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$29.99 list($99.00)
141. Philips WTV Web TV
142. Philips 55P9161 55" Rear Projection
$59.80 $36.98 list($59.99)
143. Philips AX5212 Compact & Slim
$39.99 list($79.95)
144. Sony D-FJ003 CD Walkman with AM/FM
Too low to display list($1,399.99)
145. Philips 34PW8402/37 34" HD-Ready
146. Philips MZ1100 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3
$599.95 list($1,199.99)
147. Philips CE 32" COLOR TV Silver
148. Philips 107S Standard Series 17"
$59.99 list($149.99)
149. Philips EXP401 Pocket eXpanium
150. Philips HDR112 Tivo Digital Video
151. Philips DSR7000 Combination TiVo/DIRECTV
$507.70 list($479.99)
152. Philips 32PT563S 32" FauxFlat
153. Philips VRB413AT 4-Head VCR
154. Philips Nino 319 Windows Organizer
$499.99 list($549.99)
155. Philips FTR9955 Flat TV Receiver
156. Philips DVD711AT DVD Player
157. Philips FW386C Compact Stereo
158. Philips 21" 201B Business Series
159. Philips Internal DVD+R/RW CD-R/RW
160. Philips 19" 109S Standard Series

141. Philips WTV Web TV
list price: $99.00
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Asin: B00000JFGQ
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 47154
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars A waste of money
I had this unit for just over one year. During that time, it malfunctioned five or six times. Each time I contacted their customer support(over 20 min.average to get someone on the line),
they had to reprogram the unit. Shortly after the warranty had expired, the reciever shut down completely. The customer service rep. told me that since the warranty had expired, I would have to send the unit to their repair facility along with a check ... to repair the reciever. Needless to say, I put the unit where it belonged... in the trash.

4-0 out of 5 stars Phillips Web-TV
I have used this system for over two years and really enjoyed it. It's a no mistake way of enjoying the internet and e-mail services. You can't crash the system. It's a great way to get experience on the internet and using e-mail, and has given me the confidence to step up to a laptop computer. ... Read more

142. Philips 55P9161 55" Rear Projection Color TV

Asin: B00005O792
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
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143. Philips AX5212 Compact & Slim Portable CD Player (Carbon and Red)
list price: $59.99
our price: $59.80
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Asin: B0000949XM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 20884
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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  • Extended Battery Playing Time : 30 Hours
  • ESP (Electronic Skip Protection) : 45 Seconds
  • Digital dynamic bass boost
  • Plays CD, CDR and CDRW discs
  • 30-track programmable

Reviews (3)

1-0 out of 5 stars horrible design
I bought this cd player at Target & returned it the same day. First off, as other reviewers commented, the packaging is a real pain to open. But my big complaint is this cd player is supposed to take either 2 AAA batteries, or 2 AA batteries. When you try to insert 2 AA batteries you cannot put the lid back on the battery compartment. I tried everything (& yes, I did read the instructions). I have no idea how this thing sounds or whether or not it skips. I returned it once I discovered the problem with the battery compartment.

4-0 out of 5 stars ax5212
I just got this cd player and so far it is great. The packaging was kind of hard to open but the cd player works great. Its nice and loud and you can add extra bass.

1-0 out of 5 stars "Jogproof"? So, where's the clip???!!!
The package says "skip free jogproof." While I'm sure that's true, how is one to jog with this product when there's no waistband clip?

More deception: the product, in the packaging, looks as if the lid is textured. It's not.

The packaging took me ten minutes to open--with a brand-new (now ruined) pair of scissors. I nearly cut my arm on a sharp edge. Packaging couldn't be more difficult to open (and I've opened many such).

WAY overpriced. I would've expected all of this at $29.99.

I am really disappointed. I've been a supporter of Philips products for many years. Maybe they should just stay away from personal audio products.

I found it interesting/amusing that there's a card in the product that says something like, "Wait! Please call us before you return this product!"

("Because we know it [is bad], and we want to apologize to you!") ... Read more

144. Sony D-FJ003 CD Walkman with AM/FM Tuner (Pink)
list price: $79.95
our price: $39.99
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Asin: B0007Y6ADK
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Sony
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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. And you can really 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 bright pink 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 (pink) and one pair clip-style headphones. ... Read more


  • 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

145. Philips 34PW8402/37 34" HD-Ready TV with RealFlat Screen
list price: $1,399.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0002F7Z6A
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 9779
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Revel in the beauty of high-definition imagery with the 34PW8402 34-inch RealFlat television from Philips. With its 16:9 aspect ratio, your widescreen DVD movies and HDTV television programming (from a DTV receiver, sold separately) will match their original dimensions. The 34PW8402's RealFlat tube provides reflection- and distortion-free pictures for maximum viewing comfort, while the DAF (Dynamic Astigmatic Focus) CRT gun ensures reliably excellent quality.

The set offers numerous image enhancements. Crystal Clear III encompasses velocity-scan modulation anda 2D 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).

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.

EyeFidelity (480p/1050i) brings interlaced sources like VCRs and non-progressive-scanning DVD players into the digital realm, giving you a choice between different line doubling and scanning techniques, progressive or interlaced, to reduce motion artifacts like jagged edges and stair stepping. A feature called Active Control 2 continuously analyzes incoming signals and optimizes picture color, sharpness, contrast, and digital noise reduction 60 times per second.

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link the set with any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

Five audio/video connections accommodate composite-video, S-video, and high-definition component-video (480p/1080i), with one set of composite-video-based AV inputs for feeding a DVR, VCR, or surround receiver. A set of side AV inputs (composite- and S-video) simplify spontaneous hookups with camcorders, gaming consoles, and other devices.

The set pumps 10 watts RMS per channel into its twin speakers. If you're not using a surround speaker system at home, the set's Virtual Dolby Surround will simulate surround sound from any 2 speakers. A .125-inch headphone jack lets you listen in private.

