Philips Fidelio SBD7500 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock Reviews




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  1. M. Stewart says:
    20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice speaker dock with accessories, January 29, 2010
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    M. Stewart (Texas, USA) –
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    This review is from: Philips Fidelio SBD7500 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock (Electronics)
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    You get the speaker dock, a very nice carrying case, an 18″ long 3.5 mm cable if you want to hook it up to something other than an iPhone/iPod, and an AC adapter with a nice long cord. It can also use 4 AA batteries. The carrying case has a piggy-back case that you can use to hold the A/C adapter, or leave it off to travel light if you plan on just using the batteries; a nice touch. The battery compartment is a little awkward to use, but not too difficult. A tip-out stand holds it at a good angle.

    I hooked it up to my PC via the 3.5 mm cable, and tried the bass boost feature, which worked nice. The unit has its own volume control so you can fine-tune the listening level easily. These controls and the on/off switch are recessed, giving a clean appearance, but making it a bit hard to operate the sliding switches. I compared the sound to some PC speakers, and what a difference! These were so much better; no tinniness, just nice rich sound. And the bass boost works well. The manufacturer claims 8 hours of playing using batteries. So far, looks like that is a good estimate. There is a small power light behind the speaker grille that glows when it is on, which is nice; it already reminded me once that I forgot to turn it off!

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  2. William R. Hemme "whemme" says:
    63 of 76 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars
    Bad design flaw!, April 12, 2010
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    This review is from: Philips Fidelio SBD7500 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Speaker Dock (Electronics)

    Though this unit works well, it has a very bad design flaw that any buyer considering it should be aware of. When using it as a portable getting power from its internal AA batteries, even when you shut the unit OFF with its ON/OFF switch, the four batteries will self discharge to dead in about a week because the unit still draws current from the batteries even when shut OFF.

    I considered my unit to be defective because of this problem but when I contacted Philips support to request a exchange unit under warranty, I was informed that this battery drain was normal and that I needed to remove one or more of the batteries when not using the unit to prevent the batteries from going dead. Dumb, dumb, triple dumb design flaw in my opinion!

    Why even have an ON/OFF switch if you must remove a battery to really shut it OFF!

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  3. Katie Luther says:
    18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent but not what I would expect for price point, January 28, 2010
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    Katie Luther (Portland, Oregon) –
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    This portable speaker system from Phillips certainly comes in handy. It is extremely easy to use–just plug it in and insert your iPod or iPhone in the very obvious jack, then press “play” and you’re good to go. That it charges as you go is of course helpful. And it is small enough you could easily take it with you in a bag or suitcase, with no extra pieces to worry about losing or breaking. However, the sound quality is not that big of a step up from what comes out of my iPhone itself when I simply play it with the headphones detached. It sounds at best like a decent small radio or car radio. Considering that I recently purchased a 5-disc changer stereo system that ALSO interfaces with my iPhone for only less than $100 more, and which has large speakers and superb sound quality, I have to say this little system is somewhat overpriced. Honestly I could not see spending the money on it unless I traveled very frequently and needed a charger with speakers for that purpose.

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