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$399.99 $395.95 list($499.99)
1. Philips MX5600 Home Theater with
list($59.99)
2. Philips AJ3950 CD Stereo Clock
$299.88 list($399.88)
3. Philips LX3750W Progressive Scan
$159.99 list($169.99)
4. Philips MCM530 150-Watt, 5-CD
Too low to display list($449.99)
5. Philips Streamium SL400i WiFi-Enabled
$179.99 $169.88 list($199.99)
6. Philips MCM7 MP3 Micro Shelf System
Too low to display list($899.99)
7. Philips Streamium MX6000i 5-DVD
Too low to display list($299.99)
8. Philips Streamium SL300i WiFi-Enabled
$99.99 $89.99
9. Philips PSS010 Philips Compact
$99.99 $89.99
10. Philips MC235 Thin Stereo Microsystem
$642.00
11. PHILIPS Pronto TSU7000 The Intelligent
$249.99 $219.99
12. Philips MX6050 Home Theater with
$230.99 list($329.99)
13. Magnavox MRD500VR DVD/VCR Home
$249.99 $224.88
14. Philips FWM779 MP3 Mini Shelf
$159.99 $109.98 list($219.99)
15. Philips FWC557 5-CD Mini Stereo
$349.99 $309.99
16. Philips MX5100 Home Theater with
Too low to display $112.50 list($139.99)
17. Philips DVP620VR Progressive Scan
$249.99 $159.95 list($319.99)
18. Philips FW-C777 Mini Hi-Fi System
$89.99 list($169.99)
19. Philips DVD750VR Progressive-Scan
$299.99 list($349.99)
20. Philips MCW770 Wifi Wireless PC

1. Philips MX5600 Home Theater with 5 DVD Changer, 600 watts
list price: $499.99
our price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000C1L18
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 3290
Average Customer Review: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 600 watts
  • 5 DVD
  • Twin Sub bass pipes
  • Media Slot (PCMCIA)
  • DTS, Dolby

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice sounding, extremely easy to set up!
I've had the home theatre system for two months now and am so far extremely pleased with it. The individual pieces were a snap to set up as everything is color-coded. The most time-consuming part of the setup was adjusting the speaker levels properly for the space but this was not difficult at all due to a nicely designed onscreen interface. The remote is well designed and easy to use.

I live in an apartment with nice thick plaster walls and hardwood floors and this system is perfect for my living room. Housing the subwoofers in the front speakers is nice because I didn't have to find a place to hide an ugly subwoofer box. Additionally, the speaker footprints do not take up much space at all. The back speakers come with brackets to either be hung on the wall or stood upright which is nice.

I'm very pleased with the sound, both when watching movies or listening to music. Bass is powerful, the midrange is nice and clear and the highs are crisp. I'd like to see more equalization settings but, given the price range, I'm very happy with the ones included.

There are two things that I think could be improved about this system:

1. The DVD/CD loading times are slow. I realize that this is not a carousel type changer but I do think they could be a little faster.

2. The attachment of the front speaker tubes to the base needs to be more sturdy. I didn't have a problem peeling off the stickers that previous posters did but I do feel that the connection between the heavy metal base and PVC front tube speaker needs to be reinforced better. When I lifted one of the tubes out of box, the three shafts that connect the base to the tube snapped in half. This was easily repaired with a high grade plastic epoxy but I feel that a little engineering could easily resolve this problem.

4-0 out of 5 stars Sleek looks, good sounds.... Overall- a good performer.
I purchased the philips mx5600d from Etronics(well, not without a bit of delayed shipping). After recieving the product, it was a bundle of joy as I open the box to a marvel of beauty.
I read a review, someone was complaining about the stickers on the subwoofer. Men hush up. That sticker is cool and I haven't and won't remove mine.
After about 1hr of setup, the home theatre was ready to be tested. I played the "bourne Identity" DVD on it and the sound was exceptional. At times, at the actions scenes, I jumped as the sound rocked from all corners of the room.
Also, using the FM tuner on it was great. The component can store numerous amount of preset stations. Now I wake up in the morning with the subtle sound of surround B101.1 FM(My fav station).
The picture quality is great, I have progressive scan on my TV, so I guess that coupled with the progressive scan capability of the Mx5600d brought about excellent picture quality.
The thing about the mx5600 is this- You can't stop looking at it. It is beautiful, the subwoofer is powerful and it rumbles the floor(maybe not any windows-My windows are sound proof haha.)
Overall, this is a good purchase and I'm glad I got this after an extensive research. I would recommend it to you, but just promise that you won't leave your girlfriend for it. You promise? Well, I left mine.

3-0 out of 5 stars Devil in the details
We just purchased this for our home, and have had several bad experiences already. I am not basing my comments on sound quality because I believe how good a system sounds depends a lot on where and how you set it up, and what you are trying to do with it. I will say that, while I'm not an audiophile, the sound quality we experience is fine and meets our expectations.

The problems we've encountered have been around poor design. First, they placed stickers on the front speakers. These stickers are the celophane kind, and are EXTREMELY difficult to remove. Expend to spend a 20-30 minutes trying to clean stickers off your new speakers and receiver.

The second big problem is that the rear speakers are almost impossible to mount on speaker stands. They are tall, narrow, and heavy. Which makes them very unstable as "free standing" or sitting on a mini-shelf type of stand. The mounting screw hole is inset in between two of the lower speaker cones, making it impossible to firmly mount properly in most speaker stands, since the attaching point cannot be screwed in to flush with the speaker. Further, this mounting point is below the center of gravity - making the speakers very top heavy, so they have a tendency to roll over since they cannot be securely fashioned.

Finally, if you set the TV's input as the DVD home theater, and set the receiver to use TV audio as input, you get a very nasty buzz from the speakers. I'm not sure if this is typical or if it is a problem with our paticular setup, but it's irritating.

4-0 out of 5 stars Form AND Function - now that's rare in an HTIB!!!
I got this unit from J&R thru amazon.com (they had free shipping too!) for $399. By far, the best deal on the HTIB market for someone who doesn't want to spend a L-O-T of money for sound AND looks.
Basically, I was looking for something that wouldn't clutter up my living room with a component rack. I bought the Sony DAV-770 Dream System before this one and after hooking it up and listening to it, promptly took it back to the store. In all my years of experience with HTIBs, I had come to the conclusion that you can either get good looks or good sound from your HTIB, not both. I have another custom-component rack system which can shatter windows at high volumes, but we'll talk about that in another review.
This one has it all -- great price, sleek looks and above average sound quality for mid-sized living rooms. The DVD changer is a little clunky and noisy when it tries to load/change discs, but other than that, I haven't found another flaw with this unit. Excellent buy! ... Read more


2. Philips AJ3950 CD Stereo Clock Radio
list price: $59.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005AAMR
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 912
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Tired of being jolted out of bed early on Saturday because you forgot toturn off your alarm clock? The Philips AJ3950 comes with a WeekendSleeperfunction that automatically turns off the alarm so you can sleep soundly onweekends.

Wake to CD, AM/FM radio, or beeper and never worry about the alarm resettingthanks to the included power-failure backup.

