Sony RDP-XA700iP X Series Wireless Speaker Dock – I was going to buy the larger XA900 model but chose this one as its a smaller size and fits in our kitchen better. The sound is

Excellent sound, crystal clear mids and treble with solid. Excellent sound, crystal clear mids and treble with solid bass, not the wooly overblown bass i was expecting, sounds like a good small separates hifi.

Easy to set up and great for adding wireless music to a room. Adaptor required for latest version of ipad makes docking a little more clumsy however airplay connectivity is impressive.

We bought this on a combination of airplay and sony reputation – a great success. Highly recommend on sound quality and vfm. Here are the specifications for the Sony RDP-XA700iP X Series Wireless Speaker Dock:

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  • Enjoy your iTunes library wirelessly from your iPod, iPhone, iPad or Mac
  • Elegant design features premium materials and minimalist finish
  • Crystal clear sound quality with DMC technology
  • Stream your content wirelessly via AirPlay

Absolutely outstanding sound quality. The sound quality of these is the best i have ever heard from small speakers great base also, i would recommend these speakers to everyone.

We bought this on a combination of airplay and sony reputation – a great success. Highly recommend on sound quality and vfm.

Reviews from purchasers :

  • Awesome airplay speaker
  • Early days but mixed.
  • Excellent product

This docking system is stunning great sound and with remote works really well all round great bit of kit thanks.

This is a first class bit of kit for the money. Good bass that doesn’t buzz or overwhelm the sound, no ‘tinniness’ at high volume. Overall it packs a great punch for its size and is ideal for filling a room. The airplay feature is great, allowing you to remote-play from ipod/iphone without it being attached to the unit. Edit – just noticed the rrp on the product. I paid about half of that on here – shop around.

Exceptional sound – when it works. I have 2 of these, one in the dining room and the other in my office. Upsidereally good room filling sound. Downsideairplay is extremely erratic – other airplay speakers in house are not so erratic. Ie you can connect to the webpage – but cannot send music to it. It is annoying to have to keep resetting it. The iphone app is really, really really bad- when trying to set it up it up puts up nonsense error messages that wouldn’t qualify as english at all just a random bunch of words. If you keep trying for 10 minutes, it will eventually let you in to configure it. Oh and the 30 pin adapter removes all new iphones, ipads and ipod touches out of the equationthe aq speakers are much more sophisticated and reliable, but lack the full rounded sound that the sony provides. Such a shame, someone worked really hard to design this very capable, solid, speaker system and was massively let down by the app and airpay capability.

I use airplay on it most of the time and the sound quality is excellent. It does take a little while to connect with the mac but once connected it is awesome. Worth investing in a good dock if you appreciate your music.

Absolutely outstanding sound quality. The sound quality of these is the best i have ever heard from small speakers great base also, i would recommend these speakers to everyone.

Exceptional sound – when it works. I have 2 of these, one in the dining room and the other in my office. Upsidereally good room filling sound. Downsideairplay is extremely erratic – other airplay speakers in house are not so erratic. Ie you can connect to the webpage – but cannot send music to it. It is annoying to have to keep resetting it. The iphone app is really, really really bad- when trying to set it up it up puts up nonsense error messages that wouldn’t qualify as english at all just a random bunch of words. If you keep trying for 10 minutes, it will eventually let you in to configure it. Oh and the 30 pin adapter removes all new iphones, ipads and ipod touches out of the equationthe aq speakers are much more sophisticated and reliable, but lack the full rounded sound that the sony provides. Such a shame, someone worked really hard to design this very capable, solid, speaker system and was massively let down by the app and airpay capability.

This is a first class bit of kit for the money. Good bass that doesn’t buzz or overwhelm the sound, no ‘tinniness’ at high volume. Overall it packs a great punch for its size and is ideal for filling a room. The airplay feature is great, allowing you to remote-play from ipod/iphone without it being attached to the unit. Edit – just noticed the rrp on the product. I paid about half of that on here – shop around.

Excellent sound, crystal clear mids and treble with solid. Excellent sound, crystal clear mids and treble with solid bass, not the wooly overblown bass i was expecting, sounds like a good small separates hifi.

