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101. Philips AZ2425 CD Radio Cassette
102. Philips FW768R Compact Stereo
103. Philips FR975 Dolby Digital/DTS
104. Philips FWC870 Compact Stereo
105. Philips FWC780 Compact Stereo
106. Philips AJ313017 Green LED Clock
107. Philips CDR870BK Audio CD Recorder
108. Philips MX3900D 5-DVD/CD Home
109. Philips FWP900 Home Theater Compact
110. Philips CDR785BK 3-CD Integrated
111. Philips MC50 3-CD Changer Micro
112. Philips FWC380 Compact Stereo
113. Philips FW-i1000 Internet Audio
114. Philips MX980D DVD Home Theater
115. Philips FW-D5 DVD Home Theater
116. Philips CDR800 3-CD Integrated
117. Philips TravelAlarm Clock Radio
118. Philips FWR55 Compact Stereo System
119. Philips MC30 CD Micro System
120. Philips MXJ70 Pro Logic Compact

101. Philips AZ2425 CD Radio Cassette Recorder
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00004U8G5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 28583
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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With a sleek silver design, the Philips AZ242517 CD/radio cassetterecorder fits on any shelf or desk. It features two-way speakers for full sound,a top-loading CD player, a digital AM/FM tuner, and a cassette deck. The CDplayer features 20-track programming, shuffle, repeat, next/previous tracksearch, music search, and synchro start recording. The system plays recordedtapes and records directly from the built-in CD player or digital tuner. Userscan control the volume digitally and detach the speakers for increasedflexibility. The AZ242517 is CD-R and CD-RW compatible and comes with a 14-keyremote control. ... Read more


  • Top-loading CD player with 20-track programming
  • Stereo cassette player and digital AM/FM tuner with 29 station presets
  • Includes a 14-key remote control
  • CD-R and CD-RW compatible
  • Detachable bass reflex speaker system

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good for the Money
Overall, this is a good product...good sound quality (awesome surround sound), and it gets very loud...good if you're throwing a party and need music to fill a room. However, the remote control leaves a lot to be desired. Sometimes, when I press it, it will skip a couple of preset stations, skipping over the one I want. It does the same thing with the volume. Another can't switch modes via remote (tuner to cassette to CD) -- I must resort to getting up and manually switching modes. Also, you must manually turn the machine on and off.

Despite all of the complaints, it does produce incredible sound, and it is an attractive piece of machinery. The speakers are also detatchable, and the wires connecting them to the middle piece are pretty long...again, good for a party.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product but not excited over it
Overall this is a good product. It produces rich, full sounds when the music is processed through its effects processor. The unit is mostly plastic, but it is well-built though you won't get that sturdy feel. The remote control is disappointing. It does not include a power button. This limits its usefulness since I have to get up and turn on/off the unit manually. The product description should have mentioned this.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product but not excited over it!
Overall, this is a good product. The sounds coming from it sounds rich and full when processed through its effects processor. Although made of mostly plastic, the unit is well-built, but you're certainly won't get that sturdy feel. The remote control is dissappointing. It does not include a power button and hence not as useful as it can be since I have to get up to turn on/off the unit manually. The description should have mentioned this. ... Read more

102. Philips FW768R Compact Stereo System
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00000JIAJ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
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103. Philips FR975 Dolby Digital/DTS Audio/Video Receiver
list price: $399.99
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Asin: B00004U54K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 37118
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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  • Dolby Digital (AC-3), DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic surround decoding
  • 100 watts per channel x 5
  • Offers stereo downmix from multichannel sources for 2-channel digital output to CD-R or minidisc
  • Natural Surround creates surround sound for 2-channel sources like a TV or CD player
  • Features 8 audio inputs, including a phono jack for your turntable

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars Good Receiver
The only problems I have noticed is poor stagiging in the rear speakers - lack of volume too.

5-0 out of 5 stars Still going strong
I purchased this receiver and the companion DVD711 player 2 years ago and it still impresses me to this day. I have it breathing through a pair of Klipsch LaScala's and a single powered sub and the power output can either be subtle or breath-taking. Has enough features to be funtional and no unnecessary gee-gaws I find to be useless price-inflation toys. I bought this to replace an old Kenwood integrated amp and I found it to put out as much oomph, if not a little more.

I would highly recommend this unit to any frugal audio/videophiles out there more interested in value rather then fluff.

5-0 out of 5 stars " A Potent Receiver"
This receiver is stunning.... It has raw power.... It has 5 S video inputs/outputs,and it has 2 optical inputs/outputs with options for your vinyl Lp's, satellite and more.... This receiver is a steal, hands down the best receiver for the money!!! I have shopped around I have been in Bestbuy,Circuit City,Radio Shack,Sam's Club I've even gone to department stores looking for the right receiver. I have been in numerous sound rooms and yes Harmon Kardon,Onkyo,Denon,and Yamaha do sound good but the FR975 receiver has more raw power than all the names Ive just mentioned unless you want to pay a grand or so for a few extra features and some pretty lights....Dont get me wrong just because you find a receiver for cheap,doesn't mean you should use cheap speakers.) I would still recommend high quality speakers.Your electronic equippment is as good as the quality, but sometimes you can find quality without the expense. This also an awesome upgrade from dolby surround to digital surround.(Nothing Ive seen carries the digital (DTS) signal and has the power of this receiver let alone the price of this receiver.)If you want to get crunk then crank this!!! Most underated buy for a receiver....

4-0 out of 5 stars Fine thing for this price
I'm satisfied with receiver performance, just one or two additional features can make live even better: first universal remote is designed for USA, so I'm missing some brands (satellite equipment), that is common in Europe; I would like to have possibility to adjust volume levels on different inputs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great performer, nice design
I've had this receiver for a couple months now, and I'm very satisfied. The Philips good quality and nice clean design is very evident in this product. I like the power (100 Watts/channel) and multitude of AV hookups in the back...good for my setup of computer (music and dvd), TV, and philips Tivo machine. Setup and speaker adjustment was very easy, and the sound is very clean and powerful. Recommended! ... Read more

104. Philips FWC870 Compact Stereo System
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00005AY9W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 36191
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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  • 300 watts total power
  • wOOx Technology speaker system for deeper bass
  • 3-step wOOx level control
  • Sound Navigation System
  • FM/AM digital tuning with 40 presets

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Clear Power
We bought recently the system Philips FWC870, in replacement to an older system FW395C. The system C870 has much more power (300W rms). The separation of the tones is very good even in louder volumes. The set has a good behavior so much in the bass tones as in the treble ones. 18 configurations of sound effects do exist.

A certain effect can be good for a certain type of music (instrumental for example) but not so good with a noisier and fuller sound (rock). It is important that the user is attentive for the best configuration for each music type. The configuration OPTIMAL is reasonable for all of the music. In the case of music with few different instruments, the effect HALL is fantastic. Another important tuning is the level of WOOX that should be chosen music by music.

A thing that impresses plenty is the design, reminding the seventies. It's a pity that the possibility of turning completely off the display doesn't exist. The display is very colorful in comparison with the sobriety of the set. The set is even more attractive without the grilles. But one should think very well in wear out the grilles if he's children all around.

I don't know why is so difficult to find this model here in Brazil. When we've found one, new, its price was only US$ 215.00. I only can imagine this seventies look hasn't attracted so many people as the JVC MX-GT90 GigaTube (ugly, ugly, ugly).

Our apartment is trembling now since the quality of the sound is so good in louder volumes that we don't notice the high acoustic power we're spreading. We hope our neighbors love the same musical stuff than we.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love this stereo!!
This stereo is well worth the money! It sounds great. The bass was shaking my house. Most of all the design is beautiful, fits right in with my livingroom decor! cons: The tape player mechanism is loud, and the controls are rather complex and confusing.

5-0 out of 5 stars This System is the Best
I just got this system from today, and I have to say that I couldn't be happier. First impression, was that right out of the box, this system looked great and I couldn't wait to give it a try. It was very easy to hook up, taking me less then ten minutes to do so. Once I put in a CD, I realized that the system was well worth the money that I put up for it. The sound quality is excellent, and the WOOX bass is absolutely great. It isn't very difficult to learn to control, and it comes with a remote. A feature that I especially like is the fact that you are able to change two CD's while the third one remains playing. If you are looking for a nice system, but dont have a ton of extra space, then this one will be good for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Best Buy in Compact Shelf Systems
If you are like me, you find shopping for a shelf system to be utterly confusing. In the stores it is always so hard to tell what sounds good and what doesn't. The store employees generally know squat. And there are usually like 30 different models and brands to choose from.

The first store I looked at had a number of top models from Sony, Awia, Philips, and Panasonic. Many of the models all seemed to have the basic features, and the big variances were wattage, size, looks, and price. Some of the units looked nice and simple, but were [a lot]! Others were only around [not as much] with good features but were god awful ugly. (Espically some of those crazy JVC units and this one Philips one that is black and orange!) Who designs these things?

