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121. Philips 30PW850H 30" Widescreen
list($89.99)
122. Philips EXP313 Portable MP3-CD
list($699.99)
123. Philips DVDR985 Progressive-Scan
$39.89 list($59.99)
124. Philips AX5210 Compact Portable
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125. Philips 128 MB Key Ring 006 Wearable
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139. Philips HDR612 TiVo 60 Hour Digital
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140. Sony D-FJ003 CD Walkman with AM/FM

121. Philips 30PW850H 30" Widescreen HDTV-Ready TV
list price: $999.99
our price: $749.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000AAAZ5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 16909
Average Customer Review: 4.17 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The 30PW850H's 30-inch Real Flat, high-definition widescreen picture tube affords today's best home cinema viewing when used with a progressive-scan DVD player or an outboard digital set-top box for DTV reception. Picture enhancements include a sophisticated 3D Y/C digital comb filter, which improves quality of incoming interlaced video signals by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped t-shirt).

Eye Fidelity provides the choice between different line doubling and scanning techniques--progressive or interlaced--so you can reduce motion artifacts like jagged edges and stair stepping, viewing material in progressive scan (480p) or a line doubled (1050i) picture.

Velocity-scan modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas.

A shadow mask is a thin sheet of perforated metal behind the screen that restricts electron flow, each hole in the sheet corresponding to a single pixel. An Invar mask uses an alloy that's especially resistant to the high temperatures generated by the electron beam, allowing in a brighter, clearer picture. Further, a feature called Active Control continuously analyzes incoming signals and optimizes picture color, sharpness, contrast, and digital noise reduction 60 times per second.

The set offers stereo reception with 10 watts power per stereo speaker, and onboard Incredible Surround processing simulates surround sound from any two speakers.

Two sets of high-definition component-video inputs (1080i/480p) accommodate a set-top box/HD satellite receiver and a progressive-scan DVD player, while side and rear composite- and S-video inputs accommodate other hardware. Rear-panel audio/video outputs make it a cinch to hook the set up with your home theater surround receiver for a truly immersive AV experience. A 0.125-inch headphone jack lets you listen in private. The set includes an NTSC tuner for standard TV reception and comes with a universal remote control.

What's in the Box
TV, a universal remote control, remote batteries, operating instructions, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • 30-inch widescreen Real Flat CRT with 2 component-video inputs; TV is 35 x 23.5 x 21.5 inches (W x H x D)
  • 1080i, 480p capable with Eye Fidelity line doubling for non-HD sources
  • Active Control analyzes incoming signals and optimizes color, sharpness, contrast, and digital noise reduction
  • 10 watts per channel, Incredible Surround simulated surround sound
  • Velocity-scan modulation improves the definition at picture edges

Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars A good widescreen HDTV for the price
I bought the Philips 30PW850H 30" Widescreen HD-Ready TV from Costco for $799 (a real bargain, especially with Costco's lifetime return policy.) I needed to replace a large older analog projection TV that was taking up too much space in my family room, and wanted to move to a smaller widescreen HDTV. The Philips Widescreen has not disappointed me. The digital picture from DirectTV is very crisp (I'm currently using s-video connection as I don't yet have an HD satellite receiver.) From a progressive scan DVD the picture is beautiful and near-HD as you would expect. The set has two component inputs and two s-video inputs (one in the back and one on the side.) My wife likes to watch the local channels, so I tried to prepare her for what I thought would be relatively poor picture quality on these over-the-air broadcasts. However, broadcast TV looks great on this set as well - apparently the "Eye-Fidelity" system helps upgrade the analog picture. There are no visible lines nor is there the grainy appearance I had expected to see. The widescreen formats are easy to switch between using the remote. The set is attractive and has a small footprint. If you are looking for a widescreen HD monitor that doesn't dominate a room and you want to stay under $1000 in price, this may well be the TV for you.

1-0 out of 5 stars trying to sell it
extrememly dissapointed. bought the 30" phillips widescreen hdtv because it sounded like a good price. I won't buy for price vs. quality again. The whites are very yellow and it actually reminds me of an old tv where the tube is getting worn out. my old sony flat screen has better color actually and the phillips is very hard to adjust the tints. I'm selling it for a loss and will buy another hdtv from a different manufacturer.

2-0 out of 5 stars product decent, but pray you don't need customer service
In an almost identical manner to another reviewer, 6 months after purchase the color went out on all inputs except the hdtv. Customer service (people in India pretending to be in the US by giving you an American name) were totally clueless. After several calls, they refer me to a local authorized repair center. Since it was out of warranty for labor, that meant $200 for me. The part, cost $700 but was covered under warranty. $65 so that I didn't have to haul the set to the repar place. It has taken 3 service visits and 1 month and the set isn't fixed yet. Adecent (not great) set when its working, but this experience will keep me from buying another Philips / Magnavox product again.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but some questionable options
i like this tv. It looks really nice and is awesome when watching dvds. The only problem is that it has some questionable viewing options left out. Unless you watch a widescreen movie in 4:3, there is no way to have the movie fill the whole screen without part of the sides being cut off. This is just Ludacris. IT should show the image to the end of the dvd on each side and then fill the screen as much as it can, with no sretching just showing the original aspect ratio. Doesn't that bug others that u are always losing video. The widescreen option on that tv is like watching widescreen on a 4:3. The only somewhat exceptable mode is subtitle zoom.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great buy, stunning HDTV!
When my old 27" bit the dust, I wanted something that would not be obsolete in 2006..7 whenever we get rid of the analog signal. I figured the HDTV is the way to go. After looking at the SONY and Panasonic (I'm a big fan of Panasonic), I went with this Phillips really because it was not as deep as the others, and it had to go in a rather shallow armoire. Despite the fact I do not have digital cable where I live, the reception is better than average for regular tv. The screen comes to life though when you throw in a DVD, you get to really see what it can do, the sound from the tv is excellent, you can set it to a psuedo-surround sound if you want. Remote is simple to use, and I really like the wide screen format (it has a variety of settings to cope with the standard 3:4 signal). The only drawbacks are that some of the connectors are difficult to access which is further compounded by the fact that the thing weighs a ton. I also prefer the black cases over the "shinny" silver cases common today - movies are better viewed against a black frame. But the shear number of features, crisp picture, and really reasonable price make this set a great buy. ... Read more


122. Philips EXP313 Portable MP3-CD Player with Car Kit (Red)
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B0000659VA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 22296
Average Customer Review: 3.14 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With the ability to play standard and recordable CDs--including discs brimming with MP3 music files--Philips' candy-apple-red EXP313 is a great basic CD player. Its rich sound and extended, 100-second MP3 skip protection make it perfect for listening, studying, and exercising. It also offers shuffle and repeat modes, a heat-resistant body, a handy belt clip, and vehicle audio and power adapters so you can use this CD player literally anywhere.

"Magic" electronic skip protection automatically stores digital music information during play using a 100-second buffer (MP3, 128 kbps; 45 seconds with audio CD tracks) and inserts it in place of lost information when the CD player is bumped or shaken. Playback options include 50-track programming for extended MP3 sequencing, resume (a bookmark function that picks up playback where you last stopped), repeat (track or disc), and random play.

MP3 features include ID3 tag recognition for convenient song and artist name displays and a navigation system that lets you scroll through discs by either album or by individual track. The player reads files encoded at anywhere from 32 to 320 kbps.

A hold switch prevents unintended interruptions in playback and saves batteries by negating playback when the player is stopped. Auto power off kicks in one minute after playback has ended, an additional battery-saving convenience. The player's 1-bit digital-to-analog converter renders digital audio as smoothly and accurately as possible, and the player runs for approximately 20 hours (MP3 playback; 15 hours for audio CD) on 2 AA batteries (not supplied).

What's in the Box
CD player, headphones, a belt clip, a car cassette adapter, a DC cigarette-lighter power adapter, an AC/DC power adapter, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

Features

  • Plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW, and MP3 CD (store more than 10 hours of music on one MP3 CD)
  • Playback of MP3 (32 to 320 kbps) and variable bitrate CDs
  • 100-second Magic electronic skip protection (with MP3 at 128 kbps); 45 seconds protection for audio CDs
  • ID3 text display and track/album skip for easy disc navigation
  • 20-hour MP3 playback with 2 x AA Alkaline batteries (15 hours audio CD); includes stereo headphones a belt clip, and car audio/power adapters

Reviews (7)

4-0 out of 5 stars I liked this product very much
I lost my old panasonic CD player and I bought this MP3 player. I am really satisfied with this product. It is so convenient that I carry all my songs in one cd (MP3 format) and play them.
Worth the price.

