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A stylish, good quality travel speaker.
on 25 July 2011
Before you even plug it in, the first impressions you get whilst unpacking your new Philips Fidelio Speaker dock are all excellent. I wanted my Fidelio for travelling, so it's great to see a variable voltage adapter with an interchangeable UK and European head. It's also great to see a neoprene travel sleeve for not only the speaker, but the accessories too. Even the unit itself is not as big as I thought it was going to be. In fact when it's in its neoprene sleeve it takes up no more space than a pair of flip-flops (about 30CM long, 11.5CM wide and 3.5CM deep). I was really impressed with how solid the unit is too. There's nothing to me that feels flimsy, or that I would worry about breaking when I'm travelling.
Overall the sound quality from the Fidelio is excellent - especially when you consider this is a small speaker designed for travelling. It amazes me how far small speaker technology seems to have come in the last few years, and Philips certainly seemed to have crammed a lot of that technology into this unit. If I'm being really picky the bass can actually be a little too booming at times, but it depends on what music you're listening too. I'm currently listening to The Crimson Wing by The Cinematic Orchestra (which is a fairly orchestral piece of music) and it sounds fantastic. The sound is rich and detailed and the stereo is wide and clear.
The Fidelio can be powered by the mains or by 4x AA batteries. I haven't got a handle on how long the AA batteries last you, but they seem to be holding out pretty well. There's an Apple dock at the front of the speaker and a standard 3.5mm jack socket at the back - a male to male 3.5mm jack is supplied for non-Apple MP3 players. The Apple dock has a bit of flex on it and I found it easy to dock both my iPod Nano and iPod Touch WITHOUT having to remove their stay on cases. Compatibility in the brief user guide is listed as iPod Touch (1G, 2G, 3G) iPhone, iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod Nano (1G, 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G). iPad is NOT supported. As you might expect, if you plug your compatible Apple device into the dock on the front, the Fidelio charges as well as plays your music. The only additional controls the Fidelio has are on the top right of the unit. There is no remote control - which I was momentarily disappointed about. You have an on and off switch, volume control and a DBS button. DBS gives you a kick of extra base at low volume.
When I first plugged my iPod Touch in, it invited me to install a Philips Fidelio app - which I went ahead and did. The app only gets two stars on the app store but I didn't really have any problems with it. The best part of the app is the internet radio browser, powered by tune in radio which allows you to quickly and easily browse internet radio stations by genre. There is also a weather page, links to social networking and a clock radio feature. People on the app store seemed to think the clock radio wasn't too reliable. I tried it once and it worked, but to be honest it's not what I got the product for. One handy feature of the app, which was greyed out and I couldn't get to work, was the facility to tell the dock not to charge your Apple device when you connect it. Perhaps they'll get it working in an update.
Overall then, the Philips Fidelio is a REALLY nice and stylish travel speaker with some good accessories supplied in the box. I've had a few travel speakers in my iPod career, but never one that came near to delivering the sound quality of this little unit. Reccomended.