With the market still waiting on several of the already announced Apple AirPlay speakers and sound systems, Philips have decided to throw their hat into the game as well with the launch of their Philips Fidelio SoundSphere AirPlay speakers.
Design, features & sound
The Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W might share part of its Fidelio name from the range of other iPod speaker docks that Philips have had success with, including the Fidelio DS9000 speaker dock, but it is a completely different design. The Fidelio Soundsphere consist of two separate speaker units with free flowing tweeters protruding from the top back of each unit. The speakers themselves have a slight curved shape, almost like a vase, and is in real hand-crafted wood.
Shape and placement is not just down to aesthetics though, as the free flowing tweeters are placed that way to provide omnidirectional sound while the positioning of the subwoofer is to minimize interference. Each of the speakers is capable of total power output of 50W RMS (100W total RMS output).
Philips Fidelio Soundsphere is wi-fi enabled and supports Apple Airplay, the technology that allows you to stream your music directly from latest versions of iTunes or directly from your iOS device, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The speakers also comes with a separate docking station in case you want to charge your iPhone or iPod while listening to music.
The Philips Soundsphere DS9800W/10 could potentially become a serious competitor to the B&W Zeppelin Air, and i can’t wait to get a chance to test it out. In the mean time check out this video.
The Philips Fidelio Soundsphere DS9800W/10 is available from amongst other the following UK retailers:
* This is not a full review as the model has not been tested hands on and as such is based on product information and my own view of the collective information available on the system.