3-0 out of 5 stars EXP313 attempts to update the 301/303 series, poorly
...

The Philips EXP313 is one of the latest MP3 CD players available today from Philips, and appears to be an upgraded version of their prior 301/303 models from a few years back, models which didn't have ID3 text display but only numerical track/folder display.

...

Although the added ID3 tag support is appreciated, the problems introduced in this latest EXP313 model makes it less friendly than the prior 301/303 models - such as complete hangups when the car ignition is turned off when used with the DC adapter, inability to FF/RW to the next/prior song when the end of the current song is reached, title scrolling on the LCD panel stops after 3 rounds, display settings don't stick, etc.

Here's one time where I would say the EXP301/303 series is the better buy. Less annoying even though it only has numerical track/folder display. Keep in mind the latest MP3 CD Portables from Sony and Panasonic are worth investigating - they'll probably be better, and they all have ID3 tag displays.

Philips Expanium EXP313
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+ Takes everything. CBR, VBR, various bitrates.
+ Fast startup times. Under 3
seconds for all discs, usually faster. Just like a regular CD player. Keep in mind that discs that have been burned but have not been fully closed will take longer to read (eg. open multi-session/track discs). Closing the disc immediately removes the read delay. Read delay can be up to 5-10 seconds for open session/track discs.
+ Controls are fast and responsive - just like you'd expect and know from any regular
Philips audio CD portable. Song to song & folder to folder navigation
is quick, press FF/RW and it'll skip to the next song in under a second or two, and can be done blind. FF/RW within
a song has a momentary <1 second pause before the song FF/RWs so you can easily review audio books and language lessons. Not as quick to respond as the EXP301 series I had reviewed earlier.
+ Navigation of the files & folders is quick and easy. Just press the Next/Prior Folder or Next/Prior Song (FF/RW) buttons to navigate all the folders and songs on your CD. At most, a 1-2 second delay between songs, but usually almost always ~1 second or less to skip from song to song. Quick response here.
+ Solid battery door latch.
+ Analog audio level dial! Perfect adjustment of audio levels quickly
and easily w/o any trouble at all.
+ Large LCD display. Easy to understand, scrolls title, author, album names. Can be difficult to view off angle from a distance - eg. when used in a car (then again, the other MP3 CD players out today with the exception of the Panasonic models have even smaller LCD displays by far!), but easier to read when driving than the other players.
+ Beep when any button is pressed can be turned on/off. Beep on is softer than the 301 series and can be left on without much annoyance vs. the louder 301 beeps.
+ ESP can be turned off to lengthen battery life. 15/23 hours for MP3 playback with ESP on/off.
+ Even better shock support than prior 45 sec. Philips CD
portables - now up to 100 seconds. Shake and bake, this baby won't skip.
+ Belt Clip to attach player to belt included.
+ Visible battery meter to let you guage remaining life of the 2 AAs used.
+ Metallic red top cover, dark gray bottom. Same design body as prior 301 series.
+ Battery door on outside.
+ A complete printed manual.
+ ID3 tag supported.
+ Headphones decent for the cheap price.

- LCD Only scrolls the title, author, album title three times, then stops scrolling. You have to push the DISPLAY button to skip to the next choice to get it to scroll for 3x before it stops again.
- Does not automatically scroll through all three - title, author, album title. You must press the DISPLAY button to see each one.
- Does not remember the prior track's display setting when playing the next song. Automatically defaults back to displaying the FILENAME. Annoying! especially if you want to display just the TRACK TIME, eg., at all times. No way to fix/set the LCD display to a specific item at all times.
- Does not properly shut off when plugged into car DC adapter. When you shut off the car, you can often get this unit to hang completely - ie. totally non-responsive to the buttons until you completely remove power by unplugging the DC adapter and removing the batteries!!!! BAD!
You must press the STOP button twice to make sure the unit is completely off before turning off the car ignition to prevent this from occuring.
- No backlight.
- Keeping the FF/RW buttons pressed to the end/beginning of a song does not let you skip to the next/prior song! (EXP 301 does allow this as do almost all other CD players) Very annoying if you're trying to FF/RW through mutiple passages of an audio book.
- FF/RW is slow. Seems like it's only 2-3x FF/RW speed.
- Resume doesn't work just like prior 301/303 series. You can set it like the manual says, but sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Appears they haven't fully updated the firmware inside to fix this bug. And no, you can update the firmware at all.
- Buttons are placed far apart on opposite sides of the LCD panel, and not as textured/easily distinguished during blind navigation to activate. Fine if you're looking at the unit however. Buttons are placed towards the top back of the unit, so if you've placed this in a slot of a car cubicle, you can't easily reach the buttons.

3-0 out of 5 stars Its not bad
I am happy with this player, in general. I think the sound is great. The anti skip protection is also great. I wear the player on my belt using the belt clip while I jog and it hasn't skip once yet. By the way, the belt clip is a fantastic thing to have. I hate the fact that not a lot of portable players have this feature. For me sound and good anti-skip protection are the determing factors in getting a player (as well as a belt clip).

However I have some of the same complains as a previous reviewer.

This player could afford a redesign. As is, the volume button is definitely too close to the open/close button. I keep opening the player when all I want to do is adjust the volume. This problem got to be so aggravating that I put a rubber band around the player. On my player it takes between 9 to 30 seconds before the player starts to play MP3s, depending curiously enough on which burning program I use to burn the disc. The resume feature is useless with mp3s.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect
I bought this player to use primarily while driving, and I've found it to be almost perfect for my needs. The criteria I used to select this model were car adapter included, resume feature, and MP3 capability. Unlike what another reviewer stated, the resume feature works fine for both audio and mp3 cd's, even after a day or more of non-use. He must have had a defective unit. The LCD display is extra-large and easy to read. The skip protection works much better than the last player I owned.

Initially, the player would not play my MP3 CDs, which had me worried until I read the instructions. I was using a Linux computer to burn my CDs and was using the Rockridge extensions. The instructions state that the player will only support the Windows-compatible Joliet extensions. After burning a new CD with Joliet only, it played perfectly.

I was also initially disturbed by the fact that the resume feature did not seem to work. Later, I realized that since I was using the car adapter exclusively, I had neglected to place AA batteries in the player. Batteries in, problem solved.

I have one gripe that prevents this player from scoring 5 stars. It involves the behavior of the player when using the car adapter. When turning off the power by switching off the ignition on the car, the player occasionally locks up and must be "reset" by removing the batteries. This happens about 50% of the time. I have found through trial and error that I must press the stop button on the player before switching off the ignition in order to prevent this behavior. Unfortunately, however, the unit remains ON for about 30 seconds after pressing the stop button before shutting off completely (some sort of standby mode or something). If I shut off the ignition during this period, then the resume feature does not always kick in. Therefore, I have to wait 30 seconds after pressing stop to turn of the ignition. I have almost trained myself to press stop on the player when entering a parking lot, etc, so I don't have to sit idling for 30 secs.

Other than this one problem, I've been very happy with this player.

2-0 out of 5 stars Its ok...but a lot of faults
I bought it... so surprised to see it a bit expensive here! ... I returned it since I found a lot of features are broken. Such as the ones mentioned in the previous review. ... Read more


123. Philips DVDR985 Progressive-Scan DVD Recorder and Player
list price: $699.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00005YXZE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 9973
Average Customer Review: 2.51 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • DVD+RW and DVD+R recorder
  • Save TV shows and camcorder footage on recordable DVDs
  • Plays CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, SVCD, and VCD discs
  • Built-in TV tuner; Dolby Digital decoding accommodates AV receivers with 5.1-channel analog inputs
  • Progressive-scan video output renders pristine, flicker-free images on high-definition and HD-ready TVs

Reviews (134)

5-0 out of 5 stars What a fantastic machine!
Just received this beauty four days ago and I have just finished completing transferring 8 hours of TV series off my Tivo onto two DVD+RW discs using this recorder (the series were tivo'd at "medium quality"). So, yes that means I recorded using the "EP" mode of the DVD recorder to yield maximum time.

I have found the picture quality to be superior to the copies that I have made off the same Tivo onto VHS tape at the "SP" speed of my JVC VCR. So far, I have had no problem playing these two discs recorded at "EP" mode on the DVDR985 on three other regular play-only DVD machines (a Pioneer, a DaeWoo, and a Sony). The only flaw is that the digital frame that the Philips captures and uses as part of its titling feature for the show quivers and is not still as when seen on the Philips that it was recorded on.

Test recordings I made of the recorder at the highest two modes were PHENOMENAL! Archiving any video at either the "HQ" or ""SP" modes looks great!

