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21. Philips MC500 5-CD Changer Shelf
$14.99
22. Philips In-Ear Headphones (HS400)
$199.99
23. Philips FWM587 MP3 Mini Shelf
list($379.99)
24. Philips MCi200 Streamium Internet
list($499.99)
25. Philips MZ1000 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3
$169.99 list($499.99)
26. Philips MZ1200 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3
$169.99 $159.99
27. Philips FWM569 MP3 Mini Shelf
list($119.99)
28. Philips MC120 CD Microsystem
$259.99 list($379.99)
29. Philips MCi250 Wireless Broadband
list($499.99)
30. Philips MZ1100 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3
list($199.99)
31. Philips FW386C Compact Stereo
list($199.99)
32. Philips DSR7000 Combination TiVo/DIRECTV
$312.99 $179.99 list($349.99)
33. Philips TSU3000 Pronto Next Generation
$9.70 list($14.99)
34. Philips HS500 Behind the Head
$59.99 $45.95
35. Philips HN060 Noise-Canceling
$14.94 list($39.99)
36. Philips HP170 Full-Size Headphones
$44.94 $30.00 list($59.99)
37. Philips HN050 Noise Canceling
$19.99
38. Philips HP250 Full-Size Headphones
$17.99 $16.99 list($24.99)
39. Philips HE591 Surround Sound Ear
$17.99 $16.98 list($24.99)
40. Philips HE592 Surround Sound Ear

21. Philips MC500 5-CD Changer Shelf System
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008VWOG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 8755
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The MC500 five-CD stereo shelf system is an instant home stereo with impressive digital extras. The MC500 comes ready to play with a combined receiver, CD player, and speakers. In addition to the CD changer and an AM/FM radio, you can enjoy digital audio files directly from your computer with a USB port connection.

Your digital music files will sound fantastic through the MC500's sound system. Connect your Windows-compatible computer to the unit's USB port and hear for yourself. You will need to install the included MusicMatch software in order to link your computer with the MC500. The MusicMatch Jukebox organizes your music library and allows you to create customized playlists of your favorite songs. You can make song selections on your computer or with the MC500's remote control.

The five-disc changer can play prerecorded audio CDs as well as audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs. You can program the MC500 to play CDs one by one, or with your own track order. With the remote and the front-panel controls, you can easily skip and sample tracks. A random play feature is available too.

Wake up to your favorite music or radio station with the MC500's alarm clock feature. You can also set the unit's timer to play music and shut off automatically as you fall asleep. The AM/FM radio allows you to preset 40 stations. An auto-install feature presets all available stations for you.

The MC500 features built-in equalizer settings to create the optimal sound mix. The first group of presets allows you to play rock, pop, or jazz at preset audio levels that help to bring the sound alive. You can also adjust the environmental qualities of the sound to create a cinema or concert hall sound in your living room.

The MC500's speakers have an output of 100 watts per channel. You can connect other components such as your TV, VCR, DVD player, or other audio or video components to the MC500 through a RCA audio/video input connection. A headphone jack is also featured.

What's in the Box
CD player, two speakers, USB PC link software installer CD-ROM, USB cable, AM loop antenna, FM wire antenna, AC power cord, remote control, two AA batteries, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • USB port connection for digital music files
  • 100 watts per channel speakers
  • 5-disc CD changer plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs
  • Built-in digital equalizer settings
  • Main unit measures 6.89 x 10.55 x 12.44 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent System for amazing price
I got this system for just a little over $100 and found it worth more than the price. Though there is no bass control, I hardly find the need to tweak the bass. Infact the bass is amazing for such a small size. The sound quality is excellant. Setup doesn't take more than a minute. I have connected it to my DVD player and I really enjoy the sound.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great value
This stereo has excellent sound quality, especially considering its very low price. It's nice and compact and can fit easily on a bookshelf. Overall, I've been very pleased with it. The only drawback that I can tell is that it is relatively slow to switch from one CD to another.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best System Out There
What can I say, this system ROCKS! Hook up is really easy, the picture instructions are great to get your new system up and running. I bought this system because I knew I would utilize every function. From playing CDs, CD-Rs, to CD-RWs, listening to the radio, playing MP3s from my PC, and using it as the auxiliary sound output for my TV and DVD player so I can get that Cinema sound quality. This Micro-system isn't short on power, with 100 watts of power, two 5.25 in. Woofers, and two tweeters, you won't miss a single note. The USB link was very easy to install onto my computer; now everytime I hit the USB link button on the remote, my PC is ready to start playing my collection of MP3s. Also it has 5-CD trays, not 3, like most every other micro-system out there. Oh, and don't you hate when you have to program radio stations yourself? Most people would just say forget it, and never take the time. Well with the Philips system you don't have to worry because it can auto program itself! Just press the program button and it will ask you if you want the system to find all stations that it can pick up. I just love the Virtual Environment Control sound functions. The eight different settings provide sound adjustments to fit the specific category of sound output being played. Such as for Music there is Rock, Jazz, Pop, and Optimal. And the other four: Cinema, Cyber, Hall, and concert. Also, I can't forget the MAX Sound Feature which uses all available benefits of the Virtual Environment Control to provide maximum sound output for any volume setting. The only downside to this system is the exhaust fan in the rear of the main unit. When the system is sitting idle, such as when a CD has finished playing or the system is on Mute, you can clearly hear the fan, which for me reminds me of my computer's fan, but at about half the volume. Still I wish the system came without the exhaust fan, a maybe they could have just made more air vents on the unit. But, besides that I have no other complaints! Pros: Great modern look, excellent sound quality, great functionality, easy to set-up and use, nothing else like it. Con: Exhaust fan can be heard during very low volume.

5-0 out of 5 stars kickin' stereo
This stereo is awsome. It is compact but plays sick beats loud enough to blow your socks off. This is the unltimate practical shelf system + it has a good price. This stereo is worth every penny you put on it! The only downside is that the mp3 streaming program isnt adapted to windows xp. Great buy for rockas redy to pump some serious nirvana!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Bang for the Buck!
This unit is great! Great sound for its size, even at low volume. It also has great connectivity with your PC through its USB port. It also has a max sound feature when you want to go BOOM BOX. My only complaint is that the CD trays (there's 5 of them) make the usual clanky noises that cd changers make...oh well you cant have everything. But still, this unit is a class act and I have no regrets getting one. ... Read more


22. Philips In-Ear Headphones (HS400)

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Asin: B00005OTGB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2012
Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Ultralight design with exceptional sound performance
  • Quadra Bass system provides full spatial sound
  • Vertical in-ear construction
  • Adjustable rubber headband provides a stable, secure fit
  • Gold-plated plug brings a high-quality sound performance

Reviews (10)

2-0 out of 5 stars Irritates my ears
The sound is okay for it's price, but the headphones hurt my ears. The shape is flat on one side and round on the other. After I wore them for a while, the headphones started getting hot and they made my outer ears hurt. I traded headphones with my friend and she said the headphones didn't hurt THAT much. I'm a big comfort lover and these headphones arent very comfortable.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good for the first month but broken wire afterwards
Good sound but very bad quality on the wire - wire broken from one of the headphones after 1 month. Dont buy it.

3-0 out of 5 stars great sound cheap construction
I have gone thru 3 pairs in 2 years.The only reason i have bought so many is the sound quality is great but the wires on these headphones are cheap.All three pair failed because of wiring problems but i have not found a pair of headphones that sound as good as these.I am sure if i spend more money i could but i just us them for the gym.Philips just needs to work on the wiring problem.

5-0 out of 5 stars best sounding headphones-ever!
These headphones should be industry standard-no specification
changes,these are designed flawlessly, from form-fit to sound
quality.I bought these phones 1.3 years ago locally and I was that
impressed with them and they almost rival my BOSE TRI-PORT
headphones!The plug,however,should be a little more thicker
so these can last longer.Overall,these sound perfect w/ my M.D.
MP3and my standard disc.These are very light on my head and
never a nusance to wear,and this is from someone who is picky about headphones!All props goes to PHILIPS.

