Philips Fidelio DS7700/10 iPad bluetooth speaker dock [review]

Philips Fidelio DS7700/10

Looking for a small and stylish travel companion for your Apple iPad, then you should check out the Philips Fidelio DS7700/10 bluetooth enabled iPad speaker dock.

Philips Fidelio DS7700/10

Design, features & sound

Philips are staying true to their classic Fidelio design with this new iPad speaker dock, creating a docking station that in my opinion are among the better looking ones for the iPad. The oval shape with the black mesh front, and the centrally placed docking adapter, this one is not only for the iPad as you can also dock your iPod or iPhone as well.

The Philips DS7700/10 is not just a standard iPad docking station for use at home though, as it also features a built-in battery with a reported 10 hour playback between charges. Having tested it for a period, the reported battery life time seems to be pretty much spot on. Combine that with the bluetooth capability for wireless audio streaming and you get a very good iPad/iPhone companion. It is probably a bit to big and heavy to just put in the purse or bag when going out, but still a handable portable speaker dock.

You can also download the free Fidelio app that will unlock other features, including sound settings, alarm functionality, speaker battery status, 7000 internet radio stations, as well as a 7-day weather forecast. The app also makes it possible to share the music you are listening to with friends on Facebook or Twitter.

When it comes to sound the Fidelio DS7700/10 has a reported max power output of 15W RMS and features the Philips Dynamic Bass Boost technology that creates more emphasis on the bass content of your music. Having tested the system across a wide range of music genres and settings i found that it performed well for mainstream pop at a reasonable home listening volume. Once you crank up the volume however, the sound gets a bit sharp and especially the bass goes a bit flat. If you go in the direction of some more bass heavy beats, like “hard knock life” by Jay Z, the speakers are not able to bring the expected thumbing bass lines, falling flat instead. Then again, i would not expect a portable speaker dock of this price level to be able to handle all music genres, and especially the bass heavy sounds.

Overall the Philips Fidelio DS7700 portable speaker dock is among the better purchases in its category thanks to the combination of bluetooth, design, portability, and a decent sound performance.

Price & availability

The Philips Fidelio DS7700/10 is available from amongst other the following UK retailers:

You can see more iPad speaker docks and bluetooth speakers here.

Technical specifications

  • iPod, iPhone and iPad compatible
  • Dedicated Fidelio App
  • Bluetooth enabled
  • Portable with rechargeable lithium-ion battery
  • up to 10-hours playback on battery
  • 14W RMS max power output
  • Dynamic Bass Boost technology
  • Volume controls
  • Alarm functionality through App
  • Dimensions: 310 x 110 x 40 mm
  • Weight: 0.76kg

[source: Philips UK]


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