Sony XA900iP review

Superior sound quality meets AirPlay and Bluetooth streaming

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  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good connectivity options
  • Easy to use
  • Optical in


  • Some sound compression when using wireless
  • Expensive

Sony has a hit on its hands with the XA900 iOS speaker dock. It might cost £370, but what you get for that money is a brilliant-sounding iOS dock that ticks pretty much every connectivity box you could ever need.

Plenty of systems offer Bluetooth or AirPlay wireless tech. The XA900iP incorporates both, while also offering a standard iOS dock plus 3.5mm and optical-in ports.

Setting up AirPlay is done via an app, which you are prompted to install. It's straightforward and connects with your iTunes library or iOS device without a hitch.

For the money, we'd expect something that sounds sublime, and that's exactly what you get. The soundscape is punchy and crisp across the board, with wholesome mid-range sandwiched between a pin-sharp high-end and creamy bass. It sounds so good that you can really tell when you've switched to one of the wireless connection options, where it loses some of its vibrancy.

The asking price is a little high, though it's around £180 cheaper than the Zeppelin Air. Perhaps it doesn't sound quite as dazzling, but the addition of Bluetooth, optical-in and a much cheaper price put it in a strong position to nab that cash you've been saving for a rainy day.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSpeaker System
Speaker Configuration2.1
RMS Output Power200 W
iPod SupportedYes
Subwoofer TypeActive
Wireless Speaker(s)Yes
Brand NameSony
FeaturesPMP Docking, AirPlay
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Power SourceAC Power Cord
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Height200 mm
Width600 mm
Depth201 mm
Product SeriesX
  • Android Smartphone
  • Tablet PC
  • PC
  • MP3 Player
  • Bluetooth enabled Devices

Apple Products:

  • Mac
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPad 2
  • iPad
  • iPod touch 4G
  • iPod touch 3G
  • iPod touch 2G
  • iPod nano 6G
  • iPod nano 5G
  • iPod nano 4G
  • iPod nano 3G
  • iPod classic
Product ModelRDP-XA900iP
Product NameXA900 Wireless Speaker Dock with AirPlay and Bluetooth.iPod / iPhone / iPad
Manufacturer Part Number449143671
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationX Series: Acoustic Precision, Elegant Style.

Wirelessly listen to your smartphone and tablet's music or enjoy your iTunes library 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 or Bluetooth®
Package Contents
  • XA900 Wireless Speaker Dock with AirPlay and Bluetooth.iPod / iPhone / iPad
  • 1 x Remote Control
  • 2 x AC Power Cord
  • 3 x Operating Instructions
  • 2 x AirPlay via Wi-Fi Network Setup
  • 1 x CR2025 Lithium Battery
  • 1 x Warranty Card
Weight (Approximate)7 kg