IFA 2008: New Philips Streamium Hi-Fi System Breaks Cover

MCi500H will feature 160GB HDD, 320Kbps MP3 CD ripping and wireless streaming.

Wireless audio is quickly becoming one of our favourite things and Philips is one of many companies pushing it. At its press conference today it announced a new Streamium Hi-Fi system.

Its new system, called the MCi-500H, is set to compete against the Sony Giga Juke NAS SC55PKE that we looked at recently, while joining the all-in-one system already available, the Streamium WACS7500.

Offering a total audio output of 100W (50W per channel) from two speakers featuring 5.25in woofers and soft-dome tweeters, it boasts a USB connection for connecting hard drives, music players and other peripherals and a 160GB hard drive. This provides storage for ripping CDs at up to 320Kbps MP3 and also for importing music collections. Wireless is only 802.11g unfortunately, but this is more than sufficient for audio streaming even if it does limit the wireless range.

It’s a good looking system, too, with an LCD screen on the front, a smart gloss black finish and backlit controls. Like the Sony Giga Juke system this isn’t really competing with the likes of Sonos or Logitech’s Squeezbox, but for many it should prove ideal and we can’t wait to get our hands on this set.

Pricing and release details will follow, but until then you can find more press shots and a full spec sheet on the following pages.

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