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Philips DS3881W/37 Fidelio SoundRing Wireless Speaker with AirPlay (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Philips
3.4 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

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  • Compact design for any space, any lifestyle
  • 360-degree design for gorgeous look from any angle
  • Stream music with AirPlay wireless technology
  • Battery or AC power option for music enjoyment anywhere
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Technical Details

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  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model Number: DS3881W/37
  • Item Display Weight: 5.00 pounds
  • Remote Control Description: remote_control
  • Color: Black

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Natural and immerse sound equally radiates from the center to all directions of your living room. Equipped with AirPlay, these elegant speakers let you stream songs directly from iPod touch, iPhone, iPad and also iTunes. AirPlay lets you stream your entire iTunes music collection to your Fidelio docking stations. It plays wirelessly from the iTunes program on your computer, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch - to any AirPlay-enabled speaker in your home. All you have to do is ensure your speakers are connected to your Wi-Fi network. AirPlay also lets you play simultaneously on every speaker in every room. Get your favorite tunes to follow you whichever room you go.


Enjoy an immersive sound experience with the Philips Fidelio SoundRing AirPlay speaker. This speaker lets you wirelessly stream music from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or your computer's iTunes library, and uses SoundRing design for crystal-clear, detailed audio. The Fidelio SoundRing is 100% portable and will conveniently play and charge your device simultaneously. It features an aux-in jack for easy hookup to virtually any electronic device. To expand your entertainment options, it works with the free Fidelio app for access to a range of music and other features. The speaker has a built-in lithium-ion battery so you can bring it with you or try out different locations in your home.

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Philips Fidelio SoundRing AirPlay Speaker DS3881W/37
At a Glance:
  • Plays your favorite iTunes songs from your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, or computer wirelessly
  • Portable, rechargeable unit with built-in lithium-ion battery
  • SoundRing for crystal-clear, immersive audio
  • Compact, 360-degree design
  • Free Fidelio app for access to over 7,000 free Internet radio stations
  • One-year warranty
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SoundRing technology delivers full audio impact in all directions for an immersive audio experience. View larger.
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Convenient portable and wireless design lets you enjoy high-quality sound in any room. View larger.
About AirPlay:
Philips Fidelio AirPlay Speakers
  • Stream your entire iTunes library via your existing wi-fi network
  • Fill any room with rich, balanced sound
  • Compatible with your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or wi-fi enabled PC or Mac
  • Connect multiple speakers and enjoy music anywhere in your home
Philips Fidelio AirPlay Speakers

Use Apple's free Remote app to access your iTunes library and play your favorite music from your iPod touch, iPhone or iPad.

Stream Music with AirPlay Wireless Technology

AirPlay technology lets you stream your entire iTunes music collection from the iTunes program on your computer, or your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, to the Fidelio SoundRing AirPlay speaker using your existing Wi-Fi connection. AirPlay also lets you enjoy enhanced sound from games, music-making apps, YouTube videos, Internet TV, and iTunes movies.

Whether you're hosting a party or simply want to enjoy a full-on sound experience, this technology will play sound simultaneously on every AirPlay-enabled speaker in every room so rich, full sound can fill your home.

SoundRing for Crystal-Clear, Immersive Sound
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Experience your favorite songs like you never have before with the Fidelio SoundRing. This speaker features SoundRing technology, which is engineered to completely fill your room with superb sound. A central bass sound pipe and four high-definition drivers--two front-firing and two side-firing--work together to provide an immersive sound experience with full audio impact in all directions.

Simultaneous Playing and Charging

The Fidelio SoundRing offers the convenience of both corded and cordless operation so you can enjoy your music anytime, anywhere. When you connect your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad via the USB port, you can play music while also charging your device. An aux-in jack makes for easy connection to virtually any electronic device, including MP3 players and stereo components.

Compact, Space-Saving Design

Take your music wherever you want thanks to the compact, 360-degree design and built-in rechargeable battery. Charge the speaker on its sleek charging base to enjoy up to three hours of music in AirPlay mode, or up to six hours via the aux-in or USB port. Unlike bulky speakers that can take over your space, the Fidelio SoundRing is compact and easy to move around, and looks stylish from any angle on a bookshelf, nightstand, or side table.

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Free Fidelio App for Music, Alarm and Other Fun Features

If you own an iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad, you can unlock even more features for this wireless speaker using the complementary Fidelio app. The Philips Fidelio app gives you access to over 7,000 free Internet radio stations. It also lets you share your favorite music with friends via Facebook and Twitter, set customized alarms to wake up to your favorite music, and enjoy detailed weather reports.

Compatibility Information

The Fidelio SoundRing is compatible with iPod touch; iPod touch 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generation; iPhone; iPhone 3G, 3GS, and 4; iPad, and iPad 2nd generation. The Fidelio app requires a Fidelio speaker and iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad iOS 4.3 or later.

Dimensions and Warranty

The Fidelio SoundRing measures 8.3 by 7.75 by 4.5 inches (H x W x D) and is backed by a one-year warranty.

What's in the Box

Philips Fidelio SoundRing AirPlay speaker DS3881W/37, 3.5-millimeter aux-in cable, AC adapter, charging base, CD-ROM user manual, warranty information, and quick start guide.

