If you are a fan of cheerios, donuts, or circular art with a whole in the middle, then you are likely going to love the new Philips Fidelio SoundRing DS3880W AirPlay speaker.
The Fidelio SoundRing DS3880W definitely stands out from the iPod speaker dock crowd with its design and shape, and in my opinion in a good way. It will not be a solution that everyone will like, but then again there are plenty of A4 solutions in the market, so it is nice to see Philips embracing something different.
Whilst the donut shape makes it stand out from the crowd, it also serves a purpose in enabling the SoundRing to deliver sound to the entire room, or a 360-degree sound so to speak. It comprises of a central bass sound pipe , two front-firing drivers, and two side-firing drivers, delivering a combined output power of 16W (RMS).
There are two models of the Fidelio SoundRing, with the DS3880W featuring a rechargeable battery and a charging station, making the device more portable than its little brother the Fidelio SoundRing DS3800W. Operating time on battery power is estimated at about 3 hours when using AirPlay, or 6 hours when using cable connection.
- Compatible with: iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad running iOS 4.2 or later
- Equalizer: 5-bands
- Equalizer settings: Neutral
- Output Power: 16W RMS
- Sound Enhancement: Class “D” Digital Amplifier,
- Treble and Bass Control
- Product dimensions: (WxDxH) 197 x 114 x 211mm
- Weight: 1.5 kg
- Operating time on battery: 3 hr (Airplay), 6 hr
- (MP3-link, USB-30 pin)
- Free Fidelio App through iTunes App Store for additional controls and functionality
Overall I quite like the Soundring DS3880W. The addition of portability is definitely a plus compared to its sister model the DS3800W, and the sound performance is pretty good as well, given the size of the unit and its set up. What drags the score down a bit is the lack of support for other streaming options than AirPlay at this price range. There are other options in the market at this price that in my book delivers more for the same price.
The Philips Fidelio SoundRing DS3880W is available from amongst other the following UK retailers.
You can see more Apple Airplay speakers here.