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1. Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified
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2. Philips HDRW720 DVD Recorder with
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3. MAGNAVOX 23IN LCD 500:1 1920X1200
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4. Panasonic CT-30WX54 30" Widescreen
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5. Philips MCM530 150-Watt, 5-CD
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6. Philips Streamium SL400i WiFi-Enabled
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7. Philips MCM7 MP3 Micro Shelf System
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8. Philips Streamium MX6000i 5-DVD
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9. Philips Streamium SL300i WiFi-Enabled
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10. Magnavox 20MF200V 20" Flat Panel
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11. Philips DVDR615 DVD Recorder
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12. Magnavox MPD720 7" Portable DVD
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13. Philips PSS010 Philips Compact
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14. Philips DVDR600VR DVD Recorder
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15. Philips MC235 Thin Stereo Microsystem
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16. Magnavox MPD820 8" Portable DVD
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17. MAGNAVOX 107T61 17IN LCD .21MM-FLAT
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18. Home Safety Wireless Multi-Camera
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19. Philips DVP620VR Progressive Scan
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20. Philips MCW770 Wifi Wireless PC

1. Philips DVP642 DivX-Certified Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $79.99
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Asin: B000204SWE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2
Average Customer Review: 4.27 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Tap into multimedia fun with Philips' broad-format, high-style, and ultra-slim DVP642 DVD player. The DVP642 is not only a high-end progressive-scan DVD player equipped to offer scintillating images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs, it's a tech-savvy player that spins your MP3- and JPEG-encoded recordable CDs (as well as Kodak's and Fuji's variants of the same) and CDs loaded with MPEG-4 and DivX video (3.11, 4.x, and 5.x files), perfect for viewing Internet-sourced content in your home theater. Want more? The player also converts Region 1/All Region PAL-formatted discs (the video standard in Europe) for viewing on standard NTSC televisions (and vice-versa, if only for video CDs).



The DVP642's progressive-scan functionality allows compatible TVs to display the even and odd numbered lines of an image in a single pass. This minimizes screen flicker, which is easier on your eyes.

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVP642 stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

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

The player will play JPEG images one by one automatically, letting you zoom in, rotate, or flip the picture vertically or horizontally. For MP3 playback, the player offers track time display, album and track selection, and repeat (disc/album/track). The DivX media format is MPEG-4 based video compression that lets you save large files like films, movie trailers, and music videos on recordable media.

Philips' 4x video upsampling offers smoother images even when viewing interlaced (nonprogressive) signals through the player's component-video, S-video, or standard composite-video outputs. SmartPicture provides optimum picture settings for color, brightness, saturation, contrast, sharpness, etc., to enhance your overall viewing experience at all times.

The player will play JPEG images one by one automatically, letting you zoom in, rotate, or flip the picture vertically or horizontally. For MP3 playback, the player offers track time display, album and track selection, and repeat (disc/album/track). The DivX media format is MPEG-4 based video compression that lets you save large files like films, movie trailers, and music videos on recordable media.

A set of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (one each of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

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

Features

  • Plays DVD-Video, video CD, audio CD, JPEG image CD, and CDs loaded with MP3, MPEG-4, or DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x files
  • Progressive-scan output for seamless, flicker-free images on HD-ready TVs; SmartPicture and 4x video upsampling enhance all outputs
  • Optical and coaxial digital-audio terminals pass Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals
  • PAL-to-NTSC format conversion--great for viewing non-region-encoded European discs
  • Measures 17.1 x 1.7 x 9.3 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (45)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Player with minor flaws
I recently purchased the Philips DVP642 DVD player and I am quite pleased with it. I have a lot of files in .avi format, and it takes me several hours to encode them in DVD, SVCD, or VCD format to play on a DVD player. Now, with this player, I can just put my .avi files onto CD-Rs, pop them in the DVD player let the machine do the rest.

The quality that AVI, DIVX, and MPEG-4 are displayed in is amazing. The files play much better than they do on my home computer. This is thanks to a "smart" technology that the player uses to enhance compressed video. Many scenes will appear in almost DVD quality.

Many users have complained about the sloppy interface. I tend to disagree. Although other DVD players offer far better interfaces, this one holds up quite well. It will not distract from the overall experience you will have with this product. The remote control feels more like a television remote, though.

This unit is not perfect. It doesn't play Nero Digital MPEG-4s. There isn't any sound on non-VOB structured MPEG-2 files, nor is there any sound when miniDVDs are played (but who uses those anyways). However, a simple file conversion program will solve most of these problems allowing you to keep up to 2 hours of very good quality video on one CD. No DVD players are perfect and the bottom line is for $70 this unit is a steal. If you have a lot of video files laying around on your cpu and a cd burner, this player is a must buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD/DivX Player (for the price!)
The Philips DVP642 is truly superb at its price point. DVD playback is just as good as my older Onkyo DV-SP501 (at more than twice the price) and it can play DivX and XviD files (at almost DVD quality) as well as MP3's JPEG's and VCD's!

