Philips DC350 iPod Dock review: Philips DC350 iPod Dock

CNET Editors' Rating

2.5 stars OK
Pricing Unavailable

The Good Excellent range of connectivity. Bluetooth profiles A2DP and AVRCP. Syncs iPhone/iPod via USB.

The Bad Expensive. Mediocre sound quality.

The Bottom Line The DC350 features a wide-range of connectivity options, but is far too expensive for the low quality sound it produces.

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Is it just us, or is Philips garnering more interest now for its "manscaping" personal grooming appliances and less interest for its home audio?

We'd be lying if we said we weren't secretly hoping for a shaver when this package arrived from Philips. Instead we took delivery of the DC350, an iPod/iPhone speaker dock with a built-in FM radio and alarm clock, and while this may not keep you looking beach-ready, it can wake you in time to groom before you leave for the office, we suppose.

The design of the DC350 — standard speaker towers on either side of the iPod docking station — is functional but not particularly interesting and is constructed entirely from plastic. A large LED display sits above the dock which helps you keep track of the time, the current FM radio station or the music source. This can be important as the DC350 sports a range of connectivity options.

Firstly there's the obvious, an iPod/iPhone connection located front and centre. On the rear of the speakers you'll find a 3.5mm headphone socket for connecting the vast range of other MP3 players on the market. There's also a mini USB connection (with a cable in the box), which you can use to sync your iPhone with iTunes whilst it's docked in the DC350. Apple products will also charge while connected. Those after a truly wireless experience can make use of the built-in Bluetooth radio. The DC350 supports the A2DP stereo audio and AVRCP remote control protocols, so you can keep your iPhone in hand while streaming your music to the dock.

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Philips DC350 iPod Dock

Part Number: CNETPhilips DC350 iPod Dock

Typical Price: $299.95

See manufacturer website for availability.