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


  • 34-inch widescreen RealFlat CRT offers vivid, high-contrast HD image; TV measures 39.5 x 25 x 23 inches (W x H x D)
  • 1080i and 480p capable with 1 HDMI digital input, 2 HD component-video inputs, and 9 total video inputs
  • Active Control 2 analyzes incoming signals and optimizes color, sharpness, contrast, and digital noise reduction
  • EyeFidelity lets you choose between different line doubling and scanning techniques (progressive or interlaced)
  • 10 watts per channel x 2 with Dolby Virtual Surround to simulate surround sound from the set's 2 speakers

146. Philips MZ1100 Gloss Emotive CD/MP3 Shelf System (Red)
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B000094FV9
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 30628
Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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  • Dual layer moulded silicon rubber construction
  • 50 watts total power
  • MP3-CD playback
  • AM/FM digital tuner with 40 presets
  • 2-way bass reflex speaker system

Reviews (4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Otherwise I'm happy with the thing.

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

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

147. Philips CE 32" COLOR TV Silver Cabinet ( 32PT81S )
list price: $1,199.99
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Asin: B00005T3D3
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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  • 32-inch flat-screen TV
  • 2-speaker surround sound simulation
  • Picture-in-picture capability
  • 3 A/V inputs, 2 S-Video inputs
  • Auto-volume correction, child lock-out, closed caption features

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best 32" Flat Screen Between HDTV'S and High Fidelity TV's
I checked this and other manufacturers' 32" flat screen high fidelity stereo TV's and HDTV's in stores, on manufacturers' web sites and other web sites, including but not limited to this site. I was the most impressed with this one. It is why I bought it.

What stood out the most to me and still do are its clear, sharp life-like picture and sound. Both surprisingly stand out to me yet even more than 32" HDTV's I checked, whether made by Philips or another manufacturer. It is especially the high fidelity stereo sound, which has a richer, fuller sound than the HDTV's I've checked so far!

Another feature that I like is how it has audio-video input jacks on the side instead of the front, since a camcorder or video game connected to it would also be off to the side instead of blocking the screen.

I love its flat screen over the round ones, as well as its black matrix picture tube which helps keep out ambient light and digital comb filter, which help to give it both a truer 3D picture and more of a feeling I get when going to a movie theater with its flat screen instead of the old round screen.

I also like how much more solid its silver cabinet is over the old plastic and wooden ones. It will not crack like a plastic one. And it will not chip or scratch like a wooden one.

It has too many features for me to even begin to cover in this review. And I noticed does a very good job at that.

Also, what has turned out to be interesting is, while I have read negative reviews other manufacturers' 32" high fidelity stereo TV's and HDTV's on this site and others, I have only read positive reviews on this one. Based on those and everything else I have covered, I highly recommend this TV to everyone! ... Read more

148. Philips 107S Standard Series 17" CRT Monitor
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B00004WLP6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 36772
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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The Philips 107S 17-inch color monitor packs lightning-fast refresh rates, a full array of resolution modes, the latest in software and hardware compatibility, and a roster of auxiliary functions long enough to satisfy the most demanding visual control freak.The 107S's host of cutting-edge advantages comes neatly packaged inside Philips's distinguished XSD design: a spatially economic, ultraslim casing styled to accommodate a large screen area with a small footprint (base area).

The innovative XSD design has earned the Philips 107S universal bragging rights as the world's shortest 17-inch conventional monitor--its maximum depth stops short at 16.1 inches. Windows 95/98/NT/2000 plug-and-play compatibility and Display Data Channel DDC 1/2B connectivity ensure quick, easy, and versatile installation.The full range of resolution modes (640 x 350 to 1,280 x 1,024) adapt for optimal video display regardless of memory constraints.

Philips's LightFrame boosts brightness and sharpness on selected windows, focusing valuable memory on enhancing only those portions of the display that need it. The brightness/contrast direct-access controls are augmented by onscreen controls that include language selection, zoom, degauss, image adjust (vertical, horizontal, pincushion, etc.), moiré, resolution, frequency, and more.The 107S's Autoscan technology generates liquid-smooth, flicker-free imagery at refresh rates of up to 71 kHz at maximum resolution. --Silas Brazil ... Read more


  • 17-inch CRT, 16 inches viewable
  • 1,280 x 1,024 resolution
  • 0.23 mm dot pitch
  • 75 Hz refresh rate
  • PC and Mac compatible; 3-year warranty

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars Plenty of performance
I've gotten plenty of performance and value out of this monitor. It is packed with features that enhance my productivity! One of the best features of this monitor is its relatively small footprint. With crisp imaging and well thought out design and engineering, this monitor will keep you happy! ... Read more

149. Philips EXP401 Pocket eXpanium CD-MP3 Player with 100 Second Anti-Skip
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00005O02X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 15226
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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The return of the 3-inch CD--now rechristened as an "8 cm CD"--was inspired by the popularity of solid-state MP3 players. With no moving parts and only tiny memory cards for information storage, MP3 players require little pocket space. Portable CD players, on the other hand, even in the service of MP3 playback, can't help but be larger than the average MP3 player--which is where the pocket eXpanium comes in.

Philips's EXP401 8 cm CD player is indeed small, measuring a mere 3.5 by 4.5 inches (though it does seem a little thick at 1.25 inches). Since the trays or spindles in most standard CD and DVD players accommodate 3-inchers, and since few commercial baby CDs have seen release outside Japan (where the format continues to thrive), the incentive for investing in a dedicated 8 cm CD player surely isn't prerecorded music. And that's OK, because Philips just might be onto something here.

Using recordable 8 cm CDs and MP3 or AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) compression, one disc can hold more than three hours of music (compared with only 21 or so minutes of CD-quality PCM audio). No encoding software comes with the player, and, of course, you'll need a CD burner to take full advantage of the portability and extended playback. But, properly equipped, the EXP401 is a fun and worthy entry in the MP3-CD field, excelling both ergonomically and sonically.

