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4.0 out of 5 stars Great way to get AirPlay into your house, 10 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: Philips Fidelio AD7000W SoundAvia Wireless Speaker with AirPlay (Accessory)
I snagged this on the Amazon lightning deals for ~£76, and so far have been impressed with it.

When I first opened the packaging and got the speaker out, it immediately felt like it was built out of solid materials, which was nice. The instructions for setting this thing up are large and unwieldy, but it's actually easy to set up (I set it by connecting my device to the speaker's temporary WiFi network and setting up the network credentials for my home wireless network).

Sound quality is decent - I'd probably say it's good enough for the price-point, but don't expect it to rival the top-notch (and expense) speakers in that regard. You get what you pay for. Volume is good - it can get pretty loud if you want it to. It's most definitely better than trying to listen to some music on your iPad or iPhone.

The usability of this product is fantastic, although there is some noticeable lag with the controls. AirPlay is as simple as touching the AirPlay button on your desired app and selecting your new shiny speaker. Done. It will take about 3-5 seconds to start playing on the speaker though, which is a little annoying as you can't be completely sure whether you've mis-hit the button or it's just taking its sweet time. Volume control is instant but playing, skipping or selecting a new track invokes a delay. It really is so simple to use though. It's great.

Portability is a bit of an issue. It may not actually bear any relevance to most reading this, but if you have some music on and you want to move it to another room, you can't just pick this speaker up and take it with you, as it has to be plugged into the mains. I didn't think this would be a problem when I bought it, but I could see the benefit of having a small battery incorporated to facilitate playback without it being plugged into the mains. When you move rooms, you have to turn the speaker off, unplug it, move it to your desired place, plug it back in, turn it on, wait 30 seconds-1 minute until it connects to the WiFi in order to start playing music again. In terms of the actual logistics - it's not heavy so it's fine that respect.

Overall, I like it, but it has a few things stopping me giving it a 5 star rating. I don't think it's worth a RRP of £180. I still think £130 might be pushing it, but for £76 I definitely felt I nabbed a proper bargain. Lovely!
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Initial post: 10 Jan 2013 19:34:15 GMT
Oldrocker72 says:
Very happy with mine at £119
£76 = BARGAIN!!
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