Finally, the ease of use is fantastic! The biggest problem I've had is when I give names to the recordings on the DVD+RW disc. Then I have to use the arrows on the DVDR985 remote to cycle through letters and numbers; if only a alphanumeric keypad were available!

I'm still exploring its features but so far have been very impressed with what I have seen!

Highly recommended! Look around, for good prices can be found!

3-0 out of 5 stars Breaking Down after 2 Months!
I've had this Dvd Recorder by Phillips #985 for 2 months so far & Have recorded over 300 dvds. The last 4 weeks the recorder has had on going problems & recording errors! It's been coming up with a DB?????### ERROR. I've had to reboot & program the unit again & again! Sometimes it'll just shut off in the middle of recording & won't continue with the same disc. When it runs good it runs very good! When it runs bad it's horrible!!! At the moment it will only record dvdrw+ I can't get it to record the regular dvd+r disc. Hopefully it'll fix it self like it has in the past. I ran the diagnostic test on it & it passed??!!
So who knows? I was hoping for a little more dependability for what i paid for it. One question? Why doesn't Phillips have a list of the error codes in the manual??? It's too late to return so i'll just wait it out & see how it runs tommorow.
S.Martinez
Roseville CA

2-0 out of 5 stars Dead after 12months
This recorder, which I paid a bundle for, worked fine for a while. Now it is a boat anchor. Also during its good days, I found it very bulky to use, removed it from the living room and put in the bedroom because of how it interferes with normal tv viewing. It sort of takes over your system,must be on all the time and interferes with normal operations.

Anyway, now it is useless. It just says "No Disc", no matter what I put in there, commerical disk, blank dvd, even lens cleaning dvd "No Disc"

I talked to Philips support whose only suggestion was to send me a dvd that had new firmware on it but of course it would not be able to read it, so its useless. Other than that, I am supposed to find some way to pack it up, pay to ship it off somewhere and pay lord knows what ungodly price to have it fixed. No thanks.

I can't seriusly recommend it and would in fact try to discourage anyone from buying it due to my experience. Perhaps you would have no problem with it, I don't know. I just know I wasted $600 on it a year ago, deeply regret having purchased it and will never buy Philips again because of it. I am now going to buy a Sony.

1-0 out of 5 stars DVDR985 The Philips Frankenstein
I call the DVDR985 "The Philips Frankenstein" because Philips went around advertising this sooo enthusiasticly when it first hit the market { it's alive,it's alive!!},then almost a year to the day from when I bought it the machine turns ugly.I had grown to love this recorder since 95% of the discs that I make are PAL and at the time that I bought it,it was the only recorder that I could find that recorded in PAL or NTSC.At first I thought it wasn't feeling well or that it had acquired a refined taste for only a certain type of blank disc.I consulted Philips and tried everything that they advised.Nothing helped.Then I started to think that it was just plain cruel and mean spirited,AND then it died.I turn it on,it works for FOUR SECONDS and then it turns it self off. Now that it is a monster Philips acts as if they want nothing to do with it.The only right thing at this point is A RECALL!!!!How can we{the consumers that Philips has SCREWED} go about getting this monster that Philips has spawnned recalled? P.S.I only used this unit for about 12 hours a month on average.DO NOT BUY THIS UNIT UNTIL PHILIPS PUBLICLY ADDRESSES THE ISSUE!

2-0 out of 5 stars Died after less than one year
We purchased this item last year, and used it about 6 hours a week, and last month, it stopped working! After paying top dollar for it, I would have expected it to last longer. I was very disappointed! ... Read more


124. Philips AX5210 Compact Portable CD Player
list price: $59.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009P3MF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 14028
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Unique round, compact, slim design
  • Anti skip, jog-proof, 45 second ESP
  • Extra-long 30 hour playing time
  • Digital Dynamic bass boost
  • Rubberized edge, silver and blue finish

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good-looking. Inexpensive. Intriguing operating method.
After some 15 years of use, my Sony Discman (of an early vintage, to be sure) bit the dust. While it was expensive when new (the price of my perpetually being an "early adapter"), by now it owed me nothing. So it was well past the time for me to be "off to seek a replacement."

It didn't take me long to decide on this Philips AX5210 CD player (satin chrome with dark blue trim; also available in satin chrome with red trim as the Philips AX5211 CD player). The Philips player is especially attractive and slim, taking up little more than the diameter of a CD and the thickness of a CD jewel box on my desktop.

The player works flawlessly and provides excellent sound to these modestly critical ears: I feed the output into both my Cambridge MegaWorks 210D self-powered speakers and my Bose TriPort headphones (both reviewed elsewhere at Amazon).

The player has some functional and ergonomic strengths and as well a few minor weaknesses. The controls for starting, indexing, pausing and stopping the player are conveniently located on the top surface, which also includes a full display for indicating running time (something the old Discman did not have). Volume adjustment for headphones is conveniently placed at the front of the player, as is the output jack for headphones and/or speakers. But the latch for opening the cover is somewhat inconvenient, and there is only one output jack, requiring a "Y" connector if one is to feed the output to both headphones and speakers. "As packaged" (in one of the more infernal blister packs I've ever encountered), the player does not include a power supply, requiring the additional expenditure of about seven or eight bucks for a "universal" power supply. But it does include two battery covers, permitting one to use either AA or AAA batteries (in pairs) if one is so inclined.

The operating principle-new to me and no doubt a consequence of the player being designed and constructed for wearing during activity-loads the signal into a memory buffer. The player will spin the CD for about 30 seconds, and then will let the CD coast to a stop while, for about 20 seconds, the buffered signal is fed to the output. This "start and stop" motion no doubt adds to battery life (not an issue for me) at the same time that it eliminates mistracking due to body motion while the player is being worn. Intriguing, to say the least.

I consider this player to be excellent in performance (and style and small "footprint"), even though it was necessary for me to add to it the additional expense of a "Y" connector and a power supply to account for the use to which I put the player. Others who use only headphones and batteries will have no such problems.

2-0 out of 5 stars I hate to say this, but...
First, let me just say that, in general, I am a fan of Philips electronics. I had a Philips CD player for three years (before it was stolen) that gave me absolutely no problems, that played CD's perfectly without exception, and that gave me excellent sound and skip protection. As a matter of fact, it was the quality of that CD player (which is unfortunately no longer made) that convinced me to buy this one.

UNFORTUNATELY...this CD player gave me nothing but problems during the ONE MONTH that I was able to use it. The most glaring problem with it is probably the skip protection, which is very poor, especially at the beginning of songs. I could be standing perfectly still, holding the player upright in my hand...and it would STILL skip! I couldn't get over that.

Another big problem (which has already been mentioned by the reviewer who came before me) is that it EATS batteries ALIVE. You can use either two AA or two AAA batteries, but if you pick the AAA option, be prepared to change your batteries every five hours (at BEST, probably). The AA option is not much better; after only about half an hour of playing time, the battery indicator had already gone from 3/3 full to 2/3 full.

The sound isn't so great either. You get only one level of bass boost, and though I guess it sounds Ok, it doesn't even begin to compare with the quality of sound you get through the Sony Walkman.

So what's the kicker? Well, here it is: after only a month of using this thing, it suddenly will not read CD's anymore. That's right; it's just stopped. I've tried everything: switching CD's, switching batteries...EVERYTHING. As I write this review, I'm about to consult the warranty information to see if I can't get a refund for this piece of junk.

I'm very disappointed. What happened to Philips? Why did they take such a giant step backwards with this model? Yep; I stronly advise anyone and everyone to go for the Sony Walkman as opposed to this one. It's comparably priced and performs at a level that, quite simply, dwarfs this poor little thing. I hate to lash out like this...but it's the simple truth. If you're gonna buy this thing...BEWARE.

5-0 out of 5 stars i like it
im not much of a freak on the technical stuff but i think this is a good cd player. too bad it does not play mp3 but its great for just cds. i have only one problem with this cd player....it eats batteries... ... Read more


125. Philips 128 MB Key Ring 006 Wearable MP3 Player
list price: $149.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0000BZ40O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips Consumer Electronics
Sales Rank: 13719
Average Customer Review: 4.13 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • An innovative neck strap with integrated remote control provides added freedom and flexibility
  • Large 128 MB capacity - enough for four hours of WMA music or two hours of MP3 audio
  • MP3 and Windows Media Audio ( WMA ) compatible
  • Plugs into any USB port, with no need for extra cables, drivers, or any other additional software
  • Doubles as an external PC hard drive - ideal for transferring data between computers, backing up important files, or storing personal information

Reviews (15)

5-0 out of 5 stars If you see this on eBay, buy it!
I did. Then I read another review that here that talked about its limited remote control functions, and I got worried. Fortunatly, the reviewer was way off base. The neck strap remote is unique and has volume control, skip, and scan modes. The unit does remember the last song played as well. There is a minimum amount of wires to fuss with because the ear phones are plugged into the top of the neck strap. I'm really happy with this MP3 player.