Other features include a three-step brightness control for the LED,forward/reverse and repeat for CDs, plus a feature that lets you program whichCD track you'd like to wake up to. Sound quality is complemented by Dynamic BassBoost. ... Read more

Features

  • Wake up to your favorite CD track
  • Self-powered, 3-minute backup in case of power outage
  • WeekendSleeper feature automatically turns your alarm off for the weekend
  • Backlit display with brightness control for easy viewing
  • Headphone socket for personal listening

Reviews (64)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great value, features with some drawbacks
This very compact CD clock radio has some great attributes. The display is large and readable from reasonable angles and is not too bright. The FM tuner is very sensitive, and AM is good as well. The alarms (two) can be customised for CD (with the track you want), radio, or buzzer AND the volume can be varied with a gradual increase to your personal taste/needs.Has a "weekend sleeper" feature, too. The CD will play CD/R/RW and has a quiet transport.
For myself, the lack of a digital tuner and the difficulty using this analog one with it's tiny dial and difficult to access tuning knob was a big drawback. The sound is quite bass heavy (how they managed that with the little speakers!) and rather muffled sounding on FM and CD (I only listen to classical music).
If you listen to pop/lite jazz, AM music and don't change radio stations, this offers great value and flexible alarms.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, but hard to see the time from a distance
The radio sounds wonderful. You can turn it all the way up to 32 on the volume scale and it sounds like a small stereo boombox. You can set the alarm so that you can wake up to the sounds of your favorite CD. The clock radio is small and compact so that you can take it with you on vacations. It has a headphone jack on the side (and the radio sounds even better with stereo headphones).

So why didn't I give this excellent clock radio 5 stars? Because the gray digital numerals are a little hard to read. With the radio on the dresser right next to where I sleep, it's no problem. And the 3 fluorescent light settings help a little bit, too. But from more than 5 feet away, you have to squint or have the clock radio aimed right at your line of vision to see the time. So when I'm in front of the mirror getting dressed and I glance over to see the time, sometimes I can see it and sometimes I can't.

So if you want an easy to read display, I would look for a clock radio that has a clearer numerical display. But if you keep the radio close to the bed, then this shouldn't be a problem. And the radio sounds so good that I had no problem with obeying my wife and moving my Panasonic boombox to the office.

1-0 out of 5 stars features don't matter if the sound is lousy
While this CD/radio/clock has some very attractive features, the sound is absolutely awful. It sounds as if the speakers are under water, or, if you've ever had one of those old 9-volt transistor radios, like the bass is turned all the way up and the treble turned off. CDs and FM radio sound muddy and distorted and AM news/talk is mostly unintelligible.

Since there's no way to tweak any settings to make it listen-able, i've returned the Philips and replaced it with a Sony Dream Machine. The Sony takes up more space and looks like a dopey version of a flying saucer, but it sounds terrific. The Phillips has some features i really like that the Sony doesn't, but ultimately, if it doesn't sound good it's not useable. You'd think that if you were making something to play music, the sound would be a primary concern, but apparently not in this case. That's regrettable.

2-0 out of 5 stars So close to being good but has major design flaw
I originally loved this alarm clock because of the gentle awake, weekend sleep mode, compact size, etc. and I thought the LCD was fine. A couple of things were not ideal but liveable like the radio is a manual tuning and no presets. The gentle awake is great because the volume of your alarm slowly gets louder and you can turn it off before it gets too loud if needed. BUT one serious design flaw that has caused me to buy a new alarm clock is that when you turn off the alarm (regardless if it is radio/CD/buzzer), it makes a VERY LOUD BEEP sound to signal that you've turned off the alarm. Every morning I try to quickly turn off the alarm so as not to wake up my wife and baby (both in the same room). But despite my efforts, the alarm makes the loud beep sound and wakes everyone up!! You can control the volume of your gentle awake, but you cannot control the volume of this beep sound. It doesn't make sense. There is no way to turn this beep off as far as I can see. Terrible feature - I had to go buy a new alarm clock because we all became so frustrated!

1-0 out of 5 stars Designed by a roomful of monkeys
I defy you to even attempt to use this thing without repeatedly consulting the hefty manual (and keeping it near your bedside at all times). It is the most ergonomically unfriendly, hopelessly impossible-to-use piece of electronics I have ever owned. Try to find something as simple as the on-off switch on this thing, for example!

Once you get over the atrocious learning curve, you get a feature-rich, decent-sounding piece of equipment. But this is a *clock radio.* You shouldn't have to take a class in how to use a clock radio. ... Read more


3. Philips LX3750W Progressive Scan DVD Home Theater in a Box
list price: $399.88
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008XL1O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 3261
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The perfect theater for homes with standard or high-definition televisions, Philips' style-conscious LX3750W consists of a Dolby Digital/DTS-decoding surround sound receiver with an integrated single-disc progressive-scan DVD/CD player, five satellite speakers, and a powered subwoofer. The DVD drive reads DVD, DVD+RW, and VCD, as well as CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 CDs, and JPEG/Kodak Picture CDs.

If you're using (or plan to use) a high-definition or HD-ready TV, you'll appreciate the system's progressive scanning, which is referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image. This feature creates a picture with twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD image, giving you sharper, higher resolution images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The system's 50-watts-per-channel receiver and 50-watt subwoofer deliver a total of 300 watts of home theater power, and the five speakers are acoustically designed to match the receiver's tonal characteristics. The front left, right, and center speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with your TV's image. The tuner offers 40 FM/AM presets.

The receiver features two analog-audio inputs and one analog-audio output, along with two digital-audio inputs (one each coaxial and optical). Three video outputs--composite-, component-, and S-video--accommodate most TVs and monitors.

What's in the Box
DVD/amplifier/processor unit, 6 speakers, requisite cabling, wireless transmitter and receiver (for rear speakers), remote control, remote batteries, FM and AM antennas, warranty information, and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Single-disc DVD player also plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW with MP3 file compatibility
  • Dolby Digital surround, Dolby ProLogic II, DTS decoding
  • Ultra-slim central component unit
  • Progressive scan for 480p image compatibility
  • 300 watts total power

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent sound for such a compact design
This system is so easy to use with so less connections and easy installation. The sound is really good for a living room for an apartment though can be less for a big room in a big house. The wireless speaker system is amazing. I never felt any difficulty with the rear speakers with wireless connection, it never interfered with my 900MHz cordless phone or any other cordless/wireless device in my apartment. Overall, a product worth buying for your apartment.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price
Pros: - Slim, cool looking design. - Fairly easy to set up. - Fairly easy to use (see DVD Fast-Forward and Rewind below.) - RF rear speakers reduce wires and work great! Cons: - CD player has to load the CD before you push Play. You can sit their waiting for 7 seconds before the CD is Loaded. It doesn't recognize when you push Play while loading. - DVD sound is kind of weird. The sounds are very loud, then you can't hear what the actors are saying. This could be a problem with other HTS's, I don't know, but it should have an adjustment for this (it doesn't). - DVD Fast-Forward and Rewind is weak and difficult to use. Ex. The Fast-Forward button is the same button as the Chapter Forward button. For Fast-Forward, you just hold it down. Well, it you forget this (as I have) you are suddnely in the next Chapter. Then the problem is getting back, as I said you have to hold down the Chapter Reverse or Chapter Fast-Forward button down for a second before it kicks in. then you have to do it again to get to the next speed (x2, x4, x8). x8 is the maximum search speed. Which is 3 times too slow. - No speaker stands. For this price, this is unacceptable. I would not recommend this system. It's way too expensive for what you get.

