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How does this compare to the Sony SRSGU10IP speaker dock in terms of sound quality? Both can be had for £50, the Sony is slightly bigger (but still ok for a bedside table) and has 20w power. I bought the Sony last week, but my daughter wants a dock now, and so it will be something in the £50 range like this, an iPig, or such like.
We haven't had that model in sadly - but judging by the other Sony docks we've had in recently, there's a good chance the Fidelio might edge it. The Fidelio looks great on a shelf/bedside cabinet too.
I bought the bigger brother of this dock, the DS8500 and I just thought I'd bring up some issues that may plague this model.
Whilst the sound quality was fantastic, when an iPhone 4 was plugged in, the unit made a crackling/popping noise when playing music (only noticable with quiet/classical/vocal music). But still terribly annoying. This did not occur with an iPhone 3g or other players using the AUX-In. With the iPhone 4 plugged in via AUX, it sounded like my music was being played underwater.
For those that think it might have been a problem with my iPhone, I went to the apple store and tried a multitude of docks from low to high end, and no issues.
The Fidelio App. If you choose not to install it on your iPhone, it prompts you every single time to do so. Additionally the sound is terrible without the equalizers set (which is done without the app automatically) yet only configurable once inside the app.
Once inside the app, if you turn off all the adjustments the sound is very weak.
These issues meant I had to return the unit as whilst the sound quality was astounding for the price (better than a bose sound dock) Philips often designs excellent products with some major flaws. A Philips SAD light I own for example, has an off switch to turn off the radio, but not the light. And requires resetting every night as opposed to automatically performing this function.
Sorry to hear that! We had the DS9 in recently and that didn't seem to have any problems (It was mostly tested with an iPod Classic/iPod Touch 2nd gen), so perhaps they've fixed a few issues. The DS8500 is still the Fidelio model I see most commonly out on the high street though.
I have a Philips SAD light too. Not had any problems with that but I bet the bulb will go at some point.
AndrewTR - The bulb is exactly the type of design flaw that Philips either builds into their products intentionally (planned obsolescence) or overlook when engineering new products. Funnily it's always the simple issues that are overlooked.
With my SAD light it's an issue that the designers didn't think that when the user turns off the alarm/radio after waking up, they want the light off too. But they turn that into two separate functions. Plus the snooze/off lever is one of the more befuddling design/function decisions I've seen in modern electronics. Instead of a gigantic alarm snooze button you get a tiny lever you need to set to snooze, off and then reset. Plus it's hard to remember or even see which state the alarm is set to.
I just hope people seeing this item with a 9/10 score do not assume it's an instabuy as they often are with TR. Philips products are the sort where you often think to yourself "Great product, but why did they do THAT?"
Indeed - I read up about the bulb and general failure issues around Philips's SAD lamps before buying, but decided to take the leap anyway.
The DS3020 strikes me as a relatively simple device though, and wouldn't hesitate recommending it as a simple "shove in and play" device. It's good to hear any particular concerns about these kind of units though, so we can factor them in with future reviews.
Maybe it's a bit pedantic, but from what I've read the new batteries in phones perform better if kept topped up. Previously it was important to run from full to empty regularly but this seems no longer to be the case.
Not sure about the constantly charging when already fully charged thing though, perhaps that is still an issue....although why that can't be dealt with I don't know.
the philips fidelio ds 3020 appears to have just one speaker. is that accurate? can you reccomend a similiar product with 2 speakers for stereo sound? thank you.
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