5-0 out of 5 stars Get this for ease of use and style
Ease of use is best to describe the player. It has a drag and drop interface so there is no need to use a program to transfer music. There is no copy protection on the player so music can be copied to another computer with ease. The remote on the player controls play/pause, skip to forward, skip backward, volume up and volume down. The player resumes playback at the start of the last song played. As for the controls on the player, it's simple as there is one switch. The off/charge position and the playback.download position. I never worry about batteries as I leave it charging in the USB port and when I flip the switch it shows up as a removable storage device. It comes with an external AAA battery pack the provides 10 hours of music and when attached looks like it was built as one and not an attachment. I don't mind the omission of the lcd screen on the player because it really is liberating to not worry about renaming songs. I use this player for the gym over my ipod as it is so much lighter and I put my top 25-30 songs on it and don't worry about changing artists, albums, etc. The sound from the player is amazing. It doesn't have an equalizer and it still sounds better than my 3rd gen 20gb ipod and my old samsung yp-30sh (the key ring replaced this unit). I really was shocked by the sound quality. In terms of looks it is top notch. Everyone comments on how great it looks when they see it. Having said that I bought the KEY005 and not the KEY006 because I would never where one around my neck cause I think it looks stupid to do so. It is also rugged as I have dropped it on the treadmill and there were no chips or dents. In the office if I need to take a file home I just delete a track from the player and drag and drop the document. The only minus is there is no ability to scan through songs. I don't mind this anymore as I just turn on the player and forget about it. The only item I replaced was the headphones. Here is a link of the ones I got with a short cord and work perfectly for me: ..... In summary, I have owned this player for 3 weeks and this is the perfect player for the gym, office and short commutes.

5-0 out of 5 stars wow!
i got this mp3 player for my birthday and it rocks! i love it so much. and how cheap! i got it on sale! it doesnt skip ever or there is nothing ever rong with it. the only problem is that i dont like how there is no screen and all the controls are on the neck strap. but for the person that sayd it was really bad. its not. if its not playing, are you holding the play button down for 2 seconds? is it charged all the way? if your looking for a really good mp3 player at a really good price i recommend this one! trust me!

4-0 out of 5 stars cool gadget
I love the MP3 key. I gave it 4 stars because i had to fork out an additional $15 at best buy for a car adapter. I would also like a fast forward/reverse feature, but I knew there was not one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Aways good to go!
I have been using this unit for about two years now. I had the neck strap go on me after I accidently pulled on it while carrying it. Philips replaced it within a few days! The first thing that you need to know is that it is not a PDA or a Juke box. There is not display or fancy EQ features etc. It is however, a great unit for those who wish to keep a low profile while listening to MP3's or WMA's. The sound quality is excellent. This can be improved upon by using a higher grade headphone then the pair supplied with the unit. I use full over ear style when bike riding in the fall. As far as usage, it wins over other units hands down. By simply touching the right spot on my shirt, the unit allows me to control track selection, volume or start/stop features. I often wear it while shopping. I can set volume levels so that I am jamming, and still able to talk with store assistants. If you need alot of bells and whistles, skip this player. If you want portability, a very cool design, and ease of use, this is the game right here. Pro: light weight, easy to wear under clothing. Neck strap provides good control features. Easy to download from PC Cons: no expandability, but new units have 256 meg capacity. ... Read more


126. Philips DSX5350R DIRECTV Receiver*(see restrictions)
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B00005AY8E
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 25321
Average Customer Review: 3.33 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Provides access to more than 225 digital quality channels
  • Access your favorite channels easily with custom favorite lists
  • Conveniently channel-surf by program themes or categories with SmartSurf
  • Electronic Program Guide Timers (EPGT) automatically send an onscreen alert when selected programs air
  • High-quality MPEG-2 video and crisp, clear audio programs

Reviews (3)

3-0 out of 5 stars Directv Receiver
The product is very nice. The only problem I had was it didn't come with an access card. I could have purchased a new unit for the price I paid for the unit and the new card.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent value
It took a little getting used to but overall I'm impressed with the performance and features of this unit. The remote didn't work with my Sansui TV/VCR combo unit but that was expected. Easy directions and helpful guides make this unit easy to get used to.

2-0 out of 5 stars Average at best..
I wanted a Philips brand receiver because my TV, VCR, and DVD are all made by Philips. It is conveinent to have the remote work automatically without having to program it and I have always liked their products. BUT, I do not like this receiver. For those who do not know, there is a big difference between the different brands of DirecTv receivers.

The guide displays on this model is inferior to those of other receivers I have used mainly the cheaper Hughes systems. Hughes is much more functional when it comes to searching the guides and setting your favorite channels. When viewing the 'Info' of a program, the Philips receiver displays the info over the main part of the screen, while Hughes displays the 'Info' over the top portion of the screen. It doesn't sound like much, but it is nice to be able to search for another show while still watching the one on the TV.

Also when scrolling on the on-screen guide, Philips only displays the current program playing. Other receivers display the next hour or so worth of programming. This is really bad when searching for someting to watching at 10:27 because everything is almost over, and the Philips is only going to show you the program the is currently on, not what is also coming on afterwards. The only way to view what is about to come is to view the full-screen guide in which you can not view a program and view the full-screen guide at the same time.

I have also used the a few RCA receivers. The receivers are not bad, but the remote is harder to operate than the Philips and Hughes remotes. The Hughes remote does light up making it very easy to operate in the dark. The Philips and RCA are not back lit. ... Read more


127. Philips EXP411 Pocket Expanium MP3-CD Player
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B000066R5K
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 12991
Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

More pocket-friendly than the average portable CD player, Philips's second-generation Pocket Expanium takes advantage of the tiny 3-inch (8 cm) CD-R format, playing full-quality CD tracks as well as MP3 and AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) compressed-music files. An 8 cm disc holds more than three hours of compressed music (compared with about 21 minutes of CD-quality PCM audio). Philips boasts nearly two minutes of "Magic" electronic skip protection (ESP), so the device is ready to go anywhere you do.

The EXP41117 runs on a single AA battery (not included), which powers about six hours of playing time for an MP3-CD with electronic shock protection on (eight hours with ESP off). Supported bit rates are MP3: 32 to 320 kbps; AAC: less than or equal to 160 kbps. Total number of music files and albums is around 350 (with a typical file name length of 20 characters). The EXP41117 measures 3.6 by 4.7 by 1.1 inches. ... Read more

Features

  • Enjoy more than 3 hours of music from one 8-centimeter MP3-encoded CD
  • Supports MP3 and AAC formats, audio CD, CD-R, and CD-RW
  • Above-average (100-seconds) electronic skip protection
  • 6-hour playback with 1 AA alkaline battery
  • UDF support (record data files using drag-and-drop); earbud headphones and AC adapter included

Reviews (9)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good bang for buck factor
For me, it was either an MP3CD player, or a flash based system. Hard drive based systems are nice, but I cannot afford to lose or drop a $250+ unit. This is also a good unit to have if you want to get into a hard drive MP3 player ::eventually:: but want to wait for the technology to advance / prices to drop.

I liked the idea of essentially having a "playlist" of songs on media that I can keep for a while and not have to erase and rewrite all the time. In the long run, managing a small collection of 8mm MP3CDs is less hassle than constantly reloading a flash based player and losing what was there before. Also, those 8mm CDs will play in 99% of computers and full size MP3CD players.

The sound quality is very good. The unit has an electronic skip protection (ESP). However, I have found that even when I am riding my bike it is hard to make it skip. Leave ESP off and your battery will last about 1/3 longer.

The only thing I wish this player did was display ID3 tags, but maybe I am asking for too much in a player this small.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great mp3 player , bad battery life
This product is a great "poor man's mp3 player" Giving the perfect balance between price, portability, mp3 storage, and quality. the only problem I have like some other people here have had is battery life. Just like one of the other reviewers here said, my unit drains batteries even if it isn't turned on also. A great product though, if you don't mind using the ac adapter.

