This is what we have been waiting for the last year, more AirPlay system coming onto the market, and Philips is delivering 5 strong by the end of the year as they use CE Week 2011 to announce their range of Fidelio AirPlay systems.
We have already heard about the Philips Fidelio Soundsphere DS9800W, the top model in their AirPlay range, which will hit UK market for full in July. A truly iconic sound systems consisting of two two-way speakers consisting of 5 1/4-inch woofers and free protruding 1-inch tweeters, with a total output power of 2x50W.
You can read more about the Philips Fidelio Soundsphere DS9800W here.
Earlier we reported on Philips getting more AirPlay systems ready, including the Fidelio DS8800, and now they have confirmed that there are 4 new AirPlay systems coming in September (at least in the US). These are the new Philips AirPlay systems.
Philips Fidelio Soundsphere DS6800
The Soundsphere DS6800 is very similar to the DS9800W, but will come in a handcrafted enclosure of real wood with a silver and black color scheme. It features the same iconic design with the floating tweeters at the top, but there is no additional docking station and it does not have as much power as its big brother. With built in wi-fi this is a pure AirPlay system, although you can connect other audio sources through 3.5mm line in.
US retail price is set at $499 and we will be back with UK price information and release date.
Philips Fidelio DS8800
The Fidelio DS8800 has the more traditional Philips Fidelio speaker dock tabletop design that we know so well from amongst other the Fidelio DS9000/10. Again, the DS8800 will come without a physical docking station but with built-in wi-fi for AirPlay streaming. Total output power is 2 x 15W RMS with neodymium drivers and back-firing bass pipes for enhanced bass reproduction, similar to what we see from its more tradition iPod speaker dock siblings.
US retail price for the Philips Fidelio DS8800W is set at $399 and we will be back with UK price information and release date.
Philips Fidelio DS3881W
A new and interesting design in the circular Fidelio DS3881W with four front-firing drivers and bass port, fueled by 16W amplifier and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, is the on-the-go system in the family. Again it does not feature a docking station but has built in wi-fi for AirPlay streaming. Interestingly the the halo shaped unit for 360-degree sound connects to a base using magnets, and the base will also charge the built in battery.
US retail price for the Fidelio DS3881W is set at $329 and we will be back with UK price information and release date.
Philips Fidelio AD700W
Number 5 in the Philips Fidelio AirPlay family is the one-piece Fidelio AD700W which features two full-range speakers with a total output power of 10W RMS. The finish is in aluminum and fabric, and unlike the other AirPlay speakers in the range it has USB connection allowing you to connect and charge your iPod/iPhone/iPad. The built-in wi-fi allows for AirPlay streaming.
US retail price for the Fidelio AD700W is set at $229 and we will be back with UK price information and release date.
While we wait for Philips to release official images of the new AirPlay range you can see some images of them from CE Week over at iLounge.