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Philips DC910 Docking Entertainment System - Philips DC910 Docking Entertainment System

By Edward Chester

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

7

A remote is included and we're pleased to see that all the dc910's functions can be controlled using it, which is always convenient. The only thing it can't do is fully control the iPod. Here it's limited to just skipping tracks in your current playlist, playing and pausing music, and controlling volume.

For sound quality testing, I listened to my usual eclectic mix of music - much to the chagrin of my colleagues - that includes everything from classic solo piano to the biggest house beats you can imagine, with a healthy does of classic and heavy metal thrown in for good measure. Unfortunately, whatever genre I choose the DC910 seldom excelled.

About the most succinct way of describing the overall effect is that it manages to sound both muffled and tinny at the same time. More specifically, there's a harsh edge to the treble and a very unnatural bass that, as is typical with devices that use multiple drivers, seems to only kick in at certain frequencies meaning that bass lines in particular ebb and flow in an undesirable manner.

To its credit, the DC910 manages to create a surprisingly wide soundstage that belies its diminutive size and close speaker placement. Moreover, for casual listening, especially to pop and less sophisticated rock music, it is perfectly adequate. Unfortunately it costs £130 and for just £20 or £30 more there are much better sounding devices to be had. Namely, the Boston Acoustics Duo-i.

Verdict

The Philips DC910 is the epitome of a generic ipod dock and radio. It looks nice, is reasonably well made, is easy to use, and sounds ok. The trouble is, it costs a not inconsiderable £130 and at that price it's too close to much more accomplished models. If you can find it for closer to £100, though, it could be worth a punt.

Overall Score

7

Scores In Detail

  • Value 6
  • Features 6
  • Design 8

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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