5-0 out of 5 stars Clean look, clear sound
Simple to set up, and the semi-wireless rear speakers are a great idea. There are a LOT of features packed into this set, which are added value. It sounds just as good playing CDs as DVDs (and even MP3s!). And we don't have wires straggling across the living room.
I do think that treble/bass controls would be really nice to have, and the slick design of the player puts some controls on TOP of the player, which means they are hard to use if this is placed above eye level. You also will NOT want to put anything on top of this (due to the controls, and the heat generated by the player, which has vents on the top).

4-0 out of 5 stars Good System For Price
I have had this sysyem for about 2 months now and I am totally satisfied. Very easy to set up right out of the box. All wire ends are color coded as well as speaker inputs so its impossible to screw up. My family room is 14 x 18 and the 300 watts fills it with sound. New DVD's sound especially good. I searched the web for a system with wireless speakers and this was the best system I found. I did not want to run wires around the room for the rear speakers.
The rear speakers do have to be wired together and into the wireless receiving unit. The speakers are narrow and stylish and put out surprising sound for the size. The woofer also puts out good bass for the size. A few small drawbacks - there are no bass or treble controls although the ambient settings do compensate quite well for this. Also my 900 mghz cordless phone will send a crackle through the speakers even when the system is off. This system is on a 866 mghz frequency. My 2.4 ghz cordless is no problem. The progressive DVD player is excellent. I have had a Panasonic and a Cyberhome before this and both had occasional problems with rental DVD's stalling and skipping. This has no such problem. It reads my DVD X Copy discs with no problem and the MP3 player does an excellent job reading CDRW's also. MP3's sound great. If you do not want to run wires all over the place and 300 watts is all you need this is an excellent system for the price. Wattage is an overrated overhyped function of most home theatre sytems anyway. More power does not necessarily mean better sound.

1-0 out of 5 stars POS...
out of the box the unit was DOA... i will never purchase another philips product. wait until you have to deal with their customer service / repair division. you'll never purchase another philips product. ... Read more


4. Philips MCM530 150-Watt, 5-CD Micro Shelf System
list price: $169.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000278KKI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 929
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips MCM530 micro shelf system offers power and great listening features in a very sleek, compact package. For starters, the five-disc CD changer plays regular audio CDs as well as CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3 music files. A single MP3 CD can hold up to 10 hours of music--that's 50 hours of music with five CDs. Bored with your recorded music? Sync it with your Windows PC and stream audio directly from your laptop or desktop to the MCM530.

Each two-way bass-reflex speaker has a 5.25-inch woofer and 2-inch tweeter and is capable of 75 watts RMS per channel for stereo sound at 150 total watts. Philips' own enhanced MAX Sound boosts both highs and lows for louder, cleaner sound. The built-in, digitally-tuned AM/FM radio has room for up to 40 programmable memory presets, so finding your favorite stations takes nothing more than pressing a button.

What's in the Box
Micro shelf system, two speakers, FM and AM antennas, 32-key remote control with two AA batteries, AC power cord, 3-meter USB cable, installation disc of USB PC link driver, MusicMatch and Sound Agent software, and owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • MP3 micro hi-fi system with 5-CD carousel changer; measures 6.9 x 10.6 x 12.4 inches (W x H x D)
  • USB PC Link for MP3 streaming from your PC and playback of up to 50 hours of MP3-CD music
  • Class D digital amplifier and MAX sound enhancement technology for instant power boost
  • Connections include an audio aux and USB PC Link inputs and a 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack
  • 2-way bass reflex speaker system with 5.25-inch woofers and 2-inch tweeters; 75 watts per channel

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars A little powerhouse
I was a more than a little leary of ordering this. I've not had good luck with Philips electronics in the past, but this little wonder put those fears to rest.

First of all, it looks great. I love the styling, although I'm still not real fond of the blonde speaker cabinets, but it's growing on me.

The unit sounds like a washing machine when you first turn it on, I guess it's checking each of the CD drives. The main reason I bought this was the MP3 capabilities, and I believe Philips has optimized it for that purpose. Instead of a single platter type changer, it has FIVE separate cd trays. You can play all 5 CDs straight through, but shuffle and repeat modes only apply to the current disk. So, if you load this thing with 5 CDs, it won't shuffle between all 5 disks, only the current one, then it switches to the next CD. This is fine if you want to shuffle through a homemade MP3 CD each with hundreds of songs, but not so good for plain old audio CDs.

The best feature of the unit is the sound, it is enormous for such a little thang. I have a big Sony system in my with den with huge JBL speakers, and this little dynamo sounds darn near as good.

I've compared standard audio CDs versus my homemade MP3 CDs, and I really can't tell the difference in sound quality. It has 4 equalizer and 4 reverb settings, they all sound great to me. The MAX SOUND is basically a loudness button on steroids, boosting both the highs and lows and adding some reverb. Again, I hate to keep repeating this, but it sounds great for such a little unit.

It has a clock display and a timer feature. The FM tuner is okay, it comes with one of those dopey wire antennas, I wish it had a telescoping type instead.

Overall I am very happy with this unit and would recommend it to my friends.

4-0 out of 5 stars Searching for this kind of Mini Stereo...
I definitely like the sound quality of this mini stereo. After buying and returning several mp3 stereos, i decided upon this one, and was surprised that it was able to rewind/fast forward through mp3 files (something critical that most mini stereo manufacturers touting mp3 capability have yet to add). Although the sound isn't audible while rewinding on mp3s,(minor drawback, but the positives outweigh the negatives).

I finally invested in a stereo in which, i feel the manufacturers made mp3s their main focus. Other manufacturers treat mp3 capability as an after thought. With a large collection of mp3 cds, i enjoy being able to listen to them without changing cds all the time. (have yet to hook it up to pc via usb,though)--My main concern was mp3 cds.

The sound quality is excellent. It produces a clean, balanced sound, not too bassy(more natural). DVD movies sound very good through the auxilary inputs. Only issue, is the stereo has a fan built in it, in order to keep from overheating (i guess), which isn't noticeable unless you have very quiet songs or volume turned down low. (the fan is built at the back of the unit and turns on when the unit is on(similar to a computer drive).

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, Fits in a bookshelf, Plays music from computer
This is very good sounding for a small room, I have it in the basement, gets the whole family dancing. It plays CDs (CD-R and CD-RW) with MP3s on them as well as normal audio CDs. And hooked up to the computer with USB cable I can listen to the music before burning CDs, also internet radio. ... Read more


5. Philips Streamium SL400i WiFi-Enabled Multimedia Receiver for Home and Internet Entertainment
list price: $449.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000278KN0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 6773
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Amazon.com Review

If you've been hankering to integrate your digital media files with your enterta inment system, the Philips SL400i Streamium WiFi-enabled audio-video streaming d evice offers a slick path toward exactly that end. Without bogging down your PC' s resources, the SL400i gives you access to your complete library of digital pho tos, MP3 music, and computer- and Internet-based movies and video content--all w irelessly, provided your router or the supplied wireless adapter reaches your de sired playback spot.


