Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The industry endures boom of the Bluetooth-columns which are blowing up a room by "basses" and loudness. All of them pass by me: as well as our many readers, I prefer, that music sounded truly. And that the external shape of a column is more important. PHILIPS have many models, capable to lose music. But I wish to tell about what can perfectly do it. And at the same time charge iPhone or iPad.

It is PHILIPS docking speaker DS8400 and DS3400. Both seem similar at each other. Only actually they very various.

Philips Docking Speaker DS3400

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Rather small, but a powerful and portable column in the snow-white glossy case. It is capable to work not only only from the socket and from … batteries. Yes. Built in аккума is not present, as well as the Bluetooth-module. But there is Lightning dock port where it is possible to thrust iPhone or iPod touch.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Unpacking and option video

Complete set, design, portability

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Complete with a column the power unit of snow-white color is delivered. Pleased lack of the promezhny block — it allows to arrange even more freely a column in an interior and it is easier to take it with itself.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The younger model of this ruler is issued only in snow-white color. And it is fine. A material of the back panel — the glossy plastic reflecting everything around and collecting fingerprints with a bang. Big plus of snow-white color that the same prints actually is not visible.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

In the lower part of the case there are three ports — for the power unit, mini-USB and a usual entrance of 3,5 mm («миниджек»). Thanks to the last, it is potentially possible to connect to a column though what source of a sound from though what producer, whether it be phone Samsung or a player from Cowon.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

mini USB is necessary for this purpose to connect a column to a computer. Having started iTunes, it is possible to initiate synchronization of data with pristykovanny iPhone or iPad. If the column stands nearby from your laptop or a statsionarnik, such configuration will be very comfortable. The bright red button on the case includes or switches off a column.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

In a support the compartment for standard "finger-type" batteries disappears. It specially for those cases when you will be honored to take a column with yourselves. Own аккума in this model is not present. In the distance from the socket it eats from 4 parts of a food. In this situation the device attached in dock port, will not be charged.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

You will create a forward part even more often. From this party the loudspeakers of a column closed by a black plastic network are placed. The Lightning port moves down, simplifying iPhone or iPod touch connection.

At desire, here it is possible to thrust and iPad — but the form of a column will not provide sure firmness. The producer knows it, and consequently the planshetnik of Apple is not mentioned neither on a box, nor in reference materials. As they say, use on own horror and risk.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Under the Lightning tip there are two physical buttons closed by the iron panel. Before iPhone connection we surely reflected that it is touch buttons. Corresponding to marking, these buttons regulate loudness of columns.

Sound and additional abilities

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

It is a docking station, and means, and to establish in it phone to pain simply. The sound is immediately told to columns through Lightning-port that allows devices to exchange additional data. Having installed the official ClockStudio application [App Store], the user can start Internet radio or update an insertion of the processor of columns.

But we will return to a sound. Cases are established to Snutri two loudspeakers on 5 Watt. Thanks to a case form, the sound from a column is not dissolved to a bass if to rise under a huge corner to the forward party. At all this columns are focused up therefore to have DS3400 better below or though at the same level with the head.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Sound from loudspeakers bright, with very light accent on low frequencies. A bass not so the deepest, but with the expressed blow that does a column by good option for a dance music though what sort. The highest frequencies are reproduced perfectly, at all this without turning into "sand".

In this column on дефлоту the development of DBB allocating low frequencies at small level of loudness is active. Without knowing about it, I at first thought that someone was played with equalizer options in iOS. Truly, at small level of loudness the bass remains exact, let and at the expense of brightness of all other frequencies.

Internal making columns are protected from hindrances therefore listening of music did not interrupt on opposite aimings from independent life of phone in the Network.

Verdict

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The DS3400 model is more stationary. At it hints not only only absence "own" аккума and not the most comfortable form for transportation. And it is exact this difficult model — almost kg. The iPad installation not обговаривается the producer, but is probable — with obmolvka on firmness.

Here Blyutuz would not prevent, the it is more that the column all the same will be at a stop more. But if the dock is necessary to you specifically, it is your option.

Sound at a column bright, not zamylenno-basovity and surprisingly the volume. Even a little "pop" that for that sort of a device you will not call a defect. And cost does not bite if to have a look at other stationary analogs. And, naturally, the glossy case of snow-white color — absolutely precisely the best composition. It is necessary to wipe occasionally. Average cost — 4-5 тыщ rubles.

Philips Docking Speaker DS8400

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Severe demand. A docking station in width about a 32-inch TV set with a minimum of compromises. A big separation on functionality from younger model: available Blyutuz, the integrated accumulator and possibility of a narrow option of sounding of columns. Almost did not forget: except the rest, charges iPhone and iPad.

Unpacking and control. Video

Complete set and design

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The complete set of a column comprises a remote control and the power unit, plus two types of adapters under various standards of sockets (Europe/UK). The power unit causes associations with such in the first Xbox 360 models. It is big, thick, languid piece. It will be necessary to hide for cases or for a column. Vobshchem, dock not absolutely portable so to the block is foreordained to lie quietly on one place. And means, it is more cavil, than a real defect.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Control panel. Terribly necessary piece executed in one style with the case of a column. The back panel from black glossy plastic, and a lobby — from opaque, pleasant to the touch. Buttons car and small cart. The panel allows to connect an accessory in dock port and not to approach any more to it, changing songs, loudness and other things from other end of a room. Taking in attention the size (and the capacity) columns, is additional plus for those who lives in the big apartment.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Here really oddish piece.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

At first I thought that it is a remote control. Later I found the real panel in a box. Then to me became not on for itself. It is not similar to a subwoofer. UFO arrived and left it here.

