In the TSX-W80 model the streaming of sound is made thanks to Yamaha’s proprietary AirWired technology, which handles the data sent from one’s iPod directly into the alarm clock. In contrary, the TSX-W70 model uses a built-in cradle. Both models support most iPod-like devices: iPhone, iPhone 3G, and so on. The music’s source isn’t limited to iPods; radio stations could wake you up as well, if you prefer lively chattering during the morning. As expected, both AM and FM broadcasting are supported.
In both models the speaker setting is 2.1, meaning two 4-watt speakers and a single 8-watt speaker play the chosen music. The supplied remote control helps switching between stations or songs, as well as adjusting volume level. While its price is yet to be announced, Yamaha announced that the TSX-W80 and TSX-W70 would hit the stores in Japan around December. However, no plans were announced for North America.
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For more information about Yamaha’s latest alarm clocks, see its website (translated from Japanese using Google Translate).