Philips has announced the arrival of the Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800 – a high end dock with AirPlay connectivity.

Announced originally back in March, the speaker system is one of the more unusual-looking things we have seen for a while, but that's no bad thing. The DS9800 has a pair of active SoundSphere speakers, with one of the pair brandishing a 110W RMS stereo digital amplifier and a Wi-Fi receiver.

The unusual shape of the speakers comes from seven-years of hard slog from Philips which has been looking for a setup that is free from the 'shut in' sound of conventional speakers.

This is why the 25mm tweeter system is on the outside, situated above the mid-range driver.

Inside the speaker system is a 5-inch woofer and this is all rounded off with AirPlay functionality.

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The Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800 UK release date is July, with the dock available from John Lewis. Pricing should be around the £699 mark.

Look out for a Philips Fidelio SoundSphere DS9800 hands on later, as TechRadar has already had some time with the high-end device.