Philips Fidelio Primo DS9000 - Curvaceous and Spacious

Launch SRP: S$699

The Philips Fidelio Primo DS9000

The Philips Fidelio Primo DS9000

The Philips Fidelio Primo DS9000 makes an impression with its fairly large size and classy, good looks. Like most premium speakers, the Fidelio has a simplistic design and follows the mantra of less is more. As such, all you will find is the docking connector and a single bar that lets you adjust the volume; there’s no display of any sort. The bar is backlit and it features a proximity sensor so it lights up only if you senses your hand near it.

That said, it is also worth pointing out that the Fidelio Primo DS9000’s curved wooden back was made using a process called “veneer lamination”, which pieces together multiple layer of lacquered wood to form a stiff structure to withstand unwanted vibrations. Likewise, the gap in the center is strategically placed to reduce interference between the left and right channels.

In all, although the Philips Fidelio Primo DS9000 is certainly no slouch in the looks department, it is still no match for the timeless and iconic beauty of the Zeppelin dock.

As befits a premium dock, the Fidelio Primo DS9000 has an unfussy, simple, but classy design.

A closer look at the docking connector and the volume control bar. The gap is middle was designed to reduce interference between the left and right speakers.

The curved back of the Fidelio feels sturdy, and dare we say it, rather sexy.

At the back the only ports and connectors you'll find are an AC-in as well as a 3.5mm auxiliary port.

The remote control is shaped like a pod-like object and has all controls you’d want and need to navigate through the iPod functions. The only thing we didn’t like was that the Fidelio is quite slow to respond to the inputs on the remote.

Philips has also included a free Fidelio app which you can download off the App Store. The app doesn’t do much, but it does allow users to customize the equalizer settings, or pick from five presets (flat, pop, rock, classical, jazz), and also lets users enable and adjust the Dynamic Bass Boost function. Incidentally, these functions are accessible only via the Fidelio app, so iPod classic and iPod nano owners take heed. By default, the Fidelio uses the flat equalizer preset and has Dynamic Bass Boost turned off.

The remote control works well but is a little slow to our inputs.

For iPod classic and nano users, this is what you'll be missing out without the Fidelio app. Not a whole lot, but they are somewhat useful and important contol parameters. We're surprised Philips didn't make these controls available without needing an app, but this also reflects their modern and practical approach.

The Good
Excellent sound
Classy, simple design
Costs markedly less than the Zeppelin
The Bad
Fidelio app feels half-hearted
No way to access sound settings without Fidelio app

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