IFA 2008: new Philips Streamium Hi-Fi system breaks cover

TrustedReviews: Wireless audio is quickly becoming one of our favourite things and Philips is one of many companies pushing it. At its press conference yesterday 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, 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.

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