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With only one real drawback, Philips Fidelio docking station and external iPhone/ iPod speaker system delivers a rich, vibrant sound.

There are literally dozens and dozens of iPhone/ iPod docking station-speaker combo you can buy and compared to the one I already own this one far better in every way.

One of the first things you'll notice is that it's relatively small. At it's broadest area, it's about 6.5" long and 2" thick.

I also like the way it's engineered. They placed the speaker cones facing up (as opposed to the side by side). What this means is that if the speakers weren't of the higher quality, the sound would simply dissipate as it moved up and spread out.

But, this wasn't a concern as track after track within the space of a 15' by 15' room, the 4-watt speaker system delivered very, very high fidelity.

(Tracks on my lady-friend's iPod Classic sampled:)
"Dale Caliente" by Daddy Yankee
"Down On Me" by Jeremiah (w/ 50 Cents)
"I Wonder If..." by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam and
"Let Me Clear My Throat" by DJ Kool (w/ Biz Markie, Dougie Fresh & Funk Master Flex)

The only real drawback from this system is that there's no remote control. You'll quickly discover that you'll need a remote. Plain and simple. The 4-touch control on the face panel: sound up/ down, light/dim, and clock setting is on a circular touchpad, but depending on the particular iPod (or iPhone) sitting on the dock, you may have trouble accessing the volume control. I had this issue with the iPod Classic that we used. Wherever you set this speaker system, you will have to walk over there for any reason to make a sound adjustment. With a remote, it frees you of this hassle.

Other than that, the price is right. The other docking station that I mentioned earlier for the iPhone retails for $75 more than this Philips. But believe me when I tell you, the sound on the Philips is WAY better. It's smaller and the bright LED display is clearly seen across the room. There's also a USB port for charging through a computer.

With the exception of missing a remote, this is by far one of the better iPod docking station/speaker system combo.

4 stars.
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