2-0 out of 5 stars Good... For A While...
I bought these about a year ago, and they delivered great sound and bass with relatively decent comfort. However, after about a month of ownership, they began to fall apart. It all culminated when on a trip they snapped in my bag, even though they were protected. Decent headphones, but shoddy worksmanship. ... Read more


23. Philips FWM587 MP3 Mini Shelf System
list price: $199.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002L59B2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 9372
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips FWM587 5-CD changer shelf system has everything you need to listen to music and play games on your favorite gaming console with more powerful and dynamic sound that just through your TV. With a gameport connection, you can connect the FWM587 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 FWM587 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 MAX Sound gives you instant boost in bass and maximizes volume performance by calibrating the existing sound and volume settings to bump up the levels without any distortion. Plus, the Digital Dynamic Bass Boost (DDBB) can enhance bass at any volume for deeper, richer sound.

The FWM587 is ideal for students or studio apartment dwellers, since it 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, 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, Zappa remote control, 2 AA batteries, AC power cord, video cinch cable, 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
  • Gameport lets you connect to a game console for dynamic gaming sound
  • MIX-IT function allows you to mix game sounds with your favorite music
  • Max Sound technology produces boosting bass and maximizes volume performance
  • Two speakers for 400 watts total power

24. Philips MCi200 Streamium Internet Audio Microsystem
list price: $379.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00006ANYK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 29255
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips MCi200 Streamium Internet-audio microsystem comes with a full-featured CD player and a digital AM/FM stereo tuner, but its real value lies in letting you enjoy thousands of streaming broadband Internet radio stations--and you can listen to them anywhere you set up the MCi200 shelf system. With the MCi200 you can simply select "Internet" as a source to instantaneously hear radio from around the world. Unlike conventional radio, Internet radio lets you control what is heard--you can often skip to the next track and also see what the artist of the next track is.

Because the broadband connection is always available through a home network, there's no need to set up the system every time you want to listen to Internet music--it's automatically at the ready. Alternately, you can download MP3 songs from the Internet to your PC and record them on a CD. This CD can now be played on the MCi200. One MP3 CD can carry up to 12 hours of music, and the unit can play files with bit rates between 32 and 320 kbps, including variable bit-rate recordings. Also, if you've already got gigabytes of digital music on a PC, you don't have to copy it all to disc to hear it on the MCi200--you can listen to your files by making your MCi200 part of a home network, connected to both the Internet and a PC through a gateway router. Pressing the PC Link button gives you instant access to your hard drive's music files.

Ever missed or forgotten an artist's name after music has piqued your interest? Just press the handy INFO! button to receive an e-mail containing information about the artist and the track you're hearing. You can also link to retailers to buy the music. And if you're already drowning in e-mail, don't worry--set e-mail preferences using My.Philips.com and the site will store INFO! choices until you review them online at your convenience.

"Favorites" is a fast and easy way to bookmark all Favorite music. From the tracks of a CD to broadcast radio stations to the channels/stations offered by Philips' music services, all can be bookmarked as a Favorite at the touch of the (UN)MARK button. By pressing Favorites in any music source, the list will display and you're ready to select and play a new Favorite. The system is upgradeable, too--use an Internet connection to download and install software updates for exciting new services and product features. Created exclusively for owners of Philips broadband Internet products, the My.Philips.com site is your personal tool for getting information and managing your entertainment choices.

As a sound system, the MCi200 delivers the sonic goods. Its two-way speakers each contain a one-inch cone tweeter for crisp high frequencies and a 5.25-inch aluminum-cone woofer powered by Philips' patented wOOx Technology for powerful bass response. The dual-suspension bass radiator, together with dedicated amplifier circuitry, is designed to produce and handle dynamic sound at very low frequencies.

An auxiliary input (stereo analog audio) accommodates a cassette deck, external MP3 player, DVD player, or other device, and a dedicated subwoofer output lets you hook up a powered sub for extended bass response. Bass and treble controls allow sound adjustment to personal preferences, and Incredible Surround employs psychoacoustic methods to widen the perceived stereo spatial image for full-impact home entertainment--especially helpful if you're not using surround speakers.

What's in the Box
MCi200 microsystem, multi-function remote control, operating instructions, warranty information.

Note: broadband Internet service and gateway router including DHCP/NAT support required for full use of this product features. ... Read more

Features

  • 50-watts-per-channel microsystem with CD, AM/FM radio, and Internet radio playback and wOOx Technology for deep bass
  • Connect to multiple online music services, thousands of Internet music channels, hundreds of musical genres, personalized radio stations
  • PC Link to listen to all the MP3 and mp3-PRO music files on your PC
  • Upgradeable; easily access and manage your favorite songs via My.Philips.com
  • Plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and mp3-PRO CDs, Displays artist and title info of regular CDs with 6-line LCD

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars System that talks the talk and walks the walk...
The MCI-200 Streamium was given to me as a Christmas present. I plugged it in, attached speakers (easy), and connected the ethernet caple to my router. WALAH! It worked! I was instantly listening to my favorite mp3 internet radio stations. Doesn't display track 1 track 2 track 3 for your CDs but actually goes through an online service to get track titles. GREAT customer support. Only con is that the AM antenna is really short.

Spencer P...

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing stereo will change the way you listen to music
I purchased this stereo in December 2002. This is absolutely one of the best electronics buys I have made in while. On the pro side: The system was easy to install and delivered instant results without the need for a lot of technical adjustments. I have mine connected via Cat 5 cable. I primarily use this system for playing streaming audio music (vs. MP3's from my PC). The quality of the sound is excellent - CD quality. Philips provides a service they call Streamium. You can get a fairly robust set of stations with this service at no extra charge. Alternatively, if you want to create your own custom stations you will need to subscribe to a service like MusicMatch. This is what I have done. This service is fantastic. You can create virtually any combination of artists that you want as many as you want and change it whenever you want. The ease of use for the system is worth the price alone. This is a true network appliance. You do not need to be connected to a PC to operate this system. You can just walk up to the unit, turn it on, and select one of your favorite custom radio stations - it's that easy. I have had many friends over who have gone out and purchased the same unit once they've seen it in action. On the con side: Occasionally, the system drops a station - this is rare and easy to correct simply by repushing the connect button. Also, I wish the unit had a digital audio interface for connecting to higher end stereo equipment. It does have a full complement of RCA jacks which actually work pretty well for that purpose. There is a wireless version of this system which you might consider. It wasn't available when I purchased my system. The system is sized for a den type setting. It would be great if they offered a higher end version or a version that you set along side your main sound system. All in all this is truly an amazing stereo. It has changed the way I listen to music. I highly recommend it!!

2-0 out of 5 stars Headache
Do not expect this product to work with any D-Link ethernet device, e.g. router, switch, ethernet to wireless bridge. Also don't expect any type of tech support. The people you end up talking to expect an education from you.

If you want to stream mp3's from your PC, this product only works with an old version of MusicMatch Jukebox v7.2 MusicMatch in general is very unstable and I for one cannot get it work at all in Windows XP. It does work though when I log in as Administrator.

If you have a lot of time on your hands to try and get this stereo working properly go ahead and give it a try. ... Read more


25. Philips MZ1000 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3 Shelf System (Green)
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000094FV8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 34864
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Transparent high pressure moulded casing
  • 50 watts total power
  • MP3-CD playback
  • AM/FM digital tuner with 40 presets
  • 2-way bass reflex speaker system

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper on Ebay
I like the overall looks of my stereo, very cool!!!!!!!! For how my parents spent on it, $399.00 ouch! But it's on Ebay for less, but it's worth the money. Plays mp3's so I have music for hours.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great looking, pleasing performance
Having read the reviews below, I feel compelled to set the record straight.

First, the speakers DO produce bass. It's not the overwhelming blowout hip hop concert kind, but it's bass nonetheless. If you want spine-tingling lows, get a more expensive system -- or one with a subwoofer. Or, better yet, adjust the bass on this system up a step or two. I'm pretty picky when it comes to audio (I also own a pair of B&Ws) and I'm pleased with the overall sound from these speakers.

