Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W Docking Speakers - High Fidelity At A High Price
3 April 2012
Excerpt: Philips' DS9800W docking speakers were designed to impress with its touted SoundSphere technology and lavish profile. Read on to find out what we think about this living room centerpiece, whose hefty price tag puts it in the same class as the Zeppelin Air.
Pros: Attractive design, Detailed and punchy sound, Balanced delivery
Cons: Finicky AirPlay setup, Dock is only for charging purposes
Excerpt: SoundSphere consists of two cannon-shaped wood-cabineted speakers, finished in glossy black lacquer with matching swirled black and silver metal top housings, plus chrome accent pieces. Each speaker stands roughly 15” tall with around 9” of depth and 8.5” of width, though the measurements are confounded by reclines: rather than facing directly upwards, the cannons point somewhat forward, allowing sound to be channeled towards you.
Summary: The Philips Fidelio SoundSphere AirPlay Speakers is an exquisite piece of audio equipment. Its floating tweeter design may resemble a one-eyed cyclops, but the sound that flows out of this system is far from monstrous and instead, more angel-like. Warm and balanced music pours out of the 100 watt speakers (50 watts each) that fills the room. AirPlay is temperamental at best so connecting your system via Wi-Fi or AUX is your best bet for consistency.
Pros: Great design, balanced sound that fills the room, and easy to setup.
Cons: AirPlay is temperamental, have to stand close to the speakers to adjust the volume with remote control, takes time to burn in, could be a bit pricey for some.
Conclusion: In a world awash with AirPlay-equipped docks, these SoundSpheres have created a niche for themselves by offering proper two-channel stereo output. Idiosyncratic looks ensure they'll stand out even further from the crowd and they sound great too.
Test: Philips Fidelio Soundsphere DS9800W – Airplay-højttalere, der kan lidt mere
11 January 2013
Excerpt: iPod-docken Philips Fidelio DS9000 har længe været en af mine absolutte favoritter i det segment, så jeg havde høje forventninger, da jeg åbnede pakken med Philips’ æggeformede lydkugler DS9800W.