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Philips DCM230

Philips DCM230
alaScore 78

55 reviews

Dec, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Philips DCM230. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Audio Systems for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The design and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the reliability.

usability, design, price, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Audio Systems the Philips DCM230 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 78/100 = Good quality.

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Philips DCM230 and iHome iH8 iPod Clock/Radios


We take a look at two iPod Clock/Radios vying for your attention this Christmas.

Of the two docks, the Philips DCM230 certainly has it in the looks department, and you might very well be tempted if you want to throw CD playback into the mix, while the USB port is a great feature too. However, the sound quality just isn't acceptable...

Dec, 2007

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The "Poor Man's 'Bose Wave' Stereo"? (Philips' DCM230: Forerunner to the DCM250)


GENERAL DISCUSSIONYou might justly ask why—in early 2011—I bought this mid-2008 "Bose Wave wannabe." Well, contiguous with my home's billiard room, there's a doorless little snack bar with a vending machine, a ...

Affordability. Compactness. Remote control. Satisfyingly clear, dynamic sound (via CD's/FM). Useful (albeit not-quite-so-good-sounding) USB-drive port

Hard-to-read LCD. Incompatible with some iPods. Glossy-plastic top (or shiny-metal grille) easily scuffed (or dented)

Oct, 2011

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Great Product, Great Price

Apr, 2010

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Great Buy.


Just opened it, and loved it automatically. Great base and just amazing over all. iPod compatible, radio, MP3, CD player, just about everything. Definitely buy this docking system.

Apr, 2010

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Quite a Surprise!


When I looked up stereos for the iPod it seemed like you had to spend over $_ for a decent system. I am happy to say that this little cute system packs quite a punch. Priced accordingly, the sound is crisp and clear. I thought it would lose points on...

Mar, 2010

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Unfortunately a mid rating

Mar, 2010

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Amazing sound for the size!!!


I was going for the Bose Companion speakers w/ a subwoofer, but since I don't have the money for those babies yet, I shopped around RadioShack & saw this beauty! Luckily I had my iPod w/ me, and instant love! The sound bumps for any bedroom and a...

Easy To Transport, Great Sound, Light-weight, Set-up friendly, Stylish

Lil' patience to open

Mar, 2010

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This is the player you've been looking for. It is very reasonably priced, looks great, sounds great and has great functionality. The unit is very portable, has a remote that allows you to acess and scroll through the ipod menu while playing and...

Mar, 2010

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Bust A Move


So, I sat in the Target store with my iPod and listened to every single docking station that was plugged in. Other than the Bose system, this unit was by far the best sounding unit. I love it! I have tried all different Genres of music and all of them...

Feb, 2010

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philips usb port works the best i had other brands and they fail i use a ipod and usb thumb drives for my music i love this and i have two other philips home theater systems with the usb an they are perfect

Easy To Transport, Fast Charge, Great Interface, Great Sound, Stylish, Usb port

Mabe more bass

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

Free your iPod music and enjoy it in superb sound on the Philips DCM230. Stylishly designed with a cool metallic finish, the sleek system features smart functions and boasts total 30W RMS power for truly dynamic sound.


Audio output channels:2.0
RMS rated power:15 / 2 / 30

Audio System

Built-in Cradle:iPod cradle
Functions (KB):CD/MP3 player / Digital player / iPod cradle / Radio
Sound Effects:Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB)
Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Subcategory (KB):Boomboxes, radios, clock radios
Type:CD clock radio

Cassette System

Type: None

CD System

CD Track Programming:Yes (20 tracks)
Media Load Type:Slot-load
Type:CD / MP3 player


Color of product:Black / Silver
Disc loading type:Motorised, Slot / slot
Motorized disc loader:Y
Product color:Silver
Volume Control:Digital

Digital Player (Recorder)

Supported Digital Audio Standards:MP3 / WMA

Dimensions & Weight



Backlight display:Y
Built-in display:Y

Energy Management

Built-in charger: Yes
Power source type:AC


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Philips Docking Entertainment System

Other Features

Audio system:Stereo
Auto digital tuning:Y / Yes
Backlight: Yes
CD player:Y / Yes
CD-R playback:Y / Yes
CD-RW playback:Y / Yes
Channels quantity:40
Dimensions (WxDxH):15.4 x 7.87 x 5.51 / 15.4 x 7.89 x 5.53
Display Type:LCD
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Loudspeaker enhancement:Bass Reflex Speaker System
MP3 playback:Y / Yes
Package depth:19.8
Package dimensions (WxDxH):15.4 x 7.89 x 5.53
Package height:7.17
Package width:10.2
Programmable tracks:20
Remote Control Type:Multi-functional
Sound enhancement technology:Dynamic Bass Boost
Tare weight:0.0420
Tare weight (imperial):0.0420

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Carrying case: No
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

Package depth:19.8
Package dimensions (WxDxH):15.4 x 7.89 x 5.53
Package height:7.17
Package weight:0.127
Package width:10.2


Alarm clock:Y / Yes
Apple docking:Y
Apple docking compatibility:iPod
Compatibility:iPod\niPod mini\niPod nano\niPod with color display\niPod 5th Generation
Playback disc types:CD,CD-R,CD-RW
Playback Modes:Fast Backward, Fast forward, Next, Pause, Play, Previous, Repeat, Shuffle
Sleep Timer:Y / Yes

Ports & interfaces

AUX in:Y / Yes
Bluetooth:N / No
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Built-in charger:Y
Power source type:AC


FM radio:Y / Yes
Radio Data System (RDS):Y / Yes
Supported bands:FM, MW
Supported radio bands:FM,MW
Tuner Bands:FM/MW

Remote Control

Type:Remote control

Technical Details

Backlight display: Yes
Line-in: Yes
Programmable tracks:20

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:7.89 / 7.91 / 8.11
Height:5.53 / 5.55
Package depth:19.8
Package height:7.17
Package weight:7.91
Package width:10.2