Second, the system really does look great. One reviewer said it's impossible to turn off the display light. That's not true. Hold down the power button, and the display light turns off completely. Five stars for looks.

The features are great too. I wont go into too much detail here; you can read about that stuff online. I personally like the gradually increasing volume on the alarm (which will wake you up to your favorite CD).

Finally, my complaint: the remote control, which you WILL use, just sucks. It is not backlit, and its shape is such that you have no way of telling which buttons you're hitting in the dark (the buttons are indistinguishable from one another by feel). Result: it's really hard to use the remote at night in bed. This is an example of design run amok.

Otherwise I'm happy with the thing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away!
This system is WAY too expensive. I considered buying one until i actually heard it.
There is NO BASS!!! So you have to buy a subwoofer if you want good sound from it.
If you add it up(400 for the stereo, 300 for a decent subwoofer) 700 BUCKS!

4-0 out of 5 stars Apple colored, Apple influenced mini-system
If Apple designed a mini-system this would be it. It's a well constructed unit and it's funky appearance looks better in person than it does in the pictures. What they don't show is an external black box amplifier so this is really a four piece system. Might as well call it a five piece system because you're probably going to want to buy a powered subwoofer. The overall sound quality is quite good despite the lack of bass. It plays discs of MP3 well with minimal seek time (no id3 info though). The controls are also minimal with some, like the dim function almost useless. The small display is so bright, even when turned off, that I have to throw a t-shirt over it to sleep. ... Read more


26. Philips MZ1200 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3 Shelf System (Silver)
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000094FVA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 25353
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Finally, a compact stereo that looks as cool as your music sounds. The limited-edition MZ1200 offers a double-layer construction of sand-blasted aluminum alloy for a rugged finish. Diamond-cut details lend precision to its lightweight, corrosion-resistant shell. Crank up the radio with any of your 40 favorite preset stations, or slide a homemade MP3 CD into the vertical disc bay and rock out to your tried-and-true favorites--10 hours at a stretch. The system is powered by a relatively hefty 25 watts per channel, and the speakers are ported for reinforced bass response. A pocket-size remote control extends your system authority to your listening position.

What's in the Box
Main unit, two speakers, speaker cables, remote control, remote battery, FM and AM antennas, and user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Stylish, limited-edition compact stereo with vertical-slot CD loading
  • 25 watts per channel, 2-way ported speakers with dual 3-inch woofers and detachable speaker grilles
  • Sand-blasted aluminum alloy construction
  • FM/AM tuning with 40 station presets; wake to radio or CD
  • Includes pocket-sized remote control

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper on Ebay
I like the overall looks of my stereo, very cool!!!!!!!! For how my parents spent on it, $399.00 ouch! But it's on Ebay for less, but it's worth the money. Plays mp3's so I have music for hours.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great looking, pleasing performance
Having read the reviews below, I feel compelled to set the record straight.

First, the speakers DO produce bass. It's not the overwhelming blowout hip hop concert kind, but it's bass nonetheless. If you want spine-tingling lows, get a more expensive system -- or one with a subwoofer. Or, better yet, adjust the bass on this system up a step or two. I'm pretty picky when it comes to audio (I also own a pair of B&Ws) and I'm pleased with the overall sound from these speakers.

Second, the system really does look great. One reviewer said it's impossible to turn off the display light. That's not true. Hold down the power button, and the display light turns off completely. Five stars for looks.

The features are great too. I wont go into too much detail here; you can read about that stuff online. I personally like the gradually increasing volume on the alarm (which will wake you up to your favorite CD).

Finally, my complaint: the remote control, which you WILL use, just sucks. It is not backlit, and its shape is such that you have no way of telling which buttons you're hitting in the dark (the buttons are indistinguishable from one another by feel). Result: it's really hard to use the remote at night in bed. This is an example of design run amok.

Otherwise I'm happy with the thing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away!
This system is WAY too expensive. I considered buying one until i actually heard it.
There is NO BASS!!! So you have to buy a subwoofer if you want good sound from it.
If you add it up(400 for the stereo, 300 for a decent subwoofer) 700 BUCKS!

4-0 out of 5 stars Apple colored, Apple influenced mini-system
If Apple designed a mini-system this would be it. It's a well constructed unit and it's funky appearance looks better in person than it does in the pictures. What they don't show is an external black box amplifier so this is really a four piece system. Might as well call it a five piece system because you're probably going to want to buy a powered subwoofer. The overall sound quality is quite good despite the lack of bass. It plays discs of MP3 well with minimal seek time (no id3 info though). The controls are also minimal with some, like the dim function almost useless. The small display is so bright, even when turned off, that I have to throw a t-shirt over it to sleep. ... Read more


27. Philips FWM569 MP3 Mini Shelf System
list price: $169.99
our price: $169.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0002L59AS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 11461
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips FWM569 5-CD changer shelf system has everything you need to listen to music and play games on your favorite gaming console with more powerful and dynamic sound that just through your TV. With a gameport connection, you can connect the FWM569 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 FWM569 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 300 watts of power for clear and dynamic audio. Philips's MAX Sound gives you instant boost in bass and maximizes volume performance by calibrating the existing sound and volume settings to bump up the levels without any distortion. Plus, the Digital Dynamic Bass Boost (DDBB) can enhance bass at any volume for deeper, richer sound.

The FWM569 is ideal for students or studio apartment dwellers, since it 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, 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, Zappa remote control, 2 AA batteries, AC power cord, video cinch cable, 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
  • Gameport lets you connect to a game console for dynamic gaming sound
  • MIX-IT function allows you to mix game sounds with your favorite music
  • Max Sound technology produces boosting bass and maximizes volume performance
  • Two speakers for 300 watts total power

28. Philips MC120 CD Microsystem
list price: $119.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009RTBS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 13545
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips MC-120 micro hi-fi system fits neatly on a shelf or armoire, yet comes loaded with enough features to rival systems many times its size. The 10-watt unit delivers rich, full-bodied sound enhanced by such features as Digital Dynamic Bass Boost, which augments bass at low, mid, and high volumes; Incredible Surround, which dramatically expands the sound field to greater depth; and Digital Sound Control, which offers several sound settings--such as jazz, pop, and rock--to produce optimum listening pleasure. Each bass reflex speaker (5 watts x 2) includes a 4-inch woofer encased in fixed metal grilles to ensure crisp sound at all frequencies.

The top-loading CD player (with front CD mirror) is compatible with CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats, features programmable memory for 20 tracks, and includes repeat and shuffle modes. In addition, the player delivers an automatic recording level, which adjusts the volume among different CDs to a single consistent output for more enjoyable listening. To enhance recording, the mechanical cassette deck features a synchro-start feature that ensures a smooth opening when recording from CD. Radio listeners will appreciate the 40 included presets, more than enough for most radio markets, and the auto-store facility. The entire system responds to a 21-key remote control.

Other features unique to the system include a sleep timer with a preset time of up to 240 minutes, a wakeup timer, an eco power standby mode (which consumes less than 1 watt of energy), an auxiliary jack, a 3.5 mm stereo jack, and a mute function. The system carries a one-year warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more

Features

  • 10-watt microsystem with 5 watts per channel
  • Top-loading CD player compatible with CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats
  • Dynamic Bass Boost and Incredible Surround deliver rich, full-bodied sound
  • Synchro-start recording; 40 AM/FM presets
  • Measures 17.7 by 12.4 by 13.7 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars philips micro-systems are quite good
This review is on the basis of the MC50, which I own. I am very impressed with Philips microsystems, having owned now my 2nd MC50. Probably not nearly as well known for quality m/systems as Sony, Aiwa, and Panasonic, I think they are quite good and AMAZINGLY complex.

I am almost shocked by the keyboard remote and how many options there exists in operating this machine... almost like a small computer. The brochure must be 40-50 pages long; so you can see what I am talking about.

