I have never really regarded Philips as a strong player in the audio market - fine for TV's, kettles and razors but with audio products my experience is that they have been average. I bought this for taking on holiday on the strength of recently buying one of it's bigger brothers, the DS8500/05 PHILIPS DS8500/05 Fidelio Docking Speaker for iPhone/iPod - White
, which is superb.
Out of the box the DS700/050 is a neat looking product, small and light and perfect for travel. It has a universal dock which means you don't need to fit different adaptors and it is long enough for me to dock my nano with the protective case on. It comes with a mains adapter and all was looking good.... and then I listened to it.
Using an iPod Classic with equaliser set to flat highs were bright and mids were clear, however in the mid to bass range the sound is badly muffled and distorted. I am not just talking about bass guitar or drums but even lower vocals.This occurs at 50% - 70% volumes so not even when the unit is being pushed. It was so bad I contacted Philips customer support and they suggested it was faulty and that I request a replacement from Amazon. No problems there, replacement arrived promptly today but sadly this unit is just as bad so that will be going back as well.
If you are looking for a small travel speaker check out the Ricco P18 Mini. It is not an iPod dock but does have lithium rechargeable batteries, an SD card facility, sounds much better the Philips and is a lot cheaper! You can still get digital output from your iPod into the speaker by using a FiiO L1 line out dock FiiO L1 Line Out Dock Cable for iPod, iPhone and iPad
or similar. If docking and charging are important to you look at the JBL On Stage Micro JBL On Stage Micro II Speaker Dock for iPod - Black
which is small, sounds good and has a remote.
As for the DS700/05 I think Philips should be embarrassed and certainly it has undermined my new found confidence in their audio products.