The player lets you access digital-music files individually or in user-designated folders (called "albums"), simplifying the process of sorting through the 30 to 50 tracks you might end up with on each of your discs. It'll also play "mixed-mode" CDs--that is, discs bearing both linear PCM (CD) and MP3/AAC audio data--but doing so requires manual switching between PCM and MP3 modes.

Philips boasts nearly two minutes of "Magic" electronic skip protection (ESP), and, supernatural or not, we were unable to induce interruptions in our tunes shy of stopping playback or skipping to another track.

In our tests, we were impressed with the player's sound quality (through good headphones), with the player exhibiting ample amplifier power and pleasing, effortless sound from known CD sources. Compressed-audio files vary in their fidelity, of course, but Philips seems to have nailed the analog end of things with a quality headphone jack and volume control. The digital dynamic bass boost is actually useful, with level 1 offering a refreshing boost in the bass only and level 2 jacking the low end even further and introducing a little extra treble as well.

We strongly recommend using a better-sounding, more comfortable set of headphones than the included ear buds. As long as you stick with .125-inch minijack headphones, compatibility with the handy clip-on remote control won't be an issue.

Included in the box are the EXP401, a user's manual, one blank 8 cm CD-R, a limited-function clip-on wired remote control, a pair of ear-bud headphones, and an AC adapter. The EXP401 runs on a single AA battery (not included), from which it derives about three hours of playing time for an MP3-CD with electronic shock protection on (five hours with ESP off), and six hours for standard CD audio (with EPS on or off).

Supported bit rates: MP3: 32 to 320 kbps; AAC: less than or equal to 160 kbps. Total number of music files and albums: around 350 (with a typical file name length of 20 characters). The number of music files that can be played depends on the length of the names, but given the relatively limited storage capacity of the 8 cm discs, this shouldn't pose a problem. --Michael Mikesell


  • Small size, large storage capacity
  • Easy navigability
  • Good sound quality
  • Hold and resume features
  • Supports AAC compression
  • Strong anti-skip protection
  • Lightweight
  • AC adapter included


  • No ID3 tag support (for artist and song titles)
  • Limited battery life with MP3 playback
  • Limited non-MP3/AAC applications
  • Slightly flimsy build quality
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  • 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
  • 100-second electronic skip protection (above average)
  • 3-hour playback with 1 AA alkaline battery
  • UDF support (record data files using drag-and-drop); earbud headphones and AC adapter included

Reviews (24)

4-0 out of 5 stars This little machine rocks!
I've been using portable mp3 players since 1999. My Creative Nomad is small and great for running because it doesn't have moving parts but the flash memory is limited to 64mb or 1 hour of CD quality music.
I also have a Philips eXpanium CD/MP3 player (model EXP 103, the first one launched by Philips). This player can read CD's with up to 10 hours of mp3 files but it's big and skips all the time while running or walking.
The eXpanium EXP 401 is great because it can hold up to 4 hours of mp3 music, supports new AAC audio format, doesn't skip, it's bigger than Nomad but smaller than portable CD players and audio quality is very good.
About battery life: Turn skip protection off if you don't need it. This way, the player reads the cd, fills the internal cache memory and stops spinning for a few minutes(power saving mode). I can get 4 or 5 hours of battery life with a single 1600mAh NiMh rechargeable battery.
I recommend this product. Why 4 stars? Flimsy construction and no mp3 ID info.

5-0 out of 5 stars Small, Allows MP3 CDRWs, AAC-compatible
I've been waiting for a good MP3-CD player for a while now, and after having tested the Philips EXP4011 ($...) against the Compaq IPaq PM-1 ($...), I like the Philips much better:

1) You can't complain about the compact size. The Philips is just the perfect size to fit in a Lowe digital camera bag (LPD10, $12.99).

2) I don't mind the 3-hour battery life (1 AA battery), because I always carry 3 extra batteries in the camera case anyway. (The IPaq has better battery life, but using 2 AAA batteries.) You can boost the battery life to 5-6 hours by turning off ESP. If you're using the Philips for a 45-minute subway commute or for a marathon 5-hour library studying session, you don't need ESP anyway.

3) I don't mind having to purchase 8cm media, because the Philips supports UDF -- and you can playback CDRWs created using DirectCD. A five-pack of 8cm CDRW sold for $..., and these are good for hundreds of erase-and-rewrites.

4) The Philips also supports AAC. Using PsyTel 1.5, you need to encode WAV-to-AAC using the -lc and -adif command line options; the downside is that you cannot seek within the song when playing the AACs using WinAmp (e.g., with the out_aac.dll plugin). 64K-encoded AAC files sound just as good as 128K-encoded MP3 files. Since the AAC files take up half the filespace, you can fit twice as much AAC-encoded music on your CDRs or CDRWs.

5) ...

1-0 out of 5 stars Great Idea - Needs work.
Bought this for my wife to use at work; was impressed by the resume ability and 2-minute ESD. The resume ability was for her to listen to long audiobooks; as the resume ability does not work (see review by "An electronics fan"), that idea is down the drain. Secondly, also mentioned in "An electronics fan"'s review, the machine turns off if you take a particularly hard step while walking with it in your hand. Pitiful. Will be giving this away and buying a better one.

3-0 out of 5 stars some problems, but usable
I like this product for its convenience, small size, and good sound quality. The mini-CDs hold about 4 hours of music in MP3 format (128 or 160 k-bit) each, and are very easy to carry around with you. As for the battery problem alluded to by previous reviewers, I solve the problem by using rechareable batteries and carry a couple spares with me.

I do have a couple problems: 1) the resume button doesn't work on my machine every since I got it. 2) after a month of use, my player starts shutting off whenever there's a jolt to it or if I drop it into my bag. Perhaps I've not been very careful with it, but the player should be better built than that. I will probably try a different mini-CD player next time, if the problems start to annoy me too much.

