Editor’s Picks – Best Digital Products of 2013: Philips Docking Speaker

Remember when Apple decided to ditch the 30-pin connector and introduce the Lightning? There was a large hubbub about in-built obsolescence and bridging hardware and how Apple was once again screwing over its loyal customers.

In the end, the world didn’t fall down. Lightning has turned out to be a far superior connector: faster to charge and more reliable to dock.

And the best audio dock of all is the Philips Docking Speaker, which has both a Lightning dock and Bluetooth playback, so users can choose where to go wireless or to plug in their iPhone 5, 5s and/or 5c, iPad mini or iPad Air for charging.


Philips Docking Speaker with Lightning Connector DS8400
RRP $299

The follow-up to the wildly successful original speaker, this dock has the new Lightning connector so it can play and charge content from the latest Apple products, such as the iPad mini and the iPhone 5s. For those that still have older products or other brands, there is Bluetooth for wireless playback.

Best Feature: The sound quality that comes from Philips extensive audio research is superb.

A great way to use this speaker is with an iPad, providing a wonderful audio accompaniment to film, TV shows and music videos. Rolling Stone this week named Modern Vampires of the City by Vampire Weekend its album of the year. Pair your iPad with the Philips Docking Speaker and enjoy this video for top notch single Step:

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