Unlike the experience of the reviewer from Erie, PA, my player does resume playing the DVD from the scene where you've pressed the stop button (of course if you press stop TWICE it will take you to the beginning of the DVD).

The unit is ultra thin (1.7" high) and stylish. Colors are vivid at its default setting but you have the option to tweak them if you deem necessary via a system menu, a feature that Philips calls SmartPicture. Video output is available for component video, SVideo or CVBS. For audio you have digital or analog output. You also have an option to set the video for your type of monitor 4:3 P/S, 4:3 Widescreen or 16:9. You may zoom in during playback on both DVD or DivX/XviD files. Resolution

The one weakness I can find is with the remote. It is a bit skimpy, for example, no dedicated open/close tray button, instead one must press the stop key for about 5 seconds which will either open or close the tray. Buttons are small and placed close together. If anyone knows of a universal remote that works with this unit please include it in your review.

Overall this player has far exceeded my expectations. Well done Philips!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DIVX player sofar
I am an avid anime fan - it does it's job, and well. It processes the divx codecs better than my amd64 and intel systems. I have thrown ALOT at it sofar and takes it all without any hiccups. I have FMAlchemist (26 eps.) on 1 dvd-r and it plays them all. One reservation - it has a slightly clunky interface, but is still very functional.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing Performance
I am simply amazed with the quality of this DVD/Divx player. I was skeptical at first, but figured at the price, why not take a chance, at worst I would just have another DVD player. WOW! Once I plugged it into my system it took no time at all and I was up and running all file formats advertised, with no problems whatsoever! I tested it's limits when I burned multiple .avi files onto a DVD-R...it played them flawlessly! There is very little this player can't do and it does it at the fraction of the cost of other "Media" players. Well worth the trip to the store and the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best DVD player I have owned
This thing is great. I have tons of movies and files in the DivX format and this player reads them all. You can burn an entire movie onto one CD-R and play it on the DVP642 with no issues. I have owned this for about 4 months now and it plays EVERYTHING. Types I have tried (with success).... DVD, CD, JPEG CD, VCD, SVCD, MP3 CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R. For $70, it's just insane that the player is this good. My grandmother's old player would not play much anymore, so I got her one of these and she LOVES it too. Can't say enough good stuff about this. Progressive-scan, plays every format out there, slim-line, quiet, works well, lots of options. Awesome DVD player. ... Read more


2. Philips HDRW720 DVD Recorder with 120 GB Hard Drive
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00022PUDI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 600
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips HDRW720 DVD recorder/hard disk combination lets you adjust your TV viewing to suit your everyday life. You'll have the option to record up to a staggering 192 hours--8 straight days--of television directly to the built-in 120 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) to watch and delete programs at your leisure. Or you can save programs to DVD for life. Your choice. The HDRW720 also offers the easy-to-use TV Guide onscreen electronic program guide (EPG) so you can just point and click to record your favorite programs.

Viewed programs are automatically stored on the adjustable 6-hour HDD buffer, from which you can retrieve them, watch them again, transfer them to the hard drive, or simply record them onto a DVD+R/+RW disc. A feature called FlexTime lets you watch the beginning of a program while it's still being recorded. And, with the touch of a button, high-speed archiving will copy a recording from the hard disk to recordable media. Thanks to Instant Replay, you can immediately repeat exciting or memorable TV moments at the press of just one button.

You can also use the HDRW720 like a traditional VCR, burning televised programs directly to disc using helpful VCR Plus+ programming data. A DVD recorder is perfect, of course, for archiving your home videos, and the HDRW720 features a front-panel i.Link digital-video connection for easy DV camcorder hookup, perfect copies, and 2-way camera control.

Recording functions include safe record, one-touch record (OTR), track append, track divide, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, Smart Chaptering, favorite scene selection, and Selectable Index Pictures.

The HDRW720 is also a first-rate DVD player, featuring progressive-scan video outputs, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround sound passthrough, MP3 CD playback (CD-R/CD-RW), and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the HDRW720 will deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

Top-of-the-line component-video inputs and outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite-video, S-video, and RF coaxial video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of 2-channel analog jacks.

Two sets of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's digital-audio outputs (1 each of RCA coaxial and Toslink optical) for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/hard disk, a universal remote control, remote batteries, a channel blaster (IR extender cable), a blank DVD+RW disc, an AC power cable, a composite-video cable, a stereo audio cable, a coaxial RF antenna cable, an S-video cable, a component-video cable, a digital-audio coaxial cable, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD player/recorder with built-in 120 GB hard-disk drive (HDD) and camcorder-ready DV (i.Link) input; instant replay/pause live TV
  • Record from TV or HDD directly to DVD; up to 8 hours video recording per side (either DVD+R or DVD+RW)
  • Hard disk provides nearly 200 hours of TV recording; FlexTime feature lets you watch the beginning of a show while still recording the end
  • TV Guide onscreen for point-and-click TV recording; offers cable-box control through included IR blaster
  • Measures 17.1 x 3 x 13.2 inches (W x H x D)