I used to have component equipment in the late 60's and early 70's with equipment such as AR speakers and a Bogen amp/pre-amp. I truly believe that the micro systems now for under $150 rival components which were then over $250 (which adjusted for inflation would be > $1,000 NOW.)

So I don't think you will go wrong with Philips in its MC line; however, the MC50 is much more powerful, fully electronic, has 2 speakers per cabinet and little w/wood cabinets. Also the MC320 is a real sexy little unit, with an ebony black plastic look, sort of a like an ebony piano.

So, bottom line, this seems to be an entry model, w/ a low price and I think it will be quite a good value for what you will pay. ... Read more


29. Philips MCi250 Wireless Broadband Internet Micro HiFi System
list price: $379.99
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Asin: B00009RTBU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 7921
Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now you can enjoy thousands of streaming Internet radio stations--as well as all the MP3 and mp3PRO files stored on your PC's hard drive--wirelessly, from nearly anywhere in your house. The Philips MCi250 Stream Internet-Audio Microsystem is WiFi-compatible and broadband-ready for wired connections, too. The system also comes with a full-featured MP3 CD player and a digital AM/FM stereo tuner for traditional stereo conveniences.

With the MCi250 you just have to select "Internet" as a source to instantaneously hear radio from around the world. Unlike conventional radio, Internet radio lets you control what you hear--you can often skip to the next track and see who the next artist will be.



See how you can use the supplied wireless USB transmitter to turn your home into a wireless network
Because its broadband connection is always available through your home network, there's no need to set up the system every time you want to listen to Internet music--it's automatically at the ready. You can also download MP3s from the Internet to your PC and burn them to a CD. This CD can now be played on the MCi250 literally anywhere you go (AC power required for operation). One MP3 CD can carry up to 12 hours of music, and the unit can play files with bit rates between 32 and 320 kbps as well as variable-bit-rate recordings.

Ever missed or forgotten an artist's name after a song has piqued your interest? Just press the handy INFO! button to receive an e-mail containing information about the artist and the track you're hearing. You can also link to retailers to buy the music. And if you're already drowning in e-mail, don't worry--set your e-mail preferences using My.Philips.com and the site will store your INFO! choices until you review them online at your convenience.

"Favorites" is a fast and easy way to bookmark all your preferred music. From the tracks of a CD to broadcast radio stations to the channels and stations offered by Philips's music services--they can all be bookmarked at the touch of the (UN)MARK button. Then press Favorites while in any music source: your list will display and you're ready to select and play a new favorite.

The system is upgradeable, too--use your Internet connection to download and install software updates for exciting new services and product features. Created exclusively for owners of Philips broadband Internet products, the My.Philips.com Web site is your personal tool for getting information and managing your entertainment choices.

As a sound system, the MCi250 delivers the goods. Its two-way speakers each contain a 1-inch cone tweeter for crisp high frequencies and a 5.25-inch aluminum-cone woofer powered by Philips's patented wOOx Technology for powerful bass response. The dual-suspension bass radiator, together with dedicated amplifier circuitry, is designed to produce and handle dynamic sound at very low frequencies.

An auxiliary input (stereo analog audio) accommodates a cassette deck, external MP3 player, DVD player, or other device, and a dedicated subwoofer output lets you hook up a powered sub for extended bass response. Bass and treble controls allow sound adjustment to personal preferences, and Incredible Surround employs psychoacoustic methods to widen the perceived stereo spatial image for full-impact home entertainment--especially helpful if you're not using surround speakers.

What's in the Box
The MCi250 Internet radio microsystem, a multifunction remote control, remote batteries, FM/AM antennas, a user's manual, and warranty information.

Note: Broadband Internet service and a gateway router including DHCP/NAT support are required for full use of this product's features. ... Read more

Features

  • 50-watts-per-channel microsystem with CD, AM/FM radio, and Internet radio playback and wOOx Technology for deep bass
  • Plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3 and mp3-PRO CDs, offers Wi-Fi compatibility for wireless streaming music from your PC or the Internet
  • Connect to multiple online music services, thousands of Internet music channels, hundreds of musical genres, personalized radio stations
  • PC Link lets you listen to all the MP3 and mp3-PRO music files on your PC
  • Upgradeable; easily access and manage your favorite songs via My.Philips.com

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
I was very apprehensive to buy this based on the reviews of this and similar streaming music products. However, I found it at a local store for $227 and decided to try it, figuring I could return it if necessary. I bought it Saturday and started trying to get it to work Sunday. It wasn't nearly as bad to set up as I imagined. I followed others advice and first connected it via Ethernet to get the latest firmware upgrade (it only took a minute to download and was effortless). The Wireless was a little tricky, but I did get the 128 WEP to work, but only after turning the system off and back on. The only other "issue" was my firewall, but I changed one setting as recommended on Phillips website and I was off and running. The sound is great and the connection is very fast, I can breeze through my 6000+ MP3 collection with no delay. The Internet radio sounds better than I was expecting. The only thing that would make this better is the capability to play WMA file types. Otherwise, I'm very pleased with the purchase and would highly recommend.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best internet steaming devices I've used
Mine finially came this week. Waited 3 weeks for it. Philips needs to improve this. I agree with the previous reviews, it's not easy to set up do to lack of information. But once you get past the setup, its a great device. Very fast booting up and connecting to your network. Execellent sound. Very clean display. And easy to use. My eight year old was able to operate it with little instruction.
Some hints for new users. Don't try to connect using a wireless network when you first boot up. It will be easier if you update the units software first (which does automaticlly on first boot when connected to a network) then change to wireless. Web encryption was easy with the new software.
Don't install Philips version of musicmatch from their site. Install the one from musicmatche's site, version 8.2 has the philips streaming option.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Wow! I have been waiting for this kind of thing......
This box is just great. Why didn't they make this
a couple of years ago?

Are you an internet radio fan? Are you sick of your
CD collection? If you answered yes, then you should
buy this.

The box connected up to my wired internet connection
(have not tried wireless yet) with no problem and
I could immediately access hundreds of stations on
live365.com. I had to bootup my computer in the past.
Now I can just do it on my 250 boombox. And listen to
hours of music. This has been the best product I have
bought in years (after my DVD player that i got 7 yrs ago).
I am really jazzed about it.

The product looks slick. The Woomx feature makes a
significant difference to the sound quality.

Also, when you play one of your CDs, it connects
up to the internet and downloads track information!

My only complaints are that it has only a single CD disk
player and doesn't have CD-RW capability (for making
your own MP3 compilations) and it is 100W output capacity.
Otherwise, I love this thing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Never Mind : returned mine already
Well, I played with two of these systems, and based on it's configuration and usage over a corporate T1 line, I decided to purchase it for home use on a Cable\Wireless G configuration. All systems and networking components are bedded and stable, and provide continous 700 mpbs connectivity in late evening \ overnight \ morning. Surge protected power.

I've been a senior NT Engineer for over 8 years, but nothing would enable this machine to 'mate' with my linksys 2.4ghz router. No FAQ's were available, no user manual help; in fact the best resource were these reviews here! The machine even failed to work in 'auto everything' mode, and refused to work when setup with identical system configuration as my dell D500. So I went to UTP \ CAT5 \ BASET100.

Problems
- WEP code entry is clumsy and terribly implemented : lower case \upper case are the same characters.
- Entry of email addresses and other items give you <1 second to get it right per character cycle, and you cannot 'go back' - you can only delete and start from "A" again.
- Connectivity on UTP \ CAT5 \ BASE 100 within a small network was terrible : any machine rebooting resulted in the machine hanging, and play stopping.
- Random disconnects also caused the whole machine to CRASH and refuse to work again ("lost connection to proxy" messages when not using a proxy for example.
- 'lack' The backplane has numerous cutouts for more advanced connections (proper connectivity, extra components, SPDIF (?).