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  1. I have only just started to investigate it so i may get have cause to revise my opinion but the first disappointment won’t change, the connector on the dock is too big for either of our ipads – a mini and an ipad2 bought last christmas. It was straightforward to connect music to wi fi and the sound is good. I don’t know yet if i will be able to use it for the iplayer. Maybe an adapter is required and available.
  2. This review is from : Sony RDP-XA700iP X Series Wireless Speaker Dock with AirPlay with DMC Technology

    I have only just started to investigate it so i may get have cause to revise my opinion but the first disappointment won’t change, the connector on the dock is too big for either of our ipads – a mini and an ipad2 bought last christmas. It was straightforward to connect music to wi fi and the sound is good. I don’t know yet if i will be able to use it for the iplayer. Maybe an adapter is required and available.
    1. I was going to buy the larger xa900 model but chose this one as its a smaller size and fits in our kitchen better. This is a very capable speaker. I was going to buy the larger xa900 model but chose this one as its a smaller size and fits in our kitchen better. I mostly listen to rock and metal and the speaker really has a lot of bass and control over the bass. Volume is not an issue as its plenty loud to fill the kitchen and hear it outside when having a barbecue. It sounds larger than it looks. Overall i’m very happy i bought it and would recommend to anyone.
  3. This review is from : Sony RDP-XA700iP X Series Wireless Speaker Dock with AirPlay with DMC Technology

    I was going to buy the larger xa900 model but chose this one as its a smaller size and fits in our kitchen better. This is a very capable speaker. I was going to buy the larger xa900 model but chose this one as its a smaller size and fits in our kitchen better. I mostly listen to rock and metal and the speaker really has a lot of bass and control over the bass. Volume is not an issue as its plenty loud to fill the kitchen and hear it outside when having a barbecue. It sounds larger than it looks. Overall i’m very happy i bought it and would recommend to anyone.
    1. Great speaker – quality sound and easy setup. I bought this speaker about 9 months ago. Looks good and sounds great. The setup is simple as you can dock an iphone or ipad with it. I bought this as a replacement for a philips speaker that was constantly dropping out when using airplay. Unfortunately the sony speaker also suffered from constant drop-outs. I also upgraded to the bt home hub 4 dual band router thinking this would cure the issue. No help from apple or philips to get to the bottom of the issue. Reading about sonos and the dedicated wireless bridge i guessed that the wifi router was overloaded when supporting airplay.
  4. This review is from : Sony RDP-XA700iP X Series Wireless Speaker Dock with AirPlay with DMC Technology

    Great speaker – quality sound and easy setup. I bought this speaker about 9 months ago. Looks good and sounds great. The setup is simple as you can dock an iphone or ipad with it. I bought this as a replacement for a philips speaker that was constantly dropping out when using airplay. Unfortunately the sony speaker also suffered from constant drop-outs. I also upgraded to the bt home hub 4 dual band router thinking this would cure the issue. No help from apple or philips to get to the bottom of the issue. Reading about sonos and the dedicated wireless bridge i guessed that the wifi router was overloaded when supporting airplay.
  5. This review is from : Sony RDP-XA700iP X Series Wireless Speaker Dock with AirPlay with DMC Technology

    Truly magnificent sound quality. Bass is perfect for such a small unit, not overpowered and doesn’t distort at high volume. It ain’t a substitute for a proper set of stereo speakers and subs but if you want excellent quality sound around the house via airplay without having big expensive amps and speakers wired up then get this sony. The equaliser in the app is a nice touch so you can control the bass levels although out of the box the bass is lovely. The unit itself is quality with nice brushed aluminium touches. I am amazed at the quality sound output for such a small unit. It’s big brother the xa900 is probably better for a big, big room, but in an average sized house the xa700 fills the room with mids, highs and bass. All types of music sounds great from this sony. The remote is a bit naff, if i have to pick fault, but i don’t use it anyway.
  6. This review is from : Sony RDP-XA700iP X Series Wireless Speaker Dock with AirPlay with DMC Technology

    Truly magnificent sound quality. Bass is perfect for such a small unit, not overpowered and doesn’t distort at high volume. It ain’t a substitute for a proper set of stereo speakers and subs but if you want excellent quality sound around the house via airplay without having big expensive amps and speakers wired up then get this sony. The equaliser in the app is a nice touch so you can control the bass levels although out of the box the bass is lovely. The unit itself is quality with nice brushed aluminium touches. I am amazed at the quality sound output for such a small unit. It’s big brother the xa900 is probably better for a big, big room, but in an average sized house the xa700 fills the room with mids, highs and bass. All types of music sounds great from this sony. The remote is a bit naff, if i have to pick fault, but i don’t use it anyway.