Performance and Verdict

By Danny Phillips

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

If you can get it up and running, concerns over the tricky setup are washed away the moment music hits your eardrums. Its sound quality is a revelation, a level of performance we’ve only previously encountered from the Monitor Audio i-Deck and B&W Zeppelin Air.

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W

Streaming Amy Winehouse’s Half Time (from her Lioness: Hidden Treasures album), the DS9800W floods the room with sweet, warming keyboards, impeccably crisp beats and astonishing vocal purity. Those SoundSphere speakers really do open up the music and allow you to hear details you might not have noticed before, like little string parts and background flute licks.

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W

It’s a beautifully smooth and lucid sound, with refined high frequencies and deep, well-integrated bass. You might like something with a little more edge and aggression but even so you’d need a heart of stone not to be moved by this gorgeous sounding system. And you get this same luxurious sound quality no matter the source, be it iPod, iPad or MP3 player connected to the aux input.

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W

Verdict

Philips DS9800W isn’t a cheap option, but it delivers fantastic sound quality to go with its premium price tag. Smooth and refined, it’s quite simply one of the best-sounding speaker docks around. What’s more it looks stunning, with unique rounded SoundSphere speakers that boast exceptional build quality. On those scores we can’t recommend the DS9800W highly enough - but the uncooperative network setup dented our admiration for this system. Hopefully it’s not a universal problem, as the lack of direct iPod dock connection is otherwise a little limiting.

Overall Score

8

Scores In Detail

  • Design 10
  • Features 8
  • Performance 9
  • Sound Quality 9
  • Value 7

oluv

March 21, 2012, 12:12 pm

for me they would be perfect if both acted independently without any interconnection between them.

MrLee

June 29, 2012, 12:41 am

Just purchased these and I was sceptical on the network setup, but I was done in 2 minutes. Press button on router, press button on speaker, done. (Latest firmware was installed from the box)

CS

February 2, 2013, 6:53 pm

This product is a lemon. My first set failed in under 6 months - a blinking red light - common problem if you see Phillips website. They promptly replaced them for me, but the second speaker set now failed. Very frustrating, poor quality product.

Prakorn Pm

May 26, 2013, 3:26 pm

For me it works perfectly, I can set up in a few minutes and enjoy the fantastic quality of music.

AB

January 19, 2014, 6:27 am

I have had continuing connection problems with these speakers including the "red blinking light" problem referred to widely in forum discussions. And in this condition you cannot even connect directly to the speakers to use them. So at present they are very expensive paperweights

Eduardo Marquez

August 16, 2014, 1:39 pm

BEWARE with this product. I bought them based on Trusted Reviews stellar review, only to have them die on me with the dreaded red blinking light of death. There is no solution, except to send them back to philips. Not even the audio-in jack works. They are DEAD. Look online for the "red blinking light" regarding these speakers and inform yourself before you put 700 Euros down.

Steve

December 16, 2015, 7:34 pm

I think the Trustedreviews search engine may need some work
I managed to find this review via Google but no combination of the review title words would persuade the website to return it to me

btw I purchased these on the basis of this review and I also had the blinking light issue - speakers were returned and have been working ever since and sound amazing

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