Summary: This is the second one that I bought. I bought for a friend and it does not charge my iPad while it's playing. I do like the sound so I use the auxiliary cord has great sound but it does not charge your iPad or your iPod .
Summary: This unit really sounds clear and without distortion, even at high volume, comparable to the Bose I had before but with less booming bass, which I see as a plus. Be sure to download the app to your iPhone first beforehand or it won't work properly.
Summary: The general sound this speaker makes is quite good - good treble and pretty good bass. However, it has one fatal flaw - the speakers make a periodic clicking/popping noise. I kept the speakers for about a week but it didn't go away (not sure why I thought it would). Too bad, I liked everything else about this unit.
Summary: After shopping around for months I purchased this speaker dock to be used in my bedroom and I`m so happy that I did. The sound is crystal clear and the bass coming from this little system is unbelievable. Love it!!!
Summary: I love to hear all the music...whether the volume is up high, or down low. The Philips DS8500 delivers solid highs, mids and lows no matter the sound level. Having owned and used high end component systems for the last 30 years (Onkyo, B & O, Yamaha, and Pioneer), I was pleasantly surprised at how rich and full my ipod classic and iphone sounded.
Summary: Will you get great stereo from this unit? No. BUT, that said, for it's size this is the best unit that I've tried in it's category. The porting seems to be well designed which is reflected in the deep, clean bass (no it will not outperform much larger units in this area - you don't get to repeal the Laws of Physics overnight). If you need something with this form factor the Philips is definitely worth a look.
Summary: When the Philips Fidelio 8500 works, it is wonderful. The sound is fantastic: great range, startling clarity, and profound bass. But amid this symphony of praise, I must sound a cautionary note. I have now had two of these fine speakers fail. The first, Philips replaced. When the second died, they told me there was nothing they would do. Attractive as a speaker, it is now a cumbersome curiosity.