The SL400i's easy-to-navigate menus help keep all your media accessible.
Use it with PC, use it with Macintosh (Windows 98, 98SE, 20 00, ME, XP, and Mac OS X).

The supplied wireless USB transmitter is a blessing for anyone who doesn't have an existing wireless home network. If you plan to use the device with your exist ing network, make sure your hardware (router, wireless cardbus adapter, etc.) isWiFi-compliant (802.11g/b). While the product claims 802.11b compatibility, we strongly recommend using 802.11g or, with 802.11b, devices made in late 2003 and2004; we experienced only intermittent success with a 2002 802.11b router. If a ll else fails, you can always connect a special crossover Ethernet (Cat5) cable,not supplied, between your computer and the SL400i.

With broadband Internet access and a compatible wireless home network already inplace, setup should be delightfully simple: plug in the SL400i, hook up the aud io and video outputs with your TV or surround receiver, and turn it on. In our s ystem, the SL400i found our network automatically and allowed us to get right toInternet registration (at my.philips.com) so we could listen to any number of W eb radio stations while installing the Philips Media Manager software (or PMM) o n our computer. You'll need to disable your Microsoft and/or other computer-base d firewalls, relying instead on the firewall built into your wireless router. (O therwise, open ports 49152 to 65535 for the SL400i.)



See how you can use the supplied wireless USB transmitter to turn your home into a wireless network.
The value of the Internet audio and video should not be underestimated. You can use the many theme-based radio stations from Live365.com, Andante, MP3.com, Play house Radio, or Yahoo's LaunchCast (among others) to sonically coordinate a dinn er or dance party, and there's plenty there to entertain the kids, too. Yahoo an d iFilm.com provide high-quality music videos and film trailers (up to 700 kbps) . For radio, sound quality proved remarkably listenable, with most but not all s tations broadcasting in stereo sound free of the swishy artifacts that plague mu ch online audio. Online services also include Internet gaming.

With respect to streaming your media files, the SL400i sees only the files or fo lders you've selected for it. Within the PMM--and right from your living room--y ou can sort music by artist, genre, album, or song, or select slideshow mode forviewing your JPEG digital photos. Full-screen mode expands JPEG images and vide o streams to literally fill your screen, a nice change from JPEG-friendly DVD pl ayers that render a digital photo as a tiny box with a huge black frame.

For music listening, you don't even need your TV on--the SL400i's handy LCD letsyou select audio files or Internet radio stations in peace, a feature we'd liketo see worked into DVD players' menu systems.

If you choose to keep your TV on while listening to music, the SL400i offers 2 d ifferent content-modulated visual patterns to choose from, a nice touch and a ni ce alternative to a blank screen. Philips is actively updating its services and its software, and the SL400i will periodically update its firmware--a cool featu re designed to keep the unit technologically shipshape, running ever more smooth ly and accommodating ever more formats. --Michael Mikesell

Pros:

  • Straightforward setup and installation when used with compatible hardware
  • High-quality streaming audio and video
  • Full-screen and slideshow options for JPEG image viewing
  • Front-panel LCD permits music selection without having to turn on your TV
  • Includes a wealth of online A/V content
  • Supports music playlist creation
  • Lets you search for next track while still listening to current track
  • Fun, colorful, content-modulated screensavers

Cons:

  • Finicky performance with some 802.11b hardware
  • Incompatible with computer-based Internet firewalls

What's in the Box
SL400i, remote control, remote batteries, an SL400i user's manual, a Philips Wir eless USB Adapter, a user's manual for the Philips Wireless USB Adapter, a USB c able, a quick-start guide, a composite-video/stereo analog audio interconnect, astereo analog audio interconnect, an installation CD-ROM, a Philips Media Manag er CD-ROM, an AC power cord, and warranty/registration information. ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless interface lets you enjoy PC multimedia--music, movies, and photos--on your TV and stereo system
  • Easy access to Internet entertainment, including online music, movie trailers, photo collections, games (requires broadband Internet access)
  • Offers composite-video, S-video, and progressive-scan component-video outputs; LCD lets you select audio content without turning on the TV
  • New features, functions, and media formats readily available through Internet upgrades; WiFi 802.11g/b compatible for existing home networks
  • Measures 17 x 3 x 11 inches (W x H x D)

6. Philips MCM7 MP3 Micro Shelf System
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000278KKS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2921
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips MCM7 micro shelf system packs power and performance into its sleek, diminutive package. With a brushed metal hardware and wood-finished speakers, it will look at home in the most refined of rooms or offices. It includes a CD player, cassette deck, and digital AM/FM tuner, along with two 50-watt speakers and a full-function remote control.

The MCM7 can play a variety of CD media, including CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 formatted discs that can store up to 10 hours of music. That means that you can record mixes of your favorite music on your computer and listen to them on the shelf system without having to change the CD all day. You can also listen to cassette tapes or local radio on the digital AM/FM tuner. The full logic cassette deck has several recording features that make it easy to make your own tapes, including automatic recording levels, a CD synchro start function, and one-touch recording. The micro system can also function as a clock radio, with radio, CD, and tape alarm functions, along with a sleep timer and snooze button.

Incredible Surround technology enhances sound dimensions for fuller more realistic audio, and bass and treble control options to personalize high and low tone settings. The sound is pumped out of two speakers for 100 watts total power, and the 2-way bass reflex speaker system delivers deep bass from the compact speakers. One aux in connection is included, along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

What's in the Box
Micro system with two speakers, remote control, 2 AA batteries, AC power cord, FM and AM antennas, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Micro system plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, MP3 CDs, and cassette tapes
  • Record to cassette from CD or radio
  • Digital AM/FM tuner, sleep timer, and multiple alarm options
  • Incredible Sound technology for enhanced sound dimension
  • Two speakers for 100 watts total power

7. Philips Streamium MX6000i 5-DVD Home Theater System with Wi-Fi Connectivity
list price: $899.99
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Asin: B000278KNA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 7323
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The Philips Streamium MX6000i gives you the best of traditional home entertainment alongside unprecedented access to the world of online audio-video content through a 802.11g wireless (WiFi) connection from a PC or online entertainment service. WiFi fun includes music videos, Web movies, and cinema trailers, as well as the variety of music available through Philips' Streamiumservice partners, including as MP3.com, MusicMatch, live365.com, Radio Free Virgin, Playhouse Radio, and Andante. There's no need to first download files to your PC, or even to turn the PC on, to stream multimedia Internet content. (A broadband Internet connection is required.)



See how you can use the supplied wireless USB transmitter to turn your home into a wireless network
The system consists of a Dolby Digital/DTS-capable surround sound receiver with an integrated five-DVD/CD changer, four compact satellite speakers, a center speaker, and a pair of Twin Sub bass pipes for full-throttle theater power. The MX6000i h as Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Pro Logic II processing, which generates 5.1-ch annel audio from any 2-channel source. The selectable NTSC/PAL DVD transport plays DVD+R/RWs, DVD-R/-RWs, VCDs, SVCDs, MPEG-4 videos, DivX files (3.11/4.x/5.x), CDs, CD-R/RWs, MP3 CDs, JPEG image CDs, and Kodak Picture CDs. An onscreen display simplifies setup and operation.