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Sound Technology
Free Philips Fidelio App
iPod/iPhone/iPad Compatible
Built-in Rechargeable Battery
USB Charging
Aux-In Jack
iPod/iPhone/iPad Charging Stand
Remote Control
3.5 mm Aux-In Cable

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Technical Details

Brand Name Philips
Item Weight 4 pounds
Product Dimensions 6.9 x 9 x 9.3 inches
Origin Imported (China)
Item model number DS3881W/37
Batteries 4 AA batteries required.
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Power Source Type battery-powered
Connectivity Technology Wireless
Number of Items 1
Remote Control Description remote_control

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,785 in Electronics > Home Audio & Theater > Wireless & Streaming Audio
Shipping Weight 5.3 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 1, 2011

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My speaker worked great for about 3 weeks. Since then, it has developed an annoying habit (to say the least) of dropping the sound after only 5-10 seconds of playing. Philips web site and Apple web site have been absolutely no help. At this point, it's an expensive paper weight. Do not buy.

Aug. 2012 Update:
Several people had suggested upgrading my iOS devices to 5.1.x, to solve the dropout problem. I just wanted to clarify that I have tried this, and it made a slight difference, but not enough to make this device a reliable way to enjoy Airplay music. The final strike came today, as the device completely dropped off of Airplay as an available device. After much troubleshooting, I reset to factory defaults, only to have the device disappear entirely from WiFi. It's supposed to broadcast a generic Philips SSID, but the device now appears to be completely dead from a WiFi standpoint. I can still play music by plugging in via USB, but that is not what I was paying for when I bought it less than one year ago. I'll just reiterate my advice to steer well clear of this one.
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I bought this to replace a Bluetooth speaker I had in my kitchen. The main gripe I had with the other device was the fact that I would have to re-pair the device with my iPhone/iPad every time I wanted to use it. I am not sure if this is an issue with all Bluetooth speakers, but it is the case with the three Bluetooth devices I have in my home.

Since I was buying it for my kitchen, it was also important that it had a small footprint. This speaker fit that requirement better than most attractive speakers I could find. Also, I like the donut shaped look of it. Maybe I am just fond of donuts?

The second thing I wanted was for it to work off of a battery. When I have people over, I like to have a cleaner look without cables running to the outlet. While this wasn't the most critical issue, it was something that I wanted. I haven't tested how long it lasts when running off of a battery only, but a couple hours should be more than enough. Also, you can just grab the donut off the base and set it anywhere. When I want to use it in the garage or sunroom, it is always available.

The final feature was the most important. I have Airplay devices all over my house..Airport Express, Denon receiver, and Apple TVs. I have always liked the fact that Airplay devices are available at all times. This means that when I pull open an app on my iPhone (my preference is MOG) fom inside my network, I can see all Airplay speakers and I can send the stream to them from wherever I am on the network. I did run into an issue on my main network, but I also have a second network on my Airport Express. Rather than troubleshooting the issue, I moved the device to my second network and it worked much better.
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I am listening to this thing and it is driving me up a bloody tree (putting it politely). When it's playing, it sounds great, but it only goes for 5-15 seconds before the sound drops out. The gaps range from a few tenths of a second, up to a couple of seconds...but...but..ARGH!

I've pretty much traced the problem to the Philips Fidelio app on my iPhone 4. With the plain Music app, it works much better, (so I've switched as I'm typing this review) but it completely dropped off my network three times in the last 90 minutes. In case you think that it may be a signal strength problem, it isn't. My wireless router is about 7 feet from the speaker. My iPhone is sitting between them.

According to the Philips support website, this is a recognized problem for the iPhone 4s. Hate to tell you this guys, but it's also a problem with the plain old iPhone 4.

With an app update and some firmware tweaking, this is clearly a four star product. It's a great idea, sounds good and has a nice physical design. As is, though, it gets a royal raspberry. I'll rewrite this review as soon as the bugs are worked out.

Update - 1/7/2011 - I took this home and put it onto a completely different network. Using the iPhone native music app, I had the same problems that I experienced earlier. A wired connection worked fine (I would hope so!), although that reduces this to an extremely expensive mono speaker. I'm leaving the rating at two stars, but it probably only deserves one...the problems should be fixable with a firmware update.
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The reason I'm writing this review is because of all the negative reviews. In view of my experience, I think that these review may not reflect well on the quality of this speaker.
First,a word about the price. This speaker may be overpriced but at the current Amazon price ($180) it may be worth considering.

This speaker has four great features:
(1) It is airplay compatible so you can play almost anything from your iphone/ipod/ipad/mac (I don't know about non-apple products).
(2) The sound is good for the size with decent bass. I own a yamaha tsx-70 ($200) and there is no comparison. The fidelio sounds MUCH better.
(3) It has integrated batteries so you can take it with you anywhere.
(4) The design. Very nice. Clearly it's personal but I like it a lot. The built quality seems also very good. The inner ring seems to be aluminum and the outer ring too although it may be a very good plastic.

Adding the speaker to my network was a breeze. I followed the instructions and everything worked right away. However, I didn't use the WPS method. Also to be fair, I couldn't connect to the network created by the speaker with my ipad but I had no issue with my mac. My main complaint is that I use mac filtering and I couldn't find the mac address of the speaker anywhere. I had to spy on my network to find out the mac address but most people may not need to do that.
Since I've added the speaker to my network it has been a real pleasure to use. I turn it on and off several times a day and it always join my network in less than a minute. I often take it off of the base when I move to another room and so far I haven't experienced a single drop. Another complaint would be that there is no forward button on the speaker, only play/pause and volume.
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