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Philips WACS700/05 Streamium Wireless Music Centre

by Philips

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  • Stream music to up to 5 music stations in your home
  • Listen to different music in every room where you have a music station
  • 40 GB hard disk to store and playback up to 750 CDs
  • 2-way Remote Control for user friendly navigation
  • Let your music follow you anywhere in the home with 'Music Follows Me' functionality
  • Music Broadcast allows for simultaneous playback to all stations - great for parties!
  • Direct Content Access to artist, album or playlists
  • Universal Plug & Play interconnectivity
  • Super Sound Panel with deep bass and clarity
  • Class 'D' Digital Amplifier for quality sound performance

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 60.8 x 30.3 cm ; 9 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 18 Kg
  • Item model number: WACS700/05
  • ASIN: B000AYCXRE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,399 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Product Description

WACS700 - additonal music centres available

Product Description

Access all your CDs in every room.Store your entire CD collection on a 40 GB hard disc and listen in very room. You can listen to different music in every room and your music can finally follow you wherever you are in your home. The Remote Control has a built-in display.Wireless Unlimited listening pleasure!- Wireless streaming between music centre and stations Multiple user access streams to up to 5 stations streaming- 40 GB hard disk to store and playback up to 750 CDs- Universal Plug & Play interconnectivityEasy navigation and control- 2-way Remote Control for user friendly navigation- Direct Content Access to artist, album or playlists- Music Follows Me anywhere, everywhere in the home- Music Broadcast for simultaneous playback to all stationsQuality Sound Performance- Super Sound Panel with deep bass and clarity- Class ~DT digital amplifier for quality sound performanceExpandable- Add 4 additonal Wi-Fi stationsFeatureProduct FeaturesDisplayDisplayLCD ConnectivityI/O portsAnalogue AUX, Analogue Line-out, Headphone, Antenna, Wireless LAN Adapter Storage mediaDisk types supportedCD, CD-R, CD-RW, MP3-CD, WMA-CD Weight & dimensionsWeight11900g Dimensions W x D x H608 x 175 x 303Centre, 360 x 128 x 283Stationmm Energy managementPower requirements220 V 50 Hz LoudspeakersSpeakers2Centre x 2Station ColourColour of productBlack/White RadioTuner typeDigital FM band87.5 - 108.0MHz Media typesDVD Audio playbackN MP3 playbackY CD-RW playbackY CD-R playbackY CD playerY Technical detailsFile typeMP3, WMA, PCM Preset station quantity40 TypeMicro set AudioDouble deckN Equalizer bands quantity6 Peak Music Power Output PMPO80+80, 20+20W Cassette deckN MiniDisc recorderN Management featuresHandheld remote controlY

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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec 2005
I bought a Philips Wireless Music Centre and Station (WACS700), together with a second Station, with a little bit of trepidation as I had read both good and bad things about it. However I decided to take the plunge as the concept of a wireless music system throughout my house was too good to resist and I could always take it back if it didn’t work.
First the good things. It looks fantastic. It was incredibly easy to set up – you literally tuned the centre and 2 stations on, they booted up, took about a minute to find each other wirelessly and that was it, ready to go. “Ripping” CDs is also very straightforward, it takes about 10 minutes per CD, but you do have to make sure you don’t turn the power off for at least an hour afterwards whilst it saves the conversion to an mp3. I have the centre in the living room, one station in the kitchen and one upstairs in the main bedroom. Our house is relatively new, (and hence has thin walls!) so there is no interference and the stations sound as good as the centre. (You do need to keep the centre away from a plasma TV) Even turned up loud, there is very little distortion. Of course the sound will not be as good as a wired separates system but that’s not the point.
The music broadcast function, which allows you to play the same music on all 3 and is one of the reasons I bought the system, is a work of genius. Of course as each unit is stand alone you can play different music on each one at the same time, again with no interference.
Connecting to the PC was also very easy using an ethernet cable and the provided software called Digital Media Management (be aware this only works on PCs, not Macs). I have most of my music (about 4,000 songs) on itunes on a Windows XP PC.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By i like my shoes... on 30 July 2006
This system is a wicked idea and when i bought one me and my son were very excited about it but from the moment i plugged it in things started going wrong. It wouldn't boot up unless it was lying on its front for some strange reason but when it was up and running it seemed fine for a bit but before long it started having trouble keeping the connection with the remote and the substation. The substation had to be reset every time it was turned on and the remote just wouldn't connect to the centre at all. Then it just stopped reading CDs and one got jammed. at this point it had been through numerous firmware upgrades which had not helped and so it was sent back and we now have a new one which seems to be working fine over the three week period that i have had it.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan 2006
Have the WACS system for a few weeks now. It looks great and sounds great. So far however the negatives are outweighing the positives, as mentioned in other reviews:
1) Fan noise is awful
2) The marketing doesn't tell the full story - while the harddisk is 40GB, the small print tells you that only 33 or so GB is available for storing the music. Bit of a con that.
3) When you burn more than 6 CDs in a row the memory buffer fills up and stalls the process. Manual has no help on this and I only found this out from customer services on the net.
4) The gracenote CD update from the internet is disgracefully big and takes an age to download. In addition, despite uploading the latest available gracenote update I still have frustration that quite a few of my CDs are not found on the database, so you end up with a list of CDs with no CD or track names.
5) The remote has buttons which contain the letters of the alphabet which would give one the impression that you can save C names etc (if gracenote doesn't have the CD), but no help is available to do this. Is it possible anyone?
6) Simple things like (heating up the baby's bottle in the microwave, in another room, led to a broken up signal between the center and console. Why couldn't the wifi signal be on a more secure frequency?
I'd be interested in seeing other people's views. Cheers.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful By T. Kavanagh on 30 Nov 2005
This is a very sleek and beautiful item and, if it worked as well as it looks, it would be fantastic. That's a very big "IF".
I bought one and the hard drive refused to boot up. I returned it and the second one looked promising enough to begin with. However, it would not make the connection to my PC and the music it saved on its hard drive sounded badly distorted - like chewed tape or warped vinyl. However, that was my unlucky experience and not everyone might be as unfortunate.
All of these misfortunes aside, I think that the preset EQ options are too limited and the sound is very woolly and bass-heavy. Clearly, the built-in demo tracks have been recorded and EQ-ed in such as way as to show the system off at its very best. The problem is that CD manufacturers don't make their products for this system alone and your regular music collection probably won't sound as fantastic... Frankly, this is not acceptable in an expensive and (allegedly) "state of the art" system.
I trust that this is version 1 of a promising product and that Phillips will get their act together eventually. Me, I'm relieved to have received a refund. My advice to other potential customers is to think very carefully and check all of the functions as soon as you take delivery.
Very disappointing.
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