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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800W
A novel design and a cracking sound – what's not to like?