Philips Room to Room Docking Speaker (DS3205)

The Good The Philips Room to Room Docking Speaker (DS3205) is a compact, stylish speaker dock for Lightning-based iPhones and iPods. It delivers good sound for its small size and has a battery-powered option.

The Bad You'll have to remove everything but the slimmest cases in order to dock your device; no USB port for charging other devices; can't play sound through auxiliary input when you have an iPhone or iPod docked.

The Bottom Line While it does have a couple of shortcomings, the Philips Room to Room Docking Speaker (DS3205) is an attractive little iPhone 5 speaker dock that sounds good for its size.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 6.0
  • Sound 7.0
  • Value 6.0
6.5 Overall

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Review

iPhone 5 speaker's biggest strength is its sound

Now that Apple has transitioned its new iPhone, iPods, and iPads to the smaller Lightning port that's incompatible with all of the old 30-pin accessories without a pricey adapter, Lightning-enabled accessories are finally appearing on the market.

As of early 2013, Philips has three different Lightning speaker docks to choose from, with the $130 "room-to-room" DS3205 (reviewed here) sitting between the more compact $100 DS1155 and the $150 DS7580, which more closely resembles a tabletop speaker. Both the DS3205 reviewed here and the DS7580 can run on battery power for mobile use. However, the latter model has a built-in rechargeable battery.

I liked the DS3205. While its design isn't quite as sleek as that of the nightstand-friendly DS1155, it sounds better, offering more bass, detail, and overall volume. My only issues with it are that it's missing the USB port found on its older 30-pin counterpart, the Fidelio DS3000, and you can't play sound through the auxiliary port if you have a device sitting in the dock.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $90
  • Brand Philips
  • Color black
  • Connectivity Technology wired
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