I already returned it after less than a week. I have no problem adopting new technology, but only if it actually works. This did not, and I strongly do NOT recommend it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice and easy to handle
I just received my MC-i250. The setup was very easy with my WLAN router using the 128-bit WEP encryption key and SSID. The unit immediately connected to my network and downloaded the firmware upgrade. I had some trouble receiving the registration email, but that was just because my email server filtered it out as spam. Once registered, I could enter my personal radio stations on the WEB and update the time setting via the Internet. The unit connected and played the stations properly. Sound quality is excellent, especially the wOOx bass enhancement feature is a great experience.

The only unfortunate thing is that the CD player in the unit I received is broken. I called Philips customer service who suggested to return the unit rather than repair it. Very courteous and fast response though. I will now see how well the replacement procedure works.

Overall, I can recommend this item. ... Read more


30. Philips MZ1100 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3 Shelf System (Red)
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000094FV9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 30628
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Dual layer moulded silicon rubber construction
  • 50 watts total power
  • MP3-CD playback
  • AM/FM digital tuner with 40 presets
  • 2-way bass reflex speaker system

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Cheaper on Ebay
I like the overall looks of my stereo, very cool!!!!!!!! For how my parents spent on it, $399.00 ouch! But it's on Ebay for less, but it's worth the money. Plays mp3's so I have music for hours.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great looking, pleasing performance
Having read the reviews below, I feel compelled to set the record straight.

First, the speakers DO produce bass. It's not the overwhelming blowout hip hop concert kind, but it's bass nonetheless. If you want spine-tingling lows, get a more expensive system -- or one with a subwoofer. Or, better yet, adjust the bass on this system up a step or two. I'm pretty picky when it comes to audio (I also own a pair of B&Ws) and I'm pleased with the overall sound from these speakers.

Second, the system really does look great. One reviewer said it's impossible to turn off the display light. That's not true. Hold down the power button, and the display light turns off completely. Five stars for looks.

The features are great too. I wont go into too much detail here; you can read about that stuff online. I personally like the gradually increasing volume on the alarm (which will wake you up to your favorite CD).

Finally, my complaint: the remote control, which you WILL use, just sucks. It is not backlit, and its shape is such that you have no way of telling which buttons you're hitting in the dark (the buttons are indistinguishable from one another by feel). Result: it's really hard to use the remote at night in bed. This is an example of design run amok.

Otherwise I'm happy with the thing.

1-0 out of 5 stars Stay Away!
This system is WAY too expensive. I considered buying one until i actually heard it.
There is NO BASS!!! So you have to buy a subwoofer if you want good sound from it.
If you add it up(400 for the stereo, 300 for a decent subwoofer) 700 BUCKS!

4-0 out of 5 stars Apple colored, Apple influenced mini-system
If Apple designed a mini-system this would be it. It's a well constructed unit and it's funky appearance looks better in person than it does in the pictures. What they don't show is an external black box amplifier so this is really a four piece system. Might as well call it a five piece system because you're probably going to want to buy a powered subwoofer. The overall sound quality is quite good despite the lack of bass. It plays discs of MP3 well with minimal seek time (no id3 info though). The controls are also minimal with some, like the dim function almost useless. The small display is so bright, even when turned off, that I have to throw a t-shirt over it to sleep. ... Read more


31. Philips FW386C Compact Stereo System
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00000JFEF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars Awesome system
This system has a great energetic output and that sounds great down in my bedroom ( my room is downstairs in a sooundproof area) but anyways its a great buy! ... Read more


32. Philips DSR7000 Combination TiVo/DIRECTV Satellite Receiver
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B000089A8Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 26228
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Ditch the VCR and get ready for the channels, the quality, and the convenience of Philips' DSR7000 combination DIRECTV receiver and 35-hour digital video recorder (DVR). Designed to be a second receiver in a dual-LNB DIRECTV system, this single box handles everything from satellite reception to digital audio/video recording. You'll even be able to pause live TV whenever you wish. Required for use are a television, a satellite-dish antenna (which should be properly mounted before you connect the DVR), and a standard analog phone line. All other requisite cabling and accessories are right in the box.

With DIRECTV reception right inside the DVR, you'll enjoy access to over 225 channels of digital DIRECTV programming with the convenience and control of digital video recording. You'll be able to control live TV (pause, rewind, slow motion, or instant replay), access up to 31 premium movie channels and as many as 60 pay-per-view movies per month, use Season Pass to automatically record every episode of your favorite shows every time they air (even if the dates and times change), and subscribe to major professional and college sports (including NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, WNBA, MLS, and NCAA).

Because the unit has two internal tuners, you can watch one program/station while recording another--if that's not the pinnacle of convenience, we're not sure what is. Video is delivered with MPEG2 DVD-quality digital video (though actual quality can vary by station, depending on origination conditions), and you can choose to listen to Dolby Digital or linear PCM (CD-quality) sound.

The DVR offers a host of connections to properly integrate it with your home and with other home-entertainment gear, from its RJ-11 (standard telephone) jack for scheduling information and periodic software updates to AV connections such as composite- and S-video output jacks. An optical digital-audio output (optical cable not supplied) passes a Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround signal to compatible AV receivers and multichannel speaker system so you can immerse yourself in the soundscapes of your favorite movies. Surround-encoded broadcasts let you feel every explosion, hear the roar of a jet approaching from behind, and sense the magnitude of the dragon's cavernous lair.

Use the 14-day advanced-programming guide to find programs quickly and easily. See days of programming, sort by themes, or set reminders to notify you when a program is about to start. And do you find yourself watching a program with a hunch there might be something better on? Use the channel-browse mode to view what is playing on other channels without missing any of your current program.

All family members can customize their viewing with their own lists of channels using custom favorites. One-touch channel-back quickly returns you to a previously viewed channel at the touch of a button. And, with parental control, moms and dads can make sure children only see what they want them to see.

What's in the Box
DVR, DIRECTV access card, AC power cord, RJ-11-terminated phone-line splitter, remote control, remote batteries, 25-foot RJ-11 phone cord, RF coaxial video cable, composite-video/stereo analog audio interconnect, and S-video cable. ... Read more

Features

  • Combination dual-tuner DIRECTV satellite receiver and 35-hour DVR
  • Enjoy over 255 channels and never miss your favorite shows again
  • Pause, rewind, slow down, or skip to replay live television programs; watch one program while recording another
  • Season Pass automatically records every episode of your favorite shows
  • WishList finds and records programs that match your interests

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars tivo rocks
this box is awesome, but why is it $599 here. does it have somethign that the $99 one i just bought doesn't.

1-0 out of 5 stars Horrendous Quality Control
The concept of integrating DirecTV twin tuners with digital recording capabilities is brilliant, and the user friendliness of these machines is quite good considering the sophisticated technology. But I've only been able to experience it for about six hours before the units fail. Hard drives malfunction, tuners go out; I'm waiting for my third unit. My father has had three bad Philips DSR 7000 before giving up & buying a Hughes unit that has functioned for some time now. The warranty is terrible; 90 days and you have to pay the shipping. Philips should not have put their name on these machines, which all appear identical (RCA, Hughes, Philips) from the same joynt mfr. in Mexico. Mine came from the Philips Employee Store & I'm loyal, but this is pathetic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Machine
I'm not sure what the other reviewer is complaining about when saying that the TiVo isn't picking up channels and is unreliable.
No problems here, I get everything.
Also, YOU CANT TELL WHEN ITS ON THE SECOND TUNER. The integration between the 2 tuners is seemless, you watch tv and record on seperate channels, thats all you know.
The quality is EXACTLY the same as you get on regular directv... no complaints there... ZERO loss of quality on recordings and live tv.
This thing is fantastic, you program in what channels you receive and dont' receive, and it won't suggest shows or anything on the channels you don't receive, wonderful. After a couple weeks of using this, you learn all the tricks to finding great things, when watching tv.. you rate the shows you are watching by pressing a thumbs up or thumbs down on your control, then when you want, you can simply go to TiVo Suggestions and it will suggest shows and like shows to either watch live or record for your convenience. I have tons of Season Passes that TiVo records for me whenever my shows come on, FANTASTIC!!!
Another trick, I always start football games 30 minutes after they start, that way you can fastforward commercials and halftime... then by the end of the game you skipped the commercials and halftime and are caught up to real-time to see the finish. FANTASTIC.
And guys, the system will auto-record whenever you are watching live tv (and only stores it temporarily until you change channels)... this is AWESOME, that means when you are just leisurely watching a show, and miss something, you can just rewind without having to have hit record earlier.
And the ability to control your own instant replays during football games makes this unit worth every cent in gold.. i pause and rewind all the time.
And folks, PLEASE don't waste your money on "the latest receivers" this one has all the options, for almost nothing, if you want more space, just search the internet, you can easily put a 120 gig hard drive in it like I did for $60 more and get 120 hours of recording.
And for the slow menu problems, thats answered on the system, if you press "page up" or "page down" on the remote, it makes it real quick and easy to browse the guide.
In conclusion, this is the BEST TiVo deal you can find, don't waste money on anything else, no problems at all with the unit. FANTASTIC!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy
This machine is great. Installation was easy. I just unhooked my existing directv box and plugged this one in.