So I went to another store with even more choices. I wasn't looking for one with a ton of worthless features, just one that played music that sounded crisp, sharp, with just enough bass, and that was affordable. In the second store, among all these ugly big plastic boxes, was this one unit with solid wood speakers. The sales clerk informed me that the unit just came in and was the only one they carried with the wood. After listening to a Dave Matthews Band CD that they clerk had in this machine (the Philips FW-C870), and then some others, i realized two things. First, Philips makes a pretty mean machine. OF all the ones i listened to, theirs were the best sounding. Second, the wood speakers makes all the difference.

Okay, now some details about this unit. It has 300 Watts, in a 150 X 2 configuration. It has a 3-CD slide out changer, but a nice feature lets you change 2 of the discs while one is still playing. (I love that feature). It does have a pretty garash and cluttered display, but it can be dimmed down or even turned off. One of the nicest features is Philips new wOOx Bass System. This feature gives you 3 different dynamic bass levels, which really do get the job done. It does have all of the different tone and scene settings. For example you can set the system to know you are playing rock or jazz in a hall or disco. Worthless features if you ask me!

4-0 out of 5 stars COOL mini-system but the not the two wooden speakers
I just got this Philips FW-C870 few days ago and I just wanted to tell you that this mini-system rocks this house. The WOOX technology provided a lot of loud bass I had never heard for a long time. When I put it on WOOX 3, my house almost shook. You could adjust your own preset graphic equalizer by using the six Personal setting. Both of the cassette deck had excellent sound quality. The 300-watts total power provided enough loudness and clarity for my needs. Further more, this was one of the top mini-system rating from Consumer Reports magazine.

What I don't like about this Philips FW-C870 was the two 3-way maple wooden speakers. The two wooden speakers could very easily created a lot of dirts, dents, and scratches at the bottom by moving both of it around. There were also no four small circle grip tape to avoid damages. ... Read more

105. Philips FWC780 Compact Stereo System
list price: $249.99
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Asin: B00005AY9S
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 21038
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Enjoy powerful sound, flexibility, and convenience in a small package with the Philips FWC780 mini hi-fi system with three-CD changer and dual cassette deck. This mini system outputs 240 watts total power (120 watts per channel RMS stereo), with six digital sound control settings (digital, pop, classic, rock, new age, electric) and six virtual ambiance control modes (hall, cinema, arcade, concert, disco, cyber) that enhance your listening pleasure.

The three-way bass reflex speaker system is equipped with 6.5-inch front bass radiators for greater bass reproduction, 5.25-inch woofers, 2-inch tweeters, and 1-inch piezzos, all housed in a three-way enclosure for a wider range of frequency response and deeper bass sound. Incorporated into the system is wOOx technology with three-step level control. The Philips patented wOOx technology ensures superior bass results by using a dual-suspension bass radiator and dedicated amplifier circuitry that has been specially designed to produce and handle high dynamic sound signals at very low frequencies. The three-step wOOx level control lets you set the amount by which the bass sound will be enhanced. Also integrated into the FWC780 is "Incredible Surround," a simulated surround-sound technology designed for applications with limited separation of left and right speakers, widening the stereo spatial image for broader sound from two-channel systems.

The three-CD changer with motorized drawer has multidisc play capability providing more than three hours of continuous music. The CD player plays CD-R and CD-RW discs, so you can enjoy home-recorded discs over the entire lifetime of the player. The direct-play button lets you select and play any CD in the carousel at the touch of a button, or change out the other two discs while the third one continues playing. One-touch CD synchro recording allows the cassette deck and CD player to communicate with one another to synchronize the start of a cassette recording with the start of a CD or a CD program. Repeat, random, shuffle one/all, and CD programming are standard playback features on this mini system.

Other great features are a video/auxiliary input for connection of an accessory piece, such as a DVD player, TV, or external cassette deck, and a digital AM/FM tuner with 40-station preset memory. A clock, alarm, and sleep timer are included, so you can wake up to music from your favorite CD or radio station. And the three display modes show different amounts of display on the LCD, including a night mode display that turns off most of the system's lights.

Completing the FWC780 is the design itself. Rich metallic finishings, dramatic surfacing, a large, multicolor FTD display, and an ergonomic control layout optimize the system for comfort and convenience.

The Philips FWC780 hi-fi mini system comes with a push-button remote control and a one-year warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more


  • 240-watt minisystem with 3-CD changer
  • 3-way bass reflex speaker system with 3-step bass control
  • Plays CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs
  • Dual-logic tape deck with auto replay
  • Line out plus digital out for perfect CD recording

Reviews (4)

3-0 out of 5 stars I dont recommend it
I bought this Stereo here at Amazon.
Compared to my 5 year old Aiwa with almost same price.
This Stereo has a "background" noise like a computer(but not as loud) so if u listen to music very quietly you hear it.

Sound is Ok.
But Very few functions its ok if you only listen to CD otherwise look somewhere else.

Comparison Philips FWC 780/my old Aiwa

Sound: ***/*****

Functions: **/*****

Controls: **/****

Material Quality: ***/***

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound!
It goes without saying that this is one of the most powerful compact stereo systems on the market. The sound is extremely powerful and most importantly clear! It has many important features that modify the sound, such as incredible surround, enhanced bass and numerous others! Even when you turn up the volume, the sound remains clear and powerful; this indicates a high quality product. This is without doubt the best buy I have made so far! Ironically, the price is the best part, it cost only [dollar amount]. When compared to other more expensive products, this compact stereo is by far the best, both when it comes to sound and the looks! In short, this is a high quality poduct to a low price that I strongly recommend to prospective customers.

Are you looking for a stylish and POWERFUL stereo system with extrodinary BASS? Look no more, this is it, thats right the picture above this review is a great device.

When my old stereo system broke i had to search for a new stereo system as i couldnt handle not listening to any 2pac albums i had to quickly search for a new stereo system.What i was looking for was a powerful stereo system with crystal clear sound no matter how loud the volume is and it needs some heavey bass as i have alot of old school rap albums.

Well when i came across this stereo it was in my price range and i liked the looks of the system, especially the little power meter.Anyway i tried a sample on it and i was heeps surprise with the sound.I played it loud and the sound was still very clear unlike some stereos where the sound breaks up because the speakers cant handle it, well the phillips stereo can.There is two volume knobs, the normal stereo volume control and the WOOX advance technology speakers which packs alot of punch.WOOX speakers are optional, so if you want the BASS pumping just turn them on and change the level.Theres are 3 levels with the 3rd level being the most POWERFUL.

There is a sound navigation-JOG:
Digital Sound Control:
-New Age
Virtual Ambience Control
Incredible Sound

It has a 3cd changer, double tape deck, tuner(radio) and Aux(cdr/dvd).It also has ECO POWER, i have never seen this before, it is an option so you dont have to have it on but if you do it saves you energy, it plays and everything but with out the lights and display, yeah pretty AWESOME.

I did end up buying this product and i am EXTREMLY happy with it.Especially when i found out that Phillips and WOOX grouped up to be the best technology of the year(AUSTRALIA).During my search i did come across some nice stereo systems but this one topped the list and as you can see i wasnt dissapointed and i strongly doubt you will be either.


5-0 out of 5 stars Powerful System!
I owned lots of Philips products when I lived in Europe. 5 years ago I couldn't find a Philips audio system in the US. They finally have gotten product to the US market and it is the same good quality I experienced in Europe. This 240 watt system is extremely powerful. The bass is much better than most mini systems that are in this same category. Great Product!!! ... Read more

106. Philips AJ313017 Green LED Clock Radio
list price: $16.99
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Asin: B00004SCKE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 27948
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Wake to radio or buzzer with the Philips AJ313017 clock radio. The AJ313017 wakes you gently with increasing volume on either your favorite AM/FM radio station or the alarm beeper. Minimum and maximum alarm volume can also be set to your preferences.

The AJ313017's display features illuminated 0.6-inch digits. The repeat alarm button turns off the alarm for nine minutes, while the 24-hour alarm reset automatically resets the alarm for the same time the following day.

The unit comes with a battery backup option (a required 9-volt battery is not included). Philips offers a one-year parts and labor warranty.

... Read more


  • Wake up to radio or buzzer
  • Gentle wake; increasing alarm volume
  • 9-minute repeat alarm
  • 24-hour alarm reset
  • Battery back-up

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Love it -- just love it.
I've owned a bunch of clock radios in my years and so far, this one is my fav. Big clock, small table-top space. Really cool looking, too!

5-0 out of 5 stars Reliable and Dependable
This Phillips alarm clock is a very reliable clock and beats all others. Whether you would like to wake up to a light buzzing sound or the radio, this alarm clock is great. The clock also has a seven minute snooze option for morning s where you need tha little extra sleep. Another great thing is you can chhose what color you would like. So, if you need a dependable and reliable radio/clock, this is the way to go. Buy this product and wake up every morning with ease.


5-0 out of 5 stars great radio clock
I bought this clock radio from Amazon mainly because of its stylish look. It turns out to be a great choice.

My favorite feature of this clock is the Sleep function, the idea is to press one button and the radio is automatically turned on for an hour. So you can sleep with the music on. If you want to end it, just click on another button. It is so convenient.

The green display is bright and easy to be seen at night. Most clock radios have lousy speakers, not this one. Its sound is clear and full, almost as good as my desktop audio.

