SA-NS500 Portable Wi-Fi® Speaker w/AirPlay®
Great for outdoor parties
Cutting out was a real issue until I upgraded the speed of my internet, which helped a great deal, but they still cut out from time to time. I bought 2 for outside, primarily because they had an internal battery and they sync with my home theater speakers inside, or I plug my iphone in and the theater joins the "party" mode. Support was great with all the problems I initially had. Overall, I'm very happy. I bought them through Amazon after Sony discontinued them.
June 18, 2013
Working right after a year
I've had two of these for almost a year to replace the SA-NS300s I had. When I first got them, I had them setup for WIFI and one would always cut out. I fixed the problem by using Ethernet. I have Ethernet jacks through out the house. Since firmware 2.01.2.04 the WIFI problem seems to be fixed. It only took Sony a year to fix the problem.
The device has a battery for use without AC but it seems kinda pointless because you still need an access point to use it. It not very mobile with the battery because there is no bluetooth or direct connect to use it on a picnik or tailgate party. Bluetooth or direct connect would have made since if is has a battery. The could made it withour a battery to keep cost down, only reason I got this was because it had airplay. The SA-NS300 did not have airplay and I did not think I would need airplay until I discovered the iphone app is almost useless. You can not access music on the stored on iphone or even on android devices to send to the device.
The new firmware did add internet radio support but still has a horrible iphone app to navigation stations. I do not think the people who designed the Iphone or adroind app ever had to use it or have a lot of music. The app is very slow and tedious to use.
Maybe sony will wifi direct connect with a firmware release, but knowing sony they will probably just make a new version to buy instead of adding the feature to the current version.
September 20, 2012
AirPlay works great after update
Many old reviews on here are stating horrible AirPlay performance, however since the last firmware update (I believe from 3/2012) the issues with dropping AirPlay signals have been fixed and it works flawlessly now.
July 19, 2012
I purchased two of these units a few months ago. Set up was a bit different than I have had to do for other products connecting to my wireless network. The only issues I have had was that I had one unit that would drop the signal after a few minutes. However, moving the location of my wireless router solved the issue.
I also am an all Mac, iphone, iPad user. I have no issues with Airplay from any of these devices. I also recently installed an Apple Time capsule with the built-in wireless router and the set up went well and have had no further connection issues.
May 20, 2012