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Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800
alaScore 89

282 reviews

Feb, 2016

alaTest has collected and analyzed 250 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the size. The usability also gets good opinions, but some have doubts about the reliability.

design, usability, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other iPod Docking Speakers the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800 from The average user rating for this product is 3.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers on Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The design also gets good reviews. There are some less positive comments about the reliability, while there are some mixed opinions about the size and price.

design, usability


63% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Philips DS9800W/10 Fidelio SoundSphere Docking Speakers for iPad/iPhone/iPod with AirPlayPhilips DS9800W/10 Fidelio SoundSphere Docking Speakers for iPad/iPhone/iPod with AirPlay

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800


alaTest has collected and analyzed 45 user reviews of Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800 from The average user rating for this product is 2.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers on People are impressed by the size and usability, whereas the price and reliability get less positive comments.

design, usability, size

reliability, price

44% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Philips DS9800W/37 Fidelio SoundSphere Docking Speaker with AirPlay

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Chris Davies (

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere hands-on


As oddly-shaped speaker systems go, the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere pair should still stand out even in the most avant garde living room. In fact, unless your lounge looks like the egg room from the first Alien film, expect plenty of questions about...

Still, the AirPlay system works as expected. The final remaining question, naturally, is whether the Fidelio SoundSphere system will be worth its €799 ($1,154) price tag when it hits retail in May 2011. Considering that would get you a Sonos...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Andy Sim (

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When I first laid eyes on Philips\' Streamium Hi-Fi Micro System two years ago, I was instantly reminded of a literature classic I used to study in school. The book in question was \"The Day of the Triffids\", penned by John Wyndham in 1951. What\'s...

Attractive design Detailed and punchy sound Balanced delivery

Finicky AirPlay setup Dock is only for charging purposes

It all sounds sweet on paper, but to fork out more than a grand for a pair of stereo speakers is quite a tall order for most of us. Those who are interested in the inner workings of the Fidelio SoundSphere might want to know that the DS9800W carries a...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: Chip Chick (

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere AirPlay Speakers Review


The Philips Fidelio SoundSphere AirPlay Speakers is an exquisite piece of audio equipment. Its floating tweeter design may resemble a one-eyed cyclops, but the sound that flows out of this system is far from monstrous and instead, more angel-like. Warm...

Great design, balanced sound that fills the room, and easy to setup.

AirPlay is temperamental, have to stand close to the speakers to adjust the volume with remote control, takes time to burn in, could be a bit pricey for some.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Jeremy Horwitz (

Reviews: Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W Wireless Speaker with AirPlay


SoundSphere consists of two cannon-shaped wood-cabineted speakers, finished in glossy black lacquer with matching swirled black and silver metal top housings, plus chrome accent pieces. Each speaker stands roughly 15” tall with around 9” of...

In summary, we really liked almost everything about the Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W: Philips deserves praise for its daring cannon-styled speaker design, its sharp-looking illuminated charging dock, and the raw power of the audio hardware it includes...

Expert review by: Rob Mead-Green (

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere review


Beautiful AirPlay speaker system delivers true hi-fi quality sound in impressive style

Easy to set up and use ; Amazing sound quality ; Great value for money ; Copes with all music genres

Tweeters vulnerable to damage ; Needs a cable between speakers

Dec, 2011

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Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W review


Want compact dock convenience and the immersive sound of a 'proper' pair of speakers? Check out these Fidelio beauties

A novel design and a cracking sound – what's not to like?

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Cliff Joseph (

Philips SoundSphere review


Philips' new SoundSphere is pretty pricey, but it's more than just a conventional speaker dock. Rather than a single dock unit, the SoundSphere consists of two separate stereo speakers. The egg-shaped base of each unit houses a woofer, with a separate...

That £699 price tag is steep, but the SoundSphere sounds great, and the fact that it provides a powerful set of stereo speakers means that you can use it as your main speaker system. Read more:

Aug, 2012

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Preview: Philips latest high-end dock speaker systems


Both the D9 and the D9010 were overshadowed by the day\'s real star: the Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800. It won\'t be in the shops until next month, but the DS9800\'s speakers both look and sound extraordinary. The tweeters have been removed from the main...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Trusted Reviews (

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W


Philips' Fidelio SoundSphere docking system delivers sound to die for.

Luxurious sound quality, Gorgeous design, Built-in Wi-Fi and AirPlay

Tricky network setup with PC, No direct iPod connection, Easy to knock over

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Andrew Williams (

Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800


First Look: The Fidelio range gets a new ruler. Long live the king.

There’s also an auxiliary 3.5mm input on the back of the main left speaker, which houses the SoundSphere’s electronic gubbins – the amplifier et al. This is very much a secondary input though, looking rather pauper-like against the proper ports that...

Jun, 2011

Product Specifications


AirPlay: Yes
DTS Decoder: No
Real Dolby: No
Remote Control: Yes
Subwoofer: No


Android Docking: No
Apple Docking:iPod / iPhone / iPad Docking
Bluetooth: No
PMP Docking:iPod Docking
Signal Input:Analogue / Digital
TYPE OF DOCKING:Cradle / Wireless Pairing

Energy Information

Battery Powered: No

General Features

Construction:Multi-Part Speaker Set
Signal Connection:Wireless + Wired
Speaker Type:Active