Philips DS1155 Docking Speaker

The Good The Philips DS1155 Docking Speaker is a compact speaker dock for Lightning-based iPhones and iPods. It delivers good sound for its small size, it has a USB port for charging other mobile devices (and playing audio from them), and its base lights up, creating a cool halo effect.

The Bad You'll have to remove everything but the slimmest cases in order to dock your device; no auxiliary input.

The Bottom Line While the JBL OnBeat Micro is a bit better in terms of sound and feature set, the Philips DS115 is the better-looking iPhone 5 speaker dock.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 7.0
7.2 Overall

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Review

An iPhone 5 speaker dock with a sleek design

One of the great things about the Apple mobile hardware "ecosystem" was that nearly all of the products shared those ubiquitous 30-pin cables. That meant near-universal compatibility with chargers and docks for the better part of a decade, even as the iPod morphed into the iPhone, and -- eventually -- the iPad. But that all changed in late 2012, when Apple began transitioning its new products to the Lightning port -- smaller, to be sure, but also incompatible with all of the old 30-pin accessories without a pricey adapter.

Lightning-enabled accessories are finally appearing on the market. The Philips DS1155 Docking Speaker is one of the first speaker docks to work with the iPhone 5, the new iPod Touch, and the iPod Nano 7th generation, without the need for an adapter.

Philips' has two step-up Lightning-equipped docking speaker models. The $129.99 "room-to-room" DS3205 offers better sound with significantly more bass and a battery power option. Then there's the $149.99 DS7580, which also gives better sound and more closely resembles a tabletop speaker. It has a built-in rechargeable battery for portable use.

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  • Type Speakers
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