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.
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.
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