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Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker (DS7700) Review

The Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker (DS7700) looks like a magical alien capsule. It’s shiny, sleek, and metallic! The only thing missing is the extra-terrestrial meteoric glow. Seriously, it looks awesome and it also sounds great too! The Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker (DS7700) can accommodate your iPod, iPhone, and iPad. It also has an iOS app called Fidelio that’s both a desktop clock app and a playlist management system.

Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker

Pros:

  • Compact
  • Easy to use
  • Bluetooth capable
  • Looks absolutely great

Cons:

  • Loose cover (easy to lose, pun intended)
  • EQ choices are preset, no tweaking with different frequencies
  • Pricey
  • Needs more bass

Full Review
The Philips Fidelio is light, compact, and has quite a simple design. We tried carrying it around the house while playing music (only while using an iPod, of course). While other light and compact speakers sometimes sacrifice sound quality for form, this one does not. It does not come with a remote, but it is Bluetooth capable. So for those with Apple devices that have Bluetooth, you can use your device as the remote itself.

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The sound quality is bright and distinctly brings out the elements of the music. We played different movie soundtracks using the Flat EQ preset and the music sounded like it was being played in the cinemas. And if speakers can make the soundtracks of Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pirates of the Caribbean sound like it was played in the cinemas even when the equalizer is set at flat or none at all, then you know it’s good.

iPhone 4 docked!
iPad docked!

The sound quality does not disappoint–the mid and treble is spot on, neither screechy nor lacking. But it doesn’t exceed expectations, either. The sound isn’t as bass-heavy as it could be. It’s just enough to complete the sound, so if you’re looking for speakers that are good for playing in parties this probably isn’t the ideal device (it is, however better than most docks used at parties).

The Verdict
It looks good, sounds great (but not audiophile level yet), and it’s compact. It delivers on all the features required for portable docking speakers. The Philips Fidelio Docking Speaker (DS7700) retails for Php15,499 and is available in Astro Vision branches. If you want to get it at 10% off, just head over to WeeMall.com and use the discount code unbox1107ph. Note that you need to make an account first before you apply the code to get the discount.

EIC Note: Joint review by Dodge Ronquillo and our upcoming Audiophile Dude, Ram.

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