The MX6000i is equipped to access online services directly or to stream digital media like music, pictures, and movies from the hard disk of a networked PC (using the supplied PC Link software). When the system is hooked up to a widescreen TV, you'll enjoy all this multimedia content in the comfort of your living room. Wireless connectivity based on the 802.11b and .11g standards gives you the choice of connecting the MX6000i to cable or DSL broadband services through either a wireless network router or a wired Ethernet connection. Another feature of Philips' Streamium technology is upgradeability. You can upgrade the MX6000i via the Internet, adding new services and features like online games and access to Web-based photo albums, futureproofing the system against obsolescence and changing standards.



The MX6000i's easy-to-navigate menus help keep all your media accessible.
If your digital music files contain metadata, e.g., ID3 tag information (title, artist, and album), those details are show on a five-line display as well as on screen. You can navigate PC multimedia content on your TV and stereo with the remote control.

Six integrated 75-watt audio amplifiers drive the stereo speakers, the matching rear speakers, a center speaker, and two subwoofers built into the rear speaker columns. The system's four two-way (three-driver) satellite speakers acoustically match the tonal characteristics of the center speaker. Front left, right, and center speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent any interference with your television image.

The system's Class D digital amplifier takes an analog signal, converts it into a digital signal, and then amplifies it, producing strong, clear sound at high efficiency and with low distortion. Philips's ClearVoice technology ensures accurate dialogue separation in the action scenes of a movie, and you can adjust the speaker settings using the remote to achieve optimum sound immersion and listening enjoyment. The system's tuner offers AM/FM digital tuning with 40 presets (including an autostore facility and RDS display for station name and program type). Eco-power standby mode reduces power consumption to less than one watt.

What's in the Box
DVD receiver system, two front speakers, one center speaker, two surround speakers, two Twin Sub bass pipes, a USB adaptor for PC Link WiFi, an AC power cable, a component-video cable, a composite-video cable, a stereo audio cable, an AM/FM antenna, a remote control, two AA batteries, a user's manual, and a quick-use guide. ... Read more

Features

  • Theater system with 5-DVD/CD changer, 5 satellite speakers, Twin Sub bass pipes, and 75 watts per channel x 6
  • Enjoy wireless PC multimedia--music, movies, and photos--on your TV and stereo (WiFi 802.11b/g compliant)
  • Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, and DTS 5.1-channel surround decoding/processing for discrete, enveloping DVD surround sound
  • 40 FM/AM station presets
  • Includes all necessary speaker cables and interconnects

8. Philips Streamium SL300i WiFi-Enabled Multimedia Receiver for Home and Internet Entertainment
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B000278KMQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 6470
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Though it may look like a computer peripheral, Philips's gleaming silver Streamium SL300i multimedia receiver is a perfect fit for your living room or bedroom. Amazingly compact, the hardcover-book-sized device is WiFi-enabled to stream audio, video, and Internet-based entertainment from your PC to your television, stereo, home theater, or other platform at a remove from your computer. Wireless transmission requires integration with a home network, but we found setup a snap. If you don't have an existing network, you can also run a special crossover Ethernet (Cat5) cable (not supplied) between your computer and the SL300i--an immediate and affordable alternative.

Without bogging down your PC's resources, the SL300i gives you access to your complete library of digital photos, MP3 music, and computer- and Internet-based movies and video content. Use it with your PC or Mac (Windows 98, 98SE, 2000, ME, and XP and Mac OS X; Mac wireless networking available starting fall 2004). If you plan to connect the device to an existing network, make sure your hardware (router, wireless cardbus adapter, etc.) is WiFi-compliant (802.11g/b). While the product claims 802.11b compatibility, we strongly recommend using 802.11g or, if 802.11b, devices made within the last year or so; we experienced only intermittent success with a 2002-vintage 802.11b router.

With broadband Internet access and a compatible wireless home network already in place, setup should be delightfully simple: plug in the SL300i, hook up the audio and video outputs to your TV or surround receiver via composite- or S-video jacks, and turn it on. In our system, the SL300i "found" our network automatically and allowed us to get right to Internet registration (at my.philips.com) so we could listen to any number of Web radio stations while installing the Philips Media Manager software (or PMM) on our computer. You'll need to disable your Microsoft or other computer-based firewalls, relying instead on the firewall built into your wireless router. (Otherwise, open ports 49152 to 65535 for the SL300i.)

The value of the Internet audio and video should not be underestimated. You can use the many theme-based radio stations from Live365.com, Andante, MP3.com, Playhouse Radio, or Yahoo's LaunchCast (among others) to sonically coordinate a dinner or dance party, and there's plenty there to entertain the kids, too. Yahoo and iFilm.com provide high-quality music videos and film trailers at up to 700 kbps. For radio, sound quality proved remarkably listenable, with most but not all stations broadcasting in stereo, free of the swishy artifacts that plague much online audio. Online services also include Internet gaming.

With respect to streaming your media files, the SL300i sees only the files or folders you've selected for it. Within the PMM--and right from your living room--you can sort music by artist, genre, album, or song, or select slideshow mode for viewing your JPEG digital photos. Full-screen mode expands JPEG images and video streams to literally fill your screen, a nice change from JPEG-friendly DVD players that render a digital photo as a tiny box within a huge black frame.

Unlike the pricier SL400i, the SL300i has no display, so you'll be dependent on your TV and the unit's onscreen display for navigating to available content. But you can manage, right from the well-designed remote, all Internet content and even programming from multiple networked PCs. Coolest of all--while one person is remotely accessing content from a PC's hard drive or the broadband Internet connection, the home PC remains fully usable by other members of the household. A total of two analog stereo audio outputs lets you feed a tape deck or CD recorder in addition to your TV or audio receiver.

Philips is actively updating its services and its software, and the SL300i will periodically update its firmware--a cool feature designed to keep the unit technologically shipshape, running ever more smoothly and accommodating ever more formats. --Michael Mikesell

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Straightforward setup and installation when used with compatible hardware
  • High-quality streaming audio and video
  • Full-screen and slideshow options for JPEG image viewing
  • Quiet operation
  • Includes access to a wealth of online AV content
  • Supports music playlist creation
  • Fun, colorful, content-modulated screensavers
  • Emits cool blue light when powered

Cons:

  • No on-unit display
  • Finicky performance with some 802.11b hardware
  • Incompatible with computer-based Internet firewalls

What's in the Box
The SL300i, a remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, a composite-video/stereo analog audio interconnect, a stereo analog audio interconnect, an installation CD-ROM, a power adapter, an AC power cord, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Wireless interface to let you enjoy PC multimedia--music, movies, and photos--on your TV and stereo system
  • Easy access to Internet entertainment, including online music, movie trailers, photo collections, games (requires broadband Internet access)
  • New features, functions, and media formats readily available through Internet upgrades
  • WiFi 802.11b/g compatible for existing home networks (does not include wireless access device)
  • Measures 1.8 x 7.3 x 7.1 inches (W x H x D)

9. Philips PSS010 Philips Compact Sphere Style CD System
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00022HXO2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2037
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Small, sporty, and spherical, the Philips PSS010 personal CD player is just the right size for the small areas of your home or office when you want to listen to music on CD or FM radio with all the power of a bigger system. It holds one disc, and can play back CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats. Playback modes include repeat, shuffle, and programmable play for up to 20 tracks. The FM tuner has 10 station presets for one-touch access to your favorite stations.