4-0 out of 5 stars finally, one that fits
i have been looking for a device to listen to my music on the go, while i am jogging, driving or in the gym. i have tried the card based ones, fullsize cd players and also the hard drive based ones. finally this mini-cd player is the one that fits my life. it doesn't skip at all, even when i was jogging on the road, good idea to get an optional clip. I have a few mini CDRWs and i use them constantly, i fit upto 40 songs on a single disc. this baby works great for me, Battery life is also very good. i have had it for couple of months, as good as new. ... Read more

150. Philips HDR112 Tivo Digital Video Recorder
list price: $299.99
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Asin: B00002SWUE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 16538
Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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  • Up to 14 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 (80)

4-0 out of 5 stars Tivo - Superb Product with a few outstanding issues
TiVo is well built, extremely quiet, and very easy to use. After one day, it became an absolute necessity in our household (even my wife loves it)

TiVo allows you to rate programs and then it predictively records shows on your behalf. Every time you watch a show, rate it! This is how TiVo learns. After a week or so, you will get about a 50% success rate with its prerecordings. This is not bad because the TiVo automatic recording have a low priority and they will automatically be deleted if the disk runs low on space, even if you havent seen it. Therefore there is no downside to allowing TiVo to guess at what you like :)

However here is a list of TiVo shortcomings...

1) No commerical ELIMINATION 2) Pricepoint way too high compared to Replay TV 3) No UHF remote control support 4) Season pass is not granular enough in control 5) Lack of storage! (8 hours at med quality bites) 6) Menus slow. I think CPU may be underpowered 7) No surround sound, HDTV, or firewire support 8) No multi-profile support(TiVO is unaware of multiple users)

All in all, TiVo is an indespensable part of our video gear now

5-0 out of 5 stars I love my Tivo!
NOTICE: This review relates to TiVo, not this specific hardware device. I have a Sony SAT-T60 DirecTV/TiVo combination receiver.
My wife and I became addicted to TiVo within 1 month after installing it. We have gone from watching 90% live TV/10% recorded (VCR) to 90% Tivo/10% live TV! We hardly watch anything anymore at its regular time. We simply pull up the "Now Playing" menu, which lists all the shows I have previously recorded, and watch whatever we're in the mood for - drama (Law and Order or Once and Again), comedy (Friends, South Park), reality TV (Survivor, Fear Factor), or sports (Illinois basketball, cliff diving).

There are so many cool things about TiVo, but these are my THREE FAVORITE things:
1) Season Pass, which once you set it up, allows you to record a particular show EVERY time it's on or all shows with a particular actor or subject,
2) Easy to record (simply choose the show, not the time and channel) and easy to find and play (scroll through "Now Playing" list of prerecorded shows and choose "Select" to play),
3) Record two shows at once (like Survivor and Friends, which both start at 8:00 on Thursday) with a DirecTV/TiVo combination receiver, which we have.

We started with the monthly subscription and moved to the lifetime after just a month (it's good for the life of the box, not you). We have a Sony model, and I've found Sony to always be reliable (two TVs, one VCR). I bought a 4-year warranty as a safety precaution (new technology and insurance against the lifetime subscription). DirecTV customer service is decent, but not great (they handle the TiVo side as well). The BEST resource for TiVo is the TiVo AVS forum, which you can link to from the Buzz section of the TiVo Web site. It's a "must read" prior to buying this unit. But I am not exaggerating when I say that this is the coolest, most liberating invention to come out since the World Wide Web. No joke! You will fall in love with your TiVo too.

2-0 out of 5 stars Service Difficulties lead me to recommend Replay over Tivo.
DVR's are great. I have 3 -- 2 Replays and a Tivo. I highly recommend them over VCR's for all the reasons you read in all the reviews. They also work quite well with few glitches, so I hadn't had much chance to test their tech support, until recently.

My Tivo unit is not properly contacting the server to download the program directory. This has been going on for over 2 weeks, so now my unit won't record at all. Tivo support lines have 30 min+ waits to get through. Online support is very limited. Upon getting thru to the first Tivo number, finally, they sent me to a second Philips number, and they were closed, with limited business hours. It would be one thing if this were just bad out-of-warranty hardware support, we're all used to that. However, Tivo is charging $12/month for the directory service and to not be willing to even take my call on it is frustrating.

I've had no problems with 2 Replay TV units, which I've owned longer, and would recommend them over Tivo. Functionally, the units are essentially the same -- Tivo's slightly easier to use but Replay is slightly more flexible. My next unit will be another Replay.

5-0 out of 5 stars Changes your life - but you need more capacity
There is no way you'll watch TV the same way you did before you get this - you watch what you want, when you want. No more waiting until 10 PM to see something - you just watch it the next night at 8:30, even while another show you like is on. Its pretty amazing.

You need to expand the hours, though - go ...find the upgrade kit you'll need to really use this thing.

1-0 out of 5 stars TiVo is self destructing.
I have enjoyed my Tivo for 2 years now. Bascially, we can no longer live without it. However, as a company, Tivo is absolutely horrible. Where to start? My Tivo started to experience problems with video/audio synch lately. I called customer support and received suggestions for a fix, all of which I had tried. They were nice enough. Then I find out, to exchange my unit for a new one, it will cost $149.00 for parts and labor. Shipping is additional. OK. How about letting me save everyone the trouble and purchase a Tivo II (for much more money) and keep my current lifetime subscription? Seeing as how I was an early adopter/evangelist, etc? Uhh, no. Oh, and by the way, after you pay for repairs, they're only warrantied for 30 DAYS! Then, if you have further trouble, you're SOL again. I ask if there's a supervisor, or anyone available who's interested in keeping a good customer? Uhh, no. Well, I guess I can just buy Replay or Ultimate TV then? Uhh, yeah. I don't take the time to write online opinions or letters very often, but the policies and behavior of Tivo are so frustatingly bad, I just had to. Next on my list is the CEO. If they keep this up, he'll be next in the bread line. To sum up, the company I previously raved about will never see another dime from me. (or any of my valuable programming data) ... Read more

151. Philips DSR7000 Combination TiVo/DIRECTV Satellite Receiver
list price: $199.99
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Asin: B000089A8Y
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 26228
Average Customer Review: 3.62 out of 5 stars
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Ditch the VCR and get ready for the channels, the quality, and the convenience of Philips' DSR7000 combination DIRECTV receiver and 35-hour digital video recorder (DVR). Designed to be a second receiver in a dual-LNB DIRECTV system, this single box handles everything from satellite reception to digital audio/video recording. You'll even be able to pause live TV whenever you wish. Required for use are a television, a satellite-dish antenna (which should be properly mounted before you connect the DVR), and a standard analog phone line. All other requisite cabling and accessories are right in the box.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Reviews (8)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

152. Philips 32PT563S 32" FauxFlat II TV
list price: $479.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00008Z0PG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 44205
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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The 32-inch flat-tube TV from Philips offers active picture enhancement and sound adjustment along with the best types of connections for high-resolution input such as DVD players and surround-compatible sound output for a great television experience.