5-0 out of 5 stars a very good choise
my girlfriend gave me a 64mb samsung mp3 player which cost around $70, she told me that i could take it or not, cuz she havent paid for it... so i had this one for about a week and dont even put a song on it ... i just told her to take it back because 64 mbs is nothng .... 20 or 40 extra bucks and i could get a 128 or even a 256 mp3 player... so i started lookin for an mp3 player at amazon (very good service, have bought a lot of things and everything is alway on time and works good!) and i found out that none of the mp3s avialable fit to me, soudenly i remembered i have a sony mavica cd500 which uses 8 cm cd-r media and i looked for an 8 cm cd player who played back mp3s and i found this one, the best!!!

an mp3 cd player for 50 bux is the best deal u can do

i m very pleased with this product, i bought a 5 pack 8cm cd r two days before i got it and burned those cds on musicmatch jukebox plus, i almost got 80 songs on each and the sound is incredible!!!! i pretty much like this shuffle option, it rocks!
i mostly listn to punk rock music, in a 210 mb disc at 128kbps u can get around 80 tracks

its weight?? dont worry u dont even feel it!

i just have to advise two things:

1. the ear-plug covers comes a little bit damaged because of the way its packed, but its not that bad,
2. before purchase this cd player, u most buy a pack of 2 or 4 rechargable batteries and a charger for those, cuz if u use those standar batteries u are lost and will be mad cuz they only last about 4-5 hours, not kiddin!

thank god my brother had some cybershot sony rechargable batteries and gave me a pair and my problem was solved

i think philips should have think about a carrying case or a clip on for it, i usually use the expanium for jogging or walk on mornings and i have to carry it on my short's pockets

5-0 out of 5 stars Super Practical
The best if you want little space occupied and many songs, I totally recommend it. Small, sounds Neat, etc.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good balance of price, storage & size...
There are tons of portable mp3 players out there - ranging from solid state players, to hybrid MP3/CD players to fancy hard drive based players. Of these Apple's iPOD is hands down the perfect player. It's only problem? The darn thing is expensive as heck... and one good drop on the sidewalk will break it's delecate internal hard drive. Still, here in town I see lots of people on the bus and around the city with iPODs. For me though I don't think I could stomach carrying around a $300-400 dollar piece of equipment that I could easily break, have stolen or leave in a bar.

Solid state players are certainly sturdy, and although entry level players can be bought for less than $100 bucks, if you want any type of realistic storage (256 megabytes) your price point will get very close to an entry level iPOD.

At the bottom of the portable MP3 player bucket though are the mp3/CD hybrid players. These are essentially standard cd players that happen to play burned mp3 disks like a standard audio cd. As far as raw mp3 storage goes they are the bargain of the century - some models can be had for as little as $30 bucks. And the media (a CDR or CDR/W disc) is nearly disposable. Unfortunately a cd player sized object is way bigger than what I'm looking for.

Sony has had an interesting player on the market for sometime now - it's NetMD line are essentially compact mini-disc players that also play mp3s. The catch is again price point.

So I had pretty much been relying on my Palm Tungsten for mp3 playback - which has the side of effect of really sucking the battery down - when I happened across Philips' 8cm expanium disc player on Amazon. It works almost exactly like the mp3/cd hybrid players, except it uses small, 8cm CDR/W discs... what that means is that it's cheap storage with a small footprint. And best of all is the price.

I've only had it for about a day, but so far it works great, slips easily into my jacket pocket and if I loose or break it I won't feel that bad. The 8cm discs are cheap and available just about anywhere regular CDR media is sold - they hold 210mb which is enough to fit 2-4 cds worth of mp3s on depending on the bit rate at which they were encoded in - and because they are so small they won't weigh you down like full size discs.

Battery consumption might be an issue for some folks - but a pack of AA batteries are cheap enough at discount stores and is a small price given this player's initial low cost of ownership. (This player comes with an AC adapter too - so if you use it at home or the office you can always just plug it into the wall.) Also - battery life can be nearly doubled by disabling the shock control - which you should only use if you're running or doing some other jarring activity, not sitting on a bus or train.

The sound is great - I tested with mp3s that were encoded at 320kbs and it sounded nearly cd perfect. The player also sports 2 levels of bass enhancement. The navigation buttons aren't that complex, but it does allow you to fast forward a track & skip to the next album (folder on the disc) - two basic features that I wasn't really expecting. ... Read more


128. Magnavox MDV453S Progressive-Scan DVD Player
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B00009ZI72
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Magnavox
Sales Rank: 15218
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Time to turn your living room into a home theater? Do it affordably with Magnavox's slim and stylin' MDV453S, which boasts high-end progressive-scan component-video outputs--perfect for high-definition and HD-ready TVs of today and tomorrow--and built-in JPEG image and MP3 music decoding so you can enjoy personalized digital-photo slideshows and multihour music mixes right in the comfort of your living room. If you or your loved ones are putting home videos on DVD, the MDV453S will play recordable DVD+R and DVD+RW formats, too.

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 outputs help minimize digital and line-scan artifacts on compatible advanced televisions, while composite- and S-video outputs bring compatibility with nearly any television.

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

If you don't have a surround receiver or six-channel speaker setup, you can still make every movie night the ultimate experience: 3D Surround simulates surround sound through two speakers (even the stereo speakers on your TV). Other helpful features include an advanced, icon-driven GUI (graphical user interface), a screen saver (which helps prevent image burn-in on your TV screen while you've paused or stopped a disc), and auto power-off for energy savings.

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

Features

  • Progressive-scan video outputs deliver seamless, flicker free high-resolution images on compatible TVs
  • Plays DVD, DVD+R/+RW, video CD, audio CD, MP3 CD, CD-R/-RW, and JPEG picture CDs
  • Digital audio outputs for linear PCM, MPEG2 audio, and Dolby Digital 5.1-channel surround sound (for use with a compatible AV receiver)
  • Features include zoom, scan, search, frame advance, slow motion, and parental controls
  • Icon-driven graphical user interface and trilingual onscreen setup menu

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Works well, has had a few "glitches"
I have owned this about 6 mos. and it has worked great except once the "open" button on the unit stopped working and the buttons on the remote were acting funny, but this resolved after unplugging the unit for about 5 minutes. Reads my DVD+R backup copies of dvds perfectly. Overall very good for the money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Technically not a DVD player
This player did play DVD-R, -RW, and +RW (I didn't have a +R to try), but not well. It kept dropping frames (that is, the video would pause and then skip forward), which is generally a symptom of an MPEG decoder that can't keep up with the bitrate of the DVD. But the DVD was authored at 7.5Mbps max (average 5.5Mbps), and the DVD Forum standards specify that a DVD player must handle 9.8Mbps. This might not matter for most commercial DVDs, which (I've heard) tend to stay below about 5Mbps in order to coddle older players; but there are plenty of titles coming out these days that go for high bitrates to provide maximum quality. If this player can't handle them, then, technically, it is not a DVD player; it should not be advertised as such, and is probably not entitled to use the DVD Forum's DVD Video logo.

Of course, it's possible that the encoder I used to author my DVD was flawed; but it seems unlikely--all three of these discs played correctly in my AMW S99.

5-0 out of 5 stars This DVD player works great so far ...
I have had this DVD player for about a month & have had no problems. The only complaint I have is minor and concerns the remote. The first time that I used this player I saw that both the fast forward and play buttons look exactly the same (but, aren't labelled) and the play button is very close to the down arrow button ... so, I found myself having to experiment with the buttons to navigate and hitting the wrong buttons. ... Read more


129. Philips MC120 CD Microsystem
list price: $119.99
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Asin: B00009RTBS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 13545
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (1)

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

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

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

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

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


130. Philips EXP103 eXpanium Portable MP3-CD Player with 45-Second Anti-Skip and Car Kit
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00004UE2R
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 10575
Average Customer Review: 3.78 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

This sharp-looking unit is one of the first in a new generation of devicesable to play traditional audio CDs as well as MP3 audio files burned onto CD-R orCD-RW discs. Although we maintain a few caveats with the Philips eXpanium's somewhatclunky design, we were pleased with its sonic performance.

In our tests, it took anywhere from 20 seconds to a minute to create a directoryfrom an MP3-encoded CD, depending on the number of files on the disc.Once it was playing, though, the quality of sound was quite good.The dynamic range was more than adequate: the high end was crisp and clean,and the low tones were solid, even without the bass boost activated.

The antishock system was virtually infallible when playing MP3s. We suppose that if we'ddropped the player down a long set of wooden steps, it might have skipped, but short of that,the music kept on coming, ignoring our jolts and bumps. It didn't hold up quite as well fornormal audio CDs (or CD-Rs or CD-RWs encoded with real-time tracks), but the antishockprotection for them was still very good. However, while Philips claims that the shockprotection is good for 45 seconds on audio CDs and up to 100 seconds for MP3s, the player tookwhat seemed an inordinate amount of time to recover after skipping.