I got this because it was way cheaper than a regular tivo. The monthly service was cheaper as well.

If you're the kind of person who cannot program a vcr this unit is definetly for you. It is very simple to use and very fun as well.

5-0 out of 5 stars TIVO is GREAT! Exceeds Expectations
I just got this unit as part of a Directv NFL Sunday Ticket special offer. It works great. I had a brief problem with Dolby signal but after trouble shooting realized I had an incorrect setting on my A/V receiver (analog input). Recorded picture is equivalent to live. Recording is a breeze. Season ticket, Wish list and other filtering features are very useful for auto recording programs. In my situation I have a dual LNB single dish that feeds into a multi-switch, works fine. I now have 3 DIRECTV receivers 2 RCA's and this PHILIPS unit. As far as I can tell they all have the same picture. TIVO is cool! ... Read more


33. Philips TSU3000 Pronto Next Generation Remote
list price: $349.99
our price: $312.99
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Asin: B000095JBD
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1452
Average Customer Review: 2.86 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Featuring a roomy four megabytes of non-volatile flash memory, the Philips Pronto TSU3000 touch-screen universal remote puts home theater control in the palm of your hand. Its 3.8-inch-diagonal LCD screen renders system information in dynamic, 16-level grayscale, and its radio-frequency control frees you from having to maintain line-of-sight between the Pronto and your gear.

The included Pronto Edit Software lets your imagination take control. By synchronizing the Pronto to a PC via a simple USB connection, you can import graphics (such as channel icons or pictures of your audio/video components), edit macro commands, customize menus, and lay out the virtual buttons on the LCD for convenient, single-tap commands.

Exterior controls further simplify remote operation. Browse menu screens using the four-directional navigation button, both vertically (through the pages of each device) and horizontally (through the different devices). The unit's icy blue backlight is perfect for granting accessibility while you're watching movies with the lights down low. ... Read more

Features

  • Built-in U.S. Universal Database with pre-installed codes for over 500 brands in 13 device categories
  • LCD display has a high resolution and provides a bright backlight for convenient operation in the dark
  • USB Port - remote can be upgraded via the Internet
  • Virtually Unlimited Macros
  • ProntoEdit allows you to fully customize the user interface to suit your personal remoting style

Reviews (7)

1-0 out of 5 stars Perhaps satisfaction is a matter of perspective.....
I am an owner of a TSU-2000, and I recently upgraded to the TSU-3000.

I upgraded because I felt that the TSU-2000 lacked perfection in only 3 areas. First, the graphics (specifically the contrast) on the 2000's screen are mediocre, although they are very usable. Second, the 2000 lacks a physical toggle/cursor. Third, the 2000 uses batteries and, like any device that does, they must be replaced (or recharged) from time to time.

The TSU-3000 does admirably solve the first 2 issues, and I never expected the third to be solved in my lifetime. The TSU-3000's graphics are very good, and it has a toggle.

The TSU-3000's performance on the third issue, batteries, is illustrative of my faulty thinking when I upgraded. It never occurred to me that the upgraded model would perform significantly worse than the old model in lots of areas, but the performance of the 3000 is significantly poorer than that of the 2000 in many, many areas. In other words, not only does the 3000 need its little batteries recharged too often, but its performance in other areas is also deficient when compared to the 2000.

I am woefully familiar with remote central dot com. The forums there are very helpful, and very informative. Evidently, when the 2000 was upgraded to the 3000, the starting point was the processor. The Motorola processor used in the Palm Pilot and the 2000 was discarded in favor of a processor made by Mitsubishi. Unfortunately, the newer Mitsubishi processor doesn't work as well as the old Motorola processor. The new processor required new graphic software for the 3000 and, you guessed it, the new software does not work as well either. The list of performance deficiencies goes on..... I'd recommend reading the whole saga at remote central. The problems appear to plague all the new Pronto models--the 3000, the 7000 and the iPronto.

So, older is better. Oddly, prices reflect this, too. As of a few minutes ago, refurbed 3000s sell for less than refurbed 2000s. Now, if that doesn't make you stop and think, nothing will. Hmmm..... Is this another case of a company building a great product and then cutting costs in a new model, hoping to make money from past performance?

I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know this: my 2000 is going to my bedroom, and my 3000 is going to my closet. For my living room, I'm going to buy a refurbished 6000, the one with the Palm Pilot processor.

Bottom line: When compared to the 2000, the 3000 doesn't make it. Perhaps satisfaction IS purely a matter of perspective, and maybe my views are too influenced by the fact that I already own the best, that being the 2000, and the 3000 does not compare favorably.

3-0 out of 5 stars Works well if you put in the time, devours batteries
I've likely put in no less than 100 hours configuring this remote using the PC software, and this is after I reused artwork and icons from many others who share on remote central. The result is a an attractive and easy to use display which can drive everything in my home entertainment system. Unfortunately, even with all the effort babysitters may still struggle to make everything work right. This remote and its software provides you great flexibility, but you have to really put the time in (on the order of weeks and months)to set everything up nicely. I rather enjoy doing all that, but I believe most people will not.
The greatest drawback with this device though is the battery life. I went through a set of 4 AAAs every few days. I therefore went to rechargables which I have to recharge every 2 days. I want to recommend this remote, but given the difficulty many will find in programming it and the battery life I have to stop short.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Great Universal Remote for Programmers and Techies
The Philips Pronto is the ultimate universal remote for those who want total control and flexibility, and are willing to invest the money and time. Although not required (but recommended), Windows based PC software is provided for designing and programming your screen/button configurations. A USB cable is included to exchange (download and upload) configurations between your PC and the Pronto. IR codes for many products are included and/or can be learned from your existing remotes.

There are a few downsides. The Windows based ProntoEdit software although good, does not have all of the tools that one might like to have for designing and tweaking the screen/button configurations. As a result, button alignment and distribution (consistent spacing between buttons) can be very time consuming. The software is a little quirky, has been known to crash and to corrupt configurations. You can avoid problems though by being careful and making backup copies of your configuration files.

The manual isn't great but 3rd party programming assistance is out there, for instance a better design/programming reference is available on the Pronto Wizard web site. The battery life is very short especially during programming cycles so I recommend purchasing the DS3000 docking station which comes with a rechargeable battery pack and acts as a charger. The IR range is very good, but if you would like to control devices from a distance of more that 30 feet or in a different room, the RFX6000 RF extender is an excellent product.

2-0 out of 5 stars can we say overpriced?
I am not impressed with this remote, I personally don't own one. But, I know 2 people that do, and I have messed with theirs extensively. First off the unit is pricy, sure it's one of the only full LCD remotes on the market. But, for less money you could get a new full color Palm, and get the software off the internet to turn it into a remote. Which would oddly enough give you more power and control. The range would be much less, but most people use a remote while infront of the tube (right?)

Second, the PC software is pretty bad, it's hard to use and I've seen it crash with my own eyes. It's not as intuitive as Phillips wants you to think. You can do some pretty cool things with it, but I feel it's not where it should be. Especially for a product of this price.