Beyond its flat screen, which helps reduce room glare, the 32PT563S features a number of visual enhancements. Active Control optimizes noise and sharpness settings every time you change the channel or select a new video input source, while dynamic noise reduction improves the quality of weaker signals by reducing graininess. A three-line digital comb filter separates color and brightness information for separate processing to increase clarity and reduce distortion in the final image, and three color-temperature settings let you personalize the color settings to your tonal preference.

Four more automatic settings--AutoPicture, AutoSound, AutoMute, and AutoLock--add quality and convenience. AutoPicture allows you to customize how the 32PT563S optimizes the brightness, contrast, color, tint, and sharpness settings using four presets: movies, sports, video games, and weak signal reception. AutoSound adjusts volume levels automatically in keeping with one of its four presets: movies, voice, music, or a customizable setting. AutoMute cleverly activates Closed Captioning display whenever you mute the sound, while AutoLock activates V-chip-based parental controls to keep kids from watching what they shouldn’t.

The included QuadraSurf universal remote control not only controls the TV, but also virtually all brands of VCRs, DVD players, and digital broadcast satellite receivers. Four sets of 10 customizable buttons, which can be assigned to four themes or four family members, take you directly to up to 40 TV programs.

The stereo sound system features two built-in speakers with Incredible Surround (which creates a wider, deeper-feeling listening area), and support for connecting an external audio system, such as a home theater audio system with surround sound.

The 32PT563S offers the best possible connections for high-resolution input--component video for connecting such things as a DVD player, S-video for other high-quality connections--as well as composite video in/out and an RF connection. The TV features RCA audio and video inputs and outputs on the back of the set and additional A/V inputs and a headphone jack on the side, for easy connection of camcorders, digital cameras, and game consoles.

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


  • 32-inch stereo TV with black matrix picture tube; 33.1 x 27 x 21.2 inches (W x H x D)
  • 3D comb filter and Active Control settings deliver superior picture quality
  • Variable AutoPicture video settings and AutoSound audio options for custom preferences
  • Component-video, S-video, and rear stereo AV inputs and outputs
  • Dynamic noise reduction reduces picture graininess from weak signals

Reviews (2)

1-0 out of 5 stars Warrenty and customer service not upto par.
When it worked it was fine. But when it comes to use the warrenty you are up sh** creek. I had this TV for less then a month and the tube went out. I called customer service and that's where the nightmare started. I could not understand the Indian staff but it will take over a month to fix his TV. It would have been cheaper to send me a new one (even the repair man said that)$200 for a new tube plus $60 hr labor for 5hrs, which includes field diagnose then pick up and return then the for the total cost of $540. The tv is only worth 3
$350 at best buy. Plus you dont have a tv for a month.

Going back to Sony!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars VERY GOOD PICTURE
Ive been very happy with my 563S t.v. Although its not high def. I still have a fantastic picture thru my "s" video connection. Colors are bright and well seperated and the 32' screen is just right for my room. It has composite, "s" viedo and componet conections for dvd and such. It also has front a.v. inputs for games or a camcorder. The internal menu can be adjusted to quite a few settings and the t.v. has four pre-set modes for certin things like movies or sports. Although its sound settings can be adjusted. I recomend playing movies and such through your home theater. I have digital cable and the picture is just so clear I really cant belive it. The remote is just a standard deal it controls two other devices. The design of the screen gives you the feeling that the screen is flat, especially when viewing staight on. Quite a nice analog set. Recommended. ... Read more

153. Philips VRB413AT 4-Head VCR
list price: $89.99
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Asin: B00004SSQT
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 37113
Average Customer Review: 2 out of 5 stars
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The Philips VRB413AT four-head hi-fi VCR features a double-azimuth video system that produces a clear and stable picture during still/pause, slow motion, and forward/reverse search. The 19-micron heads ensure the same quality playback of your recorded programs whether you taped in standard or long-play mode.

You can program the Philips VRB413AT for unattended recording of up to eight separate programs over a full year. The bilingual (English and Spanish) onscreen programming can be operated from the universal remote control (batteries included). One-touch recording allows you to record up to eight hours of shows with the touch of a single button. Other features include digital auto tracking for a clearer picture, auto clock set with time zone select, and front-panel access to most menu functions. There are front audio-video jacks so you can hook up a camcorder, video game system, second VCR, or Web browser. The built-in automatic head-cleaning system keeps the Philips VRB413AT running smoothly.

This VCR comes with a 1-year warranty on parts and labor. ... Read more


  • 4-head double-azimuth system with 19-micron heads
  • Onscreen programming with 8-event, 1-month timer
  • Front-panel access to most menu operations
  • Front audio-video jacks for a camcorder, video game, or Web browser
  • Universal remote control (batteries included)

Reviews (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars What happened to the sound?
I bought one of these for my kids for Christmas and the first time we plugged it in, the sound kept going out on the video - we had to keep turning the player on and off to recapture the sound. So I sent it back and bought one in the store (Best Buy) - a Phillips, also. The same thing is happening. All this trouble for what? I should have spent twenty or thirty dollars more and gotten something much more worthwhile.

