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Philips AS860 Wire­less Speaker Dock

HWM (Malaysia) - - LAB TEST - TExT // kEVIN BATES

With many in­no­va­tive new prod­ucts be­ing re­leased re­cently, Philips has in­tro­duced a sim­ple wire­less speaker that is ac­tu­ally more use­ful in the long run. Af­ter all, hav­ing mul­ti­ple func­tions and con­ve­nience in a prod­uct would make cus­tomers con­sider it among the other prod­ucts in the lineup. So this month, we will be look­ing at the Philips AS860 wire­less speaker dock, and see if it's bang for your buck, or an over­sized paper­weight.

The over­all de­sign of the AS860 is min­i­mal­is­tic, only to com­pen­sate for the fact it's a sleek, rec­tan­gu­lar speaker de­signed to fit all of its fea­tures. One of the main de­sign choices that stood out is that the wire­less speaker dock can only phys­i­cally dock with An­droid smart­phones and tablets. Even so, users can still pair non-An­droid de­vices via Blue­tooth, con­nect us­ing a 3.5mm au­dio ca­ble, or USB ca­ble.

The other main draw of the AS860 is that it also works as a por­ta­ble charger for easy charg­ing via the dock (if it's an An­droid de­vice) or the rear USB port. The built-in Li-ion bat­tery on the AS860 can last for up to eight hours, so you're likely able to recharge your de­vice to full and con­tinue en­joy­ing mu­sic with­out the bat­tery emp­ty­ing half way.

Now you're prob­a­bly won­der­ing how the AS860 wire­less speaker dock hopes to fit all kinds of An­droid de­vices. Af­ter all, the mi­croUSB port on An­droid de­vices, namely smart­phones, can be in var­i­ous places, depend­ing on the man­u­fac­tur­ers. This is mostly thanks to Philips' smartly de­signed Flex­iDock, which al­lows users to ad­just the mi­croUSB dock con­nec­tor to the ideal po­si­tion to fit the An­droid de­vice. Philips also took it a step fur­ther by in­clud­ing one-touch NFC func­tion­al­ity, which al­lows users to sim­ply tap their smart­phone or tablet onto the speaker's NFC area (lightly, mind you) and it will activate the wire­less speaker, per­form Blue­tooth pair­ing be­tween the two de­vices and stream mu­sic.

When it comes to au­dio qual­ity from the speak­ers, Philips has im­ple­mented its Dig­i­tal Sound Pro­cess­ing and Bass Re­flex Speaker Sys­tem into the AS860. While the DSP tech­nol­ogy en­hances the au­dio re­pro­duc­tion so that each note res­onates with crys­tal-clear ac­cu­racy and elim­i­nates dis­tor­tions, the Bass Re­flex Speaker Sys­tem de­liv­ers more con­trolled bass from the wire­less speaker. With both these tech­nolo­gies, we found a rather bal­anced mu­sic lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence from the speaker. We could hear ev­ery in­stru­ment from Bon Jovi's “It's My Life” and the vo­cals were crys­tal clear. We were also able to con­tinue stream­ing mu­sic with no is­sues in the next room as the range of the wire­less speaker goes up to 10 me­ters! The only prob­lem we saw was that when us­ing the dock to stream mu­sic to the speaker with­out con­nect­ing it via Blue­tooth as well, there will be a short de­lay af­ter the song has started for the speaker to play the mu­sic.

With three dif­fer­ent ways to con­nect to the wire­less speaker, it's a small won­der why we rec­om­mend the Philips AS860 wire­less speaker dock to users who are look­ing for a sleek, min­i­mal­ist cen­ter­piece for their homes.

The AS860 also comes with Philips' Flex­iDock so that any An­droid de­vice can fit onto the wire­less speaker.

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