Philips Fidelio DS8550 Review: top iPad dock

Philips Fidelio DS8550

Combining the style of the DS9000 with iPad compatibility is what you get with the Philips Fidelio DS8550, one of the first proper iPad compatible speaker docks that stood out for us.

Philips Fidelio DS8550 iPad speaker dock

New iPad compatible docking station -  Philips Fidelio

It has taken a while for anyone to release an iPad speaker dock, but if you have been waiting for one, then you might have found the right one straight away. The iPad compatible model of the Philips Fidelio speaker dock does not only support the iPad through a 30 pin docking station, but you can also use bluetooth audio streaming to play music from the system without being docked. The bluetooth and the docking station means that the Philips Fidelio DS8550 is also a great option for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

The Philips Fidelio speaker dock is compatible with all recent iPod models, the iPhone, and of course the Apple iPad. There is also a free Fidelio app that you can download that allows you to control more features of the sound system, including a 5 band equalizer and customizable alarm settings.

Inside the Philips Fidelio sound system you will find two 3″ full range woofers with 2×15 RMS stereo output. Although the specifications are not quite as high-end as on the Fidelio DS9000, it does a very good job on the sound.

Price information

The Philips Fidelio DS8550 is available from amongst other these UK retailers:


The strengths of the Fidelio DS8550 in my opinion lies in the design and the sound sound experience, although i would have preferred that they applied the same technical specification as with the DS9000 for a bit more power.

See more iPad speaker docks here, or check out our overview of Apple AirPlay speakers, including the newly announced Philips Fidelio Soundsphere.


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