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 or nightstand and both the dimming night light and clock display are great features.
The first time I docked my iPhone 3G, it notified me that there was an app that I could download to use with the docking system. Since it was Free I decided to get it, although now that I've had a chance to use it I may not keep it. I really didn't find any advantages to using it versus just playing music through my iPod feature.
Obviously the most important part is the sound and although it wasn't bad, it wasn't great either. I first turned it to a low/medium volume like I may have it to listen to when in the kitchen. I tried several styles of music and at this level the music sounded fine. Then I decided to up the volume to how I might have it on the patio during a BBQ. At this level there was significant distortion in the music quality, regardless of the style of music.
I originally considered giving this 3 Stars, but then I thought about Philips intended use for this dock. In a bedroom, bathroom or other small area this dock works just fine. You wouldn't expect to crank up the volume, so I can't see taking away an entire star because of that. If this has the features you are looking for and the style you want, then this may be the right dock for you. For me it is now happily residing in the the perfect place in my house; the guest bedroom.
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 … more
Shopping, socializing, spending time with family, traveling, cooking, fitness, product reviewing, gardening and reading are just a few of my favorite things to do when I'm not working (and sometimes … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
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.