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Philips Fidelio DS3020 review

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Price when reviewed : £50
inc VAT

This mid-priced dock isn't particularly loud or bassy, but it sounds great and makes it easy to sync your iPod and play music on the move

We’ve seen a lot of great cheap and mid-priced iPod docks lately, with astonishing audio quality from budget kit like the Altec Lansing Octiv 102. However, we haven’t seen many with the ability to sync our MP3 players to our PC when docked, so we were pleased to see the DS3020’s mini-USB port. By connecting the dock to your PC, you’ll be able to use it to charge your iPod, play music from it and transfer files from iTunes.

Philips Fidelio DS3020 rear

The Fidelio can also be powered by four AA batteries, making it ideal for festivals and picnics. You’ll get around eight hours’ battery life and – because they’re just standard batteries – you can always carry a spare set with you if required. Audio quality from the stereo speakers is clear, balanced and remains distortion-free at high volumes. The speakers’ dynamic bass boost can’t compensate for the lack of a sub, but the sound isn’t harsh or tinny.

Philips Fidelio DS3020

The free Fidelio app for iPhone and iPod Touch users makes it easy to tune in to internet radio, set alarms and sleep timers, and control whether you want the iPod to be charged by the dock or not – handy when you’re running on batteries. The only thing missing is a remote control.

At £50, with a syncing USB connection, true portability and respectable audio quality, the Fidelio DS3020 is a perfect addition to the desk in any bedroom, study or packed suitcase. It’s our Best Buy if you’re looking for a mid-priced iPod dock.


Rating *****
Award Best Buy
Speaker configuration 2.0
RMS power output 8W
Power consumption standby 2W
Power consumption on 2W
Analogue inputs 3.5mm stereo
Digital inputs USB
Dock connector iPod
Headphone output none
Satellite cable lengths N/A
Cable type N/A
Controls located main unit
Digital processing dynamic bass boost
Tone controls none
Price £50

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