1-0 out of 5 stars down with Philips
I just want to say that 2 and a half years ago I bought another Philips-Magnavox VCR (model VRX242AT) which broke down last month. I think 2 and a half years is just not enough. I will never buy Philips again.

1-0 out of 5 stars Cheap Price = Cheap Product
The old adage is really do get what you pay for. After 5 short months the tape sensor went bad on this unit, trapping a cassette inside and rendering the device useless. Labor cost would be almost as much as I paid for this although the part is warranty. My advise is to spend a little more for a more reliable machine.

5-0 out of 5 stars Philips 4-Head VCR
I don't have it yet, but I am about to! A friend of mine had one and it was so great that I am about to purchase it. It is a supurbly great deal for what you get. The picture is always beautiful and clear, even with older VHS tapes. There are never any problems, it is very user-friendly and works great with other electronic items. In an age where new media and DVD's are taking over, it's nice to see there is still attention to detail and quality on these 'old-school' type products. I have a DVD player currently, and I never had any intention of buying a VCR, but this product changed my mind. It is definitely comperable. My DVD player is also Philips, and I have a high level of confidence in this manufacturer. This VCR comes highly recommended, try it and see. You'll be convinced of it's outstanding quality, as I was! ... Read more

154. Philips Nino 319 Windows Organizer
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00000JCTI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 26819
Average Customer Review: 3.74 out of 5 stars
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  • High-resolution backlit touch screen
  • 8 MB RAM
  • Voice-command recognition, voice recording, and playback
  • 19.2 Kbps Click-on modem
  • What's in the box: Nino 319, Stylus, Protective cover, Serial synchronization cable, Docking cradle, Click-on modem, AA batteries, NiMH rechargeable battery pack, AC adapter/recharger, User manuals

Reviews (38)

4-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding features and easy to use, but a little slow
I really enjoy this thing; use it to keep up with friends and family by email while on my daily ferry commute. The scroll buttons are a great feature, but they're a bit clunky to get at. I'm still in Win95, which does not let my mobile channels autosync. Not a big deal, but its an added step nonetheless to get downloads from the web. Also, the Nino is slower than the Palmpilot and a bit larger. If they could shave about 1/4" off its thickness it would be ideal! As with all palm devices, the screen can be hard to read in certain daylight conditions. Synchronizing with Outlook is a snap, and "jot" recognition has been very good to me so far, although it seems a little too ready to drop a period every time I graze the screen with the pen. This gets a little annoying during a bumpy commute. I highly recommend the Nino for its start up ease and auto synch features.

4-0 out of 5 stars Palm Convert
My Palm Pilot just died one day ... Nothing ... Hello ... So, it was time to get a new PDA. I am a programmer and I have yet to meet anyone with a WinCE device. So, I did a small amount of research and basically bought my Nino blind.

The Palm Pilot is simple. That is its best feature. With Minimal brain usage, you are storing your phone numbers in your Palm Pilot.

The Nino is more complex. It is Windows - in a smaller form. You also have to learn the metaphysics of the Windows CE device. You have to use both hands. You learn to manipulate the system in your left hand through a series of button presses - four on each side of the device. It is not hard, and it takes a few days of using to get used to it.

At first, I tried to use it like a Palm Pilot and got frustrated. I was ready to send it back. Then I sat down one day and read the manual. "Oh, if I press any two of these buttons, it does this. Oh, if I press this one, it does that Cool!!!".

Yes, it is slower than a Palm Pilot, but it is differnt. I wish my Telephone was a WinCE phone - it just makes sense. In the future, you will have two types of PDA users

1) Those with expensive phone books (Palm et al)

2) Those with Windows CE devices

My only complaint is that the synchonization software that comes with this model does not sync well in NT. It took time to putz with it to get it to work less than 50% of the time. If you get one of these, the first thing that you must do is go to and get a free copy of ActiveSync 3.0 for CE devices. It synchs up 100% of the time and is great. I'm still learning how to use it, but I never got so much use from my Palm Pilot. I even have the voice recognition working and can make it do things by taking to it!

To me, the Palm Pilot is like a Mac. You're stuck with simple stuff. You do what it can do, and don't try anything advanced. This is good for most people, but Windows CE is Windows. If you are a Windows programmer, this is just the start of the future - get one now!!!

1-0 out of 5 stars A waste of money
My Nino has internal battery problems and there is no support for it. It's garbage.

3-0 out of 5 stars Its OK...nothing special
Its basically OK.
Its fast enough but since it comes with Windows CE 2.2 (outdated) and only a small memory and expansion slot, its not comparable to the big names in hand-held technology.
I think Phillips abandoned it too early and i'm not sure how to get support, but with a modem and wireless phone, this could be used by average businessman to send and receive e-mail.
It has a neat organizer and NoteTaker, Calendar and really well done handwriting program which is precise and quick. The lack of support and small memory and expansion card that's incompatible with today's flash cards, makes this product only marginally useful. For the price maybe not so great. ...

1-0 out of 5 stars Bulky and elaborate to use
I actually throw it away and bought a Palm product. Don't bother buying it. ... Read more

155. Philips FTR9955 Flat TV Receiver for Philips Plasma Displays
list price: $549.99
our price: $499.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009YW3C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 34180
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The Philips FTR9955 high-definition TV receiver is specially designed to work with your Philips plasma TV. It has a dual HD component input and full 1080i resolution display. The AutoScreen Fit function displays programs from any aspect ratio (up to 16:9), filling the screen completely and without any apparent distortions.

Philips' Digital Natural Motion offers razor-sharp reproduction of movement and motion. The unique and highly advanced processing calculates motion trajectories of moving picture elements. It corrects jerky movements from both studio programs or movies. The 3D digital comb filter, considered the best comb filter available, separates colors and eliminates distortion to give you a razor sharp picture with breathtaking clarity.

