Philips displayed their latest AirPlay speaker at IFA, the portable SoundRing.

 

Philips Fidelio SoundRing

The SoundRing has a spherical design with two front-firing and two side-firing drivers giving it 360 degrees of sound. There are two models: The DS3880W with a rechargeable battery giving it ultimate portability and listening time of around 5 hours and the DS3800W non-portable unit with a cheaper price. I really like the minimalistic look of the SoundRing. It does what the JBL On Air might have been trying to do, but with class and portability.

Here’s a marketing video from Philips showcasing the SoundRing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BznI9QaSAY

Expected release is October in Europe at a price of €349.99 and €279.99 for the chargeable and non-chargeable units. US release and price unknown.