3. MAGNAVOX 23IN LCD 500:1 1920X1200 60HZ ( 230W5VS/27 )

our price: $1,955.99
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Asin: B0002445OG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Magnavox
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4. Panasonic CT-30WX54 30" Widescreen Pure Flat HDTV-Ready TV
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B0002472BE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 4226
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Amazon.com Product Description

Get ready for a night out at the movies--in your own home--with Panasonic's 30-inch widescreen CT-30WX54 HDTV-ready set. You'll get brilliant, high-resolution from the PureFlat screen and enjoy movies the way they were meant to be seen in wide 16:9 aspect ratio. The CT-30WX54 also features an HDMI input, digital velocity scan modulation, picture-in-picture functionality (PIP), a motion-adaptive 3D comb filter, two HD component-video inputs, four A/V inputs (one in front), and three S-video inputs.

Panasonic's PureFlat screen minimizes reflections and distortion, so you can enjoy distraction-free TV viewing no matter where you sit in the room. The fine-pitch screen provides sharp images and excellent detail. To maximize picture quality, Panasonic's LCD TVs incorporate several video enhancement features. The motion-adaptive digital comb filter prevents any two lines with different colors from being processed together in the comb filter at the same time, minimizing any "hanging dots" in the image. With digital velocity scan modulation, advanced circuitry along the neck of the CRT senses shifts from black to white in the video signal. The black and white portions of the signal are sped up and slowed down, respectively, resulting in improved transitions.

The 16:9 aspect ratio, consistent with the shape of cinema screens as well as the HDTV broadcast format, enables viewers to enjoy the full impact of a film as its director originally intended. The screen also accommodates pan and scan or letterbox formats recorded at the 4:3 aspect ratio.

This set has a built-in 181-channel tuner, though you'll need an optional HDTV tuner to receive high-definition broadcasts. The two built-in speakers (15 watts apiece) provide simulated surround sound and BBE high-definition audio enhancement, which helps restore the dynamic range of musical passages to help provide a more natural sound.

The CT-32SL14 has 4 composite A/V inputs (1 front), 3 S-video inputs (1 front), 2 component-video inputs, 1 RF, 1 headphone jack. It adds an HDMI connection, providing high-quality, uncompressed digital audio/video signal transmission.

Tech Talk
Aspect ratio: The aspect ratio refers to the shape of the video image. Traditional television has a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is almost square in appearance. Digital television has either a 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio. A 16:9 aspect ratio is widescreen and appears rectangular, which looks more like a movie screen, filling more of the viewer's field of vision for a more lifelike viewing experience.

HDMI-HDCP interface: HDMI is a new standard digital connection between A/V devices, such as a set-top box, DVD player, or A/V receiver, and a digital television. HDMI offers exceptional video and audio quality with a single quick-disconnect connector. It supports multichannel digital audio transmissions and component-video color spacing for true rendering of HD video. HDMI supports the HDCP copy protection standard, allowing transmission of copy-protected digital content to your display.

What's in the Box
Panasonic CT-30WX54 30-inch TV, remote control, 2 AA batteries, and printed operating instructions. ... Read more

Features

  • 30-inch flat HDTV-ready set; measures 32.6 x 22.8 x 21.1 inches (W x H x D)
  • Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio; PureFlat screen minimizes reflections and distortion no matter where you sit in the room
  • Digital velocity scan modulation improves transitions; accurate color separation from digital comb filter
  • 4 A/V inputs (1 front), 3 S-video (1 front), 2 component video, 1 HDMI, 1 RF, 1 headphone jack
  • Two 15-watt speakers; virtual BBE surround sound

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (3)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


6. Philips Streamium SL400i WiFi-Enabled Multimedia Receiver for Home and Internet Entertainment
list price: $449.99
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Asin: B000278KN0
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 6773
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Amazon.com Review

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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

Features

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

7. Philips MCM7 MP3 Micro Shelf System
list price: $199.99
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B000278KKS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2921
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

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

Features

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

8. Philips Streamium MX6000i 5-DVD Home Theater System with Wi-Fi Connectivity
list price: $899.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000278KNA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 7323
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips Streamium MX6000i gives you the best of traditional home entertainment alongside unprecedented access to the world of online audio-video content through a 802.11g wireless (WiFi) connection from a PC or online entertainment service. WiFi fun includes music videos, Web movies, and cinema trailers, as well as the variety of music available through Philips' Streamiumservice partners, including as MP3.com, MusicMatch, live365.com, Radio Free Virgin, Playhouse Radio, and Andante. There's no need to first download files to your PC, or even to turn the PC on, to stream multimedia Internet content. (A broadband Internet connection is required.)



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

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



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

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

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

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

Features

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

9. Philips Streamium SL300i WiFi-Enabled Multimedia Receiver for Home and Internet Entertainment
list price: $299.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000278KMQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 6470
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Amazon.com Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pros:

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

Cons:

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

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

Features

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

10. Magnavox 20MF200V 20" Flat Panel LCD TV with Integrated TV Tuner
list price: $749.99
our price: $699.99
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Asin: B000278KM6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 17491
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 20MF200V works great as a quality computer monitor or as a compact home-theater screen, providing slender, stylish viewing from a 20-inch LCD television. The high-contrast (450:1) set comes with a built-in TV tuner for easy broadcast reception. Built-in stereo speakers offer 2 watts per channel, and a remote control grants operation of most features from the convenience of your desk or couch.