Having overturned a column, we found more oddish iron ring. And then all lit up.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

This "pancake" (or "UFO") serves as a platform for a column. From the back party in it the food cord from the power unit is stuck. And then from above all other dock is put. The charging goes through a support thanks to that ring contact. And the column freely turns in borders of 30-35 degrees. The Hitretsky and usual thought doing dock by wireless in the most literal sense of this word.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The back party of a column cardinally differs from younger model. Dredging is made for improvement of acoustic properties of columns therefore in it for us in any case there would be nothing fascinating. And here ports in dock of all … one. It is 3,5-mm «миниджек» for connection of external devices of all producers, i.e. phones, players and receivers. mini-USB here is not present and, for certain, it is not necessary: all the same on your table hardly there will be a place for that piece.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

You sometime possessed a device with the glossy black panel? Then you understand, how very back panel of this dock draws fingerprints. In other words very much, very much very much. Either wash hands, or take a column somewhere from below where prints will be not so visible. And again the big size and weight becomes advantage: you so also spots will disturb occasionally will infrequently take all this in hands.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The Peredny party sports a plastic black network behind which at all desire you will not make out a column снутри. The case form again typical — with curves and the raised base — but at the expense of much bigger capacity, is not present any distinction, at what height it is necessary to deliver to DS8400. All the same everything will hear.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Under Lightning-dock buttons of regulation of loudness already familiar to us, plus the brand new button with the indicator — the Bluetooth-connections sensor are placed.

Blyutuz and battery

This model is able Blyutuz. And write down. The device is connected according to the standard scheme: we find the device in the iOS Settings and we approve pair creation. Communication kept adequately and did not break in apartment borders. The Dalnoboynost according to the passport makes 10 meters, a profile standard — 2.1. Through three walls it is expected hindrances begin.

Support Blyutuz allows to connect to dock columns actually though what modern device, beginning from iPhone and iPad of last generations and finishing laptops and computers. And any wires. AirPlay — it is naturally excellent, but the "omnivorous" column in the house — is even better.

The integrated accumulator is charged at dock connection to round base. Its capacity is not specified anywhere. It works on the average hour 4-5, is dependent on loudness and criterion of connection. At all this the charging of the pristykovanny device is not carried out.

Sound and SoundStudio appendix

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

Huge hopes were rested upon this column. Approximately same huge, as its size and weight (2,8 kg). Here two broadband loudspeakers in the general target capacity in 30 Watt are established. I.e. the separate subwoofer is not present. But if you think that basses from it became more awful — I would invite you to listening of a debut album Skrillex.

Musical columns for mobile gadgets should be able to make mood — usually, impudent basses. Here they are completely: sharp, massive and picturesque, not choking on languid, prompt tracks. Their depth is actually similar such in younger model. And here the highest and average frequencies here were unlike better. Very exact, distinguishable and many-sided. Quality of a sound always was very subjective thing therefore I will safely conclude that the difference as sounding of DS3400 and DS8400 makes here and there one and a half time in favor of the last. And this with the fact that the 1st not from the weak.

Producers adore to hide "uluchshayzer" behind fine names, and this case is not an exception. Here firm development of PureDigital is applied:

Development of processing of a sound of PureDigital allows essentially better to make quality of sounding on comparison to standard technology of processing of an analog signal which is usually used in docking stations with support of an analog exit with iPod/iPhone. The digital audiosignal with iPod/iPhone passes processing at all stages, business level a signal noise increases. A result — equilibrium, indescribably spotless sounding.

— the quote from PHILIPS press release

What specifically configurations at all this are brought — unclear, but I already praised a result. And the word is picked up the very correct: "balanced" sounding. It when Led Zeppelin with classics of Babe I’m Gonna Leave You sounds as is worthy, as a single of Modestep or the same Skrillex. Whether a joke, nearby there were two various columns from B&W, and obvious with advantage for any of them I did not see distinction. Only an abyss at cost.

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The SoundStudio appendix [App Store] allows to change a column sound for own taste. There are two options: card of styles of sounding and 5-band equalizer. With the last everything is clear, and here the 1st as though was taken from official ON for Phlips HUE bulbs. By means of the card of styles the main counter of a sound promptly changes: if the bass is necessary, it will be simple a megabass if are necessary are live "high" and average for an acoustic guitar — well, you thought. Comfortable thing. Through an aaplet it is also possible to start Internet radio or to update an insertion of columns and a docking station. The unique minus — an aaplet works only at direct connection through Lightning port. But nobody prevents at first everything to change to taste, and later переподключиться on Blyutuz …

Verdict

Review of acoustic docking stations of Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 and DS3400

The big. Sonorous. Powerful. Black. Very easily soiled and languid. All this about DS8400. You have hardly a look in its party if look for that-nibudt portable. Or live in a malekhanky room. This piece simply asks to be in the public eye. And in exchange she is ready to pump over the apartment of the owner a good sound.

Philips, that without announcing, stealthily entered on the district of "elite" acoustics. Let’s lay for a moment aside the easily soiled case and the more thick power unit — at B&W it vtochnost same. DS8400 gives out a many-sided and equilibrium sound on though to what loudness which can compete surely to "mobile" Hi-End acoustics of initial level. At all this there is a docking station and Blyutuz, permitting to choose more successful way of connection for own house criterion.

Unusual "base" does dock completely and absolutely wireless. DS8400 can be taken and dragged off in a bathroom — either on kitchen, or in a bedroom — without taking out from there any wires. The main thing — carefully to lift these three kgs. Having added in a moneybox of pluses a multipurpose control panel, we receive very positive picture. Philips Docking Speaker DS8400 — a column – "ultimatum". House acoustics for iPhone or iPad, a docking station and the charger with remote management and narrow control of sounding. Average cost — about 11 тыщ rubles.