Sometimes it's awkward to search for your favorite stations because the tuning, volume, am/fm switch are all on the side, you have to hold the whole clock in one hand and operate using another hand. But once you set up everything, you can just lay back and enjoy the music. It is so much fun!

5-0 out of 5 stars RELIABLE RADIO
This is a great radio. I have had it for a very long time and I can tell you that this radio is one of the best that I have ever owned. Don't turn this one down. ... Read more

107. Philips CDR870BK Audio CD Recorder

Asin: B00000JFFN
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
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A high quality audio CD player featuring 1 bit A to D converter technology. ... Read more


  • Record your own digital audio compact discs
  • Playable on any standard CD player
  • CD-Sync autostart recording
  • Digital and analog inputs and outputs
  • Integrated sample rate conversion technology

108. Philips MX3900D 5-DVD/CD Home Theater System

Asin: B00008XL1N
Catlog: CE
Sales Rank: 23454
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars
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A multidisc, multiformat home-entertainment virtuoso, Philips' MX3900D includes a Dolby Digital/DTS-capable surround sound receiver with an integrated five-DVD/CD changer, as well as four compact satellite speakers, a five-driver slimline center speaker, and a dedicated low-frequency subwoofer for full-throttle theater excitement. The DVD drive plays DVD, DVD+RW, and VCDs, in addition to MP3 and JPEG image CDs. With a mixed-mode CD, you can even select a treasured JPEG image to serve as the backdrop to your MP3 listening. So load the changer with your favorite movies and music and set back to immerse yourself in full-bodied surround sound.

Video features include picture zoom, multi-angle viewing, and parental lock. The system's 85-watts-per-channel receiver delivers a total of 500 watts, and the system's Class D amplifier was designed with special attention to the extreme dynamics possible in DVD movie presentations.

The MX3900D's four two-way satellite speakers and center-channel speaker are acoustically designed to match the tonal characteristics of the receiver. Front left, right, and center speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent any interference with your TV's image. The sixth speaker is a passive subwoofer with twin-port bass tubes that enhance the speaker's delivery by letting it move more air at carefully tuned frequencies. The tuner offers 40 FM/AM presets.

The receiver features two analog-audio inputs and one analog-audio output, along with a digital-audio input and output (both coaxial). Three video outputs (including the primary monitor output) accommodate a range of televisions, from sets with standard composite-video terminals to sets offering high-resolution component-video inputs.

What's in the Box
Receiver/DVD unit, remote control, batteries, instructions for use, AM and FM antennas, warranty information, six loudspeakers (including the passive subwoofer), all requisite loudspeaker cable, a subwoofer connection cable, a stereo analog audio cable, a composite-video cable, a component-video cable, mounting brackets and screws, and an AC power cord. ... Read more


  • Home theater system with 5-DVD/CD changer, five satellite speakers, a subwoofer, and 500 watts total system power
  • Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround decoding for discrete, enveloping DVD surround sound
  • 40 FM/AM station presets
  • A/V inputs for two additional components; all necessary speaker cables and interconnects included
  • Receiver/DVD: 17 x 4 x 15 inches; satellites: 4 x 6 x 4 inches; center speaker: 17 x 3 x 3 inches; subwoofer: 8 x 17 x 15 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (5)

2-0 out of 5 stars Nice, but there's better.
I know I probabaly shouldn't expect so much for the good deal that I got, but the MX3900D was a major disappointment.

I have had problems since day one with the sound levels while playing DVD's. When I have the radio turned on I can keep the level at about a 5 or a 6 and hear it through my whole house. For a DVD I have to turn the level to 25 or 30 to barely hear common conversations. It is also really irratating that when I put a new DVD in the changer and then select that tray that the DVD doesn't automatically start playing. Isn't that the point of the DVD menu that movie companies put on the disc?? I even went so far as calling Philips to find out about the problems and was told that these are known issues and can't be fixed.

Sorry, but I want a system that I don't have to crank all the the way so that I can hear my movie. This one went back to the store.

5-0 out of 5 stars Everything I could have hoped for!
I received this as a Father's Day gift. My five year old son and I had it up and running in less than an hour. It needed no additional cables and we were blown away by how good it sounded. Keep in mind this is my first venture into a home theater system. I could not see spending a mortgage payment on a system with a 5 and 2 year old that would put something through a subwoofer or something.

The sound is great. Set up is easy and the price is fantastic!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, Great Price
I bought a factory reconditioned 3950 from, and couldn't be happier with it. This system has some really nice features like sound that can be easily adjusted with the remote depending on where you are sitting in the room. It also has a voice enhancer feature that can be turned off/ on with the remote as well.
The sound is great for HTIB. The bass is tight, and dialogue is clear no matter what movie is playing. Considering I paid less than $200 for this system, I really don't see how the sound could be that much better in a HTIB that costs 5-10 times as much, which I saw when I was looking.
In addition to the great sound, this is a nice looking system, also. Philips is one of the few electronics companies that understands that exterior design is almost as important as sound quality.
Another reviewer mentioned the flimsy disc trays, this is true. They are very flimsy - I don't think it would take much to damage one, then you are SOL. But overall, I would definitely recommend this system to anyone who can't justify spending tons of money on a home theater setup.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing
I wasnt sure what to expect, but this system has great power and amazing sound, and for a musician who records music constantly, thats a real plus. great system.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great sound! Love my system!
I bought this system from a local Target and love it! The sound is nice and rich, and the subwoofer is especially nice sounding. It has AM/FM tuners (with antennas), digital audio in and out, and A/V audio in (for a vcr/cable box). I've got both the digital audio in and the a/v audio in hooked to my digital cable box. The digital channels sound very good in 5.1. The analog ones sound good but it's just the same level in every speaker.
The only real problem I see with this unit is the DVD drive trays seem flimsy, but that's a small thing. ... Read more

109. Philips FWP900 Home Theater Compact Stereo System
list price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005AYAC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 38399
Average Customer Review: 4.25 out of 5 stars
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  • 300 watts total power
  • 50 watts subwoofer
  • 6-Speaker Dolby Pro Logic surround sound system
  • Sound Navigation System
  • FM/AM digital tuning with 40 presets

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad!!
I purchased this system over 2 years ago and have been pleased. Evidently this item is no longer carried by but if you are considering looking elsewhere this review may be helpful.

The system is good but not great. In the power department it delivers. The stereo sound is good as is the surround sound system. I am no expert in adjusting sound levels and so some movies I and my family watch seem to be a little loud in some speakers and soft in others. You can adjust the sound levels for the 3 front speakers but the rear two speakers have to be adjusted together. The cd player holds 3 cd's and plays CD-R's. The dual tape deck works fine but can get a little confusing since there are no push buttons to control playback or recording for each deck. You have to use the same buttons for each deck and while fliping back and forth between decks it can get confusing.

Now that the system is 2 years old the minor flaws then seem like major flaws now. The fixed wires for the surround sound speakers limit the positioning of the speakers. I must admit that the lines are at least 15 feet long but depening on your room layout that can still not be long enough. With wireless speakers becoming more and more popular these speaker wires seem really outdated. Next, the cd player does not play MP3's. MP3 recordings are quickly becoming the preferred way to store audio material. The inability of this unit to play MP3's instantly marks it as an outdated model. Lastly, the surround sound speakers are large and clunky. I don't care for some of the small things technology promotes, like minature cell phones and micro sized universal remotes. However, I do like streamlined and small speakers. This unit speakers take up too much space and can clash with the decor of the room.

It may seem as though I am bashing this unit but I'm not. It has served our family well and delivers what it promises. I purchased a transition item that was on sale. I saved quite a bit of money and for me the savings out weighed the negatives I mentioned above. This system may not be for the serious stereo/home theater customer but it may do well for the beginner who needs a good system at a good price.

3-0 out of 5 stars The Best STEREO In The Whole Entire World!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, great price...
I ended up buying this system from Best Buy, Amazon couldn't get it for some reason. Very easy to set up but if you are an electronic novice, the features can get a bit confusing. I didn't have a problem, but someone else might. The sound is great but the best part is the surround sound. Philips gives you more than enough wire attached to the speakers for a bedroom or small living room. I watched "Das Boot" (having just read the book) and was amazed by the sound. The dripping water, the explosions, all there, all real sounding. And that is kind of an older movie, the sound being edited for DVD. I can't wait to see what a newer movie is like.

The only negative aspect of the product is that it uses the antiquated "bare-wire in a slot" system to plug the speakers into the unit rather than the now common RCA jacks. This means no switching to Monster Cable or something like that. The supplied subwoofer does use an RCA jack. The good thing is the clip system they use to hold the wires in is better than the 7 year old Sharp I replaced with this system.

Other than that, I am more than pleased with my purchase. I was able to test out some of the comparable models from Sony,Aiwa and Panasonic while at Best Buy.