LCD screens offer a number of benefits over CRT monitors and televisions, including general ease of use, freedom from eye strain (no screen flickering or radiation emissions), quiet operation (no high-pitch "flyback" noise, an issue with CRT TVs), image geometry (no curvature distortion or susceptibility to magnetic interference from, say, speakers), screen life (no risk of image burn-in), space savings, and light weight/easy positioning.

The 20MF200V features 1,024 x 768 native pixel resolution and an RGB PC input for detailed, luminous images from your computer. Other connections include composite-video and S-video inputs for your DVD player, VCR, or gaming console.

What's in the Box
TV, remote control, remote batteries, stand, and a user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Compact, 20-inch LCD television with integrated NTSC tuner; about 20 x 15 x 6 inches (W x H x D) with stand
  • Composite-, S-video, and RGB-VGA PC inputs for home-theater and PC use
  • 1,024 x 768 pixel resolution and 25 ms refresh rate for clear, detailed images
  • 450:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness
  • Stereo sound with 2 watts per channel x 2

11. Philips DVDR615 DVD Recorder
list price: $349.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000204SVU
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1862
Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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Amazon Product Description

High on convenience, low on hassles, Philips' DVDR615 progressive-scan DVD player/recorder gives you a simple way to share your home videos with others, relieve your VCR of its regular TV taping duties, and enjoy quality home cinema presentations on standard or high-definition televisions. Using the model's extensive inputs--including an i.Link digital video jack--you can transfer and assemble your most treasured camcorder footage, archive all your old video tapes, or burn video from your PC straight to high-capacity DVD--up to an amazing 8 hours per disc side using either DVD+R or rewritable DVD+RW.



The DVDR615 features progressive-scan technology, which enables compatible TVs to display images at double the frequency of standard TVs, minimizing flicker and making the picture easier on your eyes.

The DVDR615 also features a disc manager that allows instant viewing of all recorded discs, storing contents details for up to 9,000 titles across up to 999 discs. You can also use the DVDR615 like a VCR, burning televised programs directly to disc using VCR Plus+ simplified programming. Recording functions include favorite scene selection, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, selectable index pictures, selectable background picture, append, divide, and "fit to space."

DVD+RW discs require no finalizing--you can record, eject, and play them with minimal fuss, thanks to "background formatting." This feature, which lowers total burning time, is an advantage over the "dash" formats. Other DVD+RW advantages include on-disc content editing and multisession writing. And, through DVD+RW and DVD+R's compatibility with most existing DVD players, they're a great way for you to share your special memories with family and friends.

But the DVDR615 is also a first-rate DVD player, featuring progressive-scan video outputs, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround sound passthrough, MP3 CD playback (CD-R/CD-RW), and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVDR615 stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

Top-of-the-line interlaced component-video inputs and outputs (the output is switchable with the progressive-scan output) help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts from component-video sources and on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of 2-channel analog jacks with 24-bit/96 kHz analog-to-digital conversion and Dolby Digital 2.0 audio compression (compression is non-defeatable). Video conversion, to and from digital, is performed by high-quality 10-bit, 54 MHz converters.

Two sets of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual (English/Spanish), a quick-install guide, an AC power cord, a stereo analog audio interconnect, a composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial/antenna cable. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD+R/DVD+RW
  • I-Link digital connection
  • 3.2 Progressive Scan
  • 8 hours record, 4 speeds
  • Index Picture Screen

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Doesn't do all that it says it does.
I was very disappointed to find that this recorder could not read all the formats consistently. It could read one dvd+ but not another, one dvd-, but not another, one svcd but not another, etc. I had bought it with expectation that it could read all the formats if they were recorded correctly and this was not the case. I had to return it. Otherwise, setup was easy. My old APEX player, which was 1/3 the price, reads everything without a hitch. Glad I didn't part with it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good machine
I haven't had any problems with my machine and have been pleased with the quality. The video is good all the way to the 8 hr mode. It is easy to hook up and navigate around with the remote. The onscreen menu is a bit awkward so you need to keep your user manual close by until you get the hang of things. Overall I am glad I chose this machine over the panasonic, as this machine is more compatable with most DVD players on the market. I was considering the panasonic model but the compatability issue was too much of a risk. So far the discs I have made with this machine have played in every other DVD player I've tried them in.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pulled, Despite Horrific Exp w/the 985
For some inexplicable reason, I just decided that I would buy this after multiple rounds of suffering with the 985. So I ordered this and then packed up my 985 and sent it back to the factory for a second time.

Meanwhile, when this was delivered, I had a bit of a hassle with it because I plugged it into my digital receiver and got 'no signal' when trying to monitor the recording. Also, I wanted to have an S connection. Well, finally got it working by moving to EXT2.

