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I received this iPod speaker docking system for my birthday a few months ago after my old one broke. I was just considering buying the same speaker system again as I really liked the quality of it and it was my own fault that it broke, but as I received this as a gift, I no longer needed to. I am now glad that I never.
The look of this speaker system is very sleek and stylish. It is white and grey, which looks very nice sitting next to my white wii and xbox. It is not too big so will sit nicely on a bedside cabinet too which is where I used to have mine, but if you were wishing it was a little bigger, you can get ones which are slightly wider, and therefore produce a better quality sound. For example if you will need yours to be quite loud so it stretches across a large room or rooms without it going crackly, as some iPod speakers often do, then you might prefer the larger one. As I only use this in my bedroom, this size is perfect for me.
It is quite light for a speaker system and only weighs 0.96kg.
The power button is on the top of the docking system which is very convenient. The volume buttons as you can see on the image, are at the front along the bottom, along with the 'Philips' logo, also very convenient and accessible.
It is compatible with all iPhones, including the oldest model and the newest, as well as all types of iPods. Very often an error message appears on iPhones when they are connected to iPod speaker systems, saying it is not compatible or it is, but it will not charge the iPhone up, whereas they always work straight away with iPods. However, this is not the case here, I do not get an error message that pops up, instead I got a message telling me to download the free Philips Fidelio+ app from the app store on my phone.
To play the songs on my phone through the speakers I would then need to play them through this app, which is very simple to use, just like the iPod software. I did this the first time, but ever since I have been opening up the iPod on my phone and playing it as usual, and not through the app, and it works fine.
The message that popped up for me when I first used it made me think that I had to use the app for it to work, which is not the case. The app allows you to do more things such as set an alarm, control the bass levels and check the batteries health. Therefore, if i want to do any of these then I will use the app.
One big advantage about this docking station is that it does charge my iPhone/iPod up whilst using it. Many docking stations don't, or will charge iPods but not iPhones. This charges both.
This can be plugged in by the mains, or you can use 4 x AA batteries. I have never used batteries yet but it does state in the manual that the operating time on batteries is 8 hours. I would use batteries if I was taking this away with me somewhere or wanted to play it in the garden. It does not charge the iPhone/iPod up though when using batteries.
The output power is 8W RMS. The sound quality is fantastic and I would give the bass 10/10. It never goes crackly when the volume is turned up. I am very pleased with this docking station. The only thing I would like to have added to it is a remote. I had one with my previous dock and so got used to using it alot, and you could control the bass levels with it as well as the volume. I have to get up to control these on the dock itself now but it isn't a major disadvantage because it's not like the volume levels etc need changing often, just sometimes with certain songs.
This is priced at £64.80 on Amazon. It can also be bought from PC World and Currys where I saw it the other day, but was priced at £69.99.