The Panasonic felt cheap and didn't sound as good as the Philips. The Sony was nice, but it certainly wasn't worth the extra $... The Aiwa, well, for one thing, we've never had a good experience in this family with Aiwa products. The Aiwa didn't sound as nice, the display was too busy and the subwoofer was an extra $... The other systems were more powerful, but the sound wasn't as good ( except for the Sony)

If you already have a DVD player and just need to upgrade your sound, you don't have a lot to spend or a lot of room, buy this system, you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Philips FWP900 Review
This product manufactured by Philips, is an outstanding audio shelf system. It's 300 watts are optimal for surround sound use, either with a DVD system or another entertainment system. The sound and precision are clear and crisp, and the cd player delivers powerful options for excellent sound. The product lacks a little bit in symplicity, as some of the options are considered to be a little to advanced. Over all, this product is an outstanding buy, and is worth every dollar spent. ... Read more

110. Philips CDR785BK 3-CD Integrated CD Recorder
list price: $399.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004TJ3A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 19872
Average Customer Review: 3.28 out of 5 stars
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Philips' CDR785BK CD recorder offers karaoke and full CD-changer performance, making it a useful CD player as well as a fun, convenient recorder. Whether you're shuffling songs between the four decks (three playback trays and one record tray), drawing songs from three decks to record on the fourth, or recording your own voice over instrumental karaoke backing tracks, the CDR785BK is one potent, music-making machine.

The CDR785BK is equally happy receiving data from either of the two established means of digital audio transmission (optical or coaxial), and its analog inputs let you feed the recorder from external devices such as a cassette deck or a turntable--though a turntable must first be routed through a phono preamplifier, such as the phono input on a receiver.

You can customize your CDs by recording at either normal or double speed from any or all of the three player decks to the recorder deck. Double-speed recording can only take place during internal digital dubbing, however. CDs made from analog or external digital sources--or discs made from copies of digital recordings (see the accompanying FAQ for more detail)--must be made at single speed.

All recording falls into one of four categories. In any category, the process is the same: first you select the type of recording you'll be making, then you hit Record--it's pretty much that simple.

With high-speed (2x) recording and automatic finalizing (preparing it for use in standard CD players), the CDR785BK will make a CD from another CD or from a programmed sequence, initiating simultaneous recording and playback and then finalizing the finished CD (please see the accompanying FAQ for more detail on finalizing). No sound can be heard while the recorder is operating at double speed.

Alternately, you can opt for the second recording mode, high-speed recording, which lets you add subsequent music before finalizing--perfect for recording short albums that let you add extra songs at the end, or for making compilations on a track-by-track basis, when you're not sure what goes on until you record it. You can even isolate a segment of a track and record that.

The third recording option is normal-speed recording, which allows you to hear what you're recording while you're recording it, whether it's a whole CD, a track, a program, or a track segment. We found this mode captures the sound most faithful to the source recording.

Lastly, the CDR785BK lets you record the sound of your own (or someone else's!) voice, with or without mixed-in music accompaniment. Any microphone with a quarter-inch jack will work here, and the CDR785BK lets you adjust the relative level of voice to music.

A headphone jack is a huge convenience, and Philips thoughtfully stations a volume control alongside it.

The only real drawback is the absence of a fade-in/-out button, whose absence forces you to record from the analog inputs and perform manual fades if you want smooth transitions between cuts from live albums or if you want to squeeze a three-minute song onto the end of a disc with only 2:45 remaining.

In our view, however, the many conveniences far outweigh the unit's shortcomings. With karaoke, the ability to alter the level of the digital input, the ability to alter the balance between the left and right channels, and the presence of a safety feature called automatic level control (which prevents incoming analog signals from exceeding the maximum signal level), you'll have nearly unparalleled freedom to customize your music. --Michael Mikesell


  • Can be used as a 4-disc changer for playback and programming
  • Convenient recording of tracks from 3 discs to 1
  • High-quality analog-to-digital converters
  • High-speed dubbing
  • Headphone jack with volume control


  • No fade-in/-out command
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  • 3-CD changer, 1-CD recording deck
  • Microphone input for karaoke mix recording
  • High-speed (2x) recording
  • Coaxial and optical digital-audio inputs
  • Text entry

Reviews (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars A Very Nice Unit Overall
Absolutely the worst owner's manual EVER! But, with help from a really cheezy video Philips supplies with the CDR785 I was able to get started. This is the first CD recorder I've owned and, unlike some reviewer said, you don't "select the type of recording you'll be making, then you hit Record". It is so NOT that simple. However, once you figure out what you do have to do (Thanks again, Philips, for that literary masterpiece!) it is relatively simple to make fantastic sounding cd's. I scrapped 3 or 4 CDR's "discovering" the many features of this unit and I'm sure I haven't found them all. But, hey, at a buck a piece that's a cheap education. Since then I've been able to compile about a dozen great sounding cd's using the unit's 3 CD changer, my turntable, cassette deck, and my VCR, and they all play in all of our other cd players (portables included).

I would have given this unit 5 stars if it weren't for the (lack of) manual. Oh, and to the owners of this unit, to adjust the analog record level you depress the "REC LEVEL" and rotate the jog button while keeping the button depressed! Now, if I could just get a really good deal on 3000 DA-CDR's!

5-0 out of 5 stars A solid, user-friendly, high-quality product.
I'm extremely happy with my Philips CD Recorder. It is simple to use, yet has a wealth of advanced features and the ability to record from just about any source that you can think of. I use this CD Recorder to record continuous DJ mixes off my vinyl records--it's fantastic because I can assign track numbers as I mix--that way, listeners don't have to fast forward through one long track to get to the part of the mix where they left off.

The only weird glitch that I encountered was a skip in a CD-RW that I recorded; however, when I made copies of the CD-RW, the skip disappeared on the copies.

Other pluses include the volume control on the headphone jack, which is not available on the cheaper models. Also, when copying continuous mix CDs, there are no gaps placed between the tracks, as often happens when duplicating mix CDs on a computer--you get a perfect bit-for-bit copy.

Please note that you need to purchase special digital audio CD-Rs and CD-RWs for this machine, so don't stock up on computer-grade CD-Rs (the correct CD-Rs say "Digital Audio" in the CD-R logo). The CD-RWs can be hard to find at electronics stores--easiest thing to do is run a search on for "CD-RW Digital Audio".

1-0 out of 5 stars Philips has lost its credibility.
Philips, once an innovator and giant among electronic recording pioneers (they first mass marketed the cassette recorder/player), are now producing crap of the lowest level. I have tolerated the CDR 785 for almost two years and:
1. The CD burner NEVER worked properly, finally dying completely (and eating the unfinalized cd!); and
2. It is among the most user-unfriendly devices I have ever owned, particularly in regards to the manual and the recorder.
As a 3-CD carousel PLAYER, it is fine, cost $379.00 new, and I recently bought a 5-CD changer for slightly over $100.
Ridiculous amount for a piece of over-hyped garbage (remember the TV ads for the "party mix" CD burner...?).
Truly a sad day for a one-time pioneer in entertainment technology.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not Recommended
The operating manual is very poorly written. Once you work through that you can get good recordings but mine totally died after a year and a half of pretty light use.

1-0 out of 5 stars Pure Garbage
Two years ago I purchaced a CDR785 recorder, in less than 4 months it self destucted. Philips, after 7 weeks sent me a "new" one,it work fine for about a year and then the cd burner portion of the unit went south. I complained bitterly to Philips in writing, never receiving so much as an OH! from them. I do have on record an e-mail that said they would reply to me via e-mail, no such reply came forth. As far as I am concerned Philips rates on a scale of 1 to 5 a MINUS 5. Buy the way I called the people who handle their parts and the price they quoted me was twice the price I paid for the unit. To end this negative leter I just want to say the unit no resides on a shelf in my basement gathering dust.One day I may give it a proper burial.
So you people out there be carful when you are out to buy a product by Philips. Their memory is short when it comes to replying to adverse e-mail.....One more thing I was quoted $716.33 for the parts to repair the unit, with a $200 core price. I saw the whole unit in a local wholesale club at a price of $285.00. Go figure...... ... Read more

111. Philips MC50 3-CD Changer Micro System
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005AY9D
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 15445
Average Customer Review: 3.56 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan Product Description

Looking for a compact hi-fi system with full-range features? The Philips MC-5037 is perfect for bedroom, office, and living room. This three-CD, 25-watts-per-channel system incorporates Incredible Surround, bass-reflex speakers, a digital FM-AM tuner, and a single-well cassette deck. The system also sports a dedicated subwoofer output.

The attractive, wood-finished speakers use 5.25-inch flat-metal cones and dome tweeters for exceptional quality. Traditional woofers use treated paper cones; flat-metal cone woofers are made of aluminum alloy, which is stiffer and lighter. Also, the speaker grilles may be removed. The system's dedicated subwoofer output lets you use a powered subwoofer for extra low-end heft. When activated, Incredible Sound produces a dramatic increase in stereo width and presence.

