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Philips Fidelio AW9000

Andrew Williams



Review Price £499.99

Key Features: Dual mid drivers, single tweeter per speaker; Coaxial/optical digital inputs; Phono/aux 3.5mm analogue inputs; DLNA wireless streaming; Free companion app

Manufacturer: Philips

Last year, the Philips Fidelio range came out with some real corkers. The Fidelio DS9000 and DS9 were two of our favourite docks, and the more recent Fidelio L1 headphones are a must-audition if you have two hundred or so quid to spend. However, a whole new line has now been unveiled - the Fidelio AW speakers are wireless boxes designed for use with primarily iPhones and Android devices. And right up top sits the Philips Fidelio AW9000, a pair of large bookshelf-sized speakers that will sell for £500.

These are wireless speakers, but they do not use the popular AirPlay standard. This is so that devices other than Apple's can get in on the action. The Philips Fidelio AW9000 speakers use the DLNA streaming standard, which works in a pretty similar fashion, all told.


But first, the hardware. These speakers are roughly the height of Hi-Fi bookshelf units, but with significantly less depth to the cabinets. They're not exactly square, either - more diamond-shaped, and a single flat side is not meant to end up facing the listener. This is because of the particular arrangement of the d'appolito speaker array.

Fidelio AW9000 1

A d'appolito arrangement is where a tweeter is hemmed-in above and below by larger mid-range drivers. In the Philips Fidelio AW9000, each of the mid-range drivers sits on one of the angled sides, while the tweeter sits in the middle, firing straight forward. However, there's a non-removable grill on the front that stops this arrangement from being too obvious, visually.

The driver arrangement makes more sense in the smaller AW-series speakers, which have just a single housing - firing off at an angle increases sound dispersion, mitigating for a one-box design - but it has its benefits here too. It lets the Fidelio AW9000 sit happily in corners and makes the sound less directional, and hence less picky about placement.

Fidelio AW9000 5

Shoved against a wall, you'll mostly just see the off-black grills and a hint of the slightly-sloped brushed metal-finish top. The backsides are pretty attractive too, though, topped with wood veneer. It should be noted that with a rear ported design, jamming them fully into a corner may make the sound boomy.

Fidelio AW9000 4


Although sold primarily as wireless speakers, the Philips Fidelio AW9000 also offer a good spread of wired connections. The speaker terminals are of the standard screw - rather than springclip - type and the back panel to one of the speakers houses the quartet of wired inputs. These connections sit on just the one speaker because one box is the master, containing the class-D digital amplifier, and the other a slave - hence the need for speaker connections.

Fidelio AW9000 2

Connectivity? Two thumbs up

There are coaxial and optical digital sockets, a stereo phono pair and a 3.5mm auxiliary jack input. If you're wireless internet is unreliable, an Ethernet port is ready and waiting too.

In use

Unlike many wireless speakers, the Philips Fidelio AW9000 feature an array of buttons discreetly lined-up down one side. They switch between sources and control volume.

Fidelio AW9000 3

However, if you're using these speakers as-intended, you'll spend most time controlling them using the Airstudio app. Made by Philips, it lets you control several boxes from the AW series at once, as well as choosing what tunes you want to play.

Using the DLNA standard makes them surprisingly versatile. In the connections part of the app, music sources show up at the bottom of the screen, and connected speakers up top. Just a line from one to the other to get music piped-over to the right place. In this respect, the AW9000 is a pretty direct rival to the Play:3 and Play:5 streaming speakers from Sonos.

Fidelio AW9000

Although app is a huge improvement over the shonky Fidelio app we've used reviews other products in the series, it did demonstrate a few teething problems. And as thanks to the way these speakers work, we doubt whether you'll be able to use them outside of this bespoke app. We'll check this out in the full review.

Sound quality

The noisy environs of Philips's demo were not a great place to check out sound quality, but the Philips Fidelio AW9000 clearly provide sound that's not compromised by form in the way many compact iPod docks are. Sounding beefy and with enough volume to fill most lounges, they seem a solid alternative to docks like the B&W Zeppelin Air - especially if you're out for something to melt into the room rather than become its centre point.

