Overview: The Sony SA-NS500
Portable Wireless Network
Speaker lets you listen to music stored on or streamed to your Windows PC, Sony
Tablet, or Apple AirPlay device. You can even listen to 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-NS500 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 Portable Wireless Network Speaker spreads sound
throughout the room, thanks to its four 2-way speakers (1.1875") + 1 subwoofer (4.375") design,
bass reflex (ported) enclosure, and built-in 36W amplifier. The Unique omni-directional
design and small footprint let you place the SA-NS500 almost anywhere in the
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 (sold separately). In addition to the unit's Ethernet port connection, you can
also easily connect wirelessly to your home's broadband network using the
SA-NS500's built-in Wi-Fi. Once you are connected to your home network, you'll
be able to access music content stored on or streamed to your PC, tablet,
smartphone, or Apple AirPlay device; and even from your PartyStream compatible Sony Blu-ray
player, A/V receiver, or Network Player. The following system environment is required to
connect the SA-NS500 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
- 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.
Expandability: Purchase additional
Sony Network Speakers (158SANS500, 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.
AirPlay Compatible: Apple's AirPlay technology allows music,
downloaded to iTunes, to be streamed wirelessly from your Mac or PC to the Sony
SA-NS500 speaker system. You can even bypass your computer entirely, and stream
high-quality audio directly from your Apple iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad to the
- iTunes Streaming: AirPlay technology gives you wireless
remote access to your entire iTunes 10 music collection and Internet radio
with full navigation and playback control from your computer (Mac/PC) or
iPod touch/iPhone/iPad device (iOS 4.2 or later), via Apple's free Remote
app. To use this feature you need a Mac or Windows-based PC running iTunes
(10.1 or later) connected to the same wireless (WiFi) network as the Sony
- Apple Device Streaming: AirPlay also lets you
wirelessly stream music and music apps stored on your iPod touch, iPhone, or
iPad to the Sony SA-NS500. This feature works with iPod touch (2nd/3rd/4th
gen), iPhone (3GS/4/4S), and iPad running iOS 4.2 or later - connected to
the same wireless network as the SA-NS500.
Note: You cannot use
the PartyStreaming function with audio content played back using AirPlay.
DLNA Certified (Player): The Sony
SA-NS500 Network Speaker is DLNA certified. This means you can listen to music
stored on your DLNA compliant Windows-based PC through the Sony SA-NS500 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-NS500. You can register up to 30 audio bookmarks.
The Sony Network Speaker supports the following audio files.
||Sampling Rate: 44.1, 48 kHz,
||Sampling Rate: 44.1, 48 kHz,
||Sampling Rate: 32, 44.1, 48 kHz
Bit Rate: 32-320 kbps
||Sampling Rate: up to 48 kHz
Bit Rate: up to 385 kbps
||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-NS500
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
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.
Auxiliary Input: The Sony SA-NS500
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-NS500 comes supplied with a credit-card size IR remote control for wireless
operation of the speaker and your music.
Remote Control App: Download the
Sony Network Audio Remote app from the iTunes App Store to your iPod touch
(2nd/3rd/4th gen) or iPhone (3G/3GS/4/4S) with iOS 4.0 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-NS500, your PC, and the iPod touch/iPhone be connected to the same
wireless (Wi-Fi) network.
The Sony SA-NS500 operates off of an integrated, rechargeable battery that
provides up to 5 hours of use (at half volume) or 2 hours of use (at max
volume). The battery can be charged from the included AC power adapter. Charging
time takes between 3-5 hours.
AC Power Adapter: The Sony SA-NS500
also operates off of standard household AC current using the included AC power
adapter. The AC power adapter is also used to charge the speaker's integrated
- Input: 120-240V AC, 50/60Hz
- Output: DC18V, 2.6A
Standby Mode: This unit enters Standby mode when it is idle (with no
operation) for 30 minutes to conserve battery life.