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Piping music through power cabling gets real


We’ve all seen dozens of tedious attempts at piping internet connections through the home using existing electrical wiring and power sockets, but this is the first-real world product to use the concept to deliver music through the same channels.

Pioneer Japan’s Music Tap MT-01 system has often been displayed by the company at trade shows under a different name (Power Line Sound System), but never actually appeared on shop shelves – that’s about to change, with a Japan release slated for mid-July.

For ¥70,000, Japanese shoppers will get a control unit to go wherever the music source is, along with two 25W speakers and a single 5W speaker to place around the house. An iPod adapter is available too for an extra fee. Multi-room playback means music from two separate sources can be channeled to different rooms.

The control unit can hook up to more or less any audio source through its dual analogue inputs and USB ports. The smaller speaker even features a motion sensor that can be set to strike up the band when someone enters the room. Call me old-fashioned, but that sounds like an annoyance, rather than a feature.

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