The Advanced Sound Technology provides impressive sound from tiny Neodymium speakers with nearly double the power of a similarly sized traditional speaker. The Digital Dynamic Bass Boost delivers clear deep tones without distortion at whatever volume you choose. It also sports a headphone jack should you want to listen in privacy.

What's in the Box
CD player, remote control, 1 lithium CR2025 battery, AC/DC adapter, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Personal CD player plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs
  • Shuffle, repeat, and programmable play modes
  • FM tuner with 10 station presets
  • Dynamic Bass Boost and Advanced Sound Technology for clear and vibrant sound
  • 8 watts total power output

10. Philips MC235 Thin Stereo Microsystem (Silver/Charcoal)
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B000278KJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2886
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There's no rule that stereo systems have to be big and bulky, as this trendy microsystem from Philips aptly proves. The wall-mountable MC235 is a mere 3.78 inches thick--bigger than a credit card but far smaller than the average CD player and speaker combo. Yet the system still packs dynamic audio performance inside its narrow body, with such features as digital sound control and digital dynamic bass boost (DDBB). The former invites the user to choose between different sound settings, including optimal, jazz, rock, techno, and classic, and then automatically adjusts the sound balance and frequencies to create the most favorable setup for the chosen music style. DDBB, on the other hand, enhances the bass at low, mid, and high volumes to deliver rich, deep sounds, an important consideration for a small system such as this.

A closer look at the microsystem reveals that the CD spins vertically to save space. The thin profile also includes a digital AM/FM tuner and two detachable 5-watt speakers that can mount individually or stay attached to the entire unit. The CD player, which is compatible with CD-RW discs in addition to traditional audio CDs, offers all the normal CD functions, such as search, repeat, shuffle, and programming. Additional features include both sleep and wakeup timers and an Eco mode that conserves power when the unit is in standby.

What's in the Box
Main unit, two speaker boxes, remote control (with battery), AM loop antenna, FM wire antenna, stand, screw and plug assembly, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Thin-profile CD stereo microsystem with stand; 9.84 x 9.64 x 3.78 inches (W x H x D)
  • Digital sound control offers optimal, jazz, rock, techno, pop, and classic settings
  • Digital dynamic bass boost enhances bass at low, mid, and high volumes
  • Includes AM/FM tuner; compatible with CD-RW format
  • 10-watt speaker system (5 watts x 2); wall mountable

11. PHILIPS Pronto TSU7000 The Intelligent Remote Control for Home Theater

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Asin: B00016PB98
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 4443
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Features

  • Displays high resolution 64K TFT color graphics and buttons on its easy-to-read 3.8 LCD touchscreen
  • Unlimited macros and configurations
  • Can control any IR responsive remote control product
  • Easily customized to your needs with simple programming
  • Saves commands in 32 MB non-volatile memory

12. Philips MX6050 Home Theater with DVD Pro Scan, 500 watts
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B0002L59BM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 3457
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Features

  • 500 watts
  • DVD Progressive Scan
  • MP3, CD-R/RW
  • 6 channel, DTS
  • AM/FM, 40 presets

13. Magnavox MRD500VR DVD/VCR Home Theater System
list price: $329.99
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Asin: B0000B16FP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 19072
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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The Magnavox MRD500VR offers the simplest way to bring a complete home theater into your living room, delivering not only a progressive-scan DVD player but also an integrated VCR and AM/FM tuner, two front speakers, two rear speakers, a center speaker, and a subwoofer. The comprehensive unit supplies rich, full cinema sound to DVD-Videos, audio CDs, Video CDs, CD-R/RWs, DVD+R/RWs, and MP3s while also letting you record your favorite DVDs and TV programs on the four-head hi-fi VCR. The system also includes a JPEG viewer compatible with picture CDs.

The DVD player incorporates some of the best features of home theater technology, including progressive scan, which thoroughly scans each movie frame for a superior picture, and decoding for Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic formats for a more vivid surround sound experience. The unit also includes many essentials that complete the DVD experience, such as step-by-step playback, parental controls, random and repeat playback, search, zoom, and a screensaver. On the VCR side, the MRD500VR is also feature-rich, with such characteristics as multichannel TV sound, one-touch recording, slow motion, time and index searching, and tracking adjustment. The unit also comes with an automatic head cleaner for more efficient operation.

The system features a total power output of 300 watts (50 watts x 6), and its 40 AM/FM presets ensure that you can program all your favorite stations for easy access. The MRD500VR includes component and S-video outputs, in addition to traditional composite RCA inputs and outputs. The device comes with all essential hookup hardware, including composite and audio cables, speaker cables, a coaxial cable, and AM and FM antennas. It also includes a remote control and two AA batteries.

What's in the Box
Integrated DVD/VCR/tuner/receiver, two front speakers, two rear speakers, center speaker, subwoofer, remote control with batteries, speaker cables, brackets and screws, audio and composite video cables, AM loop antenna, FM wire antenna, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Complete home theater system with DVD player, VCR, AM/FM tuner, and 6 speakers
  • Compatible with DVD-Video, audio CD, Video CD, CD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, MP3, and JPEG formats
  • Progressive-scan DVD player offers Dolby Digital and Pro Logic decoding
  • Composite-video, S-video, and component-video outputs; front headphone jack
  • 300 watts of total system power (50 watts x 6); 2 front, 2 rear, 1 center, 1 subwoofer speakers

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars No Problems
I bought this product for my mother last Christmas (2003) and she's never had a problem with it. I set it up, works perfectly, sounds good, both DVD and VCR look good. The speakers have long cables, everything was very easy to connect. My mother has used it at least twice a week for almost a year now and she says it's still going strong. I'm sorry to the other folks that had so much trouble with theirs, but not ALL of these machines are faulty.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this.
I thought this combo would be a great deal because of the price, the ease of use, etc, but it isn't because it doesn't work. My problem was the DVD player decided to freeze at random points on all my DVDs - even brand new ones. I'm returning it today.

1-0 out of 5 stars Once again, Magnavox stinks
Beware of this product, as the DVD player will stop working whenever you least expect it. Stay away from Magavox for quality products!

1-0 out of 5 stars Not bad ... considering it doesn't WORK!
Just bought this today at Target (1/7/2003). Going to return it tomorrow. It promoises a nice all in one but like several of the other posters, something doesn't work on it. In my case, the VCR. I bought this on a spur of the moment without doing any research. Got home, set it up, went to Amazon to see the reviews, ... wish I hadn't bought it. It sounds good enough, though. And if everything worked well, I might have kept it longer. But with the on-line reviews here and it not working out of the book, I'll have owned it for less than 24 hours. *sigh* My recommendation is to NOT buy this product.

