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Philips Fidelio DS3000
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  • Philips Fidelio DS3000
  • Philips Fidelio DS3000
  • Fidelio DS3000 2.0 Speaker System (8 W - USB - iPod Support)

Summary

Our Score:

8

You may recall that we rather liked Philips' DS9000 speaker dock. Our interest was piqued, therefore, when we heard that a smaller, cheaper derivative was on the way. It's called the DS3000, and at less than £55 it is, indeed, much cheaper than the DS9000; in fact, it's arguably the better buy.

Not that we're suggesting the DS9000 isn't worthy of its £400-odd asking price, but for many people that's simply too much to countenance. The DS3000, conversely, is priced at a much more attractive level, but without much sign of compromise.

Take the outer design, for example, which we thing is fairly attractive. The warped-toroid shape is similar to the DS9000, albeit in more compact dimensions - 210mm x 150mm x 135mm to be precise. From the dock to the top of the speaker is about the height of an iPod touch (one of these will just peak over the top), so the DS3000 isn't particularly imposing. The device is available in silver or black, and the we'd pick the latter as the so-called silver is more of a muted grey to out eyes, which while not unattractive isn't the prettiest shade going.

An interesting design feature, which we didn't expect to see, is the presence of a battery compartment on the bottom of the DS3000. This will hold four AA batteries, which should provide in the region of eight hours of playback. It's a smart edition, as the compact size of the DS3000 makes it suited to be ported about - the hole in the centre even makes a half-facsimile of a decent carrying handle.

We like the volume controls on the front of the DS3000. Whether that's because of their TR-livery orange backlighting or the reassuringly mechanical click they exhibit on use we'll leave you to debate. With so many other manufacturers resorting to touch-sensitive controls, which invariably fail to work properly, we think it's good that Philips still seems to understand the benefits of 'real' switches and toggles.

Aside from batteries, the DS3000 can also be powered with a traditional AC adaptor. Next to the power port is an aux-in for use with a non-iPod source device. We were disappointed to learn that the USB port on the DS3000 doesn't let it work as a USB speaker when connected to a computer. However, it does let the DS3000 function as an iPod dock, so you can sync new music using the DS3000. We tried out a range of iPhones and iPods and all of them worked flawlessly.

wibblemaster

October 30, 2010, 3:40 pm

I've had one of these little gems now for 6 months... taken it camping, abroad on holiday. It's a very robust dock and the 8 hour battery life is well underestimated, one set lasted me 5 days playing it for 4+ hours a day... admittedly on lowish volumes to prevent neighbouring poolside sun worshippers complaining.


The sound quality is quite astonishing for such a compact system as mentioned already. However, I personally think that the app IS worth installing, as it allows easy access to the the equalizer plus a dynamic bass boost (loudness) for low to medium sound settings, as well as a nice easy to access alarm clock. It makes a perfect bedside clock radio as well as an overnight ipod/iphone charger.


Bargain!

Kerwood

October 30, 2010, 4:36 pm

I have discovered Philips' range of iPod/Phone/Touch players in a shop recently, and like you I was surprised by the good quality of the sound.


Like you, my first reaction was one of irritation at the prompt asking me to load an App.


However, I think though that holding this against Philips is quite unfair.





If it feels irritating when you just try it, it has to be realised that if you would own it, you would appreciate that it brings you something that the iPod/Phone/Touch does not bring you by default: the possibility to wake up to your own music.


Considering the size of their speaker pods, Philips has made them bedroom friendly, hence maybe the "soft" colour scheme and subdued grey.


One has to read through form and function...

Keithe6e

October 31, 2010, 3:25 am

Maybe missed it in the review, but does this charge your IPod/Iphone too?

wibblemaster

October 31, 2010, 2:28 pm

yep, but only when on mains... on battery it does not.

james1000

October 31, 2010, 5:52 pm

Are you sure it comes in black also? I cannot find it anywhere...

wibblemaster

November 1, 2010, 4:22 am

Mine is black...

gonzorv

November 5, 2010, 6:38 pm

Comet have one listed with a black unit pictured. Although note it doesn't explicitly state its black. If it does turn up grey I'm sure you could return it based on an incorrect picture.


http://www.comet.co.uk/shopcom...





Note, Quidco offer 3% cashback but also currently have a 10% voucher code for iPod speakers ("SPEAKER10" valid until 07/10/10) bringing the price to £49.49. Free delivery available too!





I just ordered myself one.





p.s. I do not work for Comet, just think its a pretty good deal. Hopefully james1000 sees this before the code expires.

gdawg304

November 11, 2010, 4:37 pm

Argos is now selling this for £49.99 on special offer...sounds like I might have to pop down there and take a look!

Miguel101

September 23, 2013, 4:03 am

I plug in my aux cable but nothing play do I have to press a source button or something?

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