Music ain't just about the sound - at least that's the message Sony is sending with its foray into a brave new world of stereo shapes, unleashing two NFC-enabled speakers.
The not-very-excitingly-titled CMT-BT60B and its younger grey sibling, the BT60B, are gunning to "make an instant impression in any living space", according to Sony.
With their embodiment of both retro and future-y design, we do wonder whether it's the right impression, but the angled look certainly isn't the worst look we've seen on a speaker.
Bluetooth and USB connectivity are on board both models, though only the CMT-BT60B is getting Wi-Fi and Airplay love. They also offer DAB and FM tuners, with AAC and the apt-X codec support included.
Jazzing it up
Nonetheless, there's connectivity for Android and iPhones on both systems and NFC inclusion is a nice hassle-avoiding option for those with a compatible device.
At CES, we saw Sony unveil its also-oddly-designed 2013 Blu-ray range, and its new speakers seem to be going down a somewhat similar design path.
Sony hasn't said anything on pricing yet, but both of these will be hitting the UK starting June 2013.
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