Feeds

Eight... AirPlay speakers

Tunes from the wireless

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Philips Fidelio DS8800W

RH Numbers
RH Recommended Medal

Stacked up against hi-fi heavyweights like Klipsch and B&W, I wasn’t sure how the Fidelio DS8800W would fare. I needn’t have worried. The curved cabinet adds rigidity and along with its tuned bass pipes, the overall effect is stunning. Output is well-balanced and the mid and treble ranges are crisp and bright. There’s more warmth here than on the Klipsch G-17 Air and bass is hefty but not over-powering. Along with its own iOS app, there’s a WPS button, but if you don’t have a WPS router, you’ll need to use the same workaround as on the Audyssey and Libratone speakers. Pound-for-pound, this a very close second to the Audyssey Audio Dock Air.

Philips Fidelio DS8800W AirPlay speaker

Reg Rating 90%
Price £349
More info Philips

Teac NS-X1

RH Numbers

The NS-X1 is the least expensive speaker here. It’s also the most fully-featured, with an FM radio, iPod dock, and DNLA streaming to add to AirPlay. Like the JBL, set-up is straightforward thanks to an LCD and menu buttons. Sadly, the Teac doesn’t fare well in the hi-fi stakes when pitted against the other speakers here. It’s not terrible by any means. But it’s a less satisfying listening experience than the others, and never delivers the thrills of the Audyssey, Philips or Klipsch. If you’re after something for the bedroom or have a limited budget, it’s fine. Otherwise, you should consider splashing out for the Audio Dock Air. ®

Teac NS-X1 AirPlay speaker

Reg Rating 60%
Price £200
More info Teac

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Ford's B-Max: Fiesta-based runaround that goes THUNK
... when you close the slidey doors, that is ...
Official: European members prefer to fondle Apple iPads
Only 7 of 50 parliamentarians plump for Samsung Galaxy S
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.