Anyway, to my amazement, I have not had a single recording fail, and I've done a ton of them since purchasing a couple months ago. Never once have I seen DISC ERROR or have I had to wipe the disc. So I was surprised to read the other accounts which sound like 985-like behavior. Lots of the online disc ordering places will send you sample packs now so you can try different brands. I got mine from rima.com. One last note: I make all my recordings to RW and then take them to my G5 and make copies onto -Rs, so I can't really speak to the long-standing problems with +Rs.

1-0 out of 5 stars I tried top and bottom Philips DVD Recorders
The DVDR615 was better left in the store I also tried the DVDR80/17, top dog of the Philips line. As stated by other reviewers "when" it would write a disk "maybe and just maybe" it could read it. This goes for both of the machines. I upgraded the firmware three times all together and still no good they offer this online service. If they got it right before the sale maybe they would not have to upgrade so often. I gave up after 5 bad recordings and one good one on the 615. On the 80 I only lost 7 out of 15 DVD recorded. At about $2 per item or more DVDs don't come cheap but the troubles do. I will give Philips an A+ on their customer service, they are really helpful and do a great job they get a lot of practice. I just wish I had not gotten to know them almost by voice. I go to order a different brand because the DVD recorder is in my house to stay just not a Philips.

2-0 out of 5 stars I took it back to the store for a refund
I bought (and returned) a Philips DVDR615/17. (...)

It was a beautiful machine and it has a lot of nice features. It made beautiful disks...when it made disks.

I usually record on DVD+RW and I should have had a clue that things weren't going to go well when there was a preprinted form in the box telling me how to wipe a +RW disk, if the machine suddenly decided it couldn't read it.

Well, it decides that A LOT! You might go back to add an hour at the end of 4 other hours that this same machine already recorded...and suddenly it can't read it.

But, more disgusting, on just about every disk (and I tried several brands), it went "disk error" after a couple of minutes of recording and ruined the disk. If you erased it (using the secret disk wiping procedure) and started over, it usually recorded. But, that's not too practical if you want to timer record. In fact, I NEVER made a successful timer recording. (And, even if you got a non-timer recording, the machine might just forget how to read that same disk a few minutes later.)

I tried contacting Philips support to see if there was a firmware flash or something to correct this, but the only response I got referred me to an 800 number that turned out to be "Out of Warrantee Support", who wanted to charge me (...) just to talk to me, even though I had only had the goofy thing a few days. I think not.

So, back to the store it went.

If that one problem didn't exist, this would've been a great machine, so if they ever fix it, somebody let me know. ... Read more


12. Magnavox MPD720 7" Portable DVD Player
list price: $279.99
our price: $249.99
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Asin: B000278KLM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 2406
Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Watch movies the way they were meant to be viewed with the MPD720 portable DVD player from Magnavox. This lightweight player features a 7-inch LCD display with a theater-like 16:9 aspect ratio. A rechargeable battery can run the player for up to 3 hours, and you can plug it in anywhere for longer viewings. The MPD720 plays DVDs, CDs, MP3s, and more, so you can bring along all your favorite videos and music.

The screen on the MPD720 is a thin-film-transfer (TFT) display that generates clear images without adding unnecessary bulk to the portable player. While you can enjoy movies everywhere you go with the built-in screen, you can connect the player to any television to watch your DVDs on a bigger screen. The MPD720 features both composite and S-ideo connections to link the player to another TV.

The MPD720 plays DVDs and CDs (including discs burned on a computer), as well as VCDs. You can also play MP3s from CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and view digital JPEG photos. The MPD720 features built-in stereo speakers and a headphone jack for private viewing or listening. For even fuller sound, hook the player up to an audio receiver through the digital optical audio connection to experience rich surround sound.

The MPD720 can go anywhere you go. Use it at home by plugging the player into a wall outlet, or run it in the car with the DC power adapter. After watching a movie, the battery can be quickly and easily recharged with the included charger.

What's in the Box
Portable DVD player, remote control, AC/DC power adapter, car power adapter, rechargeable battery pack and charger, audio/video cable, storage bag, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 7-inch widescreen LCD screen; plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, MP3, and JPEG
  • 3 hours of play with rechargeable battery
  • Headphone jack, built-in stereo speakers
  • Composite, S-video, and digital optical outputs connect to receiver or TV
  • AC/DC power adapter, car power adapter included

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect Player
In my opinion, this Player (MPD 720) is the very best Portable DVD Player on the market. The 7" screen is crystal clear and can be viewed very comfortably from 5 feet away. The speakers although lacking bass, are the best quality for any 7" player. If you arent satisfied with the speakers buy some portable ones at radio shack for $10-$20 and you'll have more sound than you need for a car, train or airplane ride. The unit seems to be very durable and it has never freezed or skipped while I have used it. It is extremely portable and user friendly. Since it comes with a battery, remote, car adapter and carrying case it is the best deal out there at $275.00. The case is awesome, it easily attatches to a car seat, has room for your unit, battery, charger, adapter wires, remote, headphones (not included) and 5-10 DVD's in sleeves. The case fits all that and still only weighs about 4lbs and is only 12" by 12". A flawless design by magnavox. With a product this perfect you have to look hard for flaws and I found 3. 1)The LCD screen has more resistence than you'd think to open it(not a big deal). 2)The buttons on the unit can't be tapped to work, you have to push down and hold them for a second. 3)When the unit is first loading/stopping a DVD it run's kind of loud but soon disappears once the movie starts. Other than that this unit is perfect. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