However, we'll be back with our full verdict on sound quality in our review, coming soon.


June 4, 2012, 1:01 pm

it is a pity that philips' "wireless" speakers still need all those wires.
in fact sonos seems to be a better solution as each speaker only needs a power-plug, nothing else.


June 5, 2012, 5:11 pm

But the Sonos also needs a wired connection to your router for the first speaker


December 28, 2012, 11:58 am

We’ve got the Philips Fidelio AW5000 and have been testing this product for around 4 weeks now. We give the AW5000 a massive thumbs up for sound, design and simplicity. Listening to Spotify is faultless and real music to your ears too, as the quality of sound is brilliant! However, this system can also be used for listening to your digital music on your computer, hard disk or mobile device such as your smartphone or tablet. The AirStudio App can be downloaded freely onto your mobile device and you can listen to a prefect sound while lying on the sofa, in the garden or wherever you happen to have your mobile device. We are very happy with the great sound and the sleek design of the A5. Granted, the system only has one speaker, but the quality of sound is so good it compensates the one speaker. The sound, design, simplicity of the total concept and the overall impression of the system are GREAT. Connect the A5 with your wifi network, listen to your music (stored on your hard disk, tablet, phone, etc), listen to Spotify, and listen to internet radio. Basically it's a system that covers all ways of listening to music! There's really only one thing we feel, needs to be addressed. The designated Airstudio App, that is developed for the AW series is slow and the App is unreliable. And even though this doesn't have a huge influence when listening to Spotify and Internet Radio, it is frustrating when listening to digital music from your hard disk, computer etc. And so we contacted Philips with this problem. Up to now we've had 2 firmware updates, and the stability of the system is a lot better then in the first week, so that's great! Philips is still developing the App though so that's good:-) And in the meantime, if you use the MyRemote App that was originally made for Philips TV's, the AW5000 works like a treat:-) So after getting uptight with the Fidelio at first, we now enjoy the AW5000 more and more, and we now take even more notice of the quality of sound. The sound is brilliant! Pretty good considering the price :-) We have tried the system intensively and are very happy with this sound. It sounds like all the separate parts of our current system have been cramped into this one A5 speaker. Ok granted, the music seems to still come into the room from 1 direction and with our current system we have multiple speakers. I still feel however, that this 1 speaker is pretty brilliant for providing us with such a pure, warm and clear sound. So, when scoring the system 1 to 5 stars : Sound 5 stars Design 5 stars Possibilities 5 stars Software 4 stars We can still send it back if were not happy:-) However, it’s getting more and more likely that the Fidelio A5 is staying here with us, up in our loft with loads of spare room due to the speakers and stereo parts that have left the building when keeping the Fidelio:-)


October 11, 2013, 12:09 pm

I am thinking of buying these but I am unsure how I would connect them to my TV? My TV runs through a router so I watch iplayer etc on the TV but am unsure how to tell the TV to have the sound coming from the wireless speakers. Will I need to have a cable running from the TV to one of the speakers? It seems like a bit of a shame as I'm trying to get away from cables... also, which cable would I need? Thanks

Geoff Richards

October 11, 2013, 12:16 pm

Hi Becky,

Yes, I believe you would need to have these speakers plugged into your TV. The wireless part of them is to stream music from your home network, not from your TV.

There are wireless speakers that I believe suit your purposes, though most are part of a 5.1 surround set and even then, some are only wireless for the rear two pair.

You might also consider a Soundbar. Here is our list of the Best Soundbars: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...


December 25, 2013, 7:46 am

hi there
Is it possiblle to connect E5saround sistem with A5 and A9 speakers the way, they play at the same time, with wires or wifi streaming, maybe with airplay aplication_ Thanks


September 3, 2014, 5:23 pm


Curious to know how one would connect a subwoofer with these speakers over wifi?

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