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The Philips Fidelio SoundSphere is one of the best-looking Airplay speaker systems we've ever seen – and, we're extremely happy to report, its beauty is far from skin-deep. Comprising two forward-leaning cylindrical speakers clad in a classy gloss black, it's accompanied by a simple iPod/iPhone/iPad charging dock, remote control and all the cables you need to get it up and running quickly and simply. Inside one of the speakers you'll find a 2x 50W RMS amplifier, while each speaker also includes a 127mm woofer for mid-range/deep bass, and a 25mm tweeter, which arcs out of the top on a hefty chrome arm that can also be used to help you move them around. Setting up the SoundSphere is pretty straightforward. On the back of the active speaker you'll find a power socket, along with a pair of binding posts that are connected to the accompanying passive speaker using the speaker cable provided. You'll also find a 3.5mm input jack, along with controls for the SoundSphere's Wi-Fi transceiver connection so you can connect to it using AirPlay. If you want to use your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch make sure you also download the free Fidelio app, available from the iTunes App Store.
Philips has been investing heavily in audio recently with its Fidelio and Streamium ranges. Determined to outdo the Zeppelin and the SoundDock, it has extended the boundaries of what an iPod dock is, so much so that you could be forgiven for asking if the DS9800 still qualifies as one. Unusual is the word that best describes the two speakers that make up the SoundSphere kit. They're sort of open eggs out of which a sort of E.T.'s forefinger appears. They certainly won't go unnoticed. The power supply plugs into the left-hand speaker. You can send sound to this stereo kit (because that's what it is!) via a mini-jack socket but the main audio in is via the wireless AirPlay system, the Apple 'technology' that is simply a hidden, autonomous wi-fi network created in parallel to that used for all standard devices, very much in the way Sonos does with the ZoneBridge. The advantage of this is that no complex configuration is required. AirPlay is not universal and you have to use it with a compatible device or piece of software, though this is, after all, a product for the iPod/iPhone. The dock is simply there to recharge your device and isn't required for the audio side to work. Note, the speakers are 37 cm high so you'll need to make sure you have space for them.
|Philips DS9800W/37 Fidelio SoundSphere Docking Speaker with AirPlay||$369.95||See it|
|Philips DS9800W/37 Fidelio SoundSphere Docking Speaker with AirPlay||$377.33||See it|