1-0 out of 5 stars Don't get this one, you'll regret it!!!
I purchased this system from Target for Christmas. Everything worked except for the suround sound when it was in DVD mode. I called Magnavox about the problem, and their solution was to route the DVD signal through the VCR and use it in VCR mode. Well, that takes care of the sound, but viewing the DVD through the VCR diminishes the video quality and doesn't allow you to use the DVD functions on the remote! I took it back to the store and got my money back. I spent a little bit more money and got a fantastic Sony system instead. I'm disappointed with Magnavox on this one. I usually buy Magnavox products, but not after this. ... Read more


14. Philips FWM779 MP3 Mini Shelf System
list price: $249.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B0002DRHWY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 7901
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The Philips FWM779 5-CD changer shelf system has everything you need to listen to CDs, play games on your favorite gaming console, and even play MP3 files stored on your computer through the FWM779. With all these connections, the FWM779 becomes your entertainment hub, making it ideal for students or studio apartment dwellers who are short on space and need versatility in their home audio equipment.

It's easy to connect the FWM779 to your PC using the USB PC Link connection and stream audio files stored on your computer through the powerful speakers of the shelf system. You can use the supplied 3-meter USB cable to turn the FWM779 into a virtual MP3 jukebox, and you can even control playback and audio settings through the console or the remote control and view track information on the system's display. It comes with MusicMatch software so you can make playlists on your PC and easily access them.

With a gameport connection, you can connect the FWM779 to any console and take advantage of a Game Sound Mode with three settings--Speed, Punch, and Blast--designed to make your games more realistic and thrilling no matter what genre of game you play. The special MIX-IT function will let you play game sounds along with your favorite music from the radio, CD, or any externally connected audio device so your games have a personal flavor.

The FWM779 can play music on CD, including CD-R, CD-RW, and even MP3 formatted discs, which allow you to store and play up to ten hours of music on one CD. The two speakers together provide 400 watts of power for clear and dynamic audio. Philips's wOOx technology works with the speaker drivers and the wOOx radiator to maintain tuning between the driver and tweeter to ensure smooth sound between low and high frequencies. This means you can hear low and vibrant bass without obvious distortion. Incredible Surround also works to give you the best audio experience by expanding the sound field to create greater depth and clarity.

The FWM779 also functions as a clock and CD alarm and has a sleep timer. The FTD display shows time, date, track, album, CD functions, song title, and artist. An AM/FM tuner has autostore and easy set functions, making it simple to scan and program your favorite radio stations, and has 40 presets so you can access those stations at the touch of a button. Inputs include aux in, USB PC Link, composite video, and a gameport, and outputs consist of composite video out and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.

What's in the Box
Shelf system with two speakers, remote control, 2 AA batteries, AC power cord, 3 meter USB cable, video cinch cable, USB PC Link driver installation disc, MusicMatch and Sound Agent software, FM wire antenna, AM loop antenna, user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Mini shelf system plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and MP3-formatted discs
  • Stream MP3s through your PC with the USB PC Link
  • Gameport lets you connect to a game console for dynamic gaming sound
  • wOOx technology and Incredible Surround give you vibrant and clear audio with depth
  • Two speakers for 500 watts total power

15. Philips FWC557 5-CD Mini Stereo System
list price: $219.99
our price: $159.99
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Asin: B00009KHN0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 8472
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16. Philips MX5100 Home Theater with DVD / VCR, 450 watts
list price: $349.99
our price: $349.99
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Asin: B0002L59BC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
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Features

  • DVD/VCR Combi
  • 450 watts
  • MP3, CD-R/RW
  • HiFin VCR
  • 75 watt twin port subwoofer

17. Philips DVP620VR Progressive Scan DVD / VCR Combo
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B00022PUD8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1069
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Amazon.com Product Description

The snazzy DVP620VR from Philips lets you watch movies from VHS tape or from premium-quality progressive-scan DVD, view digital-image slide shows, listen to audio CDs, or play your homemade MP3 CDs through your living-room speakers--all from one affordable, space-saving device. The Philips DVP620VR also lets you record off-air in hi-fi stereo sound and watch your camcorder or hook up your gaming console through its convenient front-panel audio/video inputs.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVP620VR stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The VCR's 4-head design ensures smooth slow-motion play (forward and reverse) and clear still-frame images, 19-micron heads deliver the clearest possible picture when recording or viewing in EP (extended-play) mode, and with hi-fi sound the unit records and plays back stereo audio tracks. Other features include 1-touch recording, timer recording, auto head cleaning, and auto repeat playback (great for trade shows and presentations). You can even copy from DVD to VHS tape, providing the DVD is not Macrovision copy-protected--a great idea for sharing your disc-based home videos with friends and family who don't yet have DVD players.

Video connections include front- and rear-panel composite-video inputs and rear-panel RF coaxial video in and out jacks--perfect for either spontaneous hookups (like a camcorder or second VCR) or permanent connections (as with a cable box or DVR). Outputs include a single composite-video output for DVD/VCR video signals and DVD-only outputs for component-video (switchable for 480i and 480p, depending on your TV) and S-video.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio from both the DVD player and the VCR to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. If you don't have a surround receiver or six-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: virtual surround sound simulates surround sound through two speakers (even the stereo speakers on your TV).

Playback options include single-disc resume, which lets you pick-up where you left off on your current DVD (not applicable for MP3 or JPEG CDs), disc-lock parental controls, and picture zoom for magnification of select images.

What's in the Box
DVD-Video player/VCR, remote control with batteries, a user's manual, and an analog audio/composite-video interconnect. ... Read more

Features

  • Space-saving DVD player/4-head, hi-fi VCR with 1-touch and timer recording
  • Plays DVD-Video, VHS tape, video CD, audio CD, MP3 CD, and JPEG image CDs
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on HD-ready TVs
  • Coaxial digital-audio terminal passes Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals to compatible A/V receivers and speaker systems
  • Measures 17.1 x 3.7 x 9.2 inches (W x H x D)

18. Philips FW-C777 Mini Hi-Fi System
list price: $319.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B00009KHN1
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 22356
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best stereo i have ever purchased
this is by far, the best stereo i have ever bought. with it's 330 Watts of power, and it's 5-disc CD changer, it's an awesome buy. with the wOOx subwoofers, you get exelent bass sound, and with high volumes, and high ammounts of bass, the subwoofer bounces around, it's cool. I use the gameport to plug in my Xbox to it, so i get great surround sound, with two 6.5 inch woofers, two 6.5 inch wOOx subwoofers, and two 2 inch ferro-liquid cooled tweeters, instead of the small, 2 inch TV speakers. there is only three problems i have encountered in my several weeks of ownership of this stereo, all of which are easily solved; it's a big stereo, and it's hard to find a place to put it, the gigantic speakers make my TV look a little dinky, and it doesn't play cassettes, which is no big deal, seeing it has an auxilary input on the back, which allows me to plug any old cassette player into it, so i can play my Led Zeppelin cassettes ;) if you can afford it, and you want a top-end stereo, i strongly suggest you buy this stereo. 330 watts is more than enough power to fill almost any room. and with it's "Incredible Surround" setting, you can create surround sound for almost any room. unless the room you are planning on filling is the size of a movie theatre, you should be good with this stereo. before i bought this stereo, i looked at the Philips FW-C577, which is much like this stereo, but without the wOOx subwoofers, and a slightly smaller prise tag. it costs about $50 less. but, if you like great bass, i suggest you bite the bullet, grab an extra fifty bucks, and buy this stereo. much better sound. i checked it out the other one at Wal-mart, and this one is better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Price
Dont speend more then 234.00
it beats Wally worlds price and even with the inside discount its a great buy from this web page ... Read more