The system also offers independent bass and treble controls and an optical digital-audio output for hooking up a CD or minidisc recorder. A digital tuner with 40 presets lets you enjoy all your favorite stations, and the auto-reverse, logic tape deck allows you to listen or record favorite music. The MC5037 comes with a convenient remote control. Philips covers the set under warranty for 12 months (parts and labor). ... Read more


  • 25 watts per channel x 2 for strong, stabel sound
  • 3-CD changer, FM/AM tuner with 40 presets
  • Auto-reverse, logic single-well cassette deck
  • 2-way bass-reflex speakers with flat-metal cones and detachable grilles
  • FM/AM digital tuning with 40 presets

Reviews (16)

2-0 out of 5 stars Several significant annoyances
I bought this system for use as an alarm clock as well as a mini audio system in my bedroom. Based on several issues, I've decided to return it. 1. The panel is way too bright. At its brightest setting you could easily read a book. At its dimmest, it still casts significant light. 2. The clock itself is too small to read unless you're very close to it. 3. The speaker cables are very short - 6 feet?, and they don't detach from the speakers, so they can't be replaced. 4. The CD mechanism is very loud, slow and clunky. 5. The buttons on the remote are small, mostly identical, and poorly labeled. 6. Sound is OK, but not impressive. If you have no intention of using the alarm functionality and don't might the brightness, it may be an OK choice, but I wouldn't recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Somebody finally got it right!
A few months ago I went searching for a decent boombox or small sound system for my home office. I couldn't find anything I really liked and settled on a midsize boombox. After a week I was so disgusted that I returned it (sorry, Sony - the tuner was that bad!). I tried this system out in the store and was extremely pleased. It tunes in all the stations I want and then some. The tuner has a great auto station preset feature. The sound is excellent for the size - actually very enjoyable. It doesn't sound 'cheap'. It has good bass and treble (both separate and adjustable). The MUTE button is great to have when the phone rings. A readable backlit display, intelligently designed remote, 3-CD changer (1 gets old fast), tape player and other bells and whistles round out the system. It's beautiful too. All I can say is 'Way to go, Philips!'

1-0 out of 5 stars broke in 1st month
very disappointed...the cd tray broke within the 1st month of use & was no help in getting it fixed...

3-0 out of 5 stars Great sound - horrible set-up and instructions
I bought this for my elderly father (87). I set the unit up for him, but the manual was so confusing I had to call Phillips for help. The manual that comes with the MC-50 is for THREE separate stereos, so trying to figure out which instructions pertains to the MC-50 and which do not is difficult. The buttons on the remote are confusing; the labels are not in the right places.
The sound quality is good, however, the cd-changers clang away which I found quite annoying. In the past I've liked Phillips products, but if this unit had been for myself, I would have returned it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all
This system looks great, sounds great and is a perfect price/performance mix.

The only gripe I have about it is that the 3-CD changer is a bit loud. In fact, my girlfriend avoids using any tray but the first one *just* so that she doesn't have to hear the tray-switching gear mechanism...

Other than that, the backlight dimmer is great, the sound quality is enough to fill my 2-room apartment comfortably and it was easy to set up out of the box. Very happy with this puppy. Plus with Super-Saver Shipping--it was quick & easy to get! ... Read more

112. Philips FWC380 Compact Stereo System
list price: $159.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005AY9G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 19576
Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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Enjoy powerful sound, flexibility, and convenience in a small package with the Philips FWC380 mini hi-fi system with 3-CD changer and dual cassette deck. This mini system contains 120 watts total power (60 watts per channel RMS stereo), with virtual environment control (cinema, hall, concert modes) and four digital sound control modes (optimal, jazz, rock, techno). Or press the Optimal Sound Mix (OSM) button for one-touch optimal sound settings that enhance your listening pleasure.

The three-way bass reflex speaker system is equipped with one 5.5-inch woofer, one 2.5-inch tweeter, and one 1-inch piezzo, all housed in a three-way enclosure for a wider range of frequency response and deeper bass sound. Boosting bass response as much as 8 dB (nearly three times more than normal), the three-step dynamic bass boost--via the jog control--yields full, rich tonal quality at all volume levels. If you want to add even more low end to your system, the FWC380 comes with output signals for connection to a subwoofer.

The three-CD changer with motorized drawer has multidisc play capability, providing three hours of continuous music. The CD player plays CD-R and CD-RW discs, so you can enjoy home-recorded discs over the entire lifetime of the player. The direct play button lets you select and play any CD in the carousel at the touch of a button, or change out the other two discs while the third one continues playing without interruption. One-touch CD synchro recording allows the cassette deck and CD player to communicate with one another to synchronize the start of a cassette recording with the start of a CD or a CD program. Repeat, random, shuffle one/all, and CD programming are standard playback features on this mini system.

Other great features are a video/auxiliary input for connection of an accessory piece such as a DVD player, TV, or external cassette deck, and a digital AM/FM tuner with 40 station-preset memory. A clock, alarm, and sleep timer are included, so you can wake up to music from your favorite CD or radio station. And the three display modes show different amounts of display on the LCD, including a night mode display that turns off most of the system's lights.

Completing the FWC380 is the design itself. Rich metallic finishings, dramatic surfacing, a large, multicolor FTD display, and an ergonomic control layout optimize this system for comfort and convenience.

The Philips FWC380 hi-fi mini system comes with a push-button remote control and a one-year warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more


  • Mini hi-fi system with 3-CD changer
  • 120-watt total power output, 60 watts per channel
  • Simulated surround sound with virtual environment control
  • 3-way bass reflex system with 3-step dynamic bass boost
  • Digital output for perfect recording

Reviews (6)

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound, Not Enough Bass
When I bought this system I was looking for a great value, and I got one. I have had this stereo for about six months now. Setup was easy with the quick setup guide. Just plug the speakers and FM antenna into the receiver, plug it into the wall, and press play. Then, all FM stations are then preset into the system. It has an AM loop antenna too, but who listens to AM now days anyway? I have been a little surprised of how well this it has held up. The only physical damage to it is from me. The end of the FM antenna wire that snaps into the system has had to be restripped, mainly because I snapped it in and snapped it out so many times. The FM was very good at the start but then got worse because of me. It has a dual-logic tape deck on the bottom of the receiver. Dual logic means you can control the tapes by the remote control. I haven't used any tapes yet, but I'm sure it works fine. Then there is the quality 3 CD changer, oh it's just great. I put my CDs in the tray, sit back, and then press the number to the CD I want to play from my remote. There are some things that are only one that remote, or only on the receiver. The repeat, sleep, and shuffle buttons are only on the remote. The clock/timer, tape options, dim mode, and program buttons are only on the receiver. I don't know why this is. The sleep can be set for 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes to shut off automatically. The timer is like a really loud alarm clock except for this one you can pick what you wake up to; CD, tape, or AM/FM. You can even program what track on the CD you want to wake up to. I have also hooked my system up to our satellite system with a cheap RCA cable through my system's AUX IN jack. Wow, from one dinky speaker to two huge speakers was a great improvement. Using my stereo's Cinema feature with its Incredible Surround made it just like surround sound without the extra speakers, and the Cinema mode is just right for watching movies. As sound quality goes, this system can get pretty loud. I can play music and my room and then go around the house still listening to my music. It's not loud enough to bother the neighbors though, I can hear a little when I'm just outside our house. I am going to fix that problem by adding a powered subwoofer to my system. It has a subwoofer out jack and also a digital out jack for recording onto a CD using a CD recorder. I guess that about sums it all up, thanks for reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy Now
Nice little system for the price. Sounds great and looks great.

5-0 out of 5 stars Spectacular sound and value
I recently purchased this system at what I consider a superior value. The system is simply an incomparable value in its price range. As noted by other reviewers, the Optimal Sound Mix button provides the best range mix regardless of the source--tape, CD, etc. The system is easy to operate from the unit itself or by remote control and the 3-way bass reflex speakers (yes, they ARE 3-way rather than 2-way....another plus) provide near studio-quality sound reproduction throughout the volume range. I compared the system to others ranging from $100 to over $150 from other common and high-profile manufacturers, and if sound quality is your number one priority over feature bells and whistles, there is no better value, and it "feels" more solid and sturdy than others, like when you close the door on a quality vehicle and know that it's solid in comparison with others. Secondarily, whereas other manufacturers frequently offer 1-year parts with 90-day labor warranties, Phillips provides a full-year warranty for the labor as well.......a strong indication that you can expect NO problems. Two thumbs up for this quality powerhouse!

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Value Low $ System
Bought this to replace an older (1984) higher-end home audio system, but I kept my little Koss M-80 speakers and rigged the FWC380 to play thru them.

Got to admit that after living with it for over a month I feel absolutely spoiled. The remote is a sensible size and easy to use. No equalizer req'd with Optimal Sound Mix (OSM) for lower volume settings, and the INCREDIBLE SURROUND feature is just the ticket if you have small speakers and you want Bose-like room-filling sound that sounds like much larger speakers when you crank it.

The AUX jacks in back have my older TV plugged in for excellent sound, and for those looking for home theatre on a budget there's a subwoofer jack for "earthquake", etc. enhancement.

Negatives? Sure, but they're minor. No FM mute for weaker stations, and noise reduction for the tape deck would be nice. The "Las Vegas" style display format is kind of cheesy but the different moving mode displays are well designed and logical. And wouldn't it be nice if shelf system manufacturers had regular connectors installed in the back of their speakers instead of consumers having to settle for pre-installed, small gauge, not-long-enough speaker wire (are you listening, Philips? I still haven't auditioned the speakers that came with the system...a golden opportunity awaits)?