5-0 out of 5 stars PLAIN PERFECT
I bought this mainly for my 18 month old son who loves to watch Elmo DVD movies. After doing an extensive research on brand, price, accessories and comments, I decided to go with this DVD Player. NO COMPLAINTS HERE...I always go for branded names - since these companies work hard to get to where they are right now. I am very hard to please but this DVD Player pleases my son and I BIG TIME...

4-0 out of 5 stars Mintek player with a name change
I have compared the 8-inch Magnavox with the 7-inch 1770 model from Mintek and they are very similar. The switches and jacks are all in the same places, and the battery configuration is identical. The power switch is exactly the same. I suspect that Magnavox got their players from Mintek, then put their more recognizable name on them. Since Mintek is a very small company with no track record, you might want to check out their reviews before you buy this player. I've had the Magnavox for 2 weeks, and the Mintek for 2 months, and so far they both work fine. But when you buy a big name brand, you expect that it is more reliable than the unknown maker. In this case, I don't think that assumption is justified. That's the only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. ... Read more


13. Philips PSS010 Philips Compact Sphere Style CD System
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B00022HXO2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2037
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Amazon.com Product Description

Small, sporty, and spherical, the Philips PSS010 personal CD player is just the right size for the small areas of your home or office when you want to listen to music on CD or FM radio with all the power of a bigger system. It holds one disc, and can play back CD, CD-R, and CD-RW formats. Playback modes include repeat, shuffle, and programmable play for up to 20 tracks. The FM tuner has 10 station presets for one-touch access to your favorite stations.

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

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

Features

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

14. Philips DVDR600VR DVD Recorder with VCR
list price: $449.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B00024MI8G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1191
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Amazon.com Product Description

Now you have a simple way to share your home videos with others, archive your most-treasured VHS tapes, and enjoy quality home cinema presentations on standard or high-definition televisions: Philips' DVDR600VR combination progressive-scan DVD player/recorder with built-in VCR. Schedule your TV recordings for either disc or tape and use the model's extensive inputs--including an i.Link digital video jack--to transfer and assemble camcorder footage or burn video from your PC to high-capacity DVD. The unit records up to 8 hours per disc side using either DVD+R or rewritable DVD+RW.

The DVDR600VR also features a disc manager that allows instant viewing of all recorded discs, storing contents details for up to 9,000 titles across up to 999 discs. You can also use the DVDR600VR like a VCR, burning televised programs directly to disc using VCR Plus+ simplified programming. Recording functions include favorite scene selection, automatic/manual chapter marker insertion, selectable index pictures, selectable background picture, append, divide, and "fit to space."

DVD+RW discs require no finalizing--you can record, eject, and play them with minimal fuss, thanks to "background formatting." This feature, which lowers total burning time, is an advantage over the "dash" formats. Other DVD+RW advantages include on-disc content editing and multisession writing. And, through DVD+RW and DVD+R's compatibility with most existing DVD players, they're a great way for you to share your special memories with family and friends.

But the DVDR600VR is also a first-rate DVD player, featuring progressive-scan video outputs, Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround sound passthrough, MP3 CD playback (CD-R/CD-RW), and compatibility with most DVD media (including video-mode DVD-R and DVD-RW).

Whether your living room is currently home to an HDTV or you're merely thinking of "someday," the DVDR600VR stands ready to deliver the full potential of your DVDs. Progressive scanning, referred to as 480p for the number of horizontal lines that compose the video image, creates a picture using twice the scan lines of a conventional DVD picture, giving you higher resolution and sharper images while eliminating nearly all motion artifacts.

Top-of-the-line interlaced component-video inputs and outputs (the output is switchable with the progressive-scan output) help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts from component-video sources and on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video inputs and outputs bring compatibility with nearly any video component and television monitor. Audio inputs consist of 2-channel analog jacks with 24-bit/96 kHz analog-to-digital conversion for DVD with Dolby Digital 2.0 audio compression (compression is non-defeatable). Video conversion, to and from digital, is performed by high-quality 10-bit, 54 MHz converters.

Two sets of left/right analog-audio outputs channel audio to Dolby Pro Logic receivers and stereo televisions. Both Dolby Digital and DTS 5.1-channel surround-sound signals can be routed through the player's coaxial digital-audio output for direct connection to a full-featured audio/video receiver.

