Philips has no plans to take 2010 sitting down, at least as far as the home audio department is concerned. In addition to launching the Fidelio, Philips announced a new range of micro HiFi systems with their Soundsphere Speaker tech, the MCi900 and MCD900.
Both system include free floating tweeters that are said to produce room filling sound, a CD player and one-piece aluminum casing for some added pazzaz to your living room setup. On top is a large (size unknown) color LCD screen backed by 100w of power and a USB input for adding your favorite source of music. The MCi900, the flagship of the two, takes lead by including WiFi and 160GB of storage, for an added cost no doubt.
There’s no word on a price or street date, but the term ‘pricey’ comes to mind.
February 22, 2010
PHILIPS LAUNCHES NEW RANGE OF HI-FI MICRO SYSTEMS WITH SOUNDSPHERE SPEAKERS FOR AUTHENTIC LISTENING EXPERIENCE
Barcelona, Spain – The new range of Philips Hi-Fi micro systems with SoundSphere speakers is a revelation for those who want to hear all the original detail from their music, just as the artist intended. Philips SoundSphere speakers give you natural, authentic sound reproduction so you feel all the emotion of the music, as though the artist is playing right in front of you. The new range includes a model with Streamium technology so you can wirelessly store, stream and enjoy an endless choice of music online or from your computer.
Traditional speakers can distort the way instruments sound, often making music seem flat, narrow and tight. Philips SoundSphere speakers have a uniquely positioned tweeter and woofer with rigorous audio crossover engineering that minimizes interference and produces a more natural sound. The free-floating tweeter is outside the speaker box, meaning sound radiates in all directions to give a deeper, wider sound impression, similar to the tones you would hear during a live performance or in a recording studio.
The innovative architecture of SoundSphere speaker technology means it provides music-lovers with a surprisingly high-quality, authentic listening experience, filling your space with the true sound of the artist’s original. Designed by Philips acoustic engineers based in Leuven, Belgium, Philips SoundSphere speakers have met the high expectations of demanding European music-lovers by achieving the best possible balance between their subjective qualities.
SoundSphere speakers combine form and functionality with an iconic design that uses authentic materials that not only look impressive but also help to reduce speaker cabinet vibrations. The speakers use a one-piece aluminum casing that optimizes wave propagation within the cabinet for more fidelity in its sound reproduction, while the higher stiffness ratio offers a more compact loudspeaker solution.
The Hi-Fi micro systems with SoundSphere speakers also give you new and convenient ways of accessing music, with a large color screen for easy navigation of your playlists and music files. The model with Streamium technology lets you enjoy digital music sources from a USB hard disk: massive 160GB HDD storage means you can store all your favorite music from your collection, as well as browse thousands of songs online through wireless internet radio, or music streaming from your Mac or PC – you can even stream pictures!
For the most authentic, crystal-clear listening experience that combines ease of use, enjoyment and sleek design, the Philips micro system range with SoundSphere speakers is everything you need.
Philips Streamium Hi-Fi micro system with SoundSphere speakers (MCi900)
CD/DVD player, USB direct
Aluminum cabinet (Titanium color)
Streamium with 160GB HDD, Internet radio and PC/Mac wireless streaming
Philips Hi-Fi micro system with SoundSphere speakers (MCD900)
CD/DVD player, USB direct
Aluminum cabinet (Silver color)