Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W review – intro
Business not your thing? Then these speakers, which look like the 'Yip Yip' aliens from Sesame Street, might be more to your taste. An upward-firing woofer flings sound outwards, and the tweeter sits above it on an isolated arm – Philips say they combine to disperse sound more effectively. Who cares about the science behind them though, when the end result looks this good...
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W review – design and build
The speakers are actually made of wood that's covered in seven coats of lacquer to give it that glossy, greasy-finger-friendly finish.
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W review – wireless dock
An iThing dock comes included, so you'll be able to charge your player while it's wirelessly squirting tunes into your living room. With built-in AirPlay tech, setup is as easy as your router will allow.
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W review – sound quality
You'll be treated to a terrifically tight, weighty and fast sound that seems at odds with the SoundSpheres' bug-eyed looks. Songs have real gusto, but be careful with the volume if you're a fan of brass bands: the tweeters can get just a touch over-confident if you really push them.
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W review – verdict
In a world awash with AirPlay-equipped docks, these SoundSpheres have created a niche for themselves by offering proper two-channel stereo output. Idiosyncratic looks ensure they'll stand out even further from the crowd and they sound great too.