic Fluid Speaker Units, and Clear Phase (DSP).

  • Built-in Subwoofer w/ Dual Passive Radiators: The Sony RDP-X500iP employs a built-in subwoofer (3.625") with dual passive radiators that create robust, room-filling sound with explosive bass response.
  • Magnetic Fluid Speakers: Rather than using speakers with a conventional damper, the RDP-X500iP two speaker units (1.9375") capitalize on a damperless magnetic fluid that deliver higher sound pressure with less distortion than traditional speakers.
  • Clear Phase: Sony's unique Clear Phase linear phase correction circuitry ensures reduced distortion and increased sound presence, making your music crisp and clear.

Apple Dock Connector: Built for iPod/iPhone/iPad, the RDP-X500IP's dock connector enables music playback, remote control, battery charging, when your compatible Apple device is docked (no adaptors required). You can even dock your Apple device without removing your case. The dock connector is retractable, so it can be hidden when you disconnect your iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The Sony RDP-X500iP is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod/iPhone/iPad model features (as of 3/29/2013):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type Control Type Display Type D-Sappli App Charge
Audio Video Output Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Information
dock connector 3rd N/A N N N N N N N N
clickwheel
color
4th 3.1.1 N N N N N N N N
mini 1st 1.4.1 N N N N N N N N
2nd 1.4.1 N N N N N N N N
video 5th 1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y
classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y
120GB 2.0.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y
160GB 2.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y
nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y
2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y
3rd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y N N N Y
4th 1.0.4 Y N Y Y N N N Y
5th 1.0.2 Y N Y Y N N N Y
6th 1.1 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y
7th* 1.01 PC Y N Y Y N N N Y
touch 1st 2.2.1 Y N Y Y N N N Y
2nd 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
3rd 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
4th 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
5th* 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
3G 4.2.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
3GS 5.1.1 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
4 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
4S 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
5* 6.0 Y N Y Y N N Y Y
Notes:
  • *The iPod nano (7th gen), iPod touch (5th gen), and iPhone 5 will require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin adapter or Lightning to 30-pin cable (both, sold separately) in order to dock with this system.
  • Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the head unit and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.

Auxiliary Input: The Sony RDP-X500iP features a 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect almost any external, portable audio player that features a minijack audio output or headphone output.

IR Remote Control: The included IR remote control provides wireless control over the Sony RDP-X500iP and your docked iPod, iPhone, or iPad. The remote provides Play/Pause, Skip track (next/previous), Fast Forward/Rewind, and advanced music navigation functions.

AC Power: The Sony RDP-X500iP operates off of standard house hold AC current using the supplied AC power adapter and AC power cord.

  • Input: 100-240V~1.3A, 50-60Hz
  • Output: 19.5V - 3.9A
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Awesome sound

Written By Brian, Enterprise, AL on Monday, September 23, 2013
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I was debating between this and the Bose, but after hearing the sound from the Bose, I went with the Sony. I'm glad I did. The sound quality was much richer than the Bose.
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