Philips Fidelio DS3800W AirPlay speaker Soundring [review]

Philips Fidelio DS3800W soundring AirPlay speaker

The Philips Fidelio Soundring DS3800W is almost the same speaker as the Fidelio DS3880, with the exception of the rechargeable battery and therefore also the little charging dock for the “donut” itself. You still however get the same power and AirPlay streaming.

Philips Fidelio DS3800W soundring AirPlay speaker

With the circular donut shape the Fidelio DS3800W might not be for everyone, but according to Philips the design has the functionality of bringing you a natural and immersive, room-filling 360-degree sound experience. Inside the donut shaped Soundring you will find a central bass sound pipe and four high-def drivers that combined deliver 16W power output (RMS) from the Class D digital amplifier. The drivers are both front-firing and side-firing, creating that room-filling sound experience.

With the associated free Fidelio App you also get a lot of additional features to go along with the wireless streaming using AirPlay technology, including sharing what you listen to with friends on Facebook and Twitter, alarm clock functionality, thousands of internet radio stations, and equalizer settings.

You can also connect a docking station in case you need to charge your iOS device while enjoying your music, and the aux in will allow you to also connect other audio sources that does not support AirPlay streaming.

Overall Philips have delivered a cool looking wireless speaker in the DS3800W, and the sound performance is pretty good for the size of the unit, as well as of it handles volume levels. Limitations in terms of connectivity options (AirPlay streaming only) and the price drags the overall score down a bit, as I have heard equal or better sound from more spec’d out wireless speakers.

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[source: Philips]


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