Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Of the many MP3 docking stations you can buy, the Philips SBD7500 Fidelio docking speaker is among the lightest. It weighs a diminutive 9.6 ounces and measures roughly 4 inches tall, 12 inches long and only slightly more than 1.5 inches thick, making it an extremely thin iPod dock. It also looks and sounds amazing.

Although it boasts many impressive elements, the Philips iPod docking speaker has relatively few features compared to other iPod docks we considered.

The most impressive and functional feature is its unique spring-loaded docking station that plays and charges most iPod and iPhone models without requiring dock adapters for a proper fit, rendering the "includes adapters" features category irrelevant. The adapter-less iPod dock eliminates the need for any cumbersome accessories, especially when it operates on battery power, further increasing its portability. The only accessories it requires are an AC adapter (included) for at-home listening and a 3.5 mm cable (also included) to connect its auxiliary input to audio devices that are not compatible with an Apple universal dock, such as an iPod shuffle, non-Apple MP3 player or even a personal computer.

The Philips speaker dock requires four AA batteries for eight hours of cordless operation with a fresh set of batteries. Even though most people can probably use this iPod dock for two to three days on the same set of batteries, that still adds up to a lot of batteries over the course of a single month, especially if you use disposable batteries. If you purchase the Philips iPod speakers, you should probably buy rechargeable batteries as well.

The sound quality, on the other hand, is exceptional for a speaker dock in this price range. The Philips dock uses dynamic bass boost (DBB) sound enhancement in conjunction with Philips' wOOx technology, which is a loudspeaker system that uses active equalization (EQ) to maximize the output of the passive radiator diaphragm – a loudspeaker driver without an active voice coil – by increasing the driver excursion without distorting the sound. The result is enhanced low-frequency sound that is often noticeably absent in small speaker enclosures.

With relatively few features and no remote, the Fidelio docking speaker is incredibly easy to use. The only onboard controls are an on-off power button and volume adjustment. The AC adapter jack and line input are located on the back panel of the device, and the iPod dock connector is located front and center between the speakers. Playback and all other functions are controlled from the iPod or iPhone itself, and you can still receive calls when listening to a docked iPhone.

Customer support for this iPod docking unit is not as accessible as others we considered. There is no email address, so you have to contact customer support by phone. The best way to interact with a support technician is via the live chat portal that improves the accessibility, if not the quality, of customer support.

The support section of the Philips website does have a few FAQs, but not many. The links to both the user manual and the quick-start guide bring up the same, mostly useless, quick-start guide with a few illustrations and a short list of troubleshooting tips in 19 languages.

The Philips iPod dock is capable of eliciting exceptional sound quality from your iPod, especially for such a small, lightweight device. If you're looking for a simple, straightforward and portable speaker dock for your iDevice that simply docks, charges and plays your music, this is one to consider.