Unfortunately, the iPad we use for testing is going through some problems at the moment and we were unable to use it on the DS7700. We did have access to our iPhone 4 though.
First of all, once you hook up the power cable and dock the iPhone, you’ll be notified that there is an application available to download for use with the Philips Fidelio DS7700. The application in question is the Philips Fidelio app, which we also reviewed in the Philips DS3020 review. The application is free and requires an iDevice running iOS 3.0 or later.
The application hasn’t changed much; it still features music controls, allows you to navigate round your music library, displays the time / date and weather, as well as audio options to match what is playing, including Flat, Pop, Rock, Jazz and Classic. You can also check out its features by visiting the DS3020 review here.
Now, on to the audio quality.
I fortunately had a free house and was able to crank up the volume to max on this beast. The crisp, clear sounds that were coming through the modest 14W neodymium speaker were just amazing; no distortion and thanks to the Dynamic Bass Boost, you could actually feel the extreme amount of power coming from the DS7700.
After putting the DS7700 through its paces with some Drum and Bass, I moved onto some heavy rock. And who better than Judas Priest!? The bass was extremely crisp and clear; again, no distortion here whatsoever. The guitar riffs and vocals were also of an extremely high quality.
Compared with my Logitech Z-4s, the Philips Fidelio DS7700 just blows them away, quite literally…
As well as the ability to play music though docking your device; Bluetooth and AUX IN are also available. Both of these provide the same brilliant quality as docking the device.
With the battery inside of the DS7700 also being a rechargeable battery (with 10 hours battery life when fully charged), you have the ability to turn the whole thing into a completely wireless speaker whilst still receiving the high quality we saw earlier.
Retailing at £179, it’s not the cheapest of docks and you might be thinking that there is no way you’d pay that much for an iPad and iPhone dock. However, after hearing the audio quality and holding this magnificent piece of technology in your hands, you’ll definitely change your mind!
The overall design is just one of the highlights of the Philips Fidelio DS7700 Speaker Dock, looking sleek with its brushed metal and grey colour scheme, the DS7700 blends into most surroundings and doesn’t look out of place at all.
The audio quality is second to none and performs better than my Logitech Z-4s.
The free Fidelio application is also a welcome addition providing a Dynamic Bass Boost feature and other various audio settings.
- Ultra clear and crisp audio
- Powerful bass
- Brilliant design
- High price tag, however the build and audio quality justify it.