To wrap up...I'll use this primarily for playing CDs and TV/VCR audio, and for those purposes this system's performance exceeds my expectations. Well done, Philips.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a deal
One word, wow! This system is amazing! I never thought a shelf system could pack a punch for such a good price! ... Read more

113. Philips FW-i1000 Internet Audio Compact Stereo System
by Philips
list price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005N5WP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 26758
Average Customer Review: 3.69 out of 5 stars
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  • 240-watt compact stereo configured for broadband Internet streaming radio
  • Pre-categorized Internet stations for easy navigation
  • INFO! Button for more information about current artist or song
  • Future proof--firmware upgradeable
  • Includes 3-CD changer and bass-enhancement technology

Reviews (13)

5-0 out of 5 stars Boom'n Internet Enabled Mp3 Box
I was chosen by Philips to beta test this beast, and I enjoyed every moment of it. At first I couldn't get it connected to the net, but then noticed I had DHCP turned off on my router. In this broadband world we're in, I think most people would have a router to share a cable modem or dorm type ethernet connection among computers. Anyways, after the beast was connected all was good, I downloaded the JukeBox player software from IM Networks, I believe it is now known as Sonic Box. The JukeBox leaves alot to be desired and is mediocre at best. The software allows you to stream Mp3's from your hard drive to the Fw-i1000, sound quality is great.

Indeed this box does boom, it has a feature called wOOx technology, with these cool little woofers atop the left and right speakers, with the wOOx level on 3 (the highest) you can definitely feel it.

Push the connect and you have a whole world of internet radio stations at your fingertips. The remote is really easy to use, I never really found a use for the tape player, and the CD player didn't get much play.

I had fun playing with it and it makes a great addition to my computer den.

4-0 out of 5 stars I beta-tested this unit for the last 3 months...
I was one of a hundred lucky people who got to beta test this unit for FREE from Philips. To start off, let me say that the cd, tape, regular radio, volume, etc. are all just like any other player on the market and perform quite well. Where this box distinguishes itself is the internet connectivity. I used the box with both a DSL and T1 (at work) line and it was pretty solid, it didn't have any connection problems or anything. At first, I liked the idea of having lots of internet radio channels, but in reality, I found that I couldn't find stations that played more of what I wanted to hear than my regular old FM stations. So check out the IM network to make sure there are things you want to listen to over the internet first. If you do find things, I will say that the sound quality, even at the lowest compression setting was very good. Okay, so a couple of other cool things I liked about this, I liked being able to set radio stations using the IM networks web site that were then sent down to my box, that was cool since it is harder to search for stations using the buttons on the unit. I also liked sending MP3's to the unit, my only complaint is that most of my MP3's weren't named properly so that they would display on the unit screen the title etc. If you've got a network in your house though, you could send mp3's from any PC to your unit which is really neat. ....

5-0 out of 5 stars Well, "Used" to be a 5 Star'er
I've used this for box for years, thought it was the coolest thing, but now it is not able to connect to any Inet stations (all I use it for really). Soo.. if you are thinking of buying one used, might wanna research to make sure it still works with net stations... (if thats something you are buying it for)

I just bought a MC-i250 (the newer one from Philips) has more features (plays MP3s, but is less power - 100watts)
Just wish the fw-i1000 still worked over the net

1-0 out of 5 stars Unique Features Poorly Implemented
Philips FW-i1000 Issues

Ordered Dec 6, 2002,, ($$$), ($$$) rebate available), free shipping.
Delivered Dec 11, 2002, appears to work as intended.

Here are the problems that I found during the two days that I owned it.

1. MP3 CDs won't play.

2. Requires a program "iM Jukebox" running on a Windows PC to play computer-based MP3 files.

i. The program is buggy and prone to crash or freeze (under Windows 98). The program's task lives on after the program is exited and has to be killed with CTRL+ALT+DEL.

ii. The program requires acceptance of an end-user license agreement (EULA), and the submission of personal information. It also requires acceptance of a privacy policy that allows monitoring of listening habits. It also requires Internet Explorer, Windows Media Player (WMP), and Real Player - all with their own EULAs. It also requires that the user (claim to) be 13 years or older.

iii. Many MP3 files that work on other software and portable MP3 players won't play. All MP3 files converted recently with CDEX won't play.

iv. User cannot fast-forward or rewind or pause when playing an MP3 file.

v. No ability to play files on a Linux or Mac computer.

3. It is circuitous and cumbersome to add an Internet radio station, and only streaming MP3 stations are available. This function, like others associated with iM Networks' website only work with the Internet Explorer browser.

4. Unit takes 30-60 seconds to start playing music when powered up by pressing connect. Sometimes it claims "No Internet connection" when PCs have Internet access. Unplugging the power cord and reconnecting does not seem to help.

5. Stations that play flawlessly on a PC player have dropouts on the unit.

6. All aspects of the Internet radio and network MP3 player function are dependent on one small company: iM Networks. This company is not controlled by Philips, and has no substantial history or reputation. What if: -

i. They cease operation?

ii. They decide to charge a fee for their software and service?

iii. Have terms of service or EULA that are unacceptable?

7. IM Network's website claims that all streams available through their service are "legally scrubbed." What was scrubbed out that I am missing? Why do I need them making these decisions for me? The website also tells stations (content providers) that they have advertisement-insertion technology and "other revenue infrastructure." These things scare me.

I understand that the firmware is upgradeable, and that some of these issues might be resolved in time, but since I only bought the unit for its network capabilities, and they are almost unusable, I returned it to BestBuy. I'll buy it again if all the issues are resolved.

2-0 out of 5 stars nice stereo , near ZERO network radio
It's good Stereo. I must be the ONLY person who actually bought one. You can still find a couple of working IM stations, mostly non-USA and mostly pop music.
I really wanted to be able to play MP3s from my PC hard drive, but the promised software to let that happen is nowhere to be found. And the maker appears to have abandoned the whole project. ... Read more

114. Philips MX980D DVD Home Theater System
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00004U54T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 36535
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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The Philips MX980D Home Cinema audio system, with its 550-watt audioreceiver, five main speakers, 50-watt powered subwoofer, and complete DolbyDigital 5.1/DTS decoder, provides a total home theater solution in a singlepackage.

Philips's patented Tetra Core sound processor, the successor to theDuet Core, decodes Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic surround sound.Together with the six-speaker setup, the Philips MX980D creates a genuinecinematic environment, with enough connections to run an advanced system. Atotal of 12 audio inputs, four video inputs, and a pair of outputs (includingfive S-Video connectors) allow you to hook up a number of audio/video goodies.The six-channel input selectors in the back of the receiver allow it to connectto any type of multichannel decoder. In addition, the coaxial digital outputmakes recordings from any DVD disc so you can easily capture live concertfootage, soundtrack music, and more.

Another unique feature is the Cinema Linksystem control, which offers a wealth of picture and programming controls (OneTouch Cinema, high-resolution OSD, multiple languages and viewing angles) whenthe Philips is connected to a compatible TV, DVD player, or VCR. The system alsooffers natural and virtual 3-D surround sound modes.

Other highlights includethe digital AM/FM tuner with 30 presets and station display; color-coded speakerconnections with screw terminals; a front game/audio-video input; and a softer-sounding night mode setting.

The entire system can be run by the universalremote control (batteries included). And, the harmonious design coordinates withall other Philips Home Cinema components.

Philips provides a one-year warrantyon parts and labor. ... Read more


  • Tetra Core sound processing decodes Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic
  • 6-speaker package with a powered 50-watt subwoofer
  • 550 watts of surround power output
  • Digital coaxial output for audio recordings of DVD music and performances
  • Cinema Link system for added home theater features when used with compatible Philips electronics

Reviews (8)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great system for the price
I have had this system for about 8 months now and it has performed splendidly. The DTS decoding is crisp and compares to systems costing 3 times as much. I had no trouble setting up the remote to also control my Sanyo TV and JVC SVHS player. Has all the inputs and outputs you would need. Some people's trouble with the SUB WOOFER output may be that the output is turned off if you have the front speakers in the LARGE MODE. This seems to be the default mode at power up. The speakers should be set to the SMALL MODE since they do not reproduce sounds below 40HZ, then the sub works just fine for a 5.25in cone.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pleased for the price.
For the low price I got this system for, it has been execptional. Speakers are twice the size of than those of normal systems at this price, which is nice because I don't care for satelites. It also sounds very good, competing with systems in the 700-900 dollar price range. It's 'Hall' mode sounds good with stereo music, doesn't modify the L-R channels, simply adds an ambience based on the difference between them. Pro Logic decoding was crisp and clear with encoded material, playing Unreal Tournament with my PC connected sounded very convincing. Crisp and clear Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. AM/FM reception a little to be desired, but does an acceptable job. The only weak link would have to be the subwoofer. Clearly not Phillips' strong point, it sounds thumpy, only goes down to 35 hertz, and you have to turn the thing on and off, which is irritating because its easy to forget to turn it off, thus risking frying it. However, the whole thing cost me 350 bucks. Anyway, this system is surely worth the money if you are on a budget, and you'll get hours of entertainment from it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Philips MX980D is Excellent
I bought the 980D and loved the larger than most sized speakers that came with it. The 100 watts per channel was comparable to systems going up to 1000 dollars. The main thing is the sound, which is excellent.

