Since we have multiple iPods in the house and multiple rooms/offices that we play in them in on a regular basis, we have quite a few iPod players.
I was very pleased to hear quite a nice sound coming from this set. The circular design seems to create a better sound quality than some straight forward speakers.
It was very easy to set-up, just plug it in, choose 12 or 24 hour time display and plug your iPod into the top. The time already set on your iPod becomes the time on the clock. The display is okay and has three brightness settings. The volume control on the speaker system actually controls the volume of your iPod so when you bump it up on the speaker, it turns it up on your iPod. The iPod DOES charge while in the speaker dock and has an additional charging port in the back for a second device. I like that it has a little "back brace" for your iPod as it sits in the dock. I had no trouble playing my 120GB iPod Classic and my son's 4GB Nano (older model).
There is also a neat little bottom light in creamsickle orange that has two brightness settings and off.
It does nothing more than that though. It cannot be set for an alarm, play the radio, etc. But you can set your iPod alarm and it will play through the speaker.
However, what is does do is play your music nicely from your iPod.
I listened close-up and far away and these are my findings:
The Philips sounds pretty good, more so up close. It distorts as the volume get louder but it takes quite awhile to get there. It is a little tinny in its sound but sometimes puts the vocals more in front than the other speaker sets. After listening to a large variety of music, rock, classical, jazz, etc. the only one that sounded the best on the Philips was Sarah McLaughlin. Otherwise, the Logitech seemed to win out most times. The Philips still sounded good though.
It is a nice speaker set for this price range with a couple of extra features (clock and night light) but there are others that sound better.
The Philips Fidelio DS1100 Speaker Dock with Clock is the latest addition to my collection of appreciated and often used iPod docks. Any room in my home that I spend a good amount of time in has one; kitchen, living room, bedroom and even bathroom. My first impression of the Philips Fidelio DS1100 after unpacking was that they style was very nice. I like the curved edges on the speaker, the volume buttons flush with the top of the dock, the size is perfect for a table top … more
Delivering surprisingly full and rich sound, the compact DS1100 automatically synchronizes with your iPhone/iPod's clock settings. Enjoy an adjustable night light and the convenience of charging a second mobile device via USB.