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Philips DS8400 is wireless Bluetooth speaker with Apple Lightning dock

The Philips DS8400 is a Bluetooth wireless speaker complete with Apple Lightning connector that aims to appeal to Android and Apple users alike.

Offering wireless streaming from any Bluetooth smartphone or tablet, the DS8400 also sports a Lightning connector for working with the latest iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini and iPod Touch devices. There's a 3.5mm minijack input, too.

A portable dock, the internal rechargeable battery promises to be good for around five hours, and can then be charged using the supplied base/charger unit. There's also a remote control supplied.

This Philips dock sports a familiar design, clearly from the same design family as previous Philips Fidelio docks, such as the AirPlay-toting DS9800.

Philips claims these design curves limit sound reflections and make for a rigid build that naturally reduces vibrations, which can of course colour the sound.

The speaker is compatible with the company's free SoundStudio app, which brings internet radio to the table, plus a variety of sound EQ settings.

Due for release this month, the Philips DS8400 costs £250.

by Joe Cox

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Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys playing records and cycling (not at the same time).