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The Philips Fidelio DS8500 is one of eight Philips Fidelio docking speakers for iPhone/iPod released in 2010.

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Pros

sound output is clear and loud enough for most purposes

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unit is constructed with light weight materials, easy to carry

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carrying case offers good protection and is easy to use

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good build quality

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sleek, minimalist design looks striking in any context

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built-in battery for use on the go

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multiple inputs - iPod dock connector, 3.5mm AUX, Bluetooth

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sleek looking remote, good signal to the stereo

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secure iPod connection in the dock, don't need to shift it back and forth to get it right

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iPad compatible

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Cons

Bluetooth sync is problematic, tends to cut out and interrupt the music

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high price for what it is

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auto power-off can't be deactivated, and is inconvenient

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docking with an iPod or iPad often errors, requires proprietary app to be installed

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fairly hefty at ~6 pounds

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The Philips Fidelio DS8500 is one of eight Philips Fidelio docking speakers for iPhone/iPod released in 2010. Each Fidelio speaker/station accommodates any iPod model and any iPhone generation without the need for special adapters. The DS8550 takes the series to the next level by adding along Bluetooth wireless music streaming for iPod/iPhone. Like its immediate predecessor (the DS8500), the DS8550 utilizes PureDigital audio and Neodymium speakers for enhanced sound clarity. Additional features include a remote control designed to complement the speaker design; an auxiliary port for connecting to external music players; a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery; and a dedicated iPhone app for additional functionality.

Features
  • Philips Fidelio Docking Speakers
  • Compatible with ALL iPods/iPhones
  • Adds Bluetooth Wireless Technology
  • PureDigital Audio
  • Neodymium Speakers
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Remote Control
  • Auxiliary Input
  • Rechargeable Battery
  • Dedicated iPhone App
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