Philips DC910

Feel the beat with this stylish, slimline iPod dock.

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Philips DC910
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Pros

  • Slimline design, wall mountable, auxiliary input, remote control, USB flash drive and SD/MMC compatible

Cons

  • Bass is overpowering, USB and SD/MMC only support MP3 and WMA files, no bass or treble controls

Bottom Line

The DC910 is an appealing prospect, especially if you own an iPod touch. The bass can be overpowering, but for the price this nifty unit provides plenty of punch.

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Featuring a slimline design that particularly complements the look of the iPod touch (2nd Generation), Philips’ DC910 docking entertainment system isn’t just all about looks. This sleek unit manages to deliver 30 Watts of power output and boasts dual subwoofers for extra bass.

This is one of the most stylish iPod docks we’ve had the pleasure of reviewing. It is quite wide, measuring 50cm across, but it is less than 20cm high. It should match modern furniture, including the latest low-line television cabinets. The silver and gloss black colour scheme further enhances its style credentials, while the rear of the unit provides a nice contrast thanks to a matte black surface. The system can also be wall mounted.

Sitting at the bottom of the unit are the controls and a small LCD screen. Everything is clearly labelled and most of the functions are straightforward, though you’ll probably need to delve into the user guide to double-check the functions of the remote control. Although it’s only small, there are plenty of buttons, some which control multiple functions. Our only real complaint lies with the LCD: the blue backlight isn’t bright enough and there is no way of adjusting it.

The DC910 features a proprietary iPod dock port, meaning it is compatible with every iPod with a dock port connector — basically every iPod excluding the iPod shuffle (Updated 2nd Generation). The iPhone 3G isn’t listed as being compatible, though it does work, albeit with mobile interference when not playing music.

For video playback, the dock connector can be rotated so an iPod touch can sit horizontally, though we’re not sure why you’d want to watch video using this system. When connected, the DC910 will charge your iPod, while the remote control allows you to browse through albums and tracks.

If you don’t own an iPod, don’t stress: Philips has included not one, but two auxiliary ports, meaning any device that uses a standard 3.5mm audio jack can be connected to the DC910. You can also connect a USB flash drive and SD/MMC cards for music playback, but only MP3 and WMA files are supported.

Sound is excellent for a unit this size. It won’t blow you away, but it’s very reasonable considering the asking price. Bass is good, with the dual wOOx loudspeakers on the rear producing punchy bass. Unfortunately, the bass tends to muddle the rest of the music, even with the Dynamic Bass Boost switched off. This is especially evident at higher volume levels where it is too strong and overpowering.

Audio is rich and relatively well-balanced, but the lack of bass and treble controls is a negative. The mid-range is smooth but lacking in detail, while instrumental separation is fair but not outstanding. Volume is very impressive, with the unit easily able to fill a small or medium room without too much distortion.

Rounding out the package is an FM radio with 20 presets. A handy function is the automatic programming feature, which assigns preset FM frequencies at the touch of a button.

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