3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great if you avoid the Philips application,
This review is from: Philips Fidelio AW9000/10 Wireless Hi-Fi speaker (Electronics)
I own an AW9000, AW5000, and an AW3000, I bought all of these from ebay, from people that had bought them brand new, and then could not get the Philips app to work reliably. This meant I got the AW3000 for under £60 the AW5000 for under £80 and the AW9000 for under £120.
So now I have all the versions I need at a great price here is the secret. Once you have connected the speakers to your network using the Philips application, forget about it, until you want to upgrade the firmware use a different application. I am not sure what your options are on the Apple side of things, but on Android there are lots of great UPnP applications, and these work extremely well, with BubbleUPnP the best control point in my opinion.
To be fair the Philips application has got a lot better recently, but its still a little slow, and browsing large media collections is a pain, BubbleUPnP is very fast.
Recent updates of the speakers firmware have dramatically improved the wireless performance and stability.
From a sound quality point of view, having heard the Sonos range and the Philips range, the Fidelio's are better in my opinion, the AW3000 has slightly greater clarity that the Play 3, the AW5000, has a fuller sound than the Play 5, the AW9000 does not have a direct competitor, but it does stand up quite well against a tradition HiFi separates system at a similar price (receiver and speakers).
These speakers are far better than most reviews would lead you to believe, just use a different control point and you will love them.