Navigating through and within CD tracks was straightforward, but in MP3 format the unitprovided no way to search within a track. The display was relatively difficult to read,lacked a backlight, and did not display the track names on MP3 files. Additionally, thedisplay's dimness and placement at the back of the lid made the unit hard to use in a dark car.

Overall, the eXpanium currently leads the way in what will likely be the next big portableaudio format, and it's only a matter of time before they package the technology in a slightlysleeker, more user-friendly design.

Pros:

  • Utilizes cutting-edge MP3/CD technology
  • Crisp and clean high-end sound and solid low tones
  • Nicely packaged with a pair of small earbud headphones and a car kit
Cons:
  • Hard-to-read display
  • Long skip-recovery time
  • Lacked ability to search within a track in the MP3 format
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Features

  • Plays MP3-encoded CDs as well as audio CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs
  • Shockproof Magic ESP (up to 100 seconds of MP3 shock protection, 45 seconds for standard CDs)
  • Playback of all common MP3 bit rates and variable bit rates per track (320 Kbps maximum)
  • Up to 10 hours of playback on 2 AA batteries
  • Headphones, car kit, and AC/DC adapter included

Reviews (172)

4-0 out of 5 stars The best unit in its day
This model was the first to hit the market (in Aug 2000) that supported both CDRW and VBR (Variable Bit Rate). For that reason, I bought one the day they became available locally. I have yet to be truly disappointed, but I have a few gripes:

Its display doesn't support any text, and as such the player doesn't read ID3 tags. Track names would be nice when navigating through 150+ songs.

It can take up to a minute to start playing a new disc containing MP3s.

The order in which 'albums' (directories) are indexed is somewhat odd. If you have your music separated into directories by artist and album name, they won't always be played together on the eXpanium. The model I have doesn't support M3U playlists, but that might have changed.

No support for dual-format CDs (containing both MP3 and CDA tracks). This hasn't bothered me, but it is an advertised limitation.

On the plus side, this WAS the only player with the features I needed, and still may be one of the best. I have used it at the gym, roller blading, and mountain biking, and it has only skipped occasionally. Usually changing the way I carry it prevents it from skipping again. Bottom line? Shop around, there might be a better choice on the market by now. If you can't find anything else, then the eXpanium is still a good choice that should keep you happy for a long time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great first gen product
I'd have to agree with most of the reviews here. I just got my Expanium today, and I haven't stopped using it. If you make the CDs correctly, and buy your own headphones (the included buds suck), then the advertised 10 hrs on 1 CD is a reality. The sound quality is great, although it doesn't get as loud as my discman, it still gets really loud.

Slight problems: Poor included headphones (c'mon, ear buds?)

No ID3 tag support (have to memorize what number is what album, but I write that on the CD anyway, so it's not a big deal)

Poor LCD (it was not designed to be looked head on, but if you look at it from an angle, it gets a lot better)

Cannot shuffle independent albums (no big deal as long as you make CDs that are all one genre...)

Takes a while to initaially read a CD (not too bad though)

Slow to switch tracks (even on an audio cd)

Expensive (but it's the best one out there, so I hear)

If you can live with those faults (which I can), then this is one great MP3-CD player...

2-0 out of 5 stars it worked fine for 1year..
now.. it plays first track and it wouldn't willing to play next song.(mp3 files) keep searching... and searching... have to stop and play it again.. and I get to listen to the first track over and over.. press FF? tried and I'm tired -_-;
don't waste your money.. get a better one

4-0 out of 5 stars Long-term update
Now that I've had my eXpanium 103 for over a year and a half, I would like to update my previous review and summarize my long-term experience with it. As I've already stated, its skip protection in MP3 playback mode is nothing less than phenomenal. Even after all this time, when my eXpanium has seen heavy service and has largely replaced FM radio in my mobile listening habits, I STILL have not been able to make it skip in MP3 mode! However, it has not been entirely smooth sailing - I have encountered a few other minor problems, but they are generally rare.

On a few occasions, the eXpanium has locked up and refused to play certain MP3 tracks. When this happens, the <> buttons often fail to work as well. This usually requires turning off the unit to clear the problem and, in some cases, making sure it doesn't try to play that particular track again. I had one disc from which the eXpanium never would play one certain track at all - maybe the disc had a minor defect there, or maybe there was something about the MP3 itself that the eXpanium didn't like, but it just never wanted to play that one track. Again, though, these lockups are rare - the eXpanium usually plows happily through MP3 discs for hours at a time.

Since I use mine almost exclusively for MP3 playback, I have little experience with standard audio discs, but it has performed beautifully with the few I've tried. I haven't tried using it to play a standard audio CD while I'm on the road, so I can't say whether its skip protection there is as good as it is in MP3 playback mode.

Other reviewers have mentioned that the output of the headphone jack is weak, and I have to agree. Even with a proper set of headphones, as opposed to the included "ear buds," it still just doesn't put out much even at maximum volume. I wouldn't recommend it for personal listening in noisy environments. However, I generally use my eXpanium in the car, with the included cassette adapter, and the output level from the "Line Out" jack is perfectly adequate for that.

The "resume" feature usually works well - note that, in MP3 mode, "resume" simply restarts the most recently played MP3 track from the beginning - but I've noticed that it sometimes resumes the wrong track. This MIGHT be due to the fact that I tend to run it from the car DC adapter and seldom have batteries installed in it, but the eXpanium seems to have a non-volatile memory to keep track of its "resume" location, as unplugging it from the car [even without batteries] usually does not make it forget which track was last played. Sometimes, though, it just forgets where it was.

The DC power adapter in the car kit seems to be somewhat poorly designed and does not correctly fit my car's lighter socket, nor does it fit well in a friend's car or in the accessory power socket I installed in my car. The adapter seems to be just a bit oversized, making it a very tight fit indeed. As a result, its connectors were soon damaged, and the adapter could not be inserted, so I bought a universal DC adapter from Radio Shack for use with this unit. That works just fine - at least it fits into my power socket!

The display IS strictly bare-bones and does not display any ID3 tag data, but as I have stated in my earlier review, I already knew about the display before I bought mine, and I bought it anyway, on the strength of the reviews about its skip protection. Keep in mind, though, that the eXpanium 103 IS a first-generation model! Philips has broadened its eXpanium line, and newer models do have more informative displays - including ID3 tag support - and a wider array of features. If price is a factor, and you don't mind putting up with a completely basic display and sacrificing some features found in newer players, then the eXpanium 103 is a very good choice. If you don't mind paying more for a newer and more advanced player, then by all means, buy one of the newer models in the eXpanium line. To paraphrase an old advertising slogan... Hasn't skipped yet!

5-0 out of 5 stars Look at the price.
I bought my EXP103 last January. In the past 8 months this unit has seen some heavy use. Four times a week I use it at the gym and also in my pickup truck. This unit does not skip, is easy on batteries and for the price any short comings are easy to overlook. Consider - MP3/CD Player, Power adaptor, car cassette converter for this price. If you don't need the ID tags this is a deal.
One down note: The earbuds are not that great, I replaced them with a set of inexpensive wraparound headphones and am now pleased with the sound quality. ... Read more


131. Philips AX5112 Ultracompact Portable CD Player with 45 Second ESP (Silver & Charcoal)
list price: $49.99
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Asin: B0000659UW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 22937
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Features

  • 45 Seconds ESP
  • 25 hours playback
  • CDR/W Compatible
  • Silver and Charcoal finish
  • in-cord full remote control

132. Philips DVD621AT DVD Player
list price: $159.99
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Asin: B00005B98I
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 14442
Average Customer Review: 2.35 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips DVD621AT DVD player features component, composite, and S-video outputs along with coaxial and optical digital-audio outputs, making it a great basic audio-video system. The multifunction remote allows you to control all the basic features of video playback such as stop, play, pause, slow mode, skip, or repeat. The player boasts a 10-bit digital-to-analog (D/A) video converter and also incorporates a 24-bit audio D/A converter for optimal DVD and CD audio reproduction.