Phillips has a full color Pronto on the market, and it's only about 4x as much money (wadda deal!)

I would not recommend this to anyone, the price is ludicris. The backlite is poor, the battery life is horrible. You'd do better to buy a Palm off Amazon and use the remote software to turn it into a remote. a 640x480 full VGA remote owns big time :)

4-0 out of 5 stars Universal Remote, good and bad but worth the effort
I bought this remote to replace 6 remotes of my new system.
Bought 4 months ago, and had trouble getting it to work right.
The default interface is horrible, and no wonder an earlier reviewer thought so badly of the image in a bright room. Don't expect to use the default programing, you MUST add a prerecorded interface to make this remote worth the effort and money. Go to http://www.remotecentral.com/cgi-bin/files/rcfiles.cgi?area=prontong&db=systems&br=&fc=
There are over 50 setups that people much smarter than me share. These formats are MUCH MUCH better than the default program.
Found Windows ME does not work well when programing system. Windows NT and XP work fine for programing. You can cut and paste from the various files posted to make a very readible and useful remote. However, I could NEVER get the progamming to recognize my components. I had to teach the Pronto EVERY button's function by teaching from the originial component's remotes. Fortunately, this is pretty simple and I had all buttons programed in about 20 minutes for 5 components. Now I have a very nice and useful remote. I can actually retire 5 remotes.

Unfortunately, I have not learned to program my new VCR/Hard drive component, and when I do, and want to program the Pronto, I will loose all learned formats for all components. Mickey Mouse, but worth the effort to get rid of so much clutter. The Pronto has an upload feature to upload existing formats into your PC. That feature does not work, and is a waste of time. Accept the fact you will have to relearn all buttons when making programing changes.

Bottom line: great remote if you are willing to spend the time to learn and program. ... Read more


34. Philips HS500 Behind the Head Sport Lightweight Headphone with Neckband
list price: $14.99
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Asin: B00005OTG6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 601
Average Customer Review: 4.37 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Trend setting headphone for trendy lifestyles
  • Pull relief system for durability
  • Acoustic reflector system for powerful bass performance
  • Snazzy neckbank design
  • Gold plated plug

Reviews (41)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good, cheap, work well with PowerBook and iPod
I could never get used to the earbuds that came with my iPod, so I picked up these headphones at Target. It's my first set of behind-the-neck phones, but I got used to them without too much trouble.

They sound good both playing MP3s from my iPod and PowerBook. There were similarly-priced headphones on the rack from Sony, but these advertised better low and high frequency response. I also like the elastic restraint connecting the cord to the left earpiece, which would appear to prevent tension where the cord meets the earpiece. Time will tell if that helps with the inevitable abuse these things take, and whether that area of the cord will pull loose or fray.

Also notable is that the cord only connects to one earpiece -- the left -- so you don't have two wires stringing down from your ears in front of you. That should prevent snags as well. Since I usually wear my iPod on my left hip, this works out really well.

All in all a solid set of consumer headphones. I wouldn't use them when recording (I'm a musician), but for bopping around town they fit the bill.

5-0 out of 5 stars A steal
You can't go wrong for the price (I paid $15). I have long hair so they are virtually invisible. I was cautious buying them because I have a large head and I wear glasses. But I think they are very comfortable. They fit snugly against my head without pressure. I can barely feel them on at all. I think the sound quality is excellant for such a cheaply priced set of headphones. Can you get better quality sound? Sure, but these get a lot of bang for the buck. I hear all ranges fine. I could not get earbuds to stay on if I even remotely moved my head. These don't go anywhere. If you are looking for headphones that totally eliminate anyone else from hearing your music, you are looking at the wrong headphones. After all, they are open. But if you are looking for a reasonably priced lightweight headphone that is comfortable and slick looking, I don't think you can go wrong with these.

1-0 out of 5 stars Dont waste your money
I wouldnt waste your money on these headphones if you are a serious user, i use mine daily, i have never owned a pair of headphones that i could wear out in 4 months. The saulders broke on the connecting wire and when you played with the wire they would scratch. They have awesome sound though, while they last. and the little string that "keeps the cord from pulling out" breaks and the other ends rattles, my advice stick to sony they have never failed me.

5-0 out of 5 stars great!
I bought these last winter and they was good!! they much better than the headphones the philip cd player came with

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound
I've been looking for a good headset for working out and have been disappointed until I bought these.

I bought and returned 5 other headsets at various stores (5 of which were more expensive) and finally lucked out and found these at Target. They have excellent sound (especially the bass response), are fairly comfortable (little discomfort over the ear after about 1.5 hours of continuous wear), and they are great for running (light weight and secure fit).

I actually run the cord (5ft long) behind my back to my MP3 player so it's out of the way (if you try this with ear buds they usually pull too much and loosen in your ear or fall out). Also found they work great and stay out of the way when behind the back when I'm mountain biking.

If you plan to use these while sitting back in a high back chair where your head touches the seat (i.e., airplane, car, etc.) you'll have to minipulate the band behind your neck up or down to keep the speakers comfortably on your ears. Sooo, don't get these if you do a lot of traveling and want to listen to music), ear buds or over the head models are a better choice for this.

Can't give it a full 5 stars only because of the long-term wear issue mentioned above.

Overall, definately worth the money. Like I said, they were much better than many more expensive models. ... Read more


35. Philips HN060 Noise-Canceling Ear Bud Headphones
list price: $59.99
our price: $59.99
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Asin: B00061IYJC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 4570
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Features

  • Dual cone-shaped ear bud headphones with noise-canceling technology
  • Drowns out background sounds while enhancing music performance
  • Built-in volume control for listening precision
  • Includes carrying pouch and neck strap for added comfort
  • Comes with 1/4-inch plane adapter; 3.5 mm jack

36. Philips HP170 Full-Size Headphones
list price: $39.99
our price: $14.94
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Asin: B000056SJT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Gemini Industries, Inc.
Sales Rank: 797
Average Customer Review: 3.77 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

On the go or at the club, these lightweight over-ear headphones offer portability, versatility, and affordability. Independent left/right earcup volume controls let you tailor the levels to your environment, while DJs will especially appreciate the handy stereo/mono switch for summing the left and right signals when appropriate. (This will also assist you in setting even levels in each of the earpieces.) Designed for comfort, the HP170 offers padded, over-ear cups and a self-adjusting headband with an inner band for extra support.

What's in the Box
Headphones, a .25-inch adapter, and a data sheet. ... Read more

Features

  • Padded, over-the-ear cups with self-adjusting headband
  • Independent volume dials for each ear (no volume locks), single-ear cord
  • Stereo/mono switch (great for DJs)
  • Closed-ear design
  • Lightweight and comfortable

Reviews (35)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great value for more than decent headphones.
I bought these headphones looking for comfortable, full-size headphones that fit a poor college kid's budget. I wasn't disappointed.

The headphones sound good -- far better than most smaller headphones under $30. Rich bass and discernable treble mark the good sound range, though I've had a little breakup at higher volumes (may not be the headphones' fault).

Unless you really need them, I wouldn't let the switch and volume controls kid you -- they really don't affect much on the positive or negative side. On occasion I've had them slip, but probably because I've dropped them so much (have I mentioned that this thing is durable?).

The fit is quite comfortable -- they may feel a little tight at first, but after a few minutes of use they became almost as good as Bose (well, maybe not...but they cost 10-20 times less). The only complaint on the padding is that if I move around too much, sometimes it'll emit squeaking noises, fixable only by adjusting the fit a little bit.

Still, for their price, the annoyances don't happen enough to outweigh the sound and comfort of these headphones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for everyday use...
These headphones are pretty good considering the price. The bass is decent, and the midrange and treble sound fairly clear. These headphones are lightweight, making them comfortable for quite a few hours. They don't distort easily unless there is too much bass. So far I've had no problems with them. They fit my ears fine, but then again I think I have big ears. :P If you want a good solid pair of lightweight closed headphones, I would definitely recommend these. But if you plan on using them for more that just listening to mp3's or cds or plan on playing music for a long period of time, you might want to spend some extra money and get a really good pair.

