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Unlike traditional iPod docks, the DS8500 processes sound digitally. The result is far clearer audio performance. Using PureDigital, the DS8500 collects the digital output of your iPod or iPhone and processes it at each stage of the circuit, resulting in a much higher signal-to-noise ratio. This allows the speaker to reproduce the audio files on your mobile device with greater clarity and fidelity.
If a speaker's drivers aren't optimized to match its acoustic requirements, it will produce distorted sound. Fortunately, the DS8500's drivers have been fine-tuned to provide clear performance at all frequencies. High tones are precise and distinct, while low tones come out deep and tight. Bass reproduction is particularly rich: the mid- and low-range drivers have been specially engineered to create crisp, penetrating sound reproduction.
Chic and elegant, the DS8500's curved design is not only an eye catcher--it's also an effective structure for acoustics. The concave architecture of the speaker creates an ideal acoustic environment for your music: it dramatically reduces distortion and resonance, resulting in more precise and natural sound.
The speaker also features an intuitive backlit control panel, which is activated using a proximity sensor. When your hand moves close to the speaker, the display illuminates and allows you to operate it. Walk away and the light dims to allot more power to music playback. For added convenience, an easy-to-use remote control is included.
If you own an iPod touch or iPhone you can unlock even more features for your docking speaker using the complementary Fidelio app. The Philips Fidelio app lets you control your speaker dock's acoustic properties, access 7000+ free internet radio stations, share music you are listening to with friends via facebook and twitter, set alarms to wake to your favorite music, photo or weather conditions and much more using your iPhone or iPod touch.
The speaker's spring-loaded docking port accommodates any iPhone or iPod, without special adaptors. What's more, it works even when most protective cases are on--just dock your iPhone or iPod as is for fuss-free enjoyment of your music.