Introduction and Product
With Apple still selling iPhones and iPod Touches in the hundreds of thousands, more and more accessories keep popping up all over the place. Today we have the Fidelio Docking Speaker from Philips to review. It may look small but it sure does provide the big sound you’d expect from a Philips speaker.
The overall design of the Fidelio looks great. Surrounded by an oval shaped, white glossy casing, the actual speaker covers the whole front and curves inwards towards a hole in the centre that will most likely come in handy for cable management. The only buttons on the Fidelio are the volume controls, situated below the dock connector, and the power button located on the top of the speaker.
This simplistic design makes the Fidelio look like a very high end, premium product, but priced at just below £70, the Fidelio falls into the mid-priced product range.
As you can see on the rear of the Fidelio, there are three ports: the power port, 3.5mm Line / AUX In and the micro USB port. The base of the Speaker features both a rubber foot that covers the entire edge on the bottom making accidental pushes very difficult, and a battery compartment.
If you choose to power the Fidelio by batteries (4x AA, not included) then you’ll be able to enjoy up to 8 hours of playback via battery power. Not a bad battery life at all.
Measuring just 210mm x 150mm x 135mm and weighing 0.96kg, the Fidelio is definitely a great, compact speaker that will look great wherever you put it whether it’s on your desk or by your bed.
Via the included USB cable, you can still sync media from iTunes to your iDevice whilst it’s plugged into the Fidelio. The included 3.5mm AUX cable can also be used with any device that features a 3.5mm headphone jack such as mp3 players, an iPod Nano, iPod Classic or your old walkman that’s been sat under your bed for the best part of a decade.