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Philips Fidelio DS8550

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The Fidelio DS8550 is a really good, versatile speaker system at a very attractive price. The DS8550 can use Bluetooth for wireless streaming, but also has a dock for iOS devices, and is one of the few such speaker systems that will even allow you to dock an iPad – or to use the standalone iPad stand that Philips throws in too. The audio quality is excellent, with a warm, rich sound that works particularly well with more mellow music. It’s got a rechargeable battery too, and is light enough to easily carry from room to room or to take outside for a BBQ if we ever get some decent weather this summer. The Zeppelin Air' sound is better - just - but you can't argue about the price differential.

Philips Fidelio DS8550

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Price £249
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SoundFreaq SoundPlatform

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The SoundPlatform isn’t the most elegant speaker system I’ve ever seen, although you could be charitable and describe features such as the little knobs for adjusting treble and bass as ‘retro’. Those little knobs can be used to fine-tune the sound to suit your taste, although the speaker doesn’t produce quite as full-bodied a sound as some of its comparably-priced rivals. It uses Bluetooth for wireless streaming, and there’s also a SoundFreaq app that you can download for adjusting treble, bass and other settings on your iPhone or iPad. However, the SoundFreaq app is poorly integrated with Apple’s iTunes app, which makes music selection a bit fiddly at times.

SoundFreaq SoundPlatform

Reg Rating 75%
Price £200
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