TruSurround 3-D sound creates virtual surround effects with a two-speaker system, and Dolby digital/DTS 5.1-channel audio outputs provide the ability to further enhance this unit's audio capabilities. A graphical user interface simplifies operation. ... Read more

Features

  • DVD player with DVD-Video and audio CD playback
  • Component-, composite-, and S-video outputs accommodate a range of TVs
  • 96 kHz/24-bit audio DAC for high-quality audio output
  • High-speed scan and slow motion with smooth scan
  • Graphical user interface for easy operation

Reviews (43)

1-0 out of 5 stars (...)
If you even paid $1.00 for this out of the bargin box at a Garage sale, your being ripped off. It Takes FOREVER to load and play DVD's and follow commands. freezes in the middle of Movies, and doesn't play CD-Rs. (...) Never again will I buy a Philips brand anything I was so dissatisfied.

1-0 out of 5 stars MULTIZONA
ALGUIEN SABE SI ESTE DVD ES MULTIZONA, ES DECIR, SI LEE ZONE 1 AND ZONE 4 (LATINAMERICAN).?
GRACIAS

2-0 out of 5 stars It plays...DVDs!
This player does not seem to hold up after much time. It has trouble reading some discs now and when it does takes a long time. Okay, so it's a Philips and it is complete garbage. With what's out there now that's cheaper and better, I give this one 2 stars.

I have found this to be an good player for DVD's but not much else. A few things on some of these reviews are just not true for this player, and I have tested these formats and been successful:

-Video CD (VCD): ONLY ON CD-RW'S- It does play, even has a light up icon that says "VCD", just doesn't play very well- will fail to load sometimes and may skip
-DVD-R's: The ones I've tested work perfect every time, don't know about DVD-RW's yet

So, this is not the greatest of players ...

5-0 out of 5 stars very good
I read some of the other reviews and just do not not see what is wrong. I would say that this is a very good D.V.D player. I bought a little over a year and a half ago.And it has always been fast effective and done it job. A must buy and very,very underated. Buy this D.V.D player

2-0 out of 5 stars I wouldn't buy it again
In my experience, it's a okay player for the price (purchased a year and a half ago). No complaints about the design of the remote, and the player has has some cool features (like zoom). My biggest gripe is really just a nuisance: it takes forever to load. Occasionally, however, it will freeze completely, and none of the controls on the machine or the remote will work, including power, eject, etc. I have to unplug it and then plug it in again. That's why I've given it two stars instead of three. If I were to go back in time, I wouldn't buy it again. I spend a little more and get something better. On the other hand, if you don't mind a long wait for your DVD to load or having to unplug it to reset it sometimes--it's never happened to me *during* a movie--it might be [economical]enough to consider if price is the most important factor. ... Read more


133. PANASONIC NV-TCL20PT Dry Video Head Cleaner (PANASONIC NVTCL20PT)

our price: $7.99
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Asin: B00009V2OH
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Panasonic
Sales Rank: 17914
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134. Philips Satellite Dish System
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B000066OPC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: PHILIPS
Sales Rank: 141527
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Product Description

Whether in homes, factories, offices, airports, or on the street, it's hard to imagine a place where Philips is absent. What Philips wants is to make your life and work easier - and more fun! And Philips continuously explores new ways to improve products and to offer innovative products to its consumers. Philips. "Let's Make Things Better".PRODUCT FEATURES: Crystal-clear digital video; CD-quality audio; 32-Bit operating system offers rapid channel surfing, fast menu display, and fast screen scrolling; Dual LNB; Mini dish; Miniature dish allows easy, unobtrusive placement; Parental control allows adults to block undesirable broadcasts to protect children; Infrared universal remote control; Full-featured jack panel; Single A/V output; Software enhancements via satellite; Maximum channel capacity provides access to 200+ channels from your favorite easy chair. ... Read more

Features

  • Perfect additional or replacement dish

135. Philips 60PP9352 Epic 60" Projection HDTV-Ready TV
list price: $2,599.99
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Asin: B000066R5Q
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 37432
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Expansive 35-point covergence brings a flawless picture
  • APAC feature serves as a screen saver for a TV
  • Virtual Dolby surround provides theater-style sound
  • Composite outputs/inputs; S-video and Component inputs
  • Includes universal remote control

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice TV, but not the best
TV has no inputs for a center channel so one must be set on top. My first unit had a black spot on the screen, I couldn't find anyone to do warranty work for Philips (neither could they). After 7 weeks of calls, emails, waiting on parts, and finally a complaint against Philips to the Better Business Bureau and a credit card dispute. The store I purchased the unit from agreed to exchange it for me.

Make sure there are no flaws in yours before you get it home, it is a pain to get someone to do anything for you after that. Philips made no efforts whatsoever to get this matter resolved, I had to call each repair center myself.

The Ultravision (Hitachi) seemed to have a better picture.

5-0 out of 5 stars wow
This is the best tv in the whole wide world. ... Read more


136. MAGNAVOX CDRW RETAIL KIT UP TO 24X CD-R ( JR24CDRW )
list price: $199.99
our price: $47.99
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Asin: B000069BDP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 1384
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 24X external CDRW drive
  • Thermo Balanced Writing
  • Seamless Link buffer underrun protection
  • Fast and reliable
  • Easy to install and use

Reviews (3)

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
I needed an external drive for my laptop, one which support the older USB 1.1 connection and this one caught my attention with it's design and low price. The drive works very well. I get a 4X burning speed, which is acceptable considering I don't have a USB 2.0 port. It's not portable and doesn't function as a portable cd player, but frankly why would I want to use a CDRW as a cd player.

It's easy to set up and works fine with Easy CD creator (included software).

The only problem I have is that it doesn't work for iTunes, at least not for me. I found that a bit frustrating since iTunes doesn't let you use 3rd party software to burn cds.
However, it does work with Napster 2.0 and I'm forced to switch from iTunes due to that.

Bottom Line: consistant drive, works well, but keep in mind that it doesn't work with iTunes for me and it might not work for you.

2-0 out of 5 stars AVERAGE PERFORMANCE; NO OUTSTANDING FEATURE!
To some extent, greed is the corporate order now. The fact that most (established) companies are only interested in meeting their profit-targets relegates quality to the background.
Yes, this "Philips Jack-Rabbit 24x12x40-external-CD-ReWriter" spots a healthy 8MB data buffer capacity. It supports USB 2.0, as well as both Windows and Mac operating systems. But that is all! Its overall performance hovers on the average. It has very limited features.
Whereas many no-name external CD burners come with earphone ports and volume control buttons for playing music CDs, this Philips CD-RW has neither. It could not even boast of an ON/OFF switch or button; and only turns on when connected to a PC or Mac. Please, do not look at this article, if you hope to enjoy music CDs directly from your external CD-RW.
Despite its advertised 8MB buffer capacity, and 'Seamless Link' buffer-underrun protection, expect this CD-RW to produce one 'coaster' for every seven CDs it records well. In fact, its mediocre bundled-software is so lousy that it won't let you ascertain if the underrun problem is from the recorder itself, or as a result of poor quality CD media.
Finally, before jumping at its popular Philips trademark, note that this CD-RW has just an average output. It has no outstanding feature! And, quite unlike many external CD-RW, you cannot use this "Philips JR24CDRW" as a portable CD player. I am very reluctant to recommend this CD-RW, but I hope you make a good choice. All the best!

5-0 out of 5 stars quick and smooth
this cd burner is not only a state of art piece of work . it also have a good looking. ... Read more


137. PHILIPS 37FD9954 37" HD-Ready Flat Panel Plasma TV Monitor

Asin: B00015GYUE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 38932
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Philips 37FD9954 37-inch HD-compatible plasma TV offers a number of clever and innovative features that distinguish it from similar TVs, including Digital Natural Motion processing, which calculates motion trajectories of moving picture elements and corrects jerky movement, and Active Control continuous picture analysis and control, which continuously monitors and analyzes such factors as color, contrast, and ambient light.

Digital CrystalClear processing offers luminance and color enhancements, including a comb filter, to produce a crisp and natural picture from any source. Auto Picture and Auto Sound modes offer timesaving presets to fit several typical scenarios.

The 37FD9954 can display full 1080i high-definition resolution. Its screen offers high contrast (1,000:1) and high brightness (1,000 cd/m2) as well as an anti-reflective coating to avoid glare. The unit does not contain a cooling fan, so there is no fan noise. The 160-degree viewing angle assures everyone in your audience of having a good seat.

The two-tuner, double-window picture-in-picture (PIP) lets you freeze-frame the image (of the main or PIP window) or review an instant replay of the last few seconds. In addition, it lets you position a single window freely or gives you several options for two windows. You can also listen to the PIP sound through the headphones while others listen to the main window's sound through the speakers. You can also zoom in using a cursor-moveable zoom function, while a AutoScreen Fit will fit programs of any aspect ratio to the size of the screen without apparent distortion.

The TV's integrated sound system comes with two built-in 13-watt speakers, which can serve as either stereo speakers or as the center channel when part of a surround-sound system. It offers digital signal processing, spatial-pseudo stereo, separate headphone volume, and five preset sound modes (movie, speech, music, personal, and multimedia) in addition to manual control. The system's onscreen graphical menus are available in English, Spanish, and French, and it can display closed captioning for the hearing impaired or silent viewing.

The 37FD9954 includes two HD component inputs for connection to a DVD player, as well as S-Video and composite-video connectors, a DVI-d (digital video interface) connector, and an RGB-VGA port for use as a computer monitor. A wall-mount bracket is included.

What's in the Box
Plasma TV, wall-mount bracket, remote control with second handset, batteries, operating instructions, warranty information, and two 2-meter VGA cables. ... Read more

Features

  • Flat form factor allows unique installation possibilities -hang it from the wall like a painting, or mount on a stand
  • Compatible with a variety of analog and digital inputs, including VGA, SVGA and XGA
  • Anti-reflective screen coating
  • Built-in sound system supplies 15 Watts RMS to 2 speaker internal stereo system
  • Monitor Is Center option with optional external hi-fi system

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Features

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

Reviews (15)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


139. Philips HDR612 TiVo 60 Hour Digital Video Recorder
list price: $599.99
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Asin: B00004UE2L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 21018
Average Customer Review: 3.91 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

With up to 60 hours of program recording capacity, the Philips HDR612 offers the most hard disk space currently available in a personal video recorder.

Unlike analog VCRs, Philips's HDR612 personal TV recorder uses TiVo technology to store compressed audio-video data to a computer hard disk. When you're ready to watch a preselected program, the HDR612 retrieves it upon command from a list of shows you've recorded. Among the most revolutionary aspects of the Philips/TiVo server is the ability to pause live broadcasts and either resume a program where you left off or return to real time. For example, while watching live sporting events, you can replay the last eight seconds of the action. You can then return to the live broadcast at any time. Using the palm-size remote, you can rewind and fast-forward pretaped programs and skip through recorded commercials if you choose.

Philips supplies all the necessary cables for setting up the HDR612, including a 50-foot phone line and splitter. You don't need a separate phone line; simply connect the splitter to the wall, connect your phone and receiver cable to the splitter, and you're in business. The phone line is vital for downloading TV listings, recording shows, and receiving TiVo's Suggestions feature and TiVolution Magazine, which offer guidance and recommendations on the best programs to watch. After the initial download, the receiver spends about five minutes updating your programming data each night.

The HDR612 has lots of great features that make it easier for this personal TV server to record programs as it learns your preferences. For example, the Suggestions feature actually offers input on shows you might enjoy based on your previous selections.

TiVo's onscreen setup guide includes easy step-by-step instructions. TiVo charges $12.95 a month for weekly listings, TiVolution Magazine, and the Suggestions feature, or you can pay a one-time service charge of $299.

Once you've selected a program to record, you have four choices of picture quality: basic, medium, high, or best. The higher settings take up more storage space, which translates into fewer hours of available record time. ... Read more

Features

  • Up to 60 hours of storage capacity
  • 8-second instant-replay feature
  • Pause, fast-forward, and rewind
  • Jump-to-live button on remote
  • 4 picture-quality settings

Reviews (34)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best electronics product EVER!
I own the HDR31202 and have found that TiVo is the BEST electronics product I have ever bought! This includes a lot of high end, expensive, esoteric electronics. TiVo changes the way you watch TV, and has rendered my VCR useless. I find I watch LESS TV now, but enjoy everything I watch. This is opposed to, despite having over 200 channels, nothing was ever on that I liked. I ended up watching junk! Now, NO MORE JUNK! Not having to rush home to catch a show, or being able to enjoy dinner leisurely and still be able to see a show from the beginning, while it's still recording, is AWESOME!

And being able to pause and replay live TV is cool. 'Works great with the NFL! I have only had one problem with my TiVo and customer service was VERY helpful and took care of the problem promptly. (It was a very minor hookup problem)

Lastly, if you're thinking TiVo vs Replay, consider the TiVo simply because it DOES record Suggestions. I have gotten some great surprises that TiVo found for me, and Suggestions will always be deleted first so that shows YOU have requested it record for you are recorded.

5-0 out of 5 stars Changed the way I watch TV
Of ANY electronics purchase I've ever made, TiVo is the one item I would NEVER give up. My ENTIRE family loves it --and uses it. We're not big television watchers, but what's great about TiVo is that when we DO watch, we can watch what WE want...and WHEN we want it.

As far as my kids are concerned, they now watch what they like, but what WE'VE approved...this because of TiVo. It's great! No more waiting for a show to start. No more missing portions of a show for a bathroom/snack break. No more fumbling for VCR tapes! No more "what'd he say?" just-- "CLICK"..."oh, THAT'S what he said!"

And I'm STILL blown away while watching a TV show (live) and being able to pause it.

I've heard some people say "buy ReplayTV...there's no monthly fee like TiVo." Well, TiVo is also CHEAPER than ReplayTV, and once you pay for the service, they're both the same exact price. The difference for me is, I didn't have to pay the ADDITIONAL money for TiVo up front; it was my choice. I liked that.

I also found TiVo to be easier to use. My wife felt the same way.

I've owned a TiVo for 4 months now, and cannot truly express how great this thing is. I've purchased one for my parents (they're in their 70's) and they too are hooked.

Check TiVo out. You won't be sorry...you'll LOVE it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Without TiVo, what's the point of TV?
I bought one of the early models of TiVo, and added drive space to make it a 110 hour unit. I wouldn't bother watching TV without it. It really is everything it promises. I don't know what time a lot of my programs come on, or what day of the week, I just watch them when I feel like watching them. I have a one year old daughter, and I would especially reccomend TiVo to new parents. Without the ability to pause, or just stop and come back to it later, a new parent can't expect to watch anything all the way through.

Setup may be a bit complex, but once it's in place, it is simple to operate. My mother in law can figure it out when she comes to town. She can't figure out our X-10 remote control lights, or her own e-mail, but she can set TiVo to record her programs and figure out what she wants to watch. If she can do it, anyone can.

We use our TiVo so much we are planning on getting one for the little TV in our bedroom.

5-0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE TIVO!
We never even heard of TIVO until our children gave us one last Christmas. The TIVO came with a lifetime subscription which made it even better. We are retired and not exactly "Hi Tech" people, so we paid someone recommended by our excellent store, Sound Advice" to hook it up and educate us in the use, etc. This service was great, as we also had to hook up a DVD player to the TV (a gift from another of our kids). There is nothing easier to program for recording. No tapes, no fuss . As sports fans we particularly like the ability to do our own instant replay. I no longer dread the telephone or doorbell interupting "Jeopardy", as I can pause the program and pick it up later. I recommend this product to everyone that loves TV.
J. T. Sarasota, Florida.

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140. Sony D-FJ003 CD Walkman with AM/FM Tuner (Black)
list price: $79.95
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0007Y6ADA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
Sales Rank: 26241
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Amazon.com Product Description

The D-FJ003 CD Walkman from Sony features a stylish, compact, full-circle design. Pop in a disc and enjoy your favorite tunes with the skip-free G-Protection Technology. With this built-in feature, you'll be able to listen to your CDs on the go, without missing a beat, and with CD-R/RW playback, you'll be able to play almost any disc in your music collection.

If you don't want to miss the game or your favorite radio program, Sony has you covered. The D-FJ003 Walkman offers an AM/FM tuner and features programming for 20 FM and 10 AM preset stations. Program your favorite stations, or simply tune in to the right band, and you'll be ready for radio on the go.

This Walkman features eight different playback modes. You can rock out to single track over and over; reorder the tracks of your favorite CD for a personal touch, or mix it up, listening to tracks at random. You can also pump up the bass with the Digital Mega Bass sound. You'll be surprised by the deep, rich bass tones and the low harmonic distortion.

The new clip style headphones wrap elegantly around your ears, holding the small earbuds in place. Best of all, this Walkman will provide you over 12 hours of continuous playback with only two AA batteries.

You'll look flashy and stylish with the gloss black color and contemporary design. Clip one to your belt today and accent your outfit with the Sony D-FJ003 CD Walkman.

What's in the Box
Sony D-FJ003 CD Walkman with AM/FM Tuner (black) and one pair clip-style headphones. ... Read more

Features

  • Program 20 FM and 10 AM preset stations
  • Features skip-free G-Protection technology for music on the go
  • Eight playback modes for custom listening
  • Digital Mega Bass sound for rich, deep bass tones
  • Plays CD-R/RW discs

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