What's in the Box
DVD recorder/VCR, a remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual (English/Spanish), a quick-install guide, an AC power cord, a stereo analog audio interconnect, a composite-video cable, and an RF coaxial/antenna cable. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD+RW, HiFI VCR
  • I-Link connection
  • Up to 8 hours, 4 speed record
  • Plays DVD, DVD+R, VHS tape
  • Auto Scene/Chapter marking

15. Philips MC235 Thin Stereo Microsystem (Silver/Charcoal)
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000278KJY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 2886
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

Features

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

16. Magnavox MPD820 8" Portable DVD Player
list price: $379.99
our price: $258.94
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Asin: B000278KLW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 2374
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Watch movies the way they were meant to be viewed with the MPD820 portable DVD player from Magnavox. This lightweight player features an 8-inch LCD display with a theater-like 16:9 aspect ratio. A rechargeable battery can run the player for up to 3 hours, and you can plug it in anywhere for longer viewings. The MPD820 plays DVDs, CDs, MP3s, and more, so you can bring along all your favorite videos and music.

The screen on the MPD820 is a thin-film transfer (TFT) display that generates clear images without adding unnecessary bulk to the portable player. While you can enjoy movies everywhere you go with the built-in screen, you also can connect the player to any television to watch your DVDs on a bigger screen. The MPD820 features both composite and S-video connections to link the player to another TV.

The MPD820 plays DVDs and CDs (including discs burned on a computer), as well as VCDs. You can also play MP3s from CD-Rs and CD-RWs, and view digital JPEG photos. The MPD820 features built-in stereo speakers and dual headphone jacks for either private or shared listening. For even fuller sound, hook the player up to an audio receiver through the digital optical audio connection to experience rich surround sound.

The MPD820 can go anywhere you go. Use it at home by plugging the player into a wall outlet, or run it in the car with the DC power adapter. After watching a movie, the battery can be quickly and easily recharged with the included charger.

What's in the Box
Portable DVD player, remote control, AC/DC power adapter, car power adapter, rechargeable battery pack and charger, audio/video cable, owner's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • 8-inch widescreen LCD screen; plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD, MP3, JPEG, MPEG 4, and DivX
  • 3 hours of play with rechargeable battery; car adapter included
  • Composite, S-video, and digital optical outputs connect to receiver or TV
  • Two headphone jacks for shared listening, built-in stereo speakers
  • Measures 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches (W x H x D)

Reviews (4)

4-0 out of 5 stars Very nice player
I've had this portable DVD player for only a month and I have been quite pleased with it. The 8" TFT screen is quite nice. It provides excellent picture quality and viewing from just about any angle. Plus, with the larger screen size, two or three people can watch a movie without any problems. Color and brightness controls are easy to access and the factory settings are great as it.

For a portable player, the sound is excellent with out headphones. When I previewed it at Best Buy, I was amazed how loud it can get on its on. With headphones, the sounds is clear and crisp even without expensive noise canceling headphones. Plus, there are two ear phone jacks so two people can plug in and listen. The remote is a nice size, not to small, not too big. So far, battery life is excellent. Another good feature, is that this unit already comes with a car charger (some other brands do not).

So far, only three minor complaints. One, you can only fast forward, reverse or do slow motion with the remote. For some reason they left these buttons out on the player. In addition, there is no S-video output as advertised nor is there an option for input (so you cant plug in your playstation or x-box). Honestly, this doesn't detract from the player because it does exactly what I want...play movies when I'm traveling or on the go. Overall, its a great player with crisp, clear picture and sound. Magnivox makes another winner.

4-0 out of 5 stars Better than Average Picture w. Good Viewing Angle
Picture: This is a widescreen unit, which means most widescreen DVDs will play without black bars over and under the image. The TFT LCD display is crisp, with good horizontal (side-to-side) viewing angle, which is a real-life advantage for backseat passengers in a vehicle. Predictably, vertical (up-down) viewing angle is rather less, so you may find yourself tilting the screen occasionally to find the best picture if you change your viewing position (e.g. slouching down or sitting up straight). You can adjust the color and brightness, but the factory settings are subjectively optimal.

Sound: The sound through either of the two headphone jacks is excellent. I had expected the sound from the tiny stereo speakers just below the screen to buzzy, but it is surprisingly clear. Obviously, the laws of physics have not been repealed and they produce nothing approaching bass, but the articulation of dialog is crisp, which is much more important for movies. Another pleasant surprise: There was no buzzing or breakup even at their relatively polite "top volume."

Other observations: The case is aluminum and plastic, with an attractive brushed metal top and a generally solid feel. The screen feels very securely attached via two hinges. The removable battery included attaches to the back of the unit. The power cord is a little over seven feet, so you can't range too far from an outlet when using AC. Thermally, it stays cooler than a laptop, which is a plus for travelers, though the transformer in the AC cord gets quite warm.

A couple of gripes: 1.) The remote is nothing special, with white-on-light gray lettering being harder to read than necessary (the slide out battery drawer for the lithium button cell is a nice ergonomic touch); 2.) While you can change scenes without the remote, you need it to fast-forward or skip back within a scene. Doh! This omission alone costs a full star. Also, the disc handling mechanism is buzzy getting up to speed, then settles down to the barely-audible whirring common to DVD players everywhere. Sound-deadening adds cost, weight and thickness, so this is a logical and defensible design tradeoff.