3-0 out of 5 stars Not universal Remote
I think this setup is well worth its price. I actually own the 990mx which comes with the DVD player. I have no complaints other than the remote. It is not a universal remote. I have tried this with my Toshiba 32 TV, a Sharp 27 TV, a sanyo VCR, and none will work. I have contacted support, and they said tough luck, the device is not guarenteed to work with other devices.

1-0 out of 5 stars SUBWOOFER PROBLEMS TOO
I purchased this unit and have had a similar experience to "A Test of Service" in his review posted here. The subwoofer only works in certain modes and does not function when you want it to most in the full surround sound mode. Philips must have some sort of quality control issue with these units, so buyer beware. I called Philips to inquire about this issue and their so-called toll free "help" line was little help at all. Until Philips get this bug resolved, I cannot recommend this unit. For me, the receiver was defective right out of the box. The remote control is terribly designed and not at all intuitive. You will probably want to throw the remote away after a few hours of scratching your head trying to make it work. Caveat emptor on this one. ... Read more

115. Philips FW-D5 DVD Home Theater Compact Stereo System
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00004U54N
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 32033
Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars
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The Philips FWD5 shelf system with integrated DVD player is designed to enhance your home theater experience in one simple package. The amplifier provides 250 watts of output, with 50 watts per channel for clear and powerful sound. Its five-speaker Dolby Digital (AC-3) surround-sound system provides the latest industry standard for home theater sound from DVD movies. With the built-in Dolby Digital (AC-3) surround decoder, it decodes and reproduces the latest five-channel digital surround effects for DVD home theater systems. The front left and right speakers deliver detailed, directional sound as the center channel speaker steers dialogue/vocal sound to where you see the mouth moving--at the TV. Both stereo surround speakers add a greater sense of depth with special effects and time delay, making any living room a home theater. The speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with your color television picture.

A dual jog-shuttle control for movie and sound adds a new dimension in fine-tuning control of movie and sound settings to suit your taste. Movie navigation includes scan, A-B, zoom, and return. Sound navigation includes virtual environmental control, personal settings, digital sound control, and dynamic bass boost. In addition, a three-step dynamic bass boost offers the optimal bass level for any kind of music, and the system comes with output signals available for connection to a subwoofer.

Adding to the FWD5's capabilities is the three-disc CD changer. Providing more than three hours of continuous music, this changer is CD-R and CD-RW compatible, allows you to change two discs while playing the third, and offers standard programming, repeat, and shuffle playback options.

Other great features include a video/auxiliary input for connection of an accessory piece, such as a CD recorder, TV, or external cassette deck, and a digital AM/FM tuner with 40 station presets. A clock, alarm, and sleep timer are included so you can wake up to music from your favorite CD or radio station, as are three display modes showing different amounts of display on the LCD, including a night mode display that turns most of the system's lights off. The FWD5 also incorporates an energy-saving standby mode that consumes just 2 watts of energy on standby (compared with the 10 to 15 watts most systems consume).

A variety of input and output types is built-in for greater expandability, including two video outputs, a digital coaxial output, one subwoofer connection, a headphone jack for private listening, and a microphone jack for voice recording.

Completing the system is the sleek design of the unit with an oversized multicolor digital display, sleek metallic finishing, and detachable speaker grilles. A 45-button remote control comes with the system and operates the volume, all CD and DVD functions, and all sound-enhancement features.

The Philips FWD5 comes with a one-year warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more


  • Mini hi-fi system with home cinema enhancements
  • Integrated DVD player with front-panel jog-shuttle dial
  • 5-speaker Dolby Digital (AC-3) surround sound system with built-in decoder
  • 3-CD changer compatible with DVDs, video CDs, and audio CDs
  • Convenient remote control, built-in parental lock, and digital AM/FM tuner

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Piece of Electronic Equipment I Own
This has got to be a complete work of art. The dvd player itself is worth 399 and is crystal clear, the sound is Crisp and the features are easy to use. Philips has really done its work with this Surround Sound System. This system makes my savage jungle beast neighbors envy. I have complaints from Police officers patrolling my neighborhood because of the sound quality on this bad boy. I have people peeking into my patio door to see where this incredible noise is coming from. This is definatley a piece of equipement worth buying. I used to work at regal cinemas (before I got fired for off duty behavior) and this sound system is way better than Regals Generic Surround sound. A very good buy!

5-0 out of 5 stars A reason to watch movies again...
First, let me preface this with the fact that I didn't pay a dime for this system. I won a big gift certificate, and I've been lusting after this type of system for a while.

My only complaint with the system is the complexity of the remote control, but that is to be expected with the number of features this unit provides. Besides being a great DVD player, you lovers of Asian films will adore the VCD capabilities. The unit puts out a beautiful picture (on my 25 inch Philips TV), and the sound is wonderful.

I've not blasted the speakers on this item yet, but at a setting of 10, I'm sure I've driven the neighbors nuts. The base is nice from the large speakers (similar to Aiwa systems), and the different options for theater settings is simple to use.

Overall, I'm absolutely thrilled by this unit, and I hope to start building my DVD collection because of the great performance from this system.

4-0 out of 5 stars Best for DVDs but average stereo & CD player
The thing that sets this mini system apart from the rest is its *dedicated* DVD bay & 5.1 Dolby AC-3 decoder. Other systems integrate a DVD/CD changer all into one bay, but if that breaks (and they're always the 1st thing to go) then you are in for a big hassel. Other systems also do not offer the same type of high-end dolby surround decoding. The 5 surround speakers turn your room into a virtual movie theater; the speaker seperation during DVD playback is well worth the price of this system. However, one minor disapointment in this system for me is that the 5 speakers work in DVD mode ONLY & when the DVD is especially encoded for AC-3 5.1 dolby surround sound. Radio and CD playback only play on the two main speakers and the system does not do "dolby pro logic" seperation to distribute the sound evenly to all 5 speakers. This is something I am only learning about now and I wish it had been made clearer in the product specs. It's just dissapointing to have all these speakers set up and have them only work when in one mode and the rest of the time remain silent. I checked one other system at the store, an AIWA mini DVD system, and it did offer sound on all 5 speakers when in radio, tape, and CD mode. Although the DVD decoding was not as good as this model's. Thus, on any account, it seems when you buy any of these intergrated mini systems you have to make compromises. For this model you compromise Radio & CD on all 5 speakers. You also compromise a double tape deck for the dedicated DVD bay--but who really needs tapes anymore nowadays anyway? But, overall this model is the best deal, especially price-wise through Amazon. It offers the best sound decoding for DVDs, AND the ability to play VCDs, and CDRs & CDRWs--a feature absent on almost all other comparable DVD mini systems. You also get to change CDs while one is playing, another thing you cannot do on other systems. Right now, I'd say this is the best DVD mini system in the price & feature range among major competitors (Panasonic, Sony, AIWA & Pioneer). Hope this helps you all make your decisions!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great System Considering Price, DVD, and Surround Sound!!!!
Great Price for a quality multi-disc stereo with DVD player and Surround Sound. Works great for a combination stereo and TV/DVD surround system. Speakers sound great!!! Also auxilary and subwoofer inputs provide for add on devices (i.e. sega, tape deck, vcr, etc...) Great buy!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great system for the home
I was looking for a multi-disc stereo and a DVD player and found this system - don't worry about not seeing how it looks, its a very sleek design. An added bonus for me was the surround sound, which really adds to the DVD experience - terrific sound quality. Getting this system was one of my smartest moves. ... Read more

116. Philips CDR800 3-CD Integrated CD Recorder
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00005AY8T
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 14305
Average Customer Review: 3.29 out of 5 stars
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  • 3-CD player/1-CD recorder with MP3-CD playback and 90-track programming
  • Digital and analog inputs
  • Real-time or 2x recording
  • Upgradable to accommodate future music formats
  • 4-disc changer mode (playback)

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great! For now anyway...
This review is probably moot, since Philips seems to be phasing out their cd recorders, but here goes. I purchased one of these from the "Scratch and Dent" section of my local Circuitous City, and I experienced the exact problem that others had, were the unit locks up during recording (extremely irritating!). So, I returned this unit and went to Best Buy and bought another CDR800 and this one seems to be ok. I haven't experienced the same problem and I've had it for nearly a year.

I need this unit because I still have a ton of vinyl and I wanted to commit some of my older LP's to cd. In this capacity it has worked wonderfully! The feature I really like best is the Track Increment button on the remote that allows you to break up the songs on an LP into individual tracks (I looked at a bunch of recorders and this one is the only one that I found that on). The 3 tray cd makes compilations easy to put together.

I hope this one lasts a while!

