Philips expands its range of Fidelio docks

Philips has added two further models to its Fidelio range of iPhone/iPad/iPod speaker docks.

Both are variations of the existing DS9000 model, which remains on sale at £399.

It's joined by the smaller £299 DS9 (above) and the £399 DS9010 (below) which is the same design as the DS9000, but with an anodised brushed aluminium cabinet.

The curved DS9 has a cabinet made using a veneer lamination process normally used for making furniture. The process involves gluing together multiple layers of lacquered plywood and bending them into a specific shape.

It's this 'SoundCurve' shape that ensures all the cabinet's walls are curved, so freeing the dock of internal box resonance, creating a "more natural sound with less interference", says Philips.

The front of the DS9 is also curved to throw the stereo image over a wider soundstage.

Inside the dock are two pairs of 19mm tweeters and 8.9cm woofers, with each pair residing in their own dedicated three litre chamber with "perfectly tuned" bass pipes.

PureDigital processing technology takes a direct digital signal from your iPortable, ensuring the digital-to-analogue conversion is handled by the docks own high-quality DAC, rather than the one in the player.

As for the DS9010, it has four main drivers and two 2.5cm silk-dome tweeters, plus a pair of 10cm inverted woofers inside their own 3.4 litre chamber.

Philips says the Fidelio Primo DS9010 will be available in John Lewis stores nationwide from June.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.