19. Philips DVD750VR Progressive-Scan DVD-VCR Combo
list price: $169.99
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Asin: B000093US4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 5068
Average Customer Review: 2.65 out of 5 stars
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Watch movies from VHS tape or from premium-quality progressive-scan DVD, view digital-image slide shows, listen to audio CDs with crystal-clear sound, or play homemade MP3 CDs through living-room speakers--all from one affordable, space-saving device. The Philips DVD750VR also lets you record off-air in hi-fi stereo sound and watch a camcorder or hook up a gaming console through its convenient front-panel audio/video inputs. Picture-CD functionality includes one-by-one playback and image zoom.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVD750VR stands ready to deliver the full potential of DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

The DVD750VR also performs 3:2 pulldown. DVD mastering introduces a common distortion when adjusting 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this distortion, removing the redundant information to display a film-frame-accurate picture. S-video and shared DVD/VCR composite-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver. If you don't have a surround receiver or six-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: 3D sound simulates surround sound through two speakers (even the stereo speakers on a TV).

The VCR's four-head design ensures smooth slow-motion play (forward and reverse) and clear still-frame images, and with hi-fi sound the unit records and plays back stereo audio tracks. SQPB (quasi-S-VHS playback) lets you watch S-VHS tapes--which normally requires a special S-VHS VCR--at standard VHS resolution. Other features include timer recording, auto head cleaning, auto repeat playback (great for trade shows and presentations), high-speed search, and one-touch recording.

What's in the Box
DVD/VCR combo, remote control (with batteries), user's manual, stereo analog audio interconnect/composite-video cable, RF coaxial video cable, warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Space-saving DVD/VCR combination with front-panel AV input for camcorder or game console
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs
  • Plays DVD-Video, MP3 CD, CD-R, CD-RW, audio CD, and VHS tapes
  • 4-head stereo hi-fi VCR with SQPB (S-VHS playback at VHS resolution)
  • Coaxial digital-audio output passes Dolby Digital, DTS surround sound; 3D sound simulates surround through 2 channels

Reviews (17)

2-0 out of 5 stars Watch out if you use home made DVDs
Took some trial and error, but finally got it connected to my plasma tv. What I planned to use this for was for straightforward playback only. No trying to tape things while playing on DVD, no taping of broadcasts, and no fancy editing. Just pushing play.

The biggest surprise is that only original DVD-ROMs seem to play back without any issues. Almost all of my DVD+R's (recorded on the Philips DVDR985 no less) start to skip about 20 minutes into the film. I noticed that the same films on DVD+RW seem to play without any skips.

The skips look like simple jumps of a split second at first. Then the image suddenly freezes up in a multi-cascade manner. At first it happened when I was jumping ahead a chapter or two and when fast-forwarding. When I wanted to watch a movie straight through it did it again.

It must be something with this model. The same DVD+R discs play fine on my other Philips, on my Sony player, and on my computer.

Can't seem to find an answer as to why it skips so bad on DVD+Rs.

1-0 out of 5 stars A truly awful product
An awful product that will disappoint. I will never buy Philips again.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor DVD Playback
I thought I got a great deal on this DVD/VCR Combo unit at $85.00. That is, until I actually tried to use it. The setup was easy enough. However, the first three DVD+Rs I tried to play skipped throughout the DVD and then eventually stopped playing. I had to eject the discs in order to reset it. I run my TV through my vcr so the unit has to be turned on in order for my TV to work. Maybe it was getting too hot but I did not have this problem with my old unit. I gave it two stars because I did not even try playing a video tape before I returned it to the store.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good price and good product
I have had this item for 2 months now and have watched numerous DVD's on my 55" hdtv. Works like a charm and has great picture quality. I have not attempted to do any type of recording, or even use the VHS yet.
There is a switch on the back where you can choose progressive scan or normal. I only used the progressive scan feature.

The main reason why I purchased this is because my HDTV is also a phillips (55PP9753). What I really need to get now is the home theather system.

Very happy with it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do not buy. Philips service is non-existent
I would not recommend this product to anyone. The remote is difficult to use. Their support is worse.

I bought this product and it broke the very first day of use. I put in a VCR tape in the machine. I had just watched this movie and rewound the tape that morning. I played a little bit of the tape and then tried to rewind it. It would not rewind and got stuck in the machine. It was flashing err 2. I called their support line. I got cut off twice and had to explain my problem to 3 different people. They could not help. They did not know what err 2 meant. The product was still under warranty as this was the same day I had purchased it. If I wanted it fixed, I had to send it to a repair center at my expense, even though it was brand new. A friend of mine got the tape removed and then it flashed err 3. The VCR part of this brand new machine was not usable.

I returned the product to the store. ... Read more


20. Philips MCW770 Wifi Wireless PC Link Microsystem
list price: $349.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B000278KLC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 3942
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Using 802.11b WiFi technology, the Philips MCW770 stereo microsystem lets you wirelessly stream your favorite tunes from your personal computer right to the stereo from just about anywhere in your home. The stylish microsystem is simultaneously compatible with up to 4 different PCs running the Philips PC Link application, letting every member of the household enjoy their favorite tunes. The system comes with a wireless USB adapter for PC computers, so even if you don't have an existing home network, you'll still be able to broadcast your tunes to the microsystem. Just install the PC Link software, queue your music, and tune in with the MCW770.

The firmware-upgradeable microsystem features an intuitive user interface and a user-friendly remote control to help you access your PC's MP3 music files. The system will also play your MP3-filled recordable CDs (32 to 256 kbps, 128 kbps recommended). In fact, the MCW770 features a slot-loading 5-disc changer so you can load the system with around 50 hours of MP3-CD music for consecutive or shuffle play. Make your own playlists on the fly with 99-track CD programming.

As a sound system, the MCW770 delivers the sonic goods. Its 3-way, bass-reflex (ported) speakers each contain a 2-inch cone tweeter for crisp high frequencies and a 5.25-inch woofer. A 75-watts-per-channel (x 2) Class D digital amplifier ensures strong, punchy sound and clear high and low frequencies, even at low listening levels. A digital AM/FM stereo tuner offers traditional stereo conveniences with up to 40 station presets.

An auxiliary input (stereo analog audio, left/right RCA) accommodates a cassette deck, external MP3 player, DVD player, gaming console, or other device.

What's in the Box
Main unit, 2 speakers with speaker wires and detachable speaker grilles, FM and AM antennas, a 32-key remote control with 2 AA batteries, an AC power cord, a wireless USB adapter, and a CD-ROM. ... Read more

Features

  • 75-watts-per-channel microsystem with 5-CD changer and AM/FM radio
  • Plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CD (32 to 256 kbps); features repeat/shuffle play and 99-track programming
  • WiFi compatibility grants wireless streaming music from your PC; PC Link lets you listen to all the MP3 music files on your PC
  • Includes wireless USB adapter for PC computers
  • Measures 20.7 x 11.2 x 13.4 inches (W x H x D)

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