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Philips DC910 Docking Entertainment System - Philips DC910 Docking Entertainment System

By Edward Chester

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Summary

Our Score:

7

Filenames are displayed on the small LCD screen that sits between the main controls on the front. This is also used to display clock functions, tuning settings, and the source you're currently listening to. It is a bit small and awkward to read - especially as it's often obscured by the iPod dock - but considering a large proportion of the time you'll be navigating using the screen on your iPod, it's forgiveable.

The front panel controls are all logically laid out and seem simple enough. We did have a couple of little issues though. First was the slightly odd fact that the Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB) and Digital Sound Control (DSC) buttons only work when listening to music from the radio or USB/SD device but not with the iPod. Also, we gave up on working out how to set the time and alarm and eventually had to refer to the manual, which is a rare occurrence on such a simple device.

Round the back the most prominent features are actually the unusually exposed wOOx subwoofers. I'm sure there's some pseudo-logical mumbo jumbo about how these drivers need to be left exposed to enhance some kind of audio effect but frankly it just smacks of gimmickry. It's also likely to result in you accidentally sticking a finger through the driver when you go to pick the DC910 up. Incidentally, there are four more speakers hidden behind the front grill to make up a seemingly impressive total of six drivers in this small unit. We'll come to why it's only 'seemingly impressive' later.

The power brick, which is surprisingly large for a relatively small device, plugs into the back alongside the two auxiliary 3.5mm line-in jacks and the incredibly thin, hard-wired aerial. Despite its piddling proportions the aerial did actually do a good job and we were seldom left wanting for our favourite stations.

Surrounding these various sockets is the mount for the silver stand section, which can actually be removed so you can hang the DC910 on a wall. Considering its relatively lightweight construction, hanging the DC910 on a wall seems like quite a sensible and easy option. However, considering you'll need to hang the aerial somewhere and the power cable will be trailing down below, we're not sure there is any aesthetic merit to doing this. It's an option if you're short of flat surfaces, though.

MikeDa

November 26, 2008, 11:06 pm

I own a DC910 and am using it with a first gen ipod touch. For the most part this review is an accurate reflection of the product. However when it comes to the remote the review is misleading. The remote actually allows you to control the ipods music menus, which means you can do far more than "just skipping tracks in your current playlist, playing and pausing music, and controlling volume" you can in fact go into your album or artist lists and make selections. You can do this by pressing the menu button and using the up and down buttons on the remote. Setting the clock is a breeze - however for the technically challenged there is a handy manual included in the box.





Sound wise this dock doesn't really compete with say a Bose SoundDock. However with an ipod touch the soundDock requires your WiFi to be turned off - which is rather annoying. But not quite as annoying as the awful hum you get if you forget to turn it off. No such problem with the DC910. This coupled with the numerous features that the DC910 gives you over other standard docks - the functionality of its remote, usb/sd and 2 additional aux inputs, radio, rotating dock for video, clock with sleep functions, display, and the option to mount it on the wall - mean that you get a lot more for less money than a Bose.





Does it sound as good as some other docks? No - but the difference is not a deal breaker and if you feel it is then you're too much of an audiophile to be using this kind of product anyway.





I picked mine up in Costco for 𧴰 when it first came out which was 㿊 cheaper than argos at the time. Overall I'm very happy with it. The only negative for me really is that when the dock is rotated horizontally and you're in coverflow the remote won't control coverflow for you except for basic functions within the album you've selected (ie it won't flick through the albums) - seems like Philips missed a trick there. Still it's well worth an audition.

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