3-0 out of 5 stars plug short
I have had these headphones for 4 months, 3 of those months i have been using only one side because of a short in the cord. I cannot fault the Headphones for the short because I tend to step on the long cord. so I spent 6 bucks for a new connector at another retailer and soldered it on. If I have another a problem I am going for a more expensive brand. The sound is great for the price tho.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I bought these before I went on an 18 day excursion in Europe and they worked wonderfully. They are comfortable enough to sleep in and they project the music is such a way that it actually sounds like you are live at the concert! Very nice headphones for an amazing price! I'd buy them again and again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for children
I was in the market for a set of headphones that would fit my child's head without slipping and be durable enough to withstand the handling of a six year old. This was the perfect solution. I was pleased with the fit, the durability, and the output of the sound! ... Read more


37. Philips HN050 Noise Canceling Lightweight Headphones with Neckband
list price: $59.99
our price: $44.94
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Asin: B0001OY2V8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2354
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Behind-the-head headphones with noise-canceling feature for superior listening
  • Permits undisturbed audio in busy or loud places
  • Lightweight neckband wraps around head for comfortable fit
  • Handy in-cord control for managing noise-canceling option
  • 24k gold-plated plug; 4-foot cord

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars too tight
There's no adjustment to the headphone itself. The design will fit people with big heads. But the ear piece press against my ears too tight. Hurts after a while. The Noise Canceling work well. Sound quality is OK. More on the high side. I think for about the same price you can get one with better sound quality.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cool Headphones
I must say these are ok headphones. Mine were damaged though. The sound is good, a bit big on the head. ... Read more


38. Philips HP250 Full-Size Headphones with Volume Control
list price: $19.99
our price: $19.99
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Asin: B00061IYGA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 4558
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Features

  • Full size for disturbance free sound
  • 19.5 ft cable with in line volume control
  • OFC cable
  • acoustic reflector for enhanced bass performance
  • 3.5- 1/4" stereo adapter included

39. Philips HE591 Surround Sound Ear Buds (Black)
list price: $24.99
our price: $17.99
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Asin: B0001OY2VS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 3208
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Black ear bud headphones with patented virtual surround sound technology
  • 15 mm speaker elements enhance sound quality
  • Flexi-grip connection protects cable from damage
  • Includes molded rubber carrying case for protection
  • 24k gold-plated plug and 3.9-foot cable length

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound and PERFECT fit!
First of all, these headphones fit me like they were custom made! The buds fit snugly (never fell out) and were extremely comfortable! The cable was the only thing reminding me that I had them on. I was very surprised to see that the fit was a problem. I also read a review that noted that the sound seemed distant. This is mostly likely because the reviewer covered the small hole (under the logo) on the outside of the buds. Just make sure nothing's blocking the hole as it is Philips patented reflected-speaker design. I must say the surround sound effect created is AMAZING- it felt like I was hearing the sound right inside my head and not through headphones.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ow ow ow ow ow
First off let me say that these earphones provide great sound, BUT you can't use them for more than 5 minutes without your ears being split in two. I wore them for about 15 minutes and my ears were red for the rest of the day. I fixed this problem by cutting sections out of the plastic tubes and then melting them back together. After this they fit perfectly, but I still had a problem with them slipping out of my ears. Overall these are great earphones if you want to spend time modifying them, but I would reccomend something else...

2-0 out of 5 stars Not entirely worth your twenty...
I have an apple ipod, and the little earbuds that came with them broke so I set off to find a pair at Target. However, they do not carry the original buds in stores, and my Target was out of the in the ear-bud ipod headphones. So I decided to try these. I wasn't very pleased. Their sound seems very distant and doesn't block out activity around me. Also, they don't have good volume. I liked the bass, but I just felt it sounded like I was in a large room and the music sounded distant. Overall, I would spend the extra 20 for the apple in the ear-bud headphones.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound/Nonfunctional Design
The sound on these headphones is AWESOME--for the 30 seconds you're able to keep them in your ears. Users will find that the earbuds' conical-shape, combined with the rubber covers (you can't use the earbuds without these covers, because the metal will scratch your inner ear), allows these earbuds to constantly slip out of your ears. During a 30-minute walk, at least one of the buds (most often the left one, because of the asymmetric cabling system) must have slipped out of my ear every half-block. And the problem isn't just limited to wearing them during a workout, because they even slipped out of my ears while I was sitting at my desk. These are definitely going back to the store. (Same product as the HE592, just a different color)

1-0 out of 5 stars Uncomfortable, muddy sound
Looking for a replacement for my Sony in-ear earbuds (MDR-ED21LP), I decided to give these a try. Forget it. First of all, the rubber 'tubes' on the ends, while somewhat flexible, don't conform to my ear canals at all and thus the earbuds are VERY uncomfortable if worn for more than a couple of minutes. Second, the sound consists mainly of midtones. The highs are not at all crisp, and the bass is poor. If I enable the bass-boost on my CD player, the bass comes out very muddy. My cheap $10 Sony earbuds sound 10x better. If you are looking for something to block out sound, you'd be better of with one of the offerings from Sony or Koss where the 'tubes' are made of spongy material similar to what you might find on foam earplugs. (But then again, THOSE might not fit YOUR ear canals.) These Philips earbuds didn't really block out outside sound, but that's probably because they didn't fit properly in MY ears. Unfortunately, no sample model was available in the store and I was told the earbuds are not returnable unless unopened. It was a gamble that didn't pay off for me. ... Read more


40. Philips HE592 Surround Sound Ear Buds (White)
list price: $24.99
our price: $17.99
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Asin: B0001OY2W2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 6048
Average Customer Review: 3.23 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • White ear bud headphones with patented virtual surround sound technology
  • 15 mm speaker elements enhance sound quality
  • Flexi-grip connection protects cable from damage
  • Includes molded rubber carrying case for protection
  • 24k gold-plated plug and 3.9-foot cable length

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars great headphones
I read many other reviews about how these buds didnt fit in the ear comfortably. I disagree with these reviews. They are very comfortable and have a second set of neoprene earpieces to fit a different sized ear. great sound. better than the ipod ear buds and cheaper also. the white buds also match my ipod quite nicely. great product. buy it and try it. if you are disappointed, target gives you 90 days to return it.

1-0 out of 5 stars They just don't fit
This is the first review I have ever written about a product. I thought these earbuds sounded great, but they NEVER stayed in my ears. Like the rest of the world, I listen to my IPod while walking, which is next to impossible with these things in my ear. The left ear especially, since the cord is shorter on the left side, would pull out every 20 steps. <br /> <br /> They lasted four days before I threw them in the trash. On to the next set of earbuds. Trust me, they do not stay in your ear. Just a horrible product.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great...once you make them fit!
I purchased these at the local Target, and while they sound exceptional they fit horribly. They either fell out or had to be uncomfortably wedged in. After weeks of feeling disappointed, I found the extra ear gels from a Jabra cellphone earpiece (they normally come with left and right in about 3-4 sizes.) A set of these fits perfectly on the ear buds, and VIOLA! they now fit comfortably, stay in place and sound GREAT!

2-0 out of 5 stars Sound good but how to you wear them
They dont fit in my ear right. they can hang from the bottom of your ear(i think this is the idea) but then they dont sound so good (compired to in ear). i could deal with that if the left one would not fall out because of the weight of the cable. The carry case is novel at best. I think i will return them and get a pair which i could take running. or even walking. its a nice idea phillips. hang from the bottom of your ear idea is a good one but a little more r&d required

5-0 out of 5 stars Washes and dries nicely!
So I managed to have my ear-buds run through both the washer and the dryer. The buds where still in the rubber case and the wires where all tangled when I took out the load of blue jeans. I plugged them back into my ipod and what do you know they sound like new! They sound great, fit in my ears well, and even made it through a wash and dry cycle! ... Read more


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