5-0 out of 5 stars What's the problem??
I have the Phillips CDR-820 model cd recorder and I have no problem using ANY brand of blank CDR or RW discs. I just used a Memorex Cool Colors CDR and it works just fine, I had no problem with finalization and it plays in all other cd players. I don't know what these people are talking about when they say you can use only Phillips blank media. I would suggest that you do not use these cheap, no-name CDR's, after all, you get what you pay for and this goes for all blank media. I love this cd recorder, it compliments my Sony mini disc recorder very well, they work well together. I would recommend the Phillips cd recorder, maybe some of the earlier models had problems, but this latest model works very well. I have never even used a Phillips blank CDR, Maxell works very well and is a good choice. Buy the Phillips 800 cd recorder and enjoy!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars Junk
I have experienced nothing but frustration and disappointment with this equipment. It has been a problem from day one and is not very intutitive to use, either. I will be packing it up and returning it for repair this week after only having it for 5 months, plus I have used it very little. It now will not open the CDR tray no matter what I do. When playing it in shuffle mode with 3 CDs in tray, it stops after about 15 minutes of music and I have to unplug it to get it to reset and do anything. When inserting a cd in tray to play it will not read the cd until I press play a couple of times and reopen and close the tray a couple of times. Previously, I had a Sony 5 tray cd changer for 12 years and never had one problem! Too much technology for a cd player recorder?

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Of The Best
I have just bought this Philips CDR800 broken from EBay for $60.00. Since I fix electronics, I went ahead with the purchase. In no time the machine was in working order, by the way if it was a Sony, I would not have bothered to fix, Sony has too much hype with people who follow Sales personnel who get commisions by Sony. The problem with the Philips was a small misalignment, caused by a nasty drop ( I can see the damage ). After testing the CD recorder and MP3, I found it better than my other CD recorder, and was able to play some scratched CDs that I was about to discard (Now I can make fresh copies from them). About Philips customer service, I can say that I had used them twice, one by phone and the other by chat. The chat was top rated. However, the phone was just. . . . . showed lack of employee knowledge of their products. Any how, I love this machine and I highly recommend it.

1-0 out of 5 stars A disappointing (and expensive) device
I've read the previous reviews about the CDR 800 not finalizing, not recording, etc, and completely concur. Although I could reiterate these comments with my own similar experiences, I'd like to, instead, express my disappointment with the customer service of Philips.
The representative on the phone first told me that only Philips Audio CDs are guaranteed to work with the unit, to which I replied that that is stated nowhere in the product literature, or on the web site at the time of purchase. She backtracked on that, and listed the CDs that were supported, including the very brand (Memorex) that is causing me problems. My only recourse, according to Philips, is to get the unit "checked out". Unfortunately for me, although still under warranty, I cannot return to the store it was purchased from (letters to these will also be forthcoming), and have no recourse but to comply. However, I would strongly suggest that anyone even thinking of buying this unit, or frankly, any other Philips item, rethink immediately. While one product may have issues (like the CDR 800), a company's reputation and handling of customer service issues can either make or break any additional purchases. In this case, the service is so poor, as I am sure there are many complaints, that I will never, (yes, never) buy another Philips product again.

Buyer beware with this company. ... Read more

117. Philips TravelAlarm Clock Radio
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Asin: B00005MO3O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
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118. Philips FWR55 Compact Stereo System with Integrated CD Recorder
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B00005AY9Z
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 38317
Average Customer Review: 2.67 out of 5 stars
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  • Mini hi-fi system with built-in CD recorder and MP3-CD playback
  • 60 watts per channel stereo plus 60-watt powered subwoofer with Acoustic Bass Energy
  • Features 4-CD changer that plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW discs
  • Able to record to CD from radio, CD changer, or external source
  • Includes instructional video and 33-key remote control

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars It's Works fine for me
I have owned this system for almost atwo years now and haven't had any problems yet. I think that it's a really good system that gets complimented often. The WOOX technology is great espcially with the surround sound. All CDs, burned music CDs (both CD-R and CD-RW) and store purchased CDs work fine. Playing mp3s are a little annoying because it prompts you to play the disc (yes or no)and there is a longer duration between tracks. However, this is to be expected because the system has some digital capabilites, but it is not a completely digital platform.

If one is looking for a all-in-one mini stereo system without the hassle of purchasing and fitting extra components, then this is a good choice.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price
I bought this system for obvious reasons, compile CD-R with songs of my own CD collection, but to my surprise the system didn't work!

First of all some of my commercially bought CD's wouldn't play, it just showed the "UNFINALIZED DISC" message , and the MP3 encoded CD-R's played fairly since it took a long time to change tracks, the sound quality is OK.

3-0 out of 5 stars No priduct Support From Phillips
Even Though The FWR 55 is a sleek machine there is one problem in playing mp3's; there is up to a seven second gap between songs. I burned two cd-r formats (ISO 9660 and Joilet) and both experienced the same problem...the seven second gap between songs. I called Philips for product support and they were worthless. They couldn't give me a valid reason for the gaps. Then they wanted to charge me for a tech support call.
I own a couple of other mp3 component players and neither have the seven second gap when playing the mp3's.
I do think the WOOX technology is great, however, for the price of this unit and the lack of support from Philips, I could not recommend this. ... Read more

119. Philips MC30 CD Micro System
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005OTFZ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 64592
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Audiovox became a pioneer in the wireless industry, selling its first vehicle-installed wireless telephones in 1984 as a natural expansion of its automotive aftermarket business. Its extensive distribution network and its long-standing industry relationships have allowed Audiovox to benefit from growing market opportunities in the wireless industry and to exploit niches in the consumer electronics business.PRODUCT FEATURES: 2 x 20 watts Music Power;2 x 10 watts RMS Stereo;Incredible Surround;Dynamic Bass Boost;Digital Sound Control (optimal, jazz, rock, pop);2-way Bass Reflex Speaker System with Detachable Grilles;CD-Rewritable compatible;20 track CD Random Program;Full RDS suite including 'NEWS' & Traffic Announcement. ... Read more


  • 2-Way Bass Reflex Speaker System with Detachable Grilles
  • 20 watts Total Power
  • Incredible Surround
  • Dynamic Bass Boost
  • Digital Sound Control

Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars review clarification
This system gets a 5/5 for price. One thing I had to clarify when browsing the below reviews... Part A. of things to know about this system according to the proceeding review, is incorrect. The remote turns the system both off AND on. You just have to press whichever function button you want to use, instead of the standard POWER button. One drawback when making mix-tapes, is that the synchro start/stop causes an audible clicking sound between songs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, excellent system!
I bought this unit at Best Buy, and it sounded way, way better than all the other systems on display. It was a little more than I wanted to pay, but it was hands down the best. I played a CD-R with a wide range of musical styles with no complaints. The unit doesn't read MP3 format, so simply make sure your CDs are written in standard audio format. I rarely turn the volume up past level 7, and usually have it set to 3. The maximum volume is 32.

You can connect your computer (or TV etc.) to the back; right now I'm listening to internet radio with it. In fact, you can even listen to cassettes and fast-forward, rewind, pause and change sides with the remote control!! How cool is that? =)

The only things to keep in mind are: A) The remote turns the unit off, but not on. B) If you change the source (CD, Radio, Aux etc.) on the front of the machine, press the same button on the remote as well so that all the functions are consistant.

And finally, the system is very beautifully styled. It's a mini-system for grown ups. It looks like something you might see in design-oriented magazines like Wallpaper or Dwell. I love the wooden cabinets, which are a refreshing change from a lot of similar systems which are either horrible black plastic, or look like gigantic American sneakers.

3-0 out of 5 stars I though it would be great...
I got this for the bedroom, and it sounds pretty nice at low volumes. The light wood, silver, and greenish glass-like finish look pretty good in the room too. The main reason I chose the Philips stereo was for the "alarm clock" feature -- you can set the timer to wake you up, and you can also fall asleep to it with a different source (for example, listen to a CD at night, and wake up to the radio). The digital radio tuner is surprisingly good when the wire antenna is in just the right place. Now for the quibbles:

The blue backlight is fairly bright, and is always on when the stereo is on. It's always off when the stereo is off. There's no way to switch it on and off independently. So you can't read the time at night when it's off. The time is another problem -- if the stereo is playing, you can't see the time at all. There's no way to do it. You can only see it when it's not playing. Big design flaw in my opinion, so you still need to keep a clock next to it. Finally, the control buttons are really small and labeled with really tiny words and symbols, so it's really hard to operate in low light or with your glasses off (like in bed).

If you disconnect the power for even a second, it loses all its settings -- time, presets, everything. No 20-minute buffer or anything. Major pain. The remote was a complete afterthought, ugly black thing that doesn't match at all. Also, can't turn it on with the remote, just off. Why? Same for the power cord, radio loop -- all black and don't match. I wish someone would get a microsystem's sound quality, feature set, and usability right -- at a good price. Let me know if this exists!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!!!
I recently bought this to get rid of a clutter of stereo equipment. This solved my problem. It has all the simple features and the sound is absolutely amazing for a tiny system like this. It's reasonably priced, too. GREAT!!! ... Read more

120. Philips MXJ70 Pro Logic Compact Stereo System
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00000JFE6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
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