As another reviewer noted, this unit is clearly sourced from the same manufacturer in China that sells entry-level players under the Mintek brand. One might read Mintek reviews for hints about reliability.

I have enjoyed watching movies on the MPD820 and find this is one entry-level DVD player that doesn't seem cheap at all.

4-0 out of 5 stars a Mintek player with a name change
I have compared the 8-inch Magnavox with the 7-inch 1770 model from Mintek and they are very similar. The switches and jacks are all in the same places, and the battery configuration is identical. The power switch is exactly the same. I suspect that Magnavox got their players from Mintek, then put their more recognizable name on them. Since Mintek is a very small company with no track record, you might want to check out their reviews before you buy this player. I've had the Magnavox for 2 weeks, and the Mintek for 2 months, and so far they both work fine. But when you buy a big name brand, you expect that it is more reliable than the unknown maker. In this case, I don't think that assumption is justified. That's the only reason I gave this 4 stars instead of 5. If you want this player, BestBuy.com has it for $350, with free shipping, a nice case, and 2 sets of lightweight Sony headphones.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty good so far
i bought this about 2 weeks ago, watched 3-4 movies so far, picture is great, even from an angle, snound through the speakers isn't very good, but only because its small compared to the room, so it doesnt really fill it up, but its awsome with headphones, i didn't have to adjust anything volume/picture-wise (base, treble, light, dark etc.) you can't fast-forward/reverse on the unit, only change scenes, but you can from the remote, although the buttons on the unit seem kind of cheep, and it's pretty loud when loading, and kind of loud when playing, but with headphones, not loud enough (when playing) to notice/care. so all in all, im pretty satisfied, but still uncertain as to whether it will last a long time, but it seems like it, so i'll keep it as long as it doesnt brake. ... Read more


17. MAGNAVOX 107T61 17IN LCD .21MM-FLAT 12X10 WHT ( 107T6127 )

our price: $129.99
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Asin: B00030DENM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Magnavox
Sales Rank: 16667
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18. Home Safety Wireless Multi-Camera
list price: $129.99
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Asin: B000063SDN
Catlog: CE
Sales Rank: 22213
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (10)

2-0 out of 5 stars Bad reception even over short distance
I helped my brother-in-law install this into my nephews nursery. Even though the transmitter and the receiver are only about 10 feet apart and only going through the floor the picture has lines constantly going through it. We worked on it for over an hour, but we can't get a good clean image. We determined that a lot of it was caused by 2.4ghz wireless telephones. Which is the same frequency this camera runs off of. However it seems that many other pieces of electronic equipment also cause interference. Cell phones, radios, etc.... I would not recommend this to someone living in an apartment or townhome like my brother in law. Maybe if you didn't have to worry about interference coming in from your neighbors it would give a better picture once you shut down the interference from equipment in your own home. As for the night vision it is actually low light vision. It works great as long as there is some small light source such as a night light. In a completely black room you cannot see anything.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great quality CCTV camera
My son set the camera up in the baby's room. It functions as designed. Very easy to set-up. Good sound and visual quality. Minor concern is.. How can we order additional camera's?

1-0 out of 5 stars Hunk of junk
This system has so many problems it's just not worth it. The IR illuminator does no good unless it's a couple feet from what you're looking at. Beyond two feet, my night vision is much much better than that of this camera. When the night vision does work, it's so grainy that it's hard to tell if I'm looking at my daughter or a pillow in her bed. The picture you get flickers white a lot, when the screen is otherwise almost completely black. (My wife didn't realize we had a lightning storm going on at one point, due to the severity of the flickering and flashing.) This system interferes with multiple wireless utilities we have in the house -- our wireless LAN and phones are completely incapacitated when the carma system is active. Who did they bribe at the FCC to get this approved? Also, when we turn on our microwave, the camera system malfunctions and gives no picture. Yuck!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
I Love this product. Works great and very clear picture. Found add on camears on e-bay. works well in low light or bright light only thing thats missing is color anyway buy this product if you don't like it return it with in 90 days with your receipt to your local Target store or the online center. But you won't need to !!

1-0 out of 5 stars Where can I get additional cameras for this item
I, too, would like to find the camera only, any suggestions? ... Read more


19. Philips DVP620VR Progressive Scan DVD / VCR Combo
list price: $139.99
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Asin: B00022PUD8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1069
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The snazzy DVP620VR from Philips lets you watch movies from VHS tape or from premium-quality progressive-scan DVD, view digital-image slide shows, listen to audio CDs, or play your homemade MP3 CDs through your living-room speakers--all from one affordable, space-saving device. The Philips DVP620VR also lets you record off-air in hi-fi stereo sound and watch your camcorder or hook up your gaming console through its convenient front-panel audio/video inputs.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

20. Philips MCW770 Wifi Wireless PC Link Microsystem
list price: $349.99
our price: $299.99
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Asin: B000278KLC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 3942
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

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