To this end, Philips says it has used top-grade audio components and clad the Fidelio player in a sustainably-sourced wooden veneer. The veneer application process, borrowed from industrial furniture production techniques, involves adding layer upon layer of wood veneer, building up to a thickness of 12mm. The veneer is then bent around the Fidelio's frame with the curved edges gently deflecting the sound without distorting it.

The Philips Fidelio DS9000 iPod dock has a digital iPod and iPhone connector to make the most of Philips's PureDigital sound-processing technology. The dock's speaker has a pair of 1in low-distortion tweeters and two inverted dome 4in woofers.

Adjustments to the output can be made using the EQ settings offered by the Fidelio+ app which can be downloaded to an iPhone or iPod touch.

The Fidelio DS9000 comes with alarm clock and musical alarm options and, unusually, boasts a proximity sensor that prompts the controls to wake up as you approach. There is also a remote control supplied with the device.

The Philips Fidelio DS9000 costs £399 and is available in the UK now.

A proximity sensor on the Philips Fidelio 'wakes up' the iPod dock's controls

The Philips Fidelio DS9000 iPod Dock takes its design cues from furniture design