Philips Fidelio DS7700 Review

Philips Fidelio DS7700Amazon Rating: 4/5
Amazon Reviews: 77
Price: $199
Dimensions In Inches (Length x Height x Width): 13 x 4.1 x 3.5
Weight (Ounces): 67.2
Minimum Frequency Response: 50
Maximum Frequency Response: 20000
Dock For Apple Devices: Yes
Remote Control Device Provided: No
Controllable With Phone/Tablet: Yes
No. Of Frequency Drivers: 4

Looks & Design

The Philips Fidelio DS7700 has one of the sleekest designs I’ve ever seen for a speaker, particularly one that is portable. It has an aluminum finish, which just looks fantastic. Aluminum shelling seems to be the trend now because it’s not only light but extremely durable. Most people are also unaware of the fact that the aluminum shielding is purposed to prevent any interference from cell phones. You might have come across certain instances whereby your speakers will start emitting a beeping noise whenever a call or a text message is being delivered to your phone. With an aluminum shell, this problem is effectively eliminated.

DS7700 connectorThe speaker itself comes with a cover that can be fitted on the front when you’re not using it. There aren’t any clasps to hold it in place but it is instead affixed via magnets. There’s a dock right in the middle of the speaker in which you can attach your iPod or iPhone. Although it says on its description that the speaker is usable with an iPad as well, it isn’t really practical because the weight is too much for the connector and the design is such that your iPad will be leaning backwards whilst pulling the connector with it. After a while, you’ll notice that the connector will have loosened up and wouldn’t be able to register the presence of your device, so you’ll do well to avoid using an iPad with this.

DS7700 onoff switch

The design is fairly simple and the control buttons are kept at a minimum. To turn the Philips speaker on or off, you have a slider for that. The + and – signs are obviously for adjusting the volume and there’s bluetooth button for turning on the wireless function. For forwarding, changing songs, pausing and other functions, you can use your connected device so there’s really no need for all those unnecessary functions on the speaker itself.

Audio Quality

It has good volume and excellent clarity but if you tune the volume up really high, you can hear the strain on the frequency drivers and the bass will start to distort. For music listening on an average volume, it functions just fine but if you plan on using it to blast some music for a party, just don’t expect it to perform as well.

Philips Fidelio DS7700 sizeSize & Weight

The Philips Fidelio DS7700 is moderate in size, though it could certainly do better if it’s smaller and less elongated. It has a length of 13 inches so it might not fit that well into a small backpack. Another major drawback that it has is the fact that it weighs a ton. At 67.2 ounces, it’s the heaviest portable speaker that we’ve seen thus far. The second heaviest portable speaker (the Altec Lansing iMW725) only weighs 51.2 ounces. When you have speakers that weigh as much as 10 ounces, you can probably imagine how much heavier the DS7700 will be.

Verdict

On the whole, it doesn’t score that well in the size and portability department. It’s also rather pricey at $199. The only redeeming features that the Philips Fidelio DS7700 has would be its ultra sleek looks, build quality and the fact that it performs very well at low to mid volumes. To be honest though, there are much better alternatives out there if you’re willing to spend time to look for them.