Other features include:

  • Y Pb Pr inputs for the optimal DVD reproduction.
  • AutoSurf List enables you to add your favorite channels and switch between them with quickly using a single button on the remote control.
  • Built-in 2x15 watt RMS amplifier for full digital sound processing.
What's in the Box
Philips FTR9955 HDTV receiver, remote control, and 2 AA batteries. ... Read more


  • High-hefinition TV receiver specially designed to work with Philips plasma TVs
  • Digital Natural Motion offers razor-sharp reproduction of movement and motion
  • 3D digital comb filter separates colors and eliminates distortion
  • AutoScreen Fit function dispalys programs from any aspect ratio (up to 16:9)
  • Measures 17.2 x 4.2 x 13 inches (W x H x D)

156. Philips DVD711AT DVD Player
list price: $279.95
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00004THQ5
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 20204
Average Customer Review: 3.64 out of 5 stars
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"Value packed" is a phrase that accurately describes Philips' DVD711ATDVD-video player. This simple yet high-performance model offers a slew ofconnection options; the ability to play back DVD-video, audio CDs, Video CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs; and very fine picture and sound quality. To top it off, theDVD711AT's remote control is uncomplicated yet highly effective.

In terms of performance, this is a honey of a DVD player. Picture quality isamong the best we've seen in this price range, with a fine color balance, goodblack level, and fine resolution of detail. The sound quality is quite good too,though audio purists will always prefer the sound from a quality dedicated CDplayer.

When it comes time to plug the DVD711AT into your system, you may choose fromcomponent video, S-video, or composite video outputs, coaxial or optical digitalaudio outputs, and two pair of stereo analog outputs. However, the DVD711AT doesnot offer a headphone jack, which may be a concern if you prefer stealth-modelistening sessions.

Despite their ubiquitous nature, remote controls are very personal items. Someprefer massive wands with complex arrays of buttons and gobs of macro controls.If you're in this camp, then the DVD711AT's small, contoured, very simple remotemay be a disappointment. We happen to come from the other school of remoteappreciation, and very much like the DVD711AT's remote for its simplicity andease of navigation. The onscreen display (OSD) controls are highlighted inyellow with small icons, so with the touch of one of five buttons you can changesubtitles, language tracks, camera angle, zoom, or titles and chapters--nifty!Of course, in an ideal world this remote would also be illuminated, but in thisprice range that remains a dream, not reality.

Speaking of OSD, the one here is very easy to manage and refreshingly clean, asopposed to some of the large and difficult menus we often encounter. We're stillnot crazy about the bright blue and rather large display window Philips uses onits front panels, but as long as the player is to the side of your TV this won'tbe a major distraction.

There's little else to add. The Philips DVD711AT proved to be a clean machinewith a fine balance of features and quality and deserves a strongrecommendation.--Wayne Garcia


  • Excellent picture quality
  • Component and S-video outputs
  • Coaxial digital output
  • Plays CD-Rsand CD-RWs
  • Sweet little remote


  • Bright display can be distracting
  • No headphone jack
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  • Dolby Digital and DTS output
  • Component, composite, and S-video outputs
  • Onscreen bit-rate meter
  • Perfect still-picture frame advance
  • DVD-video, Video CD, audio CD, CD-R, and CD-RW playback

Reviews (28)

5-0 out of 5 stars Great player for beginers
I just bought this player last night and, besides needing a modulator for the back of my TV, had no problem setting the unit up and getting it running. From a majority of the reviews I read the DVD711AT, along with the DVD701AT, are two of the best models out there for people buying their first DVD player. I thought the sound and picture quality were both crisp and clear for several of the different movies I played and the movies took the same amount of time to load up as any other DVD player I've seen. It also played my CDs and CDRs with no problem and the sound was what I expected coming from a DVD player. To be honest though, I don't really understand why you would want to play audio CDs in a DVD player anyway. Seems to me that it would just be more wear and tear on the machine and let's face it, a DVD player is designed to play DVDs while a CD player is designed to play CDs. An audio disc is not the same as an audio/video disc. My only complaint, and this is nothing that can't be fixed wtih a small purchase, is the remote control. Just a little too basic. Besides that, I think this is a great machine for people buying their first DVD player who don't want all the hassels of various functions and accessories.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great player, good price, don't let the other's fool you
Alright folks, What do you buy a DVD player for? To watch your movies? or to play your music? For me, that was an easy one. I see a lot of people putting this player down because of it's CD music quality (which I have not used on the player yet), and giving it a minimal of max of 3 stars. C'mon people, this thing is for DVD's, not CD's. From what I've seen, this player is darn fine. The image and sound are great, and the remote, which is also put down a lot (probably most of you technologiclly challanged people) is not a hassle one bit, in fact, I like it a lot. It is small, and the buttons even have decals on it which tell you exactly which each of them do, you'll perfect the thing in no time. The loading time is exactly the same to every other DVD player i've seen, and I havent had a problem with the system yet. And just look at the price, after all the rebates, you've spent practically nothing. Do yourself a favor, buy this player. :)

1-0 out of 5 stars Avoid at all cost!!!!
After minimal use, the DVD player did not work. Although able to recognize audio CDs, it failed to recognize any DVDs, ejecting them after attempting to read the data. I bought a lens cleaning disc for $10, thinking the laser had to be cleaned. Still, no DVDs played. After calling customer service, they told me there was little I could do since the product was no longer under warranty. In addition, I was told that no Philips authorized retailers would be able to repair it. So, after such minimal use, my DVD player is simply a CD player.

Now that DVD players are a little more advanced, playing MP3 CDs and DVD-R, do not fall back on the Philips DVD711 because it may be the most inexpensive. You'll end up having to buy another DVD player anyway.

5-0 out of 5 stars 4 years and still love it
I bought this player 4 years ago and at the time it was one of the top players. It's built quality feels so much better than the current generation players which are exclusively made of plastic unless you spend at least $500. The player has never rejected a disc, never frozen or made any kind of error even with the worst rented dvds. I've always been a great Philps fan and as long as they keep making products like this one I will always remain one.

1-0 out of 5 stars BEWARE of Philips Products!!
My DVD711 was used a grand total of 4 times when the laser reader died. After writing of my experience to Philips, they pretty much told me they were very sorry. Sorry doesn't walk the dog. BEWARE buying any Philips product becasue they obviously don't stand behind their work. Add this to the fact that they're pricey compared to other brands and there is no reason whatsoever to choose Philips. ... Read more

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

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

158. Philips 21" 201B Business Series Monitor
list price: $799.99
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Asin: B00004WLQB
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 46483
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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With graphics to impress even the most discerning, this 21-inch (20 inchesviewable) monitor goes easy on the eyes with its antiglare, antistatic,antireflective screen, so you can sit and stare at the screen longerwithout getting that "computer overload" headache. Boasting stunning colorand exceptional crispness, the 201B features a remarkable 1,920 x 1,440maximum resolution, maximum refresh rate of 160 Hz, and 0.25-millimeter dotpitch. All these combine to ensure high-quality images ideal for businessapplications, desktop publishing, graphics, gaming, and more.

The 201B also offers an intuitive control system and is EPA Energy Star andMPRII regulation compliant.Compatible with both PCs and Macs, the 201B comes backed with a three-yearlimited warranty on parts and one year on labor. ... Read more


  • 20-inch viewable screen
  • 1,920 by 1,440 maximum resolution
  • 0.25mm dot pitch
  • Anti-glare, anti-static, anti-reflective glass
  • Compatible with PC and Mac computers

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Good monitor, questionable software
The 201B monitor has a sharp display. I run it at 1600x1200 with small fonts and all the print is easily readable. It has a standard 15 pin D-sub and BNC connectors so you can hook two computers to it and switch back and forth with a front panel selector switch.

One disappointing item: the monitor has a USB connector and software to let you adjust it with a PC program. The software loaded from the supplied CD but refused to work on my Win2k PC. I found out from Philips custumer support that the USB adjust feature only works with Win95 or Win98. It doesn't say that on the box or in the manual. Its hard to imagine why Philips would add an expensive feature to a product but then only support it on an obsolete OS. Most users will have to use the normal front panel buttons for adjustments.

5-0 out of 5 stars Space-Saving 21"!
This 21" monitor is a real space saver. I prefer the tube type monitors and did not want to go to an LCD. Most 19" & 21" monitors would take up too much space on my desk. This one is more compact and has a nice picture quality. Pretty reasonable price too. ... Read more

159. Philips Internal DVD+R/RW CD-R/RW Drive (DVDRW228)

Asin: B00006BSTP
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 35725
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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  • 2.4x DVD rewriting, 8x DVD read speeds
  • 12x CD write, 10x CD rewrite, and 32x CD read speeds
  • Internal Drive
  • 2 MB Buffer
  • 1-year limited warranty

Reviews (6)

2-0 out of 5 stars can't burn dvd+r's
I have probably wrecked about a 12 DVD+R discs in this burner. I have 2.4GHz computer and have tried Nero 5, 5.5 and 6. I even took the advice of the guys at Philips to turn off every program in the task bar. Half of the discs cancel burning before they finish and the other half are mostly, if not entirely, unreadable. CDs and DVD+RWs work fine, but I already had a Cde burner and RWs cost twice as much as the Rs and they can't be put in DVD players.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very reliable
I have read other reviews about this machine. Some had problems connecting it to Master and others to Slave. It worked both way for my PC. Now I can back up all those "A Bugs life", "Ants"....and other DVDs that I keep buying for my kids and they keep damaging. At first I could not back up some DVDs because of copy protection, but I now I can do that for any DVD. The Philips dvdrw228 can copy DVD on the fly very fast, as short as 20 Minutes, unlike some other writers that will take up to 1 hour or more on the fly. Also, it burns DVD perfectly, no over burn, or soft burn. Because it has an advanced system to major the best burn for the Disc (Discs are made differently).

5-0 out of 5 stars Much better than older Philips burner drives
I had one of the first CD-R drive (CDR2600) Philips made several years ago that I had wrecked many discs in. This time I got this drive with the computer 2.8GHz Compaq Presario 8000 I bought. I have to say it's a day and night difference. So far I have only used DVD+RW and CD-R discs and it worked flawlessly every time. The speed is satisfied. It surprised me that the drive writes faster with my old SCSI Jaz drive than with the 48X CD-ROM drive on the same bus with the burner. I have yet to try burn photo CD or VCD or video DVD. But for burning data discs, it's adequate.

4-0 out of 5 stars The drive works great for me.
I have had no problems with my drive...I've used several different brands and types of disks....good clean burns each time.

The software that comes with it is pretty good, too...Nero is considered one of the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works great so far
This drive works great so far. I've had it for a month with no major problems. The +RW format seems to be superior with better compatibility to the -RW format for what I use it for. (I have and use all 5 DVD recordable formats.)

I have a problem with installing the software disk that came with it, and it seems to stem from having multiple DVD burners installed on the system (or perhaps using it on a ATA bus add-on card--the installer can't see the drive if it does a check purely through the ATAPI interfaces). But my drive generally works with my old software with appropriate +R/+RW patches installed.

My only coasters that I've generated were due to my error, not the burner. ... Read more

160. Philips 19" 109S Standard Series Monitor
list price: $349.99
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Asin: B00004WLQ7
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Philips
Sales Rank: 53171
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The 19-inch (18 inches viewable) Philips 109S Standard Series monitor is useful for students and small office or home office users who are looking to upgrade to a larger monitor. With its sharp focus, bright images, and 160 Hz refresh rate, the Philips 109S provides great picture for work or play on your PC or Macintosh. The 1,920 x 1,440 maximum resolution and a fine 0.27-millimeter dot pitch allow crisp text and sharp lines while maintaining color intensity. Additionally, the monitor includes controls for contrast, brightness, horizontal and vertical size, horizontal and vertical moiré, and more. ... Read more


  • 18-inch viewable screen
  • 1,280 by 1,024 maximum resolution
  • 0.27mm dot pitch
  • 160 Hz maximum refresh rate
  • Compatible with PC and Mac computers

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