Feeds
90%
Philips Fidelio DS8550

Philips Fidelio DS8550 wireless iPad speaker

The new dock star gets the AirPlay treatment

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Application security programs and practises

Dock green

Docked, the iPad is slightly less Fidelio friendly - or rather, the other way round. Philips has put in a trio of rubber rests against which the tablet leans, and the spring-loaded dock connector pivots front to back to ease insertion and removal.

Philips Fidelio DS8550

The docked iPad has support, but could do with more

But what it lacks are supports for the extremes of the iPad's bottom edge, so it's easy to knock it out of kilter.

There's no way to put the iPad in landscape orientation, but if the upcoming 'iPad 2' does indeed sport two dock connectors, the DS8550 will happily hold the tablet that way round.

Meanwhile, Philips bundles a separate - and well made - "iPad stand" so you can sit your tablet down lengthways and stream video soundtracks to the speaker.

Incidentally, there's the inevitable Fidelio app, which provides playback access to your iPod playlists and has alarm clock functionality. Apparently, it also lets you apply settings to the DS8550, but under iOS 4.2.1, the menu that does so was blank. An update is in order, eh, Philips.

Philips Fidelio DS8550

The remote's quite nifty too

RH Recommended Medal

The DS8550 is priced at £250 which puts it alongside the likes of the aging, battery-less and wireless-lacking Bose SoundDock II. I like the Bose - I have one at home - but I'd trade it for the Fidelio.

Verdict

The Fidelio DS8550 is another great iPod - and now iPad - speaker from Philips. The design is great, the sound quality better, and with Bluetooth A2DP and AVRCP, you can feed in audio remotely. What else can I say? This is a darn fine iPod speaker. ®

More iPod Speakers

iLuv
iMM747
Ten Essential...
bedside
iPod docks
Pioneer
XW-NAV1
Ten Essential...
premium
iPod Speakers

The Power of One Infographic

90%
Philips Fidelio DS8550

Philips Fidelio DS8550 wireless iPad speaker

Wireless and wired dock speaker that's iPad friendly and portable.
Price: £250 RRP

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable
Learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.