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Sony SA-NS400

Wi-Fi® network speaker

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by Ralph Graves
Sony

Feast on an endless buffet of music

A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.

Here's a wireless speaker system that makes whole-house audio easy. You can stream music wirelessly to Sony's SA-NS400 speaker from a NAC-SV10i wireless iPod® dock, NAS-SV20i iPod speaker dock, or other compatible components. The SANS400 is DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compliant. That means it can also communicate with any other DLNA devices, such as PCs, media servers, and more, throughout your home.

You can place the speaker just about anywhere and get great sound. Four 2-way speakers inside create a spacious, 360° soundfield. And the built-in subwoofer delivers low tones with authority.

Plus, the system has a stereo minijack input, so if you just want to hear something from your portable player, you can make a wired connection through your device's headphone jack.

Highlights:

  • wireless speaker system
  • DLNA-compliant — wirelessly plays music streamed from compatible PCs and media servers
  • Party Mode — wirelessly plays music from linked audio system in another room
  • four 2-way speakers for 360° soundfield
  • built-in subwoofer
  • stereo minijack auxiliary input
  • AC adapter
  • remote control
  • 9-1/8"W x 10-3/4"H x 7-3/8"D
  • weight: 10.9 lbs..
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
 

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What's in the box?

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  • Network powered speaker
  • AC power adapter (with attached 43" DC cord)
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (RM-ANU087)
  • 3V CR2025 lithium battery (installed in remote)
  • 2' Ethernet cable (with RJ-45 connectors on each end)
  • Network Speaker Wi-Fi Utility CD-ROM
  • Operating Instructions
  • Network Settings
  • Limited Warranty
  • Product Registration

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Features

Overview: The Sony SA-NS400 Network Speaker lets you listen to music stored on your PC or Bravia Internet Music apps from your PartyStream compatible Sony Blu-ray player, A/V receiver, or Network player in another room of your home. The SA-NS400 provides an Ethernet port & built-in Wi-Fi to connect to your home network. A remote is included for wireless operation of the unit. A free app is also available that transforms your iPhone or iPod touch into a convenient remote control to navigate your music. Its versatile design and ultra-compact footprint offers flexible placement in a kitchen, office, den, or bedroom.

360° Room-Filling Sound: The Sony Network Speaker spreads sound throughout the room, thanks to its four 2-way speakers + 1 subwoofer design, bass reflex (ported) enclosure, and built-in 45W amplifier. The Unique omni-directional design and small footprint let you place the SA-NS400 almost anywhere in the room.

Network Connection (LAN/Wi-Fi): You can connect the Sony Network Speaker's Ethernet (RJ-45) port to your Internet modem or router using a CAT-5 network cable to access music content stored on your PC, or from your PartyStream compatible Sony Blu-ray player, A/V receiver, or Network Player. In addition to the unit's Ethernet port connection, you can also easily connect wirelessly to your home's broadband network using the SA-NS400's built-in Wi-Fi. The following system environment is required to connect the SA-NS400 to your network.

  • Broadband Internet: A Broadband line connection to the Internet is required in order to listen to select online music services and to use the software update function of the receiver.
  • Modem: This is the device that is connected to the broadband line to communicate with the Internet. Some of these devices are integrated with the router.
  • Router (wired/wireless): Use a 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX compatible wired router or a 802.11b/g Wi-Fi certified wireless router to enjoy content on your home network.
  • Wired (LAN) or Wireless (Wi-Fi) Connection: An Ethernet cable (CAT5) is required for a hardwired (LAN) connection. A wireless (Wi-Fi) connection requires a home network with an 802.11b/g access point and internet connection. Supports WEP (64-/128-bit) and WPA-PSK (AES/TKIP) security.

DLNA Certified (Player): The Sony SA-NS400 Network Speaker is DLNA certified. This means you can listen to music stored on your DLNA compliant Windows-based PC through the Sony SA-NS400 in another room of your home. You can control basic playback functions, such as Play/Pause, Stop, Fast Forward/Rewind, Previous/Next. You can also bookmark music which is being played back via the  network, so you can easily find it the next time you are using the SA-NS400. You can register up to 30 audio bookmarks. The Sony Network Speaker supports the following audio files.

Audio Format Conditions
Linear PCM Sampling Rate: 44.1, 48 kHz,
Quantization: 16-bit
MP3 Sampling Rate: 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit Rate: 32-320 kbps
WMA Sampling Rate: up to 48 kHz
Bit Rate: up to 385 kbps
AAC Sampling Rate: 8, 11.025, 12, 16, 22.05, 24, 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit Rate: up to 576 kbps

Note: If you have a Windows 7-based computer, use the Windows Media Player 12 bundled with Windows 7. If you have a Windows XP or Windows Vista-based computer, install Windows Media Player 11 software.

PartyStream: The Sony SA-NS400 Network Speaker supports PartyStream playback of Bravia Internet Music apps (such as vTuner, Pandora, & Slacker) from your PartyStream compatible Sony Blu-ray player, A/V receiver, or Network player. This allows you to listen to your online music in another room of your home.

  • vTuner: The free online vTuner service allows easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and  podcasts via an extremely reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.
  • Slacker: Slacker is a free, personalized Internet radio service that lets you choose the music you want to listen to. You can choose Internet radio stations by genre, or create custom stations by Artist name or Song title.
  • Pandora: Pandora is a free, personalized Internet radio service that plays the music you know and helps you discover music you'll love. You can select Internet radio stations by Artist, Song, or Genre.

Note: PartyStream mode requires compatible Sony Blu-ray Disc home theater system, Sony Blu-ray Disc player, Sony A/V receiver, or Sony Network player (all sold separately); and connection to the same home network.

Expandability: Purchase additional Sony Network Speakers (158SANS400, sold separately) or docks (158NASSV20, sold separately) to expand your music enjoyment into every room of the home. Each room can be independently controlled with the remote app or synchronized for whole-home music enjoyment.

Auxiliary Input: The Sony SA-NS400 features a rear-panel 3.5mm auxiliary input to connect an external audio device (such as your portable MP3 player).

IR Remote Control: The Sony SA-NS400 comes supplied with a credit-card size IR remote control for wireless operation of the unit.

Remote Control App: Download the free Sony Network Audio Remote app from the iTunes App Store to your iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th gen) or iPhone (2G/3G/3GS/4) with iOS 3.1.3 or later, and turn it into a versatile remote control. You'll get instant access to your networked personal music collection right from your iPod touch or iPhone. The free app lets you set the volume, browse your music collection, and control playback functions using your iPod touch or iPhone.

Note: The Sony Network Audio Remote app must be downloaded from the iTunes App Store, and requires that the SA-NS400, your PC, and the iPod touch/iPhone be connected to the same wireless (Wi-Fi) network.

Power Supply: The Sony SA-NS400 operates off of standard household AC current using the included AC power adapter.

  • Input: 120-240V AC, 50/